Blue Label Barrel Aged Malt | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ADR on 09-07-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant coper color...

Nose is vanilla, slightly boozy (scotch?)..nice barrel aged qualities...nice...

Taste is sticky malt...vanilla...malty...little hops but not one sided...slight nectarine on the finish...

Mouthfeel is medium to full..perfect carbonation...

Overall another killer TH brew...highly drinkable but of great character...would almost work as a session beer...

Drank this third after the oak aged Scotch and Old Ale...all were great...perhaps if I had this first it would rate near the others but as is it is thrid in my order..

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Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dulled copper. Thin off white head. The slight collar actually leaves a nice amount of lace. Carbonation is represented by very small specks surfacing at a moderate pace. Huge dose of sweet whiskey/bourbon tones on the nose layered with rich malt tones and vanilla. The barrel qualities really come though nicely on the nose. Right from the onset of drinking, I can tell that this beer could be dangerous. For a 7.5% brew, it's unbelievably drinkable. So damn mellow. The only signs of alcohol are the pleasant sweet bourbon derived tones. And I'll take a bit of that in my strong ale any day. The rich malt character (Golden Promise I believe) integrates nicely with the oak, vanilla bean, whiskey and yeast properties. Carbonation is quite low, but agreeable for this sipper.

Did I just say sipper?? Damn, this one was gone before I knew it. Time to order another.

I believe this beer has been in a barrel for some time. (2+ years now??) And it shows. So damn smooth and mellow and delicate.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the Town Hall 6th Anniversary Party, 10-18-2003

An incredible concoction...color, a cloudy bronze, with a tight white ring of foam...aroma is smooth, airy, with light, mellow fruit notes, no strong herald appears of what lies in wait...once we let it drip down the lips, this Big, Bad-Boy asserts itself fully, as full-on hops charge the mouth...lip-smacking, delicious texture...this ale is thoroughly playful, turns the senses into it's own romper takes us over, and we surrender easily, and can only grasp at hints and whispers to crack through the complexities of this brew...resounding, ringing, eternally at work on the tastebuds, bold and, finally the oak-barrell character comes forth, creeping into the flavor, but really stays on the sidelines, merely peppering the profile, not dominating it...but it's a monster altogether...halfway in, my favorite adjective is "juicy, juicy, juicy" ...abundant flavor, sturdy and potent, though mouthfeel tends to be thinnish at the end...
Full and robust, with a sharp, whiskey-ish taste...damn, this is good!...throw your drams in the bin, boys, let this be your sin, if you're lucky enough to taste it...juicy, tingling, tantalizing...but I have to pull back on the drinkability thing, for I could only fit 2 1/2 serving past my lips. Oh, I had probably 5 more pints later that night, but couldn't deal with another taste of this dangerous, but delectable ale.

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Photo of ADR
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, Autumn Brew Review 2003...

Brightish semi-hazy pale brown, good yellow head of froth. Laces in simple strings and dots. Hoppy aroma, balsam and sugar sweetened orange peel. Malt is medium caramel with a good and measured hoppiness and a touch of a woody tang and smoke. Lots of aftertaste, carried on by a good medium body. Surprise, surprise, another good Town Hall brew, based on a limited barrel aging of the Single Malt Ale...great texture.

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Blue Label Barrel Aged Malt from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.33 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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