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Three Hour Tour - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 10.61%


Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jjanega08 on 10-27-2009)
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

2.45/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Growler opened on 10.31.12.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a huge, foamy light brown head with great retention.

S - Coffee, milk chocolate, almond, and some sour cherry.

T - Bitter chocolate and lots of bitter sour cherry flavors.

D - Decent carbonation with a heavy-medium body.

O - Not sure here. I think this one went bad, but I have nothing else to compare it to here. Barely drinkable.

Serving type: growler

11-06-2012 05:26:24 | More by HuskyinPDX
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brystmar

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been after this one for a full year, finally landed a growler and was disappointed across the board. Aroma lacked depth, showing minimal vanilla and only traces of coconut. Taste is similarly shallow. Begs for more lactose, coconut, and overall depth of flavor. Last Snow puts Three Hour Tour to shame.

Serving type: growler

11-19-2012 21:36:44 | More by brystmar
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pepsican

Iowa

3/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft at the brewery. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma is up front chocolate and coconut. Flavor is just blatant coconut with a bit of lactose and chocolate behind. Finishes too sweet, extremely cloying, yet good carbonation. I couldn’t finish even half of my pint. This beer is far too sweet. I have a feeling a 5 ounce glass would have been a much better serving size, but even that might be a bit much even for a dessert beer. I wouldn't want to eat a mounds bar and I sure don't want to drink the liquid form of it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2012 20:46:38 | More by pepsican
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler provided by Sean, poured into a Captain Lawrence pint glass...Light black with a medium tan head, good retention, ok lacing...Aroma is incredibly sweet, coconut dominates everything, creamy, light chocolate. Its interesting, coconut is done perfectly in terms of catching the essence of real fresh coconut...The taste is true to the aroma and coconuts, very authentic. However, this is ten times too sweet, almost not drinkable. Slight chocolate notes try to break the creamy coconut but too sweet and one dimensional for me.

A great tick, awesome for a second to try the coconut but this is way to sweet to be anything than a 4-6oz sipper.

Serving type: growler

11-18-2010 04:28:48 | More by jrallen34
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a little transparency at the edges. Small khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Lots of coconut. Slight acidic aroma. Chocolate.

Taste - Coconut is less strong but still potent. Coffee roasted malt. Sweet caramel. Chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Light for a stout. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Good, but I'm clearly missing the hype.

Serving type: growler

11-10-2013 23:26:07 | More by Alieniloquium
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Town Hall Tap. Yup, it sure does taste like a Mounds bar. The coconut character was richer with mild toasted notes over the sweet candy flavors. I don't get much milk stout here. There's a chocolate character in the background and a small but distinct taste of lactose. The body is fairly thick and frankly I had trouble finishing the 20 oz pint. It's a great dessert beer, if you like a good Mounds bar or just like coconut. I would have liked a touch more flavor that wasn't coconut-based. Still, it's easily the best coconut beer I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 05:04:56 | More by tempest
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A= pours a solid black color with no light coming though at all. The head is a perfect two fingers and the color is an awesome dark brown color. The head however doesn't last long. The sound of it was like a Coca Cola falling (quite loud) and the lacing is minimal.
S= Nice sweet stout smell at first but then I notice awesome coconut. Really great coconut smell. Like a fresh bag of shredded coconut opened for a cake. The sweet stouty smell is similar to a cake actually. Beautiful smell.
T= Very similar to the smell. Super sweet and delicious. The coconut taste is really awesome. Fresh flakes tasting. Not fresh coconut off the husk I guess but lots of nice flaked taste like a good cake. Really sweet and as I sip longer it almost gets too sweet but never really crosses that point. Delicious.
M= Almost no carbonation. I picked the growler up today just a couple hours ago so that shouldn't be a problem. There is also a little stickyness that is somewhat bothersome.
D= Good. Really tasty beer. Smooth and delicious. Great taste and reminds me more of a cake than any beer I've ever had. Great dessert beer.

Serving type: growler

10-27-2009 01:03:45 | More by jjanega08
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somehow I've managed to miss this during my 473 visits to Town Hall over the years. My lovely wife wanted a pint, so I allowed her to twist my arm & we were off to Town Hall Tap. I'm a martyr.

Pours a frithy black. Smell is strong coconut & an underlying warm sweetness. Mmmm.

Three Hour Tour continues to show the deft touch of Town Hall's brewers. Yes, no doubt this is a coconut stout, but the coconut is restrained & friendly. Deep malt sweetness is coddled by the sweetness of the lactose, & there's a startling hop snarl just as the flavor is falling off in the end. Smooth & silky. A tall pint was an almost perfect amount of this creature.

I don't want to bust up anyone's trade bait, but this is a good, well-crafted beer with a very pretty twist. Very good, but not elite. Glad I finally had a chance to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 02:28:26 | More by maximum12
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5.9% ABV
Sampled at the brewpub in a pint glass on 30/10/2010.

Appearance 3.5/5
Dark brown to black with a brown head; medium retention, no lacing.

Aroma 3.5/5
Smells like a dessert full of coconut, nuts, and banana, cooked in coconut oil. Rich and strong aroma but hardly stout-ish.

Taste 4/5
Slight banana and strong coconut notes, exactly similar to the nose. Some roast and bitterness help keep the finish clean, but coconut flavor lingers. I like it.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Could've been smoother, had the carbonation been lower, and that would've worked really well here.

Drinkability 4.5/5
Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2010 01:14:50 | More by tewaris
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caskstrength

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap and a growler for home, just for reviewing science.

Black pour with a quickly disappearing head. Looks thin rather than thick.

Smells are coconut, chocolate, vanilla, some coffee (subtle).

Very interesting taste. Coconut is strong, pretty authentic (although my wife said it smelled/tasted like sun tan lotion, which I couldn't shake while drinking it). Other flavors mentioned above balance, but this is coconut first and foremost.

It's not a big thick stout, and I personally felt it needed more heft. Carbonation good, maybe even too much, but I swirled it away as needed.

Worth trying, and quite unique.

Serving type: growler

11-25-2010 04:25:52 | More by caskstrength
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into Darkness tulip...thanks, Mike!

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black. Cream-colored head, thin collar, wisps on top.

S - Rich chocolate, slight roast, burnt sugars, very sweet, nice coconut notes. Just very rich, sweet, and dessert-like.

T - Not quite as good as the nose, but still good. Burnt sugars, chocolate, coconut, slight roast, oak. Finish is sweet and roasty, very creamy. Tastes like chocolate & coconut milk...yum.

M - Perhaps a bit too thin, but hey, it's only 6%. Creamy, rich, and smooth.

O - Really enjoyable and glad I was able to try this one. Thanks to Mike for sending this one down to me! Looking forward to having this one again in the future. Another winner from TH.

Serving type: growler

11-11-2011 16:48:22 | More by Sean9689
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks very much, Bill, for your generosity...

A: This is one dark, dark, dark brew. The deepest of browns, perhaps even black. About two fingers of light brown head fades to a half finger, but lingers very well. Nice lacing on the sides. Digging the look on this.

S: Milk chocolate, toasted coconut, and some hops. Some vanilla and a little hint of coffee roast pop out of the background here and there.

T: Wow, loads of coconut on this. Blends with creamy chocolate, vanilla, and caramel to create a unique tasting brew. A little lactic on the back end, but overall it is quite smooth and creamy. Good.

M: Flavors are impressively balanced and mouthfeel is full and creamy.

O: A really nice accomplishment with the coconut milk on this one. I'm not the biggest fan of coconut, so the fact that I enjoyed this beer speaks volumes to how well it was crafted. The blend of flavors here is expertly done and this is one of the smoothest stouts I've had in recent memory, especially considering how complex it is. Very good.

Serving type: growler

02-11-2012 02:08:29 | More by siege06nd
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nataku00

California

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a snifter. Beer poured a dark opaque through with a thin film of tan colored head. Not much head from swirling, and no lacing.

Nose was heavy on toasted coconut, roasted nuts and milk chocolate. Someone suggested Almond Joy and it was a perfect description for the aroma.

Taking a sip, the toasted coconut was dominant, though not too sweet. Some minimal milk chocolate, roasted malt, and light nuttiness struggles to make itself known mid palate, but the coconut really shines through to the finish. Lingering coconut and roasted malt on the finish, really strong flavors here.

Body was light to medium, surprisingly so for a milk stout which I though would be a bit thicker. Some decent carbonation from the growler pour, decent for a porter without being excessively bubbly. Very easy to drink and tasty if you enjoy a nice toasted coconut.

Serving type: growler

11-21-2011 05:27:08 | More by nataku00
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herman77

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, pretty much black. A small light brown head that dies off really quick. Hardly any lacing.

S: Mounds bar all the way. So much sweet, toasted coconut. Some dark bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and coffee lurking in the background, but the coconut

T: Coconut is the main attraction again. Not as heavy in the nose, but it's there in all force. Bittersweet dark chocolate, a bit of coffee and tons of toasted coconut. Some nutty flavors as well. It's sweet, but not overly sweet. Has a slight burnt/acidic finish that detracts a bit.

M: Medium body, fairly low carbonation so it feels a bit thin. Creamy and a bit smooth.

O: If you like coconut and chocolate, you will love this. Not the best drinkability since it is a dessert beer, but it's pretty tasty and smells amazing.

Serving type: growler

11-02-2012 00:27:17 | More by herman77
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joe1510

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64oz Growler
$14
Town Hall

3 Hour Tour dumps from the growler with an ink black body that doesn't allow a hint of light through the darkness. The chestnut brown head grows to two fingers with minimal effort and as it settles at one finger becomes so creamy it looks as if it was a nitro pour. Eventually the foam falls to a skimming and respectable collar but this is after some time in the glass. It's one big black milk stout and shows some viscosity on the pour.

A solid dose of toasted coconut and chocolaty milk stout hit me right off the bat and all I can think of is macaroon. Toasted coconut leads the way into a semi-sweet chocolate middle with a slight roastiness and bittersweet chocolate on the backend. There are hints at nougat and dark fruits but they're few and far between, coming along every few pulls. The coconut is expertly done and in no way overpowering, in the nose anyway. Let's see how this translates into the flavor.

The flavor profile shows all the same components as the nose with a few things taking the place of others in intensity. The dark fruits are more noticeable across the middle of the tongue than the nose led me to believe and the toasted coconut loses some intensity but still fits in nicely with the nougat and bittersweet chocolate. The roastiness is soft and flashes through the middle while some dark chocolate comes in small waves here and there throughout the profile. This is a hell of an interesting beer with all the chocolate and coconut combos.

Town Hall nailed the mouthfeel on this stout. It has a medium body on the tip of the tongue with some active lingering carbonation and as it works its way back becomes silkier and somewhat viscous. The viscosity and weight fit the flavor profile perfectly. A touch of dark chocolate and coconut stick around a couple minutes after each drink.

3 Hour Tour can get a little rich at times which doesn't hurt the drinkability but does slow it down for me. The flavor combinations are so unique I keep coming back for more, they seem to constantly evolve and I feel the need to keep discovering each new nuance.

I'm drinking yet another gem from the guys at Town Hall. They can brew some beer up there in Minneapolis. I wouldn't hesitate in buying a few pints of this if I was sitting at the brewery right now on a chilly night. Have to give it up to those guys and their constant ingenuity with each release.

Serving type: growler

10-27-2009 22:29:07 | More by joe1510
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler at a recent tasting provided by BeerGirl8, thanks!

Beer is dark brown with a halo head that leaves some lacing on the glass, carbonation moderate to low, but I doubt this is because of the growler.

The aroma is sweet, with chocolate, malt and I guess some coconut.

I am not a fan of coconut in general so I did not know what I was going to get out of this beer...disappointment? Maybe...fortunately for me I got very little coconut out of this beer, in fact I had to search for it. Beer is sweet with a medium body, creamy mouthfeel, sweetness comes from the malt, there is some alcohol in the front and finish is mostly roast. The coconut notes are subtle and hidden and could be in the midpalate but I just don't find them. I wouldn't have guessed there was coconut in there in a blind taste test, not at all.

Personal note: At the time of this review this beer is a milk / sweet stout and not on the top sweet stout list due to lack of reviews.

Serving type: growler

12-15-2010 21:26:13 | More by drabmuh
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mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12/12/10 notes. Poured from a growler into a tulip. Thanks to thorpe429 for sharing this; thanks Mike.

a - Pours a black color with almsot no head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, coconuts, and sweet fruits.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, light cococut, fruit, and vanilla.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, pretty smooth.

d - Very easy to drink and a nice milk stout. Not as much coconut as I expected but I liked it. Glad I got to try it and would like to try again sometime.

Serving type: growler

12-16-2010 01:50:31 | More by mdfb79
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Duff27

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thick mocha collar and small cap. Leaves a little lacing on the side.

Faint whiffs of sweet coconut. Roastiness.

Roast up front then gives way to the coconut aspect. I feel like the coconut doesn't fully come through after the after taste and even a little longer than that.

Pretty dang smooth. Pricklier carbonation than I would have guessed going in.

Perhaps my favorite part about Three Hour Tour is how the roast feels like it melts away into a coconut taste. Worth tracking down. Thanks for shipping Gord!

Serving type: growler

11-25-2012 01:48:59 | More by Duff27
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a dark brown/black color with a thin khaki head just a touch of lacing
S-sweet smells of faint coconut sweet chocolate vanilla bean and coffee
T= sweet coconut milk mixed with vanilla bean and mild roasted coffee and malts notes of earth and wood
M- sweet and silky with coconut milk lower carbonation a lighter body easy drinking
O- super smooth and sweet a delight to drink

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2013 21:39:06 | More by gatornation
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ccrida

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the brewery, Three Hour Tour is cola brown with a tan collar leaving no lace.

Smell is all coconut, like tanning oil (always a plus when something inspires thoughts of bikinis).

Taste is on the sweeter side, huge coconut, but surprisingly not cloying. Nevertheless, I can taste the diabetes, and can no longer feel my legs. I'll be honest though, I normally don't care for lactose and milk stouts, but this one was really tasty in spite of the sweetness, or perhaps because of it!

Mouthfeel is smooth, light bodied, perhaps a touch sticky.

Drinkability is pretty good, a decent milk stout with a nice twist with the coconut. Still, bit more complexity and less sweetness would suit me, as is the case with most of their beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 02:01:03 | More by ccrida
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beertooth

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a Bell's tulip. I tried this with some other Chicago BA's.

A very slick dark brown near black liquid with a thin khaki collar.

The nose is awesome! Tons of coconut, chocolate, sweet malts, that's about it. It's a candy bar in a glass!

The first gulp gives me milk chocolate, dark chocolate, malted milk, tons of coconut, coconut milk, coffee, a little sour lactose.

Mouthfeel is slick and medium bodium with medium carbonation

The best coconut beer I've had to date, but the sweetness makes it a little hard to drink a ton of it. Thanks to d0b for the chance!

Serving type: growler

10-28-2009 00:00:42 | More by beertooth
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biglobo8971

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first to premise, not my style. Not a fan of sweet beers, so surprisingly this one gets high marks.
A- dark as hell with zero head on it, just a few roasted bubles on the side
S- all coconut, with just a hint of roast
t- I just fickin drank a Mars bar. Taste of chocolate roast and coconut is the only flavors present
m - very easy to drink, I keep going back for more to dissect each taste to find more, but still only find chocolate and coconut
o - a mos def must try, very good beer. You must like coconut, cuz its a coco nut punch to the mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 14:01:29 | More by biglobo8971
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cheers and thanks to Stormking47 for sharing this brew with a number of us. Poured from a growler into a tasting glass. The brew appears black in color with a tan head and patchy lace pattern on the glass. A swirl revives the tan cap back to the surface.

The smell of this brew hits initially with some butterscotch notes and mound candy bars. Milky chocolate sweet goodness with a bounty of coconut quality that is somewht toasted yet raw and flavorful in the nose as well. A sweet scent of chocolate to butterscotch candy fills the profile.

The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. Very smooth with a tangy touch of alcohol inclusion. Sweet milky chocolate mixes with some butterscotch and the most profound coconut flavoring I have experienced in a beer to date. The sweetness of lactose is noted and perhaps is just slightly overdone but it completely compliments the overall picture of what this brew's flavor is all about.

This is a medium bodied brew with an exceptionally smooth feel. It is lightly carbonated and easy drinking if sweet brews are your thing. There was seemingly no alcohol heat here, just a faint twang of alcohol flavoring. Not really roasted or grainy, this was seriously a beer version of mounds candy bars. If you enjoy that sort of chocolate candy approach to this style, this is an absolute must try. This was one of the more memorable and unique brews I have had in awhile. While it was very enjoyable, I couldn't see myself drinking very much of this before the sweetness got to me. Diabetics beware.

Serving type: growler

11-09-2011 17:23:30 | More by stakem
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scottfrie

California

4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler generously shared by stupac2 at a recent tasting.

A: Pours black with a finger of dark brown head that faded into a thin collar.
S: Dominant notes of coconut all the way! I get a touch of vanilla and roast as well.
T: Strong coconut and roast with hints of chocolate. This tastes a bit Almond Joy-like. The flavors are creamy and very sweet but not cloying. The aftertaste lingers and is full of dry roasted coconut.
M: Thick body, low soft carbonation and a creamy velvety mouthfeel.
O: This beer was really great. I wouldn’t want to polish off a whole growler of it as the beer is pretty sweet, but this is the best use of coconut I’ve seen in a beer yet. Very flavorful. Highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

11-23-2011 21:29:46 | More by scottfrie
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Matt, starrdogg for sharing this. My buddy tony and I went to the brewery the day before Darkness and missed it!

The beer pours a nice nearly black color with a small ring of tan head, very little lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a very warm inviting one. Toasted coconut and hot cocoa are the main players with a wisp of malted barley, almost seems to have a somewhat hop like bitter edge but it seems to meld nicely with the coconut.

The taste really highlights the coconut in a big way and has some nice milk chocolate tastes as well. Beautiful refined sweetness that almost reminds me of bourbon aged stouts, packing a lot of nice flavor into a small abv beer.

The feel I think could be thicker, it actually rolls over in almost a close to water way for my palate, but its not terrible.

Overall, a very interesting and well made beer, worth seeking out if they make it again.

Serving type: growler

11-03-2012 00:27:32 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Three Hour Tour from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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