Twisted Jim - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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3.15/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
12-15-2012 19:01:07 | More by Thorpe429
3.2/5 rDev -22.7%
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.
04-06-2012 13:03:48 | More by bashiba
3.38/5 rDev -18.4%
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.
02-25-2012 04:23:34 | More by zeledonia
3.53/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
11-13-2012 17:15:56 | More by drabmuh
3.85/5 rDev -7%
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.
10-10-2012 11:31:11 | More by billab914
3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
08-07-2012 17:58:04 | More by womencantsail
3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
05-14-2012 17:12:36 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
04-12-2012 17:52:20 | More by CuriousMonk
Twisted Jim from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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