Wee Jack - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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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
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
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
3.68/5 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
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
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
Jack Daniels barrel aged Wee Heavy
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
02-27-2011 10:59:58 | More by tewaris
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
4.1/5 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
4.18/5 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
Wee Jack from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.