Northern Waters Smoked Porter | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

7 Ratings

Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 08-20-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JeffKrenner for this growler :thumbup:

A: Pours a superb chocolaty brown with slight amber hilites and a HUGE dark khaki head...nice and sticky.

S: Smokey, like your clothes after a night of camping. Some malty fruitiness lurking in the background.

T: Begins with some bakers chocolate on the tip of the tongue. Moves towards some burnt coffee bean characteristics with just a nip of cola on the sides of the tongue. Then comes the smoke, which is fairly aggresive at first sip but becomes much more tame as the pints go down. Finishes with and interesting mix of smoke and dried cocoa...yet very dry

M: Medium body and quite smooth.

D: Great beer. My only regret is not having a nice plate of smoked meats and cheeses to accompany this beverage :(

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Photo of dfried
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Black in color with just a little bit of mahogany around at the bottom. Beige head settles as a film on top of the beer. The aroma is of sweet roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Right upfront in the taste is a wood smoke/smoked meat flavor that I found was a lot like beef jerky, but behind that you notice caramel and chocolate sweetness, and roasted coffee malt that smooths the drink out well, it has a nice silky texture. There is also a flavorful, but not obtruse hop flavor in the finish/aftertaste. The jerky-like flavor made it kind of hard for me to drink too much at once of this beer.

I have had smoked porters from T-Hall before, and liked them more. I like more of the smokey-campfire like taste in a smoked porter than the meat-y, beef jerky like flavors in this one, but that is not to say I didn't enjoy it.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown/black body, head is very fast to rise, even from a growler.

Smell: Sweet/smokey, chocolate and woodsmoke is a surprisingly appealing combination. A nice smelling beer.

Taste: Rich and chocolatey, the acidic flavors are paired well with the smoked malts, I like it. Up there with my favorites from the style, another winner from Town Hall. Hops are also very well represented, I am very pleased with this beer.

Drinkability: I am going to have no problem finishing this growler, I think porters are the optimal pairing with smoked malt.

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Photo of ZAP
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid smoked porter....I love the nose....really brings me right into the smoker....some hints of smoked sausages...body is medium...mildly creamy...

The smoke flavor on the taste is really well does not overwhelm this beer like some happens in some beers. I still get some soft sweet milk chocolate on the taste..also light notes of caramel and nougat. Deeper in some real nice roasted malt qualities become more pronounced....

Nice treat..the nose is awesome

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is almost opaque, but not quite. Ruby streaking is evident. A big crop of light brown foam is erected on top and gives me an enjoyable "Milk Mustache" as I drink. Lacing is solid. Very good nose. Milk Chocoalate. Coffee Bean. White Chocolate. Slight smoke. Very inviting. The flavors follow suit with the nose. Chocolate and roast are big players. The smoke is subdued. Maybe some high AA hop tones and bitterness in the background, but this isn't resiny by any means. The body is about medium and the mouthfeel is velvety. Very polished.

The smoke in this beer is really sublte and I think it would be more enjoyable to me personally if the smoke tones were more pronounced and juicy. In any case though, this is enjoyable as is.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub: Nice deep and dark brown body with nearly black appearance in lower light. Large cap of speckled tan foam sits for good length before finally settling to a firm skim and lacing sticking in minimal blobs and strings.

Aroma is roasted grains and chocolate with a slight smokey bonfire cedar chip hint.

Flavors are mild to start with smooth and adequately easy roasted grains and malts. Small bits of chocolate make its way in around the edges. Finish totally makes this all the while with a fantastic little realm of smokey cedar over light molasses and roasted grain coming across with a very subtle growth of charcoal and smoldering wood and grasses. Very nice on the finish with this particular porter. Nothing like the Sparnfarkel from beers past that was more tangy and sweetness sitting in the back. This stays steady with a light roast and a chocolate coating that eases right down. Then that fun little finish slides in and takes a wonderful turn of smoked wood treats. This pint was gone in no time flat as it goes down very well. Keeping a medium to light carbonation and body to its character. A pleasant surprise to find this still on the board along with the Grand Cru and Thunderstorm. This made our lunch visit a longer then expected one.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Made with pale malt that was cold smoked over cherry wood by the Northern Waters Smoke Haus in Duluth.

Pitch black color, pleasing tan head, long-lived in the glass.

Aroma, sweet and smokey, deep, rife with mocha, cocoa, cream. Smooth (this will come up again).

Thick, sturdy presence on the palate, a real potent player in the mouth, but so tasty, easy to pass down the windpipe. Smoke remains a part of every sip, hangs in every inch of the flavor, rings itself along the upper cavern of the mouth. A meaty, chewy brew, absolutely satisfying.
But not ideal for hot August days, more of a late-night contemplation ale, if anything. An excellent relaxer, a fine replacement for brandy in your snifter, in my humble opinion. Silky smooth (did I say that, already?).

Another well-done Town Hall brew. They just don't stop knockin' 'em out!

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Northern Waters Smoked Porter from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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