MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep red-brown. Nose very vinous, some chocolate. Flavor is overpoweringly vinous, the wine character runs over anything else. Some fruitiness, grapes, but itís a lot like drinking some wine with a bit of beer added. Not impressed.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at the brewery with DilkmanMan. Big wine with a bit of raw pecan in the aroma. Flavor is almost all wine and it obscures any hint of smokiness. A failed experiment though somewhat drinkable. A technically perfect creamy palate helped a lot.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The brown porter from earlier this year, aged in a red wine barrel, released on October 24, 2005....I enoyed from a growler...
Dense brown body, nearly opaque, lush cocoa-brown head...
Fantastic aroma...sweetness and fresh mingle with roasty components...the wine character has subsumed most, if not all the porter-y characters in the nose, but itís a wonderful blend, all told, rich and complex, very heady and rewarding...
This is begun again in the flavor, with the berries and grapes fully in charge of the taste, taking over the palate, the porter mainly as base or ballast. A remarkable combination, one I like, maybe better than the wine stouts theyíd offered here in the past, the lighter body of the porter making for easier drinking, considered the full flavor of the barrelís effect.
So good I nearly drank the whole thing Monday night, but, stopped halfway...I write this Tuesday afternoon, and will save the remainder as a tasty nightcap for tonight...
Happy 8th Anniversary, Town Hall!
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Town Hall 8th Anniversary, Monday release: The first of the anniversary beers, woo hoo! In a stemless goblet, it sits as a pitch red color. The darkest brown you can get, but obviously red by the edges of the glass. No head. If you didnít know the name of the beer, the aroma would give away the wine barrel part. Sweet oak and a little honey, mixed with what appears to be remnants of a merlot or cabernet. The taste is very woody to begin with, followed by loads of grapes. It seemed a little sour, like a Flemish Sour Brown almost. An earthy tanin quality comes out somewhere in the middle. There is a bit of nuttiness that seems to be from the original porter. Dry and slightly bitter finish. On the way back to work (heh heh), I noticed the wood really lingers. There didnít seem to be much of the porter left, but the concoction was quite tasty anyway.