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 Double / 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 tzolandz
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy ruby, 2 fingers off white head, great lacing.

S - Mango, funky pineapple, white grapes, yeast, cherry.

T - Juicy hops, peach, white grapes, mango, strawberry, caramel, funk, slightly bitter/grainy finish.

M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Very complex, very drinkable, a must try!

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of PopnLoads
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of OF001
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL btl. served at 7C.

Cloudy ruby amber pour with a 3 finger head that fades to a solid 5mm lasting head with spotty but bearably adequate lacing.

Nutty sweet malt with a tanniny acidity. Super complex, too much for my nose so it will have a slightly higher rating than would otherwise be noted (I think I'm getting a cold). Sweet stewed fruit, cooked grapes (not dried to raisins) especially considering the fresh residual sugar note. More of a white wine balance than red despite the chardonnay being done on skins, but it is a white wine grape for a reason.

Initial mild acidity (high for a non-lambics, but considering the YOUNG geuze I've had for elevated tastings lately its nothing, more like an earthy Rioja or a well breathed california pinot noir, or a medium oak Australian cab sauv.) red wine balance. Nice fruitiness, subtle, grape and under developed plums with plenty of good, balanced sugars. Super subtle, a lot that I'm not getting but is well condensed. Complex sugars are a delight and give a lofted rating.

Mouth feel is great. Medium-heavy, with the carbonation giving a creaminess that is perfectly counterbalanced to the acidity and finished with a very light oaking. PERFECT complement to the flavour profile.

White wine note, heavy on a red wine flavour, maybe 'on skins' white; or a super light pinot noir ( Mt. Boucherie perhaps, not as strawberry but fucking close). Just enough oaking but the acidity is not of this beer world. haha, shut up. There is really a blending of the worlds for this one. Its weird and wonderful if underwhelming, but not in a bad way. Few match the mouth feel balance this brings to the flavour, not an easy 5 in that regard but I cannot justify a 4.5.
* and 10.5, LIES! hateful lies! there is no fucking way, I've had 6% beers that are at least twice as boozy as this. I saw the ABV by accident after my initial posting, hence the stars*

Worth the taste, but if you expect beer go elsewhere. If you are a drinker of wines its a weird treat.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper-red with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Oak, red wine, pine, earthy, floral, grapefruit hops, sweet caramel and caramelized malts, touch of booze.

T - Oak, red wine, grapefruit, pine, earthy, floral hops, some mildly resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and caramelized malts, a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, dry, lightly bitter finish.

D - Nicely balanced. Better balanced than the regular version. Everything works together a bit better.

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Photo of Cold
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Disco Beer IIPA, Red Cap (Evil Twin)

A: Dark red/copper, very slight haze. Thick tan/beige head with good retention.

S: Fruity, with slight hints of cedar. Herbal. Salty.

T: Sweet, dark (charred?) wood, red apples & slight raisin flavor. Honey/molasses, cured/smoked meat. Wine-y. Flavors usually associated with dark, heavy stouts, porters, etc. but not a heavy beer. For an IIPA, the hop profile is subdued to the point of non-existence; even through the lens of a more balanced beer, the hop profile is distinctly modest and reserved.

M: Smooth, vinuous, velvety. Carbonation is perfectly balanced, serving as a vehicle for flavors rather than an element unto itself, or a mask of undesirable flavors. The 10.5% ABV is practically undetectable; I've had 5.5% beers with more of an alcohol presence.

A: Dark wood, winey fruitiness and ever-so-slight astringence/crispness. Slight honey sweetness balances a reserved hop profile for an extremely well-balanced aftertaste, while a slight dryness that sets in after the flavors have cleared leaves you ready for another sip.

Overall: First, the negative: Disco Beer is woefully mislabeled by Evil Twin. It is not even an English Pale, let alone an Imperial IPA. If anything, it's malt bill trumps it's hop profile, with seems present only as a flavor balance, or an afterthought.

That said, if you cast aside adherence to style guidelines, Disco Beer is absolutely stunning. An outstanding, interesting taste adventure that words simply won't do justice. It's got a little bit of everything going on, but the flavors are melded so well that it never leaves you feeling like the brewer tried to do too much, as often happens with beers like this.

The alcohol is big, to the tune of 10.5%, but it drinks like a session beer. As the beer is consumed, though, the alcohol makes it's presence known through a warmth in the chest, more familiar to a cocktail. That said, though, it's unlikely anyone would session this beer, given its availability, presumed cumulative effect, and price.

Really, I can't say enough good things about this beer. If you see it on a shelf, it's a must try.

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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 aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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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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 duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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 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 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 philmen
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jacewg
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of billyshears
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of deapokid
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of msarver16
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of fiedler84
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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