Don’t let the rancid flatulent aroma fool you! This fine moderate-bodied burgundy-hued fruity-hopped ale welcomes earthen-grained chocolate-embittered nutty subtleties and dark-spiced adjuncts. Reminiscent of seasoned holiday ale thanks to lilting nutmeg-plum tinge. Brewery defunct: 2002.
Luxurious alcohol-soaked ruby-chestnut slow sipper provides massive barleywine influence to dry sherry-bourbon medicinal warmth and ripe fruited template. Prune, fig, and rum raisin encounter rewarding brandy-soaked orange-bruised apple-candied cherry, peach, and tangerine zest embedding chewy molasses bed. Busy backdrop finds anise stickiness thickening peat-smoked tobacco-dried oaken woodiness. Aggressive cognac finish increases depth.
Expressively daring translucent auburn ale with surfacing cascading tan bubbles leaves brusque roasted hop darkness and chocolate malt trace inside embittered citrus linger as red fruited undercurrent fades to vegetative bottom. Perfumed spicing, dry tobacco inkling, and minor barleywine dawdle fortify piney finish.
Straight-ahead moderate-bodied holiday ale lacks expectant seasonal spicing, instead prodding brown ale or weak barleywine comparisons. Lovely barley-roasted almond-hazelnut tautness scurries through ample brown chocolate-y sweetness. Impending phenol metallic drudgery nearly depletes casual vanilla, toffee, kettle corn, gingerbread, and Graham cracker illusions.
Brewed with cinnamon, ginger, and orange, this well-seasoned ale scores points for brevity and originality. Spice-fueled adjuncts arouse lactic chocolate malts and impending plum-fig-cherry souring, but tangy orange flavor gets lost in wintry barleywine-sherry mix. Peculiar for starters, but top notch for seasoned pros.
Fitting coppery red ale celebrates ’96 commencement with expansive offering. Initial raisin-pecan-date affluence slips into mushy overripe peach, bruised orange, and strawberry-raspberry sanctuary underlined by casual roasted nuttiness. By brawny finish, sinewy molasses malting picks up cask-like rum, bourbon, and whiskey illusions.
Creamy plum-hued, tan-headed, mocha-scented Yorkshire ale exposes fruity Fuggle-hopped thrust to inescapable chocolate-covered raisin, port wine, and cherry puree illusions. Cedar-stained clove-anise-gingerbread add wintry spirit to burnt caramel prompt. Richer and sweeter than a red ale, with its countered dry oak finish increasing efficacy.
Light, watery, unobtrusive New England ale brags about its ‘hoppy’ 19th century history. Bitter nuttiness forms at back of the throat but slim fruitiness, spritzy carbonation, and unstable barleymalt spine lack assertiveness. For amateurs ready to crossover from run of the mill pilsners to microbrewed ales only.