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

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119 Reviews
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Reviews: 119
Hads: 583
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 4.63%
Wants: 22
Gots: 111 | 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 mabermud
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a big finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades slowly.

S - Dark chocolate malts, molasses, black licorice, touch of coffee, vanilla, earthy hops, and a bit of booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, molasses, black licorice, roasted coffee, a bit of dark fruit, vanilla, some earthy hops and a bit of bitterness, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit creamy with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Nice smooth imperial stout. Great mouthfeel and overall balance. (537 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 Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (529 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 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 SerialTicker
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
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)

(4.10/5)

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. (2,020 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (843 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 infinitebruner
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,045 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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 name of this beer is a good as the taste. (1,495 characters)

Photo of rooskey379
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Churchkey in DC.

A: Black viscous pour with a nice brown head. Good retention and lacing. 4

S: The smell is roasty with chocolate and some acidic smell my friend described as lemon, which I don't think is right, but it's certainly not far off. 4

T: The taste is better. A nice amount of chocolate, more so roasted malts, and a light booze. Nothing really takes this beer over, which I actually thought was nice. 4

MF: Medium to heavy body, dry finish, minimal booze, very drinkable 4.5

O: Very enjoyable, nothing special, but certainly glad I tried it. I
would buy this again if only for the awesome name. Chalk this one up to good marketing. Sort of wondering how this applied to NYC tho? I didn't get any hints of overpriced shopping or insane traffic at all. 4 (778 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown/black with a thin tan head that fizzled away quickly. There was a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and some smoke. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but the roasty coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors are stronger compared to the other ones. A roasty finish lingers around for a while. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating but also seems a bit thin with a low amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew and it's certainly worth trying, but at $7.99 a bottle I wouldn't buy it very often. (676 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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! (416 characters)

Photo of Hntr2045
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,048 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pitch black with a very tan (almost brown) head that holds and leaves nice lace. nose and taste are very roasty chocolate and coffee with maybe just the slightest undercurrent of fruit. hint of sweetness, but finishes dry with almost an ashy/smokey/well-roasted thing going on. full bodied, yet light on it's feet. a very nice imperial stout from the twin. (356 characters)

Photo of nodder
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A- Black with a one finger tan head. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. A pretty beer.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate, black licorice, prunes. Very "roasty"

T- Burnt coffee, heavily roasted malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate. So much going on. Not a timid beer.

M- Full body with average carbonation. Thick and creamy but quite bitter. No missing the alcohol on this one.

O- I like it. Would only want it once or twice a year as its very "in your face". Still, its worth the effort. (497 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 LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (467 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 UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a small cap. Thick patches of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee. Taste is pretty much the same. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout that is pretty tasty. (437 characters)

Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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. (261 characters)

Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room from Evil Twin Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.