Monday, 2 January 2012

Evil Twin Brewing Disco Beer

Good evening all. After a lazy day of revision, I need something interesting. I need something with hops- lots and lots of hops, mind you- and something else. Something to add an extra dimension. How about an IPA aged in Chardonnay wine barrels? Now we're talking! And it just so happens that I've got the perfect beer: Disco Beer from Evil Twin Brewing. What a happy coincidence. After all that fuss (most of it fabricated), let's see what it's all about....

Disco Beer (10.5% ABV) pours a rich amber colour with a lively head that settles down to a decent covering of white foam over the surface of the beer. The bottle-conditioning has clearly worked well, and I'm already really looking forward to this one. The aroma is wonderful, with citrus hops bursting from the glass and a vinous quality in the background. Simply put, it smells like the greatest dessert wine ever made. The taste is composed primarily of grapefruit, with the white wine present in the background providing a balance to the bitterness from the hops. A bit of sweetness in the finish accompanies the bitterness, with the wine imparting a dryness that invites further sips. No sense of the malt in the taste, as there is so much going on with the hops and the barrel-ageing. This isn't a bad thing though, as the flavours are so magnificent. The mouthfeel is quite thick and very carbonated, but this elevates the hops superbly. Overall, a fantastic beer that is truly bitter-sweet, exceptionally fruity and dry enough to make you want to relive the experience over and over again. I absolutely love this beer- it's the sort of beer you want to shout about and makes you realise just how good a beverage can be when left in the hands of master brewers. I haven't had many wine-barrel aged beers but they've all been fantastic, and this is one I'm proud to put on the list. Couldn't recommend it enough.

Until next time....

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