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Twisted Jim - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
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:
Beer added by: Mistofminn on 10-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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 Samwhyz
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Devi0us
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of gatornation
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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 Ungertaker
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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 womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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 cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Jeffo
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Twisted Jim from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.