Three Hour Tour - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 231
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 5.73%
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Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jjanega08 on 10-27-2009

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Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to caSSino for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting and to MBrausen for sending it to him! Served from growler into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured pitch black with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, coconut, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, milk, cream, coconut, subtle roasted malt, and bread. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. As stated in a few other reviews including aasher who was drinking off the same growler, think Mounds. That pretty much nails the aroma almost exactly. The flavor was very nice as well with a very nice sweetness aspect going on. Loads of coconut going on in both areas. Wish it would have been a little thicker on the mouthfeel to take it up another notch. Very well done brew that I would suggest to any craft beer veteran or n00bie alike. (1,053 characters)

Photo of brystmar
2.95/5  rDev -32.3%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A delightful beer to try on Halloween. Enjoyed 31 October 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours black and thick, opaque. Topped with medium tan-brown head. When I near the bottom of the glass, I can see that it's very dark reddish-brown. Okay lacing.

Smells like toasted coconut, layered over the stout, which is pretty hidden in the smell. Definitely much more coconut than stout in the smell, and it just becomes more coconut-y as it warms up.

Taste is amazing. Like a coconut stout cake. Really well balanced, definitely sweet, with loads of coconut. The stout mostly provides a base, but it's a robust base, roasty, a little chocolate, mildly hopped. Finish is a lasting soft bitterness and coconut. What I find so amazing is that two things I never would have thought to put together can harmonize so well. Stunning.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy but light. Plenty of carbonation, just the right amount.

This is one heck of a beer. Loads of coconut, but not so much that I can't taste the rest of it. A stunning, delicious dessert of a beer. I don't even really like coconut that much, but it's so fine and gentle in this beer that I can't help but enjoy it. (1,162 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the coveted Three Hour Tour from the infamous Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. This coconut milk stout is released once a year, and is rated as one of the top milk stouts in the world.
Score: 94

"Pre-filled" growler from 10/27/12 (Darkness Day) kept in a fridge at 30 degrees to hold over for FOBAB-eve. Served Tyranena snifter and enjoyed on 11/16/12.

Appearance: Pours a black coffee color that's largely opaque with only a paper thin stripe of caramel brown highlight layering atop the top of the glass when held up to light. Poured a half-finger layer of dark tan, almost brownish head that settles to a ring around the glass. Really good lacing, average retention, some cling. 4.5/5

Smell: A huge wave of coconut hits you upfront. Then creamy milk chocolate, sweet milky lactose that reminds me of dulche de leche, light vanilla and a faint amount of coffee towards the end. There's something else really distinctive about the aroma that I cannot put my finger on at first, at until I glanced at prior reviews on Beer Advocate to try and figure out what it was. It's suntan lotion! Like a coconut butter suntan lotion. Not in a bad way at all. Very pleasant, in fact. Basically, this smells like a Mounds bar with a slight coffee and suntan lotion twist. Incredibly unique, incredibly appealing. 5/5

Taste: More milk chocolate and vanilla, but less coconut, on the palate than in the nose. Still very balanced, with an excellent medley of flavor. Upfront is a milk chocolate "brown ale" like flavor, though the "brown ale"-like flavors are pretty subtle and complementary. Hint of hazelnut, sweet caramel, a little coffee and a touch of toffee. Then smooth, milky coconut flavor coats the midpalate with a light vanilla creamer twist. Finishes with a coffee and coconut flavor with a faint touch of hoppiness towards the finish. The nose was better, but the taste is still delicious. I have frankly never had a beer like this before. It's like a milk stout/brown ale hybrid with coconut added. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, low carbonation. In terms of viscosity, this is frankly waterier and substantially less creamy than hoped for or expected. The mouthfeel and viscosity reminds me a lot of Stone's vanilla porter. As it warms up and layers, the beer seemingly gets a little "thicker," but still does not come close to the level of viscosity this beer should otherwise demand. Finishes moderately dry, slightly sweet. 3/5

Overall: An amazing beer that is slightly marred by what I believe to be too thin a mouthfeel for it's bold and innovative flavors. This growler held up surprisingly well; my pour was just as good as the sample I had at the brewpub following Darkness Day. This is a beer that was well worth seeking out.

Recommendation: Hunt this one down if you get the chance. This is a limited tap-only beer that is sold in limited quantities of "pre-filled" growlers once a year, so you'll likely have to wait until late 2013 to get a shot at this one if you live outside Minneapolis.

Pairings: Mounds bars. Seriously.

Cost: $18 for a 64 oz growler. (3,091 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler
Filled Sunday 10/28/12. Thanks BIG to Cliff!
5oz mini snifter (multiple times)

A: Pours a really deep brown. There is minimal light getting through this guy. Nearly two weeks from fill, but still had good carbonation. Their growlers hold up. Light tan head forms on the top. Sticks around a while. Leaves some sticky lacing.

S: Getting really big coconut aroma on the nose. It's like sun tan lotion or something, but in a good way....haha. Also, getting that lactose sugary sweetness. Some milk chocolate. Some light roast coffee.

T: Flavor follows nose. It tastes like a Mounds bar initially. You really do get lots of coconut in the flavor, blending really nicely with sweet milk chocolate and roast coffee. The bitterness is minimal, this is certainly a sweet beer. Like others have mentioned, it's almost like a BA'd sort of sweetness. Very easy to drink though, and no alcohol at all. Fairly dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Drinks easy. (956 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Didn't think I'd ever come across this one. Shared graciously by capra12. From a 64oz growler into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours pitch black with a .5 finger pink mocha head with low retention. Oily thick legs but very little lace. Average for the style.

Huge notes of lactose, whole milk, and cream. Roasted malt lingers ever-so-slightly in the background. Also hints of coconut and chocolate. Mellow overall.

Opens coconut, chocolate, slightly roasted malt, lactose, coca-cola. Vanilla towards the end with coconut and almond at the end. Very very good.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth in the mouth and slick and oily going down. Slightly messy finish with a nice, lingering aftertaste. This is spot on for the style and for delivering the mellow, balanced, subtle flavors going on in this beer.

Absolutely wonderful, I could easily take down two full growlers of this for myself. Great balance in the flavor and the mouthfeel is a dream. Wish I could get more of this one and this rates up there with the best in the style. (1,074 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This growler was shared by caSSino during the Charlotte Tasting 2012. Thanks Mike!

This one pours a medium bodied dark chocolate brown in color with a slight beige lacing around the glass. The nose is full of coconut and milk chocolate with an ever so slight roast. Wowzers, so much coconut. The flavors too are full of chocolaty coconut aka Mounds. It isn't complex but damn is it effective. It drinks kind of light in body with an off dry finish. It's a really easy, light yet sweet stout. Overall this was an excellent beer. I'm glad it was as advertised. (559 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.51/5  rDev -42.4%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Mista for getting this out to me for the tasting.

Pours black with a thin off-white head. Smell is roast malt, chocolate and coconut, quite good, but given the way some people have raved about the smell, not quite up to that level. Flavor, however, is quite fantastic. I absolutely love coconut and this is incorporates it into the roasty and chocolate flavors so well. It manages to taste like a candy bar without being too sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this beer is damn tasty and doesn't disappoint. It manages not to be a gimmick beer despite the fun flavors. (615 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of herman77
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (800 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. Not a lot of head or lacing but it is a nice looking stout.

Smells like candy. Coconut and chocolate. A little roast.

The taste and mouthfeel are amazing. Silky smooth. Waves of coconut and dark chocolate flavors. Really nice.

This beer is quite sweet. Maybe not something for everyday, but a very tasty treat. (331 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Served in a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Color is a dark oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two finger of tan head with decent retention. A decent amount of lacing lingers around the glass.

Smell: A sweet dark roasty aroma. Dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate, coffee, and a huge aroma of coconuts. Also some hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Some brown sugar and a little milk, cream, and nuts. Some very light hints of earthy hops in the background. The coconut and chocolate scent is pretty big. Quite a nice and interesting aroma.

Taste: Just as dark and sweet as it smells. Big taste of coconut that really stands out. Dark malts with a taste of chocolate, coffee, milk, toast, caramel, toffee, and biscuit. A fair amount of brown sugar adds to the sweetness. A little hint of cream and nuts. Hop presence is very subtle. Taste is pretty sweet overall but not enough to be cloying or overly syrupy. Coconut taste is big and good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a carbonation on the high end of medium. Feels very creamy, silky, and smooth. Sweet and somewhat syrupy but its not overbearing.

Overall: A very good milk/sweet stout. A sweet dessert beer that is big on flavor but manages to keep the sweetness in check. The coconut brings a nice kick. (1,324 characters)

Photo of pepsican
3.05/5  rDev -30%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of iadler
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Served in a tasting glass at ABR. From notes.

A- Pours a very dark brown with a thin mocha head that has good retention.

S- Almond Joys candy bars immediately come to mind, with dark chocolate, toasted coconut and almonds. Notes of vanilla, cream, roasted malt and coffee are present as well.

T- Lots of fresh and toasted coconut, dark and milk chocolate, almonds, vanilla, cream, roasted malt and a hint of coffee beans.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a creamy body.

O- One of the best beers at ABR. If you like coconut beers, this is a must try. Not sure if I could consume this is large amounts due to how rich it is, but still one of the best Milk Stouts I've had. (685 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a tasting glass. It poured black in color with a thin tan head scattered across the top of the beer. It had some nice sticky lacing to it as I drank it as well.

The aroma really shows off some nice toasted, sweet, coconut flavors to it. It's definitely more apparent then I anticipated, but I really like it. I get a sweeter chocolate and vanilla presence to it as well, which really blends with the coconut flavors nicely. It was sweet, but also so smooth and flavorful. Great aroma overall.

The coconut is also immediately noticeable in the taste. I get a lot of toasted coconut mixing with some really nice vanilla flavors. Some chocolate notes come out in the finish along with just a bit of caramel. The coconut is bold in it, but it came together extremely well. It was so flavorful and smooth. I don't even like coconut that well but the flavors in this really wowed me.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy with carbonation being low. Great mouthfeel for the style and flavors.

Overall I thought it was a fantastic beer. After being somewhat disappointed with Mango Mama and Czar Jack I was hesitant to trade for any more of their special beers. This one however really wowed me and I loved that it was so unique and unlike anything I've ever had before. The coconut was so good in it and complimented the sweet stout flavors perfectly for the style. I'd definitely say that this is a new favorite of the style for me. Not being a big coconut fan I was completely surprised at how much I liked this one. (1,549 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (1,028 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Town Hall Tap. This beer arrives an opaque black color. The head is a solid inch of brown foam that recedes slowly leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is of coconut, milk chocolate, roasted malt, and graham cracker. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a silky texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer. It is like drinking a Mounds bar, but better. I will make it a point of finding this beer whenever it is available. (489 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of thain709
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many, many, many thanks to StormKing47 sharing this one during Stout Day 2011. Thanks Josh!

A - The beer poured a pretty deep brown, bordering on black with no light coming through...a tan head formed and stood about two fingers...it was creamy, became rocky, and stayed as a full cap...some lacing was left behind

S - And the wonderfulness begins...rich milk chocolate, sweet and toasted coconut, vanilla sweetness, roasted malts...I'm thinking of a Mounds Bar with milk chocolate

T - There is nothing different from the nose here...the chocolate is underlying because the coconut is the star, but it still adds body and pairs well with the coconut...as for the coconut, it's toasted to bring out the flavors, but it still manages to stay milk like you're eating fresh coconut...the vanilla adds more sweetness to the palate

M - Medium bodied...smooth and creamy...milky...sweet without ever being cloying

O - I would give a lot to try this one again...I would not have had a problem finishing the entire growler myself...this one is a step above Maui Coconut Porter...there was so much going right in this beer...it was sweet, milky, creamy, chocolately, coconuty, everything a Mounds Bar is...thanks again Josh! (1,219 characters)

Photo of seeswo
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Cam!

Pours a very dark brown with an off-white head that looks the part. Coconut fills the glass and really brings out the light chocolate flavors as well. Smells really enticing. The taste is fantastic, especially when it warms a bit. Strong coconut is well integrated into a light, slightly chocolatey stout. This has much more coconut flavor than Maui CoCoNut Porter. Delicious. The mouthfeel is disappointing - really thin and light. I think this beer would be an epic homerun if it had some of the creaminess that really brings around the style. Moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer is really fantastic that suffers from only one flaw. That said, I could absolutely drink a ton of this beer. (708 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown. Nice light brown head. Looks great. Smells sweet and malty. Not a lot going on on the nose. Tastes very very coconut heavy. A nice chocolatey sweetness. Smooth but a bit thin. Well carbonated. Overall the coconut is phenomenal. Very enjoyable brew (272 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.87/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three hour tour. Coconut stout. 5.9% ABV. Stout aged with cocoanut.

Dark brown body, enormous cocoa-toned head, sleek and lovely. Yes.

Aroma: yeah, that's cocoanut, sweet, and cocoa-nutty. Some dark stout-ish flavors lurk below, but it's really all about the cocoanut.

Taste: Mmmm, the cocoanut reigns supreme here, as well, and the stout stands tall beneath. Smooth, creamy, full-bodied, thick, lush and mmm. Slight bitterness, rich cocoanut flavor, with requisite coffee and chocolate flavors.

What's great about this? No holds barred. Doesn't hold back, but neither goes too far. Perfect balance. Not subtle in the cocoanut flavor, delivers it all in just the right amount. Just about perfect. Yu, um. (711 characters)

Three Hour Tour from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.