Tørst Front Room | Evil Twin Brewing

Tørst Front RoomTørst Front Room
BA SCORE
4.06/5
57 Ratings
Tørst Front RoomTørst Front Room
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
57
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy dark brownish red in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Malaga wine from the barrel aging are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of Malaga stand out in the taste but there are also hints of sweet malts from the underlying barleywine. The taste becomes better as the beer warms up. Except for the wine, no alcohol is detectable.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste like an 11.2% abv beer because it hides its alcohol very well, although it is pleasant enough to sip and savor.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -1.5%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours hazy dark brown color with a minimal head and a thin ring of bubbles around the glass. Some lingering wisps of bubbles on the surface, with some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, date, toffee, vanilla, chocolate, toast, oak, light red wine, and toast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, dark fruit, and wine barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, date, toffee, vanilla, toast, chocolate, oak, red wine, and oak/toasted earthiness. Some light tannic wine/oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, date, vanilla, toast, chocolate, oak, red wine, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, dark fruit, and wine barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English Barleywine style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, dark fruit, and wine barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque dark reddish brown in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some cola brown + garnet red highlights. The beer has a patchy minimal amount of head (less than a quarter finger and not covering more than 60% of the surface of the beer) that quickly reduces to an extremely thin ring (about a single bubble wide) at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of Malaga wine (similar to Port wine in sweetness and grape) from the barrel aging and some light aromas of sweet toffee malts from the barleywine.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of Malaga wine/port with some grape sweetness and moderate flavors of oak. That is followed by some lighter (moderate in strength) flavors of toffee/brown sugar/dark fruits barleywine sweetness with just a hint of pine hops. Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer hides it's alcohol really well - this drinks much easier than I expected with an 11.2% ABV. The beer is quite enjoyable and Malaga wine barrel aging really adds to this beer and my enjoyment of it. Definitely a sipping beer.

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4.11/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mklisz
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of ShanePB
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 7/11/13

A dark brown cola liquid, a little dead on the pour with just a thin mocha film after a dump down the center leaves no lace

S caramel, vanilla, raisins, smells a little oxidized, faint cardboard maybe?, it somehow works, lots of port, is Malaga port? I'm to lazy to google it, a hint of coco, more caramel and vanilla, smells good

T even more fortified wine notes, lots of barrel in the mouth, caramels strong, some plum, not far from the nose but pumped up notch, I get just a little booze but 11.2% is hard to believe

M low carbonation but not flat, sticky on my lips, fairly full bodied, faint heat, caramel and barrel on the finish

O interesting brew, reminds me of port, a hybrid brew you could say and well worth a try

much like many Evils Twins this one comes with a hefty price tag and I could flip a coin to decide if I need a bottle or two to age

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Photo of mltobin
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mikeincharleston
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Tørst Front Room from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 57 ratings
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