Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room - Evil Twin Brewing
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Reviews by LI_PO12:
3.84/5 rDev -1%
Bottle into Tulip
Appearance- Jet Black, 1 finger head
Aroma- Coffee, chocolate, black licorice, some dark fruits, alcohol present
Flavor- Coffee, less chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, bitter up front but with a balanced sweetness throughout. Its a tad on the hot side but not too bad. There is a bit of a char like burnt wood in the aftertaste which seemed interesting at first but as I sip its getting a bit too much.
Mouthfeel- Medium -heavy, good carbonation, alcohol warmth
Overall- A good take on the style and my first Evil Twin. There are better, but this is worth a try. Got a four pack and thats probably all I need.
11-15-2013 03:30:56 | More by LI_PO12
More User Reviews:
3.84/5 rDev -1%
Bottled on 08/23/13
A: A jet black beer with a thick, espresso colored head. The head is made of compact, long lasting foiam.
S: Some dark stone fruit, a bit of alcohol and a slight note of citrus hops.
T: Strong dark malt flavors with some unsweetened chocolate, roast, burnt sugar and a some dark fruit flavors. There is a moderate dark malt bitterness and a medium hops bitterness; against the moderate caramel sweetness the balance is somewhat towards the bitter. There is a linger bitterness in the aftertaste with some alcohol sweetness in the medium finish.
M: A medium-full bodied beer with medium-strong carbonation.
O: A big, richly flavored Imperial Stout.
10-26-2013 00:58:02 | More by MadScientist
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA
Dark, deep brown with nearly no head and eventual dots of lacing down the glass.
Huge amounts of roasted malt in the aroma along with little else, perhaps the tiniest hint of chocolate sweetness and dark fruit, but this is simple and roasty, though very boldly aromatic.
The flavor is again dominated by huge amounts of roasted malt with almost a smokey characteristic, a bit of bitter chocolate, and a mild dark fruit component; this beer is also relatively, almost strangely, bitter for a big stout. Drinkable, though simple.
Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
A fine, above-average stout, but certainly not worth the price tag, as there are finer examples for less than half the cost.
01-11-2012 21:08:06 | More by ehammond1
4.26/5 rDev +9.8%
12oz bottle into snifter; jet black with a thin brown head that fades into a delicate ring of foam quickly.
Smell is roasted malt, coffee, dark and sweet chocolate, toffee, burnt sugar, dark fruit. A bit more complex than the Yin I had last night, and that's a good thing.
Taste is similar to the Yin; dark roasted malt starts off, with coffee and dark chocolate. Dark fruit is present as well, with tiny hints of milk chocolate sweetness. As with Yin, slight warmth of alcohol in the finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit fuller than Yin, which is a good thing. For a 10% imperial stout, Yin was dangerously close to porter-territory in mouthfeel. This one is fuller.
Overall, this is the one I prefer of the two Evil Twin stouts I've had so far. We'll see if that changes when I crack my Imperial Biscotti Break tomorrow.
09-27-2013 04:42:06 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
First off - pretty stupid name for a beer.
A - Very dark brown, pinky width of medium/light mocha head - dissipates quickly, leaving just a small amount around the rim of glass. not opaque what so ever.
S - Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, faints hops and very faint spice.
T - initial: Roasted coffee hits immediately- I don't think i'd say harshly or overwhelmingly but is up front and center. Dark chocolate eeks itself in a bit. Finish is more roast, bitter hops, and a little bit of booze. 10 ABVs are hidden for the most part.
M - Creamy, a little thin, not velvet. The roast flavor will stay with you for a few minutes. Viscosity is medium.
O - It's good. I liked most everything but nothing really stood out. Coffee/Chocolate/roast tones are balanced. More roasty then other stouts ive had- you will taste it for a while. It is a bit dry and bitter tho. I do wish the nose was more. Not real complex either. But, I payed $9.99 for this. I will never be purchasing this again.
03-19-2013 23:09:58 | More by weonfire
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
A-pours dark brown to black with no head and a thin brown ring around the glass.
S- sweet chocolate aroma, coffee, roasted malts
T- dark chocolate, ash, black malts, bitter coffee
M- smooth with medium carbonation then becomes very oily towards the finish. Alcohol is masked well.
O- very smooth imperial stout that is sweet upfront and turns into a bitter, dark, and oily beast.
11-24-2013 14:26:18 | More by AdamF625
3.53/5 rDev -9%
330ml bottle. Now what does the name of this beer mean? It sounds mildly depressing.
At first pop of the cap, I stupidly assumed this would be like any other imperial stout out there, and sit there quietly until I deemed it necessary to tip into the glass. Alas, this wasn't to be, as after a momentary beat an eruption of thin beige foam jetted forth, coating the entire bottle, like a breadcrumb crust, before starting to pool on the counter. Snapping out of my gaping reverie, I carefully poured this mess into the glass, getting no more than an inch of liquid before the foam halted things once more.
Anyways, after a wee further spell, I am left with a fairly inky blackness, with a basal cola hue, and a thin cap of broadly bubbly tan fizziness, with a weird lack of lace, and some hard to discern swirling sediment.
It smells of a thin roasted graininess, an oily nuttiness, some sour, acetic fruitiness, a light ashy smokiness, and some mild warming alcohol. The taste is a significant step up, imperial stout-wise, with some moderately roasted caramel malt, sturdy bittersweet chocolate, soft cherry and apple tartness, dry black liquorice, and some newfound leafy, floral hop bitterness. The 20-proof booze is rather well hidden, overall.
The bubbles, after their initial outburst, are quite tame and genially supportive, the body a bit too much on the light side of medium weight for the style, but agreeably smooth at the same rate. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel and chocolate notes persisting, as the tart and bitter aspects peter off just a bit.
A so-so imperial stout, a bit too thin and sour, with not enough weight and roundness to recommend as a repeat imbiber, even though the big ABV is expertly integrated. I'm now guessing that the effervescent opening act helps reinforce my impression of the theme of this offering's moniker, one which may not be appropriate for more delicate dispositions.
08-21-2012 02:11:26 | More by biboergosum
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
A - This bottle would have been a gusher if it wasn't this cold. A dark red appearance, which looks to be clear. Man, I pored half the bottle into my Struise glass and the foam reaches the edge already. Even in the bottle the foam is slowly, but steadily going to the top.
S - Piny hops a faintly present, along with a good dark chocolate and coffee smell.
T - Is there some chili-pepper in here? Coffee and chocolate have the overtone. There's a touch of booze, some spices (I think it is cardamom).
M - Something is really heating up my palate, nice and surprising. The carbonation is way to heavy though. The fluid turns into foam in your mouth right away, therefore a lot of the taste goes lost. The aftertaste is like dark bitter chocolate.
O - I would love to try a fresh one because I think it can be way better. A good RIS however.
02-05-2012 09:03:01 | More by Mar02x
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
Enjoyed on tap as part of the Darkside flight at Bruery Provisions. A decent stout but just OK for an imperial stout. Sheet of lace, dark appearance, OK drinkability.Lots of roast and burnt parts. Some chocolate,licorice, all combining for abundant sweetness.
01-20-2012 19:37:50 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev 0%
goblet - brasserie V, expensive pour, perfect for...lunch
appearance: served in a goblet - jet black body, sticky chocolate lace - looks nice
smell: dark and roasty, smoke, bitter dark chocolate, malt
taste: always love to explore the rarity and luxury of norwegian beer - lots of roasted malt, smoke, espresso, dark fruit, licorice, dry bitterness, not a lot of booze
mouthfeel: dry, roasty, bitter
overall: price point is a bit high, but a nice stout with a sweet name
12-22-2011 05:34:54 | More by dirtylou
4.26/5 rDev +9.8%
Watch out for the pour, it's like a volcano after just a few drops. A good ounce or so is no on the floor because I wasn't expecting it. The beer is very dark black, which I like, but the pour is all about the explosion of bubbles. The head is enormous. A bit too much, though it's an attractive brown color. For every one inch of dark liquid, you get three inches of brown head.
The smell is slightly subdued, but what's there is all of the roasted variety. Roasted malt dominates, with licorice and alcohol in supporting roles. Has a bit of an expresso/coffee/bittersweet chocolate thing going on.
Caramel malt is on display for the taste buds. Early on it tastes like a Coke, only not as sweet, with some hints of smoke. As it warms, coffee notes begin to emerge, as well as the bittersweet chocolate that showed up in the nose. Little evidence is shown that this beer is so strong.
It's got a very pleasant feel for something so strong. Initially sweetness is the dominant characteristic. But almost immediately, the carbonation cleans your tongue and puffs out your cheeks. Bitterness gains strength as the beer works its way back, with a lingering bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied because you've got a heavy beer that's full of carbonation, making a nice balance. Finishes dry with that lingering bitter.
Overall, I liked this beer a lot. It went down a bit too easy for something so strong. Very smooth, somewhat unexpectedly given the smell and the high ABV. Expensive, but worth it. Sad it's been retired...glad I've got a second bottle in the cellar.
03-04-2013 03:56:04 | More by RickS95
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