ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
’04 St. Paul Winterfest. Rather faint aroma. Darker than your average lager. Decent head. Slow carbonation. Tastes like it has Mt. Hood hops. Not bad for a lager. But not one of Town Hall’s better efforts. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2004
Not sure of the meaning behind the name, whether it's some elusive punning bit of drollery, but it's a bit confusing, for this lager is not shy of shading. Neither can I be sure that I picked the correct stylistic designation, for the brewer says it was made to "no known style." It's my best guess.
Appearance: clear, rich amber color, with a nice, creamy layer of foam.
Aroma: sweetness itself, malty, fruity, lovely, a whiff of caramel.
Taste: tiny hop blast upon the palate, briefly bitter, then fading back, then comes the malt, toffee, nutty. Great texture, medium bodied, with a rich taste that returns on every sip and lasts tastily through the finish. There's a fullness of flavor here, that starts slow, but builds, establishes it's delicious presence, and looms large.
Drinkability? Through the roof! You can drink this baby, again and again...
One very, very nice beer, and this appraisal coming from one who normally disdains lager offering. This, too, is the first bottom-fermenting brew I've had from Town Hall. I wouldn't mind having this again!
JK (6095) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 Nice light red color. Mild aroma of hops, with an understated flavor. Standard lager with a dark color. A disappointment from a great brewpub. They should have called it Lak-O-Flavor.