Tørst Front 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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malaga Barrel Aged Barley Wine

Added by Jason on 02-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
11
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
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11
Gots:
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2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured no head and looks kind of murky brown, not very appealing. First hit in the nose you can smell the wine barrel and hints of musty barleywine. I don't like the balance. It's sweet and bitter but doesn't really meld together. Sweat coat in mouth but leaves a dry astringency that is unpleasant. Overall it is not the quality for the cost of a single 12 oz at $13.

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3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big beer but for those who are well familiar with Malaga Wine, it´s not as big as it seems to be. Since Barrel aged owns major part of this good job.
330ml bottle. Wine glass. Very dark brown color, dark amber tints to the light. Beige froth, brief crown. Aromas of raisin, toasted caramel malts, candies, ripe plums & dats, as well as matured wood on the back. Sweet toasted malt, Malaga Wine, intense raisin, sugar flavors & hints of molasses. Full body. Soft carbonation. Oily texture & silky palate. Low herbal bitterness in the middle is overwhelmed by intense Malaga flavor rounded by underlying licorice candy notes. No-cloying sugary flavor made from raisins, herbs & spices. ABV is well hidden & shown as a kind warming feel. Slight harsh astringency. Long sweet finish. Ripe & caramelish fruits on the aftertaste.

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3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Aged around seven months since point of acquisition. Dark reddish brown brew with the lightest smattering of tan bubbles, mostly on the sides of the glass. Like its brother Back Room, pours into the glass like a sticky torrid glut of pure darkness with precious little in the way of overt carbonation. Aroma of dark fruits (raisins, prunes), toffee, vanilla, resinous wine, and a tinge of fresh earth. Palate features some medicinal wine notes due to the barrel selection which serve to cut the sweetness a bit, although this is by and large a sweet rather simple barleywine full of brown sugar, vanilla, raisin, fig, molasses, and brown bread flavors. Less obviously vinous than its port barrel aged counterpart (in which I got more fresh grape) but more resinous and tart. Some alcohol astringency. Thick and slick body with slightly more carbonation than expected. Finishes on the dry side for the style, reminiscent of burnt sugar doused raisins or perhaps a cheap cigar. Nothing notably wrong here although I've had less dry barleywines that reveal a more fresh fruitiness.

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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Nice to get another 'exclusive' to the Tørst establishment in NYC, way out here in Alberta.

This beer pours a murky, very dark russet brown hue, with a skinny cap of bubbly, and temporally creamy chocolate milk head, which leaves a bit of sand coral lace in places around the glass as things dip away.

It smells of musty black raisins, dank caramel and toffee malt, syrupy vanilla, more indistinct black fruit, reserved metallic booze, and faint earthy, dusty hops. The taste is rather sweet, with the caramel and toffee big and beefy, the slightly vinous red grape and raisin fruitiness abetted by a further mixed bag of dark, fleshy fruit - prunes, dates, and figs - boozy vanilla, bittersweet booze, and a subtle blended musty hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, barely a whimper here and there, the body a decent medium weight, the alcohol sort of thinning it and the general smoothness out. It finishes way off-dry, the dry is a dot, the dry left yesterday, you get the idea - the caramel, various dark fruit, and the vanilla ain't going home anytime soon.

An agreeable, if not particularly complex barleywine, even with the exotic Spanish barrel treatment. The alcohol is well integrated, for the most part, and it's got musty down pat, so it's worth a try, if you like the style and don't mind the hit to the wallet.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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Tørst Front Room from Evil Twin Brewing
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