Evil Twin Soft Dookie - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 37
Gots: 74 | FT: 7
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: baggio on 11-25-2010

Brewed at Amager Bryghus.
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Reviews by ThickNStout:
Photo of ThickNStout
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle from Minks (Marietta, GA). 11.99. No bottle info but I've had it since last August. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black with a three quarter finger tan head. Small occassional pods of lace.

Smells of sweet vanilla and milk chocolate.

Tastes of bitter roasty chocolate malts, coffee, a little vanilla, some cherry and some booze. Still some good stuff but not like a year ago.

Medium full creamy smooth feel with light carbonation. Long bitter cocoa aftertaste.

This is still roasty and tasty but it's a shadow of it's former self. The glorious vanilla sweetness has faded, leaving all bitter cocoa. My first official cellaring dud but I can't blame it on the beer. Fresh, this was outstanding. Aged, it's still better than average. I hope Jeppe still has the recipe & decides to brew it again soon.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mabermud
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Typical ET stout. Pitch brown body. Darker than usual thick foamy head that quickly retreats to a think film and halo around the glass.
Smell: Medium roast coffee, sweetness, a little lactose, maybe some chocolate, and a touch of char.
Taste: The taste is very similar to the nose.
Feel: Sufficient. It works well with all of the other elements.

Overall - Not bad. I would have it again, especially at the current price point. All of these breweries trying to top out their prices are killing my bank account. This one isn't like that, and I don't think it will be.

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured ink black into a snifter,a thinner beige crown atop.Aromas of dark fruit and sweet alcohol,I could tell this was gonna be a sweet alcohol bomb right off the bat.Flavors are in your face sweet,vanilla,dark fruit,light chocolate,and a big zing of sweet alcohol in the finish.This is a heavy handed impy stout,it took all of me to finish the bottle,in saying that its good for a sipper.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark black with a small beige head.

S: Strong Chocolate, Vanilla, A hint of coffee

T: Chocolate, Vanilla, A hint of coffee

M: Slight carbonation, a little bitter with a nice vanilla aftertaste

This beer took be by surprise. I had never heard of it before but decided to try it at Rattle N Hum. Just smelling it before tasting I could tell this was going to be a good beer. The when I tasted it I was very happy that I tried it. Probably one of the best new beers that I've tried in a while. I wish this beer was more available because I would like to have it again and maybe age a bottle of it.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep dense dark brown under a 2” dense tan foam collar that descends to a thick, lacy film that produeces Guinness quality lace.
S: Dark dried fruit, roast, some cocoa, espresso, very faint banana.
T: The palate follows the nose with more creaminess mellowing the roast and coffee flavors and giving the cocoa a creamy chocolate character. Also has a trace of vanilla with some banana appearing on the finish.
M: Very creamy chewy texture with very moussey, fine soft carbonation
O: A very easy to drink Imperial Stout.

Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark black throughout, no clarity, thick, viscous, heavy, and substantial looking. Gorgeous. This leaves a bit of sticky web-like lace down the glass.

Rich aroma of dark chocolate, roast, a bit of cream, earthy vanilla, and a hint of anise. Complete.

The chocolate flavor in this beer is phenomenal. The chocolate flavor is rich, bitter, sweet, and earthy all in one. There's a bit of dark fruit, sweet vanilla, and anise character as well, but it's minimal and only a complementary accent.

Medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

This was incredibly tasty, and surprisingly so. Easily, the best Evil Twin beer I've had to date.

Photo of jeonseh
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead Tulip

A - Dark, chocolate brown. Small mocha colored head sits on top.

S - Light milk chocolate, roasted coffee, sugar, and a light milkiness

T - Dark chocolate that gives it a slight bitter note up front. Roasted coffee, light smoke and charcoal, black cherry. Espresso in the finish that leaves a strong bitter finish

MF - Light body, a bit watery which is surprising given the high alcohol. Light astringent on the finish with the espresso

O - Decent stout that has a lot of flavors but they don't seem to blend together perfectly. I wish the body was a bit thicker as I think it make the flavors pop a bit more. The espresso on the finish is nice but a bit strong so make sure you like coffee before you pick this one up.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a thick, inky black with a nice tan head a full finger tall. The head retention is good, as is some thick and patchy lacing left in good volume on the sides of the glass.
This beer showcases a mix of dark fruits, bittersweet dark cocoa, and creamier sweetness with some roasty undertones that add a little dryness while allowing it to remain sweet overall. There's a little bit of herb or leaf, just a light hops presence seeming to add a little balance, with a bit of woodiness growing and a ghost of smokiness underlying. I could use a touch more vanilla, but it shows.
The body's not thick and heavy, perhaps to the point at which slightly more would be good, but it's rich and smooth. There's just enough crispness to even it and add some life without detracting from it. It finishes semi-sweet and lingers semi-dry.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter from a 12 ounce bottle.

Classic chewy, cocoa-colored frothy head...multiple fingers thick. Body black as midnight. 5

Sweet molasses-y malt aroma. Not quite what I expect from ET. A bit of chocolate and caramel sweetness. 3.75

There's some berry flavor here, sweet, milky chocolate and caramel, and caramelized and brown sugar. A bit of pronounced floral yeast emerges and isn't pleasant here. 3.5

Floral, bitter, and sticky with sweetness. The booze is well-buried and the viscous body is nice and smooth. 3.5

Interesting that I had Lion Stout yesterday as this beer and that one are similar.

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 10% ABV. A shame how the real name of this offering had to obfuscated, in order to bamboozle/satisfy the North American moral authorities. Sigh.

This beer pours a solid, veritable black, with only the meekest of basal cola edges, and three average fingers of tight, foamy, puffy, and silken beige head, which sinks away nice and slowly, revealing a broad array of hanging bonsai tree band lace in its wake.

It smells of roasted, caramelized malt, a bit of toffee/treacle, some oozy, molasses-esque brown sugar notes, smoked flesh - of land and sea - dark chocolate and boozy real vanilla, a mild coffee bean earthiness, and straining leafy, dusty hops. The taste is lightly toasted, but still big and brash caramel malt, emboldened semi-sweet chocolate, soused vanilla wafers, a more moderated, kind of indeterminate sour smoky character, still sweet, sticky, baked brown sugar, simmering dark roast coffee, an underlying, well damped alcohol warmth, and soft earthy, musty hops.

The bubbles are quite sedate, and more of a behind the scenes operator, the body a sturdy medium weight, fairly creamy, and generally smooth, the alcohol tugging away a bit too strongly - I had such higher initial hopes for this part. Anyways, it finishes definitely sweet, the caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and gate-crashing booze all indulgently complicit.

An agreeable enough big-ass Imperial Stout, with a few rough edges, that I'm sure will get evened out as the remainder of this bottle is drained. Lots going on, and well put together, overall. Oh, and other interpretations of the "Soft DK" label moniker shall start swirling through my simian brain soon, I'm afraid.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Or "Soft DK," which I had on tap at Sessions in Greensboro recently. And it kicked my ass in the very best way, so a bottle had to be found, and here it is.

Frickin' gorgeous, with a smooth mocha/tan head, which doesn't last long, but consider the ABV. Liquid is as opaque and ebony as it could be.

Stellar aroma, equal parts gooey chocolate, medium-roast coffee, anise, vanilla, peppermint and alcohol.

Oh yum. Oh hell yeah yum. Tons of flavor here: a distinctive peppermint sort of vibe gives Soft DK an edge over others of its type. And that goes incredibly well with the other main aspect of the taste, the immensely chocolate flavor. There's also a touch of coffee and anise here, while alcohol merely lights a nice little fire under everything to keep it warm. It reminds me of Southern Tier's Choklat infused with mint. I suppose it's the hops and alcohol that combine to give it this minty aspect that I'm noticing. Whatever it is, it's working wonders.

Super-soft texture, which is made of lots of tiny bubbles that caress rather than tickle, and a lighter-than-expected body that is thankfully not at all thin. But you'd expect something thicker.

I see (and smell, taste and feel) nothing to dislike here. This is a fantastic stout, which could have been called Smooth Operator, as classy and silky and seductive as it is. My first meeting with Evil Twin, and most definitely not my last.

Photo of MuFugga
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has a nice blend of chocolate and vanilla flavors. The sweetness of the chocolate mixes well with the slight bitterness of the vanilla beans. Not too bitter and not too sweet. Not as thick and doesn't have a very complex smell that could take it to the next level, but still an excellent imperial stout.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloying sweet cookie. Last beer of the night, bottle shared with George at The Ginger Man NYC. Oatmeal cookie aroma along with the roast coffee, lots of sugar dust. Black and lacey.Carbonation is right there. Average mouthfeel. Chocolate finish and aftertaste.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big opaque black body with a generous tan head and decent retention. Nice lace.

Nose is chock full of cocoa and malt.

Rich, with a slightly powdery(?) cocoa character. Not as sweet as people are saying, and I bought this several months ago. Bitterness is from malt here, not hops. Kind of dark chocolate bitter.

Nice and thick feel, no complaints. Neither syrupy nor fizzy.

Good, but I don't understand the hype or price.

Photo of prototypic
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Soft Dookie pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It looks onyx and opaque. No light cuts through at all. Pretty impressive. A darker tan head caps it off and stands about two fingers tall. It dissipates slowly and leaves a rather sticky lacing in its wake. Good lookin’ stuff!

The nose is pretty good. Not great. Roasted and chocolate malts are definitely the base. The roasted seem a tad stronger, but not by much. It doesn’t smell sweet. The chocolate variety definitely is on the darker, bittersweet side of the spectrum. Coffee smells strong in the mix. It definitely has a bit of a burnt scent to it. Molasses, vanilla, and alcohol are noted on the tail.

The flavor is likewise above average. Roasted malts and strong espresso seem to be the strongest flavors in the mix. The espresso has an intense charred flavor. It’s not quite offensive, but isn’t for the faint of heart. There’s a hint of vanilla, but I was expecting (and hoping for) more. It’s secondary, along with molasses, bittersweet dark chocolate, and alcohol. The alcohol might have just a tad bit of warmth to it, but it’s not overly strong. Finishes with a bittersweet chocolate and charred flavor.

Soft Dookie has a medium body. It feels a tad thin for a big stout. Carbonation feels relatively soft. It’s not quite smooth, but isn’t bad. Needs more body. I suppose it’s soft, but that’s not quite good enough. For a double digit abv stout, it goes down rather easy. I shouldn’t have any problem finishing of the 500 ml bottle.

Soft Dookie is a pretty good release from Evil Twin. With a little work, it could be very good. First off, tone down the charred flavor just a bit. It’s a little too intense. Second, bump up the vanilla. It needs more. Third, beef up the body. Those three tweaks should elevate it quite a bit. Not bad though. Definitely worth picking up.

Photo of Mavajo
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nearly black body with a one to two finger thick brown head. No lacing.

Enjoyable aroma of caramel and vanilla, with a roasty quality behind it. On the taste, however, those roles get reversed. Big roasty taste first and foremost, with a big vanilla backbone and some caramel. There's just too much roast here - found it very distracting and made my palate feel parched.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation seems about right, nice and creamy.

The dominant roast flavor was just too much for me. It distracted from what is an otherwise very good good.

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours ebony with a pinky of tight cocoa colored head. Great lacing & nice head retention

S: Green bananas, carob, & slight metallic hints

T: Follows the nose, roastyness, a little pepper heat, dryness & slight booze notes up front, a little banana. More green banana, carob, dryness, warming & a little dryness as this warms, still some pepper spiceyness. Finishes with a little dryness, more green banana & carob, slight booozeyness

MF: Very carbonated, medium body, warming

Drinks pretty easy, a little over carbonated, seems more like a dopple weizenbock. Pretty good, not great

Photo of DonDirkA
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is dark roasted coffee, roast malts, some dark chocolate and just a hint of vanilla. Taste is spectacular. Evil Twin's stouts have consistently satisfied me. My least favorite has been their Yin Imperial Stout and it was a good one. There is vanilla right out front with heavy, roasted notes and some coffee coming up in the back. There's a slight strand of chocolate running through but the vanilla and roasted malts are strongest. The coffee flavors sticks around on the tongue afterwards paired with some hints of vanilla. It says "Best by 2015" on the bottle so I may put one away to try in a year or so. God I love Evil Twin.

EDIT: After reading some other reviews I can also pick up a bit of smokiness like Stone's Smoked Porter. Its really mellow though, and it comes across as roasted malts. There is definitely a smokiness there though, especially in the aftertaste.

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a massively dark brown (basically black) with a half finger light khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, toffee, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, bread, dark fruit, vanilla, coffee, tobacco, wood, sweet alcohol, and subtle toffee. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I shared this one awhile back at a Foothills release in the original bottling and I remember it being quite good. Not sure if they changed the recipe on this one or not, but it just doesn’t seem to be the same as before to me. Still a fairly nicely balanced brew, but just falls a little short of some of the other things I’ve had from Evil Twin in the past few days. Definitely worth trying if you have not, or if you just love the name.

Photo of Nage37
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

four and a half of five

Photo of Marraybay
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice: Definitely the pour of the past dozen or so beers. Thick, roasty, sweet. Great head and lacing. Booze is very front and center in this one, which might be my only critique. (Cellaring could be interesting to see if this would tone it down some.) Would definitely like to have this one again. On the level of Blvd's dark truth.

Photo of GRG1313
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark tan/khaki head.

Nose of refined but assertive sweet black chocolate, sweet black coffe and hints of chocolate cherry cordial. An undertone nose of a nice chocolate/coffee malt.

Mouthfeel is medium thin but the thin is compensated by a nice flavor profile.

Flavors of dark chocolate; rich roasted coffee/grains; plum and sweet whiskey. The alcohol is present but not pervasive.

Finish is bitter coffee/roasted grain/bitter chocolate. Nice over all.

Photo of KYGunner
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a fan of the name but the flavor is a classic stout with a bit too much thinness. Molasses and anise couple with caramel and toffee to start things. Light coffee, whipped cream and strong roast follow with a smoky char finish.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brick Store Pub (Decatur, GA):

The beer served in a snifter, appeared to be pitch black with a very nice, well retained, dark brown head that left some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was a very nice burnt, sweet and bitter malt, with a hint of chocolate. A very well done aroma. The taste follows the nose well, had a nice burnt, sweet malt flavor. The beer felt heavy in the mouth, a bit oily, with lower carbonation, as expected. The beer had a nice dry finish. Overall, a really well done beer just can't drink that many in one sitting. I hope to find this one again.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large tan head.
Aroma literally smells like chocolate cookies. Milk chocolate, vanilla, light roasted malt and cocoa.
More vanilla as a flavour along with cocoa, roasted malt and a fair whack of residual sweetness. Gets a little cloying later.
Could use higher carbonation.

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Evil Twin Soft Dookie from Evil Twin Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.