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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: 583
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 4.63%
Wants: 22
Gots: 112 | 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 Rhynes2
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
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 (531 characters)

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. (437 characters)

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. (259 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (322 characters)

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. (463 characters)

Photo of Ruds
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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! (503 characters)

Photo of MsRif
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (484 characters)

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. (750 characters)

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 (475 characters)

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. (602 characters)

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. (410 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.6/5  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... (297 characters)

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. (635 characters)

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... (860 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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 (778 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (356 characters)

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