Pot Of Gold Potato Stout | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 05-23-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by Mistofminn:
Photo of Mistofminn
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass, the color is jet black, and the head is like a dollop of tan colored whipped cream...gotta love that nitro tap. Leaves sheets of lacing, just like it should, and the head has amazing retention. The beer itself looks a little thinner than I thought it would, thats the only knock I have.

The nose is very light and mild. I actually get a bit of potatoes, but maybe thats just me imagining things. I get light coffee notes and a light roasted malt character. Very light.

The taste is even lighter, it's hard to pick up any one thing. It's like a Guinness, in that sense. Very subtle on the falvor, but you can tell it's a "dark" beer. I don't get the coffee or potatoes that I did in the nose. Just a smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a light taste.

Overall, I actually liked this more than my score suggests. I think this would be an awesome session beer, and I would take this over 90% of the beers in the world any day.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewpub...

Dark black, essentially opaque with slight brown highlights and tan settling bubbles. Full fine-textured head, sticks up at 1/2 an inch. Really fat glistening laces. Nose is pleasant, slight vanilla tone. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side but creamy in cask fashion. Starts with a coffee impression but accompanied by a lightly lemony sense that becomes more marked by the finish of the beer. The swallow is slightly bright and astringent but there is the requisite roasted bitterness there. Seems a little thin and innocuous as it warms up, but there's no real potato starch qualities to speak of. Not a bad brew, dryish for St. Patty's Day...

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of tempest
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe this beer has changed since it was first entered on BA, but this is a Dry Irish Stout according to the brewery's description and (I think) by taste.

Served on nitro, this beer is pitch black with a creamy light tan head that leaves thick lacing. The aroma gives off a hint of mashed baked white potatoes complete with skin mixed with burnt malt. The flavor is fairly mellow, but slowly develops from the cold coffee, potato note, cocoa, black malt to dry, herbal hops. Yum. There are a few better dry stouts (Sly Fox's and Victory's) come to mind, but none are as interesting as this. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of happilysurly
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown color. Smells of coffee and toasted malt and burnt caramel. I don't get any sense of potato from the smell or taste and I don't know if thats intentional or not. What I do taste is more burnt caramel and dark toasted malt. Its almost tangy and sweet. This wasn't a bad beer, but I wouldn't get it again I don't think.

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I had first tried this on tap while hanging out at the Metrodome for the NCAA tournament games, but decided to pick up a growler to share with my wife and to complete a review for this site. When I had it on tap I had observed a "cascading" action in the glass. I didn't see that when pouring it from the growler until the very last glass was poured out of the growler.

The beer is black in color and has a thick foamy head. The nose is fresh and light and almost seems to have some floral notes. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Smooth creamy attack with gentle smoky notes. Some sweetness in the flavor and the finish could almost be described as sweet as well. I found it to be extremely drinkable, but this style is right in my wheelhouse. I would label this a great "session" beer. It is a mild stout in a lot of ways and I believe would have broad appeal to even the lovers of lighter micro beers.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TastyTaste
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Standard looking stout. Jet black, tan head. Smell is very subdued. Maybe a little coffee and malt. Taste is unique. This stout has a very mellow flavor, which is not dominated my bitter coffee flavors. It seems to be just a silky smooth flavor and mouthfeel that reminded me a lot of drinking a glass of milk. A good experience that I would try again, and recommend as a good first stout.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brownish black, a creamy, dark off-white head that lasts a good while, lacing is nice, a very lovely beer. Aroma is malty, chocolates abound, and some starchy hints give the potato stout its tater-ness. There is even more chocolate in the taste, more bittersweet perhaps, with a dryness that works well here, and the addition of lots of potato goodness add yummy starches to the mix, or something like that. Not a very good explaination, but nevertheless quite tasty. The mouth is very creamy, smooth, fresh, goes down so easily, a great sessionable brew, particularly for the coming holidays.

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Photo of Deuane
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black with a persistent medium tan head. High on the fluff facotr!

S-Little aroma. Some roasted malts but not much else.

T-Sweet but then dry. I assume the potato adds the sweetness. Somewhat Guiness-like without the sour twang.

M-Medium body with a pleasant dry finish.

D-Interesting brew. The potato addition is genius, a great idea for St. Patrick's Day. Overall a very solid Irish dry stout.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro tap at the brewpub: Gorgeous black beer with a thick, compact head of creamylishious foam of a light tanned hue which keeps and keeps and keeps its hold on top for astounding length.
Lace is creating in thick rings as its consumed leaving a tally mark of each sip taken.

Lovely forward and clean aroma of slightly roasted pale and chocolate malts. Barely sweet, but noticeable with a berry accent and well rounded crispness of tato skins.

Taste is bold and fulfilling with a nice broad malting that brings to the front the entire ideal of a nicely balanced Irish styled stout. The dryness if perfect without alot of parchness nor bitterness to it. The tender sweet parts are quite alluring and subtle to the palate as its creamy nature is soaked with a great dark stout character of lightly roasty, pale, and dry malts. Chocolate is also found later among some of the subtle dryness and sweetening balance. The addtiton of the potatos to the mash is a traditional Irish recipe that has played out well this time around. I have had this a few other times when available and not thoroughly enjoyed it as much as this time around. Of course this time it was freshly nitro-tapped right in front of me and was dawned the first glass by Mr. Hoops himself. What a treat!

The body is thick and creamy with alot of hold and stature to it. The balance is remarkably nice between the play of soft pale sweetness and even softer, gentler roast and dryness.

A very fine glass of 'tato stout if there ever was one. I sure hope the rest of what is served is much like what I had, as it was quite nice and very filling. I may have to go back for a growler fill of it for the St. Patty's weekend.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Growler was a little cold so the pour yielded very little tan head. Color is a dark brown, basically black.

Aroma: Roasted malts, cocoa powder, small amount of coffee. It has a very sweet caramel and vanilla aroma to it. Very nice.

Taste: Cocoa powder, light coffee flavors with roasted malts. Very dry with some earthy hops here. Has a lot of sweet caramel flavors with hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Dry, smooth, and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry, roasted, and pretty clean.

Overall, a pretty solid Irish Dry Stout (not American Stout). Lots of good flavors. 1/2 a growler shouldn't be a problem as it is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Poured into a pint glass a dark brown bordering on black color with a tight tan head that only nitro can produce. Subtle roast notes in the nose but otherwise very clean. Very clean flavor, starts subtly sweet balance with a slight roast. Ends with some mild bitterness and leather like flavor. Really not a whole lot to say about this but that it is a nice, flavorful stout. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is black and has a big and full brown head with great retention. The aroma is of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. Pretty nice. The flavor follows suit with a nice and mellow roasted malt presence. There's a nice bittersweet aspect as well. Milk chocolate comes through as well. The body is about medium and the carbonation level is spot on for the style. A growler of this is easy work for an evening.

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Photo of jwilli7122
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Body double of TH's black water stout. black with a smallish tan to off-white head.
in fact, this is quite similar to the black water in a lot of ways- appearance, smell, mouthfeel-but it doesn't taste as good. rougher, starchier...like...potatoes i guess. a little bit sour, with less coffee flavors. not bad, i just would always rather have the black water.

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Photo of aaronh
2.45/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown body topped by a light tan head. Aroma has a hint of roasted malts and not much else. Flavor is fairly astringent, heavy on the black/roasted malts, and really one dimensional. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinkability is poor. I did not finish what was in my glass. The only disappointing offering I've had from Town Hall.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this brew a second time, re-released the week before St. Patrick's Day, and it wasn't that bad. Not that great, but certianly not sub-par, so I've retouched the ratings just a bit.)

Appearance: deep black, casting rubyish highlights, with a creamy tan head. Unfortunately, it goes downhill from there.
Aroma: dry, and full of nothing.
On the palate: very light, light in every way, in hops, in malt, in taste, texture. Feels hollow, as if it's been stuffed with air. That's what potatoes will do, I suppose, so why use them? I'm baffled by the notion of a potato stout. Why would you want to remove character from a style so rewarding with character? Their Oatmeal Stout is a fine enough example, so it's not their technical know-how, no it's the very concept that's flawed. I thought that I could taste the potato, and that's nothing you want to taste in a beer, is it?
Short, and sweet finish. My best guess about this misguided effort is that was a playful stab at a St. Patrick's Day/ Irish-themed ale. (This review taken from notes, long-lost, jotted during an early April visit.)
I really hate to give low marks to an establishment I respect so, but I can be sure the next Town Hall brew I try will redeem the ill taste of this one!

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