Tantalizingly rich and creamy Imperial Stout hybrid loads rich oak-charred spiced rye malting inside Templeton rye whiskey barrels as overriding dark chocolate influence gains strength alongside sweet bourbon, rum, and to a lesser extent, cognac and brandy tones. Benefiting from second aging, syrupy molasses-draped rye whiskey continuance picks up caramelized brown sugaring to contrast latent boozy acetone whir. To add further complexity, tertiary dark cherry, red grape and plum illusions seep into the chocolate-fudged rye whiskey deliverance.
Desirable merger pits rauchbier-like kilned barley malts and wood-singed peated Scotch dryness against brown-sugared molasses sweetness for 9.6% ABV limited edition 2017 release. Oaken vanilla seeps into kiln-smoked Scotch continuance, dampening its campfire setting while Band-Aid-wafted cured salami, seared bacon and glazed ham undertones emerge.
Effervescently sunny lemon zest tingles tart pumpkin souring as lively brettanomyces acidity, mildly musty farmhouse funk and salty pumpkin-seeded squash earthiness contrast candied Sweet-tart sweetness, wispy cinnamon-toasted banana/ plantain niche and latent ginger-nutmeg-nutmeg spicing. One of the better sour pumpkin ales available.
On tap at Growler & Gill, pleasing array of Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad’s sweet cherry bruise and white grape souring, Firestone Walker Stickeee Monkee’s warming caramelized barleywine styling and Boulevard Imperial Stout X’s whiskey-aged cherry tartness. Foremost, bourbon-soaked rum spicing and peaty Scotch licks penetrate rich oats-sugared brown chocolate and vanilla creaming (from Firestone’s Velvet Merkin Oatmeal Stout). Mighty fine.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Hoboken, easygoing tropical indulgence brings lemony passionfruit subtlety to mellow yellow grapefruit zing, wafting floral bouquet and wispy currant-like medicinal astringency.
Titillating ruby-browned dark ale offers tart white-wined raspberry pucker to mild Dominican cacao nibs adjunct and cocoa-powdered chocolate malting. Bittersweet raspberry syruping picks up candied lemon-cherry nuances at casual soda-sugared center.
Well-defined middle-of-the-road medium body brings sharp piney hop bittering to juicy tropical fruiting and creamy crystal malting. Zesty yellow grapefruit-peeled orange rind bite and subdued peach-mango-pineapple tang spread across mineral-grained crisping and floral-spiced recession. Spritzy carbolic fizz adds snap, crackle and pop to frisky fruited fervor.