Port Frost | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by kbutler1 on 02-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by 321Jeff. Thanks man!

The beer appears a deep dark brown shade, nearing blackness. A small mocha head rests on top, leaving nary a trace of its existence on the sides of the glass. The aroma brings chocolate, roast, wine (port), barrels. The flavor is rich and full, with a very prominent showing from the port barrels. Vanilla flavors emerge as the beer warms a bit. Alcohol presence is there throughout, but not overpowering. Overall, a tasty brew. I'm glad I got to try it and would definitely have it again.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by 321Jeff. Thanks!

Pours a viscous, opaque milk chocolate with an oily thin bubbly deep tan head. No lacing, but glass is constantly covered in a slippery clear film. Aroma is rich blend of chocolate, roast malt, port, cherries and booze. Warming and pleasant. Port flavors are even more present in the body with a milk and roast chocolate finish. Silky, chewy body with light carbonation. Finish is tannic and oaky. Very nice and mellow for such a big beer, but like Thorpe said below, a little disappointing compared to Czar Jack.

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3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous BA whose name I didn't jot down for opening a growler of this at the Rosso release. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours near black with a slight tan head that sits around for a bit before falling. The nose brings forward a nice amount of port plus some roast, oak, and a bit of chocolate. The flavor is a bit of a disappointment after the nose, and knowing how good the base beer is for this. The port mixes with chocolate, roast, and oak, but everything seems a bit muted and I wish something would take the lead. Body is medium with a good, full finish. Overall, quite nice, but not as good as their other BA stouts.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to northernbrews for sharing this after our Chicago tasting group missed out due to some mis-communication. Served in a Michigan Brewer's Guild tulip glass.

A - Late-rising dime of dark reddish foam that settles to a thin ring and a few wisps, leaving some spotty lace as well. Very, very dark brown body.

S - Oak, red wine, porto notes, dark chocolate, and some roasted grain character as well. Base beer has been largely obscured.

T - Rib roasted and charred malts, some oak barrel, dark chocolate, hint of vanilla, and significantly less red wine and port in the taste. Finishes with espresso and bitter dark chocolate.

M - Medium-bodied, smooth, no obvious alcohol, and lower growler-style carbonation. Light tannic character in the finish. Quite nice.

D - Interesting take, but I like regular Frost or Czar Jack quite a bit more. Some stouts just don't seem to totally integrate with red wine and port flavors. Bar Fly seems to do a much better job in that regard. That being said, I enjoyed my pour and wouldn't turn this down if offered a glass in the future.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beddachedda shared this one. Thanks, Evan.

Tar black body with a thick, frothy, lasting head that leaves scattered lacing. Huge port nose; sugary ripe red grapes, charred and musty oak, ashen malt. Fruity sweetness is prevalent, but the base stout does shine through. There's less port on the palate, but it's still up front, almost like red grapes dipped in chocolate. The barrel lends a little vinous tartness, too, which does a nice job of balancing the sugars. The finish is ashy, dry, tannic - the combination of port and stout creates a finish almost like a big red wine. Very enjoyable stuff, not quite on the level of Czar Jack but really good.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Grant - much obliged!

Pours black with a one-finger burgundy-colored head. The head is one of the more interesting colors I've seen before and slowly dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet roasted malts with large amounts of oak and lighter amounts of dark chocolate. Also present are booze-soaked dark fruits - plums and raisins - with hints of molasses.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as complex. Smooth roasted malt flavors with mild amounts of molasses and larger amounts of oak kick things off. Midway through the sip boozy dark fruit flavors come into play and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I was a fan of this beer and surprised at how subtle the port influence actually was - it served more to sweeten the beer and add hints of dark fruits rather than overpower everything else. Worth a shot.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Mike for this growler.

Pours pitch black with a small, thick mocha head that recedes slowly and leaves little in the way of lacing.

Aroma is strong with dark chocolate malts, booze-soaked dark fruits, vanilla and brandy. There is also a ton of oak in the nose, fresh and almost spicy.

The taste has an even stronger port character with the vinous, sugary fruits melding with a big roasty malt backbone. There is also a bit of tobacco and oak, which leads to a dry finish, which is equal parts sweet booze and fresh oak.

As mentioned above the mouthfeel is a bit drier than a typical barrel stout and has plenty of wine-like characteristics on the palate. It's medium bodied with good carbonation, especially for a growler.

I really like what the port barrel brings to the table with the sweet fruits and dry feel blending well with the rich underlying chocolate and roasted malt base.

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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Bobby

A: Pours pitch black in color with a small brown head.

S: Tons and tons of oak on the nose. A solid roasted malt aroma is easily identified as are strong red fruits and grapes. The port really stands out and there is a good milk chocolate and vanilla character.

T: Very sweet with the port standing out in a big way. The oak is the primary flavor as well, and there's a moderate astringency, especially on the finish. Vanilla, milk chocolate, and pepper provide a bit of a break from the wood and sweet port flavors.

M: The body is medium with a mild to moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth overall.

D: Not as good as Czar Jack, by a long shot, but good. A little too heavy on the oak flavor, though.

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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one of the spoils from my trip to Town Hall Brewery this past weekend. Poured into a wide-mouthed tulip.

When the beer arrives, it is completely opaque black and has a thing milk chocolate colored head. It is creamy and fine, and though it doesn't stay around for long, the foam still does cling to the glass around the edges of the beer. A quick swirl produces oily wine-like legs, but there is no lacing at all. As the level of the beer falls, I see that it is actually a deep garnet brown.

The aroma is deep and complex. Roast, chocolate, and red wine are all very nicely balanced against each other. There are heavy aromas of fresh oak and vanilla. A bit too tannic for my preferences, but there is no denying that this beer is going to be delicious. The oak and vanilla dominate the front of the flavor profile with a touch of vinous ethanol warmth. The roast comes through in the middle and balances with the more evident vinous contributions from the port barrels. The finish is full of the roast clearly contributed by the base beer, as well as more vanilla from the barrels.

Slightly over-carbonated for an imperial stout, though the consistency in general is medium-to-heavy, as I would prefer. The alcohol is a touch warm, but overall, there is a good balance between base beer and barrels. I would like to see another batch or two made with these same barrels, as I think older oak would really do great things with this beer.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Port barrel aged Imperial Stout
9.3% ABV

Served in a wide mouthed 10 oz. glass at the brewpub on the fourth day of this year's barrel aged week. 02/24/2011 is the date.

Dark and shiny looking with barely any head. Smells tart and tastes tart. All the beers in this festival have had a strong fruit and tart character to them! This one is no exception: massive on fruitiness, mostly the darker kind; subdued but present roast towards the finish. Mildly bitter with a fruity and clean finish. Medium bodied and silky with perfect carbonation. Sweet alcohol raises head with warmth but doesn't hurt.

It's hard to say how much of the character is coming from Port wine, but whatever has come has melded very well.

Scores: Appearance 4/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Drinkability 4.5/5

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4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bloody-frickin' hell. If this isn't the apex of Town Hall Barrel-Aged week, February 2011, I can't wait to taste what is.

Ten ounce pour is black-on-black. Nose borrows liberally from the port barrels, mixing vine with barrel with a huge malt sweetness. Makes my mouth water.

Port Frost is a top-notch beer & easily the best barrel-aged beer I've sampled from Town Hall. On a work-trip to Portugal last summer I sampled what I believe to be some of the finest port on the planet, & I catch echoes of it here. The port is dragging the base imperial stout out & melding with it perfectly. The port wine is evident as both a faint taste & a drying aftereffect, & the subtlety of the brandy barrels the port was aged in has carried forward too - wow, beautiful touch. The base stout is good, as always, with a nice roasted character that's been rounded off to smoothness by the barrel. I came meaning to have one glass; I had two. I could have had more. I hope I will.

Fantastic beer. I wonder how the growler will hold up. Not sure I want to find out, since I can't really imagine this getting any better. Extraordinary.

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4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TH for -bal aged week.

Served in a chalice with a 1/4 finger of dark tan head. Fades to a thin ring that leaves a bit of lace. Color is a dark caramel hued brown, nearing black.

Aroma: The notes of port come out early in this beer with notes of grapes and dark fruits. I get some licorice and molasses as well. It also has some dark chocolate showing. Big port here.

Taste: Taste starts out similar to the nose with a big dose of port. A lot of wine flavors show. Grapes, licorice, cherries, and molasses all come out. It has some oak with a bit of roasted malt. Chocolate malt as well. It has a lot of dark fruit notes. A tad of alcohol shows here.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, rich, and creamy. Fairly thick, but not necessarily full bodied. Medium carbonation. Ends a tad dry for me with notes of roasted malts.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer, but it was a bit too dry and roasted for me. It had a lot of great flavors for and Imp Stout and the barrels added a nice layer to the base beer. Good stuff.

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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Poured into a 10oz tulip glass a very dark brown bordering on black color with a slight dark tan head that slowly recedes to form a tan collar around the glass. The aroma is an interesting blend and one that you don't come accross too often; it's a mix of dark fruit, roast notes, barrel, and red wine. Some A-hole just sat by me after huffing down a cigarette so there really isn't too much more I can say about the aroma. The taste is nicely blended at starts with a sweet dark fruit roasted flavor. The port wine aging really hits in the end with a dry, grape like finish. As it warms the flavors really come into their own. Would like to see a touch bit heavier mouthfeel.

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Port Frost from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 21 ratings