detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
the beer is a clear copper color, topped by an inch or so of dense but smooth and creamy tan foam. Good head retention, fantastic lacing - thick like paint on the sides of the glass from start to finish. Mildly hoppy with some sweetish malt in the aroma - I think the thick head of foam may inhibit the aroma somewhat. I tried a second pint (and a third), got the same results...
Nice tasting beer, starting out with a mild caramel malt and a floral hoppiness that was more bitter than I usually find with floral hopping. A drier toasted biscuit malt came out in the finish, I really enjoyed that.
Medium bodied, fully but not exceptionally carbonated, and oh so smoooth. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2003 Original rating (10/6/02): College frat basement smell - wonderful! Beautiful fine bubble head reminiscent of the glass hugging lace of Guinness. The Bitter category is a bit of a tease, as it doesn't tend to have a lot of bitterness. Regardless, this is a very good beer overall. Wish it was not just available as a seasonal. Have I said before that the folks at Town Hall know what they are doing?!? Re-Rate (10/1/03): Nice, sweet, somewhat bitter, English bitter aroma (8). Beautiful lace! Cloudy, light amber in color with mostly diminishing head. (4) Some slight off-flavors. Diacetyl? Some bitter twang. Decent finish (6). Palate (3). Overall, this is the most flawed Town Hall beer I've experienced. Not nearly as good as a year ago. (11) beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Color is a nice hazy dull copper color with a bone white finger high super whipped frothy tight head that puffs away very slowly to a thick lumpy haze on top and leaves snowflaking sheets of lace. Smell is roasty/toasty and lightly sweet, a bit like apple and grape skins in some of its sweetness, hops lightly noting on a dried floral variety, Cluster maybe. Taste is roasty/toasty and has a quickness to its character, running through the toasted caramel, biscuit crispness upfront then some sweet dried fruits and light floral hop bitterness showing through late. Simple yet a bit complex. Buttery soft and smooth medium body feel, some light grainyness mixed in as well, pleasantly easy and a soft sweet and toasty balance, making this a nice drinkable ESB. DalzAle (2036) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2010
Tap. Dark orange pour, medium carbonation and a nice malty aroma. Flavor was also plenty of malt, good meld of subtle hops and a nice and very herbal bitter aftertaste. Well done! Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Bronze-hued, with an appealing cream-toned, fuzzy froth.
Nose: fresh, clean, with soft fruitiness.
Lively on the tongue, brisk and energetic. Much more active and hoppy than many bitters I've encountered. Bright, fruity, copper-toned flavor. Finsih is clean, crisp, long. Light in body, but generous with taste, this ESB leans back on the easy chair of your mouth and makes itself comfortable, leaving it's mark in every corner' and before long it's mail is coming to your address, and you're fetching it's slippers.
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2004
This is a solid ESB, in my opinion, rivaling any bottled out there. Good blend of malt and hop, and the crisp hint a fruitiness is appreciated. I hope it goes cask! heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Growler. Deep reddish gold. Soft crackery aroma, malty with touch of wine in the aroma. Attractive malty flavor, soft in the mouth. Background bittering. Rich crystal malt undertones. Good stuff for sure, and emminently sessionable. Now if I only had tried it on cask when I stopped by this weekend... kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Pour is copper with very little white head. Aroma is caramel malts and also with some fruity hops. Flavor is caramel malts, some toasted barley and bitter nuts. Nice bitter finish but not quite as easy to down. Good brew tho. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2011
amber pour with a tight medium head.
aroma is cherry, woody, tobacco, sweet malts
Flavour was peppery spice, woody hop, nice toffee malt sweetness and a light bitterness to the finish.
Overall very nice. badgerben (5120) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Dark amber color with a mild malt aroma. The taste is very well balanced with hops and malt. A strong wood note permeates the brew. Not a fall-to-your-knees bitter, but a fine one all the same.