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Twisted Trace - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Twisted Trace
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.47%
Wants: 45
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.

(Beer added by: tewaris on 02-19-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -26.5%

sweemzander, Apr 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

ajzy, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Sean9689, Mar 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Petcha, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

morimech, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

largadeer, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

nmann08, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

facesnorth, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Adamostella, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Stevedore, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

TechBrew, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

vonnegut21, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a narrow tulip, ~12 oz serving size.

Dark mahogany with a creamy tan head; medium retention, some lacing, some legs. Took a bit to open up since it was served cold... strongly bourbon-y, with caramel, dates/figs following the booze.

Tastes sharp, alcoholic, somewhat sweet, and woody with hints of toffee and vanilla. Kinda sounds like a generic BA barleywine but I like this iteration better than Twisted Jim, that I noted was too bitter.

The finish is lingering with notes of molasses and chocolate. Mouthfeel is sharp and attenuated; also the carbonation seems a bit high (I like 'em flat I suppose).

Overall quite nice and worth seeking out, IMO. $6.50 + tax if it matters.

tewaris, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

tommyguz, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

miadw3, Mar 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 04, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler shared by eorwar at DLD. Served in a mini-snifter.

A: Pours brackish orange color with a light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes a to thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: A lot of barrel notes, but it's nice. Caramel malts with smooth bourbon and light oak. Light notes of leather with a little roast.

T: More of the same as the nose, but a tad sweeter which I like. Lots of leathery and caramel goodness with a smooth Buffalo Trace bourbon that lingers in the background. The barrel notes of vanilla and oak are a nice compliment.

M: Medium carbonation level with a smooth barrel finish. Medium bodied with a slight chew to the body.

O: A really nice barrel aged barleywine. I enjoyed another pour of this one as well. The barrel really compliments the base and it doesn't overpower any other flavors. A nice drinker at barely under 10%.

Treebs, May 19, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jerz/vacax for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty but fairly strong and boozy.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 11, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewery. Appearance is a dark reddish brown with minimal foam. Smell is alcohol. Taste is caramel, maple syrup, and raisin. There's also a healthy taste of bourbon without the bite. The sweetness results in something of a syrupy mouthfeel. Overall very, very good.

gabrielsyme, May 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

jtladner, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 18, 2014
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Twisted Trace from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.