hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light palate for a stout. Not sure if it was made like that or if the barrel did something to it. Anyway, dark coloured with a nice light roasted malt aroma with some tiny hints of oak. The flavour has obvious hints of wine and it adds a lot of character. I really liked this but would have liked it to be a bit creamier.
JK (4174) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice beer, more flavorful than the merlot stout. Aroma has oak and roasted malt. Flavor is medium sweet malt, oak, and light vinous character. Very dark brown. But as Oslo stated, the palate is lacking.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Draft, ABR í07] Pours black with a nice tan head. Oak comes through strongly in both nose and taste. Coffee also readily apparent in the taste. Pretty thin, was borderline 2. Iíll give this one another chance some time, but it definitely didnít work for me this time and ranked amongst one of the bigger disappointments of ABR.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask at the brew pub. Dark brown body with creamy brown head. Chocolate nose with wine like characteristics. Smooth creamy body with a sweet finish and a dry wine characteristic. One of the best theyíve done in a while.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
CASK: Black Color with Tan Head. Dark Malt and Dry Cabernet Wine Aroma. Smooth and Creamy Body. Light Bodied Stout Foundation. Lightly Sweet and Malty...Some Light Roasts..Cabernet Comes Out Right After the Initial Taste Hits Your Tongue...This Brew Ends Sweet and Dry. The Cabernet Addition is Amazing. Not Overpowering, Itís Just Right and Mixes with the Stout Wonderfully. I Could Think of Few Things Better then Going Pint After Pint with This Beer.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black shade of brown from the cask. Tannic aroma, hint of chocolate. Cabernet flavors of raisin and salted dry fruit, sort of pungent and almost sweaty, give way to a juice concentrate sugar taste. Smooth and round palate with a dry, bitter aftertaste. Seems to highlight the more unfortunate characteristics of wine barrel aging - this time around it could maybe have spent a little less time in there.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
As a devotee of Ireland's famous black, roasty ale, I've enjoyed stouts in uncounted variations, with myriad twists and turns, melded, mixed and married with numerous fruits, spices, berries, vegetables,nuts, beans, etcetera. So, why was I surprised by this new cask offering, why is my imagination so puny as to never predict this interesting take on the style? That's why there are brewers like Hoops, and pubs like Town Hall!
Color is a full brown, reddish around the edges, with a tidy creamy tan head atop. Aroma is soft, creamy, with light fruitiness, and just the start of a suggestion of the work of the vine that has permeated and blended so mellifulously with this ale. (I never asked exactly how they created this masterpiece, I merely drank and enjoyed!)
Once on the mouth, pure pleasure, nothing but. Nothing really stands out, not a part steps forward, but what you have is an fine, if rudimentary stout, with the soft, sweet, but still dry-ish, and very mellow cabernet flavorings riding underneath, and coating the mouth. The combination is supreme!
This is an interesting idea, magnificently executed...hops are mild, malt is lush and luxuriant, and the finish is a never-ending delight. Texture smooth and wonderful, flavor is a consistent joy!
If this were bottled, it would set the world on fire! I'd have it by my side at every occasion I could and wave it around for all to see. (As I did last night at the anniversary party).
One fantastic beer! Another triumph for Town Ha