Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room - Evil Twin Brewing
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3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
01-20-2012 19:37:50 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
01-22-2012 21:36:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a two finger-high dark tan head that gradually died down and has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of chocolate with notes of roasted malts and a hint of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly. The alcohol is well masked from the taste.
12-18-2011 12:55:40 | More by metter98
2.75/5 rDev -29.1%
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.
02-21-2013 19:14:06 | More by BEERchitect
3.35/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
01-04-2012 21:50:43 | More by womencantsail
2.35/5 rDev -39.4%
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.
03-27-2012 14:56:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.58/5 rDev -33.5%
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.
03-14-2012 05:09:48 | More by largadeer
3.53/5 rDev -9%
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.
08-21-2012 02:11:26 | More by biboergosum
3.63/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
12-17-2011 03:19:26 | More by drabmuh
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
12-09-2013 06:44:54 | More by StonedTrippin
3.88/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-22-2011 08:47:08 | More by Rifugium
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
12-11-2011 05:14:05 | More by oline73
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
Bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.
Opens with a distressing hiss and starts to bubble over the lip of the bottle. Caught in my glass, it forms a solid black-brown beer, with a frothy, but insubstantial head, that seems to have used up all of its oomph in spilling out of the bottle on the uncapping. Actually, the body, when tilted, looks a little bit less solid than I thought it might be. But overall, it's a decent looking Imperial Stout. Shame about the fizziness though.
Nose is much better. Big, deep complex roastedness, with an overlaid lovely sweetness. Hints of smoke, slight cherry and a touch of booze. Even hints of dusky earth. It's big and deep, and helpfully in one of my very favourite styles.
Argh, but my hopes are dashed again when I take a sip. Quite a thinness and a genuine lack of sweetness dominate the body, leaving a dusty roasted character hanging lonely in the palate. There are touches of booze, again with a touch of cherry hanging around pippy and stemmy like sharp kirsch. Yeah, genuinely missing depth and weight for a beer weighing in at 10% ABV. It's such a shame.
Really, this beer is pretending to be something it's not. It has a high roast and a definite booziness to it, but everything else is missing from what makes this style great. It's far from a bad beer, but I'm tempted to say that it *is* a bad Imperial Stout.
07-01-2012 04:34:17 | More by lacqueredmouse
United Kingdom (England)
4.14/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
09-26-2013 19:09:07 | More by wl0307
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a four finger tall very dark mocha head that slowly reduces to quarter finger tall head across the entire surface of the beer evenly. Light amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted and chocolate malts.
T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of smoked malts. Light hints of dark chocolate as well. Light amounts of bitterness which fades rather quickly.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.
O: The alcohol is this beer is very well hidden (even with the extra age on it). I had this beer fresh and aged, I happen to prefer it better with a little bit of age on it. Definitely a big beer and a sipping beer but one I will have again if I come across it. Quite enjoyable.
04-30-2013 02:08:05 | More by dbrauneis
Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room from Evil Twin Brewing
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