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Evil Twin Ashtray Heart - Evil Twin Brewing

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94 Reviews
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Reviews: 94
Hads: 434
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 16
Gots: 83 | FT: 3
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SilentSabre on 07-28-2011

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Reviews: 94 | Hads: 434
Photo of corby112
2.32/5  rDev -39.4%
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.  

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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)>

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the Lava Lounge in Waterloo, Iowa. Thought it was like a combination between a medium-strength stout and a dark IPA. It was enjoyable but hard to place. Here's my notes:

Very smooth. Nice brown head atop near opaque black. Smells not at all ashen: nodes of molasses and dark roasted barley with a firm back end of dry hops. Tastes the same as it smells, nice balance.

Okay, that's the end of the notes. I didn't pick up any of the smokey or vinous nodes that people pick up once they've been informed this is supposed to be a Russian Imperial. Power of suggestion, maybe? As it stood, it wasn't really a stellar example of its purported style, but it's still a damn fine beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Very deep brown on the pour with auburn and ruby hues. A massive four fingers of pillowy brown head swiftly rises atop the beer and does not budge and inch. A thick collar of lacing is left in the wake of the head as the beer is consumed.

S: Milk chocolate, brown molasses, charcoal. Juicy berry esters are hidden tightly. A blanket of bacon and campfire loosely covers it all.

T: Milk chocolate, bittersweet dark chocolate, woody and nutty tastes and a tight juicy berry ester are perceptible for only a moment. Then the smoked malts absolutely bulldoze everything. Extreme char, highly ashy, intense smoke. Soot, campfire, jerky and bacon. The smoked malt onslaught subsides just enough to let bitter black coffee and bitter dark chocolate poke through on the finish and ride it out with a lingering ashy sensation.

M: The body sits on the heftier side of the spectrum, though it isn't too weighty. Full, creamy, and well-rounded. Modest level of prickling carbonation. Good.

O: It grew on me a little toward the end, but this is one hardcore smoked beer. Absolutely not for the faint of heart. It is aptly named; it gets so smoky that it really does call to mind a full ash tray. Evil Twin went a little overboard with this one. You'll really need to love smoked beers to justify the $10 single bottle price tag and the ensuing, borderline masochistic palate stomp.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.06/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black, touch of brown, finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, smoke, vanilla, molasses, some dark fruits, tobacco, earthy hops, booze.

T - Roasted dark chocolate malts, smoke, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, tobacco, some earthy hops, black licorice, and booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch syrupy with a warming, sweet, and smokey finish.

D - Nice smoked stout. Good overall balance with good body and mouthfeel.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a little surprised by the lukewarm reviews on this one. It is a little pricey for a 12oz bottle, but it is a very pleasing take on a Russian Imperial Stout.

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, the stout was a murky blackish-brown with a slight layer of mocha foam. The smoke is very apparent in the aroma as it radiates the essence of smoked bacon. In the initial taste, one gets sweet bacon, smoke, glazed ham, and sweet black malt. If you are bored with the average stout, this stout sure packs a great deal of excitement. Toward the finish, one detects elements of vanilla toward the back of the tongue. If the sweetness on this stout went a little higher, this would be near perfect. In the aftertaste, a woody vanilla finish yields to a warming sensation. A nice smooth stout that leaves some of the sting of tobacco in your mouth, Ashtray Heart would make a great cold weather beer.

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Photo of drpimento
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wah. Poured this at a good temperature with a massive, tan, foamy, frothy, fluffy, creamy head that settles after a bit and some lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is smoke, malt, molasses, a little red wine. Flavor is the disappointment - a little sour, I believe it's turned, and hard to get around it. Otherwise it's like nose, plenty of bitter and the sweet is offset by the sour. Body is good, I think, but again the sour leave high points that I don't think would normally be there. Finish is like flavor and I cant drink anymore.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black, half finger mocha head, decent lacing, carbonation bbbles along the bottom of the snifter.

S - Dark candi syrup, smoked malts, meat, light hop undertone.

T - Dark candi syrup, smoked malts, meat, semi sweet chocolate syrup.

M - Syrupy, light-medium body, low carbonation.

O - Eh...This was boring at best, totally opposite of the delicious and complex Biscotti Break from Evil Twin.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served into an Oversized glass.Enjoyed on nov´11.
Dark mahogany in color.Beige thick layer froth.Good retention. Nice rings & spots. Roasted malt & slightly smoky aromas to the nose.Gentle bitterness,hints of coffee & resins.Dark fruits & molasses in the middle.Full body,soft carbonation.Kind warming ABV.Easy drinkability & complex mouthfeel.

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2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: first thing I'm noticing is great head retention and thick lacing. The head is dark brown, cream-n-coffee colored, and is about two fingers thick.
S: the roast malts have the certain aroma like they were roasted over a fire, the smoke is apparent. Very light coffee and chocolate hidden behind the smoke and sweet malt.
T: the smoke is first noticed, followed by roast malt sweetness and a bit of burnt toast like carbon in the smoky flavor.
M: coating, and lingers around for awhile.
O: I like this, its different for sure but don't think I will seek this out again, that's not saying I don't like evil twin.

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Photo of shanblur
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased on a recent trip to St. Louis. Best by 2015 printed on the label. Poured from 330ml bottle into a snifter. A - Dark, with a faint tan head which quickly recedes leaving only some bubbles. S - Roasted malts with the usual chocolate and coffee notes. The smokiness comes through on the aroma. T - Roasted malts and dark chocolate with the smokiness also coming through on the taste. M - Light to medium body with little carbonation. A nice beer. I can imagine the smokiness being nice for a beer pairing with food. Not your average stout.

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Photo of antique
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a thick, beautiful half-inch cocoa brown head that dissolves slowly. Leaves behind many lines of lacing.

Smell is powerful: cocoa, some malts, dark fruits, and a good hit of smoke that pokes through too (not as much as one might expect given the name however).

The taste is kind of powerful at first--heavy chocolates, lots of malts, and a strange, near-immediate fruity tartness that almost threatens to overpower these other flavors. A hint of bitters hits afterward before all of this slowly disappears, making way for that smokey flavor the beer promises. Like with the smell, the smokiness isn't a huge factor, but it's definitely there. Given the title of the beer (ashtray heart), the smoke flavor is surprisingly mild, and I'm not sure how well it works for the beer overall.

It's a very sweet imperial stout, and isn't big on bitter flavors, instead vying for the smokiness and dark fruit backdrop, which is fine, but for me kind of wears thin about halfway through. It's lightly carbonated and feels a bit syrupy in the mouth, but it finishes with a nice warmth that lasts for a while, and lingers with a distinctive licorice aftertaste.

Overall it's a slightly adventurous brew that I'm ultimately glad I tried, but I don't think I'd be anxious to pick it up again any time soon. Just a bit too sweet and unbalanced for my tastes.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ashtray heart has a jet black body and a solid slab of brown head. The lacing is great. After drinking most of this, I would have to say that the body is actually a very dark brown color, because I spilled a good bit of the glass on my white shirt.

The aroma has lots of chocolate to it, some fruit, some roasted malt, but not really much smoke.

Once again, chocolate seems to be the most prominent part of this beer, followed by some roasted malt. Dark fruits and a hint of anise surface next. The finish does has a puff of smoke in it, but not nearly what I expected from it. The finish has a good amount of warmth, but nothing that is overpowering or unpleasant.

Very thick body, with a nice, full mouthfeel.

Based on the price, it's pretty tough for me to recommend this one. It is a solid big stout with a light to moderate amount of smoke. I do love the name though.

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Evil Twin Ashtray Heart from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.