Hope & King Scotch Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 72 | Display Reviews Only:
3.43/5 rDev -12.3%
I'm reviewing this from notes I took on 8/18 on a visit to the brewpub.
Big and black, with a small head. Smells slightly sour, and tastes kinda bland, slightly like eggnog, actually. Nondescript, but with a good toasted malt finish. Mouthfeel seems overcarbonated. Dirty Bastard and Robert the Bruce are better, and you don't have to drive to the Twin Cities and put up with shitty service to get them.
08-29-2005 03:31:44 | More by battlekow
3.15/5 rDev -19.4%
Lots of malty and sweet aroma from this dark red ale. Lots of body with just a touch of bitterness. Mainly a malt flavor vehicle, with little hop presence to speak of. Im pretty sure I could taste some chocolate malts in there too. I doubt that I could drink more than a pint of this at a sitting.
08-25-2005 20:36:35 | More by fisherman34
3.33/5 rDev -14.8%
( Served in an American pint glass)
A- Deep mahogany red with a thin white soapy head.
S- This beer has notes of sweet caramel malt and some faint smoky notes.
T- This beer has a big toasted maltyness with some caramel and honey notes also. A slight roasted malt background with a slight tangy finish, although the finish was pretty dry.
M- Medium mouthfeel although a bit watery with some slight fizz at the finish. No alcohol warmth or heat.
D-This beer had a big malt taste but not much depth and no dark fruit qualities. Without the backbone of some alcohol warmth to balance the malt it really was missing something as a Wee Heavy.
07-16-2005 19:32:21 | More by rhoadsrage
3.65/5 rDev -6.6%
Poured a deep amber. This time the beer had a thick frothy and creamy tan head that lasted fairly long. Aroma is a light malty-caramely sweetness. Favor is also malty, but not too sweet with hints of caramel and a complex prune-like fruitiness. There was no hop flavor at all. The flavor of this cask ale as compared to their on-tap version of this beer is a little less flavorful. Overall a nice beer, but if you want something cask aged, go with the IPA.
05-26-2005 02:35:18 | More by schoolcb
4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
Dark, cherry-red brown hues to this Scotch Ale, with thin--but sticky--glaze covering up the glass. Nose was light breezymalts that grew in potency--to allay my disappointment I think. Taste was quite good--and far better then the other two wee heavy's I've reviewed (but still not the best that I've had..). Tastes are juicy in the mouth, and I thought of cherry cider. Lots of dry notes of nutty almond and cashew butter, cereals and toffee. But by the end of the day, I realized what this beer really tasted like: a butterfinger bar. Taste is dry, but flavourful (for the Brits). A clean finish, with not too much of an aftertaste. Most of the taste is enjoyed in the mouth. Medium creamy carbonation.
Bit low on the alcohol methinks for a wee heavy, but what the hell.
Not to be missed!
Had on-tap in Minneapolis, late August, 04
10-28-2004 04:44:13 | More by donnebaby
4.38/5 rDev +12%
Dark ruby in hue, brown influences as well. On cask there was also a slight haze to the beer, as desired. A foamy light beige head of over a finger in height graced with top of the liquid. The head retention was excellent as a half finger cap lasted the whole consumption. Sadly, there was hardly any subsequent lacing. Still this was a good-looking beer. The nose was not loud but the aromas I could detect were very malty, chocolate hints, some sweetness and some underlying astringency. I like the nose. Inviting. I couldnt wait to take a drink. Why wait! The palate is great, the malty depth is wonderful, very ample yet subtle, hell, Ill call it luscious. Deep chocolate flavors, there are some roast too but it is not stout/porter-like, there is slight astringency. The finish is very juicy from the big maltiness. The sweetness is moderate but it adds something pleasant and needed. No sign of the hops, I assume they managed to curb the sweetness but they dont offer much in the way of flavor. Medium/medium-full in body, creamy mouthfeel, typical qualities of a cask ale. This is very drinkable. Lovely stuff, it was dynamite on cask. I didnt try it on-tap but I cant imagine it is better that this. I will cherish the fond memories of this Wee Heavy. I should have quaffed more of this when I was in town!
06-29-2004 18:48:24 | More by bditty187
3.18/5 rDev -18.7%
Hope and King is outwardly brown with ruby highlights and no real head to speak of. The taste is much like a strong porter with a potent abundance of smoky chocolate malt. In contrast, the aroma is faint and gives no hint of the abundant flavor. Instead, the nose is sweeter and maltier without the smoke or chocolate of the palate.
I didnt care for the finish of this beer which grows too thin too quickly and combines with a chalky mouthfeel to end on an unflattering note. Thats a shame, because this ale initially presents with a wealth of flavor which, if sustained or gracefully diminished, would make it a first rate beer. But the finish is cloying, almost metallic, and the mouthfeel is unpleasant and thin. The draught was laceless, a factor I can deal with. But the mouthfeel and the finish are in need of serious revision.
04-11-2004 04:23:11 | More by RedDiamond
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours a deep ruby red with a decent light tan head formed and leaves billows of lace on the glass.
Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, coffee and some minor earthy hop notes.
Flavors is sweet butterscotch upfront followed by a bitter coffee and hop note. Interesting turn on the style, somewhat of a porter profile.
Mouthfeel is smooth and easy.
Drinkability is very high, great twist on Scotch Ale style.
03-01-2004 01:10:39 | More by CRJMellor
4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
On tap at the brewpub, I've seen this for years but haven't tried it...
Heavy semi-opaque umber color, nice rising head with some glistening speckles. Laces in long strands. Aroma is full but not strident, subdued malt with some spicy fig elements that might betray background hops. Verges on full-bodied with lots of cakey, yeasty, starchy qualities and malts that range into maple sugar. While hops aren't assertive, the beer composes to a paprika-like dryness near the finish, while keeping the good mouthfeel -- a little different for a Scotch Ale. Nice beer, lots of thinks to keep track of.
01-29-2004 17:14:48 | More by ADR
4.43/5 rDev +13.3%
Clear blood red appearance. Medium sized light brown head recedes to a thin coating in a few minutes. The lacing comes in sagging rings. The aroma's malty and got some peatiness to it as well. Yeasty and sweet as well. The taste of this beer's got some of that nice "Town Hall" yeastiness to it. It's meaty as well. And chalky and dry. Thickly malty and hints of smoke as well. Great taste. Body is full and mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated. Nice one.
01-24-2004 00:13:37 | More by Bighuge
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Another good offering from TH. Translucent maroon colored, with a whitish head. Smells malt and roasted, with a little hint of alcohol. A nice thick beer, with a strong flavor. Was pretty close to a stout, only with more of a bite. I definitely will be getting this again.
12-27-2003 07:01:55 | More by TastyTaste
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
I sampled this one many times on visits to Town Hall, but I am finally getting around to reviewing it thanks to my cuz stubob who picked up a growler for us to sample.
It pours to a ruby-brown color with a thick tan head. The aroma is a bit smoky, and malty, with a bit of roastiness. The flavor is smoky, malty and toasty. It has a pleasant hop bitterness throughout. It is a smooth, medium-full bodied brew. Another tasty brew from Town Hall.
11-25-2003 22:10:42 | More by BeerBuilder
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
Color is a clear dark brown, some amber highlights with a small lacy head that looked a bit like whipped cream, just a bit thinner. Smell is a soft but very pleasing and inviting sweetish malt with a bit of slightly sugary bread-like oat and grain notes. Taste is nice, its clean and smooth with mostly faint malt at start and middle but fades nicely into a very tangy hop that reminded me of rubarb in the finish. The feel is full/medium bodied but is mostly held in the middle and end when the nice tart/tangy hop and sweet malt makes its sneaky presence. This is highly drinkable and I can only imagine what it must be like from the cask? Yikes and yum.
04-05-2003 20:39:55 | More by tavernjef
4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
Dark brown to violet in color, with a firm, creamy, lacey head. Aroma is fresh and fragrant with hints of cocoa, oats, lavender, and honey. Soft palate, great texture, generous and lingering finish. Hop presence is minimal, initially, hidden behind a buttress of malt, exuding a pleasant sweetness. Medium body. In the middle, some hops start to show and do a delicate dance upon the tastebuds, that carries through the finish. This fine Scotch ale is 3-tiered, I find: malt, hops, happiness.
01-28-2003 17:09:44 | More by feloniousmonk
Hope & King Scotch Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.