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

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278 Ratings
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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 17
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: timtim on 12-06-2011)
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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  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.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: body of the beer is black with a massive three finger obnoxious tan head, even pouring this into a 20oz glass I had to keep stopping so the foam would not overflow, and the head takes quite some time to dissapate. Leavs a ton of lacing... A nice lookin beer but that obnoxious head was a bit much for me.

S: creamy black chocolate with hints of coffee, alcohol, an earthy hop note, a pretty good smelling beer, with a nose that becomes more and more pleasant as the brew warms. Some
Smokey notes start to become more apparent.

T: much like the nose, I get chocolate and coffe, mixed with some earthy hops slight touch of pine and even slighter hunt of citrus hop on the finish, a nice creamyness hint of alcohol, there is a bit of smoke in here as well, not overwhelming but very complimentary. a very tasty brew.

M: love the mouthfeel here, nice and thick and creamy, with light/medium carbonation, velvety and drinkable.

O: very enjoyable minus the obnoxious head, very well balanced and delicious, I could deffinatly see myself drinkin another one.

PeterIngemi, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.13/5  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.

Cyberkedi, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

drpimento, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of jfmamj
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jfmamj, May 21, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

LiquidAmber, May 17, 2012
Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

gford217, May 13, 2012
Photo of andrewborstein
4/5  rDev +3.1%

andrewborstein, May 09, 2012
Photo of jonvan04
2.95/5  rDev -24%
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.

jonvan04, May 09, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

bonbini26, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

deapokid, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of ParraPalliative
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ParraPalliative, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of USCbeersnob
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

USCbeersnob, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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.

thagr81us, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.35/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of mfrogs
4.5/5  rDev +16%

mfrogs, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of atone315
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

atone315, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

TonyTalon, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of largadeer
2.58/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

largadeer, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of sludgegnome
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

sludgegnome, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +3.1%

AngusOg, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Mar02x
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Mar02x, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Rhynes2
4.25/5  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

Rhynes2, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of alalvarez75
4/5  rDev +3.1%

alalvarez75, Jan 25, 2012
Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room from Evil Twin Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.