White Russian-inspired (and Big Lebowski-referenced) Imperial Stout tastes like a milk chocolate shake with a shot of bourbon at the entry. Milk-sugared cacao nibs, Madagascar vanilla and cold-brewed coffee adjuncts deepen fudgy dark chocolate richness. Refreshing mint chocolate continuance gains light spice rum sweetness, black cherry-pureed tartness and distant charred molasses smidge above its mild oats spine.
On tap at Plank Pizza, milk-sugared Cocoa Pebbles cereal gets added to the mesh and Haitian cocoa nibs usurp the front end of breakfast stout. Lightly smoked chocolate malts pick up maple-sugared vanilla sweetness above moderate resinous hop char.
On tap at Plank Pizza, milk-sugared breakfast cereal knockoff retains candied pineapple, lemon, tangerine, orange and berry profile of Fruity Pebbles, leaving amore sour then sweet IPA-fruited mouthfeel as resinous hop astringency gains resilience.
On tap at Plank Pizza, vanilla-sugared boysenberry adjunct sweetens lemony orange India Pale Ale-like fruiting as well as mild blackberry-blueberry illusions above astringent hop pining. Candied boysenberry tartness really suits this liquid bovine well.
On tap at Dog & Cask, sharply beefed-up version of Prime Bovine increases alcohol intensity (9% ABV) and citric bittering while lightening up on the reservedly creamed crystal-pale malting. Lemony orange-peeled grapefruit rind bittering acidifies fusel alcohol whir while tertiary peach, mango, tangerine and pineapple illusions scurry for position below the mildly peppered citrus punch. In the can, rum-soaked peach, tangerine and mango sweetness and swift vodka kick gain ground against orange-peeled grapefruit rind bite.
On tap at Dog & Cask, effervescent soft-toned moderation (despite advanced 7% ABV) serves up wispily pined Citra-Mosaic-hopped tropical fruiting over lightly creamed vanilla-daubed crystal-caramel malts. Tangy orange, tangerine, peach and mango conflux gains relegated lemony grapefruit souring. The perfect IPA crossover for lighter thirsts.
Heady tripel aged on apricots gains salty fungi-like Belgian yeast herbage to contrast ancillary candi-sugared banana, peach, fig and raisin illusions. At the busy finish, sweet orange-peeled lemon zest and green grape esters fortify lustily dried, soured and sweet apricot overtones.
On tap at Plank Pizza, sweet pineapple juicing spreads across equally sugared mango, guava and tangerine tartness as well as less emphatic lemon-seeded orange rind bittering, retaining lingered piney hop pungency (and astringent ethanol musk).
Delicately resinous cypress wood dusting affects soft-tongued Citra-hopped IPA of Bolero-Cypress collab. Mild grapefruit, pineapple and orange tang subtlety lingers over dry-wooded hop astringency. Mildly creamed crystal malts sweeten the midst. Candied peach, mango and tangerine undertones secure delicate citric nature.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Hoboken, mild milk-sugared lactose seeps into pronounced IPA fruiting, light grassy hop bittering, dank hemp oiling and ‘pillowy’ oats base with nary a trace. Crisply clean Mosaic hop tropicalia offers floral-spiced grapefruit, orange, tangerine, peach and mango tang.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, suggestively-named (8.8% ABV) collaboration with Lakewood, NJ’s Icarus integrates mild blueberry tartness with dry-hopped lemony mint freshness as wispy white-peppered heat withers behind.
On tap at Taphouse 15, tropical session ale re-creates pina colada with its sweet rum-barreled coconut and pineapple influence and lemon limey twist. Fine daiquiri alternative, though its astringent hop insistence may deter lightweights.