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Twisted Reality Barleywine - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Twisted Reality Barleywine
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 29
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is our American style barley wine. It has a fair amount of hops and a big malt heart to balance out the alcohol, deliciously perfect for the cold winter months.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 02-03-2006)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler into an Old Engine Oil tulip. Major thanks to Chris for supplying this and its BA counterpart!

A: Clear, warm red-amber body with a solid cap of fine tan froth. Delicate lace. Nice.

S: Wow, that's hoppy. Pretty much nothing but pine, grapefruit, and tropical fruit hops. Pleasant, but disappointing for the style - I want some malt complexity, dammit!

T: Better here, with some toffee and marzipan giving depth to the serious fruity bitterness. Quite tasty.

M: Fairly full body with slow-developing carbonation that provides surprising frothiness. Ok.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, but I think I would have enjoyed it more as a less-malty DIPA or a more-malty Barleywine; as it is, it's stuck in the no-man's-land in between the styles, lacking a clear identity.


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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ontap at the brewery poured into a goblet glass. Pours a medium orange gold color along with a small sized white foamy head. The lacing lasted well throughout. The aroma is fruity, bready and sweet with a touch of smoke. A medium to full bodied barleywine. The malts are caramel, sweet and orange. The hops are earthy. Lots of orange and orange rind flavors. There is some maple and smoke in the background. Nice balance. Touch of alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. What a delicious barleywine!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a 10 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange/ruby red with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head with decent retention and a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet aroma of bready caramel and toffee malts with a lively presence of fruity esters. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel. Also some hints of maple syrup, earthy hops, and alcohol. The fruits smell really nice here.

Taste: Starts with a bright taste of citrusy fruity esters up front with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, and grapes. Bready malts follow with good hints of caramel and toffee. Light hints of maple syrup linger around with a little bit of alcohol. Finishes with some moderately bitter earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat chewy and creamy. Very smooth for a bigger beer. Alcohol heat is barely felt.

Overall: A very solid American style Barleywine. Very nice fruit presence and very smooth for a Barleywine.

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Twisted Reality Barleywine from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.