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

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 24
Gots: 105 | 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 Zach136
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black with a two finger long lasting deep caramel head with excellent lacing.

Aroma: Medium+ intensity notes of milk chocolate, light hints of roast.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Roast becomes the dominant flavor, and bitterness from said roast and a fairly present alcohol starts to border a bit on shoe-polishy. Mouthfeel is chewy and the sweetness does well to round off some of the harsher roast and alcohol flavors.

Overall: A fine brew, but I keep wanting to compare ETB's stouts to "I Love You With My Stout" and the others just aren't stacking up.

Photo of Marco-Escuandolas1
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

I wanted this to be good. But it was meh

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

*11.2 oz. bottle*
Look: Black body with a 1/2 mocha head.

Smell: Full creamy molasses, mild bitter coffee, hints of pine oil, mild dough, alcohol, chocolate, oats and spices.

Taste: Molasses, cookie dough, burnt malts, sweet chocolate with hints of cocoa, cinnamon spice, hints of bacon? salty, bittersweet finish with a little acidity.

Feel: Medium-full body, weird cola like carbonation.

Overall: One of the weirdest Imperial Stouts I’ve had. Some parts remind me of Night Stalker some parts of a spiced Danish with bacon. Salty spice flavors and hints of acidity in there as well. This isn’t bad by all means, just different. Some parts of me says "This is world class". Some parts says.. otherwise. This shares a Love/ Hate relation on my taste buds. Thanks for warping my mind again Evil Twin. This Brew is worthy.

Photo of DrBier
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into 12oz tulip.

Poured with 1/8" tight white head which dissipated to next to nothing in no time.
Mild effervescence and pitch black in color.

Slight roasty aroma in nose, but not much going on there.

Taste is smooth with moderate hop bitterness up front. leather, slight smoke and tobacco, with some dried cherry presence and a roasty finish.

Quite drinkable with a mild mouthfeel and pretty dry finish. Very tasty overall.

Photo of KornWallace
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date: 4/9/14
Location: Prospect Beer Works
Glassware: Plastic Cup
Appearance: Pours black with a large brown foam head.
Aromatics: Huge smell of brown sugar, bitter chocolate, marshmallow. Some malt scents. Boozy.
Flavor: Bitter chocolates come forth with think malts. Big coffee flavors and
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty chewy with the back end leaving an oily bitters on the tongue.
Notes: Served at room temperature in a hotel room in Montpellier, VT.

Photo of topace
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottled 08/23/13

Pours a beautiful mocha brown head of about a finger. Slowly dissipates to leave a minor lacing.

Smells of coffee, roasted malts, with a touch of malty sweetness and some booziness though very little for the 10%

Taste is mostly of sweet chocolaty malts and some coffee with a good bitter finish to keep from being too overwhelmingly sweet. Initial impression is not overwhelmingly fantastic but it keeps pulling you back in for another try.

Mouth feel is viscous and smooth befitting an imperial stout/porter.

Photo of hops202
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 8/23/13 - Poured into Stone Snifter

First look is jet-black used motor oil with thick brown head. Smell is very sweet with cocoa hints, maybe a little coffee and lots of roastiness. Taste is certainly more bitter than was expected from the aroma. Definitely some burnt black coffee along with dark chocolate. Not as thrilled with this as I was hoping. I think I will be purchasing some TenFidy tomorrow!

Photo of mralphabet
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.. First Evil Twin brew.

A: Wow.... JET BLACK and thick looking during the pour.... Good finger and a half of dark tan head that settles to a thin layer with massive lacing from start to finish.

S: I'm getting a little chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of bourbon booziness.

T: Little like the smell... Chocolate, roasted malt and then a strong bitterness all smashing in at the top. Bitterness is pretty strong.

M: Full-bodied, it is smooth yet has a little sharpness. Finish is a little boozy from the high ABV.

O: Not a bad Imperial Stout... But the bitterness is a little offsetting for me. Big ABV on this one makes it a one beer night on this one.

Photo of cjgiant
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a slightly strange beer in that it has the nice piney-ness off a hoppy IPA, but it's it stout form. I have in general not liked the stouts that cross over to the IPA-style bitterness. This one does it better than most.

Warmer, you get a smokey hint over the fairly normal smells you would get from a stout. The taste is dark and roasty, but dry and resinous somehow at the same time. Pine notes hit later, but oily coffee notes cut that a bit before taking over and ending the taste. The smokiness from the nose tries to make an appearance at the very end, and I notice some sips more than others. The lingering taste (which is significant today), draws this out slowly. It's too much of the wrong type of bitterness (in my mind) to come close to hitting the top stouts, but I have appreciated it a little more with each taste.

Photo of bark
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

The colour is extremely dark warm21 brown (100 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is warm brown and compact. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is sweet and very smooth. Some alcohol, roasted nuts and quite a lot of roasted malts. Dried fruits and red apples. A gentle touch of smoke in the background.

The taste is very sweet with growing notes of hot alcohol. Green plants and unripe fruits. Roasted malts; black coffee with sugar and dark chocolate plus a hint of plastic. Medium body. The aftertaste got intensive alcohol flavours, ice cream with dark chocolate and prunes. The finish is milder with cocoa and coffee.

The carbonation is strong, the long-lived bubbles are small and sharp. The liquid is thick and sticky.

Way to evident alcohol in this one. And a tad too sweet.

Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black body topped with a thick, brown head, creamy and rocky, very long-lasting. Sweet and pungent aroma; floral and piney; peppermint; roasted and chocolate malts. Rich malt sweetness with plenty of complementary hop bitterness and a zesty edge of alcohol. Full-bodied, soft and velvety mouthfeel.

An outstanding, well-brewed imperial stout. Balance and complexity are there in spades. Nice hop and boozy edge to the big malt character with everything meshing together nicely. I've said it before and I'll say it again – the northern Europeans know how to brew a tasty, big bodied, big alcohol dark ale. Here's a prime example...

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a solid brew, but I should start by saying that at ten bucks a bottle, this is grotesquely overpriced. the same can be said about other evil twin beers, but this isn't unique enough to warrant its price tag, despite being an excellent example of the style. I thought this would be spiced or something, but it is just a simple and straightforward imperial stout. more brown than black, but rich in color, matte in finish, with a short mocha head. a nose of cocoa powder and roasted barley, nothing too intense, and a well disguised alcoholic strength. the flavor is grain forward, unmalted nearly burnt barely gives it some bitterness, but it has less body than a lot of these, and drinks rather easily as a result of that and of its nearly invisible booze. a little chalky in feel, and a little bitter in the finish, im sure a barrel aged version will appear at some point to address this, but I like it as it stands now. simple and elegant, rich but drinkable for the style, and something I can still pair with food. oddly named, as this does not evoke images of santa or the like, but it works as a winter imperial stout. the price makes me like it a whole lot less though, and unless you can find it in the six dollar or so range, I would skip it in favor of something else.

Photo of tbeckett
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. From notes.

A - Poured black with one finger of mocha head. Good carbonation with virtually no lace and a film of retention.

S - Big aroma. Lot's of roast, coffee, huge black roast malt notes.

T - Some alcohol. Really roasty, sweet and chocolatey, dark fruit. Quite pleasant.

M - Mild carbonation, full body, big roasty finish with a good bitterenss.

O/D - Quite well crafted. A very solid imperial stout. Let's you know the alcohol is there but bashes you with great flavours at the same time. Not the most complex example of the style, but quite well put together.

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black, mocha colored frothy head lingers for awhile, sticky lacing.

Fruit esters are very noticeable, distracting. Slight roast, alcohol and little chocolate, not much more going on.

Sweet, apple flavor (ethyl hexanoate or acetaldehyde) up front makes way for huge roast, black malt and burnt flavors. Dry, bitter finish stays with you long after each sip. Not terrible but I really dislike the esters in this.

Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is mild and works well with the viscosity of the beer.

Just like how I imagine spending Christmas Eve at a New York City hotel room would be... expensive and disappointing.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a Tørst wine glass. Bottled on 8/23/13.

a - brew poured a deep chocolate black with a half finger of dark brown bubbly head that dissolved leaving walls of lace on the edge of the glass and a few tan bubbly islands on the surface.

s - nose is rich and roasted chocolate. rather crisp.

t - big, bad, and ROASTY. big roasted malts. bakers chocolate...little bitter. some vanilla notes on the back end. fairly standard fare for the style, but rather tasty. nice chocolate notes and great balance.

m - big beer...roasty. abv is noticeable.

o - overall, not the best RIS i've had, but a really solid offering. this one is all about the roast.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip- pours a thick black with 1.5 fingers of tan head, modest retention, some nice spots and streaks of lacing. Looks like it should.

Smell is mild and roasty- certainly not an overload. Roasted barley, a little coffee, a little caramel. Nice.

Tastes delicious- very rich, very slightly acidic. Rich roasted barley character all the way through, coffee comes through towards the end and a little caramel in the middle and at the end. Very good, well balanced, not too sweet, I don't taste the booze but my girlfriend says it's there.

Mouthfeel is fantastic and is what really makes this beer for me. Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Excellent beer- I have a bottle at home and I don't know whether I can save it.

Photo of AdamF625
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-pours dark brown to black with no head and a thin brown ring around the glass.
S- sweet chocolate aroma, coffee, roasted malts
T- dark chocolate, ash, black malts, bitter coffee
M- smooth with medium carbonation then becomes very oily towards the finish. Alcohol is masked well.
O- very smooth imperial stout that is sweet upfront and turns into a bitter, dark, and oily beast.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: inky black body beneath dark chocolate foam a finger thick

S: roasty dark malt and chocolate char, sweet Bosco syrup and earth

T: lots of dark and roasty and bittersweet chocolate flavors, some espresso notes

M: smooth, medium-to-full bodied, flat, silky, mild bittering and drying finish

O: a well-executed stout, regal and simple, but without any particular characteristic to set it apart from other well-executed stouts with which it is on par

Photo of ksimons
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-pours almost black with a fingers worth of tan creamy head that sticks to the glass

S-roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, espresso, and a bit of char

T-taste is similar to the smell, roasted malt, rich chocolate, espresso, molasses, and a bitter charred finish. Well hidden alcohol.

M-medium body, low carbonation, dry roasted aftertaste

Overall a very nice imperial stout, I will look for it again

Photo of chugalug06
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smooth pouring black brew creates minimal straw colored head which reduces quickly into a thin layer of crust. No lacing.

Lots of roasty coffee and chocolate. Burnt molasses. Slightly sweet pine and mango-y. A bit of rubbing alcohol aromas.

Lots of rubber flavors. Coffee, dark, damp, bitter coffee. Chocolate is way roasty and well done, heavy flavors with thinner body. Pine, bitter, a bit too thin, earthy sweetness without any burn from the heat. Carbonation is medium-high and well placed.

A nice brew, especially so on a snower winter-y day. Not quite up to par for a $9/12oz...but, still nice and enjoyable. Recommended, but not for the price...

Photo of BKBassist
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - Rich deep brown. Somewhat lighter than I'm used to in the style. Single finger mocha brown head with tiny bubbles.

S - Chocolate milk, acrid roast, a coppery sweetness.

T - Coffee, cocoa, a bit of smoke, some leathery/licorice hints.

M - Rich and velvety, nice carbonation. What I look for in the style.

O - A very nice Imp Stout. Nothing to really set it apart, but with the recent Evil Twin price drops, this becomes a solid entry into the fray.

Photo of LI_PO12
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Tulip

Appearance- Jet Black, 1 finger head

Aroma- Coffee, chocolate, black licorice, some dark fruits, alcohol present

Flavor- Coffee, less chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, bitter up front but with a balanced sweetness throughout. Its a tad on the hot side but not too bad. There is a bit of a char like burnt wood in the aftertaste which seemed interesting at first but as I sip its getting a bit too much.

Mouthfeel- Medium -heavy, good carbonation, alcohol warmth

Overall- A good take on the style and my first Evil Twin. There are better, but this is worth a try. Got a four pack and thats probably all I need.

Photo of larryi86
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 8/23/13, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two brown head.

S- Espresso, dark chocolate, some char, some pine, touch of alcohol.

T- Roasted coffee/espresso, dark chocolate, hints of dark fruits and pine, big bitter and lingering finish.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Not Evil Twins best but not a bad beer at all, was just hoping for something bigger.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours dark, opaque black with and even toffee colored layer of creamy foam - lacing is very viscous.

S - Dark chocolate roast, Espresso roasted cream, and very minimal char. Pretty tame considering the ABV of this beer.

T - Follows the nose with dark roasted chocolate malt, light char, some dark Espresso cream with a little dark fruit in the middle and some alcohol effervescence on the very end.

M - Medium body, little to no carbonation makes it glide over the tongue.

O - Solid but not a stand out or pack leader if that's what you're looking for.

Photo of MadScientist
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 08/23/13

A: A jet black beer with a thick, espresso colored head. The head is made of compact, long lasting foiam.

S: Some dark stone fruit, a bit of alcohol and a slight note of citrus hops.

T: Strong dark malt flavors with some unsweetened chocolate, roast, burnt sugar and a some dark fruit flavors. There is a moderate dark malt bitterness and a medium hops bitterness; against the moderate caramel sweetness the balance is somewhat towards the bitter. There is a linger bitterness in the aftertaste with some alcohol sweetness in the medium finish.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with medium-strong carbonation.

O: A big, richly flavored Imperial Stout.

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