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

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 582
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 108 | 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 mralphabet
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of bark
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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... (637 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,277 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of AdamF625
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (453 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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 (403 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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... (658 characters)

Photo of BKBassist
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of LI_PO12
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black no light getting through this one even when held up to the lights. Head is two fingers of dark brown, almost coco colored but not quite dark enough, plenty of lacing left behind on my goblet.

Aroma is roasted malts, good chocolate aromas, light whiffs of dark fruit. Aroma is pretty good but seems little subdued for a big ass stout.

Taste is good roasted notes almost lightly burnt like bitterness to start, then the chocolate notes pick up and sweeten it out quite a bit until the finish. Finish is sweet chocolate malts with a god dose of tobacco like hop bitterness with some lingering herbal notes. Some lingering licorice in the finish also.noticed after it warmed up even more i guess.

Mouthfeel is almost approaching full but carbonation picks up some and seems to lighten the feel in the finish.

Overall a pretty solid big stout, not bad but the same can be had for half the price so see no reason to really purchase this one again. (960 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious, full bodied, and beautiful. Lots of head and pitch black. Loads of bitter coffee and hints of chocolate, rich and malty. No way this is 10% because it goes down really fast and easy. Comparable to FBS and in the same league. People have complained about this because of the price, but at least at my local shop, the price was drastically reduced by over half. Very much worth the price. I'll get more and maybe save some for Christmas Eve. Superb. (458 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter; jet black with a thin brown head that fades into a delicate ring of foam quickly.
Smell is roasted malt, coffee, dark and sweet chocolate, toffee, burnt sugar, dark fruit. A bit more complex than the Yin I had last night, and that's a good thing.
Taste is similar to the Yin; dark roasted malt starts off, with coffee and dark chocolate. Dark fruit is present as well, with tiny hints of milk chocolate sweetness. As with Yin, slight warmth of alcohol in the finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit fuller than Yin, which is a good thing. For a 10% imperial stout, Yin was dangerously close to porter-territory in mouthfeel. This one is fuller.
Overall, this is the one I prefer of the two Evil Twin stouts I've had so far. We'll see if that changes when I crack my Imperial Biscotti Break tomorrow. (816 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coming in a slim, long-neck 330ml brown bottle, served mildly chilled in a Hapkin’s short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a pitch black hue with a thin dark brown head, coming with very restrained carbonation.
S: creamy dark chocolate ice cream, ripe stone-fruits, jammy dates, toasted walnuts, boiled chestnuts, licorice candy, black sugar, sweetened coffee, and honey-ish notes all spring to mind… A swirl gives rise to perfumy esters, fruity hops, and a winey feature all in all. Very pleasant and reasonably complex.
T: softly effervescent and lubricating, the foretaste comes bitter-sweet nutty, brown bread-ish as well as roasted malty with a very light tinge of spiciness and licorice around the rear of the palate, leaving a somewhat jammy and thick date-ish fruity undertone as well as a rather clean and intensive edge of spicy/tangy bitterness and mild acidity to linger in the finish. Not too sweet, not too bitter, not too roasty, neither very estery nor hoppy, but everything is there in its good proportion.
M&O: mild on the carbonation side, soothing on the palate and full-bodied without going heavy, this imperial stout is a fine example of how a supposedly heavy beer can be elevated in weight without compromising the taste. Enjoyable. (1,267 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a four finger tall very dark mocha head that slowly reduces to quarter finger tall head across the entire surface of the beer evenly. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted and chocolate malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of smoked malts. Light hints of dark chocolate as well. Light amounts of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: The alcohol is this beer is very well hidden (even with the extra age on it). I had this beer fresh and aged, I happen to prefer it better with a little bit of age on it. Definitely a big beer and a sipping beer but one I will have again if I come across it. Quite enjoyable. (928 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Big bubbly head. Finger worth of head. Dark amber head color. Not an overbearing thickness was noticed on the pour.

Smell: Thick chewy malt. Dark hops, black licorice, leafy greens, molasses, dark chocolate, and sweet maple syrup. Interesting how much brightness comes from the dark aromas in this brew.

Taste: The bubbly carbonation is huge on the front of this beer. A medium bodied malt presence carries this beer. A slightly metalic sweetness follows through in the aftertaste. Sticky toffee and coffee presences hang on the palette. Carbonation is too heavy, but does settle in the body well.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation really creates a soft bubbly feeling. Some lingering alcohol sting as well.

Overall: A unique feeling imperial stout. Definitely has a European feeling versus a traditional American imperial stout. Not something I would buy again at $9 a bottle but gives you perspective on the diversity of the style. (945 characters)

Photo of bobhits
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Dark roasted beer with far too little character or focus. I suppose the name says it all, a new york city hotel room is close to so much amazing stuff but it is hell to be there. It is small, cramped, and over priced as hell. This beer is the same. Sweet roasted and boring as hell. At 10% AND AT 10 bucks a bottle any sane person would want more. (347 characters)

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