Wee Jack - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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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
4.48/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
04-20-2013 01:51:05 | More by GregSVT
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
On tap at TH for -bal aged week. Served in a chalice with a light layer of beige head. Color is a dark mahogony hued copper brown.
Aroma: Deep notes of JD here. The whiskey comes out a lot in this one and I like it a lot, even though it reminds me a bit of bourbon. It also has a decent amount of oak showing. A strong malt backbone with no presence of hops. Caramel and toffee with a light amount of chocolate. The tiniest bit of peat shows.
Taste: A big whiskey blast up front. This barrels really add a big flavor here. I really thought this was jim beam -bal aged. It has a touch of vanilla and a decent amount of oak showing. Light peat with some dark fruits. A bit of raisins and plums. Caramel, toffee, and chocolate malt all show.
Mouthfeel: Warming, smooth, and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a bit of peat, but pretty clean.
Overall, I thought this was a pretty solid wee heavy. It had a lot of whiskey showing which I really liked. Pretty malty as well. Definitely something worth trying.
02-24-2011 21:14:07 | More by mothman
4.24/5 rDev +11%
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.
01-29-2013 20:01:26 | More by Treebs
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
07-31-2011 23:17:15 | More by woosterbill
4.18/5 rDev +9.4%
Presented in a 10oz goblet. Very dark brown with half a finger of head that leaves decent lacing. Part of Town Hall's 2011 barrel aged week. Scotch ale aged in Jack Daniel's barrels.
Smell is a moderately crisp caramel, with slight but interesting whiskey, and vanilla notes.
Taste is an enhanced version of the smell. Very crisp and a bit light for a scotch ale, but nice caramel and slightly sweet taste in the base beer. The barrel aging comes in just right. Enough to add some nice vanilla, char and whiskey notes, but does not overpower the beer. Truly an excellent meshing of flavors.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a scotch ale with moderate to low carbonation that works well.
Real nice beer here that I could have quite a few of. Nothing off putting enough to steer me away from more.
02-24-2011 07:57:37 | More by pdoran10
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
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
Draft. Poured into a tulip glass a clear, dark cola like brown color with a slight off shite head that recedes to form a slight collar arond the glass. Minimal lace. The aroma is pretty clean and subdued, no overpowering jack daniels notes that blow you away but a more subdued sweet aroma of oak, jack daniels, dark fruit, and slight smoke. Medium mouthfeel. Slightly sweet flavors gives way to aformentioned slight smokiness and a smooth, drawn out flavor of JD. Warming effect from the alcohol but not really all that overpowering either. I think the beauty in this one is that it is so smooth and well incorporated. I would have liked to see a little bolder flavor and nose though.
02-24-2011 20:37:59 | More by kbutler1
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
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
02-27-2011 23:01:02 | More by boomer31
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
04-24-2012 16:22:32 | More by MasterSki
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
Wee Jack from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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