Luxuriously detailed oak-aged stout brings richly creamed black chocolate syruping to mighty sweet bourbon vanilla overtures, gaining an intense anise-spiced tongue coating by the molasses-smoked mocha finish. Ancillary black cherry, burgundy grape, toasted coconut and caramel latte illusions deepen resolve.
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
Inside a small middle space at an inconspicuous West Fountain Street mall just across Route 95 from Providence proper, intimate LONG LIVE BEERWORKS thrilled its local neighbors, who came out in droves to celebrate its grand opening, January 2016. ‘Hardcore New Haven-bred hop enthusiast’ Armando De Dona utilizes a backroom seven barrel system to craft his highly respected original recipes. Unlike downtown breweries Union Station and Trinity, Long Live Beerworks is a traditional production microbrewery – meaning it only serves beer, not food.
Settling in on a cold Saturday evening February ’17, my wife and I grab seats at the L-shaped 8-seat serving table. On the right side, a large mural-like Long Live Beerworks canvas counters the black-walled bar area. In the springtime, a small exterior patio provides more room.
On tap during my 1-hour stopover were two magnificent coffee-flavored dark ales and one juicy IPA. Though we’re crunched for space, the tiny facility has no problem keeping the customers satisfied.
Lemony yellow grapefruit zest fronted Citra-Centennial-hopped Wesside IPA, a crisply clean medium body anchored by mildly creamed crystal malts and dank pine resin.
Next, Harry May Oatmeal Porter (with Dave’s French Roast Coffee) reigned luxurious coffee bean essence over sweet toasted oats, gaining cappuccino, café latte and cocoa undertones at its sweepingly majestic finish.
Just as enjoyable, Coarse Grind Stout (with Dave’s Coffee Espresso Blend) brought medium-roast coffee tones to the fore, as dry espresso, cacao nibs, dark chocolate and macchiato notions reinforced its java goodness.
Enchanting lupulin-powdered medium body in a can (not far removed from a Belgian Golden Ale with its funky white-peppered herbal yeast profile) contrasts effervescent yellow grapefruit tang against raw-honeyed lemon souring. Wispy Citra-hopped curacao orange, mandarin orange and tangelo illusions provide subtle hard-candied tartness.