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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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British style "Old Ale". Deep red in color with tons of malt goodness! Look for toffee, caramel, raisin, brown sugar, and deep berry tones just to name a few. Some call these ales mini Barley Wines, try it with rich foods. Truly a food lover’s beer.
Ed. note - Town Hall brewer believes this is more of an English Strong than an Old Ale.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Growler, courtesy dchmela. Pours a mostly clear, dark reddish amber color and topped by a small, smooth head of beige colored foam that settles to a thin film and leaving random spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is based in sweet caramel, brown sugar, and bready malts to go along with some dark fruits, spices, and some vanilla to smooth things out. The flavor follows suit with the bready malts, dark fruits, caramel, and some balancing earthen hop bitterness. The alcohol comes through a bit on the finish as well. Medium bodied, smooth, with moderate carbonation and a sweet finish with some alcohol warmth. Fairly straight forward, but solid brew either way.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Growler. Clear and dark, sporting a reddish-amber hue, the body sports a small, smooth cap of beige foam. Moderate lacing is primarily spotty in nature. Aromas start out with caramelized brown sugars and sweet bread crust malts, hinting also at stewed raisins and a little winter spice. Vanilla makes an appearance, and some mild, earthen hops do well to keep things somewhat in balance. Flavors largely follow suit, again very bready and malty, laden with caramelized sugars, dark bread, and some sugary dark fruits, all with a earthy hop counterpoint and some noticeable alcohol. Substantial in body and smooth, with moderate carbonation, the palate shows some boozy warmth and a sweet finish, but doesn’t get to be overly hot or cloying. Overall, it’s a solid brew. Maybe a little mundane, but well made nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2686) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Growler pour. Deep red pour with a thick off white head. Huge caramel, toffee and citrus hop aroma. Lots of toffee notes, great body with nice citrus hop bitterness poking through. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2010
Growler. Clear amber pour, good amount of carbonation and mild malty and subtle hop aroma. Flavor rings true to the desctription above, nice toffee and brown sugar, heavy malt and finished with dry plum and a tiny bit of heat. Really liked this one and might need to make another trip into the city for another growler.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2010
Pours deep opaque red on cask, huge white head. Aroma is nice and creamy caramel, chocolate and some english hops. Some tiny bits of hops at the beginning leads into caramel, chocolate, and some earthy malt finishes sweet and thick. Nice brew!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2007
I had this on tap a while back at Town Hall. This may be the best beer I have had there. Ruby dark red in color with not much head. Aroma of light dark fruit and a bit of maple syrup. Sweet malt in taste without much alcohol. This beer was great.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2007
On-tap at the brewpub: Deep dark pale brown color and very muted glow with a tint of cherry red to it. Thin, dense capping of lightly stained tan foam sits briefly before slipping to a thin collar and a few stirngs of thin lacing. Nice aroma of dark toffee and caramel sweetness mixing with really deep fruity ascents of cherry, raisin, and fig breads. Some maple and vanilla notes keep it secured in deepness as it settles. Flavors are malty and sweet with a bit of caramel wrapped in moist dark fruity stuff. Bready, mellowing, yet partially lush, semi rich, and low ended with some figgyness, maple, brown sugar, and earthy touches as it finishes. Overall, just a melange of good Ole’ malty sweetness and a pale dull finish. Feel is a bit feathery, yet kinda slick and trying to go creamy. Has about a medium body with a slow mellowing tone of sweetness and a finish that really just pales off and doesn’t develope as much as it should. Perhaps this batch is not quite the same, or has changed in some manner as when first released as I was not all that taken with it and went right back to the Mama after this one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Dark Red Color with Sandy Ring. Syrupy Malt, Strong English Hopped Aroma. Syrupy, almost Silky Mouthfeel. Medium to Heavy Bodied Brew...Sweet Barley, Heavily Laden with English Hops..Vinous. Hops Have a Musty Quality to Them in the Aftertaste. Unless Someone Was Told Otherwise, Hamlets was Printed as Being 9%. As Such, Pretty Darn Smooth and Still Served in a Pint Glass. Overall, Although it’s Clear There are West Coast Hop Heads Working in Town Hall, This Was an Enjoyable Beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Aroma of figs and cinnamon. Taste is dark, juicy malt- hops come in at just the right moment. Reminds me of arrogant bastard.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1629) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Oaky red appearance lacking any head. Aroma reveals only a muted pulse of lemon water at first. Eventually, wild rice and honey with a maple wood density. Earthy. Flutters of raspberries and strawberries in the cracks of a dirty peat malt body. Alcohol is present in moments of nail polish or fruit liqueur sting, alongside a vague, persistent oak barrel suggestion. Full-bodied and somewhat intensely rendered palate. Worth it.


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