Twisted Trace | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#636
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
173
pDev:
7.5%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 173 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage - growler pour at a share. Tremendous. Smells and tastes of rich caramel and toffee. Thick texture and mouth feel. Enjoyed side by side with Revolution's Straight Jacket, which I had just been thinking is probably my new favorite barleywine - Twisted Trace blows it away in every single category.

Fantastic beer.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml growler into glass. Cap is dated '2.22.17'.
Clear, ruby brown colored body. Thin ring is fed by rising bubbles. Small spots of lacing slide back down into beer.
Aroma of sweet caramel/toffee, bourbon barrel/oak/tannins, dark fruits (slight cherry to raisin), and spicy, fruity hops.
Taste is more expressive than the aroma, but has the same components. Alcohol is very present. Taste is first sweet, then the barrel aspects come in, and then the darker, slightly sour fruits arrive. After taste is when this most resembles a wine (dark grape/tannins).
Medium to full mouth feel. Supportive carbonation.
A really heavy, layered beer, that must be sipped for full expression and experience. Not difficult to drink but best enjoyed in a non rushed fashion.

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Photo of brydeen
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucular
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
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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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am a sucker for Buffalo Trace barrel aged beers. No surprise here...I found this one delicious as can be. Great balance of hops and malt notes with this BW.

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

Photo of dheldman
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TboneRN
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakemn91
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KillerJigger
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Town Hall, in a tulip. Great color and aroma. Dark amber color with minimal head. Smell is bourbon with that deep barley sweetness. Great barleywine. Top 5 in the world IMHO.

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Photo of Kark
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MisterMike
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ebru
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Josholson666
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of briguy93
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Devman171
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle share at Courtyard & Cellar for Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release!

32 oz Growler.

Very smooth. Very sweet. Dark brown in color. Very nice barleywine.

(B+)

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teamwiggum
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Twisted Trace from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 173 ratings