Tumaltuous Rare | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Tumaltuous RareTumaltuous Rare

Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tumaltuous aged in an Eagle Rare whiskey barrel.

Added by maximum12 on 02-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.55/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


Bottle shared by Andrew. Thanks!

A: Orangish yellow with a fizzy white head. Nice color.

S: A blast of bourbon and alcohol fumes. Brown sugar blends with vanilla and caramel.

T: Harsh and boozy. It makes my mouth hurt. Barrel phenolics, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and more booze. Moderate earthy bitterness. Brash and boozy finish.

M: Medium body with upper low carbonation. Thin and hot.

Overall: Some nice barrel notes but pretty harsh and boozy. A nice follow-up to an infected bottle of Czar Jack.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of largadeer
2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear pale amber body topped a thin head that dissipates quickly. Smells primarily of booze and sugary malt. Toffee, bourbon, a little coconut. Alcohol is dominant and harsh. Palate is a little better; still extremely boozy and sharp with a slightly thin body, but it has some decent flavors of caramel, pear and red apple. Finishes oaky, tannic, very boozy. This one was a bit messy compared to the others in the series.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of billab914
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes from our Town Hall tasting. 2012 vintage poured from a750ml bottle. Amber in color with a thin frothy head to it. Nice lacing to it.

The barrel flavors are pretty reserved in it. I get more of a hoppy bitterness to it with the wheat malts playing a pretty big role as well. I get some notes of apricots to it as well. It's a decent enough smelling wheat wine but the barrel aging didn't seem to add anything besides some brown sugar sweetness, which didn't seem to compliment the wheat malts all that well.

I get a little more of a oak and vanilla out of the barrel aging in the taste. Wheat malts are bold and good for the style. The finish thankfully brings out some bitter hops helping to balance it out a little. The barrel aging was disappointing in it though.

The mouthfeel was on the thinner side with moderate carbonation. Overall, it was somewhat of a disappointing beer given that I had high expectations. The barrel flavor was very light and what was there just didn't compliment the wheat malts very well. The sweetness of the bourbon and wheat malts together just didn't work all that well for me. It was a decent beer, but not an outstanding one.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of deebo
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap as part of barrel week at TH. My first experience with a wheat wine.

A-Hazy and a really ugly ruddy brown with a ring of white. Not a pretty brew.

S-Sweet aromas of honey and vanilla dominate. Hints of alcohol.

T-Similar to smell lots of sweetness carried with a significant malt bill. Definitely a little different from a barley wine but still in the same realm given the overall experience.

M-Light bodied with a medium/high carbonation zing. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable but not overwhelming.

O-Definitely a sipper, heavy on the palate after a few drinks. The sweetness with flavors of honey vanilla and wheat come through nicely.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Sean9689
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks AsianZero!

A - Pours a orange/yellow color, white head, spotty lace.

S - Bourbon, sugary sweetness, coconut, fruity, oak. A decent mix of sweetness, booze, and oak. Not quite as good as the versions I've had before, but still a decent nose.

T - Burnt sugary malts, caramel, fruity sweetness, booze, oak. Just about spot-on with the nose, although perhaps a bit more booze and sweetness while the oak takes a back seat. The finish is fruity sweetness and bourbon.

M - Medium to full body, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - A nice BA treatment from TH, but didn't really blow me out of the water. I'm a fan of the style, and I think the right amount of barrel can do a Wheatwine some good, which I think this did. I would have again, but wouldn't go crazy trading for it.

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Photo of maximum12
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the February 23rd release at Town Hall in a 10 oz. goblet.

Pour is a light, breezy orange/yellow hybrid, very still & quiet. Nose is a slipdash of bourbon, mild sweetness.

Tumaltuous Rare is in rarefied company during the barrel-aged week & doesn’t quite live up to its storied brethren of years past. Big bundle of sweet malts, distant caramel, & a big dose of barrel sum this one up; it does get better as it warms, simple but tasty. As with every beer this week, though, ridiculously easy to sip.

Clearly in the minority of homers around the bar (they all found it orgasmic), I found this to be a good, solid effort; love to see more barrel-aged wheatwines in the future. Good beer.

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3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle supplied by Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Big white foam settles to a big-bubbled cap, thick collar, and spotty lace. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - Lots of barrel and whiskey presence (like the rest of these MTH releases). Underneath there's some fruity yeast, wheat and bready malts, and a touch of stone fruit.

T - Taste is more balanced, with caramel, wheat, fruity notes, honey, and other typical wheatwine flavors. There's a good amount of whiskey and barrel, but it's fairly well-integrated.

M - Medium-full body, toasty and dry texture, tannic finish, medium-low carbonation. Well-hidden alcohol, which seems to be consistent across this lineup.

D - I don't generally like wheatwines, but this was fairly enjoyable and slowly won me over as it warmed up. In any case, it had the best balance, integration, and subtlety of the new releases.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Tumaltuous Rare from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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