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Tørst Back Room - Evil Twin Brewing

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very good

13 Reviews
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Reviews: 13
Hads: 62
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 24.15%
Wants: 15
Gots: 5 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-27-2013

Port Barrel Aged Barley Wine
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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 62
Reviews by PsilohsaiBiN:
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a taste of ale that rival the strength, complexity and savory character of the most hardened wine, Evil Twin's barleywine gets back to its British roots to celebrate all of what's best about barley- unlocking all its sweetness, power, hearty nuttiness and its complementary role to yeast esters and patient aging.

Its dark tawny, ruby and garnet hues give the ale a stately austere. Its dense lather of foam swirls about the rim, giving up its potent aromas within. Dark, dried, pitted fruits of the raisin realm tether throughout deep toffee and buttery maple sweetness.

As the ale seeps deeply into the tastebuds, its sweetness locks in. Heavily caramelized malt becomes sweet with syrup and molasses- a perfect complement to the date, raisin, fig, cherry, apple and plum flavor. With a rummy spice flavor acting in balance, the ale remains succulent with those fruitcake and figgy medley.

Full bodied and syrupy, its near-cloying body backs off so that the ale can be enjoyed as fine port or cognac. Its spicy alcohol applies a stern but controlled heat that thins the malt and signals closure to taste even though decadent nutty malt flavors lurk well after.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mahak213
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours brown with red highlights, sits very dark brown in the glass with one finger of head that recedes to a thin layer. Some yeast floaties, didn't realize this was bottle conditioned...

Smell- Huge malty caramel and vanilla, dark fruit, a sweet almond nuttiness, with oak rounding the edges of everything. Just a touch of alcohol is noticeable.

Taste- Toffee, caramel, and vanilla up front, moving into the same dark fruits and nuttiness found in the aroma. Warming alcohol on the finish and a slight cocoa-like after taste. Really awesome stuff!

Mouthfeel- light carbonation, sticky, medium body, doesn't finish overly sweet, but it's definitely a dessert type beer.

Overall- Really impressive, will be buying another for sure. Looking forward to comparing side by side with Front Room.

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2/5  rDev -51.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Ok, I got through the front room, now on to the unknown pleasures of the back room.

This beer pours a murky, very dark reddish brown hue, with one skinny finger of bubbly, slightly foamy beige head, which leaves a few iotas of bowling pin lace around the glass as things sink out of sight.

It smells of musty caramel malt, biscuity toffee, subtle fortified red wine notes - dried grapes, alcohol, and nutty flor yeast - bittersweet chocolate, cherry cordial, prune juice, and the suggestion of hops wearing sterilized rubber boots. The taste is more port wine fruitiness - with a lesser focus on the booze and mustiness - dark sugary molasses, caramel and toffee malt, black cherry and plum (doused in rum), a hint of woody vanilla, soft notes of baker's cocoa, and a plucky drying earthiness that I'm going to attribute to some sort of hop.

The bubbles are rather laid-back, underwhelming, and presumed AWOL, the body a sturdy and generally airtight medium weight, and smooth enough amongst the tightening alcohol noose. It finishes off-dry, the caramel, vanilla, cocoa, and well-aged red wine fruitiness barely tempered by anything one might imagine.

Well, it looks like the Back Room beats out the Front in this little one-off. More complex, apparently less sweet from its barrel treatment, and just more barleywine-like, overall. It does have a certain age-worthy essence, which almost justifies its heady retail price around here.

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of sgtaxt
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Opaque mahogany. Creme colored head that sticks around but does not coat the glass. Some grit poured from the bottom of the bottle. Perhaps from the Port barrels?

Smell: Burnt caramel, dates. Bright and sweet.

Taste: Caramelized brown sugar; some black cherry, dates, plum; high ABV is well masked, yet still pleasantly warm.

Mouthfeel: Chewy body, light carbonation, becomes slightly cloying after six oz.

Overall: Beautiful barleywine. Not too sour, nor too sweet. Full of flavor and warmth. Thrilled to have a chance to drink this beer.

Source: Received a bottle for volunteering at EBF '13

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4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thank you to alpineclimber for this obscure treat!

Appearance. Pours a very deep and opaque amber brown with a thin khaki head.

Smell. Sweet caramel and dank old wine barrel. Getting some earthy, leathery notes along with some sweet ripe plums.

Taste. Sweet caramel and raisins, some dark fruits and sweet red wine ...port I'm guessing but not all that familiar with that particular beverage. There's a little bit of dank old barrel and that leathery earthiness in the finish that I was getting in the nose. Pretty nice stuff.

Mouthfeel. Full body and just a touch of stickiness on the lips, low+ carbonation.

Overall. Very well made bwine. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it and looking forward to the front room. Thanks again alpineclimber!!

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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: aggressive pour into a snifter revealed an opaque black-brown body of beer topped by a slim layer of tan foam that was quick to subside leaving but the barest hint of a collar.

S: boozy dates, Burgundy wine, dark sweet cherry, tart suggestions of yeast and fruit

T: Port wine and dark fruits, cherries, Burgundy, chewy dates, dark cane sugar and molasses sweets

M: smooth and slick, hint of heat from the alcohol, airy vapors of wine barrel wood, slightly sticky; thin and slippery

O: a great barrel-aged barleywine - the Port aspects blend seamlessly with the malts to produce a superior drink.

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4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy dark brownish red in color and has large particulates visible floating in suspension. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin head consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of port wine from the barrel aging are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of port wine and has hints of sweet malts. No alcohol is perceptible (except for the wine).
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice beer to sip if you like port wine and is quite drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden, making it nt seem like an 11.2% abv beer. It doesn't have as much sweetness compared to Tørst Front Room.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.1/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Less sweet than Front Room, more carbonation, a more traditional aged barely wine.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Tørst Back Room from Evil Twin Brewing
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