I love Baltimore. So many great breweries so close together. But you never forget your first. For me it’s Oliver Brewing Co., which used to brew right in Pratt Street Ale House, but now has its own digs. This ale is made with local Ceremony Coffee Roasters’ “Destroyer” espresso, and damn it’s a lovely pour.
First impression? Fizzy – this felt good on the tongue. It’s sizzle-licious! The espresso is right there in the first sniff, as the thick creamy head quickly dissipates.
A nice bit of sweetness blends well with the espresso when the brew hits the tongue. There’s also a strong caramel note that doesn’t lead into anything achingly syrupy. The combo of fizzy carbonation and upfront black pepper sees to that. As the name suggests, this brew is a mix of contradictions. Sweet nose, peppery bite. Smooth pour, saucy bubbles. And is that a touch of creaminess at the end? Yes. Yes it is.
Great with spicy food. It paired wonderfully with my spicy veggie chili nachos, to be precise. Though spice works well with C/D, this brew would also go well with chocolate chip cookies, cookie dough ice cream/froyo, or any other chocolate chip-y treat. Or you can just enjoy it on its own; it’s a great ale for solo sipping. Enjoy.
Oliver Brewing Co. Creator Destroyer
Style: Espresso Brown Ale
ABV (alcohol by volume): 6%
IBUs (international bitterness units): unknown