Three Hour Tour - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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4.35/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to d0b for bringing this back from his recent Minneapolis binge. Served in the Sam Adams pint glass.
A - Pours with one finger of tan foam that dissipates to a solid cap and thick ring. Pitch black with maybe the slightest hint of brown at the fringes. Other than head volume this is just about perfect.
S - Holy crap there is a ton of coconut in this stuff. There's also a good amount of roastiness, milk chocolate, and light caramel, nuts, and multigrain, but this is all about roasted coconuts.
T - This taste almost exactly like Bounty chocolate bar. Tons of roasted coconut, malted chocolate, nuts, and lactose sugar. Light bitterness in the aftertaste. Since I love coconuts this is a huge winner for me, but I expect this to be polarizing.
M - Smooth with a touch of carbonation tingle. Medium-thin body that is not offensive for a lower ABV stout, but could be a little heftier. Kind of skim milky, but with a roasty finish.
D - The sweetness gets a little overwhelming, but the thinner texture and great taste make it pretty easy drinking. Still I can feel my pulse quickening from the sugar content, so this is a one pint kind of brew.
Serving type: growler
10-27-2009 23:58:27 | More by MasterSki
4.15/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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
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
Three Hour Tour from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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