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Twisted Trace | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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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:
Our Barrel Aged Barley Wine has never tasted so splendid. We changed to barrels from a different distillery because we were unhappy with the performance from the barrels we used before. Wow, that was the correct decision.

Added by tewaris on 02-19-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
167
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
7.73%
 
 
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54
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7
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4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

64oz growler from Town Hall's barrel week, filled up to the neck and poured into FFF Teku glass. Thanks BJ for this one! Reviewed from notes taken when consuming a week ago.

A- Pours a lightly translucent dark brownish with a slight purplish hue. A thin yeasty head forms that subsides fairly fast leaving spotty lacing and some alcohol legs. Decent carbonation that holds up well from coming from a growler.

S- Maple Syrup, Brown Sugar, Bourbon, candied malts. Has a nice candy-like sweetness that balances well with the bourbon.

T- Sweet caramel, maple syrup, light bourbon presence with some oak, finishes with a sweet malt taste that lingers nicely. Balanced very nicely with a nice sweet + bourbon presence that are both not overpowering.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, very smooth, easy drinking, not overly boozey like some barleywines.

O- This was a fantastic barleywine that is comparable (although maybe not quite as good) as other world class barleywines such as King Henry, Church on a Hill, etc.. I'd say this is one of my current top 5 barleywines and I wish I could get a bottle of it instead of a growler. I especially liked the sweet candy-like maple malt presence and how it wasn't overly boozey, being a fairly low ABV by today's barleywine standards. I definitely recommend trying this out if they ever have it on tap again.

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4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml growler dated January 20, 2016.
Medium brown body with thin cap that drops down to no head. Smells of caramel, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, deep oak, light dark fruits, and coconut. Taste is much the same. Premium bourbon, oak, caramel and toffee, and a hint of dark fruit presence. This beer really comes together nicely. Well balanced between the barrel notes and a rich dessert like malt profile. Not much going on for hops even though this is an american barleywine. A full bodied beer with low carbonation. Very smooth barrel aged barleywine. Honestly, Twisted Trace is the best beer coming out of the state of Minnesota. I knew this was a fantastic beer by reputation and after getting to try this beer it exceeded expectations. This is a World Class barrel aged barleywine brewed by Town Hall. Really pumped that I got the opportunity to see how it drinks as it did not disappoint. It overachieved in my opinion.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deebo
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 version. On tap at town hall tap.
Served in a 12 oz town hall slim tulip this beer is had a beige head with some lacing on top of a murky tan/brown brew. Aromas are bourbon barrel with lots of oak and some sweet vanilla on top of more sweet malt. Smells like sweetness
Taste is more like a very heavy barrel aged English barleywine. No noticeable hops but lots of big malt character.
Mouthfeel is fairly big with a fair amount of boozy bite in the finish.
Overall- not a huge barleywine guy. This one is big on bourbon barrel character, with lots of sweet malt to take you home. A nice sipping brew.

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4.96/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of MattyG85
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Served in a Town Hall chalice glass.

Appearance: Color is a deep dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. A solid three fingers of off white head which slowly fades into a thin layer. Leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: A nice bready and sweet malty smell with a big scent of whiskey. Bourbon whiskey up front along with some vanilla, wood, and oak. Sweet malts with good hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Burnt sugar adds more sweetness. Subtle hints of fig, dates, and raisin. Some earthy hops linger along with a little bit of citrus. Alcohol scent is fairly sharp. A very fresh and whiskey soaked aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with a big kick of whiskey along with sweet caramel malts. Bourbon whiskey up front with notes of sweet vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet toasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Some sugary sweetness is also in the mix. Some earthy and citrus hops with a little orange taste. Subtle undertones of dates, fig, and raisin. Alcohol taste is also quite noticeable. A really solid barleywine taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly sweet with quite a bit of alcohol heat felt.

Overall: A really solid barrel aged barleywine. The bourbon notes come out well and blend into the good malt base. Hot but pretty drinkable for me.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown without any real head. Lightly wispy surface with a few bubbles.

Smell - Very woody. At first, I didn't think the bourbon was very strong, but as it warms, it becomes very dominant. Blends in with the caramel and brown sugar very well. Kinda fruity, too.

Taste - Brown sugar sweetness up front. Bourbon kicks in quickly. Lots of wood. Wood becomes quite dominant in the back end. Strong bitterness in the finish, too. Boozy.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Boozy. Bitter finish.

Overall - It's an excellent barleywine. I didn't really notice how good it was until I was drinking it without thinking about it.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown color. Great color. Sandy colored minimal head with some spotty lacing.

Caramelized sugar, coconut, vanilla, toffee. Very smooth smell. It all melds perfectly.

It's a great integration of a Barleywine and bourbon. The caramel and vanilla make it like a sundae. Toasted coconut shows up as an extra topping.

Smoooth mouthfeel. Thick but soft. It works exactly as it should to support the flavors.

A world class barrel aged Barleywine that really nails the play between flavor and body.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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