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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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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by timtim on 12-06-2011

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Photo of tillmac62
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

BOD 231/14. Pours dark as NYC during a black out. Excellent head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice nose of dark fruit (plums, dates) over a deep dark chocolate and molasses sweetness coupled with notes of roast and caramel. As it warms, anise becomes noticeable.

Light full body with an excellent creamy texture. Normal carbonation with just a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, quite complex but lacks a bit in balance due to the strong alcohol background that tends to override what would otherwise be an outstanding stout. It begins with an oily sweetness over an anise background. As the anise fades, the rich malt flavors separate into chocolate, molasses and caramel. The middle is a significant rush of bitterness from alcohol, roast and hops. As the bitterness subsides, coffee and burned malt notes come to the forefront over a distinct alcohol background. The finish begins with a fading of molasses sweetness into the alcohol and the associated alcohol bite and burn at the back of the throat. it closes with a bit of dryness from the alcohol.

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Photo of rooskey379
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice, coffee forward beer from ET. Not as enjoyable as I Love You With My Stout which is the best I have had from ET. 12 oz into a snifter.

1 finger khaki head that sticks around. Dark, thick pour.

Smells like dates, dark chocolate, tangy.

Has a sharp bite that has an awakening effect. But for me, its all coffee.

Medium - full mouthfeel.

A good offering from Evil Twin that is worth purchasing.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

*Bonus points for the curiously strange name*

Oily and opaque, the black liquid poured with a one-finger head of caramel foam, abating quickly, with minimal lacing or retention. At a cooler temperature there was a subdued aroma of earthy musk with hints of dark cocoa. Wisps of alcohol remind you that despite the silly name, this is a serious beer. As the brew warmed there were pronounced porter-like scents that added to the appeal. The flavor was filled with vibrant roasted malts and a sharp bitter twang. Godiva dark chocolate truffles with sweet candied dried fruit. Hints of cherry cordial. There's a bit of a steel-like quality that perseveres and lingers throughout, but it's not off-putting in any sense. The roasty char, although evident, is less pronounced than expected. A notable contrast between the Expedition Stout that I recently sampled. A little Ashy tobacco taste in the finish. The ample hop bitterness and roasted malt qualities help this brew achieve a nice balance. The mouthfeel is medium-full, with just a tad less body than expected for such a big beer. The carbonation is understated. It's not nearly as syrupy or viscous as other impy stouts that I've experienced, with less coating of the palate. This makes the brew feel a little cleaner, and accelerates the pace of drinking. With so much delicious flavor and a high gravity, that could be dangerous! Overall, this is a delightful stout that is both memorable and worthwhile. Another great product from Evil Twin.

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Photo of CHickman
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours motor oil pitch black color with a massive 2 finger thick foamy dark tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving outstanding foamy lacing coating the sides, rings as it went down and a layer on top. This head really built up fast for a stout and cascaded over the rim like a surge of expanding foam.

Smell is like ashy charred malt, coffee beans, vanilla, chocolate syrup, molasses, and burnt grains. There is a chocolatey sweetness that cuts through the roasted/burnt grains and makes this inviting like most other Evil Twin Imperial Stouts.

Taste is very similar to the nose, with coffee beans, molasses, caramel, charred/burnt malt, vanilla, ash or charcoal, chocolate syrup, toffee, dark chocolate, burnt grains, herbs like tea leaf or dry floral hops, and light booze that trails off with a bitterness and sweetness. The aftertaste is like smokey cocoa powder, black licorice, espresso and dark rum with a dash of vanilla in a thick, watery cold coffee. Nice complex flavor with a variation of all the before mentioned components that changes slightly as it warms, bringing out more chocolate and molasses/syrup as it sits and remains very tasty.

Mouthfeel is slick and watery for such a heavy, viscous brew, with mild carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste. A real Christmas treat, this was another very enjoyable stout from Evil Twin that I will seek out again if for no other reason then the fact that the name of this beer is a good as the taste.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: A roasty and toasty dark malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Roasted malt with upfront hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, burnt toast, biscuit, grains, caramel, yeast, and smoke. Sweet hints of molasses and cream. Dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, and fig. Subtle earthy hop hints. A very solid roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely roasty and toasty dark malt driven taste with some good notes of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Roasted barley malt with upfront notes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, toast, biscuit, grains, caramel, smoke, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses along with some notes of cream. Subtle dark fruit notes of raisin, fig, and cherry. Light background notes of earthy hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, bitter, and pretty drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is fairly minimal.

Overall: A pretty good take on an Imperial Stout. Good dark roasty malt flavors with a nice drying bitterness.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours blackened like a good stout should while the head is a cocoa-powder color that peaks at a finger's width and displays fair retention. The head dies down to a consistent layer of suds across the surface while sporadic spots of lace decorate the glass.

Smell - The aroma is dominated by mild notes of anise; not to say the smell is weak, but rather this anise character is of an assertive but controlled nature. Hints of chocolate and smokey roasted malt round out the bouquet.

Taste - More smokey on the tongue than the aroma led on. Charred malt that hints at campfire wood and roasted coffee, rounded out by a distant milk chocolate sweetness. Anise comes through almost without effort , delivering a near numbing experience in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Near full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, silky start before a drying alcohol finish.

Overall - It's been a while, but reminds me a bit of Clown Shoes' Impy that has changed names twice; Vampire Slayer but now Undead Party Crasher. That's my first impression. In any event there's a bit too much campfire meets anise for my liking. Anyone who enjoys the former will absolutely love this one.

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Photo of jellikit
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.
Appearance: deep brownish-black. Dark ruby red on surface when held to light. Thin, tan head. Almost not there.
Smell: chocolate and coffee (faint).
Taste: roasted coffee and chocolate. Raisin.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Big body. Sweet. Syrup-y.
Overall: very nice.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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 vfgccp
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of kfh227
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The taste is not to my personal liking. I usually like imperials. I usually like double IPAs but IPAs in general are not for me so please don't take my review to seriously. I am writing it because I like to keep a track record of what I'v e had for future reference.

Fir tghose still reading. Poured into a Duvel glass. Very dark. Small head, maybe 1/2".

Smell? ya, not much of a smell. My nose was never great though.

I don't get any chocolate taste out of it. A slight bitterness. Oaky for some reason. Another reviewer noted the same thing and that there is no barrel involved in the process. Alcohol slightly notable but nothing that would make you think it unless you look for it.

More IPA than stout for those wondering.

I'd do this once a year. Thankfully it ia seasonal (Fall) so I suppose I can just grab it once a year.

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Photo of Pawoto
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Blue Lobster Tulip. The nose almost smells barrel-aged but the bottle doesn't mention that. Maybe just a little too boozy for my taste. Less "roasty" on the nose and more quad-like notes with hints of chocolate.

Roasty up front, but then gives way to an almost sweet finish. I want to say the finish tastes a little like amaretto, but I don't think that is right.

Overall, a good solid imperial stout. Doesn't hang with the BA impy stouts that seem to be everywhere now, but tasty. I could definitely see myself drinking this on Christmas Eve!

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Photo of barczar
3.98/5  rDev +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 -0.3%
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 +6.9%
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 -2.3%

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 -1.8%
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 0%

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 +2.3%
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 +5.6%
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 -7.4%
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 +0.3%
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 +1.5%

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 -11.7%
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 -0.8%
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 +6.9%
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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Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room from Evil Twin Brewing
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