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

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Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel RoomEvil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 616
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 24.36%
Wants: 24
Gots: 123 | 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 barczar
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, dark chocolatey malt, moderate roast, nutty malt, a touch of licorice, and cinnamon accompany dark fruit to form the aroma. Very rich. Flavor reveals phenols at the forefront, becoming roasty bitter at the finish. Nutty malt runs throughout. Notes of bruised cherry are reminiscent of cough syrup when mixed with the phenols. Dark chocolate is relatively subtle, but appreciated. I get a touch of citrus, but that phenol dominates.

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Photo of Magbas
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full bodied and a rich tasty beer, but doesn't hold up to the more malty and impressive Even More Jesus. For it's price, a reasonably good stout with a solid ABV for a cold day.

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Photo of BB1313
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with a mocha head that leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are very nice. Lots of fudge. Tons of milk chocolate with hints of vanilla. Some wood and oak, although this wasn't aged in barrels. Some caramel and butterscotch. Some dark fruits. The flavors are bold and bittersweet. Milk chocolate notes really shine. Some fig and raisins in the mix. Sweet malts are there. It finishes with a subtle warmth, but this is definitely not hot or boozy. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied. It's light, but has a silky body to it. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a very nice stout. I really like it. It's fun to drink and is well crafted. Good stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 12.99/ 4 pack. Bottled 8/18/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours black with a finger and a half deep tan head. Maintains a nice surface haze and leaves a decent bit of lace.

Sweetly simple nose of dark fruits, chocolate and roast.

Rich flavors of dark chocolate fudge, sherry soaked raisins/ figs, coffee, burnt sugar, roasted malt, hints of smoke, toast and a healthy kick of booze. A nice fudgey, roasty and moderately boozey stout.

Creamy, medium full feel with carbonation that approaches slighty too sharp. Dark cocoa, fruit skins and charred malt all linger in the bittersweet finish.

Evil Twin produces yet another mighty fine stout with this one. A rich, flavorful base that I would enjoy trying with a barrel treatment at some point.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 8/23/13
Poured a nice dark dark opaque brown, thin mocha brown head with some side cling. Aroma was lactose sweet, slightly fruity (fig?). Taste was sweet up front, but then shifted to a bitter finishing note with just a tad of sour. Coated well nice and thick. Overall showed promise, but the flavor was slightly off.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.94/5  rDev +1%

Poured a black body with minimal head and lace patches.
Aroma is dry and full of roasted malts and there seems to be a little sweetness in the aroma.
Full bodied, thick, has a dry, roasted malt base of a taste profile and there is a touch of chocolate sweetness found in this beer.
Overall, a simple but enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Hntr2045
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - Pitch black with a creamy dark tan head so tall that I had to wait while I was typing this for it to dampen in order to pour the entire 12 oz bottle into the english pub glass

Smell - Not an incredibly potent aroma, but definite notes of holiday spices

Taste - Malty sweet, thick caramel with once again just hints of holiday spices, on the finish the undertones of burned malts, roasted nuts and perhaps just a slight amount of bitterness come to the front of the line accompanied by the ever present alcohol flavor from this beer's hearty 10% ABV

Feel - Thick, viscous and increasingly sticky as you drink it, the mouthfeel works better with the palate than the finish

Overall - A solid imperial stout. Much like my thoughts on Founder's Breakfast Stout, my favorite thing about this beer is that it's flavors work well with it's style while adding their own stamp of individuality, in this case supplying playful hints on top for that Christmas spirit! A definite recommendation for you if you enjoy craft imperial stouts in general.

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Photo of mabermud
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Delicious. Super dark brown body. Persistent, mocha head. Spotty and slick lacing.
Smell: Sweet lactose.
Taste: Burnt malts. Sweet lactose. Honey.
Feel: Medium carb, silky, smooth, and substantial body.
Overall: Very, very nice. Big lactose. Merry Christmas.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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 pants678
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brown head on black body.

Roasted malt, a little sweet, a little boozy.

Licorice and raisin, but not much on the latter. Harsh edge, heat from the 10%. Fruit's not there but dark chocolate comes off smooth (cacoa nibs?), bit of sweetness could help this one. Granulated hot chocolate mix character.

Thick. Has that marshmallow texture.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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 SABERG
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a modified tulip glass.
A - Deep dark color, passes some light through. Well carbonated structure creates
mocha cap. Lacing rings the glass throughout the entire experience.
S - Hints of mint, bakers chocolate, and honey. Interesting nose, with some time
floral components including tobacco are released. More honey less cocoa.
T - Big wallop here, no attempt to hide the alcohol. Those chocolate notes are dominant,
reluctant to give up, eventually fading to show the beers real depth.
F - Surprisingly light in body, a hot mouth feel starts then the carbonation cleans up.
As an Imperial I thought the body could be richer, more rounded.
O - A beer that with some focus could go from good to great. Mouth feel, muddled body, make this a good Imperial Stout.

Cheers all

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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 reebtaerG
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured bottle in Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours the black with a 1/2 finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

S-Nice aromas of smoke roast coffee, dark bitter chocolate, malt, and hint of nut.

T-Taste the same as the aroma but the smoky roast coffee stands out.

M-Mouthfeel has medium body with a bitter dryness to it.

O-Overall a decent RIS by ET. It reminds me like sitting in front of a fireplace with I love you with my stout. Could be a better beer IMO.

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Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful dark, black stout, topped with a nice, 1 finger mocha head. Decent retention and scattered lacing.

Sweet stout aroma. Molasses, liquorice, and chocolate are very strong; caramel, malted barley, a hint of mint, and a light, herbal, floral hoppiness.

Flavor is less sweet - but more boozy - than the aroma. The emphasis is much more on roasted barley, which comes on very strong on the back end with a cacao, coffee, caramel, and roasty finish. There is some sweetness there, still reminiscent of molasses and liquorice. Definitely a strong earthy, herbal, tobacco flavor.

Thick brew, very lively, with a sticky retention. Noticeable foaming. Warming effect in the chest, but despite a slightly boozy taste, it's not hot in the mouth.

This is a very good stout, nice and thick and roasty, but it brings nothing special to the table for my palate.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a viscous black color with a 1/4 inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is chocolate, black coffee, earth and leather. The taste is sweeter than expected. Chocolate and coffee followed up by some roasted malts and charcoal. Earthy and roasty. Finishes with more char and dark bakers chocolate. Heavy mouthfeel. Not as boozey as I thought it would be. Pretty solid earthy Imperial Stout. Overall, worth having again.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured into a snifter 11/10/2014.

A- Thick, viscous dark black body, opaque with a half finger mocha head. Fair retention time. No lacing. [4]

S- Tobacco, cocoa, slight roast malt, earthy finish. The smell of tobacco is quite strong in this one. [3.75]

F- Cocoa, roast malt, dark chocolate, smoky tobacco, earthy finish. Similar to the nose. Solid complexity to this one. [3.75]

M- Thick bodied, viscous and slick. Motor oil. Pretty nice mouthfeel to say the least. Smoky, slightly bitter earthy finish. [4.25]

O- Nice body, tobacco-forward nose and palate. It's not for everyone, but it's a pretty solid beer. [4]

Final score: 3.86

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

It looks like pouring dirty motor oil into a glass. A thick, foamy mocha head rests on top and only recedes to a thick film. Lacing is initially foamy and spotty.

When putting this up to my nose I get a really hearty whiff of oats, chocolate, and a faint touch of lactose sugar. There is a hint of charcoal in there as well.

The taste is equally hearty, but more dark chocolate and cocoa come out in front. There's that sugary lactose in the finish, which keeps this beer very drinkable and decadent. Slight charcoal or smokiness can be found, but thankfully it's mostly in the background and not taking away from other notes.

The feel is pretty heavy, but smooth.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It's very rich and hearty and tastes more like an Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This has been about my 10th EvilTwin Stout in the past couple of months. I've enjoyed all of them, but one thing I have noticed is that IF I was to put them all together in a flight, there would be very little difference between each of them.
Now, that is not a bad thing, just a plain and simple observation.

This one had everything you would want in a full stout, It was hard to detect this was a 10% abv. It was relatively smooth. No chocolate, or coffee in this one and if there was whiskey, it was played down

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

October 31, 2014

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Jet black, thick, moderate viscosity. Dark tan to brown bubbles on top, a very minor head. Lacy brown bubbles remain.

S – Dark chocolate, somewhat bitter, molasses and dark brown sugar. Malty sweetness on the nose, bitter aroma lingers in the background. The lightest hint of heat, possibly the alcohol but with some characteristic of mild chilies.

T – Dark molasses, mild roasted coffee, bittersweet cocoa. Mild pepperiness, a bit of heat on the finish but extremely mild. Strong vanilla comes in second, strong bittering hops balance with the sweetness.

M – Despite the sweet flavors, a relatively balanced mouthfeel. Leans toward being a bit thin due to the alcohol, with moderate bitterness on the finish.

O – Expectations are always high with Evil Twin, especially with their stouts. This is not the best of the best, but that does not mean it isn’t fantastic. Balanced, complex, flavorful and easy to drink despite the alcohol level. Another fantastic Evil Twin stout.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bottle from Systembolaget in Sweden.

Dark,dark brown, almoust black beer with a beatiful three finger high, dark brownbeige head. A lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: coffe, licoriche, dark chocolate, red berries and vanilla.

Taste: Roasted coffe, dark bitter chocolate, pine, brown sugar and charcoal.

A great, full body with almoust no carbonation and with very well hidden alcohol - This is a great beer!

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

$4.29 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: I'm thinking "It's a 10% stout, it wouldn't hurt to do an aggressive pour down the center." I got about 10oz into the glass and the foam almost came out, but slowly... one of the slowest forming heads I've ever seen in a beer. Wound up with about three fingers of a creamy brown head and a lot of lacing. The beer is absolutely completely pitch black. (4.5/5)

Smell: Smells like a big ol' Imperial Stout with loads of roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. There are also dark fruits, of course, and an underlying note of... cinnamon? There's some booze in the aroma as well. (4/5)

Taste/feel: Huge char/ash flavor on the front with tons of bitterness. Some cocoa on the middle with the dark fruits, and then a finish of some warming alcohol, dark fruit sweetness, and then a sticky, dry, bittersweet aftertaste. Tastes almost a little... flat? I don't know what it is exactly -- I guess it's just missing the complexity I usually expect from Evil Twin. The feel is pretty nice, as it has a feel of a nitro stout with a heavy cream sort of mouthfeel... very smooth on the start, which is good, considering the ending has a fair amount of heat from the alcohol. (4/5, 4.75/5)

A bummer overall considering my expectations. Good beer? Yeah, it's actually a very good beer, but all of the Evil Twin stouts I've had up to this point have been exceptional or better. CEAANYCHR just misses the mark a little bit as it's not as balanced or complex as I'd like it to be. It's a tasty sipper that'll warm you up nicely on a cold evening ... or morning ... but at $4.29/12oz bottle, it's not something I'd look to have again considering Evil Twin's other superior Imperial Stout offerings. (4/5)


QUICK EDIT: As it approaches (or is at) room temperature, an almost leathery flavor comes out to add a little more depth. The aroma also seems to produce a very slight earthy, resinous hop smell. Not worth changing the rating for, but just a little note.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a CBS snifter at cellar temp.
A) Black brew with a finger of dark tan head that settled quickly settled to a collar.
S) Heavy roast, vanilla, dark fruits, some booze.
T) Follows the nose... But to me it's heavy roast and alcohol.
M) Fairly thick, I'd say full bodied. A smooth feel. Light carb. Roasty, boozy aftertaste.
O) I've really enjoyed everything I've had by Evil Twin. This however, just didn't do much for me. I thought the alcohol could have been better hidden. Worth a try...

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. This bottle is just over a year old at the time of consumption.

A: Blacker than the soul of Satan himself. Brown head retains forever at a one finger height. Rings of lacing.

S: Fudge sauce, charcoal, burnt toast. Currant and raspberry. Traces of minty hops. Alcohol far in the background. Maybe a little clenched, but good.

T: Brownie batter, double chocolate cake, fudge sauce. Bold roast and charcoal flavors soon begin to dominate. French roast coffee. Hollow hop bitterness, maybe a quick bite of citrus rind. Red berries. Black pepper. Alcohol gently nudges in toward the back end with a menthol impression. Soot, charcoal, roast, and bitter dark chocolate own the finish.

M: Huge, thick body. Weighty and sludgy. Chewy and viscous. Light prickling carbonation. Warming in the pit of the stomach.

O: A massive Imperial stout. Evil Twin's signature these days tends to be huge but agile imperial stouts that hide their alcohol well and sit far more lightly on the palate than one would ever expect. This one is a little more blunt, and they let the body really press down with some weight. The alcohol isn't shy either, though it isn't hot. The heavy roasted malt flavors and textures rule with the brutal authority of a tyrant. Hardened fans of the style should find a lot to love here.

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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 126 ratings.