Combining oak aged barleywine splendor with milk stout-related black chocolate syruping, the eighth in a series of Rushing Duck strong ales gains casual candi-sugared dried fruiting and whiskey bent serenity. A whiskeyed mocha candy glaze coats the stiff finish.
On tap at Growler & Gill, slow sippin’ English-styled barleywine reveals rustically dry complexion thanks to soily earthen dewiness and reedy wood tones contributed to Black Dirt malting. But its caramelized maple syruping adds contrasting sweetness alongside tertiary mango, peach and orange illusions, giving 10% ABV medium body its proper counterbalance.
On tap at Growler & Gill, tropical fruited Enigma hop (similar to Galaxy hop) provides ‘guava’ and ‘hints of pine,’ as per label. But its grapefruit-sugared lemon peel tartness, orange-candied souring and grassy respite come forth more vibrantly for sunshiny medium body.
On tap at Seven Lakes Station, busy brown ale may underutilize toasted coconut and cocoa adjuncts while not quite hitting upon advertised Samoa girl scout cookie likeness, but it’s creamy hazelnut chocolate sweetness and milk-sugared coffee notions completely make up for that. Beneath serenading cookie-doughed mocha malting lies delicate vanilla spicing as well as polite blackberry, blueberry and red grape tartness. Less filling than richer, creamier porters and stouts for dessert.
On tap at Seven Lakes Station, ginger-rooted lemon souring anchors mild Berliner Weiss. Tart lemon-limed dryness and wispy green grape esters bring sour-candied tingle to dry salt-pinched carbolic spritz.
On tap at Ambulance, dry farmhouse-styled pale ale (with unique milky beige hue) utilizes French saison yeast to impart mildly acidic lemon-limed yellow grapefruit tartness and orange blossom honey souring above leathery horse-blanketed raw wheat base. Tertiary pineapple, tangerine and orange illusions gain sour yogurt snip.
Considerable bourbon-barreled barleywine strikes a nerve with rich molasses-candied fruiting, chewy caramel malt creaming and boozy 11.7% ABV sway. Luscious bruised cherry, moscatel sherry, port, cognac and triple sec illusions pick up spicy tingle. Perfect late night dessert treat.