On tap at Denny’s Beer Barrel, decadent 28th Anniversary Imperial Porter tweaks molasses-sapped bourbon vanilla with milk chocolate-y cocoa nibs and peat-smoked wheat malts. Sweet orange peel adjunct seeps below the mix. Subsidiary toasted coconut, roasted tobacco, pureed raspberry, blueberry and port illusions add resilience to boozy (11.5% ABV) to oak-barreled dessert.
On tap at Growler & Gill, ‘super bold’ 10.5% ABV Imperial Porter inspired by sugar-spiced Turkish coffee retains treacly Madagascar vanilla bean creaming above black-peppered black cardamom, cinnamon, curry and cumin illusions as well as fudgy caramel-burnt black chocolate malts. Cacao nibs, cappuccino, hazelnut and cola subsidies round out rich dessert eccentricity.
On tap at City Tap – Cleveland, elegantly sweet bourbon oak aging provides warmth for creamy turbinado-sugared brown chocolate, vanilla, coconut, espresso and Vietnam coffee ascendency. Below the surface, fudged brownie, molasses, cinnamon and granola illusions add further pleasantries.
Perfectly re-creating sticky peanut buttery chocolate candy bar, rich mocha porter gains fudgy sweetness above dark-roasted nuttiness and tidy coffee-vanilla conflux. Mild purple grape, sugar plum and prune illusions flutter. Serve to nutty chocolate lovers.
Creamily cohesive peanut-buttered black chocolate entry picks up dark-roast coffee influence. Nutty mocha resilience allows dark toffee, vanilla, espresso and cappuccino illusions to deepen its rich complexity.
On tap at Ambulance, devastatingly devious dessert treat (circa 2016) layers bourbon-sugared milk chocolate sweetness atop understated oatmeal rye malt base. Bustling cocoa nibs influence increases as ancillary vanilla, anise, espresso and toasted coconut illusions penetrate oak-charred mocha finish.
On tap at Flying Saucer in St. Louis, “festive” robust porter fused with Caffe Calabria coffee and sugared vanilla gains upfront peppermint adjunct to amplify its fudgy black chocolate malting. Like a Peppermint Pattie, its evergreen-fresh peppermint bark confection drapes the dry cocoa bean insistence and chewy mocha-enriched cookie dough spine.
On tap at Ambulance, cherry-dried version of Imperial Biscotti lacks originals’ distinction as dark-roasted black chocolate and cacao nibs bittering overrun any coffee-dipped almond biscotti niceties or oaken vanilla nuances. Blood-like saline acridity grafts desiccated cherry-soured Baker’s chocolate finish.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead, robust dry-bodied dark ale loads dark-roasted chocolate rye malts onto earthen Chinook hop char and burnt walnut bittering. Rampaging black coffee, burnt caramel and raw molasses illusions make deep impression upon bittersweet dark chocolate richness.
Remarkable bourbon-aged porter imparts creamy rum-spiced chocolate milkshake sweetness to dark Belgian candi-sugared molasses thickness. Lovely bourbon vanilla licks accentuate oncoming chocolate liqueur, creme brulee, Irish coffee, dark cocoa, fudged brownie, flam custard, sherry and blackberry illusions. A persuasive dessert treat for the holidays.
On tap at Ambulance, rich and sticky bourbon-barreled porter picks up sweet rum spicing to affect molasses-smoked mocha malting, blackcurrant-liqueured anise goo and oak-toasted peat whiskey nip. Fudgy chocolate, cocoa and walnut illusions deepen bourbon vanilla seduction. Latent cherrywood char dampens campfire setting.
Rich dry-bodied porter brings chewy black-malted Madagascar vanilla bean thickness to syrupy molasses-sapped dark chocolate, lightly pungent Ghana cacao nibs, day-old coffee souring, resinous hop char and earthen musk. Smooth mineral water crisping galvanizes velvety mocha finish.