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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badgerben (4822) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Town Hall 8th Anniversary, Saturday release: Dark copper color with no head. Strong aroma of candi sugar. Holy crikey... the flavors just roll out of the glass. Vanilla from the barrel and though I didnt notice the honey, something similar and it struck me as Calvados. More sugar and sweet malt with an orange finish. Alcohol was apparent, but not overpowering. I think this stole the show for the Anniversary week.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2387) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2005
8th anniversary release. Sweet, tropical fruit (passion fruit) nots in the nose. Lovely, unique. Amber body with no visible carbonation. Nice lace. Sophisticated and elegant. Passion fruit comes through in the flavor. Strong alcohol profile that is not hidden at all. Some banana. A very solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Dark Amber Coloring with Offwhite Head. Roasted Coconut Aroma. Strong Enough in Mouthfeel to Have a Syrapy Texture to it. Fruity, Warming, Sweet...Candy Sugar. Overall a Strong, Sweet and Seductive Grand Cru. The Barrell Does Wonderful Things with This Brew. Perhaps the Best Brew of Anniversary Week.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (4033) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Beautiful aroma. Through the smelling and drinking I experienced notes of raisin, plum, sake, lemon, celery, licorice, anise, and perhaps a touch of bourbon (I dont think its the aging that gives me this note), and the alcohol was well under control. Smooth but somewhat tingling with carbonation, almost sharp. Clear amber, some clinging head, off-white in color. Really good, though the palate let it down just a bit. (on tap at brewpub)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Usually not the biggest fan of Grand Crus, this one was awesome. Pours deep amber with off white head, smell is spicy and sugary. Taste up front is vanilla and oak that leads into a candy like sweetness that coats the mouth with a syrup like consistency.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (7476) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1235) - 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
jake65 (3349) - 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
daknole (10836) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Amber pour. Off white head. Dates, vanilla, sweet yeast, honey, oak and golden raisins both in the aroma and flavor. I really like the dried fruit and sweet spicy note of this one. Town Hall kicks ass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9032) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2010
RBWG10 cheers to JW77 Pours amber, thin off-white head. Aroma, fruity, some white grape and light vanilla Flavors, similar to aroma, some white grapes, light butterscotch mouthfeel, apple flavors, bittersweet finish, medium wood barrel with a nice mix of vanilla. Finish is rather thick and syrupy.

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