Town Hall Barrel Aged Grand Cru
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
Celebratory Belgian strong-style ale aged in a Minnesota oak barrel that previously housed honey wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Provided by a very generous MN ratebeerian - thanks man! Pours a clear apple juice color with very little beige head. Nice soft aroma is sweet, fruity, yeast, and just a kiss of bourbon barrel. Mellow flavor of fruits and caramel, light spice, yeast, and again a very complimentary amount of barrel aging. Hint of toasted coconut? So mellow and smooth. Very nice, in fact excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Thanks to JW77 for the share. Adding some extra notes from RBWG 2010. Pours brown with an off-white head. Nose is malt, vanilla, maple, sweetness, and slight yeast. Flavor is similar with a ton of sweetness. Very enjoyable blend of beer and barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MeadMe (1610) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Ratebeer Winter Gathering. JW77 I believe. A: Pours a nice amberish orange with a small wispy white head. No retention or lace. S: Aromas of Belgian yeast, honey, hints of butterscotch candy and mild notes of dark fruits. T: Yeasty with very mild barrel tones. Hints of vanilla and dark fruit, tasty for sure. M: Medium smooth, I enjoyed it. D: Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Growler… Clear, burnt orange ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The nose is of caramel, raw oak and vanilla with just a trace of bourbon. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Moderately sweet, caramelly flavor with a nudge of bourbon and a suggestion of oak. Finishes lightly sweet with a slow fade. I want more cowbell bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Little boozy aroma, strong candied sugar complimented with floral mead. mousey brown. thin bodied, quickly sweet into warm wood soaked honey blossom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6160) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Definite honey on the nose, dusty yeast, spicy belgian sweetness, some mead-y notes as well as some oranges and sweet fruity notes also - as it warms the nose becomes very harmonious. Works well with base beer. Amber brown pour, white foamy ring around the edges. Lots of honey wine mead flavors up front and throughout with spicy sweet belgian yeast sweetness - banana, spice, light dusty notes candi sugars and sweet orange as well. Very balanced with only light tangy alcohol. Solid carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
12oz hand bottle, thanks Tom. Opened as a bit of a gusher. Sweet honey, musty earthy wheat, dates, caramel and a touch of oak. Dark honey golden with somewhat loose carbonation appearance. Sticky medium weight mouthfeel. Sweet toasted honey bread, light yeasty, honeysuckle, more faint floral. The mead barrel works much better with this base beer than the wee heavy I just had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (7620) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
12 oz. thanks tyler! pours crystal clear honeyed looking medium amber, no head or lace. honey, vanilla, caramel, and toffee on the nose. very desserty. sticky thick body, but not so viscous as to get in the way, very smooth and drinkable. caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and honey on the mid palate. mild honey caramel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Bottle shared by pantanap, thanks man. Pour is a barely bubbly rusty brown with almost no head. Aroma is clean caramel malt, wood, light toffee, and a touch of fruit. Flavor is also lightly woody with lots of caramel and toffee. A touch of fruit in the finish. Solid offering, could have used a bit more body and a bit more of every flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Townhall grand cru... Handbottle from Levi... Pours a semi-trasparent medium caramel brown with a non-existent head... Aroma of light coconut, vanilla, a little bit of booze, dark fruit and caramel/toffee malt... Flavors of dark fruit, caramel and subtle barrel-aged flavors which remain pretty subtle. Very soft carbonation. Body was somewhat thin to some degree. 8/3/7/3/14

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