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Evil Twin Ashtray Heart - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 67 | FT: 3
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SilentSabre on 07-28-2011

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Ratings: 381 | Reviews: 92
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Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Evil Twin's Ashtray Heart a couple weeks ago for $3.59 at Holiday Market. I like smoked beers, especially smoked Porters and Stouts and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. Bottled 2/5/14. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, but I think it's a little plain looking and not the most eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two fingers worth of creamy light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the smoke being the first up and it shows up a good amount while imparting a nice bonfire like smoke aroma. Up next comes a nice and bright dark fruit aroma with some nice dark cherry aromas coming through and it's followed by the malts which impart a nice dark roasted malt, chocolate and light coffee like aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, there was nice balance and it seemed to have just a little complexity to it.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the smoke still being the first to show up and it imparts those same smokey aspects that it did in the aroma. Up next comes that same dark fruit aspect that I got in the aroma, with the cherry's still sticking out the most and it's followed by the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the roasted malts and chocolate sticking out the most. On the finish it gets slightly watery with pretty much not bitterness and a slightly alcohol flavors and there's some nice smokey and roasted malt flavors showing up in the background. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the smoke and roasted malts showed up more with the dark fruits showing up in the background.

M- Smooth, a little creamy. a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, giving Evil Twin's reputation and what they wrote on the label i was expecting the smokey aspect to be more intense than it was and that could be because of the age, but I have noticed age effect the smoke that much in my experience, so I'm not sure about that. This beer had a nice drinkability, it was smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, not too filling and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, I think one is the perfect amount for me, anymore than that and it might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the complexity, the cherry flavors added a nice layer of complexity to it. What I liked the least about this beer was that the roasted malts and smoke weren't just a little stronger, I found myself wishing those aspects were more intense. I would buy this beer again, but it isn't something I'm going to stock up on and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of smoked beers. All in all I was happy with this beer, it wasn't quite what I was expecting, but in the end I enjoyed it and i think it was a little unique for the style. This isn't my favorite Evil Twin beer or my favorite Smoked Beer, it falls above the middle in both categories. Nice job guys, this was a nice Smoked Porter, keep up the solid work.

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Dark pour with very high carbonation, producing a thick lacing that lasts throughout the tasting. Smells like burnt wood, bacon and oranges (??). Medium body, made a bit rough by the high carbonation; fruit bitterness, chocolate and dark cherries, and a moderate amount of alcohol.

Photo of pat61
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice. Bottled on date of 02/05/14.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A roasty and sweet dark malt forward aroma with good hints of chocolate and smoke. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, smoke, burnt toast, biscuit, dough, tobacco, leather, caramel, toffee, and yeast. Sweet scent of burnt molasses and brown sugar. Hints of anise licorice spice and slight pepper as well. Dark fruit hints of raisin, cherry, and prune. Hops are very light. A very good roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with big notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Dark roasted barley malts with a big taste of dark chocolate, coffee beans, and smoke as well as notes of biscuit, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, tobacco, leather, dough, and yeast. Sweet taste of burnt molasses and brown sugar. Slight anise and pepper spicing. Dark fruit undertones of cherry, raisin, and prune. Subtle earthy hops. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and fairly drying on the finish. Alcohol is masked well.

Overall: A very good imperial smoked porter/stout. Good roasty malt flavors with a nice kick of smoke.

Photo of far333
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, nearly black and opaque with ruby highlights where the light gets through. Tightly bubbled head of brown foam settles out slowly, leaving frothy bubbles around the inside of the glass.

Aroma of cocoa and licorice, smoke and leather. Rich and bold flavor immediately hits the taste buds, smoke and espresso, cocoa, root beer, and a hint of cherry. Lots of flavors, lots of character, very complex. Malts are darkly toasted, no bitter roast flavor, hops are understated, but there's a good balance of sweet and bitter. Slightly ashen dark roasted malt flavor lingers, perhaps hence the name. Full mouth feel, moderate carbonation. Alcohol strength is masked by the flavors. Very good beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a teku)
best before 2015
A- jet-black body with a dark tan-brown body with a fizzy head that pushes above the glass and last as a thick sheet. There is a wall of micro-bubbles.

S- The aroma of graphite pencils and black malt has a smoked sausage quality and slightly earthy and sweaty quality. The finish has a slight endive bitterness in the finish with more hop character coming out as the beer opens.

T- The dark fruit and raisins flavor fades to a sweaty black malt flavor with a dandelion green bitterness and a slight tang to it and an inky black note that lingers.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz in the finish but no real alcohol heat.

O- The head is amazing with an interesting blend of smoke and malt with a bit of an odd bitterness. The black malt and roasted barley has a strong brassy flavor this gets a bit to strong as it warms.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle split and poured into mini pilsner glasses. Best before 2015.

A: Pours a deep brownish black with a large puffy khaki-tan head. LIght gets through about a 1/4 inch. A spot or two of lacing. Head remains as a covering on the top throughout the experience.

S: Smokey rauchbier campfire aroma. Reminds me a bit of a bandaid. Almost like a smoked meat too.

T: Almost like a blend of a dopplebock, stout and rauchbier. A dark fruitiness comes through, roasted malt and of course a heavy smoked flavor. Lingering smokey aftertaste. Bit of a milkstout aspect as well. Just a touch of metallic flavor.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Has a bit of velvety mouthfeel to it. A touch on the sticky side. Isn't too hot considering the abv.

Overall an interesting variant to the RIS style. The smokiness is well done and adds some complexity. Would be great with some smoked meats.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass
A- Black with a dark nutty brown head, about a finger-sized head. Small bubbles with not much lacing at all
S- Smoky malt dominates the nose with a woody scent coming through that I can't pick up on. Maybe cedar?
T- Heavy smokiness on the sip. Almost has an ashtray quality to it. Roasted malt comes next with a slight bitter chocolate
M- Medium-bodied, medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy.
O- About what I expected. The smoke wasn't overpowering but definitely the lead character in this show.

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. I highly doubt that the 'placebo effect' alluded to on the label has anything to do with the legally mandated ABV value detailed in close proximity.

This beer pours a solid, colour sucking black void, with sliver-thin, glowing basal mahogany highlights, and a spillage-tempting rising tower of billowing, loosely foamy tan head, which leaves a few wayward specks and one rising blurry sea monster of painted lace around the glass as it eventually recedes.

It smells of roasted, mildly meaty caramel malt, soft bittersweet cocoa notes, somewhat zingy black fruit, ashy tobacco leaf, and some growing whiffs of medicinal alcohol. The taste is more charred caramel/toffee malt, fleshy smoke that has passed at least somewhere near a seaside fishery, chalky dry chocolate, stale black licorice, singed citrus rind and forest floor leaves, and a warming, subtly prickly booziness.

The bubbles are relatively spent after their initial petulant outburst, the body a robust medium weight, and a bit too tacky and edgy to wave the smoothness attribute banner all that fervently. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa malt sweetness still having its hands quite full with the lingering smoke and soused fruitiness.

A generally well-rendered RIS, not too sweet or boozy, but instead, of course, smoky. The effect isn't overpowering, but it does cast a spell over the proceedings - all constituent components seem to be touched by it. If you like that idea, then have at 'er. And to re-address the marketing schtick from the bottle label - placebo is just a so-so 90's indie band, man.

Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Torst. Big smoke, ash smell. But its great as I like the style. Ashtray, in the best way. Peaty, however that's in the secondary perhaps muted over time aged in a bottle. In that way, stands out from classic smoked beers.Lacy with a bit of head. Middling mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured two fingers of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is amazing. Alder campfire smoke and roasted malt.
The taste carries the smoke too with some moderate bitterness and roasted malt. The flavors are bold but they don't flow smoothly.
The texture is crisp and fizzy with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable beer, too bad the great aroma didn't carry over to the taste.

Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/13/14

Pours a very effervescent mahogany with two fingers of mocha colored head. Stays effervescent throughout, average lacing & below average head retention

S: Dark fruit & faint smokeyness

T: Smokeyness, a little bit of figs up front & a little roastyness. Smokeyness, a little carob & some jammyness & baker's chocolate as this warms. Finishes with more chocolate, smokeyness & dryness & a little vanilla

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, thins out a touch as this warms, warming

Drinks easy for the ABV & style, not bad, but would rather have some Alaskan Smoked Porter any day of the week

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Unibroue La Fin du Monde tulip. Poured pitch black with a minimal light tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, charred malt, smoke, and subtle dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, smoke, dark chocolate, and charred malt. It had a heavy feel on the palate with very low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. If I am completely honest, I never would have guessed that this one was a RIS by smelling it or tasting it alone. Now that I know it is, some of the flavors I got make a little sense (dark fruit). While this was pretty good it was just a little too bitter for my liking with the charred malt flavor I got. Worth trying if you get the chance for sure despite this fact.

Photo of PennFBarts
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a chalice, a dark copper laced head that receded quickly into the dark body. Smokey on the nose but a more hearty coffee flavor on this stout defined porter. More smokey on smell but less substantial than most stouts. Acidic at first taste, yet seemingly low carbonation affected the final texture. A decent beer, but below Evil Twin name.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark tan head that falls to a eighth-inch layer with leggy lacing that slides back down to the head. Color is what it should be. Aroma is sweet smoky bbq sauce, coffee, dark chocolate and roasted nuts. Flavor is predominantly roasted barley and smoked malt with some malty sweetness, chocolate and nuts in the finish. Mouthfeel is dense and slightly sugary, the way I like it. Carbonation is low, which is expected. Overall a fine imperial stout with a little something extra.

Photo of Bung
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. Thick black pour, but there is almost no head on this one. A few bubbles around the edge eventually.

Aroma, There is a strange mustiness to me. Wet wood. Behind is some smoke, peat, roast malt. Some vinuous fruits.

Taste, quite a bit of fruit here, port like, that fades into more stout like qualities. Roast, dark chocolate and some complementary smoke. Not quite smoked bacon. Smoke is fairly understated.

It's slick bodied, light side of full. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Some more carbonation could really help this one I think.
This is a different one, maybe worth trying, but the price point gets a little tough.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle, best before 2015. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that stays around for a bit. There's also a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like smoked malt, chocolate, band-aids, peat, burnt/charred malt, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some dark fruit and an earthy flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and has a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a very good brew. Although it's pricey at $8.99 a bottle, I'd buy this one again. Definitely worth a try if you like smoked stouts.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gotta love the name.

Pours an inky place, with a brown head, four fingers. Smoke and char on the nose, some cocoa powder, slightly fruity. Smoke and char on the taste as well, fruity still, with some astringency. Definitely takes it down a notch. Nearly full bodied, but not as thick as it looks, medium carbonations.

Eh, a little let down. It's got it's good parts, but its nothing special as far as smoke beers go.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle to snifter. $9.00 for the single. Sampled 10/14/11 with a best before date of 2015.

A: Pours with a small 1/2 finger head made of compact foam, medium dark brown in color and quick to disappear. The body is as dark as brown gets before reaching black. Spotty lacing.

S: As the name would suggest, the nose is completely owned by smoke, roast and otherwise burnt aromas. Very honest and unabashed....but definitely over the top. Chocolate manages to make a brief appearance, as does light pine, a little leather, earth and finally some ambient dark fruit aromas.

T: Flavors include smoke, charcoal, tar and, well, ashtray. Subtle notes of briny meat and soy. Mildly port-like on the finish.

M: Like a malted milkshake, this beer is super thick and very creamy. The body is as full as full can be. The silky smooth texture is enhanced by the gentle carbonation which keeps the beer rolling nonchalantly over the tongue. Wow. What a mouthfeel.

O: Several Evil Twin beers deep now, I'm starting to feel that these guys are talented brewers but are extreme for the sake of being extreme. After a couple of expensive purchases - and not being too thrilled with any of them - it's going to take a GREAT experience with an inexpensive draft pour to get me back as a consumer.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a healthy three finger medium brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate and peat. Flavor starts with a healthy dose of campfire smoke, developing dark toasted malt, coffee, nuts and peat. Finishes with great lingering smoke, dark toasted malt and light vanilla. Medium, creamy body. This is definitely the most complex smoke flavor I've experienced in smoked beer and although I am not a cigar smoker, the flavor does suggest the rich leathery smoke from cigars. The ashtray moniker is appropriate, but the stout gives more of a suggestion of the smoke before the stogie gets to the ashtray. Well done and very enjoyable. Evil Twin pulls off another beer that pushes the envelope and triumphs.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the mild smokiness and full flavor. Nicely done.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high creamy dark beige head that died down and left lacing down the sides of the glass and a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of cigar smoke and car seat leather in the nose.
T: The taste is quite complex and has flavors of roasted malts and smoked cigars with notes of chocolate. It is very much reminiscent of what’s left over in an ashtray.
M: It feels medium-bodied, very smooth and somewhat creamy on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The flavors melt in your mouth in the finish.
O: The beer has some interesting flavors but isn’t one that is easy to drink with the flavors of cigar smoke.

Photo of Lionhearted1987
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Really good smoked stout. Very decadent, like smoke in my mouth. Very boozy as well. There really isn't a bad brew by Evil Twin.

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Evil Twin Ashtray Heart from Evil Twin Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.