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Review by joe1510 on 11/27/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 11 16 4 9 2009
64oz Growler
$14
Town Hall

3 Hour Tour dumps from the growler with an ink black body that doesn't allow a hint of light through the darkness. The chestnut brown head grows to two fingers with minimal effort and as it settles at one finger becomes so creamy it looks as if it was a nitro pour. Eventually the foam falls to a skimming and respectable collar but this is after some time in the glass. It's one big black milk stout and shows some viscosity on the pour.

A solid dose of toasted coconut and chocolaty milk stout hit me right off the bat and all I can think of is macaroon. Toasted coconut leads the way into a semi-sweet chocolate middle with a slight roastiness and bittersweet chocolate on the backend. There are hints at nougat and dark fruits but they're few and far between, coming along every few pulls. The coconut is expertly done and in no way overpowering, in the nose anyway. Let's see how this translates into the flavor.

The flavor profile shows all the same components as the nose with a few things taking the place of others in intensity. The dark fruits are more noticeable across the middle of the tongue than the nose led me to believe and the toasted coconut loses some intensity but still fits in nicely with the nougat and bittersweet chocolate. The roastiness is soft and flashes through the middle while some dark chocolate comes in small waves here and there throughout the profile. This is a hell of an interesting beer with all the chocolate and coconut combos.

Town Hall nailed the mouthfeel on this stout. It has a medium body on the tip of the tongue with some active lingering carbonation and as it works its way back becomes silkier and somewhat viscous. The viscosity and weight fit the flavor profile perfectly. A touch of dark chocolate and coconut stick around a couple minutes after each drink.

3 Hour Tour can get a little rich at times which doesn't hurt the drinkability but does slow it down for me. The flavor combinations are so unique I keep coming back for more, they seem to constantly evolve and I feel the need to keep discovering each new nuance.

I'm drinking yet another gem from the guys at Town Hall. They can brew some beer up there in Minneapolis. I wouldn't hesitate in buying a few pints of this if I was sitting at the brewery right now on a chilly night. Have to give it up to those guys and their constant ingenuity with each release.

Reviewed: 10/27/09

Price: $14.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by bakes on 11/16/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 12 16 4 9 2009
Thanks to TipTop for the growler!

Deep, dark elixir with reddish brown tinges on a black background, a cafe au lait foam rolling up to the top and then dissipating into a fine layer. The aroma... the best smelling Mounds bar you've ever had, but better. Coconut water - think coconut milk without the sweetness - aromatics abound, along with a dark cocoa and faint roast coffee, distant roasty malt, and a bit of toffee as well. One of the best aromas I've ever experienced coming out of a pint glass.

The sip starts out with a smooth blast of coconut and chocolate (think Droste milk chocolate pastilles with shavings of Lindt 70% on top), only slightly less sweet than you would imagine from that flavor combo. Slowly it starts to dry out, with more of a cocoa and roasted maltiness coming in to pair with the coconut milk creaminess. Hints of hazlenut and dark fruity toffee appear near the finish alongside a faint whiff of alcohol. Finishes with a lingering coconut, chocolate, evaporated milk, and hazlenut combination that is highly enjoyable. Almost too sweet but still some wiggle room. Mouthfeel is on the moderate side, which is probably a good thing as a big chewy mouthfeel would put this puppy over the top.

Now, usually I'll kill a growler off fairly quickly, but I'm saving one pint of this one for tomorrow. The first thing I thought of when I tried this was that it would be absolutely dynamite when paired with a Thai beef with green curry. And there's this new Thai place on the way home... only one way to find out!!!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Dr. Rockzo on 10/27/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 12 15 3 9 2009
Got this beer one drunken October saturday afternoon at MTH. Our server was kind enough to get me one before the 5pm tapping since I was on the verge of falling over and passing out on the floor. Poured from said 64oz. jug (labeled best before 11-7) into a Surly imperial pint glass.

A: Pours out a super dark, dark brown color that is one-shade away from being devoid of any light, but does have a bit of a dark ruby glow around the edges when held to a light source. A really great 2+ finger dark-cappuccino colored frothy head builds instantly and has amazing retention, almost looking like a nitro-pour. It takes a few minutes to recede into a thin but covering cap, leaving nice (but light) streaks of lacing here and there along the sides of the glass. What a beautiful milk stout!

S: The smell immediately reflects the 165lbs of shaved coconut used in the brew, but so much more as well. A blast of semi-toasted and nicely sweet, fresh-coconut hits first before aromas of drizzled milk+dark chocolate and some creamy condensed milk come into play to candy-coat the coconut aspect. With some warmth nuances of burnt caramel, minor nuttiness, and some roasted grains make a minor showing as well. This smells a lot like a mounds bar or an almond joy, much like I had heard. Couldn't fathom any improvement for the style, insanely enticing aroma with this one.

T: The taste is not as amazing as the smell, and is pretty fuckin' sweet (I guess it's to be expected for a sweet stout, eh?). The milk chocolate covered raw coconut is very pungently sweet in the taste, overshadowing almost everything else completely with its intensity. Some sweetened, condensed milk attributes make an appearance after the initial chocolate-coconut onslaught, along with a bit of roasted grains and some charred caramel sweetness. A little more balance would help things out here, but it still tastes very good (albeit way too sweet for me at times).

M: The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a good level of crisply moderate carbonation to boot. The consistency is fairly sticky-sweet and coating at first, but it fades nicely a minute or so after the swallow without becoming too cloying. The faintest hint of bitterness (probably roasty, but maybe hoppy?) comes in for a flash on the finish. No trace of alcohol heat anywhere to be found. Just a bit too thin and sweet for me, but still quite pleasing in the feel.

D: For my overall preferences in beer styles, this one would be a little tougher to drink a lot of. That being said, it goes down smooth and has some really unique qualities that make every sniff and sip quite enjoyable. Glad I have some fools to share with tonight, as I think an entire growler would give me the diabetus.

Yet another great beer from the fellas at MTH! This is probably the most unique offering I've had from them yet and I enjoyed every last sip. For being a guy that usually doesn't dig on milk stouts or coconut, I really liked this one. Very highly recommended.

Price: $14.00 Served In: Pint Glass

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