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Evil Twin Ashtray Heart - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 451
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 29.24%
Wants: 19
Gots: 93 | FT: 3
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer | 8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SilentSabre on 07-28-2011

Brewed at De Molen, the Netherlands..
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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a narrow ale glass: color is black, head is tan, presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to thin top and ring with some lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly roasted malts, touch of chocolate, then some espresso and grinds, lighter smoke comes in feintly. Nice smelling but not too smoky.

Taste is clean, solid roast, espresso, feint smoke but not distinctive.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, a bit crisp but not overcarbonated and not cloying or taxing on the tongue.

Overall, solid and nice tasting beer but the smoke character is light.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. It pours jet black with a thick, mocha-colored head and lacing. Although there is some smokiness to the smell, it wasn't as strong as I anticipated. It also smells of burnt coffee. The taste is more smoky than the smell but it blends with roasted malt, burnt coffee grounds, tobacco, and dark chocolate. There are also hints of licorice and vanilla. It is quite bitter at the finish and it leaves a fairly bitter aftertaste. This porter is medium in body (approaching a stout in its viscosity) and carbonation and its 8.9% ABV is well-masked. It is surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. Overall, this is an interesting and tasty porter. It would pare well with a hearty meal.

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Photo of AndrewCalebRay
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Carmel colored head when poured into q glass, great smokey coffee taste with a smooth mouth feel and smokey kick at the back of the throat. Not as good as their soft DK, but right under it in my list. Great smokey porter!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend at work---Thanks Justin!

Pours a muddy brownish black with a nice light tan head of foam that settles to a light ring with a thin pool and excellent lacing. Nose of medium charred malts of chocolate, light anise, and a medium strong amount of campfire smoke. Flavors surpass the nose with rich deeply roasted chocolate malts on all sides, subtle vanilla and light notes of licorice spread from the middle to the rear of the taste with a good dose of smoke that is rounding and within the limits of civility compared to many within the style. Warming alcohol presents itself on the back with low carbonation and a slick coating mouth feel that is rich and full. Another solid brew from a fantastic brewer.

This one begs for a fine cigar and a warm fireplace.


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Photo of HipCzech
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter. Pours dark, inky brown with short head of khaki foam; a fringe persists with minimal lacing. Complex, smoky aroma stars - charred wood, slightly savory smoke and plenty of roasted malt. Dark, roasted malt continues in the taste with slight savory notes (soy?), hints of dark fruit, tobacco smoke, and crisp bitterness. Medium, creamy body - lighter than its color or aroma suggest - with light carbonation. A basic stout highlighting some nice smoked malt character.

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Photo of leadpaint76
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured out black with a nice 1 finger of head. The aroma is of smoke and roasted malts. Flavor is smoke, all I can think of is sitting around a camp fire and breathing in the smoke. I don't really get anything else from this beer. To be honest this is the first smoked porter I have had. I think it is made well just not a beer at this point that I enjoyed very much. Evil Twin makes some great stuff. Have a great day my friends.

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Photo of GrumD
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoking! Almost pitch black with a tan head that stays quite firm down the glass. The aroma is smoky with dark roast and a hint of vanilla. The mouthfeel is full bodied with some smoke on the tongue and full blooded malt on to the fore. Hoppy finish shows it is more of a stout than a porter, but it is still very tasty.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottleneck says 345:14, so almost a year old.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch medium brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Big smoke presence in the aroma with some slightly sweet vanilla/chocolate notes accompanying.

T- Has more of that honey barbecue smokey character rather than that burnt, ashy quality. A bit of booze plus some char and roast. There's a tad bit of sweetness but the smoke and roasted malt reign supreme on this one. Chocolaty aftertaste.

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

O- Would really like to see what a 2 or 3 years would do to this beer since it's still pretty smoky and bold in flavor after less than a year of age on it.

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Photo of J30wang
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jet-Black like gasoline. If you like the Laphroaig whiskey, like smoked ham and cured meats, this is the beer for you. Mildly bitter, and sharp alcoholic flavors. Slight coffee and tastes like burnt ends of baby back ribs. This one is very new for me--I've never had a smoked porter before. Don't look for anything milky like the left-hand milk stouts (or the kentucky bourbon) this one is a lot more sassier. Great if you enjoy good amounts of peatiness in a beer. I'm not there yet, so I could take/leave.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black with a copper tinge and topped with a half finger head of chocolate milk colour.

Smoke, chocolate, sweet dark fruits, a slight peat quality. There also some garlic and steel.

Amazingly light in taste for the colour, chocolate, steel and a hint of potted meat or hot dog, less smokiness than I'd expected.

Smoothly covers alcohol but you feel the burn in the throat. Oily, a little foamy carbonation.

Found at Beer Lab in Chiang Mai. Drank Oct. 3rd, 2015. Little disappointed based on expectations and price, but certainly covers its alcohol. Not the smokiness I wanted either.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fairly smoky, dark roast malt notes, and dark cocoa in aroma.

A bit phenolic, bandaid flavor, with undertones of smoke, dark chocolate, and roast malt. Not overly bitter, but I think this has some age on it.

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Photo of mlockman
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

More than just smokey, actually tastes and smells like an ashtray...the dark malts are there, and tasty, but the ashtray flavor and aroma just really weren't my thing

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with big tan head. Smokey aroma. Taste is big roasted malts, nice smokey influence with a decent meatiness. Tasty must try if you like smokey flavour.

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Photo of Sterby
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass, color is almost black, foam is a toffee light brown with great retention. Mouthfeel is a soft, yet lively carbonation. Tasting dark fruits, chocolate, and earthy minerals with subtle smoke and spice on the finish. Smoke isn't as significant as the label indicates, but overall a nicely crafted stout with good flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Norsk
2.32/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The name says it all. Both smells and tastes like you poured a carbonated beer into a cigar ashtray, then added a couple band aids for an antiseptic flavor(new ones, not used...if that matters to you), then poured into a glass. There are some slight coffee notes if you search for them, but it's pretty tough getting past the "smokey" ashtray taste. I am certain there are more complex palates than mine that can appreciate this one, but alas, it is lost on me.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured pretty much completely black even when held up to the light. Mocha head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thickish covering... some light sticky lines of lacing around the glass...

Aroma - Strong meat smoked roasted malts, dark chocolate notes, dark sweet coffee, nice treacle / burnt sugar sweetness, leathery, toasted nuts, faint liquorice, some pepperiness...

Taste - Roasted chocolate malts to the fore mixed with some nice meaty smoke, some creamy / milky coffee traces, woody, treacle and brown sugar sweetness, some grassy / peppery traces, some oatiness, liquorice, light sweet nutty notes...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy... medium/full bodied... very drinkable considering the 8.9% alcohol...

Overall - A very good smoked porter - sweet, smokey and roasty. I really enjoyed this... recommended

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a dark tan head.
Nose shows some meaty smoked malt alongside smooth roast and cocoa.
Pretty similar flavours, a mix of smoke, roast and sweet bready malt.
Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Inspiring, deep black color Decent pale tan head.

Smell of porter. Some maltiness.

Predominant flavors of licorice, bitter cola, smoke, and malt. Especially licorice. No sweetness.

Malty finish, hints of licorice and seawater.

Nice mouthfeel, relatively rich.

Effortlessly hides the 8.9% ABV. Not a hit of heat. Impressive, that.

Overall a pretty decent porter. Nothing to get excited about. Not as good as other smoked porters (es. Rogue Big Ass Barrel Tea Smoke Porter).

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ultra dark. Black as soot, with a toasted brown head, starting proud and slimming down.

Aroma: Char. Cocoa. Toffee. Smoke. Nice. Deep and complex.

Taste: Sweet at first, then come the maple, the licorice, molasses and more. Full-bodied. Rich and filling. Long-lasting flavors. Vast, malty finish. I can't really find a fault with it, yet…I can't fall in love with it. It's not exactly rough around the edges, but it lacks a certain charm. Eh.

hey, there's words on the label! "Amazingly rich, seductively dark and smoking good. Yes a real heartbreaker. We recommend only the truly skillful, heavyweight beer champions to battle this awfully irresistible smoked stout."

Wait, which is it, smoked porter or smoked stout? It's called two things on the label. Make up your minds!

This falls in the domain of "okay", but don't go out of the way for it.

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Photo of pat61
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking a one month old 12 oz. bottle in a craft beer stout glass.
A: Pours brilliant ebony under a thick, finely bubbled, 1” light tan head that grips the side of the glass leaving ledges of lace marking each drink.
S: Roast, dark unsweetened chocolate and smoke.
T: Mild roast, grain, and dark chocolate at the beginning with caramel in the middle finishing with bitter chocolate, citrus rind hop bitterness, grain, smoke and a hint of bacon.
F: The texture is super creamy, silky smooth and full The carbonation is very fine and soft and uniform
O: Great flavors but the rich texture really makes this beer a delight to drink.

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Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Little head that settles quickly to no bubbles. No lace naturally. Deep dark brown color where only a bit of light passes.

A bit antiseptic, like a band-aide. There's some smoke as well as mild coffee.

Despite the nasty sounding name, this is more a mocha styled porter than a smoked beer. This is a very dry beer with the smokiness sucking any sweetness away from the tongue. Long lasting aftertaste of dark, Baker's chocolate and bittering hop. Good body and carbonation.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

When you pour this beer, it's very Dark and Black with an impressive Off White head which seems to carry on forever! In fact, pouring this one normally I couldn't fit it in my Duvel Tulip. It dissipates slowly leaving a little bit of lacing which eventually disappears completely. It's got great retention and eventually fades to a ring around the glass whilst you're enjoying this. On the nose, tonnes of peat smoke aromas, a little bit of Rye, Chocolate, Caramel and Toffee with a touch of Alcohol. I love Smoked Beers, so this made we want to put it straight down the hatch! On the palate, lots of Smoke to begin with, Rich Dark Chocolate, Toffee, Burnt Sugar and a little bit of a Citrusy finish. What an amazing, complex flavour. The Carbonation is pretty high for the style, but it was to be expected with this style and actually brings out the complexity in this brew. It's smooth and finishes Medium Dry. What a beer for Spring weather, although it's seriously smokey the other flavours in there are ridiculously balanced.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 5/5/14. Poured 3/4/15 into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. $4 for a single.

Appearance: Pitch black with about half a finger of a creamy dark brown head on it. Very little lacing. Looks great for the style.

Smell: So smokey it almost smells meaty. I had a beer before that smelled a lot like this in the past, but I'm having trouble remembering what it was. Under that smokey-and-almost-meaty aroma there's chocolate, roasted malt, coffee... the usual suspects. I'd tell people to beware of this beer if they don't like smokey beers, but the beer's even named Ashtray Heart, so.

Taste/feel: Basically identical to the aroma, here -- smoke that's so heavy it comes off a bit meat-like, then roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate. No dark fruit flavors to speak of. Aftertaste is a lingering ashiness with roast. Surprisingly not all that bitter... I was expecting a bitter bomb for some reason, but this beer actually has some pretty good balance. I was really going to trash it because BA says it's a stout, but the bottle says it's a porter (although the picture on this site says otherwise), and that makes more sense. This is merely about a medium bodied beer with a pretty high carbonation. For the style, it's pretty much right on, so from a 3.25 rating back to a 4 it goes.

Quite a tasty beer if you know what you're getting yourself into... and you should, if you read the label. Hard to say this is a "steal" at $4, but it's a good beer I'd definitely have again if I were in the mood for it.

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Photo of snoopy5023
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

While the picture shows it as a smoked stout, my bottle, bottled on 03/07/2014 states a smoked porter. Smokey slap to the face. Hints of dark chocolate, black pepper, and strong black coffee. Smells just like an ashtray as stated in the name with hints of a bitter cocoa. Good though, never knew something smelling of an ashtray could taste so good.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter (bottled on 1/3/14, so a little over a year ago)

A: Pitch black with a nice little dark roasted mocha head that sticks around for a bit. No lacing and just a bit of a collar.
S: Very mild overall. Just a light roast and fog of smoke.
T: I was expecting this to be a huge smoke bomb, but it is more of a smoke time bomb that just mildly lingers on the palate. This is just a pretty good porter with a tinge of smoke.
M: Light carbonation that is just a bit foamy.
O: It is possible that the smoke died over the past year. But smoke doesn't seem like something that would fade with time.

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Evil Twin Ashtray Heart from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.