Twisted Jim - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 47
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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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 34
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.16/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a pretty hefty pour of this one at the RBWG - can't remember who brought it. Served in my tulip taster glass.

A - A late-rising dime of tan foam that dissipates quickly to a thin ring and some haze. Murky caramel body. Not much to see here.

S - Bourbon, wet wood, vanilla, butterscotch, and a touch of boozy solvent. The base beer appears to be full of dark fruits, toffee, and burnt brown sugar. Very nice, but doesn't "pop" like the upper echelon of barrel-aged barleywines.

T - This is very sweet, although not cloyingly so. Notes of vanilla, butterscotch, brown sugar, cotton candy, and caramel persist. Not as much whiskey or oak as you would think. There's some lingering bitterness in the finish from the aggressive hop bill of the base beer that mingles with some oaky tannic flavors. Again - a very good barrel-aged barleywine, but not something that blows my mind.

M - Very low carbonation, smooth, soft body, perhaps a bit thin for the 9.9% ABV. Not much to say here - it's solid, but unexceptional.

D - A 6oz pour was a good serving size for this one. I'd have more in a different setting, but there were so many beers to try and this was just "really good" instead of "incredibly, superbly, awesome" like some of the other brews. Still, kudos to Town Hall for another solid and enjoyable beer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler aged about 10 days, sittin' in my fridge..."enjoy by 11/6" on the label.

Little head, the body a dark crimson hue, nearing brown.

Aroma: prunes, dark fruit, raisins, opening up to the whiskey, but fruit, sweet and sour, commands the day here in the nose...twisted, for sure, though...

Taste: more of the same, starting feel like port wine, rich and sickly sweet, like fortified prune juice, I say in a good way...full body, full flavor, and impossibly rich and amazing. The whiskey barrel meshed with the barleywine taste to create something neither that nor this, something comletely new.

Delicious. Dies off a bit, and fades a tad near the end. Raise it to your lips and it invades the senses once more, tasty, tasty...Quite a unique experience.
Mmmm, mmm, mmm, hmm,mmm.

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of billab914
3.83/5  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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair busted out this rarity on the eve of his annual haircutting party... Very cool Sam... This is a real surprise.

Growler shared between not enough people... Thankfully, we're troopers.

Pours lightly hazed deep brown/walnut... short lasting tan head... descent lacing... and an okay cap.

Wow... caramel and whiskey in the nose.... boozy (not terribly) with plenty of vanilla, oak, and brown sugar.

Flavor is very oaky.. Eric said "maple syrup", I can see that.. sweet and rich, yet not cloying... not as much bourbon as the aroma, yet all the components are there and make this a winner.... could maybe use more hop bitterness and flavor hops mid palate to help balance out the malts, but really no big loss... the focus is malt and barrel forward and I like it... a bunch.

Body was pretty full... carbonation was lite lending toward a silky smooth body.. never really seems muddy, but still could stand to be dialed in a bit.

Again, Wow... Sammy you're a good buddy... and the fact that you went out of your way to score and share this treat proves it.

3.5/4/4.5/4.5/4

Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
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 ZAP
5/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of maximum12
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
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 cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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.

Cheers!

Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Sean9689
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of koopa
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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 CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of gatornation
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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 bashiba
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
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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Twisted Jim from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.