Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Eye of the Storm, 10th Anniversary Beer, 2007
10% alcohol, 10 varieties of honey.
Slightly hazed orange coloring, slimmed white head.
Aroma is sweetness and citrus, honey and orange...which blossoms where harvested here? 10 of them, we know, but what kinds are a mystery. Flowery, almost, but not quite perfumey...with a solid malt base behind. Quite intriquing and utterly unique.
Taste: slick, and sweet, with a bold, big flavor. One of the fullest bodied of any honey ales I’ve ever had. There’s a tidy hop buzz going on on top, and just the right malt ballast below, but this tasty honey base makes this ever-so delicious.
Supposedly 10% alcohol, for the 10 years of Town Hall, but I’m not feelin’ it...yet...no, wait...it’s starting to blaze!
Is it an ale? Or a mead? Or a honeywine? Or...???
Not that I care, it’s just super-delicious in my book. Any time a brewer takes chances and comes up with some incredible new wrinkle in the folds of the beer style catalog, I’m on the cheering squad...but, only if it tastes as good as this!
Big carbonation in the mouthfeel with this one, bristling along the tongue, who knows what hops are at use, but the honey is larger in the profile of this guy. Full-bodied, with a big, thick, nearly viscous mouthfeel.
Dang, it’s good! Wish their bottling lines were ready in time for this one, it’s one to keep, and share, and have around for the good times and celebrations!
Damn! Wow! Cool! Other! One! Word! Exhultations!
Honestly, outside of Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch, I don’t think I’ve had any beer quite like this...and that one was far too thick and un-beer-like. This is so nice...it’s good enough to salute 10 years of great beers and plenty of innovation, too! Hats off to Pete and Mike and the whole crew, long may they wave!
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2007. Pours to a watery golden body with a very thin white head. The aroma is pretty awesome. The 10 kinds of honey are very balanced and I dig them. Sweet floral and outdoorsy. Flower fields and nature. The flavor is rich with sweet unique honey. Reminds me of subtle perfumes and sweet honeys. The palate is surprisingly not sticky. Thin given how much honey is used. Overall, I though this was a superb experimental brew.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap during the tour. Clear yellow in color with a small white head. Light aroma of grassy hops and sugary. Sweet vanilla, honey, and spicy. Prickly mouthfeel. Delicious.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2007. 10th Anniversary Ale I believe.
Golden pour small white head. Aroma is very floral w/ a touch of honey and a hint of perfume like hops. Good big thick well coated palate. Flavor of honey, flower petals, hints of rose petal, w/ a dry finish. No alcohol coming through which is surprising for what is said to be an 11+% ABV not the 10.5 we have listed. I enjoyed the stuff.
Skyview (5543) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at the brewpub in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pours a semi-clear golden pale brew with a decent white head that slowly dissolves to a thick ring with good retention. Aroma of highly sweet caramel malt, honey, flowery hops and a touch of barnyeard yeast. Taste is full bodied, lightly carbonated with sweet flavors of honey, flowery grain malt, some yeast and plenty of sugary alcohol. Finish is warm and slightly metalic, candi sugar and yeast aftertaste. Pretty decent brew for a high alcohol beverage.
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010 Draft. On tap at Town Hall Tap. 12oz pour. Pours a light honey colored with a nice white 1 finger head. Very clear. Very clean aroma with only hints of light roast grain and sweetness from the honey. The taste is pretty sweet by not overly so with a nice balance of honey flavor and almost a very clean white grape almost like an ice wine. Medium/light mouhfeel. Nice lace on the glass. Overall, pretty sweet but not too sweet and the alcohol is pretty subtle.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear golden with thin white head. Aroma is big complex honey, with notes of spices, oak, and vanilla. Taste is big honey up front, with definitely notes of there being many different floral/fruity types of honey. Sweet vanilla middle leads to a bitter spice and oak, with a slightly sweet finish. Nice brew, not too sweet, but complex and layered. Almost like a mix between mead and beer, no sign of alcohol.
thegreenrooster (3980) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a hazy yellow with a large white head. Aroma is sweet and sugar with some added spice. Flavor is super heavy with a sweeness that does not overpower like you think it would but is just kind of there. After the swallow it leaves a nice spice on the tounge. This was quite tasty and usually i’m not a fan of beer with honey. This was almost like a mead.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma was sweet and distinctly honey with enough alcohol coming through to let you know this was potent,taste came through almost as a mead,sweet nad smooth,pretty much a one trick pony but a nice desert brew to end our meal
badgerben (4854) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy gold color with no head. A little wheat in the aroma and some lemongrass. Honey is by far the dominating flavor, almost to the point of it tasting like a mead. Solid lemon grass as well. A little straw and a floral hop finish.