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Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 710
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 31
Gots: 151 | FT: 4
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: timtim on 12-06-2011

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep black color, pale brown head, fine lace.

Clean, malty smell, with an odd, primal, funky bit at the end.

Taste is good, classic; malt, molasses. Only mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is nice, rich. Carbonation is very light, fine. Unusual for me: I wouldn't mind a touch more.

Finish is moderately long, not intense, changes interestingly.

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Photo of do_ob
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Dark brown pour, and pitch black in the glass. Initially, a massive 3 finger head of foam resulted from a fairly aggressive pour. Bubbled down to a respectable lacing after a few minutes, khaki in color. Modest nose, but very nice. Baker's chocolate, plums, cinammon, ginger, roasted malt, and sweet, candied sugar. Upon tasting, I am met with a layered wall of caramel malt, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, sweet molasses, candied sugar, and roasty expresso. Noth really ground breaking here, just a very good imperial stout, while roasty, is a little on the sweet side. Good mouthfeel; not overly chewy, but still dense enough to maintain a high abv. Overall, a hair thin, but at this point, who's counting.

This is a good beer, no doubt. Perhaps not anything to write home about, if you're caught up in the hype cloud. I'd but this again anytime. Definitely a solid, well-balanced brew.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a with the blackness and thickness of motor oil – 2fb of dark brown head with copious lacing – fair carbonation. Smells strongly of cocoa, French roast, leather. Tastes semis sweet cocoa and burnt malts forward with notes of caramel, tobacco, leather and a hint of wet burlap/earthy with transition to piney hops and balanced with a hoppy bit. Body is smooth and full bodied with just enough carbonation to add astringency and lift the malty sweetness. ABV well hidden.
Overall, this is a solid American style imperial stout – some smoky and leathery notes that made it particularly interesting. Aptly named – I could easily picture enjoying this from a NYC hotel on Xmas eve overlooking central park. . . another great beer from evil twin. . .

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Photo of jdhilt
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee and chocolate nose, flavor is baked chocolate with some malty sweetness. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.80 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black color with mocha head. Aroma has chocolate and some sweet spices. I get vanilla, cloves, cinnamon and some liquor. Taste starts sweet and slightly boozy. Finishes bitter and roasty, lingering in the aftertaste. I also get some hops in the aftertaste. Body is heavy and has medium carbonation. Quite good overall, just slightly boozy for my taste.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and black with a nice khaki colored head on top of the beer. Looks great.

The aroma is rich, sweet, and malty. Dark chocolate, bitter hops (or something else giving it a bitter tint), a little bit of licorice or chicory in the smell as well.

The flavor has plenty black licorice, some semi-sweet chocolate chips, a nice level of sweetness throughout the body of the beer that I'm guessing comes from the malts. Occasionally I get a smoked characteristic, but its quickly flushed away with the sweetness of this stout.

This has a nice, heavy body. It's everything I would expect, and want, an imperial stout to be. I've had a few that are better, but it's difficult to find anything wrong with this one. I like it!

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottleneck says 315:15.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of bubbly surface foam.

S- Bold, rich dark roast nose brings to mind dark chocolate. Booze is somewhat apparent.

T- Intense charriness right off the bat with very little sweetness. Notes of black licorice, dark bread and a bit of smoke. The alcohol, just as in the aroma, is certainly there but not overbearing. There's also a significant amount of hop bitterness to accompany the roast bitterness.

M- Sharp from the hop/roast/booze combo. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Just about what one expects from an Evil Twin imperial stout: brash, assertive, unforgiving, but quite tasty.

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Photo of teromous
2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle is marked with:
I'm guessing that's the 232nd day of 2015 so Aug 20th 2015.

Appearance: Black body with a quickly fading light khaki head. Not much lacing or retention. Pretty average appearance for an Imperial stout.

Aroma: There is a sweet oak aroma and a touch of a slightly fruity candy-like scent. It smells more like a Belgian style ale than a stout. Some ethanol as well.

Taste: A ton of alcohol flavor which is paired with a touch of chocolate and some charcoal. There's a very sweet caramel taste to the beer. It starts to become sickly sweet which doesn't work well with the charcoal.

Mouthfeel: It has a decent mouthfeel. It is very sweet though which decreases drinkability.

Overall: This year it was not a very good beer. I bought this beer again because I had it back in September of 2014 and it was an excellent beer. This time it is just way too sweet without contributing much of that to a positive character to the beer. It's drikable if you have some very bitter dark chocolate to cut it with.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Near black dark brown with a short but substantial head of dark khaki foam; spotty lace.

Smell: Roasted grains, chocolate - Ovaltine.

Taste: Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and coffee. Finishes with roast bitterness. Slight alcohol bite emerges with warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, almost sticky feel, and light to medium carbonation.

Overall: Drinkable stout with focus on roast and nice cocoa notes; unassuming ABV.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Also had on Christmas Eve but not in a New York Hotel Room

L: Pours bright black with ruby highlights under a ½” lacy dark tan foam cap that is moderately persistent.

S: Roast, coffee, dark malt and faint chocolate aromas.

T: Alcohol spice, rich chocolate, traces of coffee, some rich dark sugars produce a light sweetness. A faint hint of baking spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg. The roasty malt flavors are medium high, the hop bitterness medium, the alcohol flavors are medium, the yeast flavors and hop flavors are medium low.

F: Very creamy medium full body and medium carbonation with a mild and pleasant alcohol warming.

O: This is a big imperial stout with a very pleasant blend of flavors.

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Photo of drmeto
4.79/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Drank on Christmas Eve, but not in a NYC Hotel Room

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium,frothy,khaki head
-Follows the nose plus nuts,fudge,a slight acidity,toasty finish
-low to medium carbonation
-medium to full body
-alcohol noticeable
Perfect Imperial Stout,even without Barrel-aging

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Very dark motor oil color with a dark tan head, rose to about an a finger's length and dropped perfectly with no sticky lacing. Middle the the body dissipates quick after a sip, still looks super appetizing.

Smell: Dark coffee aroma, but light in potency.

Taste: Complex, bitter chocolate...cocoa nibs galore with hit of dark coffee. The sweet malts are heavily offset with its slight espresso feel. I would like to know how this brew ages.

Mouth: Sticky, bitter after feel...not malty bitter, coffee bitter. Thin body compared to most other imperial stouts. Carbonation is medium.

Overall: Very good brew....honestly evil twin has imperial stouts on lock but should definitely focus on separating them. What I mean is, I wouldn't hunt for this brew considering there's better out there for the same amount of money if not less. Granted worth a pick up just for the review. Salud

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small tan head.

Smells of sweet cocoa.
Slightly creamy, definitely dry aftertaste of bitter chocolate. There is a little alcohol tingle as well.

Good, not great.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is rich black/brown with a tan head and nice lacing.

Nose is sharp with alcohol, with sweet milk chocolate, baked biscuit, and dry malt.

Taste is toffee, dark chocolate, steady alcohol, crusty bread, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is inky and smooth, with mild carbonation, and thorough alcohol warmth.

Overall, great for a heavy meal or a thick winter night.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Jet black with a short brown head that dissipates immediately. No light penetration.

Roasted barley, cocoa, smoke, burnt caramel, and cinnamon.

Deep roasted barley, charcoal, and burnt caramel. Molasses, smoke, and charred cocoa. Traces of lactose sugar, cinnamon booziness, and maybe even a touch of mint.

Full bodied, oily, silky, and warming with a moderate bitterness.

Roasty, slick, and vicious. Tastes like a majority of the Evil Twin's Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of Moose90
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a thick and heavy pitch black hue into the glass. There is a super dark brown head that slowly forms and sticks around, leaving behind some sticky clinging rings of lace with each sip.

S — Smell is dark, bitter, roasted, charred, assertive, almost burnt. Great notes of darkly roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, espresso, black licorice, black tea. Greatly dark and bold.

T — Much like the nose, this is heavy, rich, bold & assertive. Notes of bitter espresso, dark chocolate, charred malts, darkly roasted coffee. This is chewy, dark, bitter, and dry, no lingering or cloying sweetness.

M — Full-bodied, dry, and fulfilling, stick to your ribs.

O — Great overall, not sure what to expect with the name, but man what a great beer from ET.

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Photo of rypkr
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Dark black filmy pour with frothy/fizzy tan head. Lacing is thin for the abv and dissipates down quickly.

S - roasty and a little bitter. Earthiness to it that I'm not excited about in this style.

T - Wow. Not what I was expecting up front. Tastes of milk chocolate and lactose. Very sweet initially and finishes with a mild bitter bite moreso component of malt than he hops. Alcohol is present but not ostentatious.

M - extremely creamy, slightly oily, and overall pleasant.

O - evil twin did a solid job on this. Not something I'll seek out again but certainly a good representation of the style.

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Photo of dar482
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma offers spicy hops, licorice, sweet chocolate, caramel.

The flavor offers chocolate, caramel, roasty bitterness along with some licorice spice, and hints of alcohol on the back. Another strong imperial stout from Evil Twin.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at When Pigs Fly. Near black in color with a cocoa-colored head that was very sticky.
Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. A hint of vanilla.
Lots of chocolate in the taste, both dark chocolate and cocoa. A little bit of coffee.
Very smooth, alcohol well-hidden.

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Photo of stephens101
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a winner.

Mostly roasted malt in the aroma. Faint vinegar and dark fruits. A little brown bread.

Dry comes to mind upon the first sip. More roasted malts with subtle dark fruits.

Not one of my favorite outings from Evil Twin.

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Photo of justinp444
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, it has a black body with a beige solid head of 3 inches. Smell is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a good amount of vanilla, and a bit of caramel (very fragrant). Taste is stone fruit, raisin, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, smoke, a bit of vanilla, oily, alcohol, almost a Belgian dark ale taste to it, earth, and spice. Mouth feel is full and rich as well as the body (but it is just tad bit too oily). A very nice strong (in both flavor and alcohol) stout, not one of evil twins best though.

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Photo of mlockman
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another phenomenal stout from Evil Twin. The brown, foamy head dissipates quickly and the aroma follows the palate insofar as it is all malt with only a hint of roastiness. This beer is nearly perfect, and reminds a lot of last year's Ten Fidy prior to reformulation of the recipe. Oddly, however, I found the flavor did not improve as the beer warmed; in fact, I thought the flavor was more enjoyable when the beer was refrigerator-temperature, and actually had to put it back in to cool before finishing.

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Photo of Boccu
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark and rich. As always with evil twin a great stout full of flavor. One of my favorite stout Brewers. Not as complex as most of their other stouts.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really interesting beer - enjoyed with some friends - all of whom had different experiences
A - black - inky, oily dark with a dark brown head
S - molasses, coffee, booze and maybe chicory (credit to nugganooch for IDing smell)
T - coffee, chocolate and molasses
F - thick, creamy and very sweet

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep black with a brown foam head. Aroma is rich and complex, coffee, chocolate, malts are there, almost no hops. Taste is a little bit too sweet for me, not very well balanced with the bitterness. Medium body with medium carbonation. Nice beer.

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Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room from Evil Twin Brewing
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