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Evil Twin Soft Dookie - Evil Twin Brewing

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174 Reviews
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Reviews: 174
Hads: 594
Avg: 4
pDev: 17.75%
Wants: 45
Gots: 106 | 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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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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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a thin finger of frothy chocolate head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Roasted dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, coffee, vanilla, booze.

T - Roasted chocolate malts, dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, earthy malts, vanilla, espresso, some bitterness, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate-mild carbonation. Smooth and a bit thick, with a sweet, roasted, and warming finish.

D - Bold and complex, but well balanced.

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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 LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Evil Twins "Soft DK" @ 10.0% , 500 ml bottle for $11 (ouch)
A-pour is dark brown/black with a tan head that quickly dissapates leaving a spotty lace ring along the the pint glass
S-hints of chocolate and vanilla , roasted coffee ,
T-a sweet caramel start , roasted chocolate malt in the middle and a bitter boozy coffee/espresso finish
MF-medium carbonation , medium/full bodied , an easy drinking imp stout with a boozy finish
Ov-I didn't get the smell or taste that "Soft DK" is famous for , but it's agood beer just a little rough around the edge's

cheers LampertLand

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle from Minks (Marietta, GA). 11.99. No bottle info but I've had it since last August. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black with a three quarter finger tan head. Small occassional pods of lace.

Smells of sweet vanilla and milk chocolate.

Tastes of bitter roasty chocolate malts, coffee, a little vanilla, some cherry and some booze. Still some good stuff but not like a year ago.

Medium full creamy smooth feel with light carbonation. Long bitter cocoa aftertaste.

This is still roasty and tasty but it's a shadow of it's former self. The glorious vanilla sweetness has faded, leaving all bitter cocoa. My first official cellaring dud but I can't blame it on the beer. Fresh, this was outstanding. Aged, it's still better than average. I hope Jeppe still has the recipe & decides to brew it again soon.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured black with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Roast, vanilla and a fairly prominent spice presence that smells almost like cinnamon.

T - Roast, sweet vanilla and a lot of spice, as the nose indicated. As was the case with the aroma, I can't pin point the spice flavour: could be cinnamon or nutmeg? There is also a spiciness coming through, which reminds me of cinnamon or maybe some chillis. Some chocolate and sweet molasses in the finish.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - Couldn't figure out all of the ingredients on this one from the label as they were written in Danish. Seems like there was a spice of some kind added that I just couldn't pinpoint.

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

500ml bottle poured into tulip 23/9/12

A quite black just a little cola at the edge, large loose mocha head has a few minuets of retention ending up as a island of film with lots of unorganized lace

S bakers chocolate, vanilla, molasses, faint licorice, booze and very faint citrus with some peanut brittle but easy on the peanuts

T sweet chocolate syrup and some faint smoke on top of what I smell, taste pretty good with some hops that have yet to fade mixed with some rich dark roast

M medium for the color with a little heat and its almost foamy from the bubbles, lingering aftertaste of burnt coffee

O a well made stout that's pretty solid in all areas with only a little heat and a few extra bubbles to complain about

I can't remember how much I paid for this but the price would determine if I bought it again, not a must drink but well worth drinking

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Healthy fine medium brown head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma or sweet toasted and caramel malt, vanilla, chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Flavor follows with toasted and sweet malt, chocolate, vanilla and a bit of coffee and light hops on the finish. The flavor is not intense, but very nicely balanced and integrated. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A very nice imperial stout. Several other reviewers have noted that the current labeled ABV is 10%, which matches my bottle.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet. There is a small layer of tan bubbles. There isn't a head because this is filled to the top of the glass.

The aroma is full of chocolate with a hint of mocha.

Tha flavor is filled with vanilla and chocolate. This is just sweet enough, but a bitter chocolate finish balances it out.

This is full bodied with mellow carbonation. I really like this. Maybe I will spring for a bottle sometime.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is dark roasted coffee, roast malts, some dark chocolate and just a hint of vanilla. Taste is spectacular. Evil Twin's stouts have consistently satisfied me. My least favorite has been their Yin Imperial Stout and it was a good one. There is vanilla right out front with heavy, roasted notes and some coffee coming up in the back. There's a slight strand of chocolate running through but the vanilla and roasted malts are strongest. The coffee flavors sticks around on the tongue afterwards paired with some hints of vanilla. It says "Best by 2015" on the bottle so I may put one away to try in a year or so. God I love Evil Twin.

EDIT: After reading some other reviews I can also pick up a bit of smokiness like Stone's Smoked Porter. Its really mellow though, and it comes across as roasted malts. There is definitely a smokiness there though, especially in the aftertaste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 10% ABV. A shame how the real name of this offering had to obfuscated, in order to bamboozle/satisfy the North American moral authorities. Sigh.

This beer pours a solid, veritable black, with only the meekest of basal cola edges, and three average fingers of tight, foamy, puffy, and silken beige head, which sinks away nice and slowly, revealing a broad array of hanging bonsai tree band lace in its wake.

It smells of roasted, caramelized malt, a bit of toffee/treacle, some oozy, molasses-esque brown sugar notes, smoked flesh - of land and sea - dark chocolate and boozy real vanilla, a mild coffee bean earthiness, and straining leafy, dusty hops. The taste is lightly toasted, but still big and brash caramel malt, emboldened semi-sweet chocolate, soused vanilla wafers, a more moderated, kind of indeterminate sour smoky character, still sweet, sticky, baked brown sugar, simmering dark roast coffee, an underlying, well damped alcohol warmth, and soft earthy, musty hops.

The bubbles are quite sedate, and more of a behind the scenes operator, the body a sturdy medium weight, fairly creamy, and generally smooth, the alcohol tugging away a bit too strongly - I had such higher initial hopes for this part. Anyways, it finishes definitely sweet, the caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and gate-crashing booze all indulgently complicit.

An agreeable enough big-ass Imperial Stout, with a few rough edges, that I'm sure will get evened out as the remainder of this bottle is drained. Lots going on, and well put together, overall. Oh, and other interpretations of the "Soft DK" label moniker shall start swirling through my simian brain soon, I'm afraid.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into an imperial pint glass. Best before 2015.

Appearance: This beer poured a small mocha color head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is pitch black with signs of bubbles at the top edges of the glass. MMM, stouts rock.

Smell: sweet molasses, bready malts, mocha, roasted coffee, vanilla, and some bozziness too.

Taste: very tasty. Picking up some smoke in there too with some bitterness in the end also. A little booze too given the 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, medum carbonation, a little dry, boozy, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty solid AD/IS by Evil Twin. Happy to have scored this treat when I was at Gordon's in Waltham. Another steal from their markdown rack. If people only knew this awesome beer they walked by and not purchased. Hopefully they have more left.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fortunate enough to see this on tap at 775 Gastropub - bottles of this stuff gets really damn pricey. The opaque black body gives off an aroma of heavily roasted malts with a touch of coffee. There is a nice milk chocolate aspect to the taste, but it feels medium-bodied where I'd like it to be a bit more full. Just a minor complaint, though. It's a pretty good beer!

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Photo of zac16125
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a snifter
No born on date

A: Pours an opaque black with just over 1 fingers width of very bubbly, dark mocha colored head which hangs around for a while before it dissipates away to a thin film and thick outer ring.  Leaves a small amount of spotty lacing.

S: Tons of roasted malt, lots of booze, bourbon (although I'm fairly certain it's not barrel aged), coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla bean.  Wonderful!

T: Again tons of roasted malt, followed by milk chocolate and a big, heavy cream character.  Dark roast coffee follows, accompanied by a significant vanilla bean presence.  A bit of booze makes itself known but in a complimentary rather than dominating fashion.  Very tasty.

M/D: Wonderfully smooth.  On the full side of medium bodied, moderately heavy carbonation, could be thicker but not negatively thin.  I would like if it were thicker and had a more chewy mouthfeel, but I sure do appreciate the smoothness. Drinkability is very good.  And ABV is excellently restrained.  

O: Overall, I was really pleasantly surprised by this one.  The aroma was just fantastic, and it was followed up by a strong taste and nice smooth mouthfeel. My only real complaint would be the price, $14 for a 500mL bottle is pretty damn pricey.  That being said, I would buy this again if it were on the shelf, even at that price.  Definitely no Imperial Biscotti though (although honestly not much is).

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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 vfgccp
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice head; light khaki with nice retention and lace. Solid black body with true brown highlights.

S - Sweet coconut, cocoa, and malt. Great roast notes. Hint of smoke.

T - Nice, smooth, medium roast malt with a blanket of booze. Woody bitterness with an edge of bright oak through the finish.

M - Medium/full body with a sharp bite of alcohol.

O - Nice malt character throughout the profile, but the power of the alcohol is a bit off balance. .

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Lion's Pride.
Came to the table a solid black color with a huge fluffy tan head that shows great retention and lots of lacing. Smells of vanilla, roast, caramel, and a hint of smoke. Lots of vanilla as promised. The flavor is lots of smoke, vanilla, roast, chocolate, and caramel. I get more smoke and roast than vanilla in the flavor. Thick body with a creamy mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. Its a nice thick stout, but I found the way that vanilla plays off the other flavor to be a little weird for my taste.

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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 challenja
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served On Tap at the Black Squirrel in ADMO.

A: Midnight dark chocolate froth, NO light Shinning through.

S: Dark chocolate syrup. Gothic england malts. Cane sugar, raspberry jam, Vanilla biscuits.

T: This is one smoootthhh operator. Seriously the most smooth stout ever, and it wasn't even on a nitro tap. Deserving of a repeat buy (I bought another, then came back a week later bought 2 more, and two weeks later..well you get my point) Think of Dark chocolate moose in a glass. Vanilla biscuit. Strawberry puree, bourbon barrel. Toasted English biscuit malts. Vanilla wafers.

M: Can I just call it ultra smooth froth??
That is the most eat smooth tasting stour ever. It feels like light whipped cream in your mouth with a low carbo pills.

O: A damn impressive drink. The smoothest beer of all time.. The name says it all. You can drink like 3 of these easy and then loose sense of gravity and pee all over the bathroom floor before saying "damn that is one damn good beer... burrrpp"

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Photo of jfmorey
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a sinfter at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown.
Opaque black with brown highlights, adequate head with good lacing.
Smell is ok, sweet.
Initial taste is pleasantly roasty sweet, licorice, chocolate; aftertaste is clean, just enough hop sharpness. Balance and complexity of flavors is unusual.
This was my desert, so I am more than pleased.
A drinkable Imperial Stout is an oxymoron, this is to be sipped, slowly.

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Evil Twin Soft Dookie from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.