Evil Twin Bozo Beer - Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Bozo BeerEvil Twin Bozo Beer

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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 35
Gots: 33 | FT: 10
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  17.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dbrelsfo on 12-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is a really big beer and we wanted to put it in small bottles, but the two bozos were so fat they couldn’t fit on the label. Enjoy this rich, ridiculous and screwball-ish Imperial Stout with hints of: molasses, lactose, chocolate, almond, hazelnut, vanilla bean, cinnamon, oak spiral, chili, marshmallow, muscovado sugar, chesnut and coffee. Made for Bozos.
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Ratings: 180 | Reviews: 22
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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz (!) bottle poured into big snifter; one of the darkest beers I've ever seen. Minimal dark brown head that fades quickly into a solid ring of foam.
Smells...wow. Espresso, and GOOD espresso too. The kind that has some savory qualities to it. Also detect some chili pepper, spice, molasses, and oak.
Taste is HUGE; espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, oak, chili, vanilla spice, dark malt. Really coats your whole mouth, not much booze present which is a bit terrifying considering I'm working with 22oz of 17+% beer.
Mouthfeel is huge but not cloying; carbonation staves that off nicely.
Overall, this is an awesome huge stout to end all huge stouts. Up there with WWS and DORIS. Damn good stuff.

Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large shared bottle of Bozo Beer Brewed at Westbrook Brewing (SC).

Dark opaque body.
Very rich.
Various flavors and aromas don't come together nicely and, worse yet, it is too vegetative.
Compared poorly to other imperial stouts at the same tasting session, including Eclipse.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip- pours an extremely viscous black oil color with almost no head and only a few spots of retention.

Smell is not as boozy as I would expect; certainly a lot of roasted malt and a fair bit of coffee, maybe some vanilla. It definitely smells like a heavy hitter though if not in direct booziness.

Hides it's alcohol very well. Lots of roasted malt, coffee, some molasses,a little vanilla, and something a little sweet towards the end. Not sure if the list on the side of the bottle is things they put in it or things they taste and what they put in is a mystery.

Mouthfeel is nice- obviously full bodied with a little carbonation; definitely enough to cut through all the malt. I like this beer- get it if the big bad stout is your kinda thing and if not don't because it's serious.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.37/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very thick and inky black. Medium khaki head and a medium collar.

Smell - Coffee, brown sugar. Sweet and kinda nutty. A little boozy, but nice.

Taste - Intense. Coffee. Roasted malts. A little fruity. That's probably booze. It gets really intensely roasty and extremely bitter.

Mouthfeel - Very strong and bitter. Boozy.

Overall - Well, it smells really nice, but it doesn't quite hold up in the flavor. Way too big and bitter.

Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle in to a Green Man snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that remained throughout the glass. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee, caramel, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, coffee, dark fruit, caramel, roasted malt, alcohol, milk chocolate, and alcohol (yes I said it twice). It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. There was really a lot going on in this one. On the nose this was quite delightful. Tons of chocolate and toasty goodness going on. The flavor however as you would expect with the high abv would bring the booze. And boy did it ever... This did mellow out as the beer warmed but it never really took the backseat to allow other notes to shine. I could definitely find myself getting wasted on this one quite easy. Definitely worth your time to try this one if you like big boozy stouts!

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Millions of flavors, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smoke, and a hint of chile heat. Booze is hidden considering its 17.2

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black oil ink, finger of mocha head after a center-pour into a snifter. Oily sheen and some motes of lace trailed behind the beer.

S: a very exotic aroma - reminded me a bit of Beer Geek Brunch Weasel's civet coffee smell - dank and musky along with thick syrupy dark cocoa aromas and roasted malt. Herbal and earthy sweet molasses

T: the label throws a lot of ingredient descriptors at you, and I'm gonna have to say they're all there in some capacity, but it could well be my imagination taking me there, having read the label before drinking the beer. This is from the label (but not in the same order): oak spiral, molasses, chili, lactose, chocolate, almond, hazelnut, chestnut, vanilla bean, cinnamon, muscovado sugar, marshmallow, and coffee. ...Quite a lot to shoulder.
This was a great-tasting stout - rich and dense and not-quite-boozy, with a very rarified and exotic character. Chocolate, coffee, and molasses, and vanilla bean flavors are all present. Nuttiness, chewiness, and even a little chili heat on the finish. Herbal and hard-to-single-out impressions throughout the drinking.

M: Very dense and creamy, silky and almost silty velvet density; slight tingle of heat on the back-end; has an almost barrel-aged character - possessing some lightening effects despite a very solid and robust body; feel reminded me of Avery's Uncle Jacob's Stout in some ways

O: fans of rich Imperial stouts - with a proportionately high abv in this case - are gonna love this beer. It has enough going on to engage anyone's palate, with a decadent double stout heaviness, sweetness, and complexity.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black, completely opaque in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly to a light ring around the glass, leaving light lacing. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, nuts, mild hot spiciness, hints of booze. Flavor is sweet dark malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, a nice, but mild red pepper spiciness, espresso coffee, flavor builds into the finish with more rich coffee, chocolate, mild hot pepper and a hint of char from toasted malt. Medium to heavy bodied with a thick mouth feel. A very nice complex stout that starts surprisingly mild chocolate and coffee, but develops other flavors throughout the taste, finishing in a very nicely balanced semi-sweet, mildly spicy and charred, chocolate and vanilla maltiness. ABV dangerously covered. I can't believe this is over 17%. It's almost a full time job drinking it slowly enough to have something to sip for the evening. Superb and flavorful. I'm impressed with the peppers in this; they are obvious in every taste, but do not intrude into the other flavors, almost perfectly spiced. I hope like hell they release this again in smaller bottles. This is too big a monster and too tasty for a 22 oz.

Photo of fleurdelou
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is perfect. Evil Twin has become one of my very favorite breweries, as they continue to impress. Bozo Beer is no exception. I think they really hit the nail on the head with this one. The color is black as tar. The head is probably to darkest I've ever seen. The flavor Is bold and bitter with a heartiness to it that comes with the extremely high 17.2% ABV.

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black with little head formation and poor retention. Oily. Sweet aroma, loaded with molasses, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Big mouthfeel, sweet but surprisingly not cloying and minimally boozy. Coffee and chocolate flavors are dominant, but there's a touch of nuttiness, vanilla and chili. Not a beer I'd want a ton of - it's very rich and sweet - but well done for what it is. Fun stuff though, worth trying.

Photo of zac16125
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

500th BA review!

A: Pours an absolutely opaque black with just under 1 fingers width of mocha colored head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly. Leaves no real lacing but some alcohol legs.

S: Roasty, habanero pepper spice, coffee, bakers chocolate, some herbaceous notes, nutty, a bit of booze. Big, bold, and complex. Wonderful nose.

T: Chocolate, almond, and a short bread-like character; like a chocolate biscotti. I also get roasted malt, lots of bitter black coffee. Dark chocolate notes are huge. Usually these ultra high ABV stouts are very sweet, so thats what I was expecting, but this one isnt really very sweet at all (in a good way). Awesome.

M/D: Full bodied but not quite thick, very low carbonation which is appropriate, quite smooth, the massive ABV is exceptionally well masked, and drinkability is surprisingly good.

O: Overall, what a beer. This is fantastic. A must try.

Photo of _solskei
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very nice release by Evil Twin, I didn't read the notes if it was a seasonal or one time release. At near 17% abv the booze is hidden nicely, and a bet that it will mellow even more after a few years. The pour is fairly dark but not as expected, definite notes of coffee tints as the carbonation isn't thick but is consistent and sits nicely. The aroma speaks coffee and a little caramel toffee or wait... oak for sure, tough to pin down. I'm sure it's all part of a complex recipe. ETB has done it again, this time hiding what was expected to be boozey and over the top. Not at all, nailed it. After about 30 minutes in at room temperature, all areas aside from the aroma escalates. This beer is built to last.

Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a pitch black color with a mocha brown head.

The aroma is huge of coffee, toffee, caramel, roasted malt, and a bold alcohol kick.

The flavor follows of luscious and sweet flavors. There's tons of big sweet coffee, cocoa, toasted hazelnut, hints of vanilla and dark brown sugar. The beer then kicks into high gear of aggressive alcohol burning on the finish.

As you continue sipping, the alcohol falls back slightly. The big roasted, coffee, chocolate, and sweet flavors come through more and it leans towards a burly Imperial Biscotti Break.

At such a huge ABV, the beer is really well crafted. Hides its alcohol as I would guess it was towards the lower to mid 10s, instead of 17%.

Photo of Phelps
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snifter.

Pours like ink, with hardly any head. Not too thick, but still foreboding.

Mild aroma, surprisingly. Peppers are the most easily picked out, followed by cinnamon, cocoa, hazelnut, almond. Marshmallow and vanilla come out after some swirling. Complex, for sure, but subdued.

With so many adjuncts, I'd be afraid of flavor clashes, but that's not really the case. Chili peppers are again the first flavor to emerge, followed by chocolate. the swallow delivers hazelnut, cinnamon and coffee -- as delightful as a latte.

The most impressive aspect of this brew is the feel -- the alcohol content is so well-hidden as to be downright dangerous. oily medium body, with some heat in the nose.

Delightful. Great complexity, far too drinkable for its own good.

Photo of wordemupg
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 28/12/14, cheers kumatmebrew for the bottle

A black right out of the bottle, a super dark finger of foam has no retention as expected but lots of color, no surprise there's no lace but darkens the glass, wide legs and a couple dots of sediment on the side, looks like slow boiling motor oil once ever

S nutty, chocolate syrup, sweetened coffee, vanilla, oak, licorice, not sure about chilli's but there's some spice in there, fudge, a little booze but I'd never guess its a killer

T nutty chocolate, very faint chilli heat, lots of chocolate of all kinds, molasses, more booze then the nose but still manageable, oak here and there, a little sweet, burnt marshmallow, coconut, char, plenty going on, intense shit

M stand a spoon up in this one id you want, silky, enough bubbles to give it some life, my lips are stuck together, you feel it hit your head and chest more then your throat, a little spice, wood and fudge linger

O there's lots going on in this monster and its kicking my ass, shes a big one but dangerously drinkable, you don't come across beers this big and this well put together all that often

I'm feeling my blood fill up with booze every sip I take but I'm pretty sure the bomber wont cause me to much grief, I've only had one beer today officer I swear on my mothers grave!!

Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Review #2400 !
I enjoyed this during a birthday stout tasting for my brother and me -enjoyed chilled from the bomber.

The color is black with opaque clarity and medium tan cap with fine bead. The smell has a sweet vanilla aroma with mild hints of malt with some cocoa and a mocha-like coffee and chocolate mix with some light spice of coffee and gentle oakiness with a nice malt presence in general and gentle earthy nose from the adjunct with nice vanilla aroma. The feel is excellent with tons of malt layers with spice heat and mild smooth sweetness and mild alcohol in the mix with roast and slight oily texture of coffee beans with cocoa adding to the melange with a semi-dry finish.

The flavor well exceeds my expectations for a beer that is packed with so many flavor additions - there is moderate vanilla/coffe up front with slight fruity and mild peppery taste with a tinge of perhaps cinnamon? with spice and toasted grain presence the oak is noticeable as well as the nut in the taste with roasted flavor and hint of alcohol in the finish there is a mild smoke accent. Overall I could not name the ingredients that went into this as I tasted but after looking at the description it fits the flavor and the parts all work in the stout -it certainly does not taste like 17.2% -I think the muscovado might be part of that as well as the vanilla which makes it seem very smooth and drinkable.

Photo of Resuin
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into an oversized snifter. No bottle date.

Appearance: Pours jet black and leaves a finger of mocha/medium tan/light-medium brown head which lingers for a long while before becoming a thin brown layer atop the beer.

Smell: Big roasted malts, coffee, cinnamon, chili peppers (mild spice), vanilla, milk chocolate, hint of fudge. Really complex, so many different flavors playing around in here.

Taste: Tons of coffee, toasted malts, fudgey dark chocolate, hint of chili peppers, vanilla, light cinnamon. Definitely dominated by the bitter coffee/toasted malts, but the finish includes some sweet flavors that add nicely. The ABV is masked really, really well - I forgot about the ABV when I drank the first half or so. I'd peg it more at like 10-13%.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a medium to thick, creamy, creamy body. Nice slick feel to it - fits the beer well. There is a bit of heat to it, but not unpleasant at all.

Overall: Outstanding aromas, slick body, abv is hidden really well. Nice big coffee/malt flavors in the body. This is a well done beer, with a ton of different flavors in it - try to find them all! An enjoyable, huge stout.

Photo of Pete_IV
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

3L bottle poured at Torst. Amazing that this is 17.2, very well hidden

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not sure if this thing is actually made with all the stuff listed or not, but its definitely a complex and weird beer that attempts to make some sort of peculiar statement that im not all the way in love with, but i like the beer, and thats what counts. a strong stout to say the least, 17% what a beast! `pour is insane, vigorous carbonation even with a gentle pour, tall rising mocha head never really lets off the gas. thick viscous liquid beneath dark as coffee. i smell marshmallows, but maybe thats because the label tells me too. i also get surprisingly less booze than i ought to for how big it is. chocolate and molasses yes, as well as some chili, but a bit more of that in flavor than smell. its rather dynamic really, not quite as layered and smooth as some of the other big stouts, but this hasnt been barrel aged as far as i know, so the fact that it shows all these characters and is still so smooth is quite impressive. a real hard beer to drink quickly though, and it catches u with you even if you share a bottle. does wonders for calming the nerves though. when it warms up some spicy cigar tobacco notes come out, and some sweetness. cool beer, never again though.

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Oily black with toasted marshmallow bubbles of head. Dissipates swiftly.

S - Coffee, rusted iron and soy sauce.

T - Coffee again. Shades of molasses and burnt toffee but it isn't sweet by any means. No smoke, peat or earth. Hides the heat well but does not deliver on the cinnamon, chilli, vanilla or the multitude of other more unusual flavours mentioned on the label. Not very chocolatey although there is a slight dark chocolate element as it warms.

M - Thick, but not as smooth as it could have been; possibly due to the high abv. Warming but not at all hot. Carbonation is bang on. Somehow a little vinous. I'd like it to be a little creamier.

O - Enjoyable. Definitely gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. I'd have thought this clocked in at 14%, so kudos for that, but it fails to deliver on the complexity, depth or variety of flavours which would take it to the next level. Very coffee forward. A little like Victory at Sea but fluffier, comparatively sluggish and without the wondrous vanilla bean to temper the coffee.

Photo of FreeKansas
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pour's black as night. Two fingers of bubbly brown foam. Shortly settles to a thin layer of mocha colored head

S: Very complex. black liquorice, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Plums and a just hint of black cherries.

T: WOW! This is a BIG stout. Lots of stuff going on here. Coffee roast, candy sugar, vanilla. A little cocoa and just a hint of pepper heat to finish. It all seems a little meddled. Starting to smooth out as the glass warms. Boozy.

M: Thick and syrupy. Silky smooth but a tad chewy. Just what you would expect from a 17% ABV stout.

O: This is an very complex stout, but it needs aging. The flavors are amazing, but right now they are just that, "FLAVOR'S". They are not yet one cohesive FLAVOR. Do NOT run from this stout. Buy as much as you can and sit on it. This is a very enjoyable stout that I expect to become even better with age.

Photo of olilitewu
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Handsome beer.
Drank from a tulip (?) glass
it poured like crude oil straight from an Arabian well
On the nose, it smelled like genuine italian espresso coffee, not the water-down version from starbucks!
very malty body, with strong hints of nuts like hazelnut and almonds, and super caramelized
On the palate, it tasted like chocolate, the kind with high % of Cocoa, almost bitter, but very smooth on the tongue, completely concealing the ridiculously high alcoholic content.

Verdict: awesome! But this really tasted more like a freshly brewed coffee than a stout XD

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Evil Twin Bozo Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.