Evil Twin Soft Dookie - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 153
Hads: 482
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 40
Gots: 83 | FT: 7
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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

Brewed at Amager Bryghus.
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Photo of pants678
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/3/2015. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, vanilla, toffee, toast, dark bread, tobacco, raisin, plum, light wood smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, vanilla, toffee, toast, dark bread, tobacco, raisin, plum, light wood smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly chalky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,592 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in early March of this year, about two months ago.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawson's stemmed tulip.

a: Opaque black, finger thick brown head receded to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild black coffee.

t: Black coffee and dark chocolate up front under a medium hop bite. Bitterness lingers somewhat on an otherwise dry finish. High ABV is very well covered.

m: Full, great body and carbonation tingle.

o: An exceptional impy stout, flavorful and chewy. Probably would age nicely to an even smoother sensory experience. Another good value from Evil Twin. (594 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle:
Pours quite dark with deep tan to brown head. Lacing is decent for high abv beer.
Nose is chalky riaated bitterness, enough sweetness to seem unsweetened chocolate.

Bitterness bite up front, but body is decent, flavor bold, although fairly straightforward. Coffee, cola and a mellow vanilla flavor, in combination, make for a decent profile.

Solid beer, straightforward stout notes. No obvious flaws. Bit chalky, maybe slightly to thr (448 characters)

Photo of mabermud
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12oz. Bottle into a snifter glass.

Deep rich head. Two fingers and creamy thick with a dark espresso brown to mocha color and very fine creamy top, with the occasional big bubble in places. Settles slowly with a little bit of weeping leg and spotted lacing. Body color is very midnight black and dark with a touch of walnut brown and mahogany red edges. Very impressive looker.

Bouquet is real fruity, hinting of grape and mild sweet plum notes. A little hint of booze with a nice clove spicy note. Tobacco really comes out quite a bit with a leafy and green fresh sense, some drying woody like tones seem to come out nicely as well.

Palate comes with a nice light tone. Charring roast, and milky sweetness but also in body, as the coating comes off a little watery. Some fruit aromas but lots of nice lingering char and almost smokey tones. Fruit sweetness also kicks in after some time as well, but doesn't come until later bringing some of the red grape and a touch of raisin. Very weak sensing mild chocolate as well.

Overall not too bad, kind of a solid imperial on a well easy drinking lighter note. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Slack
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque with dark brown accents. An eighth inch of head with some lacing.

Aroma is dominated by chocolate, malt, coffee, and minor vanilla.

Taste is very similar to the smell with bittersweet chocolate, maltiness, and vanilla. Am also getting a roasted/burnt coffee flavor.

Mouthful is medium-light, smooth, and carbonation is light.

Overall a very smooth beer, easily drinkable with no discernible alcohol, and minor drawbacks in mouthful and price. Note that as this beer warmed IP, a detracting alcohol note in both smell and taste became present. (556 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a thick viscous jet black in color with very light amounts of fine visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very minimal amounts of extremely dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that reduces to mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of cocoa nibs, chocolate malts, and light aromas of vanilla. Faint notes of banana.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of very darkly roasted malts with just a hint of burnt malts. That is followed by light flavors of chocolate malts and cocoa nibs. There is a light flavor of vanilla and just a hint of banana in the finish. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for too long.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Extremely easy to drink, especially considering the strength, and the alcohol is very well hidden. Well balanced. (1,083 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -5%
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 (594 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color, thick brown head

Nice taste, some sweetness but not overly sweet. Licorice, malt, not especially classic.

Nice mouthfeel, perfect fine carbonation.

Comes together as a bit more than the sum of its parts. Enjoyable. (235 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black thin head.

Aroma: Balanced notes of roast, chocolate, and a do get some hints of banana.

Flavor: Roast and banana come out a bit more. Hints of chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit in the back end.

Mouthfeel: Zero booze, rich and velvety, full bodied, little to no roast linger. (306 characters)

Photo of Czarkazm
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark pour, nearly black with a thin dark khaki head. Heavy roasted malts on the smell, along with dark cocoa, robust espresso bean, some dark fruits, and alcohol heat. Nice thick mouthfeel with a slight chalkiness, bitter chocolate on the taste, dark roast coffee, hazelnuts, charred wood, and faint alcohol. What you would expect from an Evil Twin Imperial Stout, deep roast without excessive bitterness, balanced nicely with just barely enough sweetness (463 characters)

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

A-black in color with a thin layer of dark tan head that disappears quickly to leave a bit of lace

S-dark roasted coffee with dark and milk chocolate sweetness

T-roasted coffee and chocolate with hints of dark fruit in the finish

M-medium to full body, moderate carbonation, very smooth

Overall another solid big beer from Evil Twin, very smooth with well hidden alcohol makes this beer very drinkable (407 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tobacco, dark chocolate, tar, clove phenols, alcohol, and roast malt form the aroma. Cocoa battles with the phenols for dominance.

Chocolate is the focal point of the flavor initially, slightly sweet, becoming roasty towards the finish, with a hint of toasted marshmallow char. Underpinnings of muted cherry esters and a touch of ethanol signal the high abv. Think this would age well. Could use some time to mellow that heat. (428 characters)

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

Don't let its unsavory name fool you, Evil Twin's new imperial stout shakes out is similar fashion as a whole host of others of the style, as a roast-lover's dream of a stout!

Espresso-black in its abyss of darkness, there's no doubt- this is a robust beer. As it sheds a mocha-laden froth, its elevated carbonaiton billows to carry the strong earthy roast scent of fresh-ground coffee, cocoa powder, smoldering embers, roasting walnuts, burnt toast and the undercurrent of burnt sugar and vanilla.

Its robust taste carries the expected turkish-type blended coffee, along with bitter baker's chocolate, burnt marshmallow, charred toast and smoky campfire flavors. Its seared sweetness is deep with molasses and over-cooked caramel. Once the palate acclimates to the power of roast and sweet, estery and fusal nuances of cherry, licorice and plum pull from the coffee and soil and give the taste a complex, drying and multi-dimensional taste.

But as the sweetness retreats and the roast garners more and more control, the beer's emboldened effervescence and acrid char invites an acidic finish and a roast-derived astringency and also opens the door for ash and spiced whisky to linger in aftertaste. (1,202 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a black color with an inch of medium brown head. Some lacing. The aroma is chocolate, banana, licorice, and roasted malts. Hint of vanilla. The taste is dark chocolate and banana with some nice roasty flavor. Slightly earthy. Notes of vanilla and black coffee. A bit nutty. I'm not a big fan of banana but it works well here with the other flavors. The finish is more of the chocolate and banana with some roasted malts. Slightly boozey. Medium bodied. Overall, a pretty solid Imperial Stout that is a bit of a change from the usual ones. (557 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with little light getting through; small khaki head that quickly fades leaving decent retention and little lacing. The aromas are full of chocolate and cocoa malts. Slightly roasty. The flavors follow the nose. More chocolate. Subtle hints of coffee. Subtle hints of vanilla. The banana is actually noticeable and makes a nice addition. This one has a sweetness to it, but it's definitely not one of those cloyingly sweet stouts. This a balanced stout. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but not too heavy. Moderate carbonation and pretty fluffy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid Imperial Stout. I like it, but I've had more enjoyable stouts from Evil Twin. This is just a safe traditional example of the style, and there's nothing wrong with that. (820 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.93/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Soft dookie indeed. Appearance is a fluffy, thick, tan head that slowly settles to a brown cover, lots of lace, and an opaque brown black color. Aroma is roast, vanilla, black patent malt, cocoa, coffee, old tree bark. Flavor's like nose, has carbonic tang against the bittersweet and vanilla up front and slowly tapers to the bittersweet flavors and some alcohol warmth at the end. Soft round body with just enough carbonation to balance. A masterpiece. Gimme some dookie! (473 characters)

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

apparently inspired by a soiled diaper, the label claims banana and vanilla and chocolate and all kinds of stuff, but this is pretty bogus, and one of those beers that for me sort of ends the mikkeller vs evil twin debate, if there even still was one, dont get me wrong, a very good stout, but its less than half as interesting as the label claims it to be. one thing i like a lot about it is its lightness. you get all the dense coffee roast flavor of the dark barley, but you dont end up with all the viscosity that bog these down. the alcohol is impressively well disguised, this drinks dangerously quickly for what it is, thats for sure, and thats one of its best features. there is also a cool nuttiness to the flavor, roasting chestnuts or something, almond flour, its very earthy in there with the coffee notes. its not as sweet as suggested either, which i like. maybe some dried fruit, dates or plums or something, but no banana on my palate at all. maybe a trickle of vanilla too, but very mild in that regard. i like all of the stout, the yins, the christmas eves, the i love you with mys, and on and on, but they really in some ways arent all that different from one another. i see the appeal in this one, but taken in the context of all of his stouts, it certainly doesnt stand out for me. these beers (in some ways because of their price), are judged to a higher standard than most, and frankly this doesnt get the job done for me, as good as it is in terms of overall quality. nothing distinct to revisit here, but thats just me. (1,544 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
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 (865 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit too watery for an imperial stout. Just some faint vanilla aroma. Good balance between malt sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness. Overall a good beer but I expected a bit more. (184 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark cola colour. Whispy beige head, nice lookin' but meek. Spots of lace. OK.

Smells sweet, caramelly, with notes of coffee, loads of vanilla, touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate. Warm, comforting, like an overweight Geisha.

Taste is a lot more burnt and bitter. Stronger espresso notes with some edge of cinnamon, some sweeter vanilla notes and cocoa nibs. Yeah, a bit disappointingly bitter, after that sweet, comforting hug of an aroma. Like finding out your overweight Geisha's just a porcupine in a fat suit.

Decent body, bit dry. Bit of booze. Comme ci, comme ca.

A little strong, and has very nice sweet notes, but does lean too heavily on the bitterness. (681 characters)

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Ruby black, quite thin and lightly carbonated - small, dark tan head that reduces quickly to lacing

S: Chocolate and vanilla, semi-sweet. Some prickly alcohol.

T: Burst of vanilla though not overpowering, some chocolate and woody notes, and quite a bit of alcohol heat towards the finish. Also kind of earthy.

M: Not thick, but still pretty creamy. Low carbonation works just fine with the flavours.

O: A solid RIS base with a boost by way of not-overpowering vanilla flavour. Personally, I could have actually went for a slight bit more sweetness though I hesitate to say that, as I wouldn't want it to become dessert-sweet. (635 characters)

Evil Twin Soft Dookie from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.