Westbrook / Evil Twin Minigrowler Imperial Stout - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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Reviews by stakem:
3.96/5 rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Big thanks to Kegatron for sharing this brute with me. 1-liter swingtop growler into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with the most faint edging of lighter brown showing around the edges when it is held up to the light. A rich finger of silky smooth brown head rests atop fading slowly leaving some finger-like strings of lacing effect sticking to the glass.
The aroma is bold and roasty. Very aggressive with a combination of burnt to ashy charred grain with an ample amount of herbal hops also included. Earthen, with a hint of anise and leathery tobacco. Some solvent alcohol starts to emerge as the brew warms up and is swirled more.
The flavor of this brew is again, quite aggressive with a hearty amount of burnt grain flavoring. Suggestions of strong bitter coffee couple with earthen flavors that are somewhat ashy and tobacco-like to leathery. A strong aftertaste of bitter cacao lingers after each sip. As this brew warms up, the 12% abv comes out with a solvent burn across the back of the throat. The hops are readily evident in this brew with an herbal to almost vegetative component.
This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. No jokes here folks, this is a big aggressive brew. You need to put your big boy pants on here and brace yourself for one of the most balanced brews when it comes to strong bitter roasted grain, solvent alcohol and ample hops. The bitterness in this is quite forward from seemingly a combination of both hops and highly kilned malts. At times, I almost get the feel of this being a strange hybrid between a RIS and super strong black ipa. Many thanks agan Heath for sharing this with me, I can't imagine I would have otherwise had the opportunity to try this.
Serving type: growler
03-05-2013 02:15:42 | More by stakem
More User Reviews:
3.54/5 rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
a - poured a one finger thick creamy tan head into a tulip glass that settled into a thin ring. the body was dark black.
s - chocolate, some coffee with a slight alcohol burn.
t - roasted coffee, chocolate, some dark fruits, alcohol burn.
m - kind of flat and thin.
o - i had high hopes for this but the carbonation level really took away from a promising beer. the heat went well with the beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 17:26:50 | More by GPHarris
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Inky black. Stains the glass. Small head. Doesn't last.
Smell - A little smokey. Boozy as hell. Strong roasted malt. Licorice.
Taste - Sweet caramel. Licorice. Deep caramel. Smoke is more muted, but present. Sweet.
Mouthfeel - Thick. Low carbonation. Viscous and a little sweet.
Overall - Tasty stout. Tastes like it's smoked, but I can't find any info that it is.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2013 04:00:47 | More by Alieniloquium
Westbrook / Evil Twin Minigrowler Imperial Stout from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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