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Twisted Trace - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 53
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tewaris on 02-19-2013

Our Barrel Aged Barley Wine has never tasted so splendid. We changed to barrels from a different distillery because we were unhappy with the performance from the barrels we used before. Wow, that was the correct decision.
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Ratings: 145 | Reviews: 20
Reviews by jaasen64:
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4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

64oz growler from Town Hall's barrel week, filled up to the neck and poured into FFF Teku glass. Thanks BJ for this one! Reviewed from notes taken when consuming a week ago.

A- Pours a lightly translucent dark brownish with a slight purplish hue. A thin yeasty head forms that subsides fairly fast leaving spotty lacing and some alcohol legs. Decent carbonation that holds up well from coming from a growler.

S- Maple Syrup, Brown Sugar, Bourbon, candied malts. Has a nice candy-like sweetness that balances well with the bourbon.

T- Sweet caramel, maple syrup, light bourbon presence with some oak, finishes with a sweet malt taste that lingers nicely. Balanced very nicely with a nice sweet + bourbon presence that are both not overpowering.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, very smooth, easy drinking, not overly boozey like some barleywines.

O- This was a fantastic barleywine that is comparable (although maybe not quite as good) as other world class barleywines such as King Henry, Church on a Hill, etc.. I'd say this is one of my current top 5 barleywines and I wish I could get a bottle of it instead of a growler. I especially liked the sweet candy-like maple malt presence and how it wasn't overly boozey, being a fairly low ABV by today's barleywine standards. I definitely recommend trying this out if they ever have it on tap again.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Served in a Town Hall chalice glass.

Appearance: Color is a deep dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. A solid three fingers of off white head which slowly fades into a thin layer. Leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: A nice bready and sweet malty smell with a big scent of whiskey. Bourbon whiskey up front along with some vanilla, wood, and oak. Sweet malts with good hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Burnt sugar adds more sweetness. Subtle hints of fig, dates, and raisin. Some earthy hops linger along with a little bit of citrus. Alcohol scent is fairly sharp. A very fresh and whiskey soaked aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with a big kick of whiskey along with sweet caramel malts. Bourbon whiskey up front with notes of sweet vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet toasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Some sugary sweetness is also in the mix. Some earthy and citrus hops with a little orange taste. Subtle undertones of dates, fig, and raisin. Alcohol taste is also quite noticeable. A really solid barleywine taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly sweet with quite a bit of alcohol heat felt.

Overall: A really solid barrel aged barleywine. The bourbon notes come out well and blend into the good malt base. Hot but pretty drinkable for me.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown without any real head. Lightly wispy surface with a few bubbles.

Smell - Very woody. At first, I didn't think the bourbon was very strong, but as it warms, it becomes very dominant. Blends in with the caramel and brown sugar very well. Kinda fruity, too.

Taste - Brown sugar sweetness up front. Bourbon kicks in quickly. Lots of wood. Wood becomes quite dominant in the back end. Strong bitterness in the finish, too. Boozy.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Boozy. Bitter finish.

Overall - It's an excellent barleywine. I didn't really notice how good it was until I was drinking it without thinking about it.

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Deep reddish brown color. Great color. Sandy colored minimal head with some spotty lacing.

Caramelized sugar, coconut, vanilla, toffee. Very smooth smell. It all melds perfectly.

It's a great integration of a Barleywine and bourbon. The caramel and vanilla make it like a sundae. Toasted coconut shows up as an extra topping.

Smoooth mouthfeel. Thick but soft. It works exactly as it should to support the flavors.

A world class barrel aged Barleywine that really nails the play between flavor and body.

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Twisted Trace from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.