jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At this point Mike was just trying to hurt us, growler... This pours dark brown throughout, a light tan head, ok lace, good retention. Looks good... The aroma is not what I was expecting at all, love the sweeter notes of a baltic but those are all gone and replaced by the barrel. Oak, smoke, and tons of red vinous notes. Not what I was expecting but interesting... The taste shows off even more of the red wine, almost exclusively, hard to find anything else, lacks depth.
Sweet beer + sweet liquor its a winey mess. The concept is interesting and would love to something else in this vain, needs a much stronger base beer though.
MrChopin (3346) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown, thin tan head ring. Really heavy, really port influenced. Bit of dry malt in finish, stocky thin body. Bit hot and thin from port influence, but decent enough, could use more base beer.
1FastSTi (3340) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 growler. Pours to a really deep brown body with a creamy deep tan head. The aroma is sweet chocolate with a bunch of sweet red wine and sherry. Delicious chocolate, wine, sweet chocolate syrup, sherry, port, and dry roasted malts. The palate is medium bodied and syrupy with a thick texture.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
growler from dakine on 4/12/10.
really dark... cherry tinted brown with a small off white head.
vinous aroma (wine barrel?) mixed with dusty dried corn, chocolate, molasses, vitamin pills, sour notes and lots of herbal hops.
the flavor shows a lot of savory wood notes (much more so than the aroma does, lactic sourness and the rest of the notes from the aroma... it’s an odd one and it leaves behind a weird herbaceous flavor in the aftertaste.
it is crisp and clean. it would be much more quaffable if it weren’t so strange... barrel aged sour baltic porter, perhaps? 7/4/6/4/14/3.5
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown-red edges, tan cover. Aroma is vinuous, port, fruity dark berries, chocolate. Taste is much the same, some port, lots of chocolate sweetness, nicely port finish.
pineypower (2527) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler shared by Dmac, thanks dude. Pours out a moderately reddish hued brown color with a small white head that fades every second after the pour. Aroma is of odd boozy notes, Cabernet, and some vanilla. Taste is of some slightly wine-like notes, wood, roast, light chocolate. Interesting....
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler. Dark chocolate brown pour, heavy dark brown head and a wonderful aroma of chocolate and mellowed sublime rich red raspberries. Flavor was also rich creamy chocolate, dark malts, and silky black cherry and fresh raspberries on a rich (but very well balanced) finish. Probably my favorite Town Hall beer to date, I really wish I had purchased more than 1 growler of this.
kbutler1 (1356) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 Tap. Had several of these one night as I just could not resist this tasty brew! Poured very dark black color with a nice slight tan head that collars around the glass. The aroma wafting from this one is dark fruit, roasty malt, and a slight touch of barrel. The taste is just out of this world as is the mouthfeel which is a nice creamy medium/heavy feel that is just done so perfectly. The taste is so well blended and balanced that it is difficult for me to pick out specific flavors but I recall roasted malts, some chocolate, dark fruit, woody, and slight touch of alcohol. By far this is one of my favorite beers both from Town Hall and any other brewery I have had. Really looking forward to this again in the future.
Re-Rate: 10/28/10. The port barrel is much more noticeable in this batch, in a good way though. The wine taste is much more prevalent as well. Nice aroma of grape mixed with roasted malt. A solid sipper. 15 months in the barrel really shows!
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating #6 of this beer -- growler generously shared by daknole. Pours a roasted coffee color with an amber tint and lingering carbonation. Smells faintly of vinegar and molasses. Tastes weird -- lactose, sour, wet wood, malt, and maybe even maize. Probably some infection going on, but still an interesting brew.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark and possibly a bit hazy–though its hard to tell with the low light and dark color–with an off white head. Can’t tell if it’s black or just dark brown. Roasty, almost hop like nose, with some chocolate. Dark fruit sweetness with a balance of black dark roasted coffee along with a nice malt profile. Quite enjoyable and a bit too easy to drink.