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Evil Twin Ashtray Heart - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 7
Gots: 37 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Molen, the Netherlands..

(Beer added by: SilentSabre on 07-28-2011)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 12:33:41 | More by Sammy
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-22-2014 12:59:01 | More by djrn2
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 16:27:06 | More by metter98
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3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps a bit of reverse psychology at work as the beer sells low but delivers high. Convinced that the smoke character would render the beer harsh, unpleasant and too intense, what's delivered is a bold and roasty stout with complementary smoke character.

But like any stout would, the beer pours an opaque black and is just shy of viscous visual texture. A creamy sand-stained froth pulls from its dark body and builds on top the beer with a rich lather. Its depth of retention and lace continues to appease the eye even with its last sip.

Unlike most stout, the aromas lead with deep campfire, mesquite and a nearly overwhelming sense of burnt embers. Accompanying aromas buffer the strong smokiness with dark roast coffee, burnt toast and scorched molasses. Even a dark chocolate, currant, pepper and sherry note slivers through, heading into the fist sip.

Bracing for that first intimidating sip, something remarkable happens- the beer isn't nearly as smoky as the nose suggests. Other burnt flavors however rise first- molasses, espresso and bitter chocolates greet the early palate, just ahead of a smoky and slightly fruit middle. Peps of grape, berry and licorice slide underneath the cloud of smoke that offers up a tobacco-laden finish. Spices from char round into a coffee-type bitterness equipped with a notion of burnt pine.

Its high roast and wafting smoke character exacerbates any sense of dryness and pushes into arid, ashy and powdery texture- largely due to roast-derived astringency and its charred tannin. But that all is balanced beautifully by a creamy and almost marshmallowy texture. The taste closes with spicy warmth and an acidic winy tone.

The beer's malty body and sweetness supports the bold smoke character well, however I would prefer to see heavier texture, more sweetness and a deeper level of complexity, even if it comes at the risk of ten-plus percent in alcohol- oh darn!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 20:04:54 | More by BEERchitect
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.7%

07-22-2012 19:43:11 | More by acurtis
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

08-16-2012 14:46:27 | More by kjkinsey
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

08-18-2012 18:37:13 | More by Texasfan549
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-16-2013 04:38:23 | More by jaydoc
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4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger tan head with nice lacing on a jet black body.

S: espresso, roasted malt, smoke, some peat, campfire

T: very smokey but so good. Mesquite and campfire notes, capturing all of the smokiness you can handle which I can see how it may be overpowering but a vanilla and chocolate sweetness to the finish provides some balance.

M: medium to full body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall:really smokey but doesn't linger. Well balanced for me. A must try if you like this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 04:57:55 | More by kylehay2004
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-02-2012 19:53:38 | More by GRG1313
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4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Part of my smoke-fiend find in Chi-Town last week. Got some. It pours a straight onyx topped by over a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises molasses, red wine, light maple syrup, roasted malts, smoked hickory, and a touch of chocolate syrup. Oh yeah, baby. The taste starts off with plenty of roasted malts, molasses, and dark chocolate, then moves into a woody, slightly vinous smoke, which melds with the molasses and red wine as it lingers in the finish. The wine is a bit much for me, as it detracts from the more straight-forward smoke. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice smoked stout, one that stands apart from its ilk due to the hickory and wine characters. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 22:33:33 | More by TMoney2591
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Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 02:25:48 | More by biboergosum
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

01-07-2012 16:35:02 | More by JAHMUR
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4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles rapidly but leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Coffee and lots of peat with notes of cigar smoke and caramel.

T - Smoky chocolate up front with hazelnuts and peat. Smoky caramel in the middle with a finish of peanuts, spicy chocolate, and lingering peat smoke.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Really smoky, but oddly drinkable. The peat is intense, but not unpleasant or bandaid like as it is in so many other beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 04:57:47 | More by nickfl
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3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 02:35:06 | More by russpowell
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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Poured in to a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a finger of thick tan head. There is a good amount of retention and nice lacing. Very good looking beer.

Smell: Very roasty with some mild herbal notes. Hints of port and a malty sweetness.

Taste: Exactly what I would expect from the name. Roast and smoke bitterness crushed the tongue. Mildly sweet dark fruit notes with a bitter, burnt finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with smooth, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is what I expected and not bad at all. I don't think I could have done much more than a small pour due to the intensity.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 21:40:45 | More by oline73
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

01-16-2013 00:49:08 | More by mendvicdog
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-20-2014 21:49:24 | More by XmnwildX12
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2.26/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pitch black and opaque with a two finger, frothy beige head that has really good retention, slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.  

Intense aroma with lots of smoke, butane and a very strong phenol/bandaid character.  Strong smokiness in the nose with lots of ash, lighter fluid and charcoal.  There's nothing else here to balance out the prominent bandaid/phenols which are really unpleasant.  Almost all of the other dark malt notes are completely overshadowed.

Full bodied with a slightly creamy texture and a very intense burnt/smoke flavor.  Really overwhelming with strong acrid unpleasantness.  Everything tastes like burning!   Charred toast, burnt malt, charcoal burnt wood and ashtray.   Really strong but the phenol presence isn't as bad as expected.  It's there but not as offensive as it is in the aroma.  Still, this beer is very harsh and a chore to choke down.  I'm a huge fan of smoked beers but I didn't like this beer at all.  

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 02:15:50 | More by corby112
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

09-13-2013 01:03:31 | More by weeare138
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3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 21:15:21 | More by rhoadsrage
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and hints of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to an inch thick medium sized cap in the center of the beer with a very thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of cigar and cigarette smoke with hints of leather and burnt malts.

T: Upfront there is a strong flavor or burnt malts, roasted malts, and smoke (cigar and cigarette). There are lighter notes of leather and dark chocolate. This beer is truly reminiscent of an ashtray.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: There is a lot of complexity to the flavor and aroma of this beer with some really interesting aspects but it is not an easy beer to drink. The name is very appropriate as I think this beer really reminds me of an ashtray (and as a non-smoker it is slightly off-putting)>

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 01:56:31 | More by dbrauneis
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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/5/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, roasted malt, wood smoke, toast, dark bread, light char, leather, herbal, and roast/smoke earthiness. Nice aromas with solid complexity and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, coffee, wood smoke, leather, herbal, and roast/smoke earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, coffee, molasses, wood smoke, herbal, and roast/smoke earthiness on the finish for a while. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/smoked malt flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice smoked imperial stout. Good complexity and balance of dark/roasted/smoked malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. Flavors did not feel as bold as I was expecting for a 9% stout, but is a nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2014 21:38:25 | More by superspak
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong smoke, roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, smoke, alcohol, hint of hop, hint of chocolate, and yeast. Overall, a great RIS, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity. The hops are very minimal which allows many other characteristics to shine. Particularly, the smoke, yeast, and sweet malt. The earthiness of this brew is amazing. Best taste of an ashtray I've ever had ;)

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2014 14:46:15 | More by Tone
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Alberta (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 26/5/13

A not quite jet black, deep edge, enough clarity to see plenty of bubbles and it was a struggle to get this one in the glass, massive loose light brown foam has great retention but doesn't stick to the glass

S smoke, cola, milk chocolate, licorice, and some dark fruit, tobacco ash but I wouldn't say ciggys but pipe tobacco perhaps, some burnt bacon perhaps and topsoil

T more of the same really, chocolates focused towards coco powder and I'm getting some over-ripe plum, pretty solid example of the style

M medium bodied and somewhat light for the color, a little foamy and some swirls of the glass are needed to take out some of the bubbles, long lingering finish of char, coco, and bruised plum

O a few extra bubbles would be my only real complaint and its pretty minor, would go well with some BBQ but all I got is stir-fry

no mention of the nearly 9% at any point, the booze is entirely hidden, good example of the style but cost a little more then I'd want to spend on a second bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 17:35:27 | More by wordemupg
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Evil Twin Ashtray Heart from Evil Twin Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.