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Town Hall Festivus 2007

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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Each year this holiday beer recipe changes. This year we began with a dark ale one might associate with a porter... only we fermented the beer with Belgian Abbey yeast. Our dark Belgian ale was then aged on Dark Belgian chocolate, thus giving us this years Festivus Holiday Ale - our Dark Belgian Chocolate Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Solid black, with a rich, thick roasted tan head...looks absolutely perfect. Aroma: soft, and sure, rich chocolate flavor, fine cocoa, a little peanut butter...sweetness, for sure...Beautiful. Taste: more of the same. chocolate on chocolate. middling mouthfeel. medium to full. Now, it’s more than middling. and that chocolate is huge, actually, rather full Begian cocoa feeling. If that trips your trigger, no way you won’t like this. It helps if you like peanut butter, too...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Very dark brown in color, showing a little tanned gold light around the rim. Doughy cocoa and dry cinnamon aromas; indistinct berry esters, carob, anise, and musty boot. Complex, but fairly lighthearted and easy to enjoy. Some kind of tangy beechwood smoke note toward the back. Chocolate grahams, strawberries, and hazelnuts in a dry, crisp, and dark flavor; deep and glowing banana sweetness and cool cinnamon and nutmeg spice, with a tart cranberry vinousness filling every crack. Full malts expand in presence with warmth, seeming bottomless in capacity. Rich and mildly carbonated; medium bodied and bold in the mouth. Dries out at the finish with tight bubblegum and peppermint sugars; plenty of bitter, doughy chocolate chasing it away. Really a pleasant surprise, being that this brewery is known for its success with creations of more monolithic force and less subtlety or unusualness; this is nuanced, delicate, and well-rounded in every way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4886) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Black color with a very thin head. Strong aroma of dark chocolate. Almost a winey character to it. The taste abounds with chocolate. Very dry and very, very dark. Big malt. Certainly yeasty, though not screaming like many Belgian Ales are. I’m a fan!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2007
clean dark brown color with faint head. Chocolate and faint malts on the nose. Dark cholates dominate an otherwise malty body.

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