Manhattan Reserve | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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4.14/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States
townhallbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by XmnwildX12 on 02-24-2015

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#9,469
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
22
pDev:
8.94%
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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by herman77:
Photo of herman77
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of MattyG85
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewpub. 5 oz. serving as part of a flight.

Appearance: Color is a deep ruby red. Not much of a head. Moderate bubbles.

Smell: A nicely sweet and boozy Belgian style aroma with a scent of bourbon, cherries, and dark fruit. Big upfront barrel presence with a scent of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet hints of cherries. Belgian yeast with some clove and pepper spice. Toasted malt with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, chocolate, and grains. Dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, plum, and dates. Also some hints of candied sugar and leather. A really good complex aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet and boozy Belgian Cru style taste with notes of bourbon, cherries, and dark fruit. Big barrel flavor with upfront notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Belgian yeast with notes of clove and pepper. Sweet and tart notes of cherries. Toasted malt with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Dried dark fruit notes of fig, raisin, dates, and plum. Some candied sugar sweetness as well. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Chewy and fairly slick. Somewhat hot but not overwhelming or cloying.

Overall: A really good barrel aged Grand Cru. Big bourbon and dark fruit flavor with a nice touch of cherry.

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Photo of Shawner
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

32 oz. growler. Deep reddish amber. Strong bourbon aroma. Lots of sugars, too. Cherry. Belgian yeast. And some booze. Tastes much more of cherry than it smells. Nutty maltiness. Oak. Bourbon. Interesting, but the cherry is a little cloying. Boozy and kinda heavy. Not something I'd drink a lot of.

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Photo of arniepnminne
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The description of this as a belgian dark throws me. It really doesn't seem to have belgian dark character; more like a strong blonde or tripel? The color is a beautifull amber / orange, sunset hues at the fringes. Smell is strong bourbon, tart cherry, almost a grand marneir orange liquer flavor - more a cocktail aroma than a beer aroma. Thought of as a riff on the cocktail, this is one of the best examples I've come across. The finish is a bit oily / viscous akin, again, to a cocktail as it warms.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This beer arrives brown color with a solid off white head that sticks around longer than most barrel aged beer heads I'vre seen. The aroma is of rye, spice oak, dates, plums, rock candy, and Belgian malt. Very nice. The taste is similar,b ut more intense with he barrel shkwing through a bit more. The mothfeel is full bodied without being stick. The texture is velvety. Overall, this is one of the best barrel aged beers I've ever tasted. Well done Town Hall.

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Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at Town Hall Lanes. Poured a clear, ruby color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of yeastiness, spices and cherries. Nice tart and sweet bite from the cherries with toasty malt and toffee.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TboneRN
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopazoid
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tyecko
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScottP
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light tan head. Caramel ruby color.

Cherry tartness. Warming bourbon. Oaky. Some chocolate or cocoa. Very malty. Some dark dried fruits. Plums and dates.

Medium bodied. Very clean.

A unique beer that tastes awesome. Well done.

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Photo of hollywood_15063
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Actually tastes like a Manhattan, which is really impressive for a couple ounces, but I found it hard to drink much of because my brain/mouth went to cocktail mode and wouldn't take more than tiny sips at a time.

This puts the Bruery's "cocktail-inspired" beers to shame, but it's still not a beer I'd really go back to. If I want a Manhattan, I'll order a Manhattan.

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Photo of dheldman
3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jbwimer
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, here we have Manhattan Reserve from Town Hall, at last in my possession in a growler, which I am at last going to drink. It's the Belgian-style Grand Cru, aged in whiskey barrels, with tart cherries added, giving the overall impression of a Manhattan cocktail.

Clear, bright crimson coloring, no head at all. (I tried again to pour, and a small head appears briefly, but to quick to get it in the photo I took.)

Bourbon screams out of the nose. Vanilla, cherry, oak. It's brilliant, they did it, they made a beer that smells like a manhattan cocktail. Does it taste like one? That's next...

Large sweetness blasts the tongue at first, getting cooler and calmer soon thereafter. Hugely rich and lush. More cherry, more whiskey, more vanilla and oak. Sweet and malty and over-powering with the cherry and the booze and the richness and deliciousness. Oh, my. Sweetness turns dry and rolls all over the palate. Yum, yum, yum.

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Manhattan Reserve from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 22 ratings