chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
At this point Mike was just trying to hurt us, growler... This pours dark brown throughout, a light tan head, ok lace, good retention. Looks good... The aroma is not what I was expecting at all, love the sweeter notes of a baltic but those are all gone and replaced by the barrel. Oak, smoke, and tons of red vinous notes. Not what I was expecting but interesting... The taste shows off even more of the red wine, almost exclusively, hard to find anything else, lacks depth.
Sweet beer + sweet liquor its a winey mess. The concept is interesting and would love to something else in this vain, needs a much stronger base beer though. LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Winterfest 11. From notes. This one is a winner. Very complex aroma, lots of vinous red fruit notes, some oak, almost a nutty quality. Flavor is even more-so: Chocolate, toffee, coffee, some smoke, some red wine...very nice. Creamy and rich on the tongue. Port is in no way overdone in my opinion, and blends nicely with the rich malt bill present. SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Directly from the memopad on my phone, tap release fall 2010.
poured generously from tap at Town Hall, thick rich mocha head overflowing the glass a good two or three fingers deep. creamy and rich head.
smells of grape, raisin, dates, brown sugar, alcohol, sweet port and malt. a bit of roast and just a slight hint of solvent.
so creamy and a nice medium body a bit dry and a touch of alcohol heat.
tastes of raisin, brown sugar, oak/wood, currants, dates, a little sourness and acidity from the port barrel. as it warms there is much more grape and the malt surfaces more along with some caramel and roast.
very easy to drink, its not heavy. but it is sweet. if it was a little less sweet i’d give it a 5. a little less alcohol in the smell and flavor and i’ll hit it a 5 on those as well.
this is one amazing beer. a pinch away from being a perfect 5
This beer would pair will with lamb... kalamata olives, feta cheese. guess I’m going greek. you could go Gyro or Lamb Kabobs with feta and kalamata stuff grape leaves. Fantastic!
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Barrel aged beer week begins! Even had my favorite waitress working, although I can never tell if she’s angry at me. Oh well. Beer is on tap. Pour is deep, dark brown, and almost black in color, with a small khaki head. Somewhat boozy aroma. The barrel presence is quite large to with this having a big wine note. More barrel presence in the taste. Tannic, chocolate, and some toffee. It’s almost tart tasting, but not quite. Finish is more wine flavor. Medium bodied, with some spotty lacing. Very interesting, and pretty good. A little to much of the port barrel for my liking, though. badgerben (5379) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Minnesota Winterfest 2011. Black color with no head. Strong port and grape aroma. Strong, rich malt flavor If there was any roasty bitterness in the underlying beer, it is covered up by strong port, winey and fruit character. Lovely.
kbutler1 (1382) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 Tap. Had several of these one night as I just could not resist this tasty brew! Poured very dark black color with a nice slight tan head that collars around the glass. The aroma wafting from this one is dark fruit, roasty malt, and a slight touch of barrel. The taste is just out of this world as is the mouthfeel which is a nice creamy medium/heavy feel that is just done so perfectly. The taste is so well blended and balanced that it is difficult for me to pick out specific flavors but I recall roasted malts, some chocolate, dark fruit, woody, and slight touch of alcohol. By far this is one of my favorite beers both from Town Hall and any other brewery I have had. Really looking forward to this again in the future.
Re-Rate: 10/28/10. The port barrel is much more noticeable in this batch, in a good way though. The wine taste is much more prevalent as well. Nice aroma of grape mixed with roasted malt. A solid sipper. 15 months in the barrel really shows! hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2010
growler from dakine on 4/12/10.
really dark... cherry tinted brown with a small off white head.
vinous aroma (wine barrel?) mixed with dusty dried corn, chocolate, molasses, vitamin pills, sour notes and lots of herbal hops.
the flavor shows a lot of savory wood notes (much more so than the aroma does, lactic sourness and the rest of the notes from the aroma... it’s an odd one and it leaves behind a weird herbaceous flavor in the aftertaste.
it is crisp and clean. it would be much more quaffable if it weren’t so strange... barrel aged sour baltic porter, perhaps? 7/4/6/4/14/3.5 nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Rating #6 of this beer -- growler generously shared by daknole. Pours a roasted coffee color with an amber tint and lingering carbonation. Smells faintly of vinegar and molasses. Tastes weird -- lactose, sour, wet wood, malt, and maybe even maize. Probably some infection going on, but still an interesting brew. DalzAle (2040) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Growler. Dark chocolate brown pour, heavy dark brown head and a wonderful aroma of chocolate and mellowed sublime rich red raspberries. Flavor was also rich creamy chocolate, dark malts, and silky black cherry and fresh raspberries on a rich (but very well balanced) finish. Probably my favorite Town Hall beer to date, I really wish I had purchased more than 1 growler of this. hopscotch (11441) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Growler… Pours tar black with a small, creamy, beige head. Surprisingly, I’m picking up no dark chocolate, tobacco, charcoal or espresso, but I do detect some very nice toasted cashew and buttery toffee with a vinous sideshow. Goes to show you can’t always judge a book by its color. Medium to full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and ticklish carbonation. Flavor-wise, it’s well-bittered and I’m picking up deeply roasted coffee, medium sherry and dark chocolate. Finishes moderately bitter and dry.