Parkway Java Porter | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbutler1 on 11-12-2010

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 51
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro at the brewpub. Coffee and smooth mouthfeel. Oily chocolate. Very drinkable. Works on nitro. Hits the spot as a coffee porter. Something to have as a regular beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

On nitro tap at the brewpub. Served in a standard shaker glass.

Appearance: Color is a dark brownish amber. Big three finger beige head with decent retention. Lots of creamy lacing.

Smell: A very roasty and creamy dark malt driven aroma with big hints of coffee, toast, and cream. Dark roasted malt with upfront hints of coffee beans, toasted bread, chocolate, and cream along with some milk, vanilla, biscuit, caramel, nuts, and yeast. Hop presence is very light. A pretty good roasty aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a nicely roasty, creamy, and sweet dark malt forward taste with big notes of coffee, chocolate, and cream. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront notes of roasted coffee beans, chocolate, toasted bread, biscuit, caramel, yeast, and nuts along with sweet notes of vanilla, cream, and milk. Subtle presence of dark fruit. Very little hops. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium to high level of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good take on a coffee Porter. Good roasty coffee and chocolate notes with a nice boost of cream from the nitro.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer is no longer retired apparently... 12oz on tap at town hall tap

look is a dark red amber, almost black with a silky tan half finger head. smell is coffee grounds, cocoa powder, and dates. taste follows, dry and powdery medium feel is the highlight of the drink

tasty porter with milk stout characteristics, the dak fruit I could do without, but the velvety malts more than make up for it. reccomended.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a pint glass

A- Really dark brown black color, one finger beige head, nice carbonation, nice lacing and retention as well.
S- Big Coffee/java aromas, some coca, roasted malts, chocolate.

T- Really smooth and creamy, big coffee flavors, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts come out, slight bitterness, this one is really tasty.
M- Medium mouth feel, really smooth, creamy, medium mouth feel.
O- Overall this is a really solid tasty porter, really easy drinkability, would easily drink again.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer numerous times at the Town Hall Tap in S. Minneapolis.

Deep brown verging on black with only a moderate taste. There's an olfactory coffee roaster going on. The coffee taste is strong, but unlike so many coffee stouts I've had, these guys know how to do coffee beer. A little bit thin on the mouthfeel and perhaps a little long on carbonation, but all in all this is great stuff.

By the way, the Pretzels at THT: Best. Appetizer. Ever.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer arrived a dark brown, nearly black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving rings of lacing down the glass. The aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, and milk chocolate. The taste is similar to the aroma. It is very well balanced between the roasted malt and the coffee with the chocolate component twisting through everything. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture, and appropriately moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a very well crafted beer. I will surely be making this a regular when I'm drinking at Town Hall Tap.

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Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at town hall tap

A-pours an old brown penny color with a nice tan head

S- is coffee and toasted malts,sweet caramel and toast

T- is roasted coffee and roasted malts,some nutmeg and toast with toffee and caramel

M- smooth creamy and malty/toffee a nice velvet sweetness

D- smooth and easy to drink its like a brown ale

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Photo of Duff27
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- This beer looks terrific. Thick off white head atop a black beer. Head retention and lacing are amazing,

S- Coffee.

T- Coffee up front. Silky smooth. Just great. One of the best porters I've ever had. Oatmeal stout-y finsh.

M- Watery at first, the carbonation shows up at the end.

D/O- This is awesome. Best of both worlds, coffee and porter. I could just drink a ton of this.

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Photo of younger35
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First beer I had at the new Townhall taphouse. Served to me in a full 16oz nonic pint glass. Very nice!

Appearance- Pours a light brownish ruby with a nice one finger light tan head that has some serious staying power. A thick collar throughout with a nice cap but somehow no lacing remains.
Smell- A nice roasty malt and coffee scent waft beautifully from the glass. A lightly sweet toffee thing sort of shows as well. Actually has more of a Brown Ale scent with a touch of nuttiness. Reminds me slightly of Coffee Benders nose.
Taste- Nice fresh coffee aspect really dominates from the start with a perfect raw nutty bite. A touch of roast sneaks in but nothing that really resembles chocolate or the dark toast you'd expect from a Porter. Perhaps the lightest touch of pine from a kiss of hops in the finish but it's very light. The finish is smooth and full of coffee.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a soft prickly carbonation.
Drinkability- Love this one. Perhaps it's a bit mute for a Porter but everything works great together. The coffee is nice and rich and really stands out. Great first beer to break in the taphouse!

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Town Hall Tap on opening day.

Served in an imperial pint glass... Hell yea!!!

Served with 1/2 finger of khaki tan head. Color is a dark copper brown, nearing black. Good lacing left.

Aroma: Fresh coffee/java flavors, a nice dark roast, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate show. A bit bitter.

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee/java, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. Similar to the nose. Some creaminess here.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy with some bitterness. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, a nice coffee porter. Solid flavors and pretty drinkable. A great first beer at the tap!

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Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Enjoyed at Town Hall Tap on their opening day! Woohoo! Poured into a nice pint glass a dark brown/black color with a a darker tan thick tan head. Nice aroma of dark roast coffee and chocolate. Served pretty chilly. Nice subtle and smooth coffee flavors with a nice medium mouthfeel. Slight leather flavors. Not overly bitter. A really nice coffee beer. Nice lace

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Parkway Java Porter from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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