7.2% abv. A ridiculous 112 IBU! Pours a gorgeous hazy orange gold color with a healthy white head. Excellent Belgian lace. Amazing grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and orange rind aroma. Super drinkable for a relatively high abv. Touches of pine, herbs, and white pepper about halfway through. Hop flavors linger on the tips of the tongue and gums. Solid malt backing with caramel and water cracker flavors adds some balance. Interesting blending of grapefruit, mango, and pineapple with each sip. This is a delicious IPA that creates a great balance of bitter dankness, tropical juiciness, with a dry and lingering finish. I love it.
Finback Brewery, BQE Imperial Chocolate Stout, Queens, NY
9.2% abv. 63 IBU. Brewed with local Mast Brothers cocoa nibs and Native Coffee Roasters coffee and aged in bourbon barrels. Pours jet black with a thin tan head. Rich dark chocolate aroma with strong coffee notes. Full-bodied yet silky mouthfeel. Not boozy at all, but slight warming on the back of the throat after a few sips. The alcohol is really well masked. Complex and truly enjoyable mix of flavors including dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, sugary street roasted nuts, fig, dates, molasses, bourbon vanilla. A little dry astringency at finish from the heavy malt billing, but that is expected. Some citrus hops add to the mix. This really is a delightful beer. It gets better and better with each sip, I want more!