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Twisted Jim - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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BA SCORE
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Bighuge
4.93/5  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 kscaldef
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ZAP
5/5  rDev +21.1%
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 illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of maximum12
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
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 CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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 akang
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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 cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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 jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  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 koopa
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Jeffo
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 MattyG85
4.43/5  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 bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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 WeisGuy
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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 zeledonia
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Twisted Jim from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.