Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2008 Growler. Pint shows a clear golden color with a decent head and clingy lace. The aroma is quite pub bitter like, English hops and malt, and some marmalade. The flavor is rather bready and floral, with decent hops to temper. The palate is fairly cleansing and filling. Overall, I like it fine - glad I got the take out growler. Update 9/20/2008 - Had this cask and it rocks! The flavors really show through and make for a nice English pub like fully rounded pint. Wonderful!
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. A dark slightly hazy golden. Golden promise malt. Smells like a scotch ale, light aroma. Nice flavor.
malzmiller (11) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden, cloudy chill haze. heather and honey come to mind. rich malt and alcohol. Town Hall always does better with their seasonal and single releases then some of their standard house brews. This early spring brew is a pleasure.
Stine (1434) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden orange and mostly clear. Mossy aroma. Hints of hay and sourdough – very English bitter. Taken as an experience it’s like breathing through the mouth off the shore of a temperate zone coastline. Rotted wood, seaweed, and wet mammal and salt mist. The scotch malt works its magic. With hints of doughy flavor, white fruits and grassy hops. Palate is rather empty and sour. Lacking a bit in depth but extremely interesting.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Didn’t get much from the nose on this one. Cloudy gold color with minimal white head. Faint nose. Grainy sweet tasting body with a little hop bite to it.
tennisjoel (1138) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At least this was available during my last trip to Town Hall. I was hoping to try the Wheat Wine and this beer. Let’s see if it is as good as it sounds. Somewhat fruity boquet. Pour is a hazy orange. Some bitterness on the finish, so I can see there were some hops, a good sign. Grainy on the palate; not super smooth, but yet, still very interesting. Sweet but not overly so. Pretty decent brew here.
undsioux7 (764) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at brewery. This is just a nice simple fun easy drinking session beer. This is one of those fun to drink beers that make you thankful for a great brewery like this. This is beer.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask! The bartender pulled a cloudy hazy frothy cascading golden orange brew and set it in fron of me. I put it side by side with a regular ’tap’ version of the same beer. The cask version was considerably deeper (the tap version more towards the ’golden’ side of the equation). It was a lot cloudier than the tap version which was clear. Faint aroma of a musky malt.
Taste - ahhh. Fantastic maltiness, a bit sweet, surprisingly complex. I tasted a bit of mustiness, but in a good way. I’ve had Town Hall’s "Musty Pete" and didn’t care for it. But this one I liked because the mustiness and peat flavor was subtle. Some honey. Lots of melon. Melon? How’d that get in there?
Perfect carbonation. Perfect white head that lasted forever. Medium body. Exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. Simply put, this beer is great.
I tried this beer on tap last year, and again from the tap this year. Good, but not outstanding. But on cask, oh my goodness!
PorterPounder (4611) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub in downtown Minneapolis. Nice orangish pour with a creamy white head. Vanilla like aroma, sweet, bit not cloying.Good subtle bitterness with some sweet candied sugar notes, some apricots and hints of butterscotch. Thickish, creamy mouthfeel. Good session starter.
BCAR (220) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light caramel color. Sweet as a Maibock. Roasted malt. Deep, rich flavor. Excellent finish.