Evil Twin Brunello Wine Barrel Aged Justin Blåbær - Evil Twin Brewing
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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
3.55/5 rDev -14.3%
500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Wow, much darker than the regular Justin. Much darker. Khaki head.
Smell - Oaky and a lot of red wine. Some acetic acid. Otherwise grainy.
Taste - Very oaky. The oak gives it a deeper character. Red wine and sourness. Dark fruits.
Mouthfeel - Still very light. Sour.
Overall - More interesting than the base but not dramatically better.
11-19-2013 01:55:55 | More by Alieniloquium
3.56/5 rDev -14%
Pour / Appearance: High carbonation, likely due to bottle conditioning and is somewhat expected with a berliner. Head dissipates quickly but sticks around the glass rim. Nice lacing! Looks nothing like a berliner in any way; very dark and even muddy when held in the light. Almost like an american brown ale. If I got this at a bar I’d be somewhat confused.
Aroma: Definite oak, and light tannins. Hard to tell if this is from the red wine residuals or the actual barrel. Lactic at the back, but not overbearing. Obviously no real hops, but smells oddly alcoholic at 4.5%. No blueberries, which is a shame but I suppose it’s to be expected if it was barrel aged after the fact. Disappointed again.
Taste: Lactic acid then an odd combination of brown, caramel, and vienna. And, once it hits the throat, bits of smoke. Like, I thought maybe I was getting tannins again, but honest to god smoke. Definite red wine and oak influence, and very drinkable. But again, very little blueberry and honestly much of anything but acid and oak.
Overall: Honestly I’m really disappointed, both from the folks who brewed this and in the beer itself. It’s more of a very strange flanders red than it is a berliner. Maybe when it wasn’t barrel aged it was different?
Bottom Line: Avoid unless you’re trying to tick it off a list, or love any of the breweries involved. For the price you’re not getting much. It’s not a bad beer, but it’s a specialty beer for a reason. I like it and will seek out the original to compare, but only out of loving Evil Twin and Fano.
12-24-2013 23:31:11 | More by VincentFrey
3.64/5 rDev -12.1%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a one finger fine off-white head with hints of red tones. Aroma of tart vinous grape and berry notes, a hint of oaky vanilla, slight funk. Flavor is very tart berry, red wine, oak, hints of citrus. Finishes somewhat flat, with mild tannic wine and residual tart berries. Light bodied with active carbonation. The original Justin Blaeber was light and refreshing, the light berry notes have been subsumed here into the wine barrel components. I hesitated getting this because the style is not one of my favorites, but I enjoyed the original so much and always give Evil Twin a chance and picked this up. Hard to review because I often don't enjoy tart wine barrel ales. Obviously well made, but not to my taste. The finish seemed a bit lacking in interesting flavors.
12-21-2013 21:02:49 | More by LiquidAmber
3.64/5 rDev -12.1%
500ml bottle poured into a westbrook snifter. The brew streams brown that looks more mahogany when held to the light. While resting in the glass, some lighter coloration is seen around the edges and a hint of ruby. A finger of white head sits atop fading back leaving patchy strings of lace.
The aroma opens up with vinous barrel notes, some inviting tartness and then char of the barrels, oak and a bit of vanilla. As it warms up, it gets a little fruity almost like cranberry mixed with earthen notes and a little bit of funky cheese.
The taste is tart and fruity like cranberry at first more than blueberry. There is a pretty solid barrel presence here giving a flavor of vanilla and toasty oak. Some tart vinous notes and an overal spicy wood character really tones down the tartness. As it warms up, it gets almost a tart cherry aspect like im drinking a watered down flanders of sorts. As more sips are taken, the flavor of the wood really comes out and is quite neutral.
This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The barrel presence is pleasant but the toast of the barrel dominates the profile and really dumbs down the potential tartness of the beer. Enjoyable, yes but I liked the regular version significantly more. I think the barrel aging here hurt the beer more than anything.
11-19-2013 14:37:55 | More by stakem
Evil Twin Brunello Wine Barrel Aged Justin Blåbær from Evil Twin Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.