On tap at Taphouse 15, decadent Imperial Stout (in collab with J. Wakefield) showcases toasted pecan and marshmallow adjuncts as creamy brown chocolate syruping drapes hazelnut-pasted molasses richness and mild oats-flaked Maris Otter malting contrasting cedar-charred hop roast of Rocky Road ice cream knockoff.
On tap at Beef Trust, fruity Regular Coffee spinoff finished on raspberries plies milk-sugared coffee creaming to pastry-caked breakfast confection. Raspberry jellied tartness sweetens yellow-caked coffee caking for fine proprietary derivative.
On tap at Tapastre, vanilla rum barrel-aged Imperial Coffee Cream Ale offshoot finished on bruleed banana retains “acidic coffee bittering curbed by milk sugar” for obliquely designed dessert beer. Rummy banana daquiri midst picks up demure dry Scotch spurt as mild coffee-espresso tones indeterminably reach pastry floured base.
On tap at Beef Trust, silken “continuation of regular coffee game” features espresso-roasted creamed coffee goodness aged in rum barrels and finished with condensed milk. Milk-sugared coffee creaming stays sedate as rummy Scotch-licked warmth picks up wispy toasted coconut, oaken vanilla and brandy illusions (as well as lacquered turpentine ethers).
Like a brisk walk in the park, pleasantly crisp light-bodied pils (with white head over thin aluminum yellow haze) brings wet-grained minerality to sour lemon zest, musky chamomile herbage, yellow wood bark and sweet corn remnant. A refined draught pilsner.
On tap at Beef Trust, soothingly lighter (if not necessarily sweeter) version of Carton’s Regular Coffee retains soft nitrogenated mouthfeel, creamy white eggshell head and lovely milk-sugared coffee essence. Sweetened coffee tones gain subtle cappuccino, latte macchiato and Frappuccino licks as well as mild orange rind snips. A delightful offshoot.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, heftier version of brewers’ renowned Boat Beer (masking heightened 8.4% ABV) emboldened by plentiful IPA-like citrus fruiting, grainier pale malt spine and powdered lupulin oils (instead of hop pellets). Lemony grapefruit zest and ancillary guava-papaya tartness grazed by resinous hemp dankness and delicate lemongrass herbage above doughy dry malting. Sunshiny summertime fare with a solid hop-grained redemption.
Interesting (if not totally convincing) bock hybrid layers medium-roast Blue Moon coffee beans above coarsely dried-fruited peat malts, leaving sweet vanilla and dark chocolate tones in the lurch. Using green Bali coffee beans instead of dry hops, its subtle berry-cherry notions fade too quick while black licorice, cola nut and hazelnut illusions merely waver in an unbalanced mix that’ll satisfy coffee lovers only at the beginning.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, briskly clean wheated pale ale spreads light citrus spicing across grassy hop astringency, dry pale malting and slight barnyard acridity. Polite Citra-hopped tingle pervades lemony clementine, navel orange and tangerine tang above wheat cracker base in highly sessionable manner.
On tap at Beef Trust, tequila-wooded coffee liqueur sweetness enriches milk-sugared cocoa fudginess for Regular Coffee variant. Homemade coffee syrup deepens caramel latte, crème de cacao and mocha meringue illusions while tequila-like agave nectar adds further sweetness.
On tap at Beef Trust, frothy whipped cream head settles atop milk-sugared French roast coffee sweetness of orange brandy-barreled Regular Coffee derivation. Soothing Grand Marnier illusions promote sharp citrus bruise and mild grape tannins to envelop vanilla-dipped cappuccino, caramel latte and crème de cacao riffs. Just a tad too liqueur-sweet for perfection, but a wonderful brandy nightcap alternative nevertheless.
Stiff vodka kick rampages alongside candy-glazed tropical fruiting and understated clay-hopped pine needling. Advertised wet-wooded hop ‘dankness’ is nearly a misnomer. Instead, sugar-coated grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple and mango tanginess battles back rubbing alcohol burn (13% ABV). Musky fennel, rosemary (?), hibiscus and ethyl undertones go awry.