tennisjoel (1459) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2005
On tap at Town Hall Brewery in Mpls. Dark red color. Aroma is Fruity. Flavor includes rich caramel and toffee. Served in a 10 oz. glass, which is smaller than the usual due to the high alcohol content. This is a good dessert beer which can be enjoyed in smaller quantities due to the richness and ABV. However, the alcohol is very well hidden. An enjoyable beer! ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Vikingbeau picked up a growler of this and brought it for us during our week camping at Jellystone. Only problem is that he didn’t refrigerate it properly and it was essentially warm. I still enjoye it, but not nearly as much as the pint I had last night at the brewpub, which was colder. Rich, high alcohol profile. Dark reddish, amber with an off-white head. Excellent lace. High alcohol is also evident on the palate. Could pass as a dessert beer. Caramel/toffee notes. Rich, wonderful flavors. This has to rank up there with one of Town Hall’s best ever. BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Man, this is good stuff. When is a wee heavy not a wee heavy? When it is a double red ale! Do we have a new catagory here? If we don’t go with that, I’d opt for American Strong.
Dark fruit (I sense some banana, too), mixed with the malt of a scotch ale (minus the smoke, per Beermatrix). I get the Rye thing Brewso mentioned, too.
Grab this sipper while you can, because if it goes cask, I’m drinking it all. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2005
On-tap at the brewpub - Bright red glow at the bottom with a more maroon darkened top half. Soft white, semi-creamy head of thin to medium thickness adorns the top. Light lacing qualities.
Aroma is moslty floral berries and rounded tame downed malt tangyness and semi sweet with a dull fruity nuance.
Taste is big on malts, tangyish with a berryfied surge of fruityness mixed with dark caramel sweetness. Strawberry without the sour tartness mixed with a melons and other red berries. Good malt load here. So smooth and soothingly balanced on the flavors. Nice little underlay of light frothy chocolate milk. Finish is semi sweet with a return of brandy-like cherryness and deep dark fruity humid warmth.
Fantastic soothing feel with well rounded maltyness and deep dullish fruits. Seemingly full yet quick and rich with a quick malty slickness thats never overbearing or cloying. Slightly oily and floral hints slip in as it lingers. The 8.4% isn’t evident anywhere til after a couple 10oz servings.
A fantastic malt laden brew. A Scotch Ale without the peat or smokey stuff. Quite a malty treat. badgerben (5178) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Copper color with a medium head. Very nutty aroma, perhaps hazelnut and walnut. Some malty goodness too. The taste is very much as one would expect out of a Red: very rich malt, almost cold syrup thick, with an alcoholic whomp. There’s a good splash of dark fruit, too (cherry? chokecherry?). Slightly bitter finish. Good n’ tasty.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2005
The name reminds me of a Sly & the Family Stone song, of the same name..."you don’t have to die, before you live." How wise, Mr. Stewart...
Only served in 10 ounce pours at the pub, somehow I have a whole 64 ounces at my disposal...goodness gracious!
Dark crimson color, and clear, with a decent, long-lasting cap of off-whitish foam.
Aroma is lush malt, tidy hops, fuzzy, warm, and strength peeks through and invigorates the overall feel. Ahhh!!!
Taste: yes, let’s! Huge fruit, fat malt, minimal hops, fierce alcohol...very warm...but it gets bigger and more complex as we sip it. We like it more...is it casting a spell on us, making us want it more? What is this beer doing?
Cherries and berries are at large, grapes and melons...and booze, too.
This is a lush and tasty thing...rather wise that they limit it to such a small serving at the establishment...who knows what chaos would ensue were we to toss back a pint of this in one sitting?
This is a tasty, tasty ale, with enough of a potent sting to slay the demons of the day and let one relax in forgetting those torments. It’s good like that. And so is Life, when we have a beer like this at our disposal! Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2005
This is very tasty! Mahogany with shiny pearl bubbles. Big, sweet dark malt that tastes almost like rye. Hops have a drying effect and also add a cinnamon to this red beer. The sweet then dry is wonderful and makes this beer almost a gulper. A big beautiful beer. JK: I would categorize this as American Strong. JK (6158) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 This is a big, complex beer. It has qualities of an ipa, with considerable bitterness. There is also a fruit sweetness. The light aroma is malt and some fruit as well. Very heavy; definitely a sipper. One of TH’s better creations in some time.