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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by james582 on 11-07-2013

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is another super rich imperial stout. Incredibly thick, black brew with minimal head/carbonation. Smells of bourbon and the wood flavor really comes through more than most RIS. It has this strong coating and chewiness as well. Absolutely spectacular among stiff competition.

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Photo of glass_house
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tons of dark chocolate and bourbon in the nose. Also a little vanilla, leather, and faint coffee. The taste starts off with more of the big chewy chocolate, accompanied by some nice bourbon heat. Unfortunately around mid-palate, there is a noticeable drop-off in the flavor profile. Subtle notes of vanilla and oak can be found, but the overall complexity (or lack thereof) keeps this just outside elite status in my opinion. Although the heavy fudgy chocolate on the front end gives a nice impression of viscous creaminess, it seems to finish a bit thin for the style. I will say I was quite impressed by the abundance of bourbon character, without feeling boozy or overwhelming. Overall, it's very very good, and I'd happily drink another.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like a typical imperial stout. Smell and flavor are both really heavy on the bourbon, hiding most of the biscotti flavor of the original. Definitely a bit thin. All in all a nice barrel flavor but much like the non-BB version I just don't seem to like this beer nearly as much as others.

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Photo of tywhite
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Met expectations almost exactly. Lovely flavors, but a touch artificially sweet. Not much character to it, but it goes deep on that chocolate cake flavor, so it winds up being rather enjoyable. Worth buying if you see it, not really worth seeking out.

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Photo of danh53
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a significant improvement on the base beer. Like the base, it tastes of licorice, raisins, and almonds. Some chocolate comes through as well. Its very rich on the nose and flavor. The base tastes course and artificial to me, but the bourbon barrel helps to smooth that out. I get a little vanilla from the barrel and I really like how the bourbon integrates with the base beer. The bourbon flavor is pleasant without excess booziness. The mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium and there is a little chalkiness that detracts from the feel. Overall, its a very good beer with a few flaws.

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Photo of Boccu
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark with a nice head. Chocolate aroma. Nice chocolate start to a nice light licorice middle to a bourbon finish. Exceptional stout. One of my favorite stout breweries.

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Photo of LAp
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into two pint glasses. Pours a viscous motor-oil black forming a thin sliver of dense head dark mocha head. The head is finely dotted with thin bubbles, recedes exceedingly slowly, and has excellent retention, leaving moderate lacing. The nose on this beer is bourbon through and through. Chocolate notes are unmistakeable, along with a sweet-biscuit - almost cookie - element that is decidedly unique. The palate follows the nose, opening with boozy bourbon, milk and dark chocolate, and an almost chocolate-chip-cookie-like flavor. Mouthfeel is chewy and creamy - not quite on par with the best-of-the-best BB Imp Stouts, but solid. If you had told me that this beer was a slightly more subtle and bourbon barrel aged part of the Southern Tier Blackwater series, I'd hardly be surprised - there's the faintest hint of artificial in the flavoring here: not enough to ruin what is otherwise a very good beer, but enough to be noticed. Ultimately, the various elements of this beer come together to make a very well done Imp Stout. Top of its class? No. Overpriced and overhyped? Without a doubt. But another solid brew from Evil Twin? Most definitely.

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Photo of wellsnb
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is hands down three or four times better than non barrel aged imperial biscotti break. The bourbon adds a nice complexity that also dulls what I would call the "fake" flavors of regular biscotti break.

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer looks appropriately awesome, pouring blacker than any beer ought to and with a gorgeous, chocolate brown head. As for taste and texture, there's nothing wrong with it; it certainly checks off all the boxes of what a BBA stout ought to be, so I can't call it a disappointment by any measure. That said, when you charge $25 a bottle, I expect a little something extra to set itself apart, and I can't say this fits that bill. If this were, say, $16 a bottle, I'd highly recommend it. As it stands, I'd still recommend it, but it's far from a must-have.

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Photo of bobv
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Semi-vigorous pour yields a 3/4 inch mocha-colored head.
Smell: Dark and bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit, Black Forest Cake!
Taste: Good Humor's Original Ice Cream on a Stick (dipped in bourbon!)
Feel: Very good.
Overall: Yes! Yes! Yes! I'll have what I'm having!

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Photo of floridadrift
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Almost pitch black with great cinnamon brown lacing that lasts.
S: Cinnamon, sugar, bourbon, coffee
T: Coffee, bourbon, roasted malt
F: Solid, not thick, not thin, just right.
O: I'd be happy to find it on the shelf. Solid offering from ET. Nowhere near DBJ though.

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Photo of smanson56
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark black color with a thin tan head into my snifter glass. The nose is much above the base beer with lots of bourbon and nice roasted malts. The taste is smooth a nice mild bourbon flavor mixing with the malts and other roasted flavors. The mouth feel is perhaps a little thin from what a great great stout should be be. But I'll get it a break and say that it is better than average. IMO this is way above the base beer and the barrel aging does great things to this beer.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a deep roasted malt color. Aroma is rich roasted with chocolate. The flavor follows the aroma. Barrel aged roasted malts. Finishes smooth but overall this is solid.

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Photo of ccg
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty standard look of a BBA stout: motor oil pour, no sign of carbonation, no head, minimal lacing, gritty look to the legs that make me anticipate something sugary.
Smell is phenomenal. On par with BCBS. Sweet and savory. Bourbon, figs, raisins, toffee, oak, brown sugar, dark fruit.
Wow, the taste does not disappoint. Rich and simultaneously sweet and savory. Sweet, rich finish, like salted caramel. Tons of bourbon and charred oak. Caramelized sugar.
Mouthfeel is also the quite satisfying. Smooth, rich, and silky. Not quite the chewiness of BCBS, or even the Evil Twin Jesus series, but close.
Overall: Wow. Just wow. This the best beer I've had in months.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed fresh.

A - Cola black body with a finger and half of mocha head. Nice retention and low lace.

S - Soft, silky nose of vanilla, amaretto, warm shortbread, almond, and caramel.

T - Warm toffee, vanilla, caramel, sugar cookie dough, molasses, and toasted bread crust. Oak, toast, vanilla and bourbon through the finish.

M - Smooth, medium body.

O - Delicious and well balanced with a great barrel character.

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Photo of maximum12
2.48/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I hear good things. My hearing’s not always so good, neither is the advice I hear. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife. I hear she’s cute. Wait. Yup.

The pour is a black denser than twilight in Mirkwood, if the whole forest were bubbling a bit. The aroma is a step back from the base, it’s hard to even make a single nose hair perk up. Mild vanilla, mild roast, mild mild. Pretty mild.

Imperial Biscotti Break - Bourbon Barrel Aged is one of those beers that’s been downgraded through its contact with the barrel. Gone are the nice subtleties of the base beer - all I get off of this is weirdly earthy vanilla, roast mixed with a finger of black licorice dipped in smoked meat. And that hangar Rocky’s beaten on really sticks around. The mouthfeel is on, but half a bomber? Looking a bit daunting right now.

I just glanced down several reviews - what the fuck? Did I get a re-capped beer? Because this isn’t in the same galaxy as what I’m seeing described. Dense, weird, clashing, with only a faint lick of barrel. Big disappointment, & not even on the right side of mediocre; not very good.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you ThisWangsChung!

Preliminary: Fresh bottle.

Look: Pours dark and tar-like. No head, no retention. This is ready for prime drinking.

Smell: Has an odd saucy smell to it which reminds me of tamari (Japanese dark soy sauce). I I pick up savory meat, coffee, sea salt, dark chocolate, oak and light caramel.

Taste: Initial taste is dark chocolate, soy sauce, peat, wood, salted caramel, Tahitian vanilla and a light bourbon upbringing. As the beer warms up, there is certainly a lingering bourbon and wooden flavor.

Feel: Medium. This definitely has an oily texture to it that lingers only because of the boozy bourbon characteristic that is added to the flavoring.

Overall: An interesting variant of IBB. Oddly enough, a 1 year aged IBB tastes very similar to this. I know this, due to having a couple for Thanksgiving. The soy sauce/tamari + wooden flavor definitely develops with some time on your typical IBB (as it loses coffee flavor).

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Photo of pagriley
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz into a snifter. Not bottle date - guessing at least a year or 2 old

Pours inky black and thick with not much head and zero lacing
Bourbon and sherry on the nose - this is definitely an aged bottle, but in a good way
Milk chocolate, a bit of booze and a touch of umame / soy sauce. Drying and ashy finish not my favorite
Medium body for the style, very drinkable

Overall a very nicely done stout. Bourbon influence has faded, but a smooth sipper none the less. One to drink fresh I suspect.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with one finger tan head. Caramel, toffee, figs, wood and booze all hit me in the aroma. Fuller body with strong notes of both wood smooth and well-balanced with different notes of chocolate, little bit of vanilla/bourbon sweetness and possible toffee and even prunes (some type of dark fruit). Easy passing, mellow body makes this dangerous sipper and finishes dry with notes of roasted coffee and booze and overall just a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeah yeah, this is a pretty awesome dessert beer. One of the best I guess. I'm a bit of an evil twin lover, so perhaps a bit biased.

I remember having this on my birthday in 2014 and had the privilege to compare it to a 2013 goose island bcbs on tap. Safe to say this was a sure winner. Now that I think about it, this may have been older, or at least aged better than the bcbs. Full disclosure - I would have given it a perfect 5 at the time. It seems consistency is the issue here.

This bottle I've got here seems a little rough around the edges, which makes sense because I picked it up the same day it hit my bottle shop. A bit of age could do wonders to this beer. Or maybe it was just a better batch the first time I had it? In any case, its still a world class imperial stout, probably only topped by double barrel jesus, which is a much more intense experience.

Dbj has a bit more of a savory and alcoholic character, where this has a pleasant nuttiness, a bit of berry tartness, plenty of spice and tannin from the barrel, and that oh-so-delightful vanilla. OH YEAH the fudge. Who could forget the fudge? And yeah, you can taste almond.

The scent is ever so slightly better than the taste, but with a bit of time, the flavor will balance itself more, and this beer will become next-level.

In conclusion, great job! Great beer! Let me have another!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle that cost $24.99. This beer is completely overpriced for the quality. It is not on the level of Bourbon Country or Parabola by a long shot. Typical stout appearance with almost no head. Aroma is mild bourbon and malts. Flavor is decent but I expect a heck of a lot from a bourbon barrel aged stout, especially one that costs $25. The few Evil Twin beers I've had have been underwhelming and overpriced. Save your money and buy something from Firestone Walker instead. Reminds me of when I had a 50/50 Eclipse, what a let down.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours motor oil thick and jet black with a small foamy khaki colored head that eventually disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- initial impression is of fresh mocha fudge brownies; tons of dark chocolate, caramel, walnuts, brown sugar, coffee, hints of vanilla & hazelnut. Plenty of bourbon and oak on the nose as well, adding some spicy woodsy notes on the end

T- bold dark chocolate fudge mixes with strong herbal coffee up front, quickly giving way to burnt caramel, toasted walnuts & heavy vanilla cream. Bourbon kicks in mid-palate, providing some flavors of barrel juice and spicy wood. The biscotti part doesn't really kick in until the linger, leaving traces of hazelnut & sweet vanilla

M- heavy body with low carbonation leads to an oily mouthfeel that coates the tongue and finishes slightly creamy

O- in true ET, this is another bold and savory stout, with plenty of barrel notes and a sweetness of mocha fudge that makes this a spectacular sipper

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours completely pitch-black. However, it doesn't offer as much tan-colored head (hehe) as the non-barreled version. What little head there is tries to leave lacing on the glass, however.

Wowee! This is rich and dessert-like as they come. Though the coffee is a little faded, I'm nonetheless picking up tons of brown sugar, chocolate, molasses, and roasted malt. Additional qualities The bourbon quotient is subtle yet palpably there, offering subtle touches of oak, vanilla, and banana. Yeah...this aroma just works - not just from the intensity of the notes, but the way they all tie together.

I get a little more bourbon qualitiy flavor-wise. There's also a little less sweetness than the nose suggested. It actually starts off with some brown sugar, chocolate, and roasted flavors - the bourbon doesn't appear until the beer's finish. Still, it brings large amounts of oak and vanilla when it appears. Some dark fruits round out the two flavors in the mid-taste. This one is very woody, though. It's not quite as desserty as the base beer, but I'd argue it's more nuanced and complex.

The oak tannins make this a surprisingly dry beer - and a semi-drinkable one, too. It's clear this thick, massive beer wasn't ruined by the barrel. The texture still has a fullness to it that many barrel-aged stouts lack, though it's not motor oil thick. In spite of the oaky qualities, there isn't a hint of 11.5% to be found anywhere.

The flavor profile doesn't quite live up to the aroma (it's not a big step down, thankfully). Nonetheless, it's a top-notch barrel-aged imperial stout that holds its own with the BCBSes of the world. It's big and complex, while remaining dry and (relatively) drinkable. This one costs a lot of cheddar, but considering I had an even more expensive barrel-aged imperial stout before this that was a huge step down, I'd say it's worth it.

4.25/5: Big and rich, but not stupid - everything a barrel-aged beer should be

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Photo of CHickman
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, like black hole black color, with a small foamy brown head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded on the quick side leaving a layer around the ring of the glass as it hissed away and dissipated. Lacing was decent, sliding down slowly after each sip. Kind of what I expected from a barrel aged imperial stout.

Smells of molasses, brown sugar, espresso, dark chocolate, burnt wood, cocoa powder, mocha, coffee beans, roasted malt/grains, Whopper's candy, oaky notes, red wine, vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon aging and addition basically negates some of the cookie sweetness, but pulls in maple syrup, toffee, light piney hops, peat moss, more vanilla like vanilla beans, and booze which seems more sweet than smoky. The alcohol is very light and just part of the complex malty nose which was equally as impressive and enjoyable as the base Imperial Biscotti Break nose from the addition of the bourbon accents.

Flavor picks up right where the aroma left off, with the bourbon jumping out with some minor heat that quickly settles down and let's the rest of the malt base show off. Tastes like it smells, with cocoa powder, espresso, dark chocolate, burnt wood, burnt coffee grinds, molasses, brown sugar, burnt grains, Whopper's candy and real sweet vanilla which seem's like a fresh, crisp Chips Ahoy! cookie. The additions of the vanilla, oak/barrel notes, bourbon and general merlot-like sweetness only make the base beer better for me, as the alcohol provides a little heat and kick as it releases maple syrup, roasted nuts, bread crust, white chocolate and then some dark fruit like raisin, plum or dates. Piney hops, peppery spices, tea leaf and other earthy notes surface at the end to add balance and bring out more rich espresso and cookie dough elements. Smoked grains peek through with more dark chocolate as it warms up, but the bourbon accents made it a different and in some ways better beer that was also like a dessert with the biscotti-like aftertaste. Main difference between this and the base beer is that this is like washing down that delicious biscotti with a glass of bourbon, so you now get the best of both worlds.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth across the tongue considering this is a dense, chewy beer that is thick and heavy in every way possible. It's meaty and just like a meal in a bottle. The aftertaste is lightly bitter, and the booze is present yet pleasant throughout as it manages to make the 11.5% ABV part of the experience to warm you up rather then take your breath away like a shout of bourbon. A masterful balancing act and dance of all the flavors to make this brew this smooth at this stage of the maturity. I don't think this bottle is that old, so the booze would have mellowed if I aged it but it was near perfection at this stage and I loved it. This is up there with all the Bourbon County Brand Stouts, KBS and all the big boys.

As I said with the base beer, it had everything I look for in an imperial stout and it came through with each sip. Add in the bourbon barrel aging and again Jeppe deserves thanks for creating another masterpiece. I highly recommend this beer; even though it is very expensive, to me it was worth the price.

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Photo of Johnct
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really superbly underwhelming. Get Double Barrel Jesus instead. Don't worry about the price. This beer just isn't worth it as long as they're putting out much better brews

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