Twisted Jim | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States
townhallbrewery.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mistofminn on 10-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
36
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
13
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of Sammy
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 on tap at the brewpub. Like a rich blueberry wine. Mild tart well malted. Geniusand dangerously drinkable.Sweet and tart. Great complexity.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, bourbon, and wood. Taste is the same with a slightly weird woody flavor that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barrel aged barleywine but I like the smell better than the taste.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with an ice tea color; the inch or so of head retains nicely and leaves some strips of lace behind

Smell: Caramel and bourbon with undertones of vanilla and a hint of citrus

Taste: Caramel and bourbon, up front, with oak and vanilla not far behind; by mid-palate, however, the citrus arrives and holds its own with the caramel and bourbon in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A real treat from Town Hall; like the way the citrus adds balance to the sweeter elements

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Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear auburn body with a lasting one finger head. Big boozy whiskey aroma, caramel, coconut - quite a bit of heat but it works in this context. Palate is hot and boozy with caramel, sweet coconut and a ton of whiskey. Body is medium, a bit thin for the style. Finishes oaky, boozy and sweet. A solid BA bareywine, but decidedly second tier.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.16/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of dougofthefuture. Served in a snifter. Pours a medium caramel color with a short receding head. Thin collar. Nose has some caramel malt and bread along with some bourbon. Light toast. Flavor is a bit sweet with toffee, caramel, and bready malt. Bourbon and oak through the background, though nothing too heavy. Fairly smooth, but not all that interesting, especially when compared against some of Town Hall’s other Barrel-Aged offerings.

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet.

1/2 finger of beige head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark hazed caramel brown.

Aroma: bourbon, oak, vanilla, and tons of malt up front. Lots of raisins, molasses, and cherries. Some caramel and cocoa. This beer is pretty big.

Taste: the jim bean and oak really shows here. Vanilla and molasses also heavy. Huge caramel and toffee malts. Somd earthy hops balance it out. Very light heat. Big flavors. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: smooth creamy and warm. Fuller bodies with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry pretty clean.

Overall, this is a solid beer. Very drinkable and I want more. Glad I have a growler to cellar. I highly recommend this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from our Town Hall tasting. 2012 vintage poured from a750ml bottle. It poured Amber orange in color with a thin spotty head to it. Decent lacing as I drank it.

The barrel flavors are lighter in the aroma, but I do get some notes oak and vanilla to it with just a little bourbon. I get some good toasted malts and sweeter caramel flavors to it. A little fruitiness is there as well. It's a good aroma, just not a great one. Both the barrel and barleywine flavors seemed to be lacking a bold, rich flavor I'd expect in a top beer of the style.

I get a little more of the barrel flavors in the taste. Some good notes of caramel, dry woody oak and little bourbon all come out. It's got a touch of chocolate to it as well. The finish adds a little bittering hops helping give it some balance. It comes together pretty well in the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it was the best of the Town Hall barrel aged beers we had tonight but I still didn't think it was outstanding for the style. It had a better barrel character compared to the others and it felt a little more balanced, but overall it just didn't really impress me in the barrel aged barleywine category.

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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky amber color with a small white head. Bourbon and vanilla on the nose with lots of caramel, oak, and dark fruit. Mild oxidation gives a touch of cardboard. Mild booze, some brown sugar is there too. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, oak, brown sugar, and a touch of coconut. A little bit of alcohol heat on the back end and hints of maple syrup.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is brown with a small head of broken bubbles. The aroma is boozy with oak, vanilla, malty sweetness. The flavor is ok. Lots of sweetness and booze. Maybe some vanilla and coconut, as well as caramel and brown sugar notes. Medium bodied with a warming finish. Complex but not balanced as well as it might have been. Overall, this was still a tasty beer, but has the potential to be even better.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler aged about 10 days, sittin' in my fridge..."enjoy by 11/6" on the label.

Little head, the body a dark crimson hue, nearing brown.

Aroma: prunes, dark fruit, raisins, opening up to the whiskey, but fruit, sweet and sour, commands the day here in the nose...twisted, for sure, though...

Taste: more of the same, starting feel like port wine, rich and sickly sweet, like fortified prune juice, I say in a good way...full body, full flavor, and impossibly rich and amazing. The whiskey barrel meshed with the barleywine taste to create something neither that nor this, something comletely new.

Delicious. Dies off a bit, and fades a tad near the end. Raise it to your lips and it invades the senses once more, tasty, tasty...Quite a unique experience.
Mmmm, mmm, mmm, hmm,mmm.

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4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a pretty hefty pour of this one at the RBWG - can't remember who brought it. Served in my tulip taster glass.

A - A late-rising dime of tan foam that dissipates quickly to a thin ring and some haze. Murky caramel body. Not much to see here.

S - Bourbon, wet wood, vanilla, butterscotch, and a touch of boozy solvent. The base beer appears to be full of dark fruits, toffee, and burnt brown sugar. Very nice, but doesn't "pop" like the upper echelon of barrel-aged barleywines.

T - This is very sweet, although not cloyingly so. Notes of vanilla, butterscotch, brown sugar, cotton candy, and caramel persist. Not as much whiskey or oak as you would think. There's some lingering bitterness in the finish from the aggressive hop bill of the base beer that mingles with some oaky tannic flavors. Again - a very good barrel-aged barleywine, but not something that blows my mind.

M - Very low carbonation, smooth, soft body, perhaps a bit thin for the 9.9% ABV. Not much to say here - it's solid, but unexceptional.

D - A 6oz pour was a good serving size for this one. I'd have more in a different setting, but there were so many beers to try and this was just "really good" instead of "incredibly, superbly, awesome" like some of the other brews. Still, kudos to Town Hall for another solid and enjoyable beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of aasher
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Twisted Jim from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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