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Evil Twin Ashtray Heart - Evil Twin Brewing

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226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 37 | FT: 3
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Denmark

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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doowhat

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

05-11-2014 16:57:19 | More by doowhat
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

01-07-2012 16:35:02 | More by JAHMUR
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yanosh

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

04-12-2014 22:20:50 | More by yanosh
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JoeMans

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

02-15-2014 03:23:42 | More by JoeMans
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popery

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

01-09-2013 06:31:37 | More by popery
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

06-12-2013 22:01:06 | More by MarvinSnyder
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2014 05:30:06 | More by MattyG85
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very sharp smell of chocolate, malt, and smoke.

T: Tasted predominantly of dark chocolate, with hints of malt and some vanilla. The smoke was definitely there, but mainly in the finish. A different flavor than what I expected, but still good. Not as boozy as some RISs.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a very silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied - not as big and chewy as most stouts.

O: An interesting, drinkable, and oddly likable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 11:32:35 | More by avalon07
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mynie

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 03:54:46 | More by mynie
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 10:02:29 | More by rootbeerman
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Zraly

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Birch in Norfolk, Va. Beautifully presented in a goblet; deep black with a crema-style head.

Nose of smoke and earth. Rich, dark chocolate notes with cigar smoke lingering in the background. Hints of cafe au lait and espresso are present. A touch of fresh earth and leather underlie the coffee/espresso notes. Finish is smooth, creamy, and silky. Alcohol is present but does not dominate.

Very tightly constructed and a pleasure to consume. This is prime material for a dessert beer and/or to accompany a good cigar.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 01:03:48 | More by Zraly
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, black body with a voluminous, three finger, khaki coloured head that remains in place for quite a long time. Looks terrific!

Smell is smoke, dark, loamy earth, spent coffee grounds and semi-sweet baker's chocolate.

Flavour is smoke, a surprising woodiness, mildly sweet suggestion of toffee, and finishes with a slight earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly weighted given the style, but not quite what I was expecting given the abv.

A well crafted stout with well hidden alcohol, not the type of smoke I was expecting to see, however. Overall, still a great offering from Evil Twin.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 21:42:34 | More by SilentSabre
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice smoked RIS, pretty hefty and with a long lingering range.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Simple design with a brown background , cream typography with a large V presiding it. Side paragraph notes main characteristic, intent, and best before date 2015. Shows Alc. by Vol (8.9%) Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, rich creamy head, moderate retention and surface memory with spotty lacing.

S - Nose is a a bit soft it pleasing with a good roasted sense, dash of coffee, and a hint of smokiness.

T - Flavor opens up the brew for the brew with a good roasted malt sense early on, coffee, touch of chocolate, a hint of fruit, and an emerging smoky sense that grown wrapping nicely the ale as it closes.

M - Medium-full body and medium-low carbonation, bitter range that holds the brew with a smooth finish.

O - Very nice flow as an overall experience. Not the smoked bomb it presents itself to be but rather rich, pleasing and complex.

Notes: All hype aside this is quite a good brew. We´ll see about the other offerings… Given that it rides somewhat on Mikkeller´s rep it has a tough road ahead to make a significant dent once the new distribution launch settles. The overblown pricing, despite the solid quality, will hinder the choice. It is good but not that price bracket good.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 02:55:06 | More by Daniellobo
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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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nickfl

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out pitch black with a giant tan head. The head seems to last forever and leaves pretty decent lace behind.

Daaammmmnnn. A very nice smoked hickory (?) BBQ scent with some roasted malts following.

Heavy smoke, chocolate and booze lead the taste. Surprised by the booze because it ain't that heavy to begin with (8.9%). Not that it tastes bad. I get some caramel sweetness around the middle, sticky finish.

Worth a try for sure. A super solid, tasty, smoked DIPS.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 01:03:36 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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CloudStrife

New York

4.01/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 02:42:16 | More by CloudStrife
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Durge

Connecticut

4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A licorice black colored brew with a fair dark tan head and modest bits of lacing. The aroma is pretty big , with chewy licorice smoked malt and veggie evergreen hop. There is an "ashy" idea here but it comes off very nice. The flavor brings out a tart prune malt shrouded in cigar ash and leathery tobacco. There's a little bit of whole grain flavor deep down but it's hard to overcome the primary smoky theme. This is medium plus bodied porter with a fairly chewy but smooth feel with quiet carbonation. As porters go this is a big flavored brew and I can see it being a controversial one. Either really like it or really dislike it. It's easily a good one for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 23:25:37 | More by Durge
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tectactoe

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-17-2014 10:55:09 | More by tectactoe
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dogfishandi

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-12-2014 20:23:19 | More by dogfishandi
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b2hogan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-13-2013 16:01:40 | More by b2hogan
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4/5  rDev +8.7%

04-07-2012 19:16:25 | More by daveytheformer
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Beer21

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-08-2014 01:23:17 | More by Beer21
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rbouton

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

04-07-2014 22:20:52 | More by rbouton
Evil Twin Ashtray Heart from Evil Twin Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.