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Evil Twin Soft Dookie - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 168
Hads: 555
Avg: 4
pDev: 17.5%
Wants: 44
Gots: 94 | FT: 8
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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

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Beer added by: baggio on 11-25-2010

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Reviews: 168 | Hads: 555
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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. Just the way I like it!

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Photo of ksimons
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.93/5  rDev +23.3%
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!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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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 Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne by Sam, who I shared it with, along with Rich.

Pours a deep, fluid brown-black with a loose-bubbled head of pale brown that only really settle as coagulation, not as a truly retentive crest. Body is surprisingly light, I'd say disappointingly so, although the carbonation is very pleasantly fine.

Nose is very pleasant: big chocolate notes with a hint of cherry, vanilla biscuits and a toasty undertone. Slight booziness, a touch of caramel. There's lots here, but it's all based on similar characters. If it had even just a little contrast it would be magnificent.

Pleasant, full sweetness on the palate, but without much in the way of body or feel. Clean clinging bitterness on the back: again slight suggestions of cherry or kirsch and a roasty bitterness giving slight tannins and a medicinal finish.

Feel is definitely pretty thin, although the sweetness in the flavour masks this somewhat.

Overall, this is good: definitely an entry in the sweeter end of imperial stouts. I did enjoy it, but because of the slightly medicinal finish and the slight lack of body, it didn't really go the distance.

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Photo of thinkinflicka
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soild black with a lovely tan head.

Smells is sweet malts,chocolate and vanilla come though real stong.

Tastes is sweet,lots of richcholate and vallia tastes like a fine dessert, got even more chocolate as it warmed up little to know hops
verry sweet but not annoyingly so.

Very drinkable the sweetness hides the booze well, i loved every sip of this, it just kept geting better.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A somewhat underplayed, yet enticing, aroma of malt, chocolate, and a sugary quality.

T: Tasted of chocolate (a surprisingly large amount), a little roasted malt, light hops, caramel, the sugary quality, and a burnt element in the finish. A focused, sweet, and balanced flavor. Well done.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a creamy body and a slightly harsh (from the burnt element) finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: An incredibly sturdy, well made, and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Valleyview06
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A – Dark. Thinner than expected when pouring. White head in the center which darkens toward the glass. Inch of lacing follows down my Bruery tulip after every sip that stretches the height of the glass as I finish. Beautiful.

S – Not too much going on from a nose perspective. No “wow” factor. Standard stuff as you would expect – vanilla, marshmallow fluff…

T – Chocolate, vanilla, caramel – very sweet. I love sweet stouts so this is right up my alley. Nice and sugary sweetness on the lips. Great balance of flavors that don’t dissipate. The mark of a solid brew. No alcohol present by any means. Hints of burnt caramel on the tongue.

M – Thicker than the pour which I was very happy about. I was worried about the mouth feel when I watched the pour, but it didn’t disappoint. I would say mouth feel is a little lighter than Founder Imperial Stout. Could be a little thicker, but I am being picky.

O – This brew is exactly what I wanted – A very solid vanilla stout and it better have been for the price I paid. Evil Twin is not cheap. I was very let down by Yin and Yang and didn’t try another Evil Twin until Lil B last year which sparked my interest in Evil Twin again. I love Lil B and was very pleased that they offered 12oz bottles this year because it kicks your ass. Back to Soft DK - Overpriced, 100%. Glad I tried but will not revisit, split a bottle with a friend and save some $$$. Drank the 500ml bottle in an hour and feel fine. It was good but looking forward to trying my Even More Jesus tomorrow.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a small tan head. Some lacing.

Great aroma. Sweet, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Really big but in a good way.

Massively sweet with so much chocolate flavour it isn't funny. Great vanilla notes too. Really smooth and very easy to drink.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

An awesome beer in my view. The sweet, chocoalte, vanilla flavour is fantastic and really works well here.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Birch.

A - Pitch black. Nice head.

S - Subtle smells, slight pepper, coffee.

T - Vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Very smooth.

M - Pretty creamy taste. Medium bodied, maybe slightly less.

O - A solid beer from Evil Twin. I found it very easy to drink. Different from a lot of beers in this style, due to its mildness. but there's no denying the enjoyability of it.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – A dark black color with a very thick chocolate foamy head that never completely disappears. Leaves a thin white lacing on the glass.

Smell – Malt, vanilla, chocolate cake, and anise. Smells a bit weak for a 10.4%abv beer, but get's better as it warms.

Taste – Chocolate, malt, a hint of vanilla, with a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel – Slightly creamy. Goes down easy for 10.4 abv. Leaves a somewhat bitter chocolate aftertaste.

Drinkability – An easy drinking stout.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin bare skim on the surface, wispy and broken with a tan ring around the edges if the glass. Minimal lacing, brown when poured, black in the glass.

Big vanilla aroma, some supporting chocolate and coffee notes also, light sweetness present. Taste is similar, dominant vanilla with chocolate not far behind. Very light bodied considering the abv. Sort of a slippery feel, with a light aftertaste of ashy roastiness. Overall it's pretty good though I'm not sure it's worth the premium price. Seems kind of like Breakfast Stout minus the coffee with a dose of vanilla bean instead.

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Evil Twin Soft Dookie from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.