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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by baggio on 11-25-2010

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Photo of JackieKu
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
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 MartzMimic
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a blackish brown with a slight mocha head. Smells of chocolate and cinnamon with some smoke. The taste is roughly the same. There's dark chocolate, some spice and a bit of a roasted flavor. Not a lot of bitterness. The mouth is surprisingly thin. This is a decent stout, but I'll probably go a different direction.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed this beast of an imperial from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. Pours a thick black with a nice brown head of foam that settles to a thick ring, great lacing, and a thin light layer. Nose of dark chocolate, subtle coffee, black strap molasses, and toffee. Flavors follow the nose with a huge dose of sweet toffee and dark chocolate likened unto a truffle. Subtle coffee and molasses blend in the middle to the back with a dark cola flavor on the aftertaste. Substantial with an awful namesake. Good carbonation makes for a smooth and creamy mouth feel that finishes with deeply roasted malts.

Excellent....but please change the name.....dookie is NOT what I want to think of when drinking a fantastic brew.

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Photo of Shockey
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Evil Twin doesn't produce a bad brew in my opinion. This is no exception. A solid imp stout that pours nearly black with a caramel colored head. Smell indicates the 10.4% abv. Taste is full frontal. Vanilla with some banana. Not much roast flavor at all. The sweetness of the alcohol pulls through, a bit too much for me. Gets better as it warms. Overall a really good stout by Evil Twin but by no means the best.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown right out of the bottle with a moderate cap of variegated mocha foam. Aroma smells of molasses, brown sugar, and caramel with suggestions of dark chocolate and booze.

The taste features a healthy dose of molasses, burnt sugar, and warming alcohol, along with some toasted bread and earthy, herbal hops; welcome to slow sipper country... Heavy body and mild carbonation make for a syrupy mouthfeel that somehow manages to maintain a vigorous bite, perhaps courtesy of the hops and alcohol. Sticky residue lingers on the lips between sips.

If you like your stouts sweet and sticky, this should satisfy your craving. If, however, you prefer a more balanced or chocolatey stout, you may find this lacking. Regardless of preference, this brew is full in both flavor and body.

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

I knew I was going to really like this. It's probably the best $3.25 I've spent in a while. It will be a tough act to follow, but after drinking one of these not much more will be needed.

It pours like it's namesake. Liquid turds. The head is the darkest I've seen in a long time. Exceptional. Endless find bubbles keep coming. The aroma is a faintly roasty, almost chocolatey smell.

The taste is wonderful. It's well balanced. Loads of malts, but you can taste some bittering hops way under all the sweetness. Roasty and chocolatey tastes follow. The finish is sweet and clean.

This is one of the best brews I've had recently. Further proof that Evil Twin deserves blind faith. Highly recommended. This is making me think that imperial stouts, be they American, Russian, or whatever, have been taking over as my favorite style.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in snifter

A: Viscous, inky black pour; sluggish pour; dark mocha froth pops to surface but head quickly shrinks to a thin ring around the edge; entirely opaque, imposing - the M/O with all of Evil Twin's imperial stouts that I've been fortunate to sample.

S: Prominent dark roast - heavily roasted coffee beans, burnt toast, char on the top; beneath rise notes of bittersweet bakers chocolate, milk chocolate,cocoa, caramelized brown sugar and suggestions of dark fruits; vanilla is absent on the nose at first, but gladly makes it's appearance as the glass warms to room temp over 10-15min; pleasant complexities invite the first sip...

T: Roast predominates as it does on the nose - dark roast, espresso-like richness, burnt toast and some smoky char; chocolate waves approach next and only grow in prominence as the glass warms, favoring bittersweet, dark cacao at first before incorporating sweeter chocolate notes reminiscent of Hershey's kisses, milk chocolate truffles, mousse, and hot a cocoa mix; creamy vanilla peaks mid sip, intensifying the dessert-like quality before a flash of California raisins, caramelized sugar my and brown bread loaf - like a slices of raisin swirl breakfast loaf or even bread pudding; finish begins with a mocha flavor that reintroducek the residual b of coffee beans with sweet powdered cocoa; lik warming alcohol pep as the finish dries that reminds you of the 10.4% ABV but the alcohol remains fully in check the entire time.

M: Pleasantly thick, with a sufficiently creamy body and a frothy presence on the tongue; coats the palate and drinks with a smooth slickness.

O: Another winner from Evil Twin; roasty, coffee/espresso bean, chocolate/mocha and vanilla, as advertised; didn't ascertain the hint of banana as the label on the bottle indicates, but hey, I've got 3 more bottles to explore to seek out further complexities; if you like imperial stouts on the sweeter side of the spectrum, this is worth a try.

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Photo of MichaelNeelsen
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin. Served at 50 degrees.

First of all, what a gross inspiration story for this stout. If you don't know it, spare yourself and just enjoy the beer in ignorance, because it's actually very tasty, but once I read the story written on the label, I couldn't stop thinking of it.

L: Almost a cherry red head that dissipates quickly after a hard pour. But pour it hard to appreciate the color. Crazy. Deep, mirror-like violet-black body.

S: I smell bananas, my girlfriend smells smokiness and molasses. Quite the gulf.

T: Again, bananas for me. Some hip bitterness. My girlfriend says "really smoky finish." I'd almost categorize this as a banana stout in my mind.

F: This stout has a more bouncy, plastic-like character, and I mean that in the best way. The carbonation isn't even really present in the mouth, only to the eye at the start.

O: Backstory aside, it's a very good beer. I really like it. I love the way the banana notes play with the roasty malts. Has a chocolate-covered-banana appeal. But that backstory - damn.

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color cascading up to a creamy/foamy 1-2 finger brown mocha colored head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving great foamy lacing and rings as it went down - as with all Evil Twin stouts, this was a really good looking brew (especially for an imperial stout).

Smells of dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds, cocoa powder, toasted to burnt grains, charred wood, yeast, tin metal or a penny, light vanilla, brown sugar, faint piney hops and some earthy notes like peat moss or dirt. The chocolate notes thankfully don't resemble a soft dookie and are the dominant aroma. The metallic aspects seem to tame it and it was not as robust as other ET stouts, but it still smelled good.

Tastes of Hershey's dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds, piney hops, cocoa powder, burnt grains, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, charred wood, yeast, a penny, light ash, espresso, a hint of booze, earthy notes like peat moss, twigs or dirt, roasted peanut shells and some mild dark fruit. The roasted malts let the hops add a little sweetness which has trailing caramel and red wine notes. It gets a little more complex as it warms, but the dark chocolate, coffee and hop bitterness drive the flavors towards sweet but keep it a nice bitter stout with a lot of malts showing through.

Mouthfeel is creamy, thin and a tad too watery like a milk stout, but the char and roasted flavors bring it back and allow the sweetness to compensate for the very light carbonation, light body and slick feel; what this brew does best is hide the ABV and go down easy. I enjoyed how easy it went down, but it certainly was not thick as I had expected from an imperial stout.

Overall a very tasty stout that was as smooth as a Guinness on draft, with the alcohol well masked and the Evil Twin stout basics all present. It was not the most exciting Evil Twin imperial stout since they set the bar very high with some of the other brews (Imperial Biscotti Break, I Love You With My Stout), but it was still a very good beer.

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Photo of Moose90
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A — Pours into the glass with a rich dark dark dark brown hue, might as well be black, borderline thick. There is a caramel colored head that forms, and leaves moderate lacing behind. Just looks delicious.

S — Smells of rich roasted malts, bit of coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, light hint of oak for some reason.

T — Taste is nice and complex without being overly bitter or hot, really nice balance of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts.

M — Medium bodied, lighter than I really expected, nearly perfect carbonation level here.

O — Great overall, managed to be big and complex without being too super sweet or abrasive.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: Yep, that's an Impy Stout. Deep dark brown, nearly opaque, some cola highlights barely make it through when held to light. Decent size mocha head on the pour.
smell: Roast coffee and edgy balanced with vanilla sweetness and banana.
taste: all the flavors of the nose with a slightly bitter roasty RIS finish balanced with banana.
overall: as the Evil Twin site reads. "This stout looks like soft dookie and some will say it smells and tastes like it too. If you like a thick, creamy and utterly vanillalicious stout you’ll like this one. If you don’t, get yourself something else instead." From the mostly tepid ratings I guess most are not into "utterly vanillalicious stouts". I am!

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

August 3, 2015

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Very deep brown, basically black, with a medium-chocolate brown head, just a thin lacing. Retention is low. Pours with a moderate body, not particularly viscous or thin either way.

S – Basically a chocolate covered banana, but natural, not candy banana. Rich chocolate malt with the banana phenolic aroma, along with vanillin, maybe some light coffee bean. Perhaps some spicy yeast/fermentation notes, along with some green fruity (apple, pear) hops. Light herbal notes hiding in there too.

T – Mostly chocolate, with a touch of vanilla and light fruit, apples, perhaps that banana I smelled. Some low coffee here as well. Hop contribution is mostly bitterness, which is prominent from start to finish.

M – Thicker than it looks, with heavy, high, sudsy carbonation and a moderate-full body. Sweetness is pleasantly moderate, bitterness is somewhat high but not out of balance.

O – A little bit different from a lot of heavy imperial stouts due to the banana and green fruit character. Very good.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says 062:15

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and some tiny specs of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Big dark roast aroma with notes of molasses, anise and a bit of raisiny sweetness. Solid booze fume.

T- Dark roast kicks in bringing with it char, dark chocolate and a bit of smoke. There's a hint of oxidation which is surprising since this bottle's only 5 months old. Still, very drinkable even with the bold flavors it carries. Also a slight glassy flavor.

M- Slightly creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- A big, robust stout with all the charry bitterness one could want without it being overdone. Would like a bit more chocolate or coffee tones to go with it but you can't always get what you want.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: thick, black. Minimal dark brown head. No lacing on the glass. Smell: molasses, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Taste: Molasses, chocolate, dark fruits, and vanilla flavors. Pretty good. Feel: creamy, thick, and sticks to the palat. Overall: pretty good stout. The type of beer I like, but this one is heavy. Not going to drink many.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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 crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: thick, black and viscous. A dark brown head forms when poured. Some lacing on the glass.
Smell: molasses, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla and dark fruits like figs and blackberries
Taste: tons of molasses, maple syrup, chocolate, dark fruits, and vanilla flavors. Pretty great.
Feel: creamy, thick, and chewy.
Overall: a sweeter variation on an RIS, but an excellent variation.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with a brown head that dissipated quickly

Smells like vanilla, brown sugar and dark fruits

Tastes like toasted malts with the PERFECT amount of vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. sweet Jebus this is good.

Mf- alittle thin for a stout but medium to heavy with some carbonation

Over-best sweet stout I've had. Evil Twin is an underrated brewery with awesome beers. Try it.

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Photo of leantom
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An above-average American Double Stout. Here goes:

A: Good. Pours a very thick, dark black. The head and lacing are quite good, but the head dissipates rather quickly.

S: Very mild coffee and dark chocolate - these give way to lots of dark fruit, in particular blackberry and prunes. The dark fruit is far more prominent, however.

T: Very sweet and sugary - almost entirely dark fruit. Real emphasis on the sweet fruits - tons of berries and figs. Good, just wish there were more dark chocolate flavors.

F: Thick and sweet; nothing special, however.

O: A good beer.

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Photo of pkalix
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

fruit on the nose... thin but syrup-y pour, minimal head (like my love-life anymore...); truly smells like an adjunct-type of production..... definitely some 'metallic' in this.... a bit sweet; and may i say amazingly sweet but not gaggingly for such a high abv.... cheap-kind-of after taste but still a decent product. maybe why this was only $3.99???

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful syrup pour with slight khaki head and spots of lacing. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and a smokey ash upfront on the nose. Taste follows with the booze and molasses coming through. Slick, thick mouthfeel coating the palate wonderfully. Another great stout by Evil Twin that I would have again!

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Photo of M_chav
2.66/5  rDev -33.7%
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 ClavisAurea
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a snifter. Bottle date is 05/2015

Appearance: thick syrup, jet black, rich and menacing with a thick brown head that rode the glass down.

Nose: rich chocolate and tootsie roll, slight coffee, rich and fruity

Taste: molasses, maple syrup, chocolate, toasted oak, slightly fruity

Wow! Rich and decadent. I must have more of this in my cellar.

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Photo of justinp444
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark black with a chocolate head. Smell of molasses, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, coffee, banana, and roasted malts. Taste of banana, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. There isn't a ton of molasses notes but it is very balanced and maintains a great sweetness that isn't overpowering or too boozy. Full mouth feel and body.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.65/5  rDev -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.

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Evil Twin Soft Dookie from Evil Twin Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.