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

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very good

130 Reviews
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Reviews: 130
Hads: 624
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 24.1%
Wants: 26
Gots: 127 | 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 Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a rich, warm sable with a thick tan head. Have a nice thirsty towel handy, though - my sample fizzed quite a bit! Smoky aroma has coffee, licorice and chocolate notes plus a curious, though not repulsive, fishy hint. Flavor has typical good notes of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, molasses and licorice. Texture has firm body and a good amount of fizz, though the tingle does not last long. Overall, not the best Imperial Stout I've had, nor Evil Twin's best - but a respectable stout and worth a purchase.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent! Opened at a good temperature and it was an enthusiastic gusher!! Poured a colossal, foamy, frothy, fluffy, tan head that settled very slowly. The bottle is about 20% full and is STILL gushing!! Wow. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is roast, malt, cocoa, coffee, toffee, vanilla. Flavor's like nose, smooth, balanced and has a light bittersweet on top cut with perfect carbonic tang. Body is full, lush, round and just right. Finish is like flavor, average length, and has some boozy warmth. Yum! Though I wish more wouldv'e gone into the glass v the sink.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black. Fine two finger medium brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate and light char. Flavor follows with very nice toasted malt, chocolate, coffee and slight dark fruit. Finishes with hops, burnt coffee. Excellent medium to heavy, creamy body, great mouth feel. A very nicely made imperial stout. Recommended. De Molan cap, so probably brewed by them.

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Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a small but thick tan head that recedes to a small cap and leaves only spotty lacing.

The aroma is typical Danish impy stout, at least to me, with lots of heavily roasted malts, almost charred really. Some bitter chocolate notes and dark fruit.

Taste mirrors the aroma with tons of roasted malts. Really roasty - espresso mixed with bakers chocolate. Plenty of licorice as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.

I always enjoy these Danish-style stouts but they never really blow me away. Heavily roasted, licorice-heavy, not bad.

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Photo of jonvan04
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of USCbeersnob
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass (seemed fitting). Poured a MASSIVELY dark brown with a two finger light brown head that subsided to one finger extremely slowly and remained throughout. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, raspberry, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of roasted malt, alcohol, dark chocolate, dark fruit, bread, and subtle coffee tones. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really enjoyed how well balanced the aroma was on this one for the style. It was very nice while still letting you know that there was quite a bit of alcohol present. A really well done brew that I’m glad I got the chance to try. I suggest you do the same if you have not already.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -33.6%
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 CuriousMonk
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought this at a local lesser-known liquor store. It was quite a find and the name was really awesome! Poured from 12oz bottle (2011 vintage) into a tulip glass. Pours black with an amazing tan head that laces beautifully throughout until the very end. Aromatics of sweet wonders of caramael, toffee, dark fruit, and figs. The flavors mirror just exactly the way the aromas indicated. A very smooth and sticky mouthfeel. I would definitely seek this one out again especially on a cold wintery night when I’m in a mood for a malty winter warmer with beautiful complexity.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This bottle would have been a gusher if it wasn't this cold. A dark red appearance, which looks to be clear. Man, I pored half the bottle into my Struise glass and the foam reaches the edge already. Even in the bottle the foam is slowly, but steadily going to the top.

S - Piny hops a faintly present, along with a good dark chocolate and coffee smell.

T - Is there some chili-pepper in here? Coffee and chocolate have the overtone. There's a touch of booze, some spices (I think it is cardamom).

M - Something is really heating up my palate, nice and surprising. The carbonation is way to heavy though. The fluid turns into foam in your mouth right away, therefore a lot of the taste goes lost. The aftertaste is like dark bitter chocolate.

O - I would love to try a fresh one because I think it can be way better. A good RIS however.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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 jayhawk73
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Ruds
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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Photo of MsRif
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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 dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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 drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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 bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown/black with a thin tan head that fizzled away quickly. There was a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and some smoke. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but the roasty coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors are stronger compared to the other ones. A roasty finish lingers around for a while. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating but also seems a bit thin with a low amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew and it's certainly worth trying, but at $7.99 a bottle I wouldn't buy it very often.

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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 130 ratings.