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Evil Twin Soft Dookie - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 36
Gots: 43 | FT: 5
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Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
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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Photo of Mscarpen
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first brew from Evil Twin, but what a nice experience.

A: Jet black with one finger of soft carmel head.

S: Wonderful milk chocolate, brown sugar, light hops, with just a bit of "mustiness".

T: Hoppy, roasted coffee, burnt malt, mild alcohol burn, and a pleasant back-end bitterness.

M: Medium viscosity with a mild bit of harshness.

O: Very good stout but lighter in mouthfeel than I prefer and at ~$16.00 for a pint bottle, a bit pricey.

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

Poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with two fingers of beige head. Great retention and lacing.

Cacao nibs, vanilla extract, touch of soy sauce, smoked malt, some citrusy hop notes, some black currants.

Tastes of cacao nibs, black currants, a bit of licorice, some vanilla, a bit of smoked malt, hints of soy sauce, coffee, citrusy hop notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty full. Low carbonation. Good for the style.

Well, this is pretty good, but it's not quite as rad as I was lead to believe.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours opaque black with a finger of medium brown head with a steady pour. The head dissipates into a thin ring of foam fairly quickly. Solid lacing.

S: Heavily burnt malts, moderate floral hops, light licorice.

T: Again heavily burnt malts, but now with some vanilla and light chocolate. Moderate amount of bittering hops. Slight smoky flavor.

M: Quite thick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

O: Decent imperial stout, but I like mine with a bit stronger flavors.

Photo of isitsavage
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of smittybrew83
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the red DK labeled bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours pitch black with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that dissipates quickly. the appearance is somewhat watery with light carbonation.

S- Alcohol, vanilla, roasted malts and a touch of coffee.

T- The taste is mostly of roasted malts with underlying flavors of alcohol (though not hot), vanilla, chocolate and coffee. there is also a slight bitterness at the end.

M- this beer has a lighter body for the style, not quite coating the mouth. the carbonation is light to medium. I feel this takes away from this beer a bit.

O- Overall a worthy beer. Big flavor and a good all around imp stout . The price tag is a bit steep but seeing as I have another bottle I am looking forward to having this one again.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.42/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

Photo of BierBliss
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on draft at Ebenezer's Pub

aroma: vanilla and malt tones

appearance: black, no head, no real lacing

flavor: coffee, light vanilla

mouthfeel: some creaminess, medium carbonation

overall impression: a good vanilla stout, I have only had about a half dozen other vanilla stouts to compare it against

a beer I would seek out again.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz into pint glass.

Pours with a decent sized milkshake-like brown head over your standard opaque black body, but with orange edges.

Aromas are full of dark chocolate, sweet cherries, and dark fruits - almost merlot like, with plums and red grapes.

Richer and smokier flavor that what presents in the aromas. Turns to a bittersweet chocolate with charred tree bark and raisins. Fair amount of acidity, with a tangy finish. Finish is pretty dry.

This one has some unique qualities, and an interesting transformation from aromas to flavors. Not my favorite, but I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rattle 'n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a very thin mocha head that died down and left a very thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are faint aromas of roasted chocolate malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark chocolate and mocha along with some hints of roasted malts towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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 deapokid
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 8/27. Reviewed from notes.

Label says "Soft DK," but I much prefer the scatological name listed on BA.

Soft Dookie pours a gentle, black color with no carbonation and soapy, brown bubbles on top. When held to the light, the liquid takes on a cola color.

Aroma is sweet and sugary, like black forest cake, coupled with warm alcohol, vanilla, anise and cocoa.

Mmm... Taste is sweet, while still maintaining some subtlety. Vanilla bean, chocolate bar and heavy cream are the stars on this menu, making for a concoction reminiscent of hot chocolate. Flavor is not as pronounced as I'd expect for the type (which I love), since there are a ton of big tastes mingling here. The conclusion is dry, cutting some of the sugar.

Mouth is thinner than expected, which is a good thing, since an Imperial Stout can be so rich that it sinks like a malted milkshake-battered stone in your stomach.

Big boys like this can often be an assault of flavor, but this was refined and the flavors were well displayed. Imagine an Imperial Young's Double Chocolate with vanilla extract and you're in the ballpark.

Photo of oline73
3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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 rarbring
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brew is pitch black with a brown hue, the head is brown tan, settles rather quickly and a bit unevenly, leaves good lacing though and has good curtains.

Smells heavily sweet and almost perfumed, dark dried fruits, sweet milk chocolate, burnt bread, chocolate toffee. Almost overwhelming.

Starts with sweet burnt bread, chocolate and licorice, bitter roasted seeds.

Little carbonation, small bubbles, thick and oily, a coarse dry finish.

Tricky one, this beer, loaded with about everything, but it gets too much, a bit dissonant.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both nice. Aroma is malty and sweet, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and a bit of coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, but I think the roasty bitter flavors are stronger compared to the sweet ones. It tastes like burnt/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick/coating and has good carbonation. This stout was more bitter than I expected it to be, but I did like it. However, at $9.99 a bottle I'm not sure if I would buy this very often.

Photo of HotHabanero
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled. Pours almost black with a brown glow and with an average sized creamy, beige head. Good lacings. Nose of toasted malts, vanilla and coffee. Flat carbonation. Medium sweet flavour with vanilla, dark coffee, chocolate and dark fruit notes. Full bodied. Oily texture. Ends up more dry, slightly bitter and with the alcohol well hidden. An enjoyable brew but it will probably develope with some storage.

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 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 cobrarax
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours black with a creamy full yellow-tan head, thick lace.

S: Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate, hint of vanilla.

T: The vanilla comes to the forefront early and often in this beer which I enjoyed. Strong undercurrent of dark chocolate and molasses. Full flavoured.

M: Medium-full bodied, a little lighter than I expected, soft carbonation, creamy and sticky.

O: This is a real nice Imperial Stout, I enjoyed the vanilla aspect. Super pricey, but I'd say worth a try.

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

A: pours basically black, with a finger and a half of coffee with cream colored head. The head does leave an almost nitrotap like lacing.
S: big anise and chocolate. A dry floral hop. Dark roasted malt.
T: chocolaty, anise. nice floral, lightly bitter hop, almost makes the chocolate pop out more.
M: creamy, both in the overall mouth feel and carbonation.
O: first bottle that tastes almost exactly the same as it does on tap.

Photo of nocaed
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Did I just pour the soul of a fallen angel into a tulip? No, apparently Twin Yang just dropped a huge deuce into a vat and is now selling it across the world calling it "Soft Dookie"... Not much head is my only complaint...

S - Wow, huge barley bong rips through the nostrils...Laced with chocolate and carmel notes that finish hard with vanilla...

T - Like an ancient civilization buried a burlap satchel that had been stuffed with the finest malts and barley, only to
have us pull it out an eon later and to milk it into a bottle...A hoppy stout...

M - A huge start to finish... No holding back on this one... It is hot hot hot, very sticky around the lips... Instantly takes control of your pallete with a warm bitter tingling sensation...

P.S. Fok you Eddie...

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a mini snifter. Moderate head, clear oily lacing. Aroma is dominated by coffee, light chocolate, grassy hops and alcohol. Taste coats the tongue with coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate and phenol notes. Actually, overall the alcohol is well hidden in the taste. Quite easy to drink considering the abv. Mouthfeel isn't thick but isnt too thin. Loaded with flavor, a great brew.

Photo of Mississipping
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soft Dookie:

Bottle shared at the BA Sexy Chocolate release. This was consumed straight out of the bottle, so I can't comment on the appearance, although it did appear to be completely black, allowing absolutely no light to pass through.

S: Roasted malt and slightly smokey up front with subtler coffee, toffee, and chocolate in the background. Not much else appears to be there, however, remember that I am reviewing this straight out of the bottle. If allowed to open up, it might become a little more dynamic.

T: Dark, heavily roasted malt and chocolate are dominant. Slightly smokey and bitter. In the background are, again, chocolate and vanilla just behind, providing a juxtaposition to the roastiness. Flavors are not particularly strong, but are there and are complementary.

M: Heavier side of medium, but not quite full bodied. A bit creamy and fairly low carbonation. I'd love to have seen a bit more thickness. The lack thereof makes this a bit disappointing, but really is parallel with the quality of the smell and aroma.

D: I didn't have a whole lot of this, but it was tasty and went down easily. Missing a bit of complexity in the smell and taste, and the mouthfeel was a little thin for the style. I'm glad I was able to try this, but it just didn't quite get there fore me.

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Evil Twin Soft Dookie from Evil Twin Brewing
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