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.
On tap at Grumpy Monk, lightly creamed peanut buttering drapes mild fudged brownie sweetness and candied praline reminder in soft-tongued manner.
Well-balanced medium body contrasts hazelnut molasses sweetness with coffee-dried walnut bittering above dry earthen bottom. Polite lemony Cascade hops and barley-roasted red wheat caress the nutty continuance.
Pitting glazed hazelnut sweetness and caramel-burnt chocolate malting against hop-charred walnut bittering and recessive cocoa dryness, pleasant brown ale gets anchored by earthen grains. Tertiary pecan, cocoa, coffee and Baker’s chocolate illusions flutter.
On tap at Growler & Gill, indefinite medium-bodied brown ale brings modest macadamia nuttiness to dry-spiced chocolate roast and lightly charred hop astringency.
On tap at Seven Lakes Station, bittersweet black chocolate malting and cocoa nibs influence nearly outweigh brown-sugared granola distinction as dark-roasted nuttiness singes its honeyed oats spine.
On tap at Ambulance, calming light-roast Nicaraguan coffee seduction brings creamy chocolate-y vanilla sweetness and walnut-pecan-hazelnut influence to lemon-licked java finish. Easily one of the best brown ales available.
On tap at Ambulance, veritable “granola-like” medium body features toasted coconut adjunct and mocha-spiced nuttiness above brown-sugared barley oats. Vanilla-sweetened cinnamon and cumin seasoning as well as latent almond-walnut-cola conflux tease dark-roast chocolate and coffee overtones as well as fading coconut sweetness and candied toffee reminder. In the bottle, subdued toasted coconut entry overcome by creamy black chocolate roast as mild hop-charred nuttiness contrasts ancillary vanilla, oatmeal cookie and cocoa sweetness.