Wee Jack - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Wee JackWee Jack

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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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pdoran10 on 02-24-2011)
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Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brystmar
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of billab914
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of ControlledBurn
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of driftlessbrewin
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Schlais
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of SaxmanRick
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

Photo of FosterJM
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of Sean9689
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of claaark13
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jakers90
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of sbricker
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of surlytheduff
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of millelacsmark
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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