On tap at Hoover’s Tavern, faintly bourbon-barreled 27th anniversary Imperial Porter promises more than it delivers -lacking dimension and fortitude. Its sweet nutty brown chocolate entry (courtesy of Theo’s cocoa nibs), while pleasant, overwhelms adjunctive pomegranate molasses-soured apricot puree tartness and wavered baking spices.
Conditioned on ‘rook’ coffee, maple and cinnamon, sensational Imperial Milk Porter relinquishes beautiful bourbon vanilla resonance alongside caramel-burnt brown chocolate spicing and milk-sugared coffee tone. Eventually, toasted cinnamon adjunct seeps thru vanilla-mocha stead, picking up whipped cream chocolate pudding sweetness, chewy marshmallow snips, spiced rum licks, frothy cappuccino dips and black licorice blips to counter less prominent wood-charred hop sear. Embraceable night cap with ultimate warmth.
Ultimately irresistible Cognac barreled Sunday Brunch conditioned on Rook coffee, maple syrup and cinnamon. Creamy milk chocolate whiskeyed cognac warmth consumes indelible cinnamon-spiced maple syruping and punctual bourbon-burgundy-brandy wining. While cognac influence stays subtle, its scaled back Rook coffee adjunct lingers in the midst as fudge-caked creme brulee, chocolate rum cake, cinnamon chocolate babka, Black Forest cake and vanilla ice cream illusions add to distinct barrel-aged dessert classic.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, easygoing Christmas dessert treat (boasting surprisingly high oak-aged 10% ABV) imbues rye-whiskeyed chocolate malting with sweet gingerbread insistence. Raspy hop spicing tingles wintry maple molasses-tinged nutmeg-cinnamon-gingersnap seasoning.
On tap at Ambulance, ‘decadent’ bourbon-barreled porter loads milk chocolate fudging and bittersweet vanilla beaning atop toasted coconut sweetness. Spirited bourbon sugaring soaks into caramel-burnt Mounds Bar/ Almond Joy center as tertiary espresso, cappuccino and carob tones find space below bourbon chocolate-caked coconut insistence.
Fabulously rich limited edition 2017 edition reinforces milky black chocolate malting with syrupy cherry-soaked bourbon affectations and chewy vanilla licks. Toasted coconut, cola and hazelnut help sweeten the mighty mocha contingent as creamy chocolate cake, crème brulee and illusions thicken resolve of Kentucky bourbon-barreled bonbon.
By combining brewers’ Roebling Imperial Porter with Michigan dark cherries, inconsequential 2015 hybrid overwhelms all of its mild bourbon barrel flavoring and most of its mocha porter luster with vinous oaken cherry tartness. Pithy earthen musk scoured by mellow yellow grape vinegaring at mouth-puckering sour cherry finish.
Sweet rum barrel-aged elixir picks up light bourbon vanilla influence to elevate molasses-sapped milk chocolate theme. Ashen piney hop roast softly embitters the silken mocha contingent. Tertiary cola nut, hazelnut and walnut toasting works its way into the mix alongside port-wined black grape wisp.
On tap at Ambulance Brew House, aggressive mocha-rich full body layers dry black coffee bittering atop hop-charred oaken bourbon soothe and sugared oats spine with tremendous results. Majestic chocolate-fudged vanilla bean, espresso, hazelnut and molasses undertones reinforce jolly java theme of enviable bourbon-aged coffee porter that’s an absolute must. On tap at Beef Trust, 2020 version retained creamy milk-sugared coffee rampage and all pertaining references, gaining sweet rum influence.
On tap at Ambulance Brew House, persuasive bourbon-aged dessert treat enhances prominent toasted coconut theme with dark-roasted chocolate malting. Cocoa nibs shelter capacious coconut sweetness as well as ancillary chocolate fudge, marshmallow, toffee, praline and almond illusions. Dry bourbon sway adds warmth and elegance.
On tap at Ambulance Brew House, scintillatingly sweet dessert treat drapes chewy vanilla creaminess above oaken bourbon leathering. Sugary vanilla sweetness efficiently contrasts bitter vanilla bean tannins. Marvelous mocha penetration conjures brown chocolate, creme brulee, burnt caramel, fudged brownie, chocolate truffle, chocolate cake and coconut illusions. Dry whiskey snip dips below tertiary pecan-almond cluster.
On tap at Ambulance Brew House, audacious bourbon-barreled Baltic porter distinctly re-creates peanut-buttered raspberry jam sandwich. Grape, strawberry and blackberry jelly illusions deepen fruity pureed sweetness while dark chocolate, vanilla, anise and coffee bean undertones gird mild hop-charred bittering. A hint of bourbon perks up the nutty mocha finish.