Distinct upfront coffee roast waft bitterer than milk-creamed java entry of soft-toned, eclair-headed, pale-toned cream stout. Smoked maple molasses glazes tertiary almond-praline-pecan conflux as finishing hop astringency contrasts mild vanilla froth.
On tap at Plank Pizza, soft-toned grapefruit, orange, peach and pineapple tang greets delicate piney hop resin and grassy astringency above mildly creamed crystal malting.
On tap at Hoover’s Tavern, brown-sugared ginger snap cookie knockoff contrasts creamy vanilla-sweetened gingerbread cookie sugaring and tingly cinnamon-nutmeg-clove seasoning with oncoming orange-peeled Blackstrap molasses bittering for delectably spiced vanilla cream ale. Another fine Christmastime ale.
On tap at Kitchen & Beer Bar, wheat-altered IPA placates lemony grapefruit-orange tang with Hallertau Blanc-hopped white grape esters, earthen melon mold and dry wood lacquer above bready oats base in soft-toned hefeweizen setting.
Straightforward dry-hopped cream ale lets Indian corned maize astringency gather pasty porridge-oated pilsner malts and mild honeysuckle herbage as slightly sour lemon fizz adds bubbly effervescence to moderate-bodied fare.
On tap at Morris Tap & Grill, subtle bourbon barrel aging seeps into black patent-malted Bakers chocolate and dark cocoa bittering. Tarry coffee respite, ashen nuttiness and black licorice snips add further dryness to unconventional 10.3% ABV Imperial Stout.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Hoboken, nutty coffee-burnt Bakers chocolate bittering overwhelms dried-fruited blackberry, black cherry and raspberry tartness and light anise spicing above crisp-watered caramel-burnt black malt base.
Easygoing Imperial IPA spreads lively grapefruit zest and tangy mango-peach-pineapple-tangerine-papaya tropicalia across light Mosaic-hopped pine resin and sugary crystal malt creaming.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead, soft-toned witbier plies hefeweiss-influenced banana, clove, bubblegum and vanilla sweetness to mild candi-sugared Belgian yeast. Crisp lemon seltzer fizz, ancillary orange tartness and delicate lemongrass herbage waver above frail white wheat backbone.
Not far removed from Shebeen Cannoli Beer with its powder-sugared cupcake frosting and pastry-like sweetness. But its Nilla wafer waft, lactose-sugared vanilla bean influence and light funnel cake battering only affect the wispy cream soda finish as paltry lemon-dropped orange frontage fades fast above doughy white wheat base.