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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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Photo of Kendo

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

07-16-2013 22:46:23 | More by Kendo
Photo of BEERchitect


4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure why the beer is no longer known as Blackout, but its dark-as-night appearance and after effects sure still suggest so. But I'm assuming that it's the Prince of Blackouts, so it will likely become regular Blackout again very soon. I see the pattern.

And with certain stout-like properties, the dense mocha-stained ale is carries a viscous visual texture and epic creamy proportions. A latte-like creme tops the beer like steamed milk, creating a whipped topping effect. Long lasting retention and milky lace seem to be a continuation of the 30-weight ale beneath.

Heavy toast, coffee roastiness, cocoa powder, and roasted walnuts all play into the savory and stern aromas. Even a tinge of tangy yougurt and tart berries offer an intriguing malty-vinous interplay.

But where the aromas suggest harsher char and tart elements, the flavors are smooth and warm- leading with bittersweet chocolate, espresso, light charred woods, walnut, and mild smoke. Light cherry pit flavors offer up mild wine-like acidity and berry-like tartness to accompany the roasted grain. But with creamy malt underpinnings, the beer's lush taste is of milkshake and whipped cream.

Full bodied, the beer is easily mistaken for imperial stout- its heavy weight is dense, creamy, and playfully chewy. As the malt and marshmallowy carbonation recedes, the rise of roasty bitterness, mild acrid dryness, and slight astringency carry the beer into a warm finish and an extended aftertaste of roast and chocolate.

With its imperial stout proportions, the beer hardly resembles a porter. Toast turns to roast, and the body projects extreme fullness- all making this beer more stout than most stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2013 03:54:50 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of ChipMurray


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
Photo of CowsandBeer


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
Photo of cvm4


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
Photo of kemoarps


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
Photo of russpowell


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
Photo of nickfl


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of off white foam that settles rapidly and leaves almost no lace. The body is clear with just a hint of ruby showing through.

S - Caramel, toffee, smoky molasses, and some chocolate.

T - lots of dark sugar up front with molasses and toffee in the middle. Finishes with caramel and burnt toffee.

M - Medium thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A bit too much dark sugar for me, perhaps with more age or some barrel character it would be nice, but as it is it doesn't work that well for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 19:03:33 | More by nickfl
Photo of kylehay2004


3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head or lacing on a deep brown, likely clear body. Aroma of dark chocolate, cola, roasted malts, hint of coffee, some orange. Flavors of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, very little roast. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Fairly sweet. The porter character is overshadowed. These things hurt drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 03:19:30 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Rickythejeweler


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown-mahogany, half finger khaki head that fades fast, light traces of spotty lacing.

S - Milk chocolate, hint of coffee, vanilla cream, dark grains, some dark fruits.

T - Cocoa, raosted grains, subtle burnt notes.

M - Medium-full bodied, low carbonation.

O - This beer seems incomplete.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 22:06:07 | More by Rickythejeweler
Photo of thagr81us

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
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Only a hint of a head, but formed a light tan ring around glass that left light lacing. Aroma dominated by sweet toasted malt with light chocolate, vanilla dark fruit and alcohol. Flavor of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate and sweet malt develops gradually into a robust taste, finishing slightly drier with nice hop and charred coffee. Medium creamy bodied. An interesting porter that overlaps in style with American imperial stouts. As usual for Evil Twin, interesting and well made. I enjoyed spending the evening sipping this.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 04:28:29 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter.

A: Very deep brown in the glass. An aggressive pour yields only a thin film of a head that fades almost instantly. Not much lacing to speak of, just a few wispy patches scattered here and there.

S: Strong estery aromas of black currant, raspberry, and cherry. Vinous. Mild spicy alcohol scent stays tame enough to add complexity without becoming overbearing. Undercurrents of blackstrap molasses, chocolate covered raisins, cocoa, and fudge.

T: Estery and vinous with tastes of grape skin, plum, black currant, and cherry. Spicy alcohol has a kick on the mid palate. Malts lend a sweet molasses taste briefly, then dry into a nice powdery chocolate flavor and some good roastiness. Bakers chocolate, dry chocolate cake. Finishes with black cocoa powder and bakers chocolate.

M: Moderately thick, though it isn't weighty. Slightly chewy and almost viscous. No carbonation. Smooth. The alcohol is very warming but not at all harsh.

O: This is a very big beer. It's going in the direction of Dogfish Head Worldwide Stout. A nice sipper with a strong estery, alcohol component. This is a natural candidate for aging, though it isn't really too hot to drink now.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 04:33:34 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of popery


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep reddish brown. Small head. Thick body. Definitely looks like a big beer.

The aroma is full of coffee and burnt brown sugar. Good dose of roast but even more caramelly sugar. Apricots, grapes. It's all fruity toasted malt sugars, and they're done exceedingly well.

Sweet beer that is packed with flavor. The booze is well-hidden beneath the beer’s sweetness. A little milk chocolate. Molasses, caramel. Warming layers of sweet malt flavor. Tastes sort of like a shot of espresso poured on to delicious liquid brown sugar. I'm not normally a fan of such sweet beers, but Evil Twin seems to have talent for them, and the beer never gets cloying.

Heavy on the palate. Really coats the mouth. A bit syrupy, but I think it works for the beer.

This is very nice. It's big and sweet and pulls it off. Despite the coffee flavor, it's really not too roasty, or at least, the roast acidity is kept in check. I would call it a dessert beer, but unfortunately, many dessert beers seem cloying to me. This is a sweet, luxurious treat that is all too easy to drink. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 06:05:51 | More by popery
Photo of ngeunit1


4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a very thin layer of khaki head. Fades quickly.

S - Dark chocolate malts, coffee, molasses, earthy hops. vanilla, some caramel malts, and some booze.

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

M - Full-minus bodied, mild carbonation. Smooth and a touch syrupy, with a warming, sweet, and lightly roasty finish.

D - Nice imperial porter. Good overall balance, nice big malt base.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 06:31:45 | More by ngeunit1
Evil Twin The Beer Formerly Known As Blackout from Evil Twin Brewing
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