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

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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BA SCORE
87
very good

250 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 250
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%


Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: timtim on 12-06-2011)
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 02:49:52 | More by tbeckett
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MarkJBurch

New York

3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 01:59:09 | More by MarkJBurch
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cosmicevan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 21:31:54 | More by cosmicevan
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 22:08:10 | More by Hopdaemon39
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 14:26:18 | More by AdamF625
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Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 03:11:41 | More by Greywulfken
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ksimons

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 22:00:12 | More by ksimons
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 00:16:57 | More by chugalug06
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BKBassist

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 01:44:04 | More by BKBassist
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:30:56 | More by LI_PO12
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larryi86

Delaware

3.94/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 01:52:02 | More by larryi86
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:19:32 | More by jzeilinger
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MadScientist

New York

3.84/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 00:58:02 | More by MadScientist
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 01:10:01 | More by mntlover
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 01:22:33 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 04:42:06 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.14/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 19:09:07 | More by wl0307
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 02:08:05 | More by dbrauneis
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 04:48:17 | More by KFBR392
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.63/5  rDev -32%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 21:23:34 | More by bobhits
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weonfire

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First off - pretty stupid name for a beer.

any rate,

A - Very dark brown, pinky width of medium/light mocha head - dissipates quickly, leaving just a small amount around the rim of glass. not opaque what so ever.

S - Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, faints hops and very faint spice.

T - initial: Roasted coffee hits immediately- I don't think i'd say harshly or overwhelmingly but is up front and center. Dark chocolate eeks itself in a bit. Finish is more roast, bitter hops, and a little bit of booze. 10 ABVs are hidden for the most part.

M - Creamy, a little thin, not velvet. The roast flavor will stay with you for a few minutes. Viscosity is medium.

O - It's good. I liked most everything but nothing really stood out. Coffee/Chocolate/roast tones are balanced. More roasty then other stouts ive had- you will taste it for a while. It is a bit dry and bitter tho. I do wish the nose was more. Not real complex either. But, I payed $9.99 for this. I will never be purchasing this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 23:09:58 | More by weonfire
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RickS95

Indiana

4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Watch out for the pour, it's like a volcano after just a few drops. A good ounce or so is no on the floor because I wasn't expecting it. The beer is very dark black, which I like, but the pour is all about the explosion of bubbles. The head is enormous. A bit too much, though it's an attractive brown color. For every one inch of dark liquid, you get three inches of brown head.

The smell is slightly subdued, but what's there is all of the roasted variety. Roasted malt dominates, with licorice and alcohol in supporting roles. Has a bit of an expresso/coffee/bittersweet chocolate thing going on.

Caramel malt is on display for the taste buds. Early on it tastes like a Coke, only not as sweet, with some hints of smoke. As it warms, coffee notes begin to emerge, as well as the bittersweet chocolate that showed up in the nose. Little evidence is shown that this beer is so strong.

It's got a very pleasant feel for something so strong. Initially sweetness is the dominant characteristic. But almost immediately, the carbonation cleans your tongue and puffs out your cheeks. Bitterness gains strength as the beer works its way back, with a lingering bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied because you've got a heavy beer that's full of carbonation, making a nice balance. Finishes dry with that lingering bitter.

Overall, I liked this beer a lot. It went down a bit too easy for something so strong. Very smooth, somewhat unexpectedly given the smell and the high ABV. Expensive, but worth it. Sad it's been retired...glad I've got a second bottle in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 03:56:04 | More by RickS95
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured in to snifter.

A - Poured black with a thin layer of espresso coloured head.

S - A big roast aroma is met with sweet molasses and chocolate and some noticeable alcohol.

T - A big roast profile up front that becomes overpowered by a big sweetness and some molasses, sweet milk chocolate and brown sugar. After a few sips the sweetness becomes somewhat cloying, making this beer difficult to drink.

M - Medium body at times, but somewhat light and watery at other times. Light carbonation.

O - This was one rough. Couldn't even get through a 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 01:55:07 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Caramel character is great. Toast is good. Roast starts to polarize taste. But scorched is plain offensive. This nonsensically named ale flirts with the line that separates scorched character from roasted character and is highly divisive in its taste.

The pour erupts from the tulip up on its initial pour. The billowing head easily topples the rim with hardly and notice of actual beer beneath. Although the bottle didn't spew, the beer overtakes the glass with ease. After what seems to be an eternity to this thirsty beer drinker, the beer finally settles into an unmistakable black beer with tan-ish spiderwebbing lace that sticks to both the glass and the surface of the beer. Its champagne-like carbonation and the way it explodes in the glass is fairly obnoxious.

Sharp aromas of burnt wood, ash, and spice strike the nose with brunt force. With the most slight of molasses malt aroma, coffee grounds, and cocoa, the malt influence is heavily roasty and is exacerbated by spicy peppercorn, burnt fruit, and alcohol.

Elevated roast flavors flirt with the taste of burnt carbon-rich ash from the very first sip and extends well into the finish- carrying with it very little supporting malt sweetness. Its dry, powdery taste exposes high yeast spices, tart vine-dried fruit, medicine, and grain tannin. An ill-conceived balance to promote roast flavors show flaws in the beer's recipe formulation and its acrid dry taste is problematic in brewer execution.

It's enormous carbonation engulfs the mouth, turns to ash, and dries the mouth unnecessarily. This happens on the early, middle, and late palate. Sharply astringent and acidic to palate sensations show a messy mouthfeel that may signal infection to come. Powdery dry and terribly ashy, the beer is problematic on all fronts of drinkability.

But even with all that, I finished the beer (albeit with slight pain) and find that there's some dry roast flavors to celebrate behind all that ash and pang.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 19:14:06 | More by BEERchitect
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours black with a thick, creamy tan head that dissipates slowly. The head is rather large for a beer with 10% ABV. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are aromas of dark roasted malt, prunes, molasses, coffee, booze, and some chocolate. The alcohol smell is definitely not hidden in the aroma. The flavors of the beer do follow the nose. The chocolate, prune, alcohol, and molasses flavors hit up front and the roastiness from the malt comes in the back. There's some hop bitterness on the back end as well. This is a thick, creamy, full-bodied stout with moderate carbonation. The alcohol brings a nice warming quality and the beer itself drinks very easy despite being so big. This is an excellent beer that hits the spot on a cold day.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 20:54:48 | More by acevenom
Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room from Evil Twin Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.