Dry medium-dark roast coffee bean entry gains dark chocolate complement, lingering above earthen hop-charred nuttiness with casual aplomb. Bittersweet coffee roast picks up mild cocoa-powdered vanilla spree, but its aggressive java foundation drops off by the thinnish finish.
On tap at Biggie’s, so-called ‘sublime summertime’ treat only tastes like a vanilla-creamed orange creamsickle for a terse moment. Then, its frisky carbolic spritz aerates any orange-peeled Madagascar vanilla bean influence as its mild citric hop astringency increases. Tertiary cream-corned lemon custard snip and small cracked wheat backbone flutter.
‘Utopian’ limited edition (2016) full body brings roasted caramel, chocolate and coffee richness to oatmeal molasses sugaring, mildly pungent hop char and nutty respite. Light anise spicing affects syrupy black chocolate finish.
On tap at River Of Beer, approachable moderate-bodied barleywine (collaboration between Vermont’s Otter Creek and Lawson’s Liquids) brings raisin puree sweetness to light port-sherry wining as subtle maple molasses syruping sits softly in the backdrop. Tertiary red grape, candied apple, brandied cherry, red currant and bourbon vanilla undertones add depth.
Durable full-bodied stout combines creamy coffee bean richness, penetrative dark-roasted black chocolate syruping and oats-charred nuttiness. Molasses-smoked mocha malting and caramel-burnt vanilla sweetness contrast tobacco-chawed scorched earth bittering by the velvety java finish.