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Evil Twin Ashtray Heart - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 429
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 29.32%
Wants: 16
Gots: 83 | 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

Brewed at De Molen, the Netherlands..
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Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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 -5.8%
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 -3.7%
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 +0.8%
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 -17.3%
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 -4.5%
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 -3.1%
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 -39.3%
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 +11%
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 +4.5%
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 -2.6%
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 -2.1%
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 +18.6%
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 -10.2%
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 +11%
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 +2.1%
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 +11%
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 -2.1%
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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Photo of far333
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of mconner666
2.72/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a dimpled mug. Apparently smoked porters aren't really my thing, I love Stone, but I didn't like their smoked porter with vanilla bean, and it is highly rated. With this the pour, color, and mouth feel were fine, but I got smoked fish, and band aid in the nose, and the flavor came off like burnt band aid. I have liked almost all Evil Twin brews I have had, but this was a major disappointment, at least for me. Again, it is probably just not my style, but I think it would of went well with BBQ'ed pork as a pairing.

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Photo of beerfishkitedog
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Meadhall in Cambridge few weeks ago, served in a snifter. Interesting stout-meets-smoke beer combination. Good taste but probably couldn't have more than one in a sitting. Fairly light mouthfeel for a stout. Slightly oily. Ashtray is a good comparison. Needs food pairings like cheese or meat, neither of which I had when I drank it.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am most definitely an Eviltwin fan. I had some a while back and now recently I've had a few huge winners. That's what this is. A huge winner.

First off, the current labeling as a smoked porter is what I would call this, and as such, it works. Its the expected oil can black with a beautiful head and lace. The aroma is smoked, roast malts. The taste is a rich creamy roastyheavily smoked flavor. Like the best Rauch bier. I've had smoked porters before, but this one is American style-over the top. I'm going to seek out more evil twins. Theyhave been spectacular.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Deep dark pour, though the consistency appears a little thin. Massive brown head, but not particularly smoothe.

Smells like smokey burnt malts and metal.

Unsurprisingly there's a fair amount of ashy smoke to the front. After that we get into some molasses and alcohol. Not much nuance, and doesn't feel well put together. Way overcarbonated. Finish wants to be ashy bitter, but comes across more like leftover alcohol. Honestly kind of reminds me of a homebrew I did a while back that I messed up on and didn't come out right. In general Evil Twin seems to be money when it comes to the big and dark, but this one feels like a miss.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Evil Twin Ashtray Heart from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.