Disco Beer - Red Chardonnay Barrel-Aged | Evil Twin Brewing

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Disco Beer - Red Chardonnay Barrel-AgedDisco Beer - Red Chardonnay Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Special version of our infamous Disco Beer, this time brewed with a slight darker malt profile and aged on Chardonnay red wine barrels instead of the usual white wine barrels.

Red cap.

Added by rfgetz on 04-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of ericj551
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The label says Chardonnay barrels, but it has a red cap so I'm not entirely sure what I'm drinking. Right off the bat the color screams barleywine to me. It's hazy with a decent head. The aroma is moderately dark, fruity malt, leaning much more towards malt than hops. The alcohol is apparent in the aroma, as is a hint of oak. Vinous is a good discription in the flavor, with tons more dark fruit, a bit of caramel and more oak. There is an odd, complex and maybe a little bit sour flavor in the finish, with a lingering sweetness that overpowers the hops. The bitterness is moderate for the strength.

Overall, as an Imperial IPA this beer falls flat. If judged as a barleywine, it's good but not great. The hops are lacking and the best before date of 2015 should have been a clue that this might be the case. I'm glad I dropped $5 on the 12 ounce and not even more on a bomber.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of nimrod979
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a Schlafly snifter.

Appearance: Murky light brown with a slight reddish hue. Big two finger beige foamy head. Retention never quits. 10 mins later and I've still got almost a quarter inch. Spotty lacing here and there.

Aroma: Interesting one here. Picking up everything from some oak, some tannic red wine thing going on, bright citrus hops and deep woody malts.

Taste: First sip walks the line of some tart red fruit and a slightly sweet malt bill. Not unlike some red wines. Some mild orange citrus hits mid-palate. Finishes with a nice oaky woody alcohol. Let this baby warm up. Flavors really start to come out.

Mouthfeel: Rather light and airy given the 10.5% ABV. Light side of medium with some delicate carbonation. I really think this beer would benefit from a thicker mouthfeel.

Overall, I'm not really sure what I should be expecting. Not sure if it's just a little old and losing some hop kick (it is an IPA afterall). Bottle says best before 2015, Puts me to mind of a lighter barleywine. Nothing too over the top, but an interesting beer nonetheless. Not sure if the price point makes it worth seeking out though.

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Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Zero difference on the label between this and the 'regular' gold capped version, down to the mention of aging in Chardonnay barrels. The agent in these parts says that it's a different underlying beer, with the same barrel treatment, i.e., not CabSauv. Let me taste it first before I go nuts with a new listing.

This beer pours a hazy, dark reddish amber hue, with two broad fingers of tight foamy pink-tinged off-white head, which leaves some randomly sized specks of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly and lazily subsides. At least it opens and pours a hell of a lot more sensibly than the gold-capped Disco Beer did.

It smells of sweet caramel/toffee malt, mild citrus cream, a slight vinous, sherry-like note, and some herbal, leafy hops. The taste is strong caramelized malt and toffee sweetness, bitter citrus and leafy herbal hops, with a pithy, not quite tannic wine dryness pulling at my palate - hard to discern whether it is red or white in origin - but it does tend towards the former after a spell. The 21-proof booze does a decent job of hiding in the confusion of the wine-barrel question, or so it would seem.

The bubbles are fairly tame and innocuous, the body a lifted medium weight, with an airy, metallic fruitiness providing said action, which plays havoc with any presumed smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the malt becoming increasingly muddled, as the barrel influence slowly morphs over it, as well as the hops, to a lesser degree.

I still can't shake the idea that this is a red wine barrel aged big IPA offering, despite local proclamations to the contrary. It looks, smells, and tastes like 'il vino rosso' had something to do with the product here, and it's actually rather good, origin befuddlement notwithstanding.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a ruby copper colour with 1-2 fingers of bone white head leaving minimal lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Wood, red grape skins, tannins with slight notes of herbs and pine.

T: Follows the smell together with dark fruit of plums and grapes. Finishes with a fair amount of alcohol esters.

M: Medium bodied and dry, finishes like a dry red wine, quite a bit of tannins.

O: This tastes more like an american barleywine then an IPA to me. The red wine tannins are a bit too strong for me, and I would prefer the white chardonnay version.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. I've had decent success with Evil Twin recently so I figured I'd give this a shot. Served in a tulip.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thick cap with good retention, eventually leaving behind splotchy lacework. Somewhat murky dark brown body, so I'm guessing this was unfiltered?

S - This beer delivers exactly as promising - aged DIPA flavors with vinous notes and light oak. Residual hops are floral (orange blossom?) and occasionally catty, and there's a hint of alcohol, but the wine dominates. I've never had 'Red' Chardonnay, but the flavors here are more evocative of white wine than red.

T - The taste has less overt wine influence, and the bready and crackery malts show up a tad stronger. Again, fruity and floral, slightly aged, hops, some orange citrus, minimal oak, and not much alcohol. The wine flavor has a dry white character to it. Bitterness is fairly restrained.

M - Medium bodied, pleasant carbonation, dry and oaky finish, and minimal alcohol warmth. Pretty nice.

D - As far as barrel-aged DIPAs go, this is one of the best (Jim & Jimmy excluded). Probably not worth $9.50, but easy to drink and delivers exactly what it promises. I wish Evil Twin would date their bottles though, as I can't tell if this is from April or if it's been made a few times.

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Photo of oline73
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap during Baltimore beer week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy reddish dark amber color with a quarter finger of creamy light tan head. The head sticks around quite nicely.

Smell: Quite sweet with some malt and a mild red wine note. There is an overall fruity note that reminds me of sweet red berries.

Taste: This one reminds me of a mild red wine. I'm getting some oak from the barrels along with sweetness from the malt. There berry note shows up here as well. The finish has a hoppy bitterness to it along with the wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with really smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was extremely interesting and very complex. Less hops than is usual for the style, but this is supposed to be an unusual beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy, dark red color with a large off-white head with a reddish-pink hue. Head hangs around for a bit. Scent has some chardonnay notes...although I'm not too sure where the red color comes from. Lovely oak aromas with some fruit notes that aren't necessarily standard for IPAs. Taste is initially slightly tart with some sweet fruity notes... I pick up strawberry. There are some sweet wine-like flavors with flavorful oak. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and slightly creamy. Drinkability is good with ABV well-masked. Overall, a very interesting take on a DIPA. Hefty price tag, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky chestnut brown with an orange hue, thick beige head. Really unique colors and wonderful appearance.

Wow this smells like red grape juice. Thick, syrupy grape juice, and maybe tomato juice too? Like V8. Hints of brown sugary Barleywine type malts too. I've really never smelled anything like this in a beer, pretty wild, smells really good though.

Taste is similar but less pure fruit and more malty Barleywine character. Very complex, and again just a very unusual but very good beer. Finishes fairly bitter but otherwise bares little resemblance to an IPA.

Mouthfeel is super rich, thick and syrupy but also very well carbonated. Excellent.

Strange beer but I love it!


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Photo of PerHops
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- This one pours exactly like expected from a cab aged ipa (not that I've ever had one before). But it has a reddish tint with a nice looking white head.

S- Some citrusy, herbal hops with a definite wine presence, slightly vinegary but not off putting.

T- Actually quite good. Some sweetness to start, but balanced by citrus, pine and moderate bitterness. This combination works surprisingly well.

M- Great carbonation, great drinkability.

O- Much better than I expected. Evil twin once again proves he's the better, if more expensive brewer of the two brothers

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass (almost proper!). Poured a deep red orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, wood, subtle spice, vinous, and floral. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, floral, spice, wood, and vinous. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was pretty good brew. If I am honest I was really pleasantly surprised with what I found on this one. There was a definitely vinous note going on here which mixed really well with the citrus and flora note that I found here. This made it quite well balanced and kept me guessing on what my palate would experience next. This is always a good thing by the way. Definitely glad I got the chance to try this one as it is a nice twist on the regular version. A must try.

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Photo of corby112
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Tørst in Brooklyn.

Pours a dark ruby red color with plum edges and a one finger, off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Splotchy lacing left behind.  

Sweet vinous aroma with a strong grape-like presence likely resulting from the combination of piney/citrusy hops, sweet malt and red wine barrel.  Subtle dry oak with a very prominent vinous grape/red wine flavor but still has some sweet malt and a surprising hop presence.  Resinous and piney with tropical and citrus fruit notes along with caramel, biscuit, toffee, grape, plum and currant.  Smells really good.

Medium bodies and really complex with nice balance of bitter, earthy hops, tropical fruit, sweet malt, dry oak and vinous dark fruit notes.   Aggressively hoppy wih resinous pine needle and grass countered by sweet citrus grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet malt backbone with hints of caramel, toffee and a nice barrel presence giving off hints of subtle toasted oak and a strong vinous red wine character.   Lots of grape, dark cherry, plum, raisin and currant.  Really well balanced with great barrel flavor but you can still tell it's an IPA.  Goes down way to smooth for 10.5.  Abv perfectly masked.  

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Disco Beer - Red Chardonnay Barrel-Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 52 ratings