Old Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 11-03-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of ZAP
4.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muddy brown color...

Aroma is awesome...brown sugar...maple....molasses..overripe strawberrries...AWESOME!!

On the taste it is brown sugar, pears, slight booze, and some fruit sourness on the finish...

Mouthfeel is a little on the light side of full...call it"full-lite"...definte sipper though...

Overall..excellent old ale...great nose...nicely aged....enjoyed honey oak wee heavy a litle more but a matter of preference probably...both are 4.5-5.0 beers

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Photo of Bighuge
4.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky looking brown appearance. Thin coating of beige froth leaves minimal lace. The nose is pure bliss. Caramel and nougat doused with a bucket of rum, vanilla and oak. And the aroma is STRONG. Slick mouthfeel with the slightest prick of carbonation. Body is a solid medium. The flavor takes all that goodness from the aroma and places it smack dab on your tongue. The vanilla, the oak barrel properties, the alcohol, the sweet caramel and nougat. Boy did this beer age nicely in the French Oak Wine Barrel. I think it's been sleeping for 2-3 years now and it is damn smooth. While still present, the alcohol is more of a compliment to the intricacies of this beer rather than an overbearing force.

I wonder if there are any more of these barrels tucked away somewhere in the cellar of the Town Hall. One can only hope...

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes called English Old Ale, in some other places Olde Ale, and in this case it can be known as French Cabernet Barrel-Aged Old Ale. Sampled in a non-aged version at a fest, then several times at the anniversary party. At the moment, I sip from out of a growler.

Dusky crimson hue, shining light at the bottom, dark at the top, nestled under a thin, but lasting layer of foam.

Heavenly aroma, absolutely divine. A challenge to pin this down or pick it apart, for it seems seamless, no element bolder than the others, emerging as an ethereal whole. Fruit is first, of course, bright, but mellow, sweet, but subtle. Grape and cherry, jammy, yet smooth, lightly spicy, with gentle alcoholic notes, as well.

Uplifting on the lips, soothing, warm, melts the mouth, and relaxes the soul. Full flavor, big fruit, but not too overpowering, spreads around the palate, tingles the tastebuds, with a slight tang, a blast of juiciness, a sophisticated, even sublime deliciousness. This is astonishingly good, I'm stuck trying to define it further, and nearly want to give up on that, for it's a futile excercise, it seems.

There's something extraordinary happening in the glass, it's a great beer made even better, the alcohol seemingly invisible. This is a beer for special occasions, or for quiet rumination, a brew to be respected, for it favors those who do so.
It does something else wonderful, as well, for my troubles, and they have vexed me this evening, have washed away, and those larger concerns seem less dangerous at the moment...it's a wonderful illusion, and I appreciate the effect immeasurably.

Only wish this weren't so rare an elixir to enjoy! (I have 1 of only 10 growlers in existence, and paid twice the usual price.)

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Old Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.79 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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