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Honey Wine Oak Barrel-Aged Thunderstorm by Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Belgian Pale Ale
7.00 % ABV

Review by younger35 on 09/21/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 16 5 7 2011
I've had the Regular Thunderstorm a few times but it isn’t my favorite. Honey wine barrels sounds interesting though. Drank from a generic snifter.

Appearance- Pours a chill (or barrel) hazed dark yellowish orange with a teeny white head. A thin collar remains with no head and no lacing.
Smell- Almost tart smelling with an orange peel like dominating scent. I get some barrel in the form of vanilla and oak but it’s fairly light. Not overly complicated but fruity and pretty intense.
Taste- A little more exciting (or complex) than the smell with plenty of wood coming out right from the get go. It’s tannic and lightly tart with a sort of oddly out of place fruitiness. I guess it’s obviously from the wine barrel but it’s pretty forward. Earthy at times with that definite unmistakable honey flavor. Seems a little boozy, especially for only 7%, but it’s not too bad.
Mouthfeel- Medium body, not too much heft but decent. Light carbonation with a slight quenching, somewhat dry finish.
Drinkability- I definitely like this better than the regular Thunderstorm. The Honey Wine barrels are pretty darn unique as the oak and tartness are an interesting twist. Definitely not what I expected when I took my first sip.

Price: $5.50 Served In: Snifter

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