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Town Hall Manhattan Barrel 2013 & 2014



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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 4.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Belgian Grand Cru aged with cherries then aged in a Woodford Bourbon barrel for many moons. Mmmmm, cherry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1756) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2014
Tap at Town Hall barrel-aged beer week. Pours a hazy gold with reddish tint. Taste is initially yeast, some tart cherries come in after. The bourbon doesn’t provide much, maybe dried it out bit? Pretty solid, too boozy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (1165) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2014
12 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub during Barrel-Aged Week / Grand Reopening Week. Listed as “Town Hall Manhattan Reserve,” but the description here matches well to the beer that Town Hall poured for me. The bartender said that the ABV had not been tested but they were estimating it at 11 to 12%. Pours a hazy, opaque, reddish ruby / amber with a pinkish beige head. Excellent and unusual appearance. Floral, yeasty, Belgian aroma features scents of both tart and candied / maraschino cherries. Also vanilla and caramel scents. Smells great. Quite sweet taste features raisin, plum, and candy sugar elements as well as caramel and toffee. There is some cherry tartness as well as lemon sourness in the finish. The beer is notably sweeter than it should be, and the flavor doesn’t hold up to the smell. Medium to full body. Fizzy and lively in the palate. Ultimately disappointing after a very strong start but a good beer nonetheless. 9/5/6/3/13=>3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bacterial (1616) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2014
UPDATED: APR 17, 2014 Pour at Winterfest 2014 - Light brown pour, very little head. Big boozy nose, bourbon and slight cherry. Hot bourbon fades to sweet malt and then cherry in the finish with some wood character as well. Really nice! Edit 4/17/2014 - enjoying a full glass at Town Hall during their Barrel Aged Week. Enjoying this immensely. Hazy red amber pour. Tons of cherries. Perfect amount of bourbon and oak. Really wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7561) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2013
AmaIngly solid beer. Toms of tart.cherries and a smattering of bpozy bourbon and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nsquishee (606) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Growler, aged 4mo. Smells like funky, dark-cherries and green grapes. Pours a very cloudy, amber color. Tastes medium sweet, lightly tart, and lightly sour. Flavors of sweet cherries, grapefruit, green grapes, rye, and Belgian yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4501) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Growler shared thanks to GatorGuy92. Cheers, Matt! Pours a hazy brown with an off-tan head. Nose is some sugar, sweet malt, some cherries, some bourbon, and some booze. Flavor is similar with notes of a great Manhattan: cherries, bourbon, oak, sugar, sweetness, some fruit, and just awesomeness. Medium to full in body and nicely delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
burg326 (3764) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2013
Growler shared by Matt at the weekly tasting, poured an orangish amber color with aromas of bourbon, light vanilla, some tart cherries and some sweetness. Flavors followed suit, mostly tart cherries, and bourbon. Thanks Matt for sharing this, what an amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcartamdg (2022) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2013
Pours amber brown with no head. Aroma of bourbon, oak , vanilla and tart cherries. Taste is bourbon, vanilla and cherries. Very interesting, delicious and different. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (11077) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Hazed copper pour with a small khaki head. Nose is very reminiscent of a Manhattan. Strong bourbon aroma, nice cherries, and some vanilla. Great banana and caramel sweetness, brown sugar, and oak. The flavor is a bit alcoholic, but has a really great bourbon quality. Plenty of cherries, sweet brown sugar, caramel, and banana. Pretty damn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnmike (1033) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2013
At the brewery during 2013 Barrel Aged Week. This one wins the uniqueness points. Actually does remind me of a manhattan. Strong bitter and spicy notes that surprised me. Color was a bit lighter than the other BA brews - cloudy brownish purple.

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