Tørst Back Room | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Port Barrel Aged Barley Wine

Added by Jason on 02-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
13
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
5
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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Less sweet than Front Room, more carbonation, a more traditional aged barely wine.

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

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 LightnerLiquorKS
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Nat1975
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, I've had this in the cellar for a stretch. Here goes. A very dark murky brown brew poured into a snifter. Almost no head to speak of, just a ring of dark beige bubbles around the glass. Aroma is sweet malts and fruit, golden syrup and molasses dredged over grapes and prunes with a whiff of herbal, woody hops. Palate is thick, rich, and fruity, with my brain undecided as to whether the raisins/prunes or molasses/toffee hold ultimate sway. There's an undercurrent of cherry pipe tobacco and perhaps thick red wine. Butter brickle and peanuts. Fig cookies. Its an interesting combination, leaving me at a loss regarding how everything can hang together so well without unpleasant clashes. I am getting coffee liqueur, toffee, and roasted barley late, particularly in the semi-sweet finish. Any obvious grain flavors reveal themselves late but they certainly show up for the soiree. There is some booziness but this is rather refined in its power. Very syrupy and thick, top end of the body spectrum. My bottle is approximately a year old. All in all, a sweet treat that captures this style well, with minimal woody flavors from the barrel aging and a corresponding well preserved sweetness.

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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 DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Hendrick24
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Corson
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of unclejazz
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of schnarr84
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of bulldogops
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of KornWallace
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 3/25/14
Location: Eagle Provisions
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Black to brown in color. On an aggressive pour I got a touch a momentary pinky width crown which quickly evaporated.
Aromatics: Grapes and Raisins with a definite port smell. More complex then the front room and I'm having trouble discerning it all. Sweetness of toffee and way more alcohol in the nose.
Flavor: Grapes, Prunes and more dark fruits. There is a sweetness in there that is a mix between fruit and toffee candy. There is an alcohol flavor that gets bigger as the beer warms.
Finish: There is an oiliness that stays on the tongue with a little bit of carbonation on the top of the mouth. Way more alcohol in the finish then front room.

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Photo of GRFounder
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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Tørst Back Room from Evil Twin Brewing
4.13 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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