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Tørst Front Room - Evil Twin Brewing

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 12
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Malaga Barrel Aged Barley Wine

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-27-2013)
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3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big beer but for those who are well familiar with Malaga Wine, it´s not as big as it seems to be. Since Barrel aged owns major part of this good job.
330ml bottle. Wine glass. Very dark brown color, dark amber tints to the light. Beige froth, brief crown. Aromas of raisin, toasted caramel malts, candies, ripe plums & dats, as well as matured wood on the back. Sweet toasted malt, Malaga Wine, intense raisin, sugar flavors & hints of molasses. Full body. Soft carbonation. Oily texture & silky palate. Low herbal bitterness in the middle is overwhelmed by intense Malaga flavor rounded by underlying licorice candy notes. No-cloying sugary flavor made from raisins, herbs & spices. ABV is well hidden & shown as a kind warming feel. Slight harsh astringency. Long sweet finish. Ripe & caramelish fruits on the aftertaste.

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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Aged around seven months since point of acquisition. Dark reddish brown brew with the lightest smattering of tan bubbles, mostly on the sides of the glass. Like its brother Back Room, pours into the glass like a sticky torrid glut of pure darkness with precious little in the way of overt carbonation. Aroma of dark fruits (raisins, prunes), toffee, vanilla, resinous wine, and a tinge of fresh earth. Palate features some medicinal wine notes due to the barrel selection which serve to cut the sweetness a bit, although this is by and large a sweet rather simple barleywine full of brown sugar, vanilla, raisin, fig, molasses, and brown bread flavors. Less obviously vinous than its port barrel aged counterpart (in which I got more fresh grape) but more resinous and tart. Some alcohol astringency. Thick and slick body with slightly more carbonation than expected. Finishes on the dry side for the style, reminiscent of burnt sugar doused raisins or perhaps a cheap cigar. Nothing notably wrong here although I've had less dry barleywines that reveal a more fresh fruitiness.

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3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Nice to get another 'exclusive' to the Tørst establishment in NYC, way out here in Alberta.

This beer pours a murky, very dark russet brown hue, with a skinny cap of bubbly, and temporally creamy chocolate milk head, which leaves a bit of sand coral lace in places around the glass as things dip away.

It smells of musty black raisins, dank caramel and toffee malt, syrupy vanilla, more indistinct black fruit, reserved metallic booze, and faint earthy, dusty hops. The taste is rather sweet, with the caramel and toffee big and beefy, the slightly vinous red grape and raisin fruitiness abetted by a further mixed bag of dark, fleshy fruit - prunes, dates, and figs - boozy vanilla, bittersweet booze, and a subtle blended musty hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, barely a whimper here and there, the body a decent medium weight, the alcohol sort of thinning it and the general smoothness out. It finishes way off-dry, the dry is a dot, the dry left yesterday, you get the idea - the caramel, various dark fruit, and the vanilla ain't going home anytime soon.

An agreeable, if not particularly complex barleywine, even with the exotic Spanish barrel treatment. The alcohol is well integrated, for the most part, and it's got musty down pat, so it's worth a try, if you like the style and don't mind the hit to the wallet.

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4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 7/11/13

A dark brown cola liquid, a little dead on the pour with just a thin mocha film after a dump down the center leaves no lace

S caramel, vanilla, raisins, smells a little oxidized, faint cardboard maybe?, it somehow works, lots of port, is Malaga port? I'm to lazy to google it, a hint of coco, more caramel and vanilla, smells good

T even more fortified wine notes, lots of barrel in the mouth, caramels strong, some plum, not far from the nose but pumped up notch, I get just a little booze but 11.2% is hard to believe

M low carbonation but not flat, sticky on my lips, fairly full bodied, faint heat, caramel and barrel on the finish

O interesting brew, reminds me of port, a hybrid brew you could say and well worth a try

much like many Evils Twins this one comes with a hefty price tag and I could flip a coin to decide if I need a bottle or two to age

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4.11/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque dark reddish brown in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some cola brown + garnet red highlights. The beer has a patchy minimal amount of head (less than a quarter finger and not covering more than 60% of the surface of the beer) that quickly reduces to an extremely thin ring (about a single bubble wide) at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of Malaga wine (similar to Port wine in sweetness and grape) from the barrel aging and some light aromas of sweet toffee malts from the barleywine.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of Malaga wine/port with some grape sweetness and moderate flavors of oak. That is followed by some lighter (moderate in strength) flavors of toffee/brown sugar/dark fruits barleywine sweetness with just a hint of pine hops. Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer hides it's alcohol really well - this drinks much easier than I expected with an 11.2% ABV. The beer is quite enjoyable and Malaga wine barrel aging really adds to this beer and my enjoyment of it. Definitely a sipping beer.

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4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy dark brownish red in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Malaga wine from the barrel aging are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of Malaga stand out in the taste but there are also hints of sweet malts from the underlying barleywine. The taste becomes better as the beer warms up. Except for the wine, no alcohol is detectable.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste like an 11.2% abv beer because it hides its alcohol very well, although it is pleasant enough to sip and savor.

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Tørst Front Room from Evil Twin Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.