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

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: timtim on 12-06-2011)
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Photo of USCbeersnob

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better imperial stouts I've tried recently. The same quality you expect from Evil Twin ,at %10 ABV it still retained a smoothness and drinkability that was surprising. Be careful with this one, It may go down a little too easy. Don't start your night with this beer. Your taste will be ruined for anything else.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 20:50:13 | More by USCbeersnob
Photo of Rhynes2


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black into a 9oz snifter glass. On tap at my local beer shop at their bar. This has a smell of coffee and chocolate and a tinge of alcohol in the background. It's a little bit more carbonation than I'd like with such a dense stout but it doesn't detract from this one too much. Chocolate flavor lingers around for a while and while im a fan of that flavor it also is just a touch more than I expected. All in all this beer really grew on me and I might get tho one again if they run out of Emelisse RIS barrel aged JD

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 03:52:49 | More by Rhynes2
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

On tap at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a small cap. Thick patches of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee. Taste is pretty much the same. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout that is pretty tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 21:36:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of phichifiji00


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark rich brown. Thick tan head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, oak.

Taste: roasted malt, nutty, oak, tobacco.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, zesty, a bit astringent.

Overall: A tasty beer. Didn't expect the roasted character, but well done. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 19:29:27 | More by phichifiji00
Photo of womencantsail


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
Photo of Ruds

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Cask Beer Co, Clerkenwell, into a hlaf pint 'tulip' style glass

very dark brown to black in appearnace, finger of head, lacing remained throughout drinking

smells of chocolate - of the bitter dark variety, and a hint of 'rausch'

flavour wise this was an excellent and complex beer with lots of questions asked of the palate

liqourice, toffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate a trace of coffee and smoked/burnt flavours

mouthfeel, smooth, creamy, pleasant on the throat!

a great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 22:06:28 | More by Ruds
Photo of MsRif


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
Photo of Rifugium


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Served in a snifter, this beer poured a jet black color, with a generous tan-to-mocha head that retained well and laced nicely. Aroma of coffee grounds, dark malts, licorice, earth, and ash. Taste threw me off a bit at first. The bitterness factor almost made it seem like I was drinking a Cascadian dark ale. Roasty malts, coffee grounds, licorice, burnt marshmallow, citrus pith, and a definite and almost misplaced hop bitterness throughout, providing a crisp, dry finish. Alcohol is an afterthought. Medium-bodied, and a little rough, but pretty drinkable overall. As with the other beers I sampled in this night of tastings, I fell this one would benefit with some aging to take the edge off a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 08:47:08 | More by Rifugium
Photo of dirtylou


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 05:34:54 | More by dirtylou
Photo of drabmuh


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
Photo of DrinkSlurm


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
Photo of oline73


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

I had this at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a layer of tan head that fades quickly.

Smell: Smokey roast with some sweet dark fruit notes. A bit like a rausch beer.

Taste: The roast is still there, but it tastes much less smokey than the smell indicates. Still picking up some dark fruit but there is a dark chocolate presence as well. Bitter, roasty finish with some sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with tingly, smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I think this might be my favorite from this brewery so far. Nice roast and easy to sip. Would have another.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 05:14:05 | More by oline73
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's last night. Great name for a beer... as for the beer itself, maybe not so much.

The pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get considerable coffee grounds, licorice and light dry citrus. The coffee ground flavor and licorice completely dominate the flavor profile, although I get some roasted malt and hoppy bitterness on the finish as well. It compltely dries this beer out on the finish, and as as result, the mouthfeel comes across as a bit thin. Alcohol is fairly well disguised, though you can tell it's up there.

While I thought this a decent effort (and possibly a beer that will improve with age), I didn't find it to be a particularly outstanding RIS. The mouthfeel in particular was a bit lacking, and the dry, hoppy, licorice infused finish just wasn't my cup of tea. Oh well...

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 21:23:20 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of russwbeck


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Churchkey in DC.

A: Black viscous pour with a nice brown head. Good retention and lacing. 4

S: The smell is roasty with chocolate and some acidic smell my friend described as lemon, which I don't think is right, but it's certainly not far off. 4

T: The taste is better. A nice amount of chocolate, more so roasted malts, and a light booze. Nothing really takes this beer over, which I actually thought was nice. 4

MF: Medium to heavy body, dry finish, minimal booze, very drinkable 4.5

O: Very enjoyable, nothing special, but certainly glad I tried it. I
would buy this again if only for the awesome name. Chalk this one up to good marketing. Sort of wondering how this applied to NYC tho? I didn't get any hints of overpriced shopping or insane traffic at all. 4

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 03:46:06 | More by russwbeck
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pitch black with a very tan (almost brown) head that holds and leaves nice lace. nose and taste are very roasty chocolate and coffee with maybe just the slightest undercurrent of fruit. hint of sweetness, but finishes dry with almost an ashy/smokey/well-roasted thing going on. full bodied, yet light on it's feet. a very nice imperial stout from the twin.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 13:28:20 | More by timtim
Photo of 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
Photo of topace


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
Photo of 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
Photo of mralphabet


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
Photo of 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
Photo of bark


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
Photo of beergoot


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
Photo of StonedTrippin


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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Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room from Evil Twin Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.