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

Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel RoomEvil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room

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BA SCORE
87
very good

250 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%


Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
Denmark

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: timtim on 12-06-2011)
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KornWallace

New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date: 4/9/14
Location: Prospect Beer Works
Glassware: Plastic Cup
Appearance: Pours black with a large brown foam head.
Aromatics: Huge smell of brown sugar, bitter chocolate, marshmallow. Some malt scents. Boozy.
Flavor: Bitter chocolates come forth with think malts. Big coffee flavors and
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty chewy with the back end leaving an oily bitters on the tongue.
Notes: Served at room temperature in a hotel room in Montpellier, VT.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 02:35:27 | More by KornWallace
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topace

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottled 08/23/13

Pours a beautiful mocha brown head of about a finger. Slowly dissipates to leave a minor lacing.

Smells of coffee, roasted malts, with a touch of malty sweetness and some booziness though very little for the 10%

Taste is mostly of sweet chocolaty malts and some coffee with a good bitter finish to keep from being too overwhelmingly sweet. Initial impression is not overwhelmingly fantastic but it keeps pulling you back in for another try.

Mouth feel is viscous and smooth befitting an imperial stout/porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 01:33:16 | More by topace
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hops202

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 8/23/13 - Poured into Stone Snifter

First look is jet-black used motor oil with thick brown head. Smell is very sweet with cocoa hints, maybe a little coffee and lots of roastiness. Taste is certainly more bitter than was expected from the aroma. Definitely some burnt black coffee along with dark chocolate. Not as thrilled with this as I was hoping. I think I will be purchasing some TenFidy tomorrow!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 02:20:47 | More by hops202
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.. First Evil Twin brew.

A: Wow.... JET BLACK and thick looking during the pour.... Good finger and a half of dark tan head that settles to a thin layer with massive lacing from start to finish.

S: I'm getting a little chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of bourbon booziness.

T: Little like the smell... Chocolate, roasted malt and then a strong bitterness all smashing in at the top. Bitterness is pretty strong.

M: Full-bodied, it is smooth yet has a little sharpness. Finish is a little boozy from the high ABV.

O: Not a bad Imperial Stout... But the bitterness is a little offsetting for me. Big ABV on this one makes it a one beer night on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 01:51:54 | More by mralphabet
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a slightly strange beer in that it has the nice piney-ness off a hoppy IPA, but it's it stout form. I have in general not liked the stouts that cross over to the IPA-style bitterness. This one does it better than most.

Warmer, you get a smokey hint over the fairly normal smells you would get from a stout. The taste is dark and roasty, but dry and resinous somehow at the same time. Pine notes hit later, but oily coffee notes cut that a bit before taking over and ending the taste. The smokiness from the nose tries to make an appearance at the very end, and I notice some sips more than others. The lingering taste (which is significant today), draws this out slowly. It's too much of the wrong type of bitterness (in my mind) to come close to hitting the top stouts, but I have appreciated it a little more with each taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 03:24:36 | More by cjgiant
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bark

Sweden

2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

The colour is extremely dark warm21 brown (100 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is warm brown and compact. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is sweet and very smooth. Some alcohol, roasted nuts and quite a lot of roasted malts. Dried fruits and red apples. A gentle touch of smoke in the background.

The taste is very sweet with growing notes of hot alcohol. Green plants and unripe fruits. Roasted malts; black coffee with sugar and dark chocolate plus a hint of plastic. Medium body. The aftertaste got intensive alcohol flavours, ice cream with dark chocolate and prunes. The finish is milder with cocoa and coffee.

The carbonation is strong, the long-lived bubbles are small and sharp. The liquid is thick and sticky.

Way to evident alcohol in this one. And a tad too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 20:50:20 | More by bark
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beergoot

Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black body topped with a thick, brown head, creamy and rocky, very long-lasting. Sweet and pungent aroma; floral and piney; peppermint; roasted and chocolate malts. Rich malt sweetness with plenty of complementary hop bitterness and a zesty edge of alcohol. Full-bodied, soft and velvety mouthfeel.

An outstanding, well-brewed imperial stout. Balance and complexity are there in spades. Nice hop and boozy edge to the big malt character with everything meshing together nicely. I've said it before and I'll say it again – the northern Europeans know how to brew a tasty, big bodied, big alcohol dark ale. Here's a prime example...

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 01:01:36 | More by beergoot
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a solid brew, but I should start by saying that at ten bucks a bottle, this is grotesquely overpriced. the same can be said about other evil twin beers, but this isn't unique enough to warrant its price tag, despite being an excellent example of the style. I thought this would be spiced or something, but it is just a simple and straightforward imperial stout. more brown than black, but rich in color, matte in finish, with a short mocha head. a nose of cocoa powder and roasted barley, nothing too intense, and a well disguised alcoholic strength. the flavor is grain forward, unmalted nearly burnt barely gives it some bitterness, but it has less body than a lot of these, and drinks rather easily as a result of that and of its nearly invisible booze. a little chalky in feel, and a little bitter in the finish, im sure a barrel aged version will appear at some point to address this, but I like it as it stands now. simple and elegant, rich but drinkable for the style, and something I can still pair with food. oddly named, as this does not evoke images of santa or the like, but it works as a winter imperial stout. the price makes me like it a whole lot less though, and unless you can find it in the six dollar or so range, I would skip it in favor of something else.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 06:44:54 | More by StonedTrippin
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. From notes.

A - Poured black with one finger of mocha head. Good carbonation with virtually no lace and a film of retention.

S - Big aroma. Lot's of roast, coffee, huge black roast malt notes.

T - Some alcohol. Really roasty, sweet and chocolatey, dark fruit. Quite pleasant.

M - Mild carbonation, full body, big roasty finish with a good bitterenss.

O/D - Quite well crafted. A very solid imperial stout. Let's you know the alcohol is there but bashes you with great flavours at the same time. Not the most complex example of the style, but quite well put together.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 02:49:52 | More by tbeckett
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MarkJBurch

New York

3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black, mocha colored frothy head lingers for awhile, sticky lacing.

Fruit esters are very noticeable, distracting. Slight roast, alcohol and little chocolate, not much more going on.

Sweet, apple flavor (ethyl hexanoate or acetaldehyde) up front makes way for huge roast, black malt and burnt flavors. Dry, bitter finish stays with you long after each sip. Not terrible but I really dislike the esters in this.

Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is mild and works well with the viscosity of the beer.

Just like how I imagine spending Christmas Eve at a New York City hotel room would be... expensive and disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 01:59:09 | More by MarkJBurch
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cosmicevan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a Tørst wine glass. Bottled on 8/23/13.

a - brew poured a deep chocolate black with a half finger of dark brown bubbly head that dissolved leaving walls of lace on the edge of the glass and a few tan bubbly islands on the surface.

s - nose is rich and roasted chocolate. rather crisp.

t - big, bad, and ROASTY. big roasted malts. bakers chocolate...little bitter. some vanilla notes on the back end. fairly standard fare for the style, but rather tasty. nice chocolate notes and great balance.

m - big beer...roasty. abv is noticeable.

o - overall, not the best RIS i've had, but a really solid offering. this one is all about the roast.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 21:31:54 | More by cosmicevan
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip- pours a thick black with 1.5 fingers of tan head, modest retention, some nice spots and streaks of lacing. Looks like it should.

Smell is mild and roasty- certainly not an overload. Roasted barley, a little coffee, a little caramel. Nice.

Tastes delicious- very rich, very slightly acidic. Rich roasted barley character all the way through, coffee comes through towards the end and a little caramel in the middle and at the end. Very good, well balanced, not too sweet, I don't taste the booze but my girlfriend says it's there.

Mouthfeel is fantastic and is what really makes this beer for me. Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Excellent beer- I have a bottle at home and I don't know whether I can save it.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 22:08:10 | More by Hopdaemon39
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 14:26:18 | More by AdamF625
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Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: inky black body beneath dark chocolate foam a finger thick

S: roasty dark malt and chocolate char, sweet Bosco syrup and earth

T: lots of dark and roasty and bittersweet chocolate flavors, some espresso notes

M: smooth, medium-to-full bodied, flat, silky, mild bittering and drying finish

O: a well-executed stout, regal and simple, but without any particular characteristic to set it apart from other well-executed stouts with which it is on par

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 03:11:41 | More by Greywulfken
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ksimons

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-pours almost black with a fingers worth of tan creamy head that sticks to the glass

S-roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, espresso, and a bit of char

T-taste is similar to the smell, roasted malt, rich chocolate, espresso, molasses, and a bitter charred finish. Well hidden alcohol.

M-medium body, low carbonation, dry roasted aftertaste

Overall a very nice imperial stout, I will look for it again

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 22:00:12 | More by ksimons
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smooth pouring black brew creates minimal straw colored head which reduces quickly into a thin layer of crust. No lacing.

Lots of roasty coffee and chocolate. Burnt molasses. Slightly sweet pine and mango-y. A bit of rubbing alcohol aromas.

Lots of rubber flavors. Coffee, dark, damp, bitter coffee. Chocolate is way roasty and well done, heavy flavors with thinner body. Pine, bitter, a bit too thin, earthy sweetness without any burn from the heat. Carbonation is medium-high and well placed.

A nice brew, especially so on a snower winter-y day. Not quite up to par for a $9/12oz...but, still nice and enjoyable. Recommended, but not for the price...

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 00:16:57 | More by chugalug06
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BKBassist

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - Rich deep brown. Somewhat lighter than I'm used to in the style. Single finger mocha brown head with tiny bubbles.

S - Chocolate milk, acrid roast, a coppery sweetness.

T - Coffee, cocoa, a bit of smoke, some leathery/licorice hints.

M - Rich and velvety, nice carbonation. What I look for in the style.

O - A very nice Imp Stout. Nothing to really set it apart, but with the recent Evil Twin price drops, this becomes a solid entry into the fray.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 01:44:04 | More by BKBassist
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:30:56 | More by LI_PO12
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larryi86

Delaware

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 8/23/13, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two brown head.

S- Espresso, dark chocolate, some char, some pine, touch of alcohol.

T- Roasted coffee/espresso, dark chocolate, hints of dark fruits and pine, big bitter and lingering finish.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Not Evil Twins best but not a bad beer at all, was just hoping for something bigger.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 01:52:02 | More by larryi86
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours dark, opaque black with and even toffee colored layer of creamy foam - lacing is very viscous.

S - Dark chocolate roast, Espresso roasted cream, and very minimal char. Pretty tame considering the ABV of this beer.

T - Follows the nose with dark roasted chocolate malt, light char, some dark Espresso cream with a little dark fruit in the middle and some alcohol effervescence on the very end.

M - Medium body, little to no carbonation makes it glide over the tongue.

O - Solid but not a stand out or pack leader if that's what you're looking for.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:19:32 | More by jzeilinger
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MadScientist

New York

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 00:58:02 | More by MadScientist
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black no light getting through this one even when held up to the lights. Head is two fingers of dark brown, almost coco colored but not quite dark enough, plenty of lacing left behind on my goblet.

Aroma is roasted malts, good chocolate aromas, light whiffs of dark fruit. Aroma is pretty good but seems little subdued for a big ass stout.

Taste is good roasted notes almost lightly burnt like bitterness to start, then the chocolate notes pick up and sweeten it out quite a bit until the finish. Finish is sweet chocolate malts with a god dose of tobacco like hop bitterness with some lingering herbal notes. Some lingering licorice in the finish also.noticed after it warmed up even more i guess.

Mouthfeel is almost approaching full but carbonation picks up some and seems to lighten the feel in the finish.

Overall a pretty solid big stout, not bad but the same can be had for half the price so see no reason to really purchase this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 01:10:01 | More by mntlover
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious, full bodied, and beautiful. Lots of head and pitch black. Loads of bitter coffee and hints of chocolate, rich and malty. No way this is 10% because it goes down really fast and easy. Comparable to FBS and in the same league. People have complained about this because of the price, but at least at my local shop, the price was drastically reduced by over half. Very much worth the price. I'll get more and maybe save some for Christmas Eve. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 01:22:33 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 04:42:06 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coming in a slim, long-neck 330ml brown bottle, served mildly chilled in a Hapkin’s short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a pitch black hue with a thin dark brown head, coming with very restrained carbonation.
S: creamy dark chocolate ice cream, ripe stone-fruits, jammy dates, toasted walnuts, boiled chestnuts, licorice candy, black sugar, sweetened coffee, and honey-ish notes all spring to mind… A swirl gives rise to perfumy esters, fruity hops, and a winey feature all in all. Very pleasant and reasonably complex.
T: softly effervescent and lubricating, the foretaste comes bitter-sweet nutty, brown bread-ish as well as roasted malty with a very light tinge of spiciness and licorice around the rear of the palate, leaving a somewhat jammy and thick date-ish fruity undertone as well as a rather clean and intensive edge of spicy/tangy bitterness and mild acidity to linger in the finish. Not too sweet, not too bitter, not too roasty, neither very estery nor hoppy, but everything is there in its good proportion.
M&O: mild on the carbonation side, soothing on the palate and full-bodied without going heavy, this imperial stout is a fine example of how a supposedly heavy beer can be elevated in weight without compromising the taste. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 19:09:07 | More by wl0307
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Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room from Evil Twin Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.