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The Twisted Hop Enigma

The Twisted Hop Enigma
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Brewed by The Twisted Hop
Style: Barley Wine
Christchurch, New Zealand
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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Deep copper in colour and a soft floral aroma with hints of cherries. Its sweet maltiness is balanced by the flavours of stone fruits and a robust hop bitterness. A period of maturation in American Oak contributes hints of vanilla and a tannic dryness. Flavours of dried fruits develop and Epiphany finishes long, dry and bitter. A great accompanyment to strong blue cheese.

Ediitor’s note: The beer was first called Epiphany, but was changed as another brewery on New Zealand already used that name.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4602) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. As Red Zone Enigma. The aroma has caramel, raisin malts with some citrus. Clear, (as it seems, it was dark) red-brown coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste sweetish with some lingering hop bitterness, it has caramel, raisin, bubblegum. Nice.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pdubyah (410) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 30, 2013
OMG WTF and some of that other stuff, This is all up-front and in your face with nothing to carry. Iím really really miffed because I wanted this to be rich, sweet, layered, and with depth, I got ra-ra-ra bosh and nothing to back it up. I might have got the wrong end of the stick with this but I didnít like it when it came to taste and enjoyment, but it looked and smelt pretty, somewhat like a baby or a grandma until it moves or talks

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2013
2013 vintage: this is an exquisite example of this style. I loved the pinguid mouthfeel and the lovely rolling malt flavours: toffee, caramel etc. The ETOH is well balanced and it is just a joy to drink. Not sure if its as good as the Tribute, but it is certainly close!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3264) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2012
Bottle at Te Anau. Pours a clear dark brown with a diminishing beige head. Sweet with a little bitterness. Aromas of caramel and dried dates. HInts of milk chocolate. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Long, sweet and quite bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - NOV 25, 2011
Red Zone version with the IPA label. Cheers to Tim for this. This was solid, but had a tanginess too it, especially on the back end that took away from the overall experience. Full bodied, toffee and bread very prominent with the odd tangy/british hop bitterness in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JAN 16, 2010
Thanks, TimE. Caramel malts, milk chocolate, toffee, light toasted malt, and some deep fruits. Thick and chewy. Very solid barley wine. More please. (2008 drank Jan 2010)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (3298) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 16, 2010
Cloudy med brown color, big caramel, maraschino cherries, milk chocolate, brandy, the nose is amazing. Ginger, cranberries, milk chocolate, toffee, cherries, brandy, oranges and wood. Great depth, but not enough body. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Lingering milk chocolate, ginger and cherry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Bottle at the brewpub after finishing a tasting rack. Pours a deep red copper color with virtually no head whatsoever. Aroma of sweet malt, cherries, vanilla, alcohol, and sugar. Flavor is a nice balance of dark fruits like plum and cherry, sweet malt, vanilla, and alcohol. Starts sweet and finishes more bitter. Very smooth. Nice barleywine- I hope more people get to try this and rate it because itís certainly underrated at this point.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2009
Bottle thanks to Nate2g! Poured amber/copper with near non-existent head. Nose is bang on! Big caramel/toffee malt notes with support from raisin esters & nice earthy hop notes. Palate is dominated by sweetish malt early, with esters 7 abv coming into play on the finish. Hop bitterness is perhaps a bit lacking given the promise from the nose, regardless a great beer & iím very keen to try more from this brewery after hearing many good things!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6980) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2009
Bottle. Very hazy dark amber with orange highlights. Rapidly receding creamsicle head. Aroma is very oaky, with lots of wood and vanilla, also some cherry fruit. Flavours are dominated by the oakiness, with lots of bourbon and sherry booziness, vanilla, butterscotch, dates, and cherries. Finish is mildly bitter and very warm, mouthfeel is silky and heavy. A rich sweet treat with low-key hop character, but excellent balance and nice flavours.


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