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

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578 Ratings
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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 24
Gots: 105 | FT: 4
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New York, United States

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 aboyd87
2/5  rDev -49%

Astringent flavor on the back end turns me off. Not comparable to the other stouts evil twin puts out.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a black body with a huge, tan head bursting forth with very little encouragement.

Smell: The gentlest, most cautious pour produces an explosive head that refuses to settle out, so, sadly, not much of an aroma beyond faint, faint hints of roast, dark fruit, and licorice.

Taste: Roasted malts, suds, black licorice, suds, scorched chocolate ganache, more suds, spice-flavored suds, pruneskins. There's some bitterness and alcohol, maybe, but it's lost in a sea of never-ending foam.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Master Level Carbonation.

Overall: A foamy mess.

Photo of largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Black bodied with a tall, dense and lasting head. It seems over carbonated for the style, but looks good.

Smell: Pretty faint. Charred malt and bittersweet chocolate, a little fruitiness from the yeast. Slightly botanical/soapy. Not much more to say about it.

Taste & mouthfeel: Thin in body and flavor, with sharp, fizzy carbonation. Raisin, bitter chocolate, a little bite from roasted malt. Licorice and toast in the finish, which is rather brief. A mediocre beer that's incredibly overpriced.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured in to snifter.

A - Poured black with a thin layer of espresso coloured head.

S - A big roast aroma is met with sweet molasses and chocolate and some noticeable alcohol.

T - A big roast profile up front that becomes overpowered by a big sweetness and some molasses, sweet milk chocolate and brown sugar. After a few sips the sweetness becomes somewhat cloying, making this beer difficult to drink.

M - Medium body at times, but somewhat light and watery at other times. Light carbonation.

O - This was one rough. Couldn't even get through a 12 oz bottle.

Photo of bobhits
2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Dark roasted beer with far too little character or focus. I suppose the name says it all, a new york city hotel room is close to so much amazing stuff but it is hell to be there. It is small, cramped, and over priced as hell. This beer is the same. Sweet roasted and boring as hell. At 10% AND AT 10 bucks a bottle any sane person would want more.

Photo of Marco-Escuandolas1
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

I wanted this to be good. But it was meh

Photo of BEERchitect
2.76/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Caramel character is great. Toast is good. Roast starts to polarize taste. But scorched is plain offensive. This nonsensically named ale flirts with the line that separates scorched character from roasted character and is highly divisive in its taste.

The pour erupts from the tulip up on its initial pour. The billowing head easily topples the rim with hardly and notice of actual beer beneath. Although the bottle didn't spew, the beer overtakes the glass with ease. After what seems to be an eternity to this thirsty beer drinker, the beer finally settles into an unmistakable black beer with tan-ish spiderwebbing lace that sticks to both the glass and the surface of the beer. Its champagne-like carbonation and the way it explodes in the glass is fairly obnoxious.

Sharp aromas of burnt wood, ash, and spice strike the nose with brunt force. With the most slight of molasses malt aroma, coffee grounds, and cocoa, the malt influence is heavily roasty and is exacerbated by spicy peppercorn, burnt fruit, and alcohol.

Elevated roast flavors flirt with the taste of burnt carbon-rich ash from the very first sip and extends well into the finish- carrying with it very little supporting malt sweetness. Its dry, powdery taste exposes high yeast spices, tart vine-dried fruit, medicine, and grain tannin. An ill-conceived balance to promote roast flavors show flaws in the beer's recipe formulation and its acrid dry taste is problematic in brewer execution.

It's enormous carbonation engulfs the mouth, turns to ash, and dries the mouth unnecessarily. This happens on the early, middle, and late palate. Sharply astringent and acidic to palate sensations show a messy mouthfeel that may signal infection to come. Powdery dry and terribly ashy, the beer is problematic on all fronts of drinkability.

But even with all that, I finished the beer (albeit with slight pain) and find that there's some dry roast flavors to celebrate behind all that ash and pang.

Photo of bark
3.03/5  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.

Photo of jonvan04
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured black with a thick tan head. The aroma was of chocolate, cocoa, with subtle hints of anise and some roasted malt. The taste was a lot less complex than the aroma, it was creamy with a slight amount of the roasted malt and anise detectable in the aroma without much else going on. The mouthfeel was extremely fizzy. There was no evidence of the bottle being shaken up before I had opened it, but that amount of carbonation in this brew feels as if I had. This beer is lacking the flavor, body, and burn of an imperial stout. Overall this beer was not very interesting at all, and was way overpriced for what I got out of it.

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of kfh227
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The taste is not to my personal liking. I usually like imperials. I usually like double IPAs but IPAs in general are not for me so please don't take my review to seriously. I am writing it because I like to keep a track record of what I'v e had for future reference.

Fir tghose still reading. Poured into a Duvel glass. Very dark. Small head, maybe 1/2".

Smell? ya, not much of a smell. My nose was never great though.

I don't get any chocolate taste out of it. A slight bitterness. Oaky for some reason. Another reviewer noted the same thing and that there is no barrel involved in the process. Alcohol slightly notable but nothing that would make you think it unless you look for it.

More IPA than stout for those wondering.

I'd do this once a year. Thankfully it ia seasonal (Fall) so I suppose I can just grab it once a year.

Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Pours almost black with a surprisingly large tan head. Smells intensely of roasted malt and licorice. There’s a bit of char and ash to it as well as some interesting dark fruit notes, giving it sweetness. The flavor is quite heavy on the roasted malts with lots of licorice, molasses, and bitterness. There is a touch of smoke flavor in there, too, maybe some coffee grounds and soap. Medium to full in body with medium carbonation.

Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass with appealing label design. Symbol-branded pry-off pressure cap. "BILO 08/23/13."

10% ABV. Served cold into a tulip and side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Reviewed live as an imperial stout per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide. Dark tan colour. Good creaminess and thickness. Fairly soft. Retention is average at best - about 2 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Opaque dark black colour. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. Not unique or special for an imperial stout, but generally appealing.

AROMA: Dark malts, chocolate malt, cream, vanilla, marshmallow.

No yeast character, alcohol, hop notes, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's an appealing aroma of moderate strength. Seems well-balanced.

TASTE: Dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, cocoa, faint vanilla, cream, light marshmallow, light caramel, and buried roast with accompanying bitterness.

Pretty well-balanced, and nicely built, but not perfect. It's not quite a gestalt whole, but it's well put together. Has enough complexity and subtlety, but it doesn't impress.

Not yeasty, hoppy, boozy, or off.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, creamy, fairly soft, medium to full bodied, and aptly thick. Slightly overcarbonated. It could be softer and creamier. More lightness on the palate would only help.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, boozy, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: It's a drinkable imperial stout, but isn't world-class. Many consumers will regard it as overpriced relative to its quality, but I quite like it and will enjoy finishing my glass. I wouldn't buy it again - at least at its American price - but it's well worth trying once. Will satisfy the discerning drinker.

High B-

Photo of KFBR392
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Big bubbly head. Finger worth of head. Dark amber head color. Not an overbearing thickness was noticed on the pour.

Smell: Thick chewy malt. Dark hops, black licorice, leafy greens, molasses, dark chocolate, and sweet maple syrup. Interesting how much brightness comes from the dark aromas in this brew.

Taste: The bubbly carbonation is huge on the front of this beer. A medium bodied malt presence carries this beer. A slightly metalic sweetness follows through in the aftertaste. Sticky toffee and coffee presences hang on the palette. Carbonation is too heavy, but does settle in the body well.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation really creates a soft bubbly feeling. Some lingering alcohol sting as well.

Overall: A unique feeling imperial stout. Definitely has a European feeling versus a traditional American imperial stout. Not something I would buy again at $9 a bottle but gives you perspective on the diversity of the style.

Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 20/9/12

A I'm sure glad I didn't open this over my laptop because I'd be down a computer as this one barfed foam as soon as I popped the cap. Very dark liquid after the glass of foam settles down with just a thin cola edge when held to the light, zero lace and I mean zero, strange that that much foam leaves no evidence at all

S peat and coco with some cold coffee, faint booze and some sour fruit

T even darker roast with just a little licorice and the cold coffees replaced with espresso and charred wood, not as much sour fruit and fairly well hidden booze

M don't really get a chance to feel the weight because it instantly turns to foam, big foam, not much heat and a nice aftertaste of ultra dark malts but way to much carbonation

O I'm confused by this one as everything's telling me there's an infection setting in but it still somehow tastes pretty good? I'm not sure if this is what the brewer intended but flavor can go a long way

I have a feeling this will taste very different in a year, I can see this one going South in a funky way quite quickly. I'm going to go read some reviews to see if I'm the only one who thinks this way

Photo of hops202
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
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!

Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at gingerman nyc. Poured into 12oz snifter.
Deep black with no head. Great roasty malt aroma.
Flavor of roasted malts, coffee, and smoked barley. You can really feel the alcohol,but its kind of flat. Not as impressed as I hoped, but good nonetheless. Worth a try, but not at $10 a glass...

Photo of jzeilinger
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly jet black with a almost non existent head atop.Aromas of buttery rum,bitter chocolate,and dark fruit.A flatter feel with flavors of dark fruit and bitter chocolate mainly,brash sweet alcohol in the finish.Eh not as good as I was hoping for but not awful.

Photo of rdilauro
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This has been about my 10th EvilTwin Stout in the past couple of months. I've enjoyed all of them, but one thing I have noticed is that IF I was to put them all together in a flight, there would be very little difference between each of them.
Now, that is not a bad thing, just a plain and simple observation.

This one had everything you would want in a full stout, It was hard to detect this was a 10% abv. It was relatively smooth. No chocolate, or coffee in this one and if there was whiskey, it was played down

Photo of jayhawk73
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super dark brown with a one finger chocolate head. Minimal lacing on my CBS snifter. Soapy bubbles left over on top after a minute of pouring. The nose is chocolate, coffee, smoke, hops. A familiar nose profile. The taste follows suit, with the same profile. It's not sharp tasting, rather fairly mellow in character. Nice malt backbone. I was worried the hops would be too present, but they're way in the background on the taste.... Thankfully. Feel is medium, with low carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, this was a pretty good beer, but not for the price I paid for it- ridiculously overpriced in Washington DC. Cheers.

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You are in trouble when the most interesting thing about your beer is the name.

Beer served on draft at Churchkey in DC. It is dark, black, with a wispy head of small tan bubbles. No lacing low carbonation.

Roast, malt, sweet, roast.

Beer is so roasy and bitter it comes across as almost smokey. It is decent but not great. I won't have it again especially not at whatever the ridiculous cost this beer was.

Photo of DrBier
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into 12oz tulip.

Poured with 1/8" tight white head which dissipated to next to nothing in no time.
Mild effervescence and pitch black in color.

Slight roasty aroma in nose, but not much going on there.

Taste is smooth with moderate hop bitterness up front. leather, slight smoke and tobacco, with some dried cherry presence and a roasty finish.

Quite drinkable with a mild mouthfeel and pretty dry finish. Very tasty overall.

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