Midnight Howler Coffee Stout | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 04-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of Ragingbull
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black in color with little to no head. Coffee and malt on the nose. Strong coffee flavor at the point of initial attack. Very light mouthfeel for such a flavorful beer. Surprising mouthfeel, but still very good to exceptional the way it works. The flavor stays pretty clean in the mouth and doesn't really grab on. The way it bursts through causes you to want more. Strong coffee presence, but a really super taste. The flavor is terrific. Enjoyable. Well balance and then the coffee is an extra presence. Certainly one of my favorite beers ever.

Unfortunately this is from my notes and I am not sure if its available now.

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Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On CASK last night, and well I'm not the sort of man who turns down a coffee stout on cask.

Pours deep, nearly opaque dark with a wonderfully large icecream head, like on a milkshake.

Smells coffee-ish with light nodes of porter malt. Very creamy smelling, if that makes any sense. Very smooth, big hints of vanilla, mocha, and cappuccino.

Tastes very good, but not so good as it smells. Malt is light and the beer is hopless, overrun by the coffee. The coffee is really, very strong. It's not a bad taste, I like coffee, but whichever stout they used for this (if they dry beaned or seeped or whatever) just isn't able to stand up to the coffeeness. Still, good. Just not great.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark - ruby red at bottom though. The thin head is awesome, mocha colored and forever lasting, leaving lots of lacing to remember it by.

Lots of coffee and chocolate in this scent. Vanilla, toffee, caramel, tobacco come through too. A very roasted aroma, very earthy and kind of herbal, berry notes as it warms.

Coffee like you've never seen before. Chocolate and vanilla in the taste, toffee too. Extremely roasted flavor, light bits of hops coming through to balance it out.

Heavy body, medium carbonation. A lot of the flavors stick around in the aftertaste. This beer was really good, great taste. Very warming too.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, poured a solid black, not so much head but enough, tannish in color, decent lacing down the glass. As for aroma, if you love coffee and beer, its the best of both worlds, a very fresh strong full roast coffee blended with (and almost overtaking) a solid, classic stout nose, with the toasty, chocolate malts. With the taste, its even more coffee, and while its my dream come true, so delicious, what with its nice chocolate and burnt malt tones again, but I almost say it overtakes any stoutiness, and takes away from the beeriness of this beer. Which isn't to say it isn't delicious, because it is, just seems a bit unbalanced. Oh well!! The mouth is pretty solid, a bit light but not all that unexpected with a coffee blend. Its fairly smooth, not quite creamy, well carbonated, thoroughly, exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamless coffee black with ripe cherry highlights at the margins. A modest 'pffft' greeted my ears on cap cracking, so I wasn't a bit surprised to see no more than a slim, cocoa colored cap after a vigorous pour. It's lasting, though, and it looks as if a thick collar of lace will follow the beer down the glass.

The nose is an appealing mix of coffee and stout, clearly favoring the former. Appealing, that is, if you like coffee. I don't drink it, but can appreciate coffee-added beer as long as the beer doesn't lose its beerness. Midnight Howler smells like yet another well-brewed Town Hall ale.

I can see how java fanatics would go gaga over this stuff. I'm going gaga over this stuff. As the nose suggested, the beer doesn't taste like cold coffee, but like a delicious, roasted malty, lighter-bodied stout that is flavored with quality coffee beans. The proportions are pretty much perfect. Well done.

Midnight Howler isn't exactly a sweet stout and it isn't exactly a dry stout, but is something in between. I love the contrast between the two. I'm confident that this is a superior concoction to one either more sweet or more bitter and dry. As with most TH beer, hop bitterness plays a role. The flavor profile isn't extraordinarily complex (black coffee and bittersweet chocolate is pretty much it), but it tastes wonderful and keeps me going back for more with surprising frequency. Good thing this is a growler.

I like my stouts to have stout mouthfeels, or creamy mouthfeels at the very least. This one is neither. I still like it because it fits the beer and the beer's purpose to a 'T'. It certainly makes drinking (make that gulping) a summer breeze. Despite my fears, the beer is more than adequately carbonated.

Midnight Howler Coffee Stout is damn good. Actually, now that I've had more than a few of Hoops's creations, I don't think it's possible for him to brew anything that's less than damn good. The caffeine hasn't hit me yet, but I'll be sure to finish this growler by sundown so I'm not wide-awake at midnight, howling at the moon.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. On tap at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. Good aromas of dry coffee on an airplane in my sinuses. Flavors are dominated by caramel, vanilla and espresso. The finish is dominated by straw and animal barn. This strikes me as a quite different stout, with a bit more peculiar balance. Could use more evenness in the finish and less acidity on the back end.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a creamy light brown head. It leave a bit of lacing when sipped down.

The aroma is of fresh coffee beans, roasted malts, and just a touch of chocolate. Love the coffee aroma.

The flavor is malty, roasty with again just a touch of chocolate, and of course the fresh coffee beans. Very nice.

It is light-medium in body and silky smooth drinking. I could drink this stuff at breakfast in stead of my regular cup of coffee.

I am a big fan of coffee stouts and this one is a winner in my book.

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Photo of dfried
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first time I had this it was on cask, an I had already had one too many that night. I was not impressed at the time, I thought it was a little heavy and way too bitter due to the coffee. When they released it on tap I was much more impressed. It is a silky smooth stout with a coffee flavor you definitely know is there, but is not over powering. It has a deep, rich, malty aroma, and you can barely see through the edges of the glass when held up to the sun. It forms a perfect frothy tan head, even out of a growler. I highly recommend this beer on tap or growler, and I do want to try the cask again when I am fresh.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cool growler form the Feloniousone!
Poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours midnight black and a creamy tan head of 2 cm foams up easily. Leaves some tight lattice as it slowly fades to a sturdy surface layer.

Aroma is rich dark chocolate and espresso beans mixing smoothly.

First sip reveals a thick hearty body with a smooth texture that is only interrupted as it flows over my tongue by fine prickly carbonation.
The flavor is similar to what the nose advertises. I get sweet syrupy flavored chocolate, some brown sugar as well. This rolls to a slightly bitter espresso finish. My mouth dries a little on the swallow and leaves me thirsty for another sip.
The beer is very smooth and drinkable. WOuld be a great dessert beer with almost anything sweet.
QUite a nice brew that you should check out if you like stouts.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled and provided in trade by StuBob. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" dense brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head lasts extremely well, and lacing is thick and heavy, with not full coverage, but ample. Aroma is heavy, dark coffee/espresso depth and bitterness. Taste is starts with what reminds me of chocolate covered espresso beans (ah, those college day/nights), and actually doesn't vary much from there, closing with a comparatively light bitterness on the tongue. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great, with the creamy goodness tempering the coffee bitterness somewhat. Another nice and interesting brew from Town Hall.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black apearance. Small creamy brown head with good retention. Lacing is more than adequate. Aroma is thick with deep roasted coffee tones and chocolate/roasted barley notes. Heavy, beautiful nose. Wow! This is just a very nice tasting coffee beer. Great coffee flavor that blends with some stout properties. Roastiness is very nice all around. I pick up a little vanilla bean as well. Milk chocolate and dry cocoa add to the picture as well. Oily coffee bean is there throughout. Body is about medium and the mouthfeel is creamy. I'll take this as MY "Breakfast Stout" anyday.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub - Deep dark midnight brown (thats right, midnight; it works?), soft and big foamy lumped light cocoa head that settles gracefully down to a thin skim and collar. Not much in the realm of lacing though, just some small spots and globs left in a ringing display.

Aroma is all coffee, lovely fresh coffee beans! Quite extravangent! Nice rounded roasted barley flakes and oats underneath; clean, soft, tender, slightly sweet, bold, slender, long, and an unmistakeable lift of fresh snappy coffee. Cold and frappacchino-like with big oats and lofty roasted tones. Nicey nice nose!

Taste is big on the oats and barley with a fresh and slightly tangy zip over a moderately easy and clean roastability. Great leveled flavors ensue where the blending of very fresh coffee beans and roasty barely and oats coexist in unison for quite a good stint until it lags of some in the finish leaving bits of oat flakes and cocoa chunks.

Feel is about medium and quite clean most of the way through, borderline silkyness, a bit more rougher stout character with what I assume are actual barley or oat flakes adding some texture.

The overall cleanness and evenly handled supply of coffee and barley/oat roastyness works together very well and make for a super fine drinkin' stout. I don't mind the scaled back coffee a bit compared to the coffee porter. It still has a big enough amount of coffee character to make it worth noticing without much effort. Its there. And its good.

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Photo of ADR
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub...

Extremely dense black appearance, the head is brownish and almost glistens like jelly. Laces in dripping horizontal rings. Nice coffee nose, a bit of a cherry sense. Mouthfeel is lightish with slightly higher than average carbonation. Hoops may have dialed back the coffee addition to this compared to the Porter, but its there immediately. Hard to separate where the coffee leaves off and the roasted unmalted barley starts up. Neither are as noticeable at the close, the beer finished nicely with a slightly muted effect, a trace of bittersweet chocolate, and a holdover of a trace of java oiliness and lingering aroma. The coffee seems to be of a slightly higher than average roast.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A coffee stout, brewed with a blend provided by the fine folks at Peace Coffee, a local company that gathers fair trade/ organic beans, for sale at the local co-ops, ...I usually drink their stuff in the morning and am glad to taste it in my beer.
From a growler, after 3 pints at the pub.
Pours an impenetrable black hue, slivers of crimson peeking through, uder a big, rocky, cocoa-toned head of foam.
Aroma: nothing but coffee. Bittersweet, rich and chocolatey...a message from the brewer said that this would be less bold in coffee character than the previous effort, the Black Snow Porter...my fears that this would mean a wimpy, less-coffee-ish than I like sort of beer are allayed, it's all there in good supply, just not very thick. Reigns supreme in the nose....wow, I love it! I've got to pick up some coffee ice cream and make a float!
Taste: big mouthfeel, medium bodied, nice presence on the palate, and here's where I feel the coffee character is reigned-in, it's not as predominant in the mouth, but contains just the right amount of taste to keep me happy. the coffee/ cocoa taste keeps on giving...very tasty, too...here's a coffee stout any stout afficiando can enjoy, without being overwhelmed. Long, delicious finish...oh, so good!

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Midnight Howler Coffee Stout from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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