Three Hour Tour | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States
townhallbrewery.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jjanega08 on 10-27-2009

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294
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87
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
9.59%
 
 
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4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled 11/9 (approaching almost a month) and split 5 ways. Poured into HF "Fest" wine glass. Thanks BJ for the nice surprise.

A- Pours an opaque jet black with about a quarter finger of mocha brown head that fizzles away pretty fast (I imagine if the growler was a little bit newer it would have had a little bit better retention) to leave a perfectly still glass that still has some carbonation left.

S- Pleasantly sweet aromas of milk Chocolate, coconut, dark chocolate, toasted marshmellows, and coffee. Fairly aromatic and definitely sweet. If you like the smell of sweets then you will love the nose on this, smells almost like walking into a chocolate shop.

T- Creamy milk chocolate, sweet marshmellows, coconut, dark chocolate that lends a light bitterness on the finish, a little bit of espresso that blends in nicely with the chocolate. Nicely balanced with just the right amount of sweetness and a nice pleasantly sweet lingering aftertaste.

M- Fairly thick, creamy but not too creamy, decent carbonation, very smooth, easy to drink.

O- This was a great milk stout that found the perfect balance between sweetness and creaminess. After being in the growler for almost a month, this beer held up fairly well in every aspect except the retention of the head and a slight loss of carbonation but other then that it tasted and smelled fantastic. I would love to drink this beer and I would highly recommend it especially if you like sweet milk chocolate that isn't too rich.

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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another big thanks to Steasy66, cheers man!

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark brown ...as close to black as brown can be with almost no light coming through at the edges. Capped with a finger of espresso foam coloured head that doesn't last very long.

Smell. Plenty of sweet coconut, some dark chocolate and light and creamy-sweet coffee, and maybe a little vanilla and toasted wood.

Taste. Whoa, a ton of roasted fresh coconut, a bit of dark chocolate roasted malt, coffee and vanilla, but that fresh toasty coconut almost drown it all out. This is not a bad thing. The more I drink, the more I dig it.

Mouthfeel. This is the highlight for me. Medium body, but with an oily feel that goes well with the toasted coconut. There's a medium amount of ultra-smoooth carbonation. Just awesome stuff.

Overall. Unique and absolutely delicious. Probably the best feel I've come across, and that coconut, fantastic. Thanks again Ryan!!!

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4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thick mocha collar and small cap. Leaves a little lacing on the side.

Faint whiffs of sweet coconut. Roastiness.

Roast up front then gives way to the coconut aspect. I feel like the coconut doesn't fully come through after the after taste and even a little longer than that.

Pretty dang smooth. Pricklier carbonation than I would have guessed going in.

Perhaps my favorite part about Three Hour Tour is how the roast feels like it melts away into a coconut taste. Worth tracking down. Thanks for shipping Gord!

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4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to caSSino for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting and to MBrausen for sending it to him! Served from growler into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured pitch black with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, coconut, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, milk, cream, coconut, subtle roasted malt, and bread. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. As stated in a few other reviews including aasher who was drinking off the same growler, think Mounds. That pretty much nails the aroma almost exactly. The flavor was very nice as well with a very nice sweetness aspect going on. Loads of coconut going on in both areas. Wish it would have been a little thicker on the mouthfeel to take it up another notch. Very well done brew that I would suggest to any craft beer veteran or n00bie alike.

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2.95/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been after this one for a full year, finally landed a growler and was disappointed across the board. Aroma lacked depth, showing minimal vanilla and only traces of coconut. Taste is similarly shallow. Begs for more lactose, coconut, and overall depth of flavor. Last Snow puts Three Hour Tour to shame.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A delightful beer to try on Halloween. Enjoyed 31 October 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours black and thick, opaque. Topped with medium tan-brown head. When I near the bottom of the glass, I can see that it's very dark reddish-brown. Okay lacing.

Smells like toasted coconut, layered over the stout, which is pretty hidden in the smell. Definitely much more coconut than stout in the smell, and it just becomes more coconut-y as it warms up.

Taste is amazing. Like a coconut stout cake. Really well balanced, definitely sweet, with loads of coconut. The stout mostly provides a base, but it's a robust base, roasty, a little chocolate, mildly hopped. Finish is a lasting soft bitterness and coconut. What I find so amazing is that two things I never would have thought to put together can harmonize so well. Stunning.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy but light. Plenty of carbonation, just the right amount.

This is one heck of a beer. Loads of coconut, but not so much that I can't taste the rest of it. A stunning, delicious dessert of a beer. I don't even really like coconut that much, but it's so fine and gentle in this beer that I can't help but enjoy it.

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4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the coveted Three Hour Tour from the infamous Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. This coconut milk stout is released once a year, and is rated as one of the top milk stouts in the world.
Score: 94

"Pre-filled" growler from 10/27/12 (Darkness Day) kept in a fridge at 30 degrees to hold over for FOBAB-eve. Served Tyranena snifter and enjoyed on 11/16/12.

Appearance: Pours a black coffee color that's largely opaque with only a paper thin stripe of caramel brown highlight layering atop the top of the glass when held up to light. Poured a half-finger layer of dark tan, almost brownish head that settles to a ring around the glass. Really good lacing, average retention, some cling. 4.5/5

Smell: A huge wave of coconut hits you upfront. Then creamy milk chocolate, sweet milky lactose that reminds me of dulche de leche, light vanilla and a faint amount of coffee towards the end. There's something else really distinctive about the aroma that I cannot put my finger on at first, at until I glanced at prior reviews on Beer Advocate to try and figure out what it was. It's suntan lotion! Like a coconut butter suntan lotion. Not in a bad way at all. Very pleasant, in fact. Basically, this smells like a Mounds bar with a slight coffee and suntan lotion twist. Incredibly unique, incredibly appealing. 5/5

Taste: More milk chocolate and vanilla, but less coconut, on the palate than in the nose. Still very balanced, with an excellent medley of flavor. Upfront is a milk chocolate "brown ale" like flavor, though the "brown ale"-like flavors are pretty subtle and complementary. Hint of hazelnut, sweet caramel, a little coffee and a touch of toffee. Then smooth, milky coconut flavor coats the midpalate with a light vanilla creamer twist. Finishes with a coffee and coconut flavor with a faint touch of hoppiness towards the finish. The nose was better, but the taste is still delicious. I have frankly never had a beer like this before. It's like a milk stout/brown ale hybrid with coconut added. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, low carbonation. In terms of viscosity, this is frankly waterier and substantially less creamy than hoped for or expected. The mouthfeel and viscosity reminds me a lot of Stone's vanilla porter. As it warms up and layers, the beer seemingly gets a little "thicker," but still does not come close to the level of viscosity this beer should otherwise demand. Finishes moderately dry, slightly sweet. 3/5

Overall: An amazing beer that is slightly marred by what I believe to be too thin a mouthfeel for it's bold and innovative flavors. This growler held up surprisingly well; my pour was just as good as the sample I had at the brewpub following Darkness Day. This is a beer that was well worth seeking out.

Recommendation: Hunt this one down if you get the chance. This is a limited tap-only beer that is sold in limited quantities of "pre-filled" growlers once a year, so you'll likely have to wait until late 2013 to get a shot at this one if you live outside Minneapolis.

Pairings: Mounds bars. Seriously.

Cost: $18 for a 64 oz growler.

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Three Hour Tour from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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