ElGaucho (2264) - 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 (2409) - 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 (4750) - 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.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Peace Coffee provided their Birchwood Breakfast Blend beans, Mike and Jeff tossed in cocoa powder, and it adds up to much more than a brown ale...a double brown! (Though I thought the double referred to extra alcohol. 5.4% is fairly mild...must be ramped-up malt?)
Dark brown cast to it, nearly black...fizzy tan head, dissipates quick from this pour.
Aroma wafts out sweetish chocolate and malt immediately. On further inspection, ...ah, thereís the coffee...and the cocoa...and so on, doing this little tango all the while...
Big cocoa on the palate, swims about a bit, spills deliciousness here and there, then softly fades. Smoo-oo-ooth! Very easy to drink, yet so full of flavor. Full bodied, soft cocoa in the finish, with coffee putting in a last word behind it.
Taste retains itís primacy with each new sip. A session ale, for those who insist on bold flavors.
Chocolate lovers who need a jolt of java, this is your beer!
jimhilt (2442) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap (16oz glass, $3.75) at the Town Hall Brewery Minneapolis, Mn. Pours with one finger light tan head that goes to a ring leaving some lace. Black color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee nose. Starts balanced but just on the malty side. Finish is strong coffee. Nice stout. Release date was Jun 14, 2006.