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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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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.

cosmicevan, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of jera1350
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

jera1350, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

seeswo, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

ThePorterSorter, Jun 22, 2014
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.

CuriousMonk, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

MinorThreat, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +30.9%

tbeq00, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of brystmar
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

brystmar, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of kbutler1
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.

kbutler1, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of mmulebarn
3/5  rDev -21.5%

mmulebarn, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Treebs
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to BA supercolter for sending this my way. 750 ml waxed dipped bottle served in a Half Acre snifter. 2012 Vintage.

A: Pours a dark sienna brown color with some ruby highlights. A thin tan head forms on the pour and leaves some splotchy lace behind.

S: Fruity with a sweet Jack Daniels backing. Peaty with a sweet toffee presence and some brown sugar as well.

T: Caramel goodness with a smokey and peaty underlay. Jack with some dark fruit flavors and a touch of toasted malts.

M: Meidum bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet finish with a nice drinkability.

O: The wasn't quite on the level of some of the other BA Scotch Ales, but it was a very nice beer and I'm glad we didn't have any issues of infection.

Treebs, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

plumcrazyfx, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of sbricker
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

sbricker, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of millelacsmark
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

millelacsmark, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of BillHilly
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

BillHilly, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of SaxmanRick
4/5  rDev +4.7%

SaxmanRick, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of tewaris
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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

tewaris, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of GregSVT
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml waxed bottle into a tulip glass - Vintage 2012

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown with a nice light brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, and a touch of peat.

T: The taste is similar to the nose and tastes great. Loads of vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, and whiskey.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little creamy. Not as creamy or as full of a body and I'd like from a Wee Heavy.

O: This is a tasty beverage and one I would love to have again and fresh. No infection in this bottle but it was kept in a fridge most of the time.

GregSVT, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of deebo
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

deebo, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Alpar
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Alpar, Aug 09, 2014
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.

claaark13, May 11, 2012
Photo of pmoney
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

pmoney, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of sacrelicio
4/5  rDev +4.7%

sacrelicio, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Schlais
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Schlais, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of surlytheduff
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

surlytheduff, Apr 16, 2012
Wee Jack from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.