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Twisted Jim - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 48
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mistofminn on 10-22-2009)
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of ZAP
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown apperance...impressive.

Awesome aroma of vanilla, whiskey, caramel and nouget

This is special...great taste...nougat, caramel...sweet and rich...very mild whiskey notes that enhance things perfectly.

Creamy, smooth velvety mouthfeel...exquisite

I try ot to overrate beers so my scores on this should reflect greatness. Personally I will score this a 5.5 on my system. It may very well be the best beer I have ever tried.

A creation of epic proportions...It truly doesn't get any better than this. Everything blends together into the perfect rich sipping style beer. Would be great with deserts.

Special thanks to Big Hugey for sharing this beast.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Bighuge
4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tarnished burgandy. Light brown head. Lacing is quite full for a beer of this strength. An all out assault on the senses, particularirly the nose, from the start. Huge and pronounced traits of vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, whiskey, thick malts and nougat. The flavor is so damn smooth for a beer of this high of an octane rating. There's some alcohol noticeable, but it's integrated very nicely...and really, there isn't a lot of it noticeable. The caramel, toffee, vanilla base is perfect. Fruity nuances work their way in on the palate. Dark berries and tropical flavors in a distant. Some ghostly cherry notes. Very rich taste and undoubtedly decadent. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Medium bodied. Maybe medium-full. Alcohol lingers on the tongue just a bit. Barrel aged beers from Town Hall are always a treat. And this one is right up there with the best of them.

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have had many a times, all on tap. But this is the first time from a growler, and intersting to taste as it has been aging about 5 months now. Drank with my homie Brian23456 for really no particular reason at all, except that it's awesome. Poured into snifters:

A- tiny ring of foam around the edges, brownish-amber hue. Very small amount of lacing, if any. Small amounts of bubbles, signaling the bourbon presence.

S- Large amount of earth and oak, prominent amounts of bourbon. Caramel sweetness, toffee and sweet bourbon. Pretty boozy smell when it warms up, but for those who enjoy a caramel bourbon flavor, it is just delightful :)

T- Brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and load of bourbon, but is very smooth and the bourbon is not offensive. Perfect.

M- very smooth, with hardly any carbonation. Silk, but a bit heavy with the warming of the bourbon. Very creamy with a tingling after taste. Texture of bourbon, gets syrupy as it warms, but very thin in the beginning and easy to drink.

D- 9.9% what? Very drinkable and a must try for those who love BA barleywines. This has been and is currently my favorite beer in the world! Thanks Brian for busting out this awesome beer...randomly (as most great beers should be drank :)

4/4.5/5/5/5

Photo of warriorsoul
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to TastyTaste for a growler of this gem.
Rust copper color with less than a finger of light tan head...a skimming remains on top with some spotty lacing holding strong.
The smell is great...vanilla, bourbon, maple, and a hint of alcohol to supply a touch of nasal burn.
Taste is simply amazing...sweet up front with fig, more vanilla, coconut, and a liquor quality from the barrel aging. Has some port qualtity in the finish...ends quite dry. Not picking up a lot of the oak flavor, which I like.
Mouthfeel is one of the thicker barleywines I've enjoyed and the carbonation is perfect...preferably a sipper, but dangerously drinkable at 11%.
One of the few beers I would consider to be simply phenomenal...all of my expectations were met.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown with a big creamy off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

Lots of sweet caramel and toffee in the aroma along with wood and a good bourbony boozy smell

Follows the nose pretty closely. Big rich toffee and caramel notes up front before receding into a boozy finishing kick. Finish features a ton of vanilla, some wood and noticeable, but not harsh bourbon.

Creamy mouthfeel although more on the medium side than something thick and sludge like. Medium to low carbonation levels.

Absolutely amazing beer. I think barrel aged barleywines may be my favorite style, but even among them this stands out. I like mine big and boozy so if booze isn't your thing, may want to let this set a while. I think it's well integrated and a good mixture of booze and traditional barleywine components. Tons better than Czar Jack.

Photo of maximum12
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler of almost three months brought to a friend's cabin so we could have a bit o' help putting it away. Didn't work out that way...no one else wanted any, so my wife & I ended up taking on the whole thing ourselves, which is what we'd tried to avoid. Yikes!

Muddy, churned spring river with hints of rose around the edges. Smell is Jim Beam mingled with wild, sweet malts fresh out the box. Very nice.

Twisted Jim is one of those beers that, if you have to take a half growler, well, it may as well be good, & this one qualifies in spades. The bourbon is definitely the topper, but the sweetness comes out hard, too. Caramel rides shotgun, a pang of hops round out everything, & the alcohol is evident, easily, letting you know not to overindulge.

Wow. Excellent beer. Even after having too much of it, I'd be down again in a heartbeat, hopefully this makes an annual, or more frequent, appearance on Town Hall's menu.

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

Twisted Jim, otherwise known as Oak Jim Beam Barrel Aged Twisted Reality Barleywine (OJBBATRBW? lol). The menu said 9.9% ABV, even though the normal Twisted Reality weighs in at 10.9%.

Had this tonight a couple hours after the initial release.

Served in a 10 oz pour. A deep slightly murky dark red-amber, maybe mahogany color. Served with little head, a little ring around the outside of the glass. With what little head it has it does produce some spotty lacing.

The nose is very oak like, and very mellow. There is a strong sweet malt backbone, and it's void of all hops. A light warming scent gives you a hint at the ABV content.

The taste is fantastic. Lets start with the base beer, the barleywine. Sweet malts dominate but the complexity is amazing. I get caramel and toffee, with an intense sweetness that does wonders for flavor. There is a chocolate taste I wasn't expecting, probably something picked up from the oak barrels. There is a nice bourbon/whiskey flavor also picked up from that barrels that adds to the complexity of the brew. This is awesome. I wish my glass were bigger. Alcohol isn't as noticeable in the taste as it was in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and sticky. Smooth and creamy, this goes down dangerously easy. A light carbonation only adds to the madness. Drinkability is awesome. I sipped this, but I woulnd't put it past someone to down this like it was nothing.

Another great brew from Town Hall. I'm a huge fan of BA stouts, but BA barleywines are creeping up on me as a new top style of mine.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

on taop @ MTHB 10oz pour

A-pours a slight hazed rusty brown colr with a solid 1 finger head lots of lacing on side of glass

S-bourbon and oak first with caramel,toffee,and vanilla

T-smooth mellow bourbon with nice mild oak ,caramel and toffee sweet malts

M-sweet and creamy texture with low/medium carbonation nice bourbon compliment to this

O superb BB aged Barleywine surprised at how fast i drank it very smooth and creamy will have this one again when i see it

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

On tap at Town Hall Tap. This beer arrives a bright amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into sticky lacing. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon, and a really nice dark fruit character. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with less bourbon and oak notes. It is still well apparent, however, that this beer is bourbon barrel aged. It just isn't over the top bourbony, and although I like that style of beer I still appreciate this refrained style much more as it has a lot more nuance. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a velvety texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a fine beer that I will certainly seek out again.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MattyG85
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a 10 oz. Chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of off white head that sticks a little then fades into a thin layer. Moderate amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of bourbon upfront along with oak, vanilla,and a sweet aroma of bready caramel and toffee malts. Also some fruity esters with hints of grapefruit and orange peel. Light hints of maple syrup and earthy hops. A considerable amount of alcohol lingers in the aroma as well.

Taste: Big taste of bourbon with a light taste of oak and vanilla. Nice taste of citrus esters with hints of orange peel and grapefruit. Bready caramel malts follow with good hints of toffee. Light hints of maple syrup linger around with a pretty noticeable taste of alcohol. Finishes with some moderately bitter earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat chewy. This feels fairly hot but is manageable if taken slow.

Overall: The barrel aging adds an interesting twist to an already great Barleywine. The citrus isn't as vibrant as the regular version and the heat is turned up by the bourbon.

Photo of mothman
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet.

1/2 finger of beige head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark hazed caramel brown.

Aroma: bourbon, oak, vanilla, and tons of malt up front. Lots of raisins, molasses, and cherries. Some caramel and cocoa. This beer is pretty big.

Taste: the jim bean and oak really shows here. Vanilla and molasses also heavy. Huge caramel and toffee malts. Somd earthy hops balance it out. Very light heat. Big flavors. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: smooth creamy and warm. Fuller bodies with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry pretty clean.

Overall, this is a solid beer. Very drinkable and I want more. Glad I have a growler to cellar. I highly recommend this one.

Photo of koopa
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler received in a trade with brian23456 thanks!

Appearance: Pours an iced tea brown with garnet folds. The head is 2 fingers, an attractive khaki, shows little retention but good lace.

Smell: Lots of buttery caramel with prominent Jim Beam notes! Fantastic stuff!

Taste: Loads of caramel malt, ample toffee notes, a hint of alcohol heat, Jim Beam notes, and a slight hop bite towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with enough carbonation. Delicious!

Drinkability: At nearly 10% you shouldn't pound it but it goes down easier than expected.

Home Run!

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Twisted Jim from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.