‘Delicate’ soft-tongued tripel (with astoundingly quiet 9.5% ABV)needs richer malt profile and more up-front resonation as tart beet-sugared crystal malting never sweetens enough. Dryer than most stylistic competitors with daintily candied Belgian yeast influence and blanched pilsner malts needing a push forward.Mildly perfumed banana tartness pick up desolately spiced pineapple, mango and orange tropicalia.
Updated version of brewer’s Pilzilla (circa 2017) relies more on earthen tea-like herbal musk than dry piney grapefruit sustenance. At the finish, grassy hop astringency upends tart lemongrass spurt (and subdued leafy foliage).
On tap at Taphouse Grille, luscious nitro stout provides fudgy chocolate cake sweetness to light-roast coffee, creamy vanilla and milk-sugared oats as its mild earthen cellar dankness creeps up behind. A veritable chocolate pudding.
On tap at Andy’s Corner Bar, rich, creamy, increasingly popular ‘black ale’ heightens chewy black chocolate syruping with light oak-staved bourbon sugaring to contrast mildly hop-charred dark cocoa, vanilla bean and espresso bittering. Dark-roasted mocha malting gains sinewy molasses sweetness and distant wood-burnt singe as wispy raisin, prune and date illusions flutter beneath. Despite hefty 12% ABV, velvety smooth ‘Big Black’ full body goes down easy.