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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

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


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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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.35/5  rDev -39.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 14:56:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
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largadeer

California

2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 05:09:48 | More by largadeer
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.63/5  rDev -32%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 21:23:34 | More by bobhits
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 01:55:07 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 19:14:06 | More by BEERchitect
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jonvan04

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 00:32:52 | More by jonvan04
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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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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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womencantsail

California

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 21:50:43 | More by womencantsail
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 04:48:17 | More by KFBR392
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 02:11:26 | More by biboergosum
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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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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2011 05:19:01 | More by DrinkSlurm
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ehammond1


3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2012 21:08:06 | More by ehammond1
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 06:01:20 | More by wordemupg
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 03:19:26 | More by drabmuh
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jayhawk73

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 18:52:23 | More by jayhawk73
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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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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Poured into a snifter, appearance was black with a nice chocolate head that retained well and left sticky lacing. Had an aroma of bitter dark and roasty malts and bitter chocolate. Really bitter for the style. Tasted of roasty malts, coffee, bitter chocolate and a bit of smoke.

Mouthfeel was dry and bitter. Certainly not my favorite Imperial Stout, but not bad. Perhaps the name is the best part of this beer...try it and see for yourself.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 01:46:07 | More by MsRif
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 19:37:50 | More by Sammy
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Jsenay

Texas

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

Poured from bottle into snifter

A - As everyone else has been saying this beer is definitely a gusher. I had to be super careful pouring this into the glass. The first ounce pour filled the entire glass with head and it took about five minutes to dissipate. Even after pouring some out it continues to foam upward in the bottle. I eventually had to pull out another glass to catch what was coming out of the bottle.

S - Smell has a nice roasted nature to it, sweet milk, dark chocolate, ash, vanilla and a slight nuttiness

T - Has a metallic taste at first, as does most of his beers. They just need a couple minutes for the volatile particles to trail off. Starts off with a effervescent chocolate sweetness that trails off into a smoked nutty toast flavor. A tinge of sourness as it warms.

M - The mouth feel is rather thin. With the boldness of smells this gives off I didn't expect this to have such a watered down consistency. Trails off into a dry bitter finish.

O - This beer gets better as it warms. It isn't quite what I was expecting but, when does Evil Twin ever brew something predictable? I was however looking for a much more creamy and thick mouth feel which is a necessity for a beer of this style. All the other elements were present except this one which was a disappointment to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:42:29 | More by Jsenay
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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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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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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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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle my brother gave me as a Law School graduation gift. What a great name for a beer. Hopefully the neer tastes as good as the name is. Poured into a snifter...

A - This beer pours a deep black color with a surprisingly large, 3 finger head that is a tan/khaki color. The head retains quite well and leaves some nice lacing as it recedes.

S - The aroma starts with some bitter chocolate and coffee notes followed by some super roasty malt aromas. There are some earthy hops present giving it a nice full quality. There also seems to be some smoke-like aromas there too.

T - Roasted, dark malts and bitter chocolate come out in the profile first. There is a bit of bitter coffee mixing in there are well. There are some flavors of caramel and dark fruits coming through as well. Earthy, piney hops come next giving a slightly fruity addition as well.

M - Medium to full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. More carbonation is present than I would've expected for a 10% ABV imperial stout. But at times it is quite smooth.

O - Not a bad beer, but not the best imperial stout I've ever come across. It was nice to try something new from this brewery and I look forward to trying the barrel aged version sometime soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 17:07:38 | More by KAP1356
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Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room from Evil Twin Brewing
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