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

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by timtim on 12-06-2011

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as good as Peche Mortel but man, this is a great beer. And potent!
One of the best stouts you'd ever want to try. The coffee element is strong with this one.
No head to speak of, low carbonation.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This brew is very flat when pouring out of a 12 ounce bottle. There was barely a “piff” sound when I opened it, but it is possible that there was an issue with the seal on this one. There was some dried gunk under the rim and some downward almost as if it had a slow leak/boil over at one time, and later resealed. I poured a bit roughly to over-compensate and only ended up with a foam ring. The date on the bottle was 8-29-2013. This beer is VERY VERY DARK. No light will ever penetrate this one. The foam ring is a dark khaki color and some lacing is evident.

Quite aromatic! First are smells of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and tobacco. Some fruity scents also swirl around (cherry, mango). Also a slight charred oak/smoky smell.

A slight hop bitterness at first, and then the waterfall of flavors begin (not a little trickle of flavors here, but like opening the flood gates!). AWESOME beer! A blast of caramelly sweetness pours in first, followed by chocolate, coffee, toffee, tobacco, nuttiness, charred wood, etc.… -you name it, the flavor is bound to be in there. Every rich and dark dessert thrown into a blender. There are fruity hints as well in the flavor. When all else fades, you are left with a nice comforting campfire and s’mores taste left in your mouth!

Thick and chewy. Full bodied but not very fizzy: expected low carbonation for the style. Slick and oily on the tongue.

Great, super, and awesome. My first EVIL TWIN beer and very impressed.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.61/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Love the name of this one....very original! The beer itself pours a rich motor oil brown/black color and it looks thick initially....there are some bronze hues when held up against the light....quite nice! The head on this one is a mocha coffee color and looks velvety upon inspection....it retains well and is rather dense in nature! Lacing is modest, with most of the foam sinking back into the brew rather quickly...above average overall!

S- Upon the first whiff, it is rich, deep and robust in aromas! Black French roast coffee, dark, heavily roasted malt that has hints of nutty sweetness blended into it, and along with this, there is some bakers chocolate and black cherrry....almost like black forest cake...with some boozeiness, and the finish is Earthy, balanced and surprisingly clean!

T- Semi Sweet dark chocolate with dark chocolate covered cordial cherry booziness and sweetness. Heavy black forest cake and dark ripe black cherry fruits....this is some of the best balanced beer that I've ever had! Deep French Roast coffee brewed with fresh vanilla pod is noted, creamy yeast, and a smooth nuttiness! Awesome!

M/O- Velvety smooooooth creaminess and solid medium-full body, this is simply gorgeous beer to drink! I cannot believe how well hidden the alcohol is in this one....it is impressive and a very highly drinkable stout!!! The best before date on the label suggested that this was to be enjoyed no later than 2015....it is 4 months into 2016 and I'm telling you, this is a proper vintage date....enjoy with black forest cake or cheesecake!......I would love to acquire more of this and have to give full marks to EvilTwin! Superb!!

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Photo of leitmotif
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm enjoying this in a hotel room. Pitch black with mocha head. Sweet malt, roasted coffee and milk are straight forward in the nose. Hints of cocoa and some dark fruits follow. The taste is rich, heavy. Coffee and lactose. Plums, figs and raisins. Nice milky finish. Awesome dark chocolate aftertaste with some warm alcohol feel. Just a bit of harsh feel from the hops make this not so easy to drink.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up a while back at the Whole Foods on Houston St in New York City. I had to buy a beer with "New York" as part of the name and thankfully, this was just as playful on the inside as well. Amazingly smooth for a Stout of this type while not being boozy or heavy at the same time. This ended up being a good choice for a raw day such as this one!

Nice pour to this with a dark raisin hue, a moderate light brown head, and just a few rings of lacing around the top of my pint glass. Much thinner than I thought it would be as the liquid flew out of the bottle upon pouring. Coffee, molasses, and dark fruit in the nose with lots of the former in the taste. Some vanilla bean came out in the aftertaste and only a hint of booze could be felt here once the sips went down, along with a trace amount of warming. Not full and not very hoppy, this was a Stout that felt like it was full or dark and/or chocolate malt that hardly came across as being roasted.

I could feel a bit tipsy once I finished off this bottle but aside from that, this was a Stout that begged for another as a chaser. A nice dark pie or figgy pudding would go great with this but if no food was available, this would still be a find dessert beer by itself. The flavors were enjoyable to the point that the light carbonation was a perfect complement, not having to scrub them away. A smooth take on this style worthy of another as a chaser!

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Photo of gonzo000
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer looks beautiful. Pores a nice dark black color that you cannot see through with a two finger old gold head. The smell is almost all malt. It is not very complex on the nose. The taste is good not great but the very end of the finish taste like a chocolate chip cookie. It might even be the aftertaste. The fact that this cooked chocolate chip cookie taste lingers in my mouth pushed the taste to excellent. The field is OK but overall it's a very good to excellent beer.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, Julian bottle date 232:15. Truncated review.

Poured to a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale mini snifter.

A - Thick, dark, black pour. Quickly fading one finger of dark mocha head.

S - Dark chocolate malt / roastiness.

T - Taste is the same: dark chocolate, roasted malts / barley, notes of chocolate, cream, vanilla, anise, licorice.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, but there is definitely brisk carbonation.

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Photo of akolb
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick black with a light coffee head.
The aroma has coffee, chocolate, pine, and cinnamon. Strong and enticing. Some hoppiness lightens things up.
The taste is bitter, with some malt, caramel, and dark roasts. Lingering alcohol burn. Earthy.
Thick, moderate-low carbonation.
A very nice beer. Perhaps not super unique, but very tasty and well done.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

A: Opaque black. No foam.
S: Strong roasted aroma. Coffee.
T: Medium chocolate. Medium roasted coffee. Somewhat caramel flavor. Moderate sweetness. Medium bitterness.
M: Full body. Moderate carbonation.
O: Great sweet-bitter balance, chocolate character. Excellent Christmas beer.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pure black, with a generous head. The aroma is very pleasant, promising flavors of coffee, chocolate, and maybe nuttiness. While drinking, the first impression is how full bodied this brew is. The feels is very full bodied, with a very pleasant after-taste that finishes with a slight alcohol flavor. This is my 2nd most favorite beer, and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Deep black color. Little bit of retention with solid lacing that carries through. Nice inviting look.

Smell: Piney, earthy, ether-y, roasty with slight tinges of dessert flavors. Smells like your typical America RIS.

Taste: Leather, dirt, pine nuts, coffee roast, dark chocolate and burnt caramel. Definitely reminds me of a hoppy RIS. Balanced between the sweetness, hoppiness and roasted malt. Quite tasty.

Feel: A little thick with low carbonation. Perfect balance as it is not sludge, yet not quite a soda.

Overall: Pure balance. Nothing too special, but definitely another solid stout from Evil Twin. Good work.

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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 +5.8%
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 +11.2%
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%
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 +1.5%
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 +9.9%
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 +1.5%
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 -35.8%
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 -1.5%
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 +14.2%
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 +21.6%
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%
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
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a small tan head.

Smells of sweet cocoa, toffee.
Slightly creamy, aftertaste of bittersweet chocolate. There is a little alcohol tingle as well. Aged 2 months this has lessened. Strong roasted notes in the finish, but the chocolate balances it out well.

Good, not great.

Im having this again 2 months later (cellared) and its much better.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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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