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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Noir - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-27-2013

100% Brett Black IPA
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3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark as night, with great head retention and a multiple strands of lace

Smell: Just sniffing it, the aroma overwhelms with floral citrus and black bread elements; hard to pick up the Brett

Taste: The citrusy hops and the Brett intermingle, with the black bready malt laying down a base underneath; in the middle, the Brett really starts to dominate, adding a chalky/lemony tone though, in the finish, the malt re-emerges to balance the bitter and tart flavors with some underlying sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A Brett ABA, well that's another first for me - glad to have tried it

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

She's dark, mysterious, alluring. She's bitter, tough, raw, and with the strength to kick your ass. She'll make you like the beatings and ask for more; she's Femme Fatale.

She opens with a dark "bark" brown color and a mid-sized blanket of foam. Holding firm, her head lasts the session and laces brokenly as her froth trails behind. Hazy and ominous, she's rich with yeasty sediment- just the way I like 'em!

Sharp aromas of burnt toast, pine needles, and resinous citrus oils pierce through the nose in nearly intimidating intensity. Wood, slight char, walnuts and burnt sugars wrap around the hops and offer a delicate balance.

Flavors fare similarly as the short-lived sweetness evades the taste early and leaves the middle palate to recon with the blend of toast, then grapefruit, and then burnt barley husks. She culminates with an embattled taste of resinous pine, pithy citrus oils, and a bitter walnut-type bitterness to close.

Dry throughout, body is tight and lean as any would-be sugars fall to her wayside as she favors an arid, almost chalky finish with sharply astringent "stemmy" hops, grass, and husk.

She's a raw and rustic American Black Ale that's dry like IPA but balances with charred malt character to enhance her palatability without distracting from her hop onslaught.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, citrus rind, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light char, floral, grass, pepper, light funk, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops, fruity/spicy brett, and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light char, floral, grass, pepper, light funk, and floral/roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of roast/pine/citrus rind bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light char, pepper, light funk, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of citrus/floral hops, fruity/spicy brett, and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy/sticky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Black IPA style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/floral hops, fruity/spicy Brett, and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and fairly crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark brown-to-black coloring with chestnut highlights around the edges and a frothy, foamy, dense head that is light tan and starts around an inch, but quickly settles into a thin, filmy coating. Aromas of roasted grains, resiny and bitter hops, and a touch of smoke. There are some coffee notes, and the tangy hops have highlights of citrus on the nose, as well. Very aromatic, and it smells tasty. Flavors are a bit muddled. Initially, the forward tongue is wrestled over by a chocolate-coffee blend and some citrus and bitter hops. That imbalance flows all over the rest of the palate, with a bitter, dry roasted characteristic ultimately winning over by the end of each sip. Some of the chocolate-coffee flavors build as you drink, which in turn mutes just about every influence from the hops, including the hints of resiny bitterness and citrus tart/sweet that peek around the corner every once in a while. The aftertaste becomes a little more balanced, with a heavy roasted coffee bitterness that is undercut by grapefruit and floral hops. Smooth, clean finish, with the coffee flavors lingering around a bit. I liked where this beer was heading initially, but the flavor profiles just didn't mesh for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass, with a half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Light aroma of citrus hops, bready malt, faintly earthy. Flavor starts with day old coffee, toasted, slightly smoky malt, dry and slightly astringent. Light fruit fruit flavor (apple and pear) develop in the background, then finishes dry, roasty, with hop bitterness and the brett yeast becomes more noticeable. Finish is a bit astringent and dry, which may be a plus for brett fans. Medium bodied. An interesting, rather idiosyncratic ABA; I like the light touch of brett (or at least it is well covered by the nice toasty malt), but I'm not sure it works well with this very dry toasty body. I'm a fan of very light, deft touches of brett, and it is not assertive in this beer. Intriguing, but not a beer I will want to return to.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of thagr81us
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into a Westbrook snifter (it was brewed there at least). Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, funk, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cream, earth, earth hop, and subtle dark fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was fairly good brew. In all honesty, I'm not a huge fan of this style but I'm always open to revisiting things. This one did have some nice touches going on, but the flavor was definitely way more on the roasty side than I usually enjoy. However this was still a fairly nicely put together brew. Definitely worth your time if you are a fan of the style.

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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black. Very little light getting through, opaque. It actually looks pretty murky when thinned out a bit. Based on the flavor, I'm wondering if a little Sinamar or something snuck into this beer. Very nice beige head. It's a thick blanked of fine bubbles. Aroma is a superb mix of big tropical and bright citrus hop flavors with some clean brett funk. I guess "clean" is sort of an odd adjective for funk, but all brett beers often seem clean to me. It's more bacteria and poor fermentation that seem messy. Anyway, there's a touch of roast in the background, but the hops are really the star. Pineapple, mango, kiwi, tangerine, raspberry, grapes. Wonderful. The taste is also quite nice. There's more roast/chocolate flavor, but it's still mostly bright, flavorful hops with a bretty background. Fairly dry. Lots of hop flavor. Some roast and hop bitterness in the finish. Finish is a touch astringent but otherwise quite good. Medium, prickly carbonation. Hoppiness lingers for quite awhile. I'm not a big fan of ABAs and strongly prefer ones with less roast character. This is right up my alley, but I'm not sure if that will be a universal opinion. On a sidenote, there is a ton of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Aroma is roasty malt, pine, dark cocoa, and grapefruit. Flavor is roasty, with medicinal tones. The finish is bitter coffee grounds, a bit too bitter and charred for me. Underlying grapefruit is muted, but provides contrast to counter the bitter character. It's just not enough. Balance is decidedly bitter.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Noir from Evil Twin Brewing
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