On tap at Poor Henry’s, mild oak-charred brandied cognac influence stays subtle against sweet brown chocolate entry and oncoming bourbon vanilla intensity, leaving fudgy toffee creaming upon rich mocha finish. Needs more dynamic blend with higher cognac impact, but fine nevertheless.
On tap at Curley’s Corner, sweetly creamed bourbon vanilla-glazed dark chocolate syruping drapes brown-sugared dried fruiting and mild oak-charred hop bittering. Massive molasses-sapped mocha surge allows cocoa nibs, ground coffee, toasted coconut and pecan illusions to surface.
On tap at Ambulance, dry black cherry souring gains tart red wine tannins and sweet bourbon drift for fruitful Imperial Stout. In the midst, sweet mocha pleasantries contrast pinot noir sentiments and delicate oaken vanilla bittering. Bourbon-draped black cherry protraction unfurls wispy raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry illusions way beneath the lightly vinous surface.
Seemingly unvaried takeoff of brewers’ Illuminati (bottle conditioned at Jolly Pumpkin) tosses wild yeast bacteria into bourbon-aged stout, creating sour-fruited raw molasses template over leathery cocoa musk. Dry whiskey waft consumes the nose as oaken cherry-vanilla tartness nearly conceals tannic red wine vinegaring and dry bourbon-burgundy whir while curdled soy milking gains lactic mocha edge.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, dark chocolate syruping drapes Christmas-spiced cinnamon toasting and gooey anise tonguing for Italian red wine-barreled stout. Subtle tannic grape esters softly penetrate cinnamon chocolate caking while tertiary black cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant illusions wisp below.
On tap at Ambulance, fantastic velvety smooth oak-aged version of Beer Geek’s oatmeal stout series serenades fudgy cocoa beaning and French press coffee persuasion with sweet bourbon vanilla warmth. Whiskeyed chocolate battering gains ancillary café latte, Baker’s chocolate, espresso and toasted coconut illusions as well as dried cherry nuances. A perfect wintry nightcap.
Rich black-malted dark chocolate and ground coffee overtones gain oaken bourbon vanilla pleasantry as well as mild molasses syruping. Dry rye, sweet hazelnut, sour black grape, ashen walnut and tobacco chaw illusions pad its intense mocha theme.
On tap at Taphouse 15, respected Imperial Stout gets silken brandy aging to coerce rich dark chocolate fudging and bittersweet Blackstrap molasses thickness. Sweet brandy influence receives delicate port, brandy and sherry licks as well as latent anise spicing. Mild wood-burnt tobacco chaw embitters cocoa-dried dark chocolate aspect. Luxurious brandied chocolate dessert.
On tap at Ambulance, light apple brandy wining nudges dark chocolate fudging and mild wood char. Distant cherry, plum and date illusions barely touch the serene brandied mocha surface.