Exacting its expansive brown-sugared oatmeal raisin cookie promise, rich brown ale also regales cinnamon-toasted gingerbread, bourbon-licked vanilla bean and cookie dough subtleties as well as tertiary coffee cake, PB&J and molasses nuances. Mildly coarse hop roast underscores chewy chocolate-chipped oatmeal raisin cookie sweetness. Perfect afternoon snack.
On tap at Growlers To Go – Duck, chicory-roasted chocolate malting gains fudgy toffee snip and distant hop-roasted nuttiness. Mild cola-pecan-hazelnut restraint hits the mocha finish.
Nutty caramel pleasantry sweetens moderate-medium body. Mild toffee sedation glazes pecan, walnut and hazelnut tones over earthen bottom.
Smooth nitro-like flow suits mild dark chocolate and coffee tones usually reserved for dry stouts. Dry nuttiness leans toward the bitter side, but molasses-sugared pumpernickel breading provides reluctant sweetness and dried-fruited citrus snip wavers faraway.
On tap at Mohawk House, light cherrywood-smoked brown ale lets sweet ginger-spiced peach tea adjunct take control. Light resinous hops and dewy earth tones contrast abundant peach tea theme as well as ginger-snapped apricot and tangerine dalliance.
On tap at Beef Trust, enchanting moderate-to-medium body (a.k.a. Thirsty Mutant Ninja Bulls) re-creates sea-salted chocolate turtle candy bar as brown chocolate malting sweetens toasted pecan, cocoa nibs and toffee adjuncts above earthen truffle base. Sharp resinous hop bittering lingers lightly below serene nutty mocha surface. Daintily candied almond, chestnut, butternut and hazelnut illusions add luster.
On tap at Taphouse 15, soft-tongued soured mocha entry gains soily earthiness, oily nuttiness and unripe fig tartness. Serve to Flanders Oud Bruin fans as a less interesting alternative?
Massive dark-roasted black chocolate nuttiness and ashen wood char consume rangy medium-to-full-bodied brown ale. Moderate Fuggle-Simcoe hop bittering contrasts loud mocha presence and ancillary caramel-burnt vanilla sweetness (as weird alkaline plasticity lightly subsumes the back end).
On tap at Cloverleaf, hybridized weizenbock/ brown ale (8% ABV) lets subtle floury carob pod influence get aged on Madagascar vanilla beans above mildly creamed caramel malting. Bittersweet chocolate-vanilla conflux stays moderate as distant Bailey’s Irish Cream Coffee, Irish whiskey, cacao nibs, earthen truffle and plummy raisin illusions dry out at the chalky mocha finish.
On tap at Growler & Gill, polite grain-toasted nuttiness and lightly spiced caramel sweetness gain mild chocolate, rye, toffee and tobacco illusions. Ashen nuttiness informs delicate mocha finish.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Hoboken, lingered brown-sugared cinnamon apple overtones gain rich chocolate fudging and molasses-sweetened toffee, vanilla and butternut illusions. A most welcome candied apple alternative.
Straightforward moderate-medium-bodied brown ale tethers light roast coffee nuttiness to mildly coarsened dry hop bittering and delicate Gambrinus-honeyed chocolate sweetness. Blurry hazelnut-walnut-cola conflux could use a push forward.