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. 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!
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! hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Very dark and possibly a bit hazy–though its hard to tell with the low light and dark color–with an off white head. Can’t tell if it’s black or just dark brown. Roasty, almost hop like nose, with some chocolate. Dark fruit sweetness with a balance of black dark roasted coffee along with a nice malt profile. Quite enjoyable and a bit too easy to drink. arminjewell (9729) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Pours black with off white tan head that dissipates. This brew is night and day cold versus warm, so make sure you warm this up. When properly warmed, the aroma is full of chocolate, coffee, and roasted notes. Taste is great, with the port coming through in the beginning leading into nice smooth chocolate, coffee, and molasses that goes into a slightly smoky and dark fruit finish.
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. 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2011
2011 growler. Pours to a really deep brown body with a creamy deep tan head. The aroma is sweet chocolate with a bunch of sweet red wine and sherry. Delicious chocolate, wine, sweet chocolate syrup, sherry, port, and dry roasted malts. The palate is medium bodied and syrupy with a thick texture. badgerben (5380) - 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. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2011
This poured a medium to darker brown color with a tiny beige head. Aroma was lots and lots of vienous port notes, some grape skins, and lots of chocolate, I believe from both the porter and the port. Flavor is deep dark chocolate clashing with lightly sourish vineous wine character. Definitely not something I would want a lot of, but for sure interesting and unique. 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.