robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2007
Dark Brown Color with Sandy Ring. Dry Toasted Malt Aroma. Sweet Acidic Malt..Brown Toasted Malt..Almost Chalky Mouthfeel...Dry Bitter Aftertaste. Nice Porter. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Pours a dark brown nearly black. Served with less than a quarter inch of foam. Brief head retention, thin lines of lacing. Mild roasted malt and chocolate in the aroma.
Oh but the flavor is not mild - in fact it is quite robust. Full bittersweet chocolate, some roasted grain, and toffee. Light hop bitteness makes itself welcome in the finish. Smooth as a Kenny Rogers breaking ball, medium body, good carbonation. JK (6146) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2006
This is their best work in some time. Thick and full bodied. Black. Some grit but it works. Strong cappucino flavor. Fairly bitter and not smooth, but it works in this beer. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Super deep browned mahogany. Small, dense, capping of light sandy brown smooth foam. The couple I had on-tap kept their capping well, as this sample from the growler slips away much quicker, no real drop in points for that as the tapped pints were very impressive and etched in memory as so.
Aroma is a bit flat and unassuming, but clean and airy with a touch of cocoa, dryish wood notes, roasted malts, and a smidgeon of dark malt sweetness.
Taste is favorably lasting and healthy in body with a mildly firm cocoa dryness with a semi sweet chocolate malt backing with fleeting skips of dark toffee and roasty bits. Stays dry but prevantly wet and forward with a smooth malty backing that keeps a great balance. A little more complexity in the finish like the awesome Surly Bender and this "Dublin Ale" stuff could rival it.
Feel is robustly set within a firm, smooth, just over medium body and a tenderly dry and feathery/porter texture that is top notchingly good. Carbonation is active enough keeping a perky little well-roundedness and the flavors meld well with it.
A poundable porter. No surprise, again, really, as Hoops knows how to make a great drinkin’ brew.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2006
AKA "Dublin Ale", this is an attempt to recreate a beer of that name which appeared in reference books, a style that predated stouts. Various English ingredients used here.
Deep russet brown, full opacity, big, creamy, tanned head, leaving lace.
Vibrant malty aroma, brown sugar and molasses,light caramel, neatly hoppy, very nice.
Nice and roasty sliding down the tongue, some hops, tasty malt, medium bodied, notes of coffee and roast riding highest of all. Tastes somewhere between a brown ale and a porter.
Delivers on flavor, this, and easy to put past the lips. I’ll be back for more.