Creamy molasses-sapped brown chocolate coats mild wintry spicing and milk-sugared coffee niche of murkily defined bock-like Belgian dark ale. Imparting no particular Belgian flavoring, its reliant instead on cinnamon-spiced sugar plum, rum raisin, plum and cherry undertones (as well as roasted chestnut, cola and pecan segues) to amplify the carob-powdered mocha din.
Heady German wheat beer hybrid (a.k.a. Scratch Beer Series #57), reminiscent of chocolate-covered cherry dessert, brings raspberry-pureed whiskeyed cherry frontage and fig-dried sugar plum midst to ample brown chocolate sweetness. On the mocha end, there’s Belgian chocolate spicing, chocolate cake richness and cocoa nibs pleasantries resting atop dewy moss. On the fruit side, cherry cordial, cherry jubilee and cherry pie illusions take hold. Well rounded, sufficiently balanced and quite enjoyable.
Expressively easygoing single-batch bock maintains mellow disposition despite wide-ranging mocha-bound flavor profile. Advertised ‘spicy heat’ from the chili peppering stays subtle beneath milk chocolate creaming and nutty dried fruiting. Intricately woven sherry-bourbon warmth underscores black-breaded molasses stead, coffee-roasted tranquility and cinnamon-spiced cola nuttiness. Belgian chocolate spicing heaped upon ancillary bruised cherry, purple grape and sugared fig nuances. 2012 re-tasting: Improved obsidian-browned dessert beer gained richer chocolate-covered cherry theme above bourbon-doused raisin puree, stewed prune, fig and cherry fruiting dovetailing soft chili backdrop. Chocolate-caked toffee-butterscotch sweetness, maple-sapped Blackstrap molasses sinew and wavered espresso-cappuccino hints crowd back-throated black anise tongue coating.
On tap at Andy’s Corner Bar, syrupy full body conveys creamy Black Forest-caked cherry cordial theme. Fudged brown chocolate, whiskeyed Maraschino cherry, maple-sapped hazelnut, black cherry soda and vanilla illusions add further sugary sweetness to nearly cloying dessert beer that’s more chewy than gooey.
Bold Devil’s food cake with mellow mocha creaminess heightened by dark-roasted Ecuadorian cocoa nibs. Perfect for lusty dessert beer enthusiasts with a sweet tooth. Fudgy milk chocolate prevalence invites vanilla creaminess and coffee bean bittering to satiate elegantly smooth bock. Dainty crystal malt reminder, fading citrus dab and smokin’ ash cinders backup chocolate truffle-like cluster. On second passing, caramelized Sugar Daddy, coffee ice cream, chocolate cake and chocolate eclair illusions swelled.