Daylight Robber Belgian Black Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by feloniousmonk on 11-07-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm just assuming this is meant to be in the vein of New Belgium's 1554, for the pub was far too busy at the time, to annoy the bartenders with questions. I had 2 pints during the dollar hour, then capped it off with a cask version.
Appearance: deep, dark brown, just on the verge of black,like the color of our skies after 5pm, with a good, though brief, cocoa-tan head.
Aroma: soft, creamy, earthy, and arousing, giving subtle associations of chocolate and roasted coffee beans.
Taste: pleasantly slightly sweet greeting on the tongue, glimmers of fruit, herbs, though nothing specific, more of a spectral sensation . Plenty of grit on the palate, nice little hoppiness, an earthy, generous, and complex texture, that starts out rather nonchalant, than gives off more chocolately flavors, spices, a hint of fruit.
Medium bodied, and extraordinarily consumable.
On cask: after the cascade, the color eventually settles into a more solid black color, a milky, creamy head, and a lighter flavor, sensuous, playful texture, an absolute dream, the rival of any nitro-stout you want to put it up against.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black beer with brown edges. A medium sized creamy and compact brown head sits on top. It diminishes to a thin film and a substantial collar. Lace is adequate. Aroma is dark malts and sludgy yeast. The taste is o.k., but the lingering aftertaste doesn't sit well with me. Taste is dark belgian malts blended with some dark fruits. But there is lingering heat that really detracts from the overall enjoyment. A somewhat stinging fussel alcoholic characteristic. A higher chained alcohol possibly. It would kind of surprise me if that were the case, but that's what I taste.

Overall, my least enjoyable experience from Town Hall to date, but there have been enough great ones to make up for this one.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ruby red deepness with an overall thin oily blackish murk with amber highlights, thin but thickly built dark ivory head, lace in globby short strings. Aroma is lightly roasted malts with softer deep dark toffee and a sprinkle of old coffee. Taste is subtle and mild, very pleasing easy tones of roastyness upfront with underlaying coffeeness, hazelnut mellows in at the midway point and has a pleasant belgian yeast spicyness which flows right to the finish, ending crisp and dry with a nice touch of coffee and nuts which lingers for a good time. As it warms it picks up notes of plum fruityness and ginger bread dough just before the finish. Great subtle flavors that mix and build together nicely. Feel is a solid medium body with a pleasnt carbonation and a nice little finish of crispy dryness. A fine drinkin' beer and at only 4.5% makes for a excellent session brew. This goes to show you that not every beer needs to slap you in the face. There's something to be said about being able to appreciate mild beers and this is the beer in which to do it with. Nice work, liked this alot actually, more so then the numbers give way to.

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Photo of ADR
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub...

Dark, almost black appearance with some reddish light transmisison through the glass. Tan head powers down in about 25 seconds. Laces are simple strings with some drips. Malty aroma, slight sense of java with a papery yeastiness. Flavor is decent up front, chocolatey malt with Mexican cinnamon tones strike the palette first, but by mid-mouth to close, a granular texture and cardboard aftertaste pull the brew to a weaker finish. Some similarities to Leinie's Creamy Dark Lager in late profile and finish. Lower alcohol than many Belgian Darks, but the mouthfeel sems a little weak.

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Daylight Robber Belgian Black Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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