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Twisted Jim - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 96
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 44
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:
Beer added by: Mistofminn on 10-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Hopsiam14
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap with blueberries at the brewery. This was a real gem and one that I'm sad I'll likely never have again. This beer has a nice sweetness to it that I really enjoyed. I wish I could have also had the original to use as comparison but this one is certainly worth the price of admission.

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Photo of TboneRN
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at town hall...Cask with blueberries added. I have never had twisted jim but this variation with blueberries was phenomenal. The blueberries added no tartness but just a pleasant fruity sweetness to the bourbon barrel barleywine. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.16/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of dougofthefuture. Served in a snifter. Pours a medium caramel color with a short receding head. Thin collar. Nose has some caramel malt and bread along with some bourbon. Light toast. Flavor is a bit sweet with toffee, caramel, and bready malt. Bourbon and oak through the background, though nothing too heavy. Fairly smooth, but not all that interesting, especially when compared against some of Town Hall’s other Barrel-Aged offerings.

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Photo of Etan
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared by Todd (immobilisme) at Zwanze 2012. Thanks!

A: Pours a dark amber with a good light tan head.

S: Thick toffee and vanilla in the nose, with a hint of maple and oak. The barrel influence is smooth and not quite as in-your-face as other highly regarded BA barleywines.

T: Caramel, toasted coconut, bourbon and oak, and a palpable hop bitterness on the end.

M. Thick, light carbonation.

O: Not the most assertive BA barleywine, but certainly tasty.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is brown with a small head of broken bubbles. The aroma is boozy with oak, vanilla, malty sweetness. The flavor is ok. Lots of sweetness and booze. Maybe some vanilla and coconut, as well as caramel and brown sugar notes. Medium bodied with a warming finish. Complex but not balanced as well as it might have been. Overall, this was still a tasty beer, but has the potential to be even better.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh, served in the new Town hall glass. Beer is brown and hazy with a tan head of small bubbles, low retention, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is malty, sweet, a little booze.

Beer is sweet and too sweet. It is mildly oak, boozy but overall not a very enjoyable beer. A little bit was enough, not a repeat for me.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass form a 750ml bottle.

Pours a gorgeous dark dark amber color with some caramel notes and some nice slight golden honey edges. There is a gorgeous 1 inch light cream head that is dense and extremely sticky. There are some more medium sized soapy bubbles sprinkled around but it is very creamy.

Aroma starts off with some delicious sweetness. Tropical fruit sweetness as well as some awesome caramel and molasses notes. there is some slight mango, papaya and sugary pineapple that also come through. Very nice. Awesome Bourbon notes and some nice vanilla and barrel notes. The sweetness is refreshing and fruity and not cloying at all.

Taste is smooth and bourbon infused. Nice molasses sweetness and caramel sweetness mix in with some great Bourbon heat and slight citrusy hop note that is also perceived. The Bourbon notes are intense but not harsh. There is some great toffee and vanilla notes that smooth things out and as the brew finishes the heat kicks back up. After it warms the heat kicks up a bit. Still a very good Barleywine. Mouthfeel is smooth and surprisingly light but a bit sticky.

Overall this AB is really good. Very nice Bourbon notes and some nice heat. There are some good toffee and molasses notes with vanilla that mix in with the heat. There are some nice oaky notes as well. Very good stuff.

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Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from our Town Hall tasting. 2012 vintage poured from a750ml bottle. It poured Amber orange in color with a thin spotty head to it. Decent lacing as I drank it.

The barrel flavors are lighter in the aroma, but I do get some notes oak and vanilla to it with just a little bourbon. I get some good toasted malts and sweeter caramel flavors to it. A little fruitiness is there as well. It's a good aroma, just not a great one. Both the barrel and barleywine flavors seemed to be lacking a bold, rich flavor I'd expect in a top beer of the style.

I get a little more of the barrel flavors in the taste. Some good notes of caramel, dry woody oak and little bourbon all come out. It's got a touch of chocolate to it as well. The finish adds a little bittering hops helping give it some balance. It comes together pretty well in the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it was the best of the Town Hall barrel aged beers we had tonight but I still didn't think it was outstanding for the style. It had a better barrel character compared to the others and it felt a little more balanced, but overall it just didn't really impress me in the barrel aged barleywine category.

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Photo of gatornation
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky amber color with a small white head. Bourbon and vanilla on the nose with lots of caramel, oak, and dark fruit. Mild oxidation gives a touch of cardboard. Mild booze, some brown sugar is there too. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, oak, brown sugar, and a touch of coconut. A little bit of alcohol heat on the back end and hints of maple syrup.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one from the 7/27 Top Hops mini tasting! thanks to beerness for the swap.

a - nice barleywine look. deep maroon orange with a creamy large head and lots of lacing.

s - strong caramel toffee with nice booziness.

t - boozy. lots of caramel and toffee. good sweetness. nice barleywine, just a bit hot.

m - easy drinker in viscosity. a bit thin, but pretty boozy.

o - overall, i really like this. this is the highlight of the town hall series so far for me. if i could change anything about this one, i'd wish for better integration with the booze. perhaps let it sit a bit...but tasty indeed.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in a recent trade and was happy to line it up with Czar Jack with Doopie a few weeks ago. Good times!

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter
Cellar Series 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, thicker looking, creamy, white head with great retention. Maroon red in color, perfectly clear, with medium levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. A good wisp remains and leaves lots of good lacing all the way. Great head, nice body, and looks fantastic until the end.

SMELL: Caramel and toffee for sure, with red fruits and some nice barrel aromas. Bourbon, oak, with some nice vanilla notes as well, but there's more caramel along with the bourbon barrel. Very nice, though only medium strength.

TASTE: Caramel malts, bourbon and oak for sure, with some spicy alcohol at the swallow. Big and bold aftertaste of caramel and toffee sweetness, as well as some beauty barrel notes and oak as well. Spicy yeast and some piney hop bitterness accompany the sweet malts and barrel flavors. Very well balanced, and some bold flavors make it memorable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes relatively sticky on the palate. Nice, full and creamy feel, much like Czar Jack.

OVERALL: This was a really good beer. A little more boldness would help, but this is still very complex and extremely enjoyable to drink. If you're a fan of barrels, this will be more impressive than Czar Jack, though it is still a well balanced beer as opposed to a bourbon bomb. Well crafted and plenty interesting. Cheers for this one man. Recommended.

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Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear auburn body with a lasting one finger head. Big boozy whiskey aroma, caramel, coconut - quite a bit of heat but it works in this context. Palate is hot and boozy with caramel, sweet coconut and a ton of whiskey. Body is medium, a bit thin for the style. Finishes oaky, boozy and sweet. A solid BA bareywine, but decidedly second tier.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I forgot who to thank, I apologize. 2011 bottle.

A - Pours a rusty brownish/red color, thin tan head, thin collar.

S - Bourbon, burnt sugars, toffee, caramel, oak, light vanilla. Pretty sweet, decently smooth booze...like dessert. I enjoyed the nose on this, not too much of one thing, good combo.

T - Simliar to the nose, perhaps a bit more booze and less burnt sugary sweetness. The base beer comes through nicely with caramel and oak while the bourbon barrel adds a nice layer of complexity. Finish is sweet burnt sugars/caramel and bourbon.

M - Full body, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - A nice BA treatment from TH that I've enjoyed two years in a row. I would definitely have this again and would love to open a growler of this stuff with some age on it. Good stuff.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was equally as excited to try this one out in addition to my Czar Jack acquisition, as I was a big fan of their Twisted Ale Barleywine. Poured from 750ml vintage 2012 bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a rich deep brown with a thin layer of lingering tan head throughout. Bourbon initially, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some fruity candy and citrus notes. Sweet fruit flavor comes out initially, raisins, bourbon, brown sugar, a solid hop bitterness and light alcohol heat. Body seemed to thin out a bit along with some heat in the back finish. This was a bit disappointing. I think I’d much prefer the Twisted Reality Barley Wine by itself.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, bourbon, and wood. Taste is the same with a slightly weird woody flavor that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barrel aged barleywine but I like the smell better than the taste.

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Photo of bashiba
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep red/amber. A bit hazy with a thin yet still ky white head.

The smell was very bourbon dominated with a
Big sweetness and lots of vanilla, a touch of grapefruit comes through az well.

The flavor was dominated by the whiskey as well. Almost tasting more like they just added I right to the beer than barrel aged it. Very sweet and full of toffee and vanilla, has a big blast of grapeffuity bitterness that helps balance it out a bit.

The mouthfeel was warm and a bit oily.

Overall a rather average barrel aged beer, the flavors are fine, but they don't seem to mesh very well.

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Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Twisted Reality barleywine aged in Jim Beam barrel)
10.4% ABV. Served in a 10 oz half pint glass. I have had the base beer not too long ago... I thought it was excessively bitter and hop forward to the extent that malts' only contribution was characterless sweetness and body. I have the same complaint against the barrel aged version.

Looked slightly hazy caramel-amber colored with a small head with good retention and lacing. Aroma was caramel, vanilla, general barleywine and general barrel notes at first. Upon the first few sips, it was really hard to get past the extreme bitterness, but once the palate got accustomed, the malt and barrel character did come forward. Notes of toffee, chocolate, and richness in general, accompanied by pleasant boozy "heat". This beer begs to be thrown into the cellar for a few years!

The citrus peel bitterness was off putting to me, considering what I was expecting... maybe I am just not a fan of American barleywine style :/ Twisted Jim is certainly not a bad beer, and is very well crafted. It's just not my type, not right now anyway. Not every barleywine can taste like King Henry right off the bat I suppose X-(

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

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with an ice tea color; the inch or so of head retains nicely and leaves some strips of lace behind

Smell: Caramel and bourbon with undertones of vanilla and a hint of citrus

Taste: Caramel and bourbon, up front, with oak and vanilla not far behind; by mid-palate, however, the citrus arrives and holds its own with the caramel and bourbon in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A real treat from Town Hall; like the way the citrus adds balance to the sweeter elements

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Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (2012 release, obviously) poured into an Old Engine Oil tulip. Big thanks to Chris for both this and the regular Twisted Jim that preceded it.

A: Clear ruby body with half an inch of fine, creamy tan head. Good retention, spotty lace. Very nice.

S: Spicy whiskey, vanilla oak, and some residual hop bitterness. Quite pleasant.

T: Mmm. Toffee and caramel sweetness join the whiskey/vanilla party promised by the nose. Hops are still prominent on the finish. Big, sweet, boozy, bitter, and great.

M: Medium-full body, lots of lively, creamy carbonation. A bit too frothy for my tastes in this style, but ok.

O: Excellent beer, and imo a step up from the rather overhopped base beer. It's nowhere near the best BA Barleywine out there, but it's definitely a treat to drink.


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Photo of zeledonia
3.34/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on-tap at the brewpub, on release day, 22 Feb 2012. Poured into a 10 oz. goblet. Reviewed from notes.

Pours dark amber, not quite brown, and pretty clear, with little to no visible carbonation. Brought to me with just a cap of foam; okay lacing.

Smell is barely detectable. How is that possible for a barrel-aged barleywine? Poured on the cold side, but even after letting it warm up, and sniffing and sniffing, I couldn't smell much. A little bit of corn mash bourbon smell.

Flavor comes through mostly as the mid-point of bourbon taste. A nice slightly sweet grainy rise on the front-end, with leather and tobacco, followed by a dip, and a big rise up to the big punch of flavor in the finish. The first peak is malty, but not too sweet, with some oomph but not a ton of flavor. A bit of corn, woody malts. Fairly strong hop presence that kicks up some serious bitterness, followed by a sharp finish as the Jim Beam train pulls in. The flavor is rather hard to describe. A fluid, flowing amalgam of faint malts. The base beer comes through, as does the barrel, but I taste them as two separate parts.

Mouthfeel is rather thick, not quite syrupy, but chewy. Medium-low carbonation. Right on for a barleywine.

Overall, it's a decent beer, but I'm not super impressed. Some barrel-aged beers just don't quite do it for me, and this is one of them. Feels like I'm drinking a beer with a whiskey chaser. I want more of the base beer, and better integration.

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4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
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 :)


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Twisted Jim from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.