Winterstorm | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by tempest on 12-28-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by ryantupy:
Photo of ryantupy
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gave this one a try the other night after the Timberwolves game and found it to be a pretty good beer. It poured a nice dark stained brown color with a tan head. It smelled sweet and had hints of herbs and spices also mild fruit and myabe lemon. Tasted great and easily drinkable it had a great smooth flavor that had hints of lemon grass, fruit, and sweet malty undertones. This beer was very calming and warmed as you drank it. The flavors were very unique and made this beer really stick out about the others.

Nice beverage, very comforting, if hard to peg down. It never tastes like anything in particular, but instead comes off as something wholly new, and, therefore, hard to handle.
I don't mind drinking it, though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Town Hall: Our dark winter offering brewed with the finest Belgian yeast, German Malt, lemongrass, orange, honey and love.

Although I'll say my friends enjoyed this beer, I wasn't a fan. There wasn't much retention or lacing to speak of. The flavor seemed heavy with bready and slightly sour malts and raisins. The flavor reminded reminded me a bit of an american dark wheat beer with a fruity edge. This beer does get high marks for drinkability as there was little hint of the 8% alcohol. Go try this and make up your own mind.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All right, I'm done waiting for an actual Winterstorm to enjoy this with...

Dark burgandy tone. Seems to be pretty clear. Medium sized creamy light brown froth forms with the pour. It laces adequately as well. Quite the inviting aroma of candied plums, bread pudding and spicy, yeasty doughiness. Very warm/comforting aroma. The flavor profile is very unique and enjoyable. TH's description likens it to drinking a glass of chocolate covered oranges and I can buy that. There's a definite chocolate character here and also some citrus. But I like the contributions of the belgian yeast even more. That bready, doughy yeastiness. The alcohol is neglible on the buds. This beer has got a lot of things going on and it works effectively.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent winter ale that's deep, dark black with brown and ruby highlights swirled through the edges when poured. Growler pours w/o much head. Nice malty smell with a bit of spice in the nose, though I remember it being a bit stronger on tap at Town Hall compared to my growler. The taste is the strong point for me, a solid bite on the tongue from the combination of spice and hop, very good when combined with the smell the gets stronger with your nose all the way in the class to take a deep drink. Found myself drinking it too fast to specifically get this combination. Excellent representative of the winter warmer style.

Happy Winter!

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Photo of Chaz
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A beefed-up version of Thunderstorm? Seeing as how Thunderstorm is my personal Town Hall favorite I should like this a lot. Poured sans head, and with little lacing, kind of a soap-like ring around the top of the glass. Dark brown in color and fairly hazy. The nose is great: perfumey (lemongrass w/ belgian yeast), fruity and citric (orange) and just a bit malty, with light cocoa and spice notes. Tanginess is pretty evident on the nose, too, and it's the first thing I get as I start to taste the brew. Semi-sweet, and the lemongrass spiciness plays throughout, verily dueling with dark and somewhat roasty malt - German malt? Definitely has notes of a Dunkel in this regard. The bitter, citric notes from the orange (peel?) isn't lost either, and the honey once again adds a nice drying element to this as it does in Thunderstorm. This is obviously fruity, but whatever fruit notes might be derived from the malts are pretty much overwhelemed by the inherent fruit/vegetable qualities of the lemongrass and orange peel. Mouthfeel is better than average but a bit hard to pin down - the body is on the lighter side for a bigger beer, yet it's full-flavored, boozy and rather tangy, maybe too tangy. Average drinkability, but at 8% that's probably a good thing. The alcohol is very warming toward the end.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I must have liked this one the other night. Had three in a row, that I remember. Now to taste from my trusty 64 ounce vessel.

Opaque, dark, ruddy brown, attractive slab of creamy tannish head on top. Nice.

Sweet, nutty nose. Whiffs of cola, spice, herbs, black pepper, ...sweet, yet dark...very unique, not surprising, considering the various ingredients. Sui generis, this one.

Very tasty on the tongue, and quite easy drinking, 8% abv notwithstanding. Smooth, sweet, but slightly gritty. Almost weizen-like...maybe that's the lemon grass? The orange blossom honey doesn't really stick out for me, but the odd combination of yeast and malt makes for an uncommon character. Once again, they've cooked up a brew that doesn't fit any mold, exactly. (Hoops says it could be called a Belgian strong dark ale, but winter warmer works, too.)

Nice beverage, very comforting, if hard to peg down. It never tastes like anything in particular, but instead comes off as something wholly new, and, therefore, hard to handle.
I don't mind drinking it, though.

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Winterstorm from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 6 ratings