KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Dark creamy brown pour with no head. On tap at Town Hall. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate and lactose. Flavor is much the same with the lactose coming through a bit more. Reminds me of chocolate milk from elementary school lunch. Has a slight bitter cocoa finish to it. This really was a chocolate bomb. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2004
Latest in the single-hop series, second after the Columbus, which was more of an IPA than a regular pale. No caramel malts were used in this, to keep the color light golden and let the hops shine through, and doing so prove that a light-colored beer can be full-flavored. True, the mates at the bar all marvelled how much it's appearance could be mistaken for a pint of Miller, but not when you taste it, oh, no!
Appearance: as already mentioned, perfectly clear, bright golden, sparkling yellow, with a nice, white head above.
Aroma: hop-hop-hoppy, with pine, citrus, peach, apricot, and more bursting forth, fruit forward, as they say in wine-land. Very appealing and inviting, sweet and tasty.
So, taste! Hops dance and sing on the palate, neatly buzzing the tastebuds, then softly fading, until the next sip, which isn't taking it's time in coming around..this is lovely stuff, and it likes being in the mouth! Light in body, with a long, fruity finish, good hoppy texture, very easily consumed, with a persistent, zingy, hoppy flavor. And there's just enough malt, too, where there's no worry of this pleasant creature turning into a hop monster. Quite high on the drinkability factor!
Another top notch effort from Town Hall!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Color is a deep dark browny black with a light tannish head about a finger high that fades slowly to a skim always present and good stringy lace. Smell has a light chocolate milk aroma with some mild roasted malts and milder coffee notes. Taste is quite nice, essensially smooth, lightly creamy, starts very milding and soothing, some lighter chocolate and cocoa tones float around in front and builds slowly to a nice chocolatey drying coffeeish finish with a bit of crispness and a touch of drying hops. Swell finish that builds and lingers. Feel is pretty soild medium creamyness and dotted in texture with a nice drying finish lending milk chocolate overlays and slight coffee beans. A very drinkable and easy goin' porter. Quite respectable and quaffable.
JK (6203) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2003 Aroma of malt and coffee. Black. Flavors of bitter chocolate, tobacco, and fruit. Rich and heavy.