On tap at Ambulance, supersized bourbon-barreled barleywine segues syrupy caramelized bourbon vanilla warmth into molasses-sapped chocolate dalliance, leaving tingly cognac, brandy, burgundy, port and sherry tones in the deep recess. Spruce-hopped mineral graining and leathery dried fruiting of original Third Coast base hidden far beneath the surefire cherry-bruised bourbon vanilla resonance.
On tap at Plank Pizza, crisply clean Czech-styled bohemian pilsner retains light maize musk for herbal-hopped lemon spritz, toasted cereal graining and honeyed biscuit base.
On tap at Growler & Gill, luscious 30th Anniversary dessert treat circa 2018. Bold oak-chipped stout enriches syrupy black chocolate malting with tart red cherry bluster. Subtle wood-charred hop bittering underscores viscous mocha cherry beauty. Black Forest cake, creamed coffee, bruised cherry, dark cocoa, chocolate truffle and raspberry puree illusions fill out the busy full body.
On tap at Ambulance, peppery habanero heat overshadows juicy mango tang. Pureed mango insistence abruptly usurped by constant chili burn. After a few sips, the heat ‘n sweet blend melds impressively, leaving candied citrus licks and light herbal tones in its wake.
On tap at Growler & Gill, serenely aromatic Arabica coffee bean roast gains mildly creamed lactic milking. Dry nut-charred espresso and cacao nibs illusions deepen persistently mellow coffee roast bittering of amiable mocha moderation. Superbly understated.
On tap at Growler & Gill, fabulous raw-honeyed dry ale surrounds red, orange and yellow fruiting with mellow candy-spiced toasted caramel sweetness to contrast grassy hop astringency. Delicate floral-pined resonance increases peachy pineapple, mango, tangerine, nectarine, cherry and apple tang that’s mildly dehydrated by local Michigan honey.
On tap at Liberty Craft House, moderate chartreuse-hazed witbier adds tart Montmorency cherry subtlety and rhubarb pie snip to stylish lemon-twisted orange tang and calm white wheat bottom. Light medicinal alcohol whir in the recess.
On tap at City Tap – Cleveland, rich whiskey-bent Imperial Stout spreads subtle barrel-aged Traverse City bourbon sweetness across milky brown chocolate fudging, dark-roast coffee beaning, vanilla-spiced creaming, dark cocoa leaning and cola nut preening. Luxurious.
Splendid “session pale ale” tosses spelt-dried oats pungency at clean-watered mineral graining, leaving dank rye breading on the back end. In the midst, orange-desiccated passionfruit, pineapple, peach and mango illusions flutter.