Justin Blåbær - Brunello Wine Barrel-Aged | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BlackBelt5112203 on 08-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Wow, much darker than the regular Justin. Much darker. Khaki head.

Smell - Oaky and a lot of red wine. Some acetic acid. Otherwise grainy.

Taste - Very oaky. The oak gives it a deeper character. Red wine and sourness. Dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Still very light. Sour.

Overall - More interesting than the base but not dramatically better.

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Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a one finger fine off-white head with hints of red tones. Aroma of tart vinous grape and berry notes, a hint of oaky vanilla, slight funk. Flavor is very tart berry, red wine, oak, hints of citrus. Finishes somewhat flat, with mild tannic wine and residual tart berries. Light bodied with active carbonation. The original Justin Blaeber was light and refreshing, the light berry notes have been subsumed here into the wine barrel components. I hesitated getting this because the style is not one of my favorites, but I enjoyed the original so much and always give Evil Twin a chance and picked this up. Hard to review because I often don't enjoy tart wine barrel ales. Obviously well made, but not to my taste. The finish seemed a bit lacking in interesting flavors.

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Brunello Wine Barrel Aged Justin Blabaer
500mL bottle into a Teku

A: Pours a dark maroon, almost brown, with reddish hues when held to light. 2 fingers width of off white head dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves a few patches of lacing.

S: Tart dark fruits, currants and dates, tannic red wine notes, oak, blueberries, faint wheat, banana esters. Very nice.

T: Tart lactic sourness coupled with sweet berries is the first thing to hit the palate. Lemon-lime, wheat, blueberries, oak. Sourness builds throughout the drink. Excellent.

M/D: Medium body, moderate carbonation, drying on the finish leaving you eager for another sip.

O: Excellent beer. Much better than the regular Justin Blabaer in my opinion, more complex with a much great degree of sour tartness. I really dig this one.

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Enjoyed out of a 500 mL brown bottle with no dating to be found. The only thing that differentiates from regular ol' Justin Blåbær is a bit of text on the upper-right corner of the label. Whereas non-BA Blåbær says "malt beverage brewed with blueberries", the BA version says "ale aged in wine barrels with blueberries added". Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series chalice glass.

Appearance - The hue of the BA version is much darker than the regular version, with an overall tone of dark burgundy-amber with some undertones of eggplant purple. I had to hold it up directly in front of the light to see the color, as it was too dark to see through the reflections on the bowl of the glass. The head is about a finger thick and ethereal, a bit like champagne head, and dissipates quickly, leaving a thin film of fine bubbles across the top of the body. Eventually even that dissipates to nothing. The color of the foam is a pinkish hue.

Smell - Great notes of oak and tannins, along with muted-fruit vinous elements from the second-use barrels. The blueberries are also on full display, contributing a tart fruitiness that plays well alongside the slightly more rich oak characteristics. Some sweeter notes of vanilla and merlot-infused caramel (no really, it's a thing) cut the acidity.

Taste - In a lot of ways it reminds me of the non-BA version, but with more depth and complexity. Notes of red wind must are definitely present here where they were not in the original. The original is very tasty, but a bit one note--blueberry tartness. This one has that same acidity and hints of vinegar, but now there are impressions of more fruit complexity, with black currant and plum making an appearance. The oak tannins are again present in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly, the barrel aging has not had a terribly negative impact on the effervescence of this beer. There is still a fairly high amount of carbonation to provide a prickly mouthfeel. The body is medium-light.

Overall, a better beer than the base, but not by as much as I had expected. The barrel really lends additional complexity to the taste and makes for a very different looking beer, but the smell and mouthfeel are pretty similar. All else being equal, I would probably choose the wine barrel version of this beer, but it's also more expensive and much harder to come by, and I'm not sure it's enough better than the base to compensate for those drawbacks. Still worth a try if you come across it--especially if you can do it side-by-side with the base.

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Justin Blåbær - Brunello Wine Barrel-Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 83 ratings