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Evil Twin Soft Dookie - Evil Twin Brewing

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172 Reviews
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Reviews: 172
Hads: 588
Avg: 4
pDev: 17.75%
Wants: 45
Gots: 104 | FT: 8
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New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: baggio on 11-25-2010

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Reviews: 172 | Hads: 588
Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.42/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a dark murky brown, slightly thin in appearance, with a sudsy beige ring and what looks like a patch of oil where a head should be. Let's hope it wins Miss Congeniality.

Smell -- Black malt, charcoal, rubber, cocoa, some vanilla. Slightly sweet, mostly burnt. Meh.

Taste -- Whoa! Black malt, charcoal, and burnt coffee. There's a menthol-like flavor that I can't pin down - I'm not sure if it's hops or the interplay between the heavy malt roast and the vanilla bean. Lots of malt sweetness, like raw sugar and cocoa powder. Lingering flavor of vanilla-flavored gas station coffee.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation. It's a bit thin, but not bad.

Overall -- I came into this really expecting to like it; I didn't. The crazy roast bitterness really kills whatever vanilla was bringing to the table. Not my thing, your mileage my vary.

Additional Notes: Much better warm than cool as most of the 'off' flavors peter out - still roasty as hell. Also, this beer made my fillings hurt. Inexplicable.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.58/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kinda thin looking, but not so much as to be worrying. A tall, tan head leaves minor lacing.

Highly roasty. The vanilla is all but smothered by burnt malts. Some grassy hops arise as well. The vanilla comes out a little bit after the beer warms, but needs due swirling to capture it. There are a bit of alcohol and rubber aromas.

Too roasty bitter. Hardly any balance. Again, the vanilla can only come out once the beer is warmed enough. There is a lot of ash, charcoal and some melted rubber.

Not as thin feeling as I had expected, but its not really chewy either. Its a sticky beer with formidable heat and low carbonation.

Not impressed here. No balance. This beer is gnarly bitter and sticky. You'd be lucky to pick out the vanilla if you didn't know it was there. So far it seems that the evil twin likes bitter, oily beers.

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Photo of bark
2.63/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The colour is black, the liquid clear. The low head is warm pale brown.

The smell is dry with notes of coffee, vanilla ice cream and vegetables.

The taste starts with old tired coffee, vanilla and boiled vegetables (cabbage). Burned notes, hints of chocolate cookies. The aftertaste is roasted/burned with more vegetables and some sour artificial vanilla.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles small. The liquid is semi-dry and quite light.

Sour. Dry. Odd notes of vegetables. Not a very good imperial stout.

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Photo of M_chav
2.66/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

L - pitch black, looks thin, nice golden foam layers the top
S - dark coffee, metallic
T - Full metal jacket! Just too much metal, burnt metal, charred coffee, just not my jam
F - medium/light body
O - not something I'll seek out again - I fee like my review was overly negative, it was just underwhelming

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Photo of pants678
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Black with tan head.

Not much of a smell. Malt.

Standard stout. I'm admittedly looking for banana, cuz it says on the label, and it's there. Or it's vanilla. Roasted malt that's barely sweet, though, not picking up plum mentioned in some reviews. Doesn't give away the 10%. Not a poor showing but nothing memorable here.

Feel's right.

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Photo of oline73
3.22/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a very little bit of light coming through at the edges. There is a very small amount of tan head.

Smell: Very roasty with some dark chocolate and mild vanilla. Just a mild sweetness.

Taste: Just as roasty as the smell. There is some sweet burnt malt and the finish is bitter from some hops and a lot of roast. The bitter roast is hiding everything else.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with mild, tingly carbonation and a finish that has just a touch of dryness to it.

Overall: The bitterness made it impossible to taste anything else going on with this beer. I would have liked it toned down just a little bit.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 16.0 oz bomber purchased in a bottle shop in St. Louis. Brought home in my luggage. Best before date of 2015. Poured into a stemmed flute.

Poured a little too cold in the beginning. I had a hard time reading this beer. Nothing really stands out to me. An odd imperial stout. Not barrel aged. Too fruity. Lots of sediment. Disappointing. Will not drink this one again, but not a drain pour either. 3

A – Pours an opaque dark brown with a three-finger dark tan somewhat mousey head. Black in the glass. Nice alcohol legs. Average lacing. 4

S – Roasty, alcohol, dark fruit/raisins and figs 3.75

T – Roasted malts, sugary, vanilla but not significant, a tinch of that dark fruitiness. A very faint, and this is crazy, taste of pickles. 2.75

MF – Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish. Creamy and smooth. Warming in the mouth. Alcohol is clearly evident. 4

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Photo of cobrarax
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The foam is thick, light brown and really dense with rich lacing. The liquid is black, opaque and stuffed with a huge amount of yeast.

S: Dried dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla. Some mint and coffee. A fresh hoppy note of citrus fruit. Toffee, malt and a hint of coconut in the aftersmell.

T: Sweet with a strange smokiness. Smoked meat and barbeque. Then some chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Also a lot of yeast. Roasted malt, bitter citrus and some vanilla. The aftertaste gives me camp fire and sweet maltiness.

M: Liquid is smooth and lacks carbonation. It's alcoholic and I don't understand the smokiness.

O: This could have been great if it weren't for two things: the odd smokiness and the huge amount of yeast in the bottle. I just don't get it.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a shaped half-pint; shared with vonschplieffen. Thanks, Drew, for letting me tasty your dookie.

A: Black body under an inch of frothy light-brown head. Ok retention and lacing. Solid.

S: Peanut, chocolate, spicy alcohol, and that's about it. Kinda weird, not great, but not unpleasant. I'm really confused about the peanut notes, but since I like peanuts they weren't really a problem.

T: Follows the nose to a t, but with the addition of some licorice. Bitter, boozy, and a bit underwhelming. No better than average for the style.

M: Creamy medium body; high carbonation. Nice.

O: I liked it for the name and its distinctiveness, but it just wasn't all that tasty. There are too many better stouts out there to justify paying the high price tag for this one.


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Photo of JackieKu
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Freshness date unclear.

A: Opaque black. The head is thin but well retained.
S: Somewhat nutty. A little vanilla.
T: Coffee. Low in roasted characters. Medium- bitterness. Semi-sweet. A little bit nutty (of hazelnut). A touch of spicy (of pepper). Alcohol hiding has been done quite well even if the flavors are weaker than many imperial stouts.
M: Full bodied. Not way too thick.
O: Unfortunately I think it's a bit weak in both smells and tastes.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin tan finger of head on a black body.
The aroma is chocolate and vanilla.
The taste is sweet overall, vanilla and roasted malt.
The texture is soft and creamy.
Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of mattsander
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nearly black with a couple fingers of loose brown head, nice looking beer.

S: Roasted malts, sweet chocolate, lots of booze.

T: Reminds me a little of chocolate milk. Very boozy, I think this will improve greatly with some time on it.

M: A bit thin for a beer of this strength. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

A little too thin, a little too boozy and a little too expensive. Not worth seeking out but a fine stout.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black beer with a bit of a brown head that didn't stick around for very long.

S - A lot of vanilla as well as some chocolate. Reminds me a little bit of a milk stout. A bit of molasses in there as well.

T - Creamy with emphasis on the vanilla and a backbone of chocolate with a touch of molasses. Nothing particularly special something slightly off with it but otherwise fine.

M - Creamy, smooth, moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Not bad, wouldn't complain about drinking this. As far as vanilla stouts go, it gets the job done.

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Photo of isitsavage
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Smoke & Barrel in DC.

Arrived at my table in a snifter, jet black with a tiny wisp of cream head.

Smells sweet, vanilla, chocolate, coffee.

Taste is very smooth in the mouth. Malt, vanilla, chocolate, really enjoying how smooth this is. After swallowing the alcohol really takes hold, though it is a surprisingly pleasant alcohol and bitter coffee burn. Nice lacing on the glass as well.

Mouthfeel seems a little bit thin for this style not bad but I feel it could be a touch more thick and syrupy.

This one was pretty much what I was looking for when I walked into the bar, it was a bit chilly out and I wanted something to warm me up quickly. This did a good job of that after just one 12oz. pour I was feeling nice and toasty.

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Photo of derkfromwi
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1PT .9oz bottle that says Best Before 2015

A: Mocha one finger head, really dark, almost black, noticeable carbonation

S: Roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, touch of coffee

T: Roasted malts, bitterness, touch of vanilla and chocolate, strong alcohol presence at end

M: Thick and creamy, carbonation is there, a bit boozy for me-feels like it's 18%ABV instead of 10%ABV

O: Good Imperial Stout, but not worth the $15+tax I paid in WI

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Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer is nearly black in color with a small brown head that doesn't have the greatest retention.

S: Aroma is big time vanilla. Dominated by the vanilla with sweet chocolate. There is a bit of cherry and some roasted malt and cocoa powder. Mild licorice and a touch of molasses round things out.

T: There's a slight...funk to it that I can't exactly describe. Lots of cherries and vanilla. Sweet chocolate with a little bit of roasted malt and coffee. There's a hint of metal and a hint of booze.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Fairly smooth on the tongue.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (062:15....08:21) Possibly bottled in March. Not sure how to decipher. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pitch black, half finger of a dark tan head that moves quickly to a thin ring.

S - Cocoa, vanilla, chocolate syrup, nuts

T - Yowsa. May have a bad bottle here, or this may the first imperial sour stout I have ever had. Is this normal? I am getting the standard burnt coffee, plum, licorice, chocolate/cocoa, but in comes a Flanders red sourness. Expecting sweet and getting sour.

M - Thin, but sticky.

O - Somewhat a let down after the imperial biscotti break. The sourness was not expected. May try again to see if this was due to improper handling.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep roasted malt and coffee in the aroma. Taste leaves a bit to be desired. A taste that I can best describe as overripe berries comes through, almost as if the sugars have been eaten by the wrong bacteria, also a bit of a metallic taste as well. I'm sure theres a more technical term for these off flavors that I need to research a bit. Not bad but not good for the price at all.

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Photo of prototypic
3.56/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle 10,0% ABV.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.

Appearance: Soft DK looks pitch black in the glass, but a back light reveals deep red along the edges. A rough pour yields a large tan coloured head that displays great retentions and leaves some beautiful patches of lace as it recedes.

Smell: Hmmm, this nose is actually pretty dull! I was expecting a chocolate and vanilla bomb, but there is almost no vanilla and only a touch of chocolate. Other notes include: dark caramel, toasted grain, a hint of roasted malt and some dark berries.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour is very disappointing. Vanilla is noted in trace amounts, along side dark caramel, a little cocoa, a little roasted malt, toasted bread and some dark fruit. The finish displays a mild bitterness.
On the plus side, the alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied or just over, with a medium level of smooth carbonation.

Overall: I was very disappointed with Soft DK! It is not a bad beer, but is just very low on flavour for a 10% imperial stout! I would not seek this one out again.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker brown body, not black in any way, but fairly dark. Mocha head that measures about one finger, fair retention, no lacing. Smells of cocoa and vanilla; more of the sweet milk chocolate and cocoa than vanilla. This is certainly not BCBVS, mind you. But it smells good, with a fair amount of that raw vanilla bean astringency. Flavour is similar; chocolate, cocoa, a bit of roast, mild vanilla presence that seems to contribute more of the bitterness than sweetness to the flavour. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, lower carb, silky smooth, fairly easy to drink. Overall, a decent imperial stout, but that's really about it. A little bit of vanilla, but it seems to contribute more of bitter astringency than sweet vanilla bean flavour.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.6/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Eulogy. Poured into a snifter.

Black body bordering on really friggin dark brown. Topped by some espresso-cream-colored head that is very well retained, and leaves a thick wall of lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is somewhat one-dimensional overall, with roast and coffee really dominating anything else that might be in there. Digging deep, I can find some chocolate, but aside from that, only the bitter piney hop characteristics are notable. The flavor is similar, with the pine receding somewhat, and leaving only bitterness. Again, roast and coffee notes dominate, this time even snuffing out the chocolate.

Slightly thin as a result of above-average carbonation levels, but this is still oily and well-bodied overall. I would like to see a bit more complexity in this, but it was enjoyable enough that I would consider getting it again.

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Evil Twin Soft Dookie from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.