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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

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

30 Reviews
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 168
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 23.38%
Wants: 30
Gots: 27 | 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.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 168
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, impenetrable texture. There was a small, tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: An enticing aroma of coffee, chocolate, and malt.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, roasted malt, light hops, a little bit of coffee, and a slight burnt quality in the finish. In general, this is a focused, well rounded flavor. It's big, but not overpowering. In spite of being 12%, the ABV is not an issue.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth, silky finish. Full-bodied.

O: A very solid, well made, and tasty beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of Bung
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Salud in NoDa. Nice thick pour, about black with a layer of tan. Stuck to the glass just a bit.

Aroma, Solid roast and peaty smoke. Some dark chocolate and anise. Seems just a tad subdued.

Taste, not subdued. A roast malty beast. A nice earthy quality to it as well. Some vanilla, molasses more dark chocolate. A little pine and coffee in the finish.

Pretty full bodied and coating. Carbonation is near creamy. Some warming but overall pretty easy drinking.

Did not find this as harsh as the others for whatever reason.
This reminds me a bit of Expedition.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, filled 11/6/12. The beer world equivalent of the "diss track", this was brewed in collaboration with Evil Twin and CBX, as a response to a RB user (and, as the CBX guys later learned, Evil Twin brewer) knocking CBX for "wrongfully" filling 22oz bottles. "Any store or bar or whatever who wants to do this is of course at risk of getting in trouble but for most they feel the reward out weighs the risk."

Pours a dark,ominous black with a dense mocha head that fades to a thin ring and star-shaped haze (seriously - it looks cool). Big roasty aromas of dark malt, Beechwood smoke, dark chocolate, and a touch of ashed-over wood. Loving the smoke, especially on these cooler nights. Taste is similarly dark and roasty, with more dark malt, chocolate, oaky smoke, a touch of molasses, and more ash. Finish is very bitter, like accidentally biting into the baking chocolate in your cabinets instead of the regular stuff. Mouthfeel is big and full, with a creamy mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Overall an intense experience of a beer, but damn if it isn't tasty. I always love Westbrooks smoked stuff, lets hoping more comes down the pipeline.

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Photo of zac16125
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westbrook/Evil Twin Minigrowler Imperial Stout
growler into a snifter

Not much information on this one. Only know that its a collaboration with Evil Twin, and has a 12% ABV.

A: Pours a completely opaque jet black with just a film of dark mocha colored head. Head dissipates away very quickly. Leaves only the slightest faint patches of lacing.

S: Huge roasted notes, leather, tobacco, smoke. Smells like a cigar lounge. I really dig it.

T: Follows the nose with roasted malts and leather being front and center. I also get black coffee, some sweetness, dark chocolate, tobacco, and a hint of vanilla.

M/D: Carbonation is appropriate, on the slightly higher end of the spectrum for the style, which makes it not particularly smooth. Full bodied, but not quite thick or chewy. ABV is incredibly well masked, and drinkability is fairly high.

O: Overall, quite enjoyable, but different. It has the biggest leather and tobacco notes Ive ever had in a beer. Strong, heavy, and bold in both aroma and flavor. If I had to sum this beer up in one word, it would be "manly". If the Dos Equis guy were real, this is what he'd actually drink. This is a beer that I think caters to a certain demographic, and those who like the leather/tobacco/smokey flavors will absolutely love this one. Personally, I prefer some sweetness or bourbon flavors in my stouts, however, this was still very good for a change of pace. Certainly worth a try for those who can get a hold of it.

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Westbrook / Evil Twin Minigrowler Imperial Stout from Westbrook Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.