detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Once the cascading settles, the beer is a murky dark brown, almost black, topped by about half an inch of lighter brown foam. I had two pints - and the only difference between the two was the head retention. The first lasted a good long time, the second less so. Both provided fantastic thick count-the-rings lacing from start to finish.
Hey - there’s mint in the aroma. And a little chocolate malt too. The malt profile is pretty nice, with chocolate malt, sweet natural cocoa, and a light roasted flavor. Along with these, there is this subtle yet icy cool mint flavor, which becomes more noticeable (like fresh peppermint leaves) in the finish. But you know what? There’s another flavor in here that I find quite intriguing - canabis. Spicy, peppery, fresh, aromatic, plastic baggy sinsemilla. Must be the yeast...
Medium body, light smooth carbonation jazz88 (2699) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Tap in December 2005. A dark brown color with a brown head. An interesting malty flavor (homebrew style) with a hint of mint at the finish. This one is not robust and does not capture its potential stoutness. Rating from notes. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Darkest Brown Coloring with White Head. Aroma has Subtle Mint and Chocolate Malty Notes in it. The Flavor Unfortunatly Wasn’t Quite as Enduring. Very Subtle Mint Overlay, Solid Heavy Malt Taste and Mouthfeel..The Chocolate Tasted LIke Dry Baker’s Cocoa Powder Would Smell. Not Terrible, but the Chocolate Flavor Isn’t Quite What You Expect. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2006
On-cask at the brewpub: Deep, dark, fudgey brown, nearly black appearance with a pinky high creamy foam of smoothed over light tan lather. The cap keeps pace for length and the lace is sheeting and broken with some thicker patches.
Aroma is mostly minty, fresh, clean, and fragrant with the slightest of hints to a milky chocolate backing and some deep roasty grain.
Flavors are a very nice meld of fresh mint leaves and milk chocolate. Semi-rich, fluffy and puffy to the lips and smoothly cool minted and brisk with an adequate amount of giving warmed milk chocolate to keep it safely in the realm of balance and soft palated pleasure. All in all, perfectly subdued and moderately bold with just a tad of roast across the very back. Quite a nice treat.
Feel is fantastic for a stout on-cask, the mint plays out cool, fresh, and brisk, while the chocolate rounds off in a wonderfully full, warm, inviting, soothing, silken softness, with a very light and easy going carbonation that embodies what a cask stout should be. Holiday rockin’ good stuff!
Side note: Also had this on-tap and its got nothing on the cask. Nothin’. Cask or nothing on this one.
muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Cask pint at the brewpub. Smallish dark head topping a dense, dull brown-black body....fresh nose of Frango mints, quite sharp, bitter chocolate barely pokes through after a minute, touch of roasty malt....fascinating but somewhat sharp and too-herbal leay mint flavor, chocolate again muted....softens and becomes a bit more drinkable towards the finish with a lingering spicy aftertaste. I liked it on the whole, but it took some effort and time.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Pretty dang dark with a layer of tan foam.Nose was like a chocolate mint that you might get as an after dinner treat at a restaurant. Taste was like someone had squirted some Hershey’s chocolate syrup into a bottle of Mint Scope mouthwash. I took another sip after a while thinking it might change and I was right,it was worse. badgerben (5328) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Black color with a thin tan head. Good aroma of mint and a little chocolate. The taste... not so good. The mint is plainly obvious, but something made me take a hesitant second sip. The mint was pretty bitter and drifting towards spearamint. Bitter malt taste on the end. A little chocolate taste, but more like the unsweetened baker’s chocolate variety. Not a good combo. Sweet Stout? Not by a mile. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2005
This year, the Festivus celebration was a little different at Town Hall, with a pole set up by the cask handles, a posting of the traditions of Festivus, and an airing of greivances (well, a listing, didn’t stay long enough to see if they were "aired") Also, I didn’t stick around to witness any feats of strength...anyway, I had something better to do.
Another difference is the approach to this recurring winter seasonal. Didn’t like the spiced ale of last year? This one’s a cocoa powder and mint leaf flavored stout. Let’s enjoy!
Minty aroma spills out from first pour out of the growler. We’ll get to that later. For now, the appearance...big, and lasting, rocky cocoa-brown head...impressive! Color is deep mahogany, nearly black...a nice looking stout.
Aroma, chocolate mint to a "T", reminding one of the foil wrapped candies, York’s, or somesuch....what would you do to bite into one? The two well-blended flavors stand over any others, but that’s the point, then, isn’t it. Very nice.
Taste: sweet and minty at the fore, fast fading, rolling right off, leaving cocoa powder at the back, and then nothing less than stouty goodness. Not too many other stout characteristics, though, little roast, practically no coffee, just a touch of grit. Extremely palatable; almost, for stoutophiles, too much so. Perhaps it needs a heartier body, as an esteemed drinking companion remarked this evening at the release, to be a good stout, but as an easy-to-drink uniquely flavorful holiday offering, I can excuse that small fault.
It could be beefier, and the mint could be stronger, but if this is cautious in that regard, it is still an experimental effort that stills shows off that trademark Town Hall ingenuity.
Me, a could drink this all night with no complaint. I like a hint of mint in a quaffable stout. And after enough of it, I’m ready to take on the head of the family in the tests of strength.