Multiple Beer Review: Sweet Tooth (Barrel Aged), Mr Radar, Mai Concerto, and Song about Rainbows (Twisted Bine)

Multiple Beer Review: Sweet Tooth (Barrel Aged), Mr Radar, Mai Concerto, and Song about Rainbows (Twisted Bine)

Twisted Bine Beer Co. is located on main street in Mt. Joy.

Thursday night I took the time to travel up 283 for 20 or so minutes to get to Mt. Joy to visit my friend Ming to help him with some post-interview writing he had to do for a potential future job, and of course I can’t help myself but stop in at a brewery that is fifteen from his house.

So upon arrival, me, Ming, and Don head over and I grab myself a flight, and over the course of a good forty minutes we drank, they ate (and drank), and we chatted. What’s better than that?

I’ve been to Twisted Bine once before, soon after they had opened (again when visiting Ming) and this was my second time. I’ve only had their beers from visits (don’t know if they’ve done any brewfests, I know their not canning/bottling and distributing). Both times I’ve come away enjoying the beers I’ve had and the brewery itself is a lovely bar room and a fun inviting place.

Sweet Tooth, a whiskey barrel aged double stout.

As the name implies…. this was sweet. Very much so sweet. Like milk stout sweet (which coincidentally is the next beer, Mr. Radar).

Beer: Sweet Tooth (Barrel Aged)
Brewery: Twisted Bine Beer Co.
Style: Stout – Double/Imperial
ABV: 9.5%
Untappd Write-Up: Imperial Stout – Just as the name suggests, we sweetened up this bold full bodied imperial stout and then stashed it in a whiskey barrel. We should have called this one Smooth Tooth!

It certainly is smooth and a great sipper or easy gulper, whatever your preference. The look is pure jet engine oil black and you could take a UV light or a regular light or a five thousand power watt lightbulb to it and probably not see through it. Aroma is very malty, with a bit of the whiskey peeking out.

The taste is very sweet, smooth, but with very little whiskey bite or flavor. Its not cloying and the mouthfeel is very heavy and thick, pretty much everything you’d want in an Imperial Stout. Was hoping for some more of the whiskey flavor though which sadly goes too unnoticed.

My Untappd Rating: ****.25
Global Untappd Rating: 4.21 (as of 8.10.19)

Mr. Radar, a milk stout from Twisted Bine.

I had to do a double-check on these, Sweet Tooth tasted more of the milk stout than this did, and this actually has a bit of the bite to it. But its not a whiskey bite, and its a bit thinner, just odd that the “Milk Stout” is less smooth, less sugary, and less sweet than the Imperial Stout aged in whiskey, but after drinking it more you can definitely tell the difference between the two.

Thats not really to take anything away from this. Its still a fine beer, just the lesser of the two in most aspects.

Beer: Mr Radar
Brewery: Twisted Bine Beer Co
Style: Stout – Milk / Sweet
ABV: 5%
IBU: 22
Untappd Write-Up: Velvety smooth with a touch of sweetness, this milk stout brewed with lactose sugar gives nutty hugs and chocolatey kisses.

I don’t think this is nearly as velvety smooth as the Sweet Tooth, nor is this as sweet either. Also a bit surprised to find an IBU listing for this, would be curious which hops they used.

Again, none of this is to say its bad. Just expected a bit more sweetness, smoothness, but its still a good beer.

Appearance, its dark, but not quite as dark as the Sweet Tooth. Aroma has notes of chocolate but subtle behind a malted grain bill.

Taste is roasted malt, biscuity even, with some chocolate notes, and a bit smoother and sweeter the more you drink it. I think a full draft would showcase the sweetness and smoothness better than a taster can do. As this definitely seems made for sipping and enjoying rather than ‘breezing through’.

My Untappd Rating: ****
Global Untappd Rating: 3.75 (as of 8.10.19)

Mai Concerto by Twisted Bine

I’m a sucker for bocks, of all types, if I see one on a tap list, you best be betting that I’m trying it. And this certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Beer: Mai Concerto
Brewery: Twisted Bine Beer Co.
Style: Bock – Hell / Maibock / Lentebock
ABV: 6.8%
Untappd Write-Up: Maibock- Pale, medium to full bodied lager whose bready, sweet malty palate and subtle hop character comes in around 6.8%.

This was a nice change-up from the previous two stouts. Lighter but with great flavor and a whole different vibe than that of the stouts.

This has a nice bready, biscuity, light earthy aroma to it. As if opening the door to a bakery that might not have made a brand new fresh loaf but has made one recently (within the past hour) and the air still has the smell of it on it.

The coloring is a nice light brown clear hue that looks like most well made lagers (glares menacingly at Bud Light, Budweiser, and Coors).

Taste is on point. Bready, malty, with a sweetness, and then kicks off with a bit of a bittering from the hops. Its not so much blended but the tastes kind of come in waves, first bready and with some malt, then a sweetness, and then a slight bitterness. A nice pleasant aftertaste that sits on your tongue as well.

My Untappd Rating: ***.75
Global Untappd Rating: 3.52 (as of 8.10.19)

Song About Rainbows, a Witbier from Twisted Bine Beer Co.

As you could see in the previous picture, this came with an orange slice, which, on the whole is ‘meh’ to me, but I can see the appeal to the “Blue Moon” crowd, and the likes. Plus if you want to eat an orange slice, there ya go….

Belgian Wits and Witbiers in general are once again another style that I will seek out when seen on the draft board (over say an IPA or Pale Ale), so over the two IPAs on their taplist that I haven’t had yet I chose this to close my night here.

Beer: Song About Rainbows
Brewery: Twisted Bine Beer Co.
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.3%
Untappd Write-Up: This traditional Belgian style beer has a mild spice and a hint of sweetness from the clementine peels used in the boil. Sunshine and rainbows in a glass, great on a hot summer day!

This was a well done, crisp, clear, dry, Witbier, done in the Belgian style, so typically a bit dryer than some Witbiers, which I tend to prefer.

The coloring is light, clear, and has a nice ring of head to the top, just appropriate.

The aroma is very heavy orange/clementine. And thats even after pulling the orange slice out, it still resonates. Which is a bit of a reason why I wish the orange slice wasn’t given, as it kind of clouds this, but its nothing to really agitate me over or anything.

Taste hits all the style points and markers. Its dry, its crisp, its smooth, it has that Belgian spice medley that plays on your tongue and leaves a wonderful aftertaste, and it has the notes of clementine and orange. You pick up the coriander that is the staple spice and it all plays well together. Mouthfeel isn’t thick or cloying, and its not too thin of a beer either, so all is done well there as well.

My Untappd Rating: ***.75
Global Untappd Rating: 3.65 (as of 8.10.19)

And that wraps up another brewery visit and stop. I would definitely recommend Twisted Bine if you are in the area. Great location, nice spot, my friends rave about the food (the fries are good, from what I’ve had), and the beer is all done very well. Always a must stop for me whenever visiting Ming.

In blog news, expect to see the Moo-Funk Home Brew event blog post either tonight or early tomorrow (I know, I know, finally! Its only nearly 1 month after the event…. )

Until then, see you next time and keep drinking people. Don’t want to put your liver out of a job!

-B. Kline

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