Tørst Back Room
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
British Barleywine
ABV:
11.2%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 10.9%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
63
From:
Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  17
Gots
  5
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Tørst Back RoomTørst Back Room
Notes: Port Barrel Aged Barley Wine
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 63 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by mahak213:
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4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours brown with red highlights, sits very dark brown in the glass with one finger of head that recedes to a thin layer. Some yeast floaties, didn't realize this was bottle conditioned...

Smell- Huge malty caramel and vanilla, dark fruit, a sweet almond nuttiness, with oak rounding the edges of everything. Just a touch of alcohol is noticeable.

Taste- Toffee, caramel, and vanilla up front, moving into the same dark fruits and nuttiness found in the aroma. Warming alcohol on the finish and a slight cocoa-like after taste. Really awesome stuff!

Mouthfeel- light carbonation, sticky, medium body, doesn't finish overly sweet, but it's definitely a dessert type beer.

Overall- Really impressive, will be buying another for sure. Looking forward to comparing side by side with Front Room.

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4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a taste of ale that rival the strength, complexity and savory character of the most hardened wine, Evil Twin's barleywine gets back to its British roots to celebrate all of what's best about barley- unlocking all its sweetness, power, hearty nuttiness and its complementary role to yeast esters and patient aging.

Its dark tawny, ruby and garnet hues give the ale a stately austere. Its dense lather of foam swirls about the rim, giving up its potent aromas within. Dark, dried, pitted fruits of the raisin realm tether throughout deep toffee and buttery maple sweetness.

As the ale seeps deeply into the tastebuds, its sweetness locks in. Heavily caramelized malt becomes sweet with syrup and molasses- a perfect complement to the date, raisin, fig, cherry, apple and plum flavor. With a rummy spice flavor acting in balance, the ale remains succulent with those fruitcake and figgy medley.

Full bodied and syrupy, its near-cloying body backs off so that the ale can be enjoyed as fine port or cognac. Its spicy alcohol applies a stern but controlled heat that thins the malt and signals closure to taste even though decadent nutty malt flavors lurk well after.

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMBSH
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BeerWorld
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of corby112
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
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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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 28/10/13

A dark brown with a deep edge, two finger of tan foam falls rather quickly leaving a patch or two of lace, legs try to form but don't quite get there

S big caramel and vanilla bomb going on here, some milk chocolate, raisin and plum, more caramel, not a whole lot of barrel but there's some in the background and just a little booze

T I'm getting more wood and sweet vinous notes in the mouth, strange almost how much I pick up compared to the nose, not nearly as much caramel but that still leaves a fair bit, brown sugar and coco with just a hint of coffee and rum raisin

M thick and syrupy with just a little heat, bubbles give it a little life, sticky on the lips, woody finish

O easy to drink, plenty going on, tastes a little different to the nose but both work well, I have little to complain about, solid brew at every turn

tastes like it has some age on it already but I don't think that's the case, the barrel leaves a mark without overwhelming, I could drink another and even with the massive price tag I might buy another to age

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Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of resistdefy
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cosmicevan
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a Tørst wine glass.

a - brew poured a fairly dark purple brown that looked black in the glass. there was a finger of head that hung out a bit but eventually left leaving a thin skin and a thick ring on the surface.

s - YUM. REALLY nice chocolate toffee with dark fruit. really complex and inviting. the port comes across big and gives the beer almost an old ale vibe. really makes me think of BB4D or a bruery anniversary beer.

t - OH WOW! again, comes across as a rich complex old ale...ala bruery anniversary or BB4D. the port carries such a wonderful fruit characteristic. dark fruit, nutmeg...just delish.

m - smooth. rich and full, but dangerously drinkable. abv is invisible.

o - overall...i don't want to gush too much about this beer, but i will be running around town to buy as much of this as i can find. this beer is badass.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a deep amber color with little to no head on it. The smell of the beer is pretty solid, good mix of port wine and barleywine. The taste of the beer is pretty well balanced between the barrel aging and the contents of the beer itself. It blends fairly well in my opinion. The feel is a little on the flat side which is a little bothersome. Overall it's still a fun beer to try.

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Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of aasher
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown/pitch black color with no clarity. You can see tiny bubbles at the top of the glass near the layer of foam.

Smell: Oak, port, toffee caramel, vanilla, burnt molasses, dark fruits, and citrus.

Taste: Same as above where everything id blended well together with a little warming and burning alcohol in the end.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, low to medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, and warming alcohol. A nice sipper.

Overall: This is a very nice English barleywine. I got this from volunteering at the EBF back in March. I could of aged it longer, but I couldn't resist. Good stuff and probably will be impossible to find.

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Tørst Back Room from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 63 ratings