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Twisted Jim - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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36 Reviews
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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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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 96
Photo of maximum12
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.


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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of younger35
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to run down quick after work and try out a glass of this stuff. Sounds amazing. Drank from a 10oz generic snifter.

Appearance- Pours dark murky reddish brown with a small quarter inch dirty white head. It's all gone fairly quickly and no cap, collar or lacing remain.
Smell- Starts with a light buttery caramel smell that's extremely rich smelling. It's not overly potent with burnt sugars or toast as it's just a nice candyish caramel. Some red licorice and a touch of chocolate join the party as does a bit of vanilla. The barrel isn't overly obvious in the nose and if it wasn't for the pop of vanilla, I'd not sure I'd guess this was barrel aged. The initial butterscotch/caramel thing is just super potent.
Taste- Starts with a lightly bitter bite of hoppy goodness before a flood of lightly sweet malt and barrel take over. Somewhat candy like with plenty of Twizzler and a splash of citrus to start. Still fairly young as the hops haven't fully melded yet. The base of the beer is extremely rich and tasty with loads and loads of caramelized sugars and a hint of chocolate. Tons of vanilla and a bit of oak from the barrels but nothing that specifically says Jim Beam. The finish is lightly sweet and a toasted sort of candy thing just lingers and lingers.
Mouthfeel- Maybe a touch on the thin side for what you would expect but still on the heavy side of medium. The carbonation is pretty low and really aids in the nice light creaminess.
Drinkability- The malt and hops aren't quite fully intertwined yet but give this some time and I dare say it's on whole nother level (Perfect Storm/Wooden Hell anyone? Maybe not that good but it's in the neighborhood). I had no problem drinking two glasses and I didn't think the beer was cloying in the least. Definitely a nice treat.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twisted Jim, otherwise known as Oak Jim Beam Barrel Aged Twisted Reality Barleywine (OJBBATRBW? lol). The menu said 9.9% ABV, even though the normal Twisted Reality weighs in at 10.9%.

Had this tonight a couple hours after the initial release.

Served in a 10 oz pour. A deep slightly murky dark red-amber, maybe mahogany color. Served with little head, a little ring around the outside of the glass. With what little head it has it does produce some spotty lacing.

The nose is very oak like, and very mellow. There is a strong sweet malt backbone, and it's void of all hops. A light warming scent gives you a hint at the ABV content.

The taste is fantastic. Lets start with the base beer, the barleywine. Sweet malts dominate but the complexity is amazing. I get caramel and toffee, with an intense sweetness that does wonders for flavor. There is a chocolate taste I wasn't expecting, probably something picked up from the oak barrels. There is a nice bourbon/whiskey flavor also picked up from that barrels that adds to the complexity of the brew. This is awesome. I wish my glass were bigger. Alcohol isn't as noticeable in the taste as it was in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and sticky. Smooth and creamy, this goes down dangerously easy. A light carbonation only adds to the madness. Drinkability is awesome. I sipped this, but I woulnd't put it past someone to down this like it was nothing.

Another great brew from Town Hall. I'm a huge fan of BA stouts, but BA barleywines are creeping up on me as a new top style of mine.

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Photo of ZAP
5/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to TastyTaste for a growler of this gem.
Rust copper color with less than a finger of light tan head...a skimming remains on top with some spotty lacing holding strong.
The smell is great...vanilla, bourbon, maple, and a hint of alcohol to supply a touch of nasal burn.
Taste is simply amazing...sweet up front with fig, more vanilla, coconut, and a liquor quality from the barrel aging. Has some port qualtity in the finish...ends quite dry. Not picking up a lot of the oak flavor, which I like.
Mouthfeel is one of the thicker barleywines I've enjoyed and the carbonation is perfect...preferably a sipper, but dangerously drinkable at 11%.
One of the few beers I would consider to be simply phenomenal...all of my expectations were met.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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