Sumptuously creamed Irish stout (from Canada) brings baked gingerbread sweetness to sugared molasses sinew and caramel-burnt toffee fudging above contrastive coarsened hop char. Brown-sugared cinnamon, nutmeg and anise spicing deepens Black Forest-caked holiday spirit. Tertiary fig, black grape, black cherry, chestnut, hazelnut and dark cocoa illusions increase complexity.
Vacillating between a sweet oatmeal stout, a soy-soured Baltic porter and a dried-fruited Christmas bock, spice-speckled dry body allows oatmeal raisin cookie sugaring to infiltrate black chocolate-malted raw molasses bittering and sedate wood-burnt hop pungency. Fig and fennel adjuncts spice up mocha malting while miniscule walnut, cinnamon and vanilla undertones get whisked away.
Perfect molasses-draped Christmas dessert offering brings creamy S’more-like Graham Cracker marshamallow roast and Nestle Quik cocoa powdering to brazenly tar-like hop char. Chewy lactose richness fortified by dark-roasted milk chocolate, chicory-smoked coffee beaning, burnt caramel sweetness and light vanilla daub. Busy flavor profile never falters.
On tap at 381 Main, domineering brown-sugared gingerbread cookie theme gets lift from nitrogen gassing as chewy molasses-soaked cookie dough creaminess, supportive cinnamon spicing and dark-roasted chocolate malting underscore wintry full-bodied dessert treat. In the bottle, mischevious winter warmer loses some luster. Gargantuan gingerbread pinnacle fades a tad as vanilla, anise, nutmeg and clove illusions embellish brown chocolate midst and teasing bourbon nip.
Middling dry stout celebrates 10th anniversary of Irish brewery with inefficient moderation. Oily astringency knocks back hop-charred coffee bean bitterness topping sugared oats spine and tertiary licorice-currant remnant. At espresso finish, black tar, charcoal, and pipe tobacco harshness take back seat to peat-smoked black chocolate-vanilla-molasses surge (bereft of requisite nuttiness).