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Twisted Trace - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
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:
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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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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4/5  rDev -9.5%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -9.5%

nmann08, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

GRG1313, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

largadeer, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I held onto this growler in the fridge for several weeks, and opened up when I had a guest over the other night. Saved enough for a review, put it back in the fridge until last night. It held up, but wasn't as perfect as when the crown was first cracked, or when it was first on tap. Nonetheless, here we go…

Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery Twisted Trace, Twisted Reality barley-wine ale aged in Buffalo Trace barrels.

Dark ruby-brown appearance, slim head (that was bigger on last night's pours),

Aroma: vanilla, cocoa, massive malt, liquor. Vast complexity.

Taste: More malt, more bourbon, more, more, more. Beautiful balance, unexpected ease of drinking, tremendous flavors. Just genius, that's all. The whiskey and the barleywine meet each other with equal potency.

feloniousmonk, May 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

oline73, Jun 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

mendvicdog, Jul 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

beernads, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

imperialking, Jun 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

duceswild, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of mothman
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tulip at th. served very cold.

An inch of tan head. Color is a dark caramel hued brown.

Taste profile is wood and heavy bourbon. A fair amount of vanilla. Lots of malts. Caramel and molasses. I pick up some kind of fig and raisin flavor as well.

Fairly hot, but I like it. Full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Maybe on a tad on the high side. Ends fairly dry.

Overall, this was really solid. It was better than previous years Jim, but it was much hotter. Maybe I like the heat? This beer is kind of thick such that it takes a while to drink.

EDIT: As this beer warms up a bit, I pick up some coconut flavors. It really mellows out a lot and becomes very easy to drink. This beer is bank money!

mothman, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Gonzoillini, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

billab914, Mar 22, 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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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Rhettroactive, Mar 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

chippo33, Oct 05, 2013
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4.37/5  rDev -1.1%

Duff27, Aug 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

eawolff99, Feb 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

enelson, Aug 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

BGsWo22, Aug 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -26.5%

sweemzander, Apr 28, 2013
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Twisted Trace from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.