Wee Jack | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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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:
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Added by pdoran10 on 02-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
3
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler into an Unibroue tulip; big thanks to Hopstoopid120 for sharing this obscure treat.

A: Clear, dark persimmon body with a 3/4" head of creamy light-brown foam. Very nice retention and lacing, especially given the fact that the growler is months old. Lovely.

S: The Jack Daniel's comes through big time, with vanilla, oak, and whiskey on top of some caramel malt. A little tartness, but this seems more likely to be from the dark fruit flavors in the malt than any latent QC problems (the rancid sourness of Port Odin is in the back of my mind with this one, but luckily Wee Jack is far, far better than that). Nice.

T: Rich + sweet, with plenty of toffee, vanilla, whisky, and dark fruit. Smooth + delicious.

M: Smooth medium body, light carbonation. Nice enough.

O: Solid, drinkable barrel-aged ale. I had a couple glasses out of the growler, and could have had more. Tasty stuff - not quite on the level of Czar Jack, but excellent nonetheless.

Cheers!

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Photo of FosterJM
2.78/5  rDev -27%
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 Sean9689
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dan (dvelcich) for the bottle!

A - Pours a light brown color, thin tan head, thin collar.

S - Brown sugar, toffee, burnt sugars, oak, JD booze, sweet malts, and maybe some light dark fruit in there too. There's quite a few things going on here, which seem to work well together. The booze is smooth but I'm really not a huge JD fan to being with.

T - JD, caramel, burnt sugars, oak. I think this needs a bit more age, but still, it's not all that bad. Just boozy and sweet, a bit bland. Again, I think if the barrels were different, I might like this one a bit more. Finish is caramel and booze with a touch of oak.

M - Medium to full, rich and smooth, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - I would put this one right in the middle of the pack compared to all the other TH BA beers. Nothing too crazy yet still pretty decent. I think this could use some more age and would tone down the huge sweetness and booze. Good, not great.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of mmulebarn
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of brystmar
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Poured into a tulip glass a clear, dark cola like brown color with a slight off shite head that recedes to form a slight collar arond the glass. Minimal lace. The aroma is pretty clean and subdued, no overpowering jack daniels notes that blow you away but a more subdued sweet aroma of oak, jack daniels, dark fruit, and slight smoke. Medium mouthfeel. Slightly sweet flavors gives way to aformentioned slight smokiness and a smooth, drawn out flavor of JD. Warming effect from the alcohol but not really all that overpowering either. I think the beauty in this one is that it is so smooth and well incorporated. I would have liked to see a little bolder flavor and nose though.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of deebo
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 version on tap.

A-Clear blackish/brown with a skimming of white head.

S-Pretty bland-but this was served pretty cold as it warms the hints of scotch and smoky malt definitely grows.

T-Very scotchy, malty and with sweet brown notes and vanilla.

M-Extremely smooth aftertaste. As it warms the alcohol finish gets more intense. A non-bittering finish.

O-A nice flavorful scotch ale-people who are fans of the style should really try this one. Complex with a beautiful mouthfeel and quick finish. Better enjoyed on the cold side.

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Photo of Treebs
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to BA supercolter for sending this my way. 750 ml waxed dipped bottle served in a Half Acre snifter. 2012 Vintage.

A: Pours a dark sienna brown color with some ruby highlights. A thin tan head forms on the pour and leaves some splotchy lace behind.

S: Fruity with a sweet Jack Daniels backing. Peaty with a sweet toffee presence and some brown sugar as well.

T: Caramel goodness with a smokey and peaty underlay. Jack with some dark fruit flavors and a touch of toasted malts.

M: Meidum bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet finish with a nice drinkability.

O: The wasn't quite on the level of some of the other BA Scotch Ales, but it was a very nice beer and I'm glad we didn't have any issues of infection.

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Photo of sbricker
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of BillHilly
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of pmoney
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of tewaris
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jack Daniels barrel aged Wee Heavy
9% ABV

Served in a wide mouthed 10 oz. glass at the brewpub on the third day of this year's barrel aged week. 02/23/2011 is the date.

Dark, unsaturated mahogany brown, and clear, with a small and creamy off white head. The retention is quite good for a head this tiny.

First impression of the aroma is bourbony tart. The smell is familiar and not bad but unlikely for a beer of this kind. I look for malty goodness but don't get any, but I do get some fruity esters; however, eventually the barrel notes eclipse any other notes. I don't like this character in this beer.

The taste is "Scotch" sweet: the sweetness is pleasantly understated. Prune and oak. Hint of tannins and slight bitterness towards the end, followed by a clean finish. I think the heightened acidity plays its part here. Warming, certainly. This beer differs from similar beers and similar styles in the nature of its fruitiness that's not as much dry-dark fruit as a good English Barleywine, but much lighter. Again, this character might have its roots in barrel tartness. Towards the end, every sip starts bursting with sweet and ripe berries and becomes quite an experience.

The mouthfeel is creamy with just the right amount of cleansing carbonation and the drinkability is excellent in the sense that alcohol makes itself felt but never dominates the experience.

Scores: Appearance 4/5; Aroma 2/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Drinkability 5/5

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Photo of elliott1184
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of GregSVT
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml waxed bottle into a tulip glass - Vintage 2012

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown with a nice light brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, and a touch of peat.

T: The taste is similar to the nose and tastes great. Loads of vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, and whiskey.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little creamy. Not as creamy or as full of a body and I'd like from a Wee Heavy.

O: This is a tasty beverage and one I would love to have again and fresh. No infection in this bottle but it was kept in a fridge most of the time.

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Photo of claaark13
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ryan hooks me up big here. He must appreciate all of those vintage Zombie Dust I've sent him. Poured into a HF stemmed tulip at cellar temp.

A - Dark brown with some red hues. Thick, slightly off-white head.

S - Sweetness, slightest amount of caramel with some nice vanilla coming through. There is what I'd describe as a coconut coming through a tad bit as well somewhere in the middle.

T - Surprisingly complex. Sweet malts quickly move to some fruitiness, which shows some underlying woodiness. The finish is strong on the fruit. The slightest amounts of caramel and vanilla come through, but they aren't dominant at all. The finish is a nice blend of sweet and dry. At first I found something similar to a pineapple to be the fruity finish. I'm uncertain after about 5 ounces. Some black cherry-like flavors come in the middle. Almost like it has a hint of apple somewhere.

M - Medium body. Suitable for the beer.

O - Great all around. I'll happily take another one of these. No, it isn't really like a Scotch Ale as far as my experience goes. However, I do like it a lot. Very unique.

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Photo of Alpar
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Schlais
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Wee Jack from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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