The Mini Dingo - Evil Twin Brewing

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The Mini DingoThe Mini Dingo

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88
very good

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 6.78%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wedge on 01-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Habanero peppers.
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of tastybeer
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque and very dark brown with a big pile of awesome brown bubbly foam on top. Sticky clumps cling to the glass as soon as the head starts to calm down casually. Aroma is sweet and dark chocolate, softly roasty, with some fun zesty spicy pepper. Caramel, cream, and buttered toast. Taste is that of a very well done imperial stout with pepper heat that carries itself nicely from slightly after the beginning of each sip through to beyond the finish. Sweet and soft at first turning into spicy drawn out heat. I think two words that summarize smell, taste, and mouthfeel are soft and spicy.

Photo of wedge
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black - dark as can be coming out of the bottle, crowned by a generous head of thick, tan froth. Heavy, dark chocolate aroma with deep bready roasted malt, cream, malted milk balls, and a hint of chili. Super smooth and intoxicating. Tons of dark, chewy malts in the flavor, continuing to focus on the chocolate. Creamy coffee, roast, nuts, oats, and berries. The habenero flavor seems to come out more long after the swallow, in the aftertaste. Silky smooth, heavy mouthfeel with a building peppery heat. This is much more than a gimmick...the base beer is a very well-crafted, delicious stout that brings big flavor without feeling too strong. Tasty!

Photo of Cresant
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe. The body was deep brown with a dark tan head. The dense creamy head left specks of lace.

The smell was ashy. Chili peppers. Metal and grain.

The taste was also ashy. There was a nice peppery burn which was never too hot. Light char and rich maltiness. Chocolatey.

The mouthfeel was creamy and medium to full with moderate carbonation.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick very dark jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a small to medium sized patch of very thick film surrounded by a medium thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, and spicy hot peppers with a lighter aroma of dark roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts with moderate to strong flavors of milk chocolate + dark chocolate and a light to moderate amount of cocoa. That is followed by light flavors of coffee and light flavors of spicy habanero. There is a light amount of hot pepper spice/heat but there is also a light amount of earthy hop bitterness in the finish which lingers.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of alcohol warming and spicy hot pepper burn in the finish.

O: Really nice usage of habanero peppers in a beer, very complementary to the sweetness of the chocolate and the roastiness of the malts. The hot peppers are nice because they are not super hot or overpowering but it still lends a really good flavor. Definitely a high quality and well constructed beer.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a mahogany highlighted black coloring with a frothy, foamy, dark tan head that sustains a solid surface covering while you drink. Aromas of milk chocolate, pepper, mocha, earthy notes, and an underlying bitterness. Flavors are smooth and sweet forward, with a milk chocolate and baker's chocolate blend, followed by a subtle, underlying pepper spice and heat. A great job is done keeping the pepper spice as a highlight and not letting it overpower anything. Coffee/mocha sweet and bitter balance throughout, transitioning to a cocoa and pepper spiced aftertaste. Smooth and light bodied, with a smooth, clean finish and a subtle pepper linger. Building heat in the back of the throat as you drink, too. Seriously, this is one of the better beers made with habanero peppers, using it as a balance/highlight instead of an overpowering palate wrecker.

Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice rich dark almost black hue with a massive, fluffy and creamy three finger dark mocha head that fades slowly to a creamy blanket. Not much in the way of lacing though.

S - Aromas of rich bakers chocolate, lightly roasty malts, very, very faint coffee. Getting absolutely no habanero peppers on the nose at all.

T - Taste is nice rich chocolate like the nose, light sweet malts, faint coffee, gentle roast. On the finish there is some nice light habanero heat. Not nearly as oppressive as one would expect. It is noticeably there on the end but is balanced by the chocolate. The heat does get slightly more aggressive with each sip but never becomes distracting.

M - Mouthfeel is lower carbonated resulting in a nice silky smooth feel. Alcohol is hidden wonderfully.

O - Overall, this was a very, very nice stout. Really like the chocolate and roast, wish the habanero was a bit more assertive and made itself known on the nose. Glad to try this one.

Photo of kkleu357
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share! The Mini Dingo is a nice, mildly spiced up stout. Mostly chocolate in taste, but a faint hint of the pepper just tickles the back of the tonsils. Good intro to a pepper stout.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft at beer study

dark black pour with a thick tan head. smell of chocolate and roasted malts. taste is big on the chocolate and has this terrific heat on the finish that hits you with just the right amount not to be overpowering. abv is apparent.. big body, mild carbonation.

Photo of beer2day
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid pepper stout. Decently rich feel with a light tasty pepper presence.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm rating this as a pepper beer not a sour and as far as appearance this is one of the best looking beers for its style. Black as night with 2 fingers of tan head.. Slow-ish dissipation (let's face it pepper oils kill head). Smells Chocolatey, coffee... The peppers are very subtle in the nose but make their presence once it warms up. Well, here goes... Oh yeah feel the burn heh.. The first sip was very irritant to the throat (kind of expected it), but I got used to it quickly. Lots of sweet chocolate, dark roasted grains and a bit of smoke. This is very similar to ashtray heart in flavor.. But with heat. And a bit of it if I may add. Habanero peppers are sometimes a bitch, and this is one of those cases.. It's fine initially but don't bother taking a break because that burn gets you in the gums and throat. Thankfully I'm goo with spicyness, otherwise I feel if be hating every second of this hah.. Ok gettin the sweats.. It's cold in the basement but the fact that this is a RIS and I'm drinking it fast as hell to kill the bird from each sip does not help! Oh man, I'm starting to sound like a nagging housewife. Fuck! What is this beer doing to me?? Full body higher carbonation and uh yeah it's fucking hot. This is a beer everyone needs to experience. Hands down best tasting pepper beer. (I'm not counting bomb because that pepper is there for flavor not heat. There's no way anyone could expect good flavor from a habanero, it's all about the burn)

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The Mini Dingo from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.