beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Finally entering notes from November tasting - many thanks to Cougar for sharing! Dark ruddy copper pour with a decent sized head. Big hoppy aroma balanced nicely with caramel malts. Similar flavors - nice darker caramel malts and a good amount of hop flavors, and a decent bitter bite to finish. Very good. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Growler courtesy of kms399: Pours a dark copper amber with a big frothy light tan head. Fresh hoppy aroma has some dry toasty caramel balance. Body starts with some nice caramel malty sweetness well-balanced with lots of hoppy bitterness and a crisp, toasty finish. Not as hoppy as some IPAs, but still well done. Thanks Ken! goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2006 Growler thanks to CaptainCougar. Poured a golden amber color with a medium off-white head. Aroma had a decent amount of floral and perfumey hops. A little earthy as well. Malty flavor had some hop mixed in with a mild bitter finish. heykevin (1287) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2004
GABF 2006: Clear brown amber color with a large off-white head. Big citrus aroma followed by diacetyl. Hoppy citrus flavor with a light malt. Mild bitter finish. This taste would have scored a 6 A and 7 F.
Dark amber. Citrusy aroma Toffee, caramel, and chocolate malt flavors. Good american hop charge. Rich and dark. Some of the dark malts don’t blend smoothly with this particular hop charge. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Reddish brown brew with a creamy top on it.This was a very interesting brew to me.Kind of reminded my of pouring a nice hoppy IPA into a glass with a mild Imperial Stout.Great hop aroma blended with some dark fruit esters and chocolate,maybe coffee.Great body and lingering flavors.
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 1, 2004
Nice mahogany w/small thick head. Hoppy nose, sweaty socks and light carmel on the nose. Med weight with light sweetness and nutty drying finish. Toffee, chocolate, hops, pine, and fruit on the palate. Very balanced with hop finish. piscator34 (2673) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
A great citrus hop and malt aroma combination. Flavor wise, it strikes a much better balance than their anniversary ESB. I think I even detected a bit of cherry blossom flavor in there too. Could still have used a bit more body, but it’s yet another great beer from Town Hall! badgerben (5372) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Amberish color. Slightly hoppy... much less so than the Seven ESB I just downed before this one. Good malt balance with the hops and a slight floralness as well. Pretty tasty; I actually liked it better than Masala Mama! robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Brown/Amber Coloring...Darker Highlights on Top ..Blending to the rest of yoru Brew. Pretty Hoppy Aroma and Flavor...Not Horribly so, but Hard to Distinguish Other Flavors as Well.. Little Dry. Decent, but Didn’t Do Much For Me. BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
On Cask: NOTE: This year (7th) the Anniversary Ale is not an IPA, but rather what Town Hall calls, and what we beerites understand as, "Celebration Style" after Sierra Nevada’s renown brew. That said, the cask version of this year’s offering is stellar. It is dark, but not overwhelmingly hopped. A full bodied, perfect balance of malt and hop with a whisper of candy. Magnificent on cask!