Wintry Christmastime dark ale (circa 2018) places coarsely embittered hop astringency very close to dry-spiced chocolate roast in unspecific blend. Obviously staying less sweet than previous versions, its ashen nuttiness overwhelms seasonal cinnamon, nutmeg and pine nut illusions.
Thin dry-hopped IPA allows brisk lemon peel adjunct and mild lime tang to create pleasant, but insubstantial, up-front flavor profile. Mild floral pining and grassy earthen hops slink below delicately fizzy lemon-limed fluff. Easy drinking, yes, but nearly vapid at the finish.
Sweet orange-candied tang brings spritzy sun-kissed pleasantry to salted spices and pilsner-malted wheat bottom. Juicy tangerine tang nearly outdoes zesty orange adjunct. Serve as a better shandy alternative.
On tap at Taphouse 15, velvety bourbon influence from base of original stout is given light spearmint-leafed refreshment. Moderate black chocolate-coated mint julep sentiment picks up wispy oats-toasted caramelization. Fine mint julep dessert alternative.
Moderate blueberry pie theme rides above light pilsner-malted white wheat spine. Zesty lemon prickle adds fizzy carbolic spritz, but up-front blueberry-juiced essence interfered by phenol hop acridity.
Despite all its smug ‘Bad Mother’ braggadocio, even-keeled medium-bodied oyster stout stays stylistically reserved. Briny oyster-shelled adjunct creates creamy bed for roasted brown chocolate and burnt caramel malts. Molasses-sugared oats pick up oak-smoked tangent in the distance.