“Egregious” 2015 blend sequesters Stone’s Arrogant Bastard (7%ABV), Double Bastard (11%) and Oaked Arrogant Bastard in Kentucky bourbon barrels while adding serrano chili peppering for moderate jalapeno-like heat. Subtle bourbon influence picks up dry peat whiskey licks over light wood char. As peppery heat subsides, dark chocolate malts surge. But busy elixir lacks sweetness for contrast and needs firmer direction at murky finish.
Uniquely designed holiday ale brings honey and ginger root adjuncts to spruce-tipped hop freshener, toasted caramel malting and dank cellar musk. Sweet orange peel briskness emerges alongside tertiary black cherry, raisin and fig illusions as well as wintry cinnamon-clove-nutmeg adjuncts at the busy eucalyptus-honeyed citrus finish.
FDR’s Depression Era presidential chats inspired enchanting English-styled winter warmer (7.9% ABV). Brown-sugared Christmas spicing coats caramel-burnt toffee sweetness, cocoa-powdered brown chocolate creaminess, syrupy molasses sapping and phenol hop grind. Nimble ginger-nutmeg-cinnamon seasoning and mild green raisin dalliance make contact with latent burgundy-port nuances.
By combining ground cinnamon sweetness with white long-grain rice, white-sugared vanilla extract and zesty yellow fruiting, crisply carbolic moderation happily recalls Mexican horchata dessert. Spritzy lemon zest brings brisk respite. Though novel dessert flavor profile thins out, its cinnamon apple-spiced finish leaves a pleasant reminder.
Wavering wintry spicing (cinnamon-nutmeg-allspice) dissipates and molasses-sugared gingerbread theme loses luster as toasted amber ale base falters. In the recess, phenol prune, raisin and fig illusions reside.
Festive white ale “brewed with spices” circa 2015 brings dry hop linger to sweet orange-peeled cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger seasoning as well as lemony banana tartness, but overt carbolic fizz gets in the way of true fruit-spiced holiday splendor. Perhaps heightened sugarplum, coriander and clove illusions would sweeten the pot and block out some fizz.
Sassy sarsaparilla-styled suds sustains stickily sugared soda syruping over casual vanilla, licorice and birch adjuncts. Light medicinal astringency girds dainty black cherry sweetness and mild ginger spicing of heavily creamed ‘hard’ root beer. More filling and dynamic (though arguably less palatable) than viable competitor, Not Your Fathers Root Beer.
Olden-styled sarsaparilla provides a “taste of nostalgia” to 21st century beer snobs. Flavored like cola-derived Muggs Root Beer, this ‘ale with the taste of spices’ perfectly re-creates cane sugared styling (with only a hint of alcohol). Creamy vanilla extract drips lightly atop sticky sugar syruping. Light herbal hops barely dent the surface while anise-derived red licorice, cardamom and ginger undertones spice up the sweet-toothed root beer finish.
Smooth summertime soda alternative (with potent 7.8% ABV) tastes like sugary ginger ale with honey-spiced malt kick. Perfumed citrus subsidy and candied pineapple snip add fruity nicety.
Mild roasted green chili peppering and light jalapeno wisp waft thru cloy palate-shifting corn syruping. Sweet ginger-leafed lemon candy remant stays recessive.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, crisp lightweight dry body semi-successfully brings uncommon herbal spiced adjuncts together. Light jalapeno-chili pepper heat and cilantro-leafed coriander spicing receive brisk lime tartness, retaining mineral-watered freshness at the bark-dried lime-soured finish.
Adventurous autumnal ale utilizes fresh-ground coriander to sweeten its lemon-candied pineapple, orange and tangerine tang as well as kiwi-like prickly pear cactus neutrality. For contrast, herbal green tea bittering, sage-like minting and shaving cream-cologned perfuming prove worthy. Tertiary boysenberry-blackberry-blueberry-raspberry illusions gain gin-like juniper berry nip way below the busy mix.