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Wee Jack - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

Wee JackWee Jack

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BA SCORE
86
very good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%


Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pdoran10 on 02-24-2011)
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip.

A Crystal brown. Transparent. Thick brown head. Thick lacing remains down.

S Whow! Potent. Cherry. Grape.. Alcohol. Brown sugar. Malts. Caramel. Highlight of this beer.

T Interesting. There's a schism: get a big boozy alcohol and oak hit, but equaling strong is the the tangy fruit (cherry, grape, even a little kiwi) along with some chocolate and black pepper.

M Bready. Full. Has a boozy aftertaste. This lingers.

O This is a complex brew. Fruity, sweet, caremelly, chocolaty. However, the other side really turned me off. Way too boozy. The oak barreling didn't kill it, but it didn't make it either. Just too much booze.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 04:14:11 | More by PieOhMy
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GregSVT

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml waxed bottle into a tulip glass - Vintage 2012

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown with a nice light brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, and a touch of peat.

T: The taste is similar to the nose and tastes great. Loads of vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, and whiskey.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little creamy. Not as creamy or as full of a body and I'd like from a Wee Heavy.

O: This is a tasty beverage and one I would love to have again and fresh. No infection in this bottle but it was kept in a fridge most of the time.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 01:51:05 | More by GregSVT
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A -: Poured a dark crimson color with good carbonation leaving a moderate white foamy cap which quickly resedes leaving a light dusting of bubbles

S : Funk, stinging booze with bourbon, oak, caramel and char

T : First sip says yep "I'm funkdafied". Infection lurking in the background but its still buried by oak, char, caramel and bourbon. The finish is lingering, infection, sweetness and heat

M: Mediumt o full body, I felt it was a bit thin, perhaps overcarbed but this may be the underlying infection at work

O: Drinkable now but I can see this really taking a turn for the worse in the not so distant future. Another Minneapolis Town Hall Infection bomb. These guys really need to QC and clean up their act.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 22:09:31 | More by barleywinefiend
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Treebs

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to BA supercolter for sending this my way. 750 ml waxed dipped bottle served in a Half Acre snifter. 2012 Vintage.

A: Pours a dark sienna brown color with some ruby highlights. A thin tan head forms on the pour and leaves some splotchy lace behind.

S: Fruity with a sweet Jack Daniels backing. Peaty with a sweet toffee presence and some brown sugar as well.

T: Caramel goodness with a smokey and peaty underlay. Jack with some dark fruit flavors and a touch of toasted malts.

M: Meidum bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet finish with a nice drinkability.

O: The wasn't quite on the level of some of the other BA Scotch Ales, but it was a very nice beer and I'm glad we didn't have any issues of infection.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 20:01:26 | More by Treebs
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer appears a dark burgundy color with a small head. The aroma is fairly sweet, with some dark fruit presence along with a sturdy malt bill. A tad sweet. Notes of brown sugar and bourbon. Medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. Overall, this was decent.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 01:14:33 | More by Huhzubendah
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the Town Hall glass, a better beer but not a great beer than the others in this series. Beer is mostly clear, ruby red and looks good with a minimal lazy head of small bubbles, no lacing, no retention.

Aroma is malty and sweet with a nice booziness.

I liked this beer even though that doesn't make me popular with the in crowd, one of hte better from this series, a nice finish, sweet medium body mouthfeel and a minimal amount of oak on the finish. I don't know if I'd have it again but I did like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 17:18:58 | More by drabmuh
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cosmicevan

New York

4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes taken from a bottleshare at the Phoenix Sun in NYC. Thanks kindly to beerness for the trade.

a - gorgeous ruby red with minimal to no head.
s - nice festive wee heavy. nutmeg and some cinnamon.
t - REALLY good. probably the best BA wee heavy i have had. nutmeg and spicing. good barrel elements and great sweetness.
m - soft and light, an easy drinker for such a seemingly big beer.
o - overall, blown away by this beer. FINALLY, a winner in the town hall BA series. nice sweetness and really great barrel integration. just an impressive beer and probably the only one of the series that i'd be on the look out for again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 20:06:33 | More by cosmicevan
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billab914

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Great Lakes tasting glass. It poured a deep ruby color with a thin frothy head to it. Nice lacing and great looking color.

The aroma shows a mix of dark fruits, cherry, caramel and oak. The bourbon is a little light and seems to just add more of a brown sugar sweetness to it. The dark fruits are good in it, but the malty sweetness mixed with the brown sugar of the bourbon just makes it feel cloyingly sweet. It just didn't seem to have anything to help balance it out at all.

The dark fruits show more in the taste. The bourbon barrel again though just seems to add a brown sugar sweetness along with a slight oak presence. Some cherry and caramel come out in the finish. The barrel flavors are just too light and the sweet, sugary flavors dominate too much.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it wasn't that great of a beer. It had an overwhelming amount of sweetness from the malts and bourbon and didn't really have anything to help balance them all. Some balance and a little more of the barrel coming through would have gone a long way.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 00:35:12 | More by billab914
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driftlessbrewin

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lion stout tulip, out of the 2012 vintage 750ml.

A- Clean deep hued brownish burgundy. Great 2 finger off white head, which retains well on the surface of the glass with nice lacing down the sides.

S- Woody, whiskey soaked dark dried fruits, chocolate caramel cake. warming.

T- A bit tart almost like sour cherry, no noticeable smokey flavor, most of the malt has faded into this tart flavor. Hints of whiskey in the end. This might go sour. I am going to hold on to my others and see what happens.

M- A bit harsh, almost prickles the tongue. then the carbonation fades and the tartness draws up salivation. Not very smooth at all.

O- Intriguing to say the least. Im not sure if this will get better or worse with time. I liked it more fresh, without the tartness. Not bad but not the best town hall barrel aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 02:39:23 | More by driftlessbrewin
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bunzfest2012: Make it so... Thanks Jeff for sharing!
Quick review from written notes, served in a mini-tulip glass.

Wax dipped 750, shared early in the day.

Reddish amber with brownish edges. Good clarity, thin wispy foam on the surface. Less head, as to be expected from a whiskey barreled beer. Color looks the part of a Scotch Ale.

Nice aromas of toffee, plum, dates, dried fruit and wood.

Flavors are malty and rich, vanilla and brown sugar from the barrel, also a light heat bite. Creamy and smooth with light carbonation. Really enjoyed this one, thanks again Jeff!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 03:22:13 | More by emerge077
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FosterJM

California

2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1302nd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
750ml red wax

2012 Vintage

30th Birthday Party
Thanks to corregidore for this one

App- Slighty creamy red crimson brown with very little bubbles. Zero cling or lace on this one.

Smell- Just infected. Has apples and butter all over it. You slightly get some malts and a little bit of vanilla.

Taste- Very similar to the nose. It was infected and had some pockets of tasty flavors. A little oak, a little vanilla. Most the funk was present.

Mouth- Medium body/Medium carbonation. Vanilla and infected residual funk.

Drink- Not very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 22:21:04 | More by FosterJM
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration.

2012 vintage.

Pours a clear crimson brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, bourbon, and wood with a definite infected funk aroma present. Taste is much the same with a sour quality but the funk isn't actually all that bad flavor wise. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer despite the infection but nothing too great.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 22:18:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dan (dvelcich) for the bottle!

A - Pours a light brown color, thin tan head, thin collar.

S - Brown sugar, toffee, burnt sugars, oak, JD booze, sweet malts, and maybe some light dark fruit in there too. There's quite a few things going on here, which seem to work well together. The booze is smooth but I'm really not a huge JD fan to being with.

T - JD, caramel, burnt sugars, oak. I think this needs a bit more age, but still, it's not all that bad. Just boozy and sweet, a bit bland. Again, I think if the barrels were different, I might like this one a bit more. Finish is caramel and booze with a touch of oak.

M - Medium to full, rich and smooth, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - I would put this one right in the middle of the pack compared to all the other TH BA beers. Nothing too crazy yet still pretty decent. I think this could use some more age and would tone down the huge sweetness and booze. Good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 16:39:49 | More by Sean9689
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claaark13

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ryan hooks me up big here. He must appreciate all of those vintage Zombie Dust I've sent him. Poured into a HF stemmed tulip at cellar temp.

A - Dark brown with some red hues. Thick, slightly off-white head.

S - Sweetness, slightest amount of caramel with some nice vanilla coming through. There is what I'd describe as a coconut coming through a tad bit as well somewhere in the middle.

T - Surprisingly complex. Sweet malts quickly move to some fruitiness, which shows some underlying woodiness. The finish is strong on the fruit. The slightest amounts of caramel and vanilla come through, but they aren't dominant at all. The finish is a nice blend of sweet and dry. At first I found something similar to a pineapple to be the fruity finish. I'm uncertain after about 5 ounces. Some black cherry-like flavors come in the middle. Almost like it has a hint of apple somewhere.

M - Medium body. Suitable for the beer.

O - Great all around. I'll happily take another one of these. No, it isn't really like a Scotch Ale as far as my experience goes. However, I do like it a lot. Very unique.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 00:17:21 | More by claaark13
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largadeer

California

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, David.

Dark auburn body with a thin but lasting eggshell colored head. Smells like caramel apples, slight acetone, cheap whiskey, toffee, stewed fruits. Pretty good nose, a bit different than expected. Tastes quite oaky and barrel heavy. Apples and toffee, whiskey, dark fruit, a little acetone. Finishes boozy, fruity, oaky. Tasty stuff. Couldn't drink a whole lot of it, but I enjoyed my small pour.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 17:35:25 | More by largadeer
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan (dvelcich) for sharing this offering. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, solid collar, and splotches of lace. Transparent dark cherry body. Nice looking beer.

S - Oak, whiskey, and a mild nail polish note. Slightly smokey and salty, with your typical sharp treacle notes typical of a Wee Heavy. As it warms up the barrel takes over a little bit.

T - Again, tons of oak and whiskey, and only mild notes of smoke, peated malts, and fruity ale yeast that complements the fruity flavor I get from Jack Daniel's.

M - Medium-full body, chewy and bready texture, and a tannic and mildly roasty finish. Again, alcohol is well concealed.

D - Not a bad beer other than the odd acetone aroma. Again, there's not enough base beer balance for my liking, but otherwise this is easy to drink and fairly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 16:22:32 | More by MasterSki
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So excited to try my last and third bottle from the Townhall Brewery. Poured from 750ml vintage 2012 bottle into a snifter glass. Pours brown with a thin white head that disappeared too quickly. Aromatics of some Jack Daniels and maybe raisins. Flavor reminded me too much of the traits of a Barley Wine rather than a Wee Heavy. Thin, smooth and silky mouthfeel. Some bitter raisins in the backfinish. I could barely finish this bottle up. I wouldn’t really seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 17:51:33 | More by CuriousMonk
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deebo

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 version on tap.

A-Clear blackish/brown with a skimming of white head.

S-Pretty bland-but this was served pretty cold as it warms the hints of scotch and smoky malt definitely grows.

T-Very scotchy, malty and with sweet brown notes and vanilla.

M-Extremely smooth aftertaste. As it warms the alcohol finish gets more intense. A non-bittering finish.

O-A nice flavorful scotch ale-people who are fans of the style should really try this one. Complex with a beautiful mouthfeel and quick finish. Better enjoyed on the cold side.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 03:57:59 | More by deebo
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amberish brown in color with a one finger thick head of tan foam. Some spotty lacing on the glass.

Lighter smell of sweet malt and some boozy bourbon.

Wow, the taste is a big letdown. The taste is actually moderately sour and a bit tannic. The flavor is a noticeable base of scotch ale, but the barrel had detracted the overall flavor here. The sourness hints at a possible barrel infection.

The feel is fine. A bit dry from the barrel.

I was letdown by this one. I loved all of the other barrel aged beers for Barrel Week, but this one just didn't make the cut.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 22:11:12 | More by jera1350
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the February 21st release at Town Hall in a 10 oz. goblet.

Very dark red bleeding into brown, spare carbonation. Nose is thin, bit of bourbon & sweet malts, not much else.

Wee Jack doesn’t live up to night #1 (weizenbock) but I’m not about to give it away. Sweet caramel malts mingle with the vanilla & bourbon from the barrel, along with the typical drying character in the finish. Slightly acidic, almost tannic, which brings this one down for me; this is something that might get more pronounced as it ages, which wouldn’t be a good event. One & done for me, which is very unusual for Town Hall & my stomach.

Stupidly, mildly disappointed in this one just because of the source (a great brewpub) combined with a style I really like, & it just didn’t rise above the pack. Good, solid beer, but I’m looking forward to the others more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 21:59:46 | More by maximum12
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler into an Unibroue tulip; big thanks to Hopstoopid120 for sharing this obscure treat.

A: Clear, dark persimmon body with a 3/4" head of creamy light-brown foam. Very nice retention and lacing, especially given the fact that the growler is months old. Lovely.

S: The Jack Daniel's comes through big time, with vanilla, oak, and whiskey on top of some caramel malt. A little tartness, but this seems more likely to be from the dark fruit flavors in the malt than any latent QC problems (the rancid sourness of Port Odin is in the back of my mind with this one, but luckily Wee Jack is far, far better than that). Nice.

T: Rich + sweet, with plenty of toffee, vanilla, whisky, and dark fruit. Smooth + delicious.

M: Smooth medium body, light carbonation. Nice enough.

O: Solid, drinkable barrel-aged ale. I had a couple glasses out of the growler, and could have had more. Tasty stuff - not quite on the level of Czar Jack, but excellent nonetheless.

Cheers!

Serving type: growler

07-31-2011 23:17:15 | More by woosterbill
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to BCGabbo for this.

3.5 A: Deep deep amber mahogany color. About one finger of frothy near white head that falls quickly and leaves just a couple small islands of lacing.

3.5 S: The nose is pretty subtle for the style. There's only a mild caramel and toffee character with sweet dark fruits (plum, raisin, fig) accompanying. Malts are lightly bready and perhaps a touch grainy. The Jack is barely detectable. I might have not even noticed it had I not had a priori knowledge. There's a decent vanilla component, the the oak and especially the whiskey is barely there. The aroma doesn't really open up much as this warms. It's just straight up weak, but pleasant.

3.0 T: The taste is more of the same - weak, but pleasant. The caramel and toffee are again much weaker than the style dictates. There are a light plum, light raisin, and even lighter prune components. The Jack comes through a bit stronger in the taste, but that is mainly due to the weakness of everything else. Vanillins and oak are present in moderate amounts and the actual whiskey lends a boozy melon flavor.

3.0 M: This might be the most disappointing part of this brew. I usually associate the style with rich and creamy mouthfeels, but this is nowhere near that. Lighter medium, borderline light body. Good moderate carbonation. Needs to be creamier. Super easy going down though.

3.0 D: I must say I'm thoroughly disappointed. This smells, tastes, and feels like a Wee Heavy Light. Light on the carmelized malts, light on the dark fruits, and light on the body. I was expecting much better given the quality of the other Town Hall beers I've had.

Serving type: growler

04-18-2011 00:04:08 | More by DavoleBomb
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Bobby

A: This one pours a dark amber, perhaps copper, color with a minimal off-white head.

S: Incredibly sweet and fruity. I don't get a ton of the barrel/spirit character out of this one, but it's good. Apples, pears, and golden raisins all seem to be there as well as a bit of honey and toffee.

T: Sweet caramel and brown sugar with a fairly strong alcohol character. Touches of vanilla and charred barrel, too. Nice and fruity with some apples (and apple juice) and golden raisins, mild spices and peat, too.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation being on the low end of medium.

D: Much too heavy on the fruit and apple juice qualities.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2011 08:26:27 | More by womencantsail
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boomer31

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes

A - Pours a clear dark brown with a beige head and no stick on the glass. Lighter brown than I recall the plain wee heavy from TH

S - Hints of bourbon and smoke but not as much as I was hoping for. Some malt and leather notes as well

T - Very balanced bourbon, smoke, vanilla and malt sweetness. This really took the edge off the plain wee heavy. As it warms the vanilla and wood come out more. Fantastic

M - Low carb, rather full bodied and cloyingly sweet but not in a bad way

D - Very easy to put down a few of these. Great complex flavor of wood, vanilla and bourbon

Overall a very solid beer, probably not as enjoyable as the Honey V but still a great beer

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 23:01:02 | More by boomer31
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jack Daniels barrel aged Wee Heavy
9% ABV

Served in a wide mouthed 10 oz. glass at the brewpub on the third day of this year's barrel aged week. 02/23/2011 is the date.

Dark, unsaturated mahogany brown, and clear, with a small and creamy off white head. The retention is quite good for a head this tiny.

First impression of the aroma is bourbony tart. The smell is familiar and not bad but unlikely for a beer of this kind. I look for malty goodness but don't get any, but I do get some fruity esters; however, eventually the barrel notes eclipse any other notes. I don't like this character in this beer.

The taste is "Scotch" sweet: the sweetness is pleasantly understated. Prune and oak. Hint of tannins and slight bitterness towards the end, followed by a clean finish. I think the heightened acidity plays its part here. Warming, certainly. This beer differs from similar beers and similar styles in the nature of its fruitiness that's not as much dry-dark fruit as a good English Barleywine, but much lighter. Again, this character might have its roots in barrel tartness. Towards the end, every sip starts bursting with sweet and ripe berries and becomes quite an experience.

The mouthfeel is creamy with just the right amount of cleansing carbonation and the drinkability is excellent in the sense that alcohol makes itself felt but never dominates the experience.

Scores: Appearance 4/5; Aroma 2/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Drinkability 5/5

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 10:59:58 | More by tewaris
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Wee Jack from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.