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Wee Jack - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pdoran10 on 02-24-2011)
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-04-2012 03:43:28 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

05-19-2012 22:18:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-17-2013 23:27:55 | More by Thorpe429
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-30-2012 01:00:18 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

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
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

01-08-2013 22:32:23 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

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
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largadeer

California

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-25-2011 20:43:58 | More by JAHMUR
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

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
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

11-13-2012 17:18:58 | More by drabmuh
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-11-2013 00:34:35 | More by XmnwildX12
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.84/5  rDev -25.7%

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.

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

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
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

04-15-2013 04:27:11 | More by Kelp
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billab914

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

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

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-02-2013 21:45:54 | More by Rhettroactive
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woosterbill

Kentucky

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.

Cheers!

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

California

2.8/5  rDev -26.7%

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.

05-21-2012 22:21:04 | More by FosterJM
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

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

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-08-2012 16:24:32 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-17-2014 06:18:45 | More by mattmarka1
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

05-11-2012 16:39:49 | More by Sean9689
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Wee Jack from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.