Twisted Jim | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States | website

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
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
96
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
11%
 
 
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43
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 96
Photo of bashiba
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep red/amber. A bit hazy with a thin yet still ky white head.

The smell was very bourbon dominated with a
Big sweetness and lots of vanilla, a touch of grapefruit comes through az well.

The flavor was dominated by the whiskey as well. Almost tasting more like they just added I right to the beer than barrel aged it. Very sweet and full of toffee and vanilla, has a big blast of grapeffuity bitterness that helps balance it out a bit.

The mouthfeel was warm and a bit oily.

Overall a rather average barrel aged beer, the flavors are fine, but they don't seem to mesh very well.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass form a 750ml bottle.

Pours a gorgeous dark dark amber color with some caramel notes and some nice slight golden honey edges. There is a gorgeous 1 inch light cream head that is dense and extremely sticky. There are some more medium sized soapy bubbles sprinkled around but it is very creamy.

Aroma starts off with some delicious sweetness. Tropical fruit sweetness as well as some awesome caramel and molasses notes. there is some slight mango, papaya and sugary pineapple that also come through. Very nice. Awesome Bourbon notes and some nice vanilla and barrel notes. The sweetness is refreshing and fruity and not cloying at all.

Taste is smooth and bourbon infused. Nice molasses sweetness and caramel sweetness mix in with some great Bourbon heat and slight citrusy hop note that is also perceived. The Bourbon notes are intense but not harsh. There is some great toffee and vanilla notes that smooth things out and as the brew finishes the heat kicks back up. After it warms the heat kicks up a bit. Still a very good Barleywine. Mouthfeel is smooth and surprisingly light but a bit sticky.

Overall this AB is really good. Very nice Bourbon notes and some nice heat. There are some good toffee and molasses notes with vanilla that mix in with the heat. There are some nice oaky notes as well. Very good stuff.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown with a big creamy off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

Lots of sweet caramel and toffee in the aroma along with wood and a good bourbony boozy smell

Follows the nose pretty closely. Big rich toffee and caramel notes up front before receding into a boozy finishing kick. Finish features a ton of vanilla, some wood and noticeable, but not harsh bourbon.

Creamy mouthfeel although more on the medium side than something thick and sludge like. Medium to low carbonation levels.

Absolutely amazing beer. I think barrel aged barleywines may be my favorite style, but even among them this stands out. I like mine big and boozy so if booze isn't your thing, may want to let this set a while. I think it's well integrated and a good mixture of booze and traditional barleywine components. Tons better than Czar Jack.

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Photo of Etan
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared by Todd (immobilisme) at Zwanze 2012. Thanks!

A: Pours a dark amber with a good light tan head.

S: Thick toffee and vanilla in the nose, with a hint of maple and oak. The barrel influence is smooth and not quite as in-your-face as other highly regarded BA barleywines.

T: Caramel, toasted coconut, bourbon and oak, and a palpable hop bitterness on the end.

M. Thick, light carbonation.

O: Not the most assertive BA barleywine, but certainly tasty.

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Photo of younger35
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to run down quick after work and try out a glass of this stuff. Sounds amazing. Drank from a 10oz generic snifter.

Appearance- Pours dark murky reddish brown with a small quarter inch dirty white head. It's all gone fairly quickly and no cap, collar or lacing remain.
Smell- Starts with a light buttery caramel smell that's extremely rich smelling. It's not overly potent with burnt sugars or toast as it's just a nice candyish caramel. Some red licorice and a touch of chocolate join the party as does a bit of vanilla. The barrel isn't overly obvious in the nose and if it wasn't for the pop of vanilla, I'd not sure I'd guess this was barrel aged. The initial butterscotch/caramel thing is just super potent.
Taste- Starts with a lightly bitter bite of hoppy goodness before a flood of lightly sweet malt and barrel take over. Somewhat candy like with plenty of Twizzler and a splash of citrus to start. Still fairly young as the hops haven't fully melded yet. The base of the beer is extremely rich and tasty with loads and loads of caramelized sugars and a hint of chocolate. Tons of vanilla and a bit of oak from the barrels but nothing that specifically says Jim Beam. The finish is lightly sweet and a toasted sort of candy thing just lingers and lingers.
Mouthfeel- Maybe a touch on the thin side for what you would expect but still on the heavy side of medium. The carbonation is pretty low and really aids in the nice light creaminess.
Drinkability- The malt and hops aren't quite fully intertwined yet but give this some time and I dare say it's on whole nother level (Perfect Storm/Wooden Hell anyone? Maybe not that good but it's in the neighborhood). I had no problem drinking two glasses and I didn't think the beer was cloying in the least. Definitely a nice treat.

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Photo of Hopsiam14
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap with blueberries at the brewery. This was a real gem and one that I'm sad I'll likely never have again. This beer has a nice sweetness to it that I really enjoyed. I wish I could have also had the original to use as comparison but this one is certainly worth the price of admission.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to TastyTaste for a growler of this gem.
Rust copper color with less than a finger of light tan head...a skimming remains on top with some spotty lacing holding strong.
The smell is great...vanilla, bourbon, maple, and a hint of alcohol to supply a touch of nasal burn.
Taste is simply amazing...sweet up front with fig, more vanilla, coconut, and a liquor quality from the barrel aging. Has some port qualtity in the finish...ends quite dry. Not picking up a lot of the oak flavor, which I like.
Mouthfeel is one of the thicker barleywines I've enjoyed and the carbonation is perfect...preferably a sipper, but dangerously drinkable at 11%.
One of the few beers I would consider to be simply phenomenal...all of my expectations were met.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twisted Jim, otherwise known as Oak Jim Beam Barrel Aged Twisted Reality Barleywine (OJBBATRBW? lol). The menu said 9.9% ABV, even though the normal Twisted Reality weighs in at 10.9%.

Had this tonight a couple hours after the initial release.

Served in a 10 oz pour. A deep slightly murky dark red-amber, maybe mahogany color. Served with little head, a little ring around the outside of the glass. With what little head it has it does produce some spotty lacing.

The nose is very oak like, and very mellow. There is a strong sweet malt backbone, and it's void of all hops. A light warming scent gives you a hint at the ABV content.

The taste is fantastic. Lets start with the base beer, the barleywine. Sweet malts dominate but the complexity is amazing. I get caramel and toffee, with an intense sweetness that does wonders for flavor. There is a chocolate taste I wasn't expecting, probably something picked up from the oak barrels. There is a nice bourbon/whiskey flavor also picked up from that barrels that adds to the complexity of the brew. This is awesome. I wish my glass were bigger. Alcohol isn't as noticeable in the taste as it was in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and sticky. Smooth and creamy, this goes down dangerously easy. A light carbonation only adds to the madness. Drinkability is awesome. I sipped this, but I woulnd't put it past someone to down this like it was nothing.

Another great brew from Town Hall. I'm a huge fan of BA stouts, but BA barleywines are creeping up on me as a new top style of mine.

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

(Twisted Reality barleywine aged in Jim Beam barrel)
10.4% ABV. Served in a 10 oz half pint glass. I have had the base beer not too long ago... I thought it was excessively bitter and hop forward to the extent that malts' only contribution was characterless sweetness and body. I have the same complaint against the barrel aged version.

Looked slightly hazy caramel-amber colored with a small head with good retention and lacing. Aroma was caramel, vanilla, general barleywine and general barrel notes at first. Upon the first few sips, it was really hard to get past the extreme bitterness, but once the palate got accustomed, the malt and barrel character did come forward. Notes of toffee, chocolate, and richness in general, accompanied by pleasant boozy "heat". This beer begs to be thrown into the cellar for a few years!

The citrus peel bitterness was off putting to me, considering what I was expecting... maybe I am just not a fan of American barleywine style :/ Twisted Jim is certainly not a bad beer, and is very well crafted. It's just not my type, not right now anyway. Not every barleywine can taste like King Henry right off the bat I suppose X-(

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of TboneRN
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at town hall...Cask with blueberries added. I have never had twisted jim but this variation with blueberries was phenomenal. The blueberries added no tartness but just a pleasant fruity sweetness to the bourbon barrel barleywine. Highly recommended.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have had many a times, all on tap. But this is the first time from a growler, and intersting to taste as it has been aging about 5 months now. Drank with my homie Brian23456 for really no particular reason at all, except that it's awesome. Poured into snifters:

A- tiny ring of foam around the edges, brownish-amber hue. Very small amount of lacing, if any. Small amounts of bubbles, signaling the bourbon presence.

S- Large amount of earth and oak, prominent amounts of bourbon. Caramel sweetness, toffee and sweet bourbon. Pretty boozy smell when it warms up, but for those who enjoy a caramel bourbon flavor, it is just delightful :)

T- Brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and load of bourbon, but is very smooth and the bourbon is not offensive. Perfect.

M- very smooth, with hardly any carbonation. Silk, but a bit heavy with the warming of the bourbon. Very creamy with a tingling after taste. Texture of bourbon, gets syrupy as it warms, but very thin in the beginning and easy to drink.

D- 9.9% what? Very drinkable and a must try for those who love BA barleywines. This has been and is currently my favorite beer in the world! Thanks Brian for busting out this awesome beer...randomly (as most great beers should be drank :)

4/4.5/5/5/5

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