badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color with a fairly thick head that takes a while to collapse. Not as strong a coffee aroma that I had expected considering Town Hallís track record on coffee beers, but itís definitely there. A bit of sugar, too. The taste, to me, is really all coffee. Itís not bad at all, but I donít get chocolate, roasted malt, hops, or anything else from this beer. Bitterness sure, but I think itís from the coffee.
JK (4350) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
They love their coffee beers at Town Hall. This has more coffee character than most. Lots of coffee in the aroma. Slightly less in the flavor. I like the session-style low abv on this one. It isnít complex at all, I donít get any chocolate or fruits. Its kind of a mild infused with coffee, and good for what it is.
IrishBoy (3803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handbottle from Hellomynameis; Nose of coffee, smoke, and chocolate; opaque black with a small cinnamon head; flavor of coffee, roastiness, a little chocolate and raisins, from the medium body with a tiny hop finish.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black Coloring with Dark Sandy Head. Sumarian Coffee Aroma. Rich Sweet Tasting...Nice Coffee Roasts. Sweet Malt Foundation with Lightly Dry Raosted Ending. Light Bodied Brew. Coffee Notes Helped Build This Brew up a Bit..Nice and Smooth...And Yes, It Helps to Enjoy This Brew if you Also Like Coffee.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoops, you consarned ornery so-and-so! Once again, a brew we just canít peg! Thereís no slot for "American Black Ale", or any kind of black ale, it ainít a brown, and thereís no specific designation for a coffee beer available, so Iím filing this under porter, just to get it over with!
Another team-up with PEace Coffee, this time using Sumatran French Roast beans.
"Retreating Darkness", though, sounds like a wishful thinking type of name for the dead of winter. Anyway, letís drink it...
Dark, dark color, nearly black, showing some slight transparency near the bottom, with a big, espresso-esque, toasted tan head.
Aroma is a monster, loud and proud, rich, roasty, earthy, as coffee as youíre gonna get. Wow. Gorgeous. If you love coffee, like me, youíre in heaven. Iíve smelling this too long, gonna have to actually start drinking it!
Big flavor, big mouthfeel, nothing but coffee and black malts. Thick presence in the mouth, but lushly textured, and surprisingly refreshing.
Certainly not a porter, though I really canít think of where else I could have placed this one. I say, "who cares?"
Rich, roasty, some mild cocoa notes, and, yes, slightly smoky, as well.
And really damned good!
Really, really good!
Great winter brew, especially for a day like today when the snow fell on a Sunday and the next day was a federal holiday, plows are slow, and we were so accustomed to the mild winter we were handed. This is kind of winter warmer we need right about now. Nice job!
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with light ruby edges, nice tan head. Aroma is heavily roasted coffee, espresso, light caramel, dark chocolate. Taste is very roasty, hops noticable in the background with caramel, body is appropriate for style.
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(HAND BOTTLED SAMPLE FROM IRISHBOY)black body with a small light brown head.loads of burnt coffee in the aroma,followed by some roasted malt.flavor is milky with some coffee and a bit of malt.body is thin.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Inky black with a small, softly placed tan capping of fluffy firm foam.
A few links of strings and spots lace the glass.
Aroma is simmering of coffee and chocolate, slightly smokey and a sliver of plummy rummy heat.
Grand taster! Wow, what a perfection of tender coffee roastyness and chocolate smoothness. The coffee realm has a nice rounded sweetened edge to its roasty boast of flavor. Tenderly smokey and slightly charred, much like a pot of coffee thatís sat on the heat a bit too long. Great finish too! As it longs over the palate with a texturized smoothness of coffee and chocolate cream, bits of black licorice and molasses float off with a dark candied delight. Excellent, excellent flavors. Yum!
Body is medium with a thinner start and quite smooth with a nice texture of fluffy chocolate and coffee roastabilty, and one awesome finish.
A very nice winter treat that was a pure suprise of tasty goodness and pleasurably drinkable.
Stine (1465) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I admit this one threw me for a loop as well. It reminded me a bit of a foreign stout like Lion, with its milky, sort of candied dark sugar flavor. Aroma is all coffee, very dark, very earthy and charred. Bits of cherry and sour milk in there too. Subdued cocoa and the generally soapy, astringent qualities of French roast are most apparent. Medium bodied brew that is a generally quiet and understated choice for winter enjoyment. Man, it just really reminds me of Lion Stout.
sthlm (1224) - Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 [Had on tap at Town Hall earlier this year] Jet black, medium body, and aroma of coffee. The taste was completely dominated by roasted coffee. This beer maybe lacks complexity, but I enjoyed every drop of it.