On tap at Curley’s, excellent Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie alternative joins brewers’ classic Crème Brulee, Choklat and Mokah dessert treats as rich, inviting chocolate lovers’ favorites. Junior Mint-like freshness retained as dry Belgian dark chocolate malting and cookie dough sweetness gain syrupy layer above dark-roast hop bittering. Beneath the mocha-minted surface lies mild vanilla, coffee, cappuccino and walnut illusions. Decadent.
On tap at Liberty Craft House, easygoing coffee-infused pale ale is first Southern Tier satellite brew for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week. Smoked coffee bean entry gains mild lemony orange tartness above dainty mocha malting.
On tap at Taphouse 15, vibrant tangerine-candied sweetness leads the way as juicy blood orange and red grapefruit adjuncts deepen syrupy citrus tang of well-defined ‘high-gravity’ Mosaic-hopped wheat ale. Tart tangerine peels inundate the full-on fruit-juiced finish.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, mildly creamed chocolate mint expanse gains sweet peppermint frosting and whimsical cocoa powdering. Fudgy chocolate caking sidles Thin Mint finish of surprisingly decadent sweet-toothed dessert beer.
Soft-toned pinkish amber fruit ale sits flat on the tongue as tart raspberry puree piquancy gains dusty floral sweetness over barley-malted white wheat base. Raspy raspberry onrush gains watermelon, pink lemonade, pink grapefruit and orange illusions, but tepid washed-out finish needs spritzy kick.
On tap at Growler & Gill, sweet malt-spiced tingle meets dank compost salting of ‘seasonal standard’ spice ale. Previous so-called ‘Swedish Glogg’ retained firmer orange-peeled cardamom, cinnamon, clove and ginger root spicing while avoiding cat urine smidge.
Straightforward yellow-cleared blonde ale slides down the throat with ease. Sugary citric-spiced pale malt pleasantry spreads across musky oats-wheat graining and earthen hop moderation. Crystalline German pilsner-like mineral base maintains easygoing flow. Fine mainstream brew served at Buffalo Sabres game.
On tap at Taphouse 15, intimate light-roast cold-press coffee adjunct seeps into autumnal pumpkin pie-spiced nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice pleasantries as well as wispy vanilla, molasses, hazelnut, Amaretto and espresso undertones. Try in lieu of pumpkin latte.
On tap at Taphouse 15, delightful (10.7% ABV) rum-barreled 2016 version of Imperial Pumking brings delicately spicy rum twist to brown-sugared pumpkin pie spicing. Cinnamon-toasted nutmeg, allspice and clove seasoning embraces latent molasses-sapped vanilla cake sweetness as well as brandy-soaked raisin snip to Graham Cracker-like wheat base.
On tap at Taphouse 15, smoothly creamed éclair-headed nitro stout caresses milk chocolate mildness with subtle maple molasses bourbon sweetness, caramelized vanilla sugaring, toasted marshmallow niceties and black cherry hints. Dainty on the tongue.
On tap at Mahwah Bar & Grill, stylishly thin, but highly sessionable IPA, may lack pizzazz, but its lightly perfumed citric splash and resinous piney hop prickle will gain lighter thirsts attention. Spicy tangerine peel sweetness and lemony yellow grapefruit tang fade fast above dry pale malt spine.
Syrupy fruit cocktail with serious green coffee bean overtones and just enough chili peppering to not be intrusive. Orange-peeled coriander adjunct stands firm as juicy honey-malted pineapple, peach, honeydew, cantaloupe, mango and nectarine tang gains intensity (alongside persistent sweet banana whim) contrasting mild gin-like juniper bitterness and herbal lemongrass-peppercorn snips. Unroasted coffee bean influence stays just below the frolicking fondue-fruited finish of fascinating tripel/ stout hybrid.