On tap at Taverna Rossa, seductive black chocolate serenade and bittersweet cocoa nibs influence bring kiln-smoked dark roast mocha malts to the fore above lightly charred hop tarring. In the backdrop, well-disguised 11.6% ABV guards oak-charred peat whiskey daub as slim cherry-plum-date notions gain footing.
Creamily bittersweet milk-sugared dark chocolate syruping mildly usurps coffee ground nuttiness and cacao nibs chalking above earth-scorched hop bittering. Tertiary vanilla bean, chocolate truffle and Milk Dud illusions stay subtle.
Lovely barrel-aged version of rich stout relays expansive bourbon mocha milkshake creaminess to peaty Scotch whiskey boozing. Seeped in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for 14 months, opulent black chocolate syruping picks up chewy anise spicing and bittersweet vanilla beaning almost immediately. Ancillary black cherry, raspberry and red grape tartness turns vinous while cozy cola-hazelnut sway stays way beneath the caramelized chocolate bourbon heap.
Extravagantly rich barrel-aged version of SYF soaked in Social Still Rye Whiskey from local Bethlehem distillery conveys luxurious bourbon, burgundy and sherry tones to enhance whiskey-buzzed rye conviction draped by dark chocolate syrup. Bold coffee roast then comes to the fore boosted by vanilla bean, cola, hazelnut and blueberry illusions. An excellent mocha-derived rye whiskey alternative.
Swaggeringly rich full-bodied Imperial Stout delivers fudgy dark chocolate-milked coffee sugaring to mild hop char. Bold mocha theme allows tertiary vanilla, bean, hazelnut and blueberry illusions to lightly affect dominant black chocolate-coffee continuance. A treasured slow sippin’ dessert.
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.
Resiliently rich full body (10% ABV) adds punctual cocoa nibs and vanilla bean adjuncts to hazelnut-roasted dark chocolate goodness. Creamed coffee serenade picks up gooey molasses sugaring to further thicken its resolve. Beneath gunky chocolate-vanilla prominence lies candied pecan, cherry puree and bourbon illusions. A damn fine nightcap!
On tap at Ambulance, mild apple brandy esters lightly affect Belgian-styled stout nature, allowing candi-sugared dried fruiting and caramelized barley malts to seep into mellow dark chocolate syruping. Sedate port-brandy wining mellows out the mocha fruitcake finish a tad.
On tap at Ambulance, busily vibrant ‘botanical’ stout loads coconut-milked lime tartness and herbaceous ginger-lemongrass-basil pleasantries inside creamily caramelized coffee-beaned dark chocolate roast. Mild cayenne-peppered cinnamon snip and wispy vanilla-cumin-curry daubs found beneath herbal mocha concoction. A daringly expansive offshoot that works well.
On tap at Ambulance, chewy black chocolate frontage fades as powdered cocoa and ground coffee illusions evolve alongside black currant-spiced dried cherry and plum nuances for dryer stylish Imperial Stout.
Luxurious Mud Cake-designed dessert treat features candied pecan sweetness and dark chocolate syruping. Smoked mocha malting unveils ancillary hazelnut coffee, creamed vanilla, chocolate cake, cacao nibs, Kahlua, toasted coconut and burnt marshmallow illusions. In the deep recess, black cherry-pureed red grape and plum tones increase overall complexity.
Decadent 2017 bottled version (13% ABV) relies on richly creamed chili-peppered coffee, cacao nibs and vanilla bean adjuncts to impressively heighten sweet caramel-sauced black chocolate syruping. Deep coffee roast gains molasses-sapped sugaring, mocha-bourbon mud caking, fudged brownie nuttiness and mild minty freshness while ever-present chili heat ignites its interior. The ultimate nightcap relaxer.