Irish Porter | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 05-04-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of grub
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

colour is a deep brown, nearly black, with a think tan head. the head quickly fades to a ring around the glass and leaves very little lace.

the aroma is rasty and malty, with a bit of dark chocolate and just a hint of residual sweetness.

taste is really interesting and unique. has a bit of poerter, irish stout, and brown ale, but it's far enough from each of them to occupy a space of its own. roasty, slightly smokey, with a great malt backbone. hints of coffee and dark chocolate, with a bit of alcohol.

the mouthfeel is thinner than a porter or stout and feels closer to that of a brown ale. just a hint of astringency. very good.

drinkability is also good. neither too heavy or strong and very good.

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Photo of dfried
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pretty impressed with this beer all in all. it has a deep brown color to it, almost black but not quite, and it leaves some lacing. The aroma is slightly toasted, but quite carmely and sweet, as is the taste of this beer. The first sip I took of this beer went down well, then a couple of seconds later I said out loud to myself, "Carmel." There is definitely a decent hops presence, but the sweet carmel flavor is what rules this beer. I have had it out of a growler and on tap, and I would recomend on tap since the extra carbonation really helps the mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable beer, it is Irish anyway.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super deep browned mahogany. Small, dense, capping of light sandy brown smooth foam. The couple I had on-tap kept their capping well, as this sample from the growler slips away much quicker, no real drop in points for that as the tapped pints were very impressive and etched in memory as so.

Aroma is a bit flat and unassuming, but clean and airy with a touch of cocoa, dryish wood notes, roasted malts, and a smidgeon of dark malt sweetness.

Taste is favorably lasting and healthy in body with a mildly firm cocoa dryness with a semi sweet chocolate malt backing with fleeting skips of dark toffee and roasty bits. Stays dry but prevantly wet and forward with a smooth malty backing that keeps a great balance. A little more complexity in the finish like the awesome Surly Bender and this "Dublin Ale" stuff could rival it.

Feel is robustly set within a firm, smooth, just over medium body and a tenderly dry and feathery/porter texture that is top notchingly good. Carbonation is active enough keeping a perky little well-roundedness and the flavors meld well with it.

A poundable porter. No surprise, again, really, as Hoops knows how to make a great drinkin' brew.

This is right up there for locally made porters/stouts. Between this and the H20, Blackwatch at GW, Summit GN porter, and Surly Bender, you cannot go wrong. Happy drinkin' days for those who like em dark and tasty. Woo hoo!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep crimson/ruby tone. Thin, creamy brown head. Lacing is quite full. Love the nose on this one. Toasted nuts, chocolate, roasted malts, a little smoke and char... Oh yeah! Onto the flavors. Mild tones of cocoa. A little dusty and grainy (as in like the grain bin at the local homebrew shop). Nice nuttiness. Roasted malts and a little burnt edge even. Slight undertones of caramel malt. Nice taste. Body is about medium or so. Carbonation is appropriate. Lends to a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. All in all, a nice tasting historical rendition of an Irish Porter.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

AKA "Dublin Ale", this is an attempt to recreate a beer of that name which appeared in reference books, a style that predated stouts. Various English ingredients used here.

Deep russet brown, full opacity, big, creamy, tanned head, leaving lace.

Vibrant malty aroma, brown sugar and molasses,light caramel, neatly hoppy, very nice.

Nice and roasty sliding down the tongue, some hops, tasty malt, medium bodied, notes of coffee and roast riding highest of all. Tastes somewhere between a brown ale and a porter.

Delivers on flavor, this, and easy to put past the lips. I'll be back for more.

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Irish Porter from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 5 ratings