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Wee Jack - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: pdoran10 on 02-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 28
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of tewaris
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Sean9689
3.87/5  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.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Wee Jack from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.