Wee Jack - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
02-29-2012 03:57:59 | More by deebo
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
05-11-2012 00:17:21 | More by claaark13
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
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!
05-22-2012 03:22:13 | More by emerge077
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
05-08-2012 17:35:25 | More by largadeer
3.13/5 rDev -18.1%
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.
04-18-2011 00:04:08 | More by DavoleBomb
3.91/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
05-22-2013 04:14:11 | More by PieOhMy
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
03-07-2011 08:26:27 | More by womencantsail
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
04-12-2012 17:51:33 | More by CuriousMonk
2.8/5 rDev -26.7%
1302nd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
750ml red wax
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.
05-21-2012 22:21:04 | More by FosterJM
4.68/5 rDev +22.5%
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.
10-25-2012 20:06:33 | More by cosmicevan
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-05-2012 02:39:23 | More by driftlessbrewin
Wee Jack from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.