On tap at Plank Pizza, rangy 11.5% ABV porter drapes creamy dark chocolate syrup atop mildly spiced dried fruiting. Mocha-bound black cherry, raspberry, raisin and prune tones gain slight rummy molasses and bourbon vanilla licks while ashen hops relegate distant wood-seared tobacco leaf crisping. Yummy chocolate cherry cake dessert alternative.
On tap at Ambulance, adequate Imperial Porter may lack pertinent salted caramel influence but easy flowing dark-roast mocha setting picks up mild dry cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and molasses illusions that linger softly.
Musky Madagascar vanilla bean oiling surfaces above “subdued hops” and dewy moisturizing. Soy-sauced brown chocolate influence picks up wet-wooded peaty compost tendency.
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.