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Three Hour Tour - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 208
Gots: 5 | 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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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to stormking47 for bringing this growler to our Stout Day event.

A - Pours jet black with a two finger tall mocha colored head leaving small spots of lace down the entire glass.

S - Smells of rich coconut, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel. It has a lot going on, but in a good way. This one really does smell like a candy bar.

T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet coconut quickly giving way to a mix of chocolate, vanilla, caramel cream, and almonds. The sweetness is lactic but it never really gets to the point of being overpowering. The finish is pretty sweet, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy, feel with lots of sweetness. The feel really helps to bring this one together.

O - Awesome beer. The sweet milk stout body works well with the coconut and dark roast to form an awesome beer. This is easily the best coconut beer I have ever had.

Photo of Sean9689
4.09/5  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.

Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Expedition
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours black as night with very little head.
S-Smells of vanilla with a strong, fresh coconut bouquet followed by rich chocolate
T-Where has this beer been all my life, Though sweet, it is balanced much better than most heavy Imperial Stouts. Easy drinking with flavors of coconut and chocolate, fig, vanilla and golden rainbows of perfection.
M-Smooth as silk and quaffable if you so wanted.
Overall-Probably my favorite beer of all time now. Town Hall IS the king of coconut porter and I have had Maui Brewing as well.

Photo of jsprain1
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours as darn near black as possible. Head is virtually non-existant.
S- Aroma is all coconut. A really fresh coconut flavor with a bit of vanilla.
T- This is super rich flavor. Big toasted coconut flavor with a vanilla flavor as well. Quite sweet throughout. Finish brings out some heavily roasted malt.
M- The body was disappointing. Smooth, but the body was lacking in heft for as much flavor as they packed into it.
O- A delicious beer. The lack of body was somewhat disappointing, but if you like coconut, this is a must try.

Photo of Slatetank
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Stormking47 for sharing this growler at international stout day enjoyed from a pint glass.

The color is opaque black with medium tan cap with densely packed beads, the lace clings very well, and the overall appearance is thick. The smell is like a candy bar made with coconut, the light fruity and nutty tropical scent is very fresh and resembles coconut straight from being toasted in the oven with some nice vanilla accents. The feel is rich, very viscous and slightly sweet with a semi-dry finish and low alcohol in general with moderate carbonation and low roast.

The taste is everything you expect after smelling the coconut after a quick swirl of the glass. There is a nice nutty element and toasty tinges which give a sweet vanilla backing to the coconuts almost floral flavor, very clean and has a moderate level of sweetness to achieve a nice balance. This is more about the coconut than the base stout which is a little lost in all the coconut flavor, but I enjoyed the way it came together and this is definitely a great beer, worth trying if you enjoy coconut.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass.

A- Pours a pitch black color, one finger light brown head, dissipates to a nice ring around glass, decent lacing.
S- The aroma is more present as it warms up, nice chocolate and coconut upfront, slight roasted note, dark malts, creamy.
T- Wow love it, huge coconut upfront, tasty chocolate notes, really creamy, marshmallows, slight roasted notes, dark malts, really nice sweetness throughout balanced with roasted notes.
M- Medium mouth feel, decent carbonation, smooth and creamy.
O- I’ve been wanting to try this for some time, I was not let down, this beer is so easy drinking its scary, I could drink this all day long, huge coconut and chocolate flavors come out. Perfect dessert beer.

Photo of TheDudeRules
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for Anniversary Week at Town Hall.

Poured into a 16oz pint glass.

Impossible black pour with a finger and a half of brown colored head. Dissipates pretty quickly. Lacing remains. Looks a lot like an oatmeal style stout. The colder the beer is the smell is mainly bakers chocolate. As it warms it is huge roasted coconut flavors. Spot on with a chocolate macaroon candy. Damn beautiful. Sweet to the taste, Once again huge roasted coconut on the tongue. Bakers chocolate mingles in nicely. Finishes clean. Not an incredibly thick beer. My only true knock on it.

Point blank. If you don't like coconut I suggest passing on this. If you do like it, I would say this is like a liquid Mounds Bar. Truly wonderful.

Photo of biglobo8971
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of mnbrewery
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: (11/12)
Very light roasted hints, together with a good amount of coconut and sweetness.

Flavor: (17/20)
The sweetness / lactose and coconuts hit the tongue right away and carries through in the middle. The coconut dominates the back end and aftertaste. Strong coconut flavor!

Mouthfeel: (5/5)
Very silky and smooth! Medium-bodied. Sticky lips from lactose.

Overall Impression: (9/10)
This is a very good beer that is extremely smooth and silky! The lactose makes a nice heavier body and definitely adds some stickiness to your lips. Very well crafted, but I could only have one pint per sitting - the coconut flavor would become too much for me.

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. I finally opened my growler from Oct and it let out a nice little hiss as it opened. Pours jet black and viscous with next to zero head. I had this one on tap when it came out too and I don't remember it having much of a head at that point either. Smells of sweet coconut and a bit of roasted malt. The flavor is an explosion, yet so smooth. I think it was even better out of the growler with a couple of month on it. The coconut took a small step back and allowed the chocolatly malt and roasted flavors to take a stronger part in the flavor. People describe it as drinking a Mounds bar and it's not too far from the truth. This thing simply coats your mouth and envelops all of your senses with a roasted chocolate/coconut/vanilla smootheness. I could drink this on and on - it's sweet but not overly so. A growler might be a bit much in a day but I didn't want to waste any of this delicious treat.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beckel for sending this growler out my way. Served in a snifter.

Pours nearly-black with a single-finger mocha head that settles down into a nice collar. A touch of lacing on the sides of my glass. The nose brings forward a lot of barrel character and chocolate as well as some chocolate and vanilla. Roasted malt and a bit of sweetness there as well. There is a moderate toasted coconut character in the background, though I couldn't have picked it out without knowing that it was there.

The chocolate and bourbon characteristics come out really well in the flavor. Ultra smooth and tasty. Good notes of vanilla and a bit of roast as well as some light cherry and toasted coconut. Really enjoying this. Very nice feel between the bourbon and a bit of booze. Perfect carbonation level. A really nice brew that grew on me as it warmed up and as I went through a few small glasses. Well done, TH.

Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You never know where you're going to be when you get to knock off one of your big wants. In this case, it was in 20 degree weather, while waiting in line at Troegs Splinter Black day. A special thanks to Thorpe429 for having the right growler of beer at the right time. I owe you one Mike!

I actually want to get a full growler of this stuff to share with others at some point in the near future. The concept of this brew is right up my wheelhouse!

A: Poured a pitch black, almost melted dark chocolate truffle color, with ever the slightest beige head that stayed at least a bubble formation throughout the session.

S: Cruzan coconut rum dipped in melted milk chocolate.... yep.... that just about sums it up. Definitely a hint of vanilla and more than a hint of lactose sugar.

T: Candy-bar like for sure, but I'm thinking more along the lines of chocolate, coconut macaroon. I thought this was going to be a sugar bomb, but it ended up being a dessert lover's wildest fantasy. The balance between the coconut and the sugary elements were spot on.

M: Well, to be honest, I wish this were a bit thicker (ala. FFF "Moloko"), but the novelty of the brew overall was so slick, that this is but a minor quibble. The carbonation was good for this style.

D: Having only a sip of this would be like only eating one "M & M." Who the hell does that?

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

A: Dark brown, with a small beige head that hangs out for a while before leaving a nice sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Toffee, butter, coconuts, roasted malt, chocolate.

T: The beer is incredibly tasty and has greatly exceeded my expectations. I find it hard to believe that I am enjoying a beer brewed with coconuts to this degree. Coconuts and chocolate melded with roasted malt and buttery toffee candies make this a delicious beer. It's the perfect marriage of beer and a gourmet candy bar. The balance and harmony achieved with all of these bold flavors make this a special beer. Wow.

M: Not as sweet as I would have expected, but a bit on the sweet end of the spectrum, nonetheless.

D: Terrific stuff, but probably best enjoyed in small quantities.

Photo of homebrew311
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this a few weeks ago when I was visiting Minneapolis. The review is from my notes.

A: opaque and black, thin cocoa head, decent retention, some lacing

S: this smells amazing.. like a Mounds candy bar. The chocolate is first and is followed by a HUGE creamy coconut character. I am not a huge fan of coconut but am simply impressed by how well it is incorporated in to this brew. This doesn't even smell like beer, more like liquid candy bar.

T: just like the nose, the taste is full of coconut and chocolate. The coconut is incorporated so well and the base milk stout provides the perfect base for the rest of the flavors. There is some caramel and roast in the middle and a long sweet finish that leaves you wanting more.

MF: smooth, medium body, velvety texture

D: the drinkability on this beer is wonderful. It goes down so smoothly and every last sip is delicious. This is worth trying. Get it on draft if you can, I had a growler that was a week or two old and the brightness of the flavors dropped considerably.

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by JP - much obliged!

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of equal amounts of smooth roasted malts and dark chocolate flavors. Also present are of course coconut aromas that seem closer to coconut milk than normal dried coconut.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors kick things off. Joining in almost immediately are large coconut flavors that are a bit sweeter than in the aroma. Coconut and dark chocolate flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I wasn't expecting to enjoy this beer nearly as much as I did. A very good base stout is key here as is the fact that the coconut influence isn't overpowering. A huge flavor profile in a relatively small ABV that is well worth a shot.

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sending this my way.

Black and completely impenetrable by light. A hard pour leaves me with a small brown crust on top of the ebony body.

Tons of chocolate and coconut on the nose, this smells exactly like a Mounds bar. There's not much else to say, but it's wonderful.

The palate shows a touch more complexity, though it's still dominated by sweet coconut and milk chocolate. The finish brings flavors of licorice and roasted malt that help balance the initial blast of sweetness, but it's decidedly a dessert beer. That said, it never became cloying, even after several pours.

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Three Hour Tour from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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