25th anniversary barleywine (with well disguised 11% ABV) resonates with toffee-spiced brown chocolate sweetness topping nutty dried fruiting and dewy peat moisture (possibly from utilizing an experimental hop). Caramelized rum cake, brown-sugared fig and raisin cookie illusions add further pleasantries.
Teeming with blood orange tanginess and massive tangerine juiciness, hybridized IPA gains light pine lacquered hop stickiness to boost sourly hard candied tartness. Thick tongue-coated tangerine-orange resilience never relents.
On tap at Climax, soft-tongued raspberry puree tartness relegates mildly creamed banana-bubblegum sweetness and sour lemon tingle above delicate white wheat spine. Sweet-tart candied raspberry persistence pays off for fruitful hefe.
On tap at Darby House – Plainfield, tart raspberry insistence given brisk lemon zest as loud carbolic spritz provides crisply clean palate cleanser for valiantly variant blonde ale.
On tap at Climax, highly expressive autumn ale leans on the sweet side as brown-sugared pumpkin pie pleasantry picks up discreet yam influence, ginger-spiced nutmeg seasoning and dainty cherry piquancy to contrast polite lemon-drop sourness as well as earthen squash, butternut and zucchini illusions.
On tap at River Of Beer, stylistically moderate barleywine stays silken as delicate caramel malting picks up light citric hop astringency to contrast red cherry sweetness and sugared fig resilience. Not as rich, creamy and resilient as brewers’ 15th anniversary celebrator, but ultimately fine nonetheless.