Project 3106 | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Brown with kumquats and chocolate, aged in bourbon barrels.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 55
Photo of smakawhat
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap into a tulip glass at Minneapolis Town Hall.

Dark matte brown body color, provided with a very creamy and light espresso tan topped head of a finger. Slight staying power and nice ring partial lacing while drinking. Very nice red hued accents also along the edges.

Unexpected aroma but quite delicious. Mild sensing raisin like fruit, but also real nice sweet zesty oils. Slight cocoa powder and even a bit of oude bruine like tartness but mild. Very impressive.

Palate is just explosive and a winner. Huge amounts of dark chocolate and black forest cake fruit flavors. Nearly fudgy mouthfeel, rich and velvety with hints of citrus oils but also bringing out more hits of cherries as well. Huge cocoa powder bursting finish and warmth. Controlled sensing sweetness with exceptional flavors of mixing red berries, orange, and chocolate.

Just a flat out spectacular beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

one of the most impressive beers in any style that i have ever had. a belgian imperial brown ale with kumquats aged in bourbon barrels. it sounds like a lot, like too much, but there are incredible synergies all over the place here. lets start with what it looks like, gorgeous in a tulip, with over an inch of thick khaki head on a dense deep chocolate brown base with some heft to it. the smells is sharp at first, the belgian yeast and its fruity esters and the acidic and bitter kumquat jump right out of the dark grain base to hit the nostrils first. it seems like an odd match in a beer like this, with those elements out, its a bourbon barrel aged imperial brown, so an unlikely arrangement for sure, but its amazing. the milk chocolate sweetness, earthy roast, and sweet honey and vanilla notes from the bourbon are right there with the fruit and the yeast in the nose, and its tantalizing. the flavor is a lot like the aroma, but switched. the sweet brown ale base, the booze warmth, the bourbon sweetness, the oak, the char, and the chocolate are all up front, while the yeast, mellow but spicy now, and the kumquat, still fresh and piquant, sort of take over in the second half. amazing depth of flavor here, and in a beer thats so smooth yet well carbonated, and rich but drinkable. i got into some real trouble drinking these down, the strength is sneaky! overall this is one heck of a world class beer, and its my favorite of all the beers i have had from town hall, which is really saying something. absolutely a must try if you ever get the chance!

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a work of art, or maybe a work of science, or of brewmaster wizardry.

Of the five BA beers I had at Town Halls' BA Week, this stood out the most.

Remarkable combination of cocoa/chocolate, fruit, bourbon, and more typical ale components. This is the most aromatic beer I've ever had ... mostly chocolate to the nose, with a little bourbon.

The taste is really a great balance of flavors. I liked the way the bourbon barrel was just one component of the mix, and didn't dominate the flavor profile. I loved the bourbon part of the beer, but I loved even more the way the chocolate and fruit and general ale flavors were in perfect harmony with each other, along with the bourbon.

Lovely mouthfeel. TH was serving all these BA beers pretty cold to start, so the more leisurely you can drink this, the more you'll get the fuller taste that comes with slightly warmer temperatures.

What a great beer. Reason enough to schedule a visit to Minneapolis for 2015's Barrel Aged Week.

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Photo of mothman
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Caramel dark brown. Tan head.

Flavor profile: wow. Huge dose of Belgian chocolate. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, and cocoa. I don't know what kumquat tastes like, but there is a fruit flavor present. Butterscotch as well. The bourbon is very flavorful and doesn't add any heat. It just smooths the beer out. Belgian yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel: smooth, warming, creamy. Medium bodied. Ends clean.

Overall, this was one of the best beers th has made. Absolutely incredible flavors. Very drinkable. Can't believe how well this one turned out to be.

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Photo of deebo
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This sounds very interesting. Pumped to try.
Served with a finger of tan head that recedes to a rather thin layer in a town hall tulip/snifter.
Smell is decidedly chocolate. Wow. Amazing. Sweet Belgian chocolate that has a bit of that added flavor aroma you get from chocolate syrups like Hershey's. There is just a hint of sweet citrus and Belgian fruitiness here too.
Taste is also fantastic. Big chocolate flavor with hints of citrus-I guess the kumquats. Some Belgian yeastiness here too.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth not a big bodied beer. Dry finish. Fairly low carbonation.
Overall this is a damn tasty brew as the beer warms more of the barrel aged quality comes out. Would love to try a non barrel version of this one. The base beer is super.

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Photo of jera1350
4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served up a darker amber color with thin head that leaves some lacing. Smell is chocolate, citrus and slightly woody. The taste is like liquid milk chocolate with an essence of orange from the kumquats. Mild bourbon and wood taste with a very clean finish. Medium body and just an outstanding overall beer. Drinks easily and is a "WOW" kind of beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. 12oz served into a tulip glass today, 4/19/2014.

A- caramel brown colored body, one finger brown head with no retention. A little lacing. Looks like a barleywine.

S- liquid chocolate. Seriously. This is basically Hershey's chocolate fudge that comes in these syrup bottles at the store except it's not artificial smelling. Wow!

F- similar. Straight up chocolate fudge cut by a nice sweet tropical fruit flavour that is almost tart. Very very sweet but unique tasting beer.

M- medium bodied, low carbonation. A sipper due to how sweet it is.

O- wins the taste test of anything I've had recently. Can't drink more than a few ounces at once; I need to sip on Czar Jack in between. But this literally smells like liquid chocolate fudge. Really really good.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Served in a Town Hall chalice glass.

Appearance: Color is a dark brownish black. Moderate amount of bubbles and about two fingers of light tan head that recede into a a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A pretty dark and sweet yeasty Belgian style aroma with big hints of chocolate and bourbon. Upfront barrel presence with hints of Bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Dark roasted malt with big hints of sweet Belgian chocolate, toffee, caramel, biscuit, and toast. Belgian yeast with some slight pepper and clove hints. Fruit hints of kumquat along with some dark fruit hints of cherry, fig, raisin, and prune. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a sweet dark and fruity Belgian style taste with big notes of chocolate and whiskey barrel. Big upfront barrel presence with notes of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Belgian yeast with some notes of black pepper and clove. Dark roasted malt with sweet notes of Belgian chocolate, toffee, caramel, toast, biscuit, grains, and straw. Sweet fruit notes of kumquat along with some dark fruit undertones of raisin, cherry, fig, and prune. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly chewy, slick, and silky. Moderate alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: A very good twist on a dark Belgian ale. The big chocolate and kumquat presence adds a nice sweet kick.

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Project 3106 from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.51 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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