islay (1364) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
5 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Consumed on 3-28-15. Pours brown with a bronze hue and a slight haze. Nice, beige head. Looks pretty good. Definite mocha in the nose. Coffee, caramel, and chocolate scents, in that order of prominence. Coffee flavor with sweetness. I donít like coffee, unfortunately, so the smell and taste donít do anything for me, although I suspect coffee fans would like it. Coffee been flavor. The coffee becomes less prominent on multiple sips, which is good. Medium body. Smooth and somewhat frothy in the palate. Could be a lot worse as a coffee beer.
deyholla (7477) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear deep brown with a slight amber hue and a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a rich mocha note backed by dark grains and a hint of roasted malts. Flavor has a similar strong mocha note with a dark grain backbone.
BVery (7382) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Town Hall. Brown pour with amber / reddish highlights. Small dense head. Lots of cold press on the aroma and taste. Some cocoa powder also on taste. Fun variant on a brown ale.
arminjewell (7534) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish brown pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big chocolate, roast, coffee, slight caramel into a bit of nutty notes, some fruit, spice as well. Taste was a mix of nice coffee bean, espresso, slight roast into a fairly sweet chocolate note, some slight caramel, finishing sweet. Pretty tasty.
ElGaucho (2272) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich chocolate aroma with a hint of hops. Almost fully opaque with a small off-white head. Tastes like cocoa has been added. Has an instant coffee, hot cocoa aftertaste which docks a point for palate. Still, a mooth and nice brew.
Dorwart (2411) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a growler courtesy of robertsrealty. He sent this to me probably over a month ago and I am just getting around to opening it now. I must say that this brew traveled perfectly. Poured with a huge head from a somewhat vigorous pour. Recedes slowly. Mixture of chocolates in the aroma. Definately some milk chocolate along with a hint of dark bittersweet chocolate. Some coffee aromas along with plenty of roasted grains. Quite yummy and the coffee is not overpowering which is nice. Dark brown in color with a hint of red along the edges. Body is a little on the thin side. Plenty of roasted grains and coffee in the flavor. Coffee overpowers the chocolate flavor a bit. Some bitterness from the coffee also along with carbon and a hint of tartness. Maybe from the storage. Minimal though. Finish is dry and a little chalky with a lingering rich roasted coffee flavor. A very good pumped up brown ale and one the will appeal to the coffee lovers. I myself do not drink coffee and am still finding this one enjoyable.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Deep brown pour with a ruby tinge and a tall, fluffy layer of tan head. Mild, but satisfying malty aroma of unsweetened chocolate and whole wheat toast. Medium roast coffee and toasted almonds also enhance the somewhat predictable bouquet. Medium bodied, lightly creamy mouthfeel. Some lightly dry mocha flavors and a hint of coffee create the majority of the flavor. What am I bothering to describe this brew? The name says it all. Well constructed, albeit predictable way of accomplishing its namesake goal.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Guess I would of called this a Mocha Java Stout but as JK said,no Brown Ale.
It was very much a Starbucks creation.lots of chocolate and bitter cold coffee.Thick and tasty for sure.
JK (4813) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2006 How in the world is this a brown ale? It looks like a stout, smells like a stout and tastes like a stout. This beer fits perfectly in the sweet stout category. It has a strong coffee aroma and some chocolate as well. Flavor has the same qualities, but the coffee seems less fresh giving the beer some cold, stale coffee flavor. But it works for this beer. This is the smoothest coffee beer I have had at Town Hall, and these guys make a few of them. Black, medium sized but thin tan colored head.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown, closing in on black. Soft, delicate, smallish/medium stacked dark tan cap of firm, bumpified foam which lasts for a brief stay. Not much lacing to speak of, just a few spots that slip away quickly.
Aroma is a splendor of coffee beans; fresh, rounded, a touch of dark chocolate roast which overall gives the impression of an iced coffee drink. Quite a nice nose if you like the smell of cold fresh coffee beans.
Taste is pretty good, well mannered, firm, tasty, and a good portion of coffee making the realm across the palate in a fluffy cold pressed coffee essense. Solid roastability to it. Has a nice little tang to it that adds just a nudge of both chocolate and a fruity underlay, which tends to peak just before the finish. Coffee roast infused with dark chocolate powder lightly lays into the finish with the tangy sweetness returning underneath with a push of interest. Not all that different then a few other coffee brown/porter/stouts Iíve liked, and thatís not a bad thing here as this is playfully tantalizing in flavors. A whole lot of coffee roast and semi tangy fruityness is perfectly pitched within its acceptability of length and flavor. Nice additins of chocolate too.
The body and feel of the beer is light/medium in texture with a smooth, tender, well-rounded, firm carbonation. Holds it place well on the palate with a balance of roasted coffee sweetness. Definately keeping to the Brown Ale mentality than say a somewhat thicker, complexing porter or stout.
A nice coffee treat for those who like em. Reminded me alot of the Coffee Stout by New Glarus with a bit more boldness and length to it. Could drink in quite a bit of this as its easy going down and flavored with a simple, yet fitting balance of coffee roast, chocolate, and sweetness. Growler is nearly empty already and seems like I just opened it. A solid coffee brown.