“Sinfully delicious” bourbon barrel-aged stout goes thru significant transformation. Clean-watered bourbon spicing and dry burgundy undertones gain sour dried fruit respite to reinforce creamy cocoa bean resilience, rich vanilla bean bittering and bruised black cherry resolve. The result is a bourbon-dried Black Forest Cake for robust thirsts.
On tap at Fishheads – Nags Head, juicily tropical fruited IPA stays sessionable as tangy grapefruit, orange, peach, pineapple and mango piquancy calmly rises above mild resinous pine dankness and wispy grassy hop astringency. Floral-spiced citrus finish retains zesty summertime briskness.
Wayward wintry IPA, reminiscent of dewy Extra Special Bitter, layers light pine wood paneling across roasted tobacco crisping as well as orange-dried lemon, pineapple, grapefruit and tangerine tartness. But brown-sugared cocoa interlude, timid caramel malting and ripe fig snip never reach sweet conclusion.
On tap at Amazing Grapes, captivating 19th Anniversary Imperial IPA unloads six hop varieties onto malt-heavy 9% ABV full body. Caramel-candied apple, bruised orange, lemon meringue, pink grapefruit, mango, pineapple, peach, cantaloupe, honeydew and melon melange absorbs dank pine resin, sweet spruce sugaring and plasticene clay quirk.
On tap at Doherty’s, syrupy black chocolate entry deepened by dark-roast hop bittering for limited edition 2016 version. Creamy chocolate center picks up wispy molasses-caked vanilla, coffee, caramel and cocoa illusions as well as tingly sugared spicing.
On tap at River Of Beer, luscious 20th Anniversary celebrator lacquers tropical pineapple, grapefruit, orange, cantaloupe and mango tang atop creamily rum-spiced sugar malts. Crisp, clean and refreshing, hiding intense 10% ABV astringency, oily pine resin and mild floral bouquet beneath fruitful splendor.
Summery fruit-infused wheat ale utilizes tart blackberry, red raspberry and boysenberry adjuncts to contrast light lemony blueberry-cranberry souring to wafer-sugared honey wheat spine.
Fantastic 18th anniversary celebrator is spicily tropical-fruited India Pale Ale with rich cookie dough yeast sweetness and creamily honeyed caramel malt backbone. Restrained piney hop resin saturates lemon cake, orange marmalade, honeydew, nectarine and peach illusions as well as grilled mango, pineapple and grapefruit snips. Perfect springtime 2016 helles bock-like medium body packs an unassumingly medicinal 10.5% ABV wallop.