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Westbrook / Evil Twin Minigrowler Imperial Stout - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Westbrook / Evil Twin Minigrowler Imperial StoutWestbrook / Evil Twin Minigrowler Imperial Stout

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 30
Gots: 29 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zac16125 on 11-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bomber at Torst. Watered down imperial stout. A little nauseating tailpipe smel. Some lace. Mostly toasted but also burnt toast taste. Dry finish. Maybe this was better very fresh, but did not age at all, an issue I have with several Westbrook beers.I had to share this out with anyone who would help me not waste a bottle.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Filled 11/6/12.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and smoke. Taste is much the same with a smoke flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with a half inch of mocha foam that gets quite bubbly like a pancake indicating it is ready to be turned; leggy and lacy, leaving dots and squiggles of lacing behind

Smell: Fudge, black licorice and hints of smoke and espresso

Taste: Fudge and black licorice, up front, with a growing smoke influence; bitter espresso elements, in the mid-palate; after the swallow, the meaty smoke tones impact the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with low to moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: An interesting stout, more like an American Double Stout than a RIS but still quite good; I like the smoke and licorice elements very much

Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed in conjunction with Westbrook Brewery (South Carolina), the resulting imperial stout takes on such strength, power, and complexity that this beer delivers the satisfaction to the palate and mind equaling that of an entire growler of normal beer- hence "Mini Growler"

Its jet black color pours a similar viscosity as motor oil. Thick, heavy, rich looking- the beer is intimidating; right down to the billowing marshmallowy mocha head that topples the snifter. Its super slow regression is a testament to the beer's stubborn retention and slathering lace. Its very creamy texture means that stouts just don't look stouter.

Espresso and chocolate fudge are the obvious and overwhelming scent that governs the beer's character throughout. Coupled with estery notes of licorice, cherry, and burnt currant, the beer takes on further complexities, along with the strong boozy scent of alcohol. As the beer warms it continues to release bold aromas, first with campfireish smoke, then peppercorn, heavy cream, and scorched caramel.

Strong malt flavors lead with a mouth coating taste of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and creamy fudge. Burnt caramel and heavy whipping cream support the roasty flavors, even as the smoky chocolate notes strive to topple the taste. Charred fruits of red grape, currant, blackberry, and raisin add a tangy complex escapade that grows as the beer warms and the palate becomes accompanied to its enormity in taste. Woodish hops couple with citrusy tones and not only balance the malts, but conflict the roast edges of the malt in a slightly unsettled way. Then waves of bourbony booze, burnt embers, and dried oak evoke their pride as the sweetness begins to recede.

Just as the beer looks marshmallow-like, so is reflected in its texture. The beer envelops the mouth with expansive creaminess. The slow fade of residual sweetness and carbonation leaves way for cognac-type warmth, acrid roast, and grain astringency to balance the malt and leave the long-lasting aftertaste with smoke, cocoa, roast, and pepper.

The sheer complexity of the beer should give the beer great success. But the argument can be made that when everything stands out, that nothing stands out. This beer suffers from a hierarchy in its flavor profiles and the way they greet the palate early, middle, late, and aftertaste. Also the conflict of roast astringency and hop bitterness is simply too much for even the most trained palate. But I rather like the beer- just hate the name.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Westbrook beer to try.Date Filled:11/16/12.Pours into a snifter jet black with thinner but nicely formed deep mocha head,no light gets thru this beer.Char,coffee, and black licorice really stand out in the nose up front with some bitter chocolate and sweet rum-like alcohol in there as well.Flavors are again really charred and pretty raw with some sweet molasses and alcohol coming in midway,it's heavily roasted the chewey feel is nice.A pretty brash RIS here,it's pretty smokey and charred but has enough sweetness to balance it out pretty well.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32oz growler into an oversized tulip glass. Pours a jet black in the glass, topped with a think head of milk chocolate colored foam. This maintains a rich ½ finger cap, soaping the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma has a lot of roast smokiness going on with it, almost like burnt coffee, with tangier notes of ripe citrus, chocolate and caramel all working themselves in as well. This is flavorful but seems like it could be a bit more robust in the nose. The taste is VERY burnt and roasty feeling, leaving a good bit of smoky char lingering on the tongue. Bitter green citrus is present, as is some mostly balancing chocolate sweetness but it’s that roast that really sets this off. The feel is full bodied and chewy with a bit of sharpness on the tongue. That 12% is just ridiculously well hid here and probably elevates this beer a bit above what it normally should be based on the flavors. This beer is very aggressive though, especially with the roast, and while it definitely packs a punch, I wish that there had been an overall greater complexity and depth to the flavors. Definitely not quite worth what I paid for this fill.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a smexy lookin' stout. Strong coffee and cocoa tones. Molasses is showing a good bit too. It's fairly boozy as well. Too much so, I'd have to say. The feel seems to be a bit thin on the liquid as well. Overall, a pretty nice ris. Could use some smoothing out really. And, the price is quite high (and for what?).

Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to foofaa aka Dan for sharing this growler shared with me and Kristen, enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is opaque black with a good sized medium tan head with very tight bead that falls to a ring with wispy spotty lace. The smell is good with a decent amount of dark chocolate and subtle spice with gentle aroma of alcohol and mild toast. The feel is very good, lots of malt with clean yeast profile and moderate carbonation making it feel light for a 12% ale with mild alcohol as it warms with mostly dry finish.

This is a tasty stout -you get a lot of dark grain character with subtle chocolate elements and a light smokiness in the back with subtle briny hop aspect near the finish with only a smidge of alcohol flavor and somewhat biscuit element as it finishes dry. Overall I was pleased with the drinkability but it certainly is a sipper, I was glad I was able to split this with friends since the abv comes out a bit after the chill wears off.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An extremely nice Imperial Stout. Pours pitch black, but with average viscosity and a tan head that disappears very quickly. Very well integrated (rather than "watered down"), and silky smooth, but with quite deep flavors of licorice, roasted notes, bitter chocolate, and coffee notes. Surprisingly well hidden 12% abv.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a HoTD tulip. Jet black, sordove sluggish but pleasant leaving a nice brown cap which quickly reseds leavin a whispy brown ring, no lacing and some faint bubbles

S: Nose was tamer than I expected. Smoke, meat, leather belts and a can of skoal, roasted barley chocolate, whiff of coffee and some booze

T: Immediate decadent dark chocolate with some smoked meat, leather, touches of tobacco and roastiness. Midway the taste becomes a bit more leathery, smokey and lingering bitterness with a buried booze covered hershey bar. The finish is sweet, a bit bitter, lingering and coating, sticky and a tad sweet

M: Big body, wow! Well carbonated, sticky, clinging to the palate, coating indeed. Lots of flavor remain.

O: Very good stout indeed!

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Filled November 6th 2012.

Out of the bottle pours, quite dark walnut black and leaves a same opaque and quite dark body color also. Head doesn't make much, but there's some coffee brown like color, and it manages to keep a 3mm collar while drinking and not looking filmy.

Really nice bouquet on this beer. Slightly fruity, mixing of nice charring roast. A little bit of tobacco too, and all nicely balanced and complimenting each other, quite solid and impressive.

There's a good chewy texture to this, with a ripping grain. Slightly hot, with a very noticeable hop bitterness on the finish that makes the heat more tolerable. Matches well with some pine like heat and toasty roast character complimenting each other nicely. Diversity is not as common in comparison with the nose, not much tobacco, and virtually no fruit character. Nice bitter cocoa finish on the swallow also.

Quite a nice solid Russian Imperial either way.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of sendbeer
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Westbrook / Evil Twin Minigrowler Imperial Stout from Westbrook Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.