detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a good healthy near black color, with an inch or so of brown foam. Decent head retention, very nice lacing. Mild roast in the aroma, but not much of it.
Quite tasty beer - good smooth chocolate and a bit of coffee. A little bit of roasted flavor towards the finish, but really this is a very smooth drinking beer. Medium body, moderate carbonation, very mellow - yet still very full flavored. Not overpowering by any means, this is a very nice session beer.
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, milk chocolate aroma. Opaque body with small, light tan head and excellent lace. Standard stout flavor. Iíve had stouts like this before. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice flavor but nothing overly unique here.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, dark appearance, save for crimson peekings round the edges, with a sturdy cocoa brown head, though quick to crumble, leaving some lace...
Aroma: cocoa and nuts...chocolate, lightly roasted coffee...sweet, and not at all bitter...nice.
Taste: There it is again, rich coffee/cocoa tastes, full flavored, but not too thick, thoroughly satisfying, a great drinker, with just enough body, and just enough taste. This is a great porter for summertime, and the times when you tire of weizens, lagers, or kolsches and need something more substantial. And, the best non-flavored porter Iíve yet had here at Town Hall. Itís juuust right!
This is the sort of beer I could never tire of, and am very happy to find at my favorite watering hole. Just hope it lasts more than a week or two!
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark black with a cocoa colored thin head. Had to check twice to be sure this wasnít the stout in the sampler. Nice chocolate aroma. Cherry chocolate flavor with a nice smooth palate.
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color with a thin head. A little bit of coffee and chocolate in the aroma. A solid platform of malt and roasts make the base, with more chocolate and a bit of coffee. A little dry and slightly bitter.
JK (4615) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasted aroma. Light chocolate and coffee. Black, tan head. It looks like their oatmeal stout. Flavor is faily dry. Some chocolate again. Medium bitterness. Good.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On-tap at the brewpub: Solar Eclipse is just that. It blocks out alot of light. Only the edges gleem with a bit of crimson brown. The overall body though is very dark brown and opaque. A good medium sized cocoa brown cap keeps a nice fluffy frothed presence. Keeps a smooth leftover skimming thats favorably thick and the lacing clouds the glass with a heavy sheeting. Wow! Looks scrumptious!
Aroma is a bit subdued but clean and crisp with a cocoa enduced roasty nose and has a bit of a fruity sway underneath.
Taste is crisp and quick upfront. Intially mild with a sharper carbonation one would expect out of a porter. Fine tuned cocoa dust and milk chocolate hold most of the flavors within its realm. A crescendo into a more roasty bitterness finishes it with more of darker chocolate nudge of hard fudge and traces of coffee. Leafy hops intersede under the roasty stuff. Finish really pulls it through. Interestingly fluffy and dry on the palate after it grows on ya.
Soft and mild, medium/light body. The carbonation was a little much to start. Mellows out after a while but its a bit harsh around the edges still.
A nice summer drinkiní porter. Nothing big or bold here. A complementary beer along side any of the other Town Hall drinkers.