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

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 586
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 24.94%
Wants: 22
Gots: 113 | 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 Sammy
3.7/5  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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.76/5  rDev -29%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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-

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Photo of Rifugium
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ebony with 2+ fingers of fluffed up mocha colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Elderberry, plums & booze & carob, chocolate & raisins

T: Dark chocolate, a little bit of booze, molasses, raisin & roastyness up front. Carob, a little bit of leafy/woody hops, figs & black currants as this warms & dryness. Finishes dry with carob sweetness, plus a little pruneyness, figs & molasses

MF: Thick, warming, subtle carbonation, warming

This a nice stout, still a few rough edges, this will age great I bet. Might have to pick up a 4 pack to age...

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Photo of DrBier
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/19/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, dark fruits, and earthy hop notes; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Russian imperial stout. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Draft at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA.

Near black, opaque body with a thin, beige cap. Dark chocolate and roast aromas. Bitter chocolates, cocoa, perhaps a hint of spice. Mild char notes and singed coffee beans. Viscous with relatively low carbonation. Solid.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a small mocha head, quickly reduced to a thin string.
Dark fruit on the nose, with nice fig and plum, some dark cherry, brandy notes, licorice, molasses, faint maple syrup, a touch of roasted malt and chocolate. A nice different than usual smell, actually.
Wow, rich dark fruit in the taste, plum jam, ripe figs, juicy dark cherries, fortified with some liqueur. Awesome dark chocolate with lots of spices stuck in there, nice dark licorice, bit of black pepper, anise, faint clove even. Nice caramel sweetness just before the big roasted malts, a bit dark bready, but with nice black coffee in the end.
Aftertaste is pretty bland, with mostly the roasted malts lingering, but each new sip brings all those nice flavors back. Medium body, low carbonation, really oily and smooth. Alcohol warms up as the beer does too, but not too boozy.
A huge, creamy, really complex imperial stout, packed with awesome flavors. Awesome stuff!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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...

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Photo of wl0307
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

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4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Solid black body with trace cola highlight around the rim. Nice dark khaki head pours a finger high with nice retention and lace.

S - Cola, carrots, and licorice.

T - Smooth and creamy. Milk chocolate, dark roast latte, molasses, light gingerbread and licorice, booze, and burnt toast. Dark fruits, booze, burnt espresso beans and bitter herbs through the finish.

M - Medium body

O - A nice AIS on the creamer side of the style.

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87 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.