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.
Scattering “rustic” grain-toasted rye malting across undefined Americanized Mosaic-Cascade hop spicing and tart peach influence, Irish-brewed moderate-medium body lacks bite of better overseas competition. Enjoyed cracked pepper bread aftertaste, though.
Perfectly sessionable rye-spiced pale ale (in a can) retains mild stylish disposition despite bitterer citric-hopped rye malting. Sunny orange-peeled yellow grapefruit tang as well as ancillary peach, pineapple, mango and tangerine fruiting pick up piney evergreen serenity.
On tap at Taphouse 15, dry German rye malting picks up citrus bittering and tempered whiskey daub for astringent ESB-like medium body.
Better-than-average canned medium body (lightly aged on American oak) offers sweet-spiced rye toasting to indistinct orange-peeled ginger and peppercorn adjuncts. Rich chocolate backdrop absorbs caraway-seeded rye influence to contrast resinous earthen nuttiness.
On tap at Taphouse 15, rye-spiced moderation gains dry-hopped lemon bittering as wavered floral-perfumed herbal tones drape the pale malt base. Only a touch of rye peaks thru the citric-herbed finish.
Pronounced barley-roasted rye malting inundates zesty citric pining, aggressive dry hop bittering and mild caraway-seeded chocolate snips. Spiced-up yellow grapefruit, navel orange and pineapple tang elevates toasted rye base.
On tap at Ambulance, flawlessly easygoing spice ale will appeal to experimental thirsts as well as lighter ale heads ready for a light peppery pep. Succulent black and green peppercorn burn mildly soothes creamy brown-sugared molasses caramelization, polite rye breading and nutty mocha quip. Roasted peppercorn template dried-out by resinous hops. Delightful pepper-spiced alternative to usual grain-based ales.
On tap at Craft House, affable rye-spiced Octoberfest brings lightly mocha-smoked Vienna malting, crisp barley roast and light toffee sweetness to subtle fig-dried citric bittering, dry hop foliage and dainty floral nuances. Well-balanced, though a bit passive and ambiguous.
Wayward Brit-styled India Pale Ale salutes the First Infantry with Extra Special Bitter-like peated rye dankness and dewy fungi mossing, picking up pleasant mocha-spiced fruiting crosscut by sharp hop astringency. Tertiary whiskey, cocoa and tobacco notions fill out the back end.
Pleasing rye-toasted pale malting picks up residual sugaring over moderate Citra-Chinnok hop dryness. Light wood tones fade alongside nutty caramel tinge.
On tap at Ambulance, worthy Oregon-Virginia collaboration offers buttery rye-toasted honey nut sweetness, spiced prune-raisin richness and dry cereal graining to sharp charred hop thrust and subtle grapefruit dirge. Mild chocolate roast inundates caraway-seeded chestnut, almond and praline subsidy. In the 22-ounce bottle, heady auburn-browned roggenbier brings spicier prune-raisin affluence to Blackstrap molasses-sapped pumpernickel rye thrust.