JK (5047) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2004 light spiced and malt aromas. Dark yellow, large head. Flavor of very light spices and also the standard Town Hall flavor many of their beers have. Ginger is noticeable in the taste. finish of dry hops. This is nothing special.
badgerben (4633) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This holiday brew has a nice, dark orange color to it with a quicly disappearing, thin head. The aroma immediately struck me of candied orange peels. There are bits of cloves and allspice too. The taste is very up front and a potent mix of cinnamon and nutmeg. I eventually narrowed the citrus taste to tangerines, which shows up on the tongue about the same time as the bitter hops. Dry malt finish. The bartender, while talking to another group, mentioned star anise as an ingredient. Entirely plausible, but since I have no clue what that tastes like, I can not comment. Dry malt finish. Very interesting brew. It’s one of my more favorite winter brews. It strikes me as perhaps a winter version of their Thunderstorm.
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
crazy sort of flavor that I just couln’t put my finger on, My girlfriend thought it was Liquorice, but I am not so sure, It was kind of interetsing, I don’t know if I liked it or not, the four ounce sample glass wasn’t enough acquire a taste or get sick of it
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: clear, light peachy hue, topped with a sizeable chunk of froth, delicate white, rocky, ...
Aroma: orange and ginger entwined harmoniously, and more maybe at play, for there was talk of a "secret spice blend" involved with this, it’s the ginger mainly, with maybe cinnamon and clove lying in the background.
Taste: smooth and sweet, utterly untroubling, lightly lit on the palate, and easily passed down the throat. very light in body, with the flavor resting just on top. They made an easy-to-please one here, rather than a challenge, and i can see the wisdom there. Minor hops play, but disappear quickly.
This a tasty brew, one that the whole family can get into at their annual Festivus celebrations, just before the Airing of Greivances, and perhaps during the Feats of Strength!