Creamy caramel-burnt blackstrap molasses adjunct regales sweet vanilla subtlety for highly regarded Imperial Stout aged on hickory, maple and white ash. Cedar-charred walnut, hazelnut and Brazil nut roast glazed by maple molasses sinew, leaving sour raisin, dark cherry and prune illusions on the back end.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, sunshiny orange-peeled grapefruit briskness given zesty lemon misting to grassy hop astringency. Summery citrus splendor picks up subtle apricot, nectarine and tangerine illusions as well as resinous pine wisps.
On tap at Beef Trust, charmingly decadent full-bodied mocha dessert plies velvety whiskey-bent Irish cream liqueur to bitter black coffee overtones and fudgy vanilla-spiced brown chocolate stead. Tertiary cocoa, espresso, pecan, walnut, cola and hazelnut illusions deepen its complexity.
Sharp tropical fruiting raises sour passionfruit, orange and guava juicing slightly above piney citrus IPA template and blaring aspirin-like astringency. Lemony gooseberry tartness increases zesty Hawaiian tropicalia while grapefruit pith and melon rind souring gains ancillary mandarin orange, pineapple, papaya and tangerine tanginess. A somewhat bold stylistic changeup.
Luxurious fresh-brewed coffee entry superseded by tart raspberry pureeing for rich (9.4% ABV) Wake-N-Bake variation. Dark chocolate insistence and liquid cacao adjunct catch up to hop-charred coffee bittering midway, coalescing with bittersweet raspberry truffle scheme at fulsome Black Forest cake finish.
On tap at Plank Pizza, mighty dark-roast Jittery Joe’s coffee bittering and cocoa-dried black chocolate residue pick up tart Montmorency cherry juicing atop hop-charred molasses oats base.
Dry Baltic porter issues beechwood-smoked black chocolate malting and French oak licks to ashen nutty bittering. Oncoming vanilla-creamed dark fruiting ransacks chicory-seared cedar char and light Band-Aid astringency. Drifting cocoa nibs influence adds to nutty chocolate nature.
On tap at Taphouse 15, oats-flaked crystal malting sweetens zesty IPA-like yellow grapefruit, orange rind and lemon peel bite. Mild dank hop astringency and husked grain earthiness contrast sugar-spiced tingle at the back end.
On tap at Amazing Grapes, tart cranberry-forward sourness almost supersedes vegetal gourd earthiness and mild pumpkin-skinned acridity. Lemony blood orange, yellow grapefruit and tangelo fruiting tingles the sour cranberry essence.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead, sensational Imperial Milk Stout layers whipped creamed Mascapone custard atop rum-soaked ladyfinger impression and fudgy brown chocolate malting (while nearly bettering Terrapin’s ambitious Moo-Hoo dessert treat). Subsidiary creme brulee, maple molasses, chocolate cake, toasted coconut, cherry cordial, vanilla wafer and wheat-honeyed sweetness receives powdered sugaring. For contrast, rich coffee bean bittering gains prominence alongside milky Yoo-Hoo chocolate syruping. Serve to all sweet-toothed fanatics.