Wee Jack - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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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
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-05-2012 02:39:23 | More by driftlessbrewin
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
2.8/5 rDev -26.7%
1302nd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
750ml red wax
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
3.45/5 rDev -9.7%
Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration.
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
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
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
05-11-2012 00:17:21 | More by claaark13
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
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
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
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
04-12-2012 17:51:33 | More by CuriousMonk
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
02-29-2012 03:57:59 | More by deebo
3.2/5 rDev -16.2%
Dark amberish brown in color with a one finger thick head of tan foam. Some spotty lacing on the glass.
Lighter smell of sweet malt and some boozy bourbon.
Wow, the taste is a big letdown. The taste is actually moderately sour and a bit tannic. The flavor is a noticeable base of scotch ale, but the barrel had detracted the overall flavor here. The sourness hints at a possible barrel infection.
The feel is fine. A bit dry from the barrel.
I was letdown by this one. I loved all of the other barrel aged beers for Barrel Week, but this one just didn't make the cut.
02-25-2012 22:11:12 | More by jera1350
Wee Jack from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.