Noirish English-styled porter fuses dried plum essence onto ashen charcoal-like hops and musty mocha malts. Musky cellar earthiness crowds plum frontage as molded fig, dry burgundy, oaken cherry and sour grape illusions relegate Baker’s chocolate, cocoa powder and day-old coffee spunk.
On tap at Mohawk House, blackberry-infused full body utilizes subtle bourbon sweetness and lightly creamed milk chocolate sugaring to reinforce its berry goodness. Tart, tangy and tannic blackberry essence fortifies syrupy chocolate stead as sweet vanilla snips as well as black cherry, raspberry puree and sugarplum whims add depth.
On tap at Ambulance, rich barley-malted black chocolate fudging anchors decadent well-watered porter. On the bitter end, snippy wood-dried hop char gains mild coffee and espresso undertones to contrast molasses-draped vanilla, cocoa and chocolate cake sweetness as well as recessive blackberry-blueberry nuances.
Effectual Imperial version of brewers’ popular Sweet Baby Jesus retains uppity hop-oiled peanut butter creaming. Chewy peanut buttering retains dark-roasted heft. Bittersweet dark chocolate fudging, polite coffee roast and Blackstrap molasses guard rich peanut butter conspiracy.
On tap at Ambulance, pleasantly moderated chocolate vanilla porter reminiscent of Yoo-Hoo soft drink. Fudgy milk chocolate entry picks up immediate sugared vanilla creaming while wispy cocoa nibs and toffee illusions contrast dry dark-roasted hop sedation down below. Yum.
On tap at Ambulance on St. Patrick’s Day ’18, lightly barrel-aged porter retains dry dark chocolate-cocoa conflux and mildly molasses-smoked hazelnut, walnut and peanut illusions above steady hop-charred bittering. Oaken wood influence undetermined, but rich mocha capacity undeniably uplifting.
Mildly creamed molasses sugaring cakes wheat-flaked chocolate malts as well as light-roast coffee tones and dried cocoa powdering. Subtle vanilla, caramel and black cherry sweetness seeps in slowly.
On tap at Growler & Gill, ‘rich but not heavy’ light-bodied porter leaves dry roasted coffee and dark chocolate tones upon mild nut-charred hop bittering. But its ‘floral fruited’ Belgian yeast influence seems null.
On tap at The Oath, creamy dark chocolate syrup drapes subtle sweet orange peel adjunct and distant pistachio salting. Rich mocha resilience increased by bitter cocoa and vanilla bean influence at the dry orange-candied dark chocolate finish.
On tap at Mellow Mushroom, soft-toned ‘dirty-watered’ earthiness anchors dry chocolate roast, molasses-smoked vanilla beaning and oats-sugared coffee nuttiness of somewhat thin dark ale.
Indecisive nut-roasted hop char and murky earthen smidge seep into sweet hazelnut and bitter walnut apprehension. Recessive molasses-sapped black chocolate syruping needs upgrade.
Dark-roasted chocolate-coffee entry gains quick cola-walnut char and subtle toffee-sugared hazelnut sweetness as minor wood-smoked ashen earthiness sears blackened hop bittering of limited edition Pacific Crest Trail full body.