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Evil Twin The Beer Formerly Known As Blackout - Evil Twin Brewing

Evil Twin The Beer Formerly Known As BlackoutEvil Twin The Beer Formerly Known As Blackout

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%

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Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ngeunit1 on 01-07-2013)
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Reviews by thagr81us:
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South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass (semi-proper!). Poured a massively dark brown with an almost non-existent light tan head. Maintained very minimal pacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, milk chocolate, dark fruit, wood, earth, dark chocolate, subtle nuttiness, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Once you smell this one you made well aware of the ABV on this one and that it is going to make itself known. It definitely does a good job of this. However, while doing this it still manages to bring out some nicer well balanced flavors before telling your palate that it is a little bitch. I'm really digging this one for the style. Would definitely suggest others to try this one if they get the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 00:45:11 | More by thagr81us
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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2.38/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Brownish, thin appearance. No head or lacing.
Off smell, soy sauce, ugh.
The taste is similar to licking a dirty ashtray. (Well-traveled ex-smoker here...)
Thin, watery, bad.
I honestly wanted to like this, but it's too bad for that. A definite miss for a brewer with generally good recipes.
No, just no. Sorry.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 17:49:20 | More by ChipMurray
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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01-17-2014 03:37:23 | More by Griffith
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4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 11.2 ounce bottle picked up at the Mall of the Bluffs Hyvee. I think I remember paying around $8 for this? Poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter after letting it warm up for about 30 minutes.

Appearance: Poured straight down the middle no head was produced. Some bubble action on the sides, though. A very dark, just shy of black body. After coaxing out a very thin head the beer left some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. Despite being a huge beer I was still expecting more in the terms of head/retention.

Smell: Brown sugar, dark bitter chocolate, and a nice, sweet pruney nose. After it warmed up a bit some nice notes of coffee, chocolate cake frosting, caramel, and cream came up.

Taste: Smooth dark chocolate, brown sugar, stone fruit, medium roast coffee beans and cream. Finishes with a nice dark roasted malt note and some bitterness. I can only imagine how awesome this would smell out of a bourbon barrel with coffee added.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with a heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Quite warming.

Overall: A big, warming, solid imperial stoutish beer. Not sure how the whole porter part works out, as this almost reminds me of Expedition stout. However, while it didn’t look like much it had a good nose and tasted great. Also it had a nice heavy mouthfeel which wasn’t boozy or rough but smooth and warming. While it’s not worth more than $5 a bottle, if someone offers you a pour I'd be willing to bet you'll enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:11:27 | More by CowsandBeer
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-07-2013 03:07:19 | More by Jd2391
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3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a dark black with minimal head to it. Not much lacing or retention at all.

S - Not complex, but about what you'd expect to get out of a porter. For an "imperial" I was expecting a little more.

T - Roasted malts, dark fruits, char and licorice. A little heat to it as well.

M - Thin bodied and low carbonation. Really a let down here.

O - I've had better imperial porter offerings from the same brewery. Really a let down here.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 15:57:32 | More by cvm4
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

11-04-2013 15:26:41 | More by BMart
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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is surprisingly diaphanous beer off the bat. There was a decent cream head initially, but it fades pretty quick, leaving some lacing down the side, but not enough to get Key and Peele's vampire's excited.

It does smell good, though! I'm not generally a fan of the fruitier side of dark beers, tending towards the roastier creamier side of things, but this is inviting. Dark fruits predominate, with some brown sugar, a round creamy note and almost a little bit of rum.

I have generally been very impressed with Evil Twin's big dark beers, but this one I find to be quite lacking. Starts off aggressively sweet with the dominant type being the dark fruit variety. Prunes (how appropriate listening to this gerontology lecture...), plums, some raisin and almost a tart cherry character. The sweet dark fruits coupled with the boozy heat (which is certainly there) actually almost remind me of a port. This is one that could well be worth laying don for a bit to let it mellow and hopefully that sweetness and alcohol will not be quite so dominant. I'm probably not going to buy another one just to try that, though, but maybe I will. But probably not. But maybe. I am decisive.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:27:11 | More by kemoarps
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent chestnut with minimal tan head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Some dark fruit, leafy hops & butter rum

T: Butter rum, dark fruit, woody & leafy hops, dryness up front. More leafy hops, figs. carob & slight cocoa & flat cola notes as this warms, some woody/oaky notes as well. Finishes with butter rum, oakyness,& a bit of figgyness & leafy hops. plus smokeyness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, thins out & dries out as this warms

Decent, nothing special. ABV is well hidden. Got better as this warmed. So far I'm not really impressed by these guys, especially as pricey as they are...

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 03:21:52 | More by russpowell
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Got it on tap at the Evil Twin tasting event at the Lionheart in Albany. Body is black with a tannish/chocolate brown head.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose, but appropriate porter scents of char and roasted barley malt.

T: Burnt, roasty malt. Heat from the high (10.2% ABV) is noted pretty much right away. Roasted coffee beans. Finishes with char-type bitterness and alcohol heat felt down the gulley. Some dark fruits and milk chocolate as it warms.

M: Call it medium in heft, not a lot of carbonation, so it's smooth but not quite slick.

O: Solid. A bit too much alcohol, but you know to expect it in an "Imperial" porter I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

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