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Twisted Jim - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 46
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mistofminn on 10-22-2009)
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -27.5%

03-02-2013 21:48:00 | More by Rhettroactive
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kscaldef

Oregon

3/5  rDev -27.5%

07-11-2013 23:04:10 | More by kscaldef
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 19:01:07 | More by Thorpe429
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bashiba

Iowa

3.2/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 13:03:48 | More by bashiba
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KevSal

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

04-15-2012 04:55:12 | More by KevSal
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sendsilk

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

06-11-2012 05:01:45 | More by sendsilk
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 04:23:34 | More by zeledonia
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leschkie

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

04-15-2012 15:30:46 | More by leschkie
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WeisGuy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

06-02-2012 13:49:00 | More by WeisGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

06-03-2012 22:11:07 | More by ygtbsm94
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illidurit

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

06-25-2013 03:11:06 | More by illidurit
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

01-06-2014 21:29:12 | More by yourefragile
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

01-08-2013 22:29:35 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 17:15:56 | More by drabmuh
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

09-30-2012 01:00:01 | More by acurtis
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HipHopsHooray

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

03-22-2014 23:32:17 | More by HipHopsHooray
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JOrtt

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-15-2013 15:52:28 | More by JOrtt
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-11-2013 00:34:00 | More by XmnwildX12
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billab914

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 11:31:11 | More by billab914
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womencantsail

California

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 17:58:04 | More by womencantsail
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largadeer

California

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 17:12:36 | More by largadeer
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Devi0us

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-28-2012 18:51:36 | More by Devi0us
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Samwhyz

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-05-2012 01:37:06 | More by Samwhyz
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 17:52:20 | More by CuriousMonk
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Jakers90

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-15-2012 15:06:30 | More by Jakers90
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Twisted Jim from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.