robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Mahony Coloring with Sandy Ring. Sweet Grain/Lightly Burnt Aroma and Flavor. Caramel Notes..Crisp, Sweet Grainy Malt and Dry Aftertaste...Increasingly Dry Upon Tasting More...Not a Bad Session Ale At All. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2006
In the style of Old Speckled Hen, they say, hence the poultry-themed name.
Clear, pale bronze color, good creamy/beige froth holds court on top.
Nose is soft and sweet, malty. Smells like fresh wort, a bit, actually. Or spent grain, somewhere in the neighborhood.
Smooth on the palate, very mellow and mild, and once more, grainy. Very little when it comes to hops, easy drinkable, low alcohol, how much, I didn’t catch, though. Flavors of cherries and apple coming through the grain.
Nice, easy drinking English-style ale. But not for me, I need more hops!
Gonna have to crack a growler of the Mama after this, for some hop infusion. Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2006
On tap at Town Hall
Stine (1801) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2006
This was the middle of the sampler tray. For a ESB it was not bad, but I kept feeling like there was a little something more that could improve it. This would make a nice session beer before you start trying the IPAs and/or stouts Town Hall currently has to offer.
Aroma / Appearance - Chocolate tootsie rolls mixed with blueberries and cherry greet the nose. The body is a reddish brown with a thin head and almost no carbonation. Overall, it is not much to look at but is at least passable.
Flavor / Palate - A balance of smoky malts and grassy hops form a nice introduction. Soon after comes the taste of peanut butter pie and vanilla ice cream. Afterwards a nutty mouthfeel passes to leave a trace amount of bitterness in the throat. The finish is then dry and woody before it all fades only minutes later. This was not bad, but it did nothing to make me want to order a full pint either.
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 Amber red in color with a negligble head, served in a goblet for some reason. A very thick malty brew with aromas of biscuits made with too much starch and caramel malt. Flavors of dark nuts and grains. No discernable hop presence. Fairly slick mouthfeel. Rather unbalanced but certainly not to an offensive degree. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Draught at the brewpub. Clear red color with thick foamy off white head that left lots of lace on the glass. Biscuity malt, caramel, and sprucy hop aroma and flavor. Maybe a bit of dried cherry as well. Dry and smooth on the tongue with mild bitterness at the end.