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Wee Jack | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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3.82/5
Very Good
64 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pdoran10 on 02-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
64
pDev:
11.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
3
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 28
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of FosterJM
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1302nd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
750ml red wax

2012 Vintage

30th Birthday Party
Thanks to corregidore for this one

App- Slighty creamy red crimson brown with very little bubbles. Zero cling or lace on this one.

Smell- Just infected. Has apples and butter all over it. You slightly get some malts and a little bit of vanilla.

Taste- Very similar to the nose. It was infected and had some pockets of tasty flavors. A little oak, a little vanilla. Most the funk was present.

Mouth- Medium body/Medium carbonation. Vanilla and infected residual funk.

Drink- Not very good.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A -: Poured a dark crimson color with good carbonation leaving a moderate white foamy cap which quickly resedes leaving a light dusting of bubbles

S : Funk, stinging booze with bourbon, oak, caramel and char

T : First sip says yep "I'm funkdafied". Infection lurking in the background but its still buried by oak, char, caramel and bourbon. The finish is lingering, infection, sweetness and heat

M: Mediumt o full body, I felt it was a bit thin, perhaps overcarbed but this may be the underlying infection at work

O: Drinkable now but I can see this really taking a turn for the worse in the not so distant future. Another Minneapolis Town Hall Infection bomb. These guys really need to QC and clean up their act.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of billab914
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Great Lakes tasting glass. It poured a deep ruby color with a thin frothy head to it. Nice lacing and great looking color.

The aroma shows a mix of dark fruits, cherry, caramel and oak. The bourbon is a little light and seems to just add more of a brown sugar sweetness to it. The dark fruits are good in it, but the malty sweetness mixed with the brown sugar of the bourbon just makes it feel cloyingly sweet. It just didn't seem to have anything to help balance it out at all.

The dark fruits show more in the taste. The bourbon barrel again though just seems to add a brown sugar sweetness along with a slight oak presence. Some cherry and caramel come out in the finish. The barrel flavors are just too light and the sweet, sugary flavors dominate too much.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it wasn't that great of a beer. It had an overwhelming amount of sweetness from the malts and bourbon and didn't really have anything to help balance them all. Some balance and a little more of the barrel coming through would have gone a long way.

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3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to BCGabbo for this.

3.5 A: Deep deep amber mahogany color. About one finger of frothy near white head that falls quickly and leaves just a couple small islands of lacing.

3.5 S: The nose is pretty subtle for the style. There's only a mild caramel and toffee character with sweet dark fruits (plum, raisin, fig) accompanying. Malts are lightly bready and perhaps a touch grainy. The Jack is barely detectable. I might have not even noticed it had I not had a priori knowledge. There's a decent vanilla component, the the oak and especially the whiskey is barely there. The aroma doesn't really open up much as this warms. It's just straight up weak, but pleasant.

3.0 T: The taste is more of the same - weak, but pleasant. The caramel and toffee are again much weaker than the style dictates. There are a light plum, light raisin, and even lighter prune components. The Jack comes through a bit stronger in the taste, but that is mainly due to the weakness of everything else. Vanillins and oak are present in moderate amounts and the actual whiskey lends a boozy melon flavor.

3.0 M: This might be the most disappointing part of this brew. I usually associate the style with rich and creamy mouthfeels, but this is nowhere near that. Lighter medium, borderline light body. Good moderate carbonation. Needs to be creamier. Super easy going down though.

3.0 D: I must say I'm thoroughly disappointed. This smells, tastes, and feels like a Wee Heavy Light. Light on the carmelized malts, light on the dark fruits, and light on the body. I was expecting much better given the quality of the other Town Hall beers I've had.

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3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amberish brown in color with a one finger thick head of tan foam. Some spotty lacing on the glass.

Lighter smell of sweet malt and some boozy bourbon.

Wow, the taste is a big letdown. The taste is actually moderately sour and a bit tannic. The flavor is a noticeable base of scotch ale, but the barrel had detracted the overall flavor here. The sourness hints at a possible barrel infection.

The feel is fine. A bit dry from the barrel.

I was letdown by this one. I loved all of the other barrel aged beers for Barrel Week, but this one just didn't make the cut.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Alpar
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration.

2012 vintage.

Pours a clear crimson brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, bourbon, and wood with a definite infected funk aroma present. Taste is much the same with a sour quality but the funk isn't actually all that bad flavor wise. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer despite the infection but nothing too great.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the February 21st release at Town Hall in a 10 oz. goblet.

Very dark red bleeding into brown, spare carbonation. Nose is thin, bit of bourbon & sweet malts, not much else.

Wee Jack doesn’t live up to night #1 (weizenbock) but I’m not about to give it away. Sweet caramel malts mingle with the vanilla & bourbon from the barrel, along with the typical drying character in the finish. Slightly acidic, almost tannic, which brings this one down for me; this is something that might get more pronounced as it ages, which wouldn’t be a good event. One & done for me, which is very unusual for Town Hall & my stomach.

Stupidly, mildly disappointed in this one just because of the source (a great brewpub) combined with a style I really like, & it just didn’t rise above the pack. Good, solid beer, but I’m looking forward to the others more.

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3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So excited to try my last and third bottle from the Townhall Brewery. Poured from 750ml vintage 2012 bottle into a snifter glass. Pours brown with a thin white head that disappeared too quickly. Aromatics of some Jack Daniels and maybe raisins. Flavor reminded me too much of the traits of a Barley Wine rather than a Wee Heavy. Thin, smooth and silky mouthfeel. Some bitter raisins in the backfinish. I could barely finish this bottle up. I wouldn’t really seek this one out again.

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3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Bobby

A: This one pours a dark amber, perhaps copper, color with a minimal off-white head.

S: Incredibly sweet and fruity. I don't get a ton of the barrel/spirit character out of this one, but it's good. Apples, pears, and golden raisins all seem to be there as well as a bit of honey and toffee.

T: Sweet caramel and brown sugar with a fairly strong alcohol character. Touches of vanilla and charred barrel, too. Nice and fruity with some apples (and apple juice) and golden raisins, mild spices and peat, too.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation being on the low end of medium.

D: Much too heavy on the fruit and apple juice qualities.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Wee Jack from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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