On tap at Growler & Gill, ‘decadent’ 11.9% ABV Imperial Stout laces oak-charred Kentucky bourbon barrel aging thru rich brown chocolate syruping and creamy vanilla sugaring. Ultimately, smoky mocha molasses malting gains resilience above tantalizing bourbon whiskey ambiance and singed wood tones.
Initial blueberry compost lacquering and hefty blueberry waft fall off as phenol hop astringency and arid carbolic spritz oppress gluey pastry malt sweetness.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, expressive Citra-Galaxy hop mix allows lemony grapefruit, orange and tangerine tang to embrace sugary pale wheat malting for surprisingly mild Imperial IPA. Brisk citric spritz picks up light phenol acridity.
Sweet S’more-candied dessert treat retains creamy milk chocolate center, gingerbread-spiced Graham Cracker honeying and roasted marshmallow sugaring. Almond biscotti splurge, French vanilla custard niceties, flaked coconut hints and bitter cocoa snips run through sweet mocha foundation. Only its oily hop astringency goes awry.
On tap at Craft House, dry bourbon influence affects peaty rye whiskey continuance, smoky mocha malting and brown-sugared dried fruiting. Black cherry, soured fig and green raisin illusions receive oaken vanilla respite below steadfastly bittersweet bourbon chocolate spicing.