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
Ratings:
170
Reviews:
23
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
7.5%
 
 
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4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jerz/vacax for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty but fairly strong and boozy.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tulip at th. served very cold.

An inch of tan head. Color is a dark caramel hued brown.

Taste profile is wood and heavy bourbon. A fair amount of vanilla. Lots of malts. Caramel and molasses. I pick up some kind of fig and raisin flavor as well.

Fairly hot, but I like it. Full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Maybe on a tad on the high side. Ends fairly dry.

Overall, this was really solid. It was better than previous years Jim, but it was much hotter. Maybe I like the heat? This beer is kind of thick such that it takes a while to drink.

EDIT: As this beer warms up a bit, I pick up some coconut flavors. It really mellows out a lot and becomes very easy to drink. This beer is bank money!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 03/14/15 notes. 32 oz. growler into a taster glass.

Pours a deep brown color with a slight reddish tint, a few bubbles of head, and low carbonation evident, Lots of bourbon, harsh whiskey, caramel malts, toffee, toasted malts, bread, oak, leather, and alcohol. Medium to bull body and low carbonation, lots of heat.

Overall not as sweet as some of the other barleywines we had at the tasting, and very hot IMO. I like hot whiskey BA beers so if that is your thing you'll dig it, but it might be too much for most.

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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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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I held onto this growler in the fridge for several weeks, and opened up when I had a guest over the other night. Saved enough for a review, put it back in the fridge until last night. It held up, but wasn't as perfect as when the crown was first cracked, or when it was first on tap. Nonetheless, here we go…

Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery Twisted Trace, Twisted Reality barley-wine ale aged in Buffalo Trace barrels.

Dark ruby-brown appearance, slim head (that was bigger on last night's pours),

Aroma: vanilla, cocoa, massive malt, liquor. Vast complexity.

Taste: More malt, more bourbon, more, more, more. Beautiful balance, unexpected ease of drinking, tremendous flavors. Just genius, that's all. The whiskey and the barleywine meet each other with equal potency.

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Twisted Trace from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.4 out of 5 based on 170 ratings.
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