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Tørst Back Room - Evil Twin Brewing

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

51 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 13
Gots: 5 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Port Barrel Aged Barley Wine

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-27-2013)
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3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with mahogany/plum edges and a half finger beige head that immediately fades into a very thin ring.  Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Boozy, chalky aroma that smells slightly oxidized with vinous red wine, dry oak and roasted dark malt.  Port like notes with vinous grape, raisin and fig along with subtle roast and sweet, leathery malt underneath.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and slight oxidization.  Some vinous dark fruit and dry toasted oak/toothpick with strong vinous raisin, grape and other dark fruits.  Slightly off with weird oxidization going on.  Works for now but it's a flaw that won't age well.  I'm not sure if we got a bad bottle but this already tastes close to a decade old.

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3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, I've had this in the cellar for a stretch. Here goes. A very dark murky brown brew poured into a snifter. Almost no head to speak of, just a ring of dark beige bubbles around the glass. Aroma is sweet malts and fruit, golden syrup and molasses dredged over grapes and prunes with a whiff of herbal, woody hops. Palate is thick, rich, and fruity, with my brain undecided as to whether the raisins/prunes or molasses/toffee hold ultimate sway. There's an undercurrent of cherry pipe tobacco and perhaps thick red wine. Butter brickle and peanuts. Fig cookies. Its an interesting combination, leaving me at a loss regarding how everything can hang together so well without unpleasant clashes. I am getting coffee liqueur, toffee, and roasted barley late, particularly in the semi-sweet finish. Any obvious grain flavors reveal themselves late but they certainly show up for the soiree. There is some booziness but this is rather refined in its power. Very syrupy and thick, top end of the body spectrum. My bottle is approximately a year old. All in all, a sweet treat that captures this style well, with minimal woody flavors from the barrel aging and a corresponding well preserved sweetness.

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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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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Tørst Back Room from Evil Twin Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.