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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Noir - Evil Twin Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
100% Brett Black IPA

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-27-2013)
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Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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

brentk56, Mar 10, 2013
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -23.5%

GRG1313, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ygtbsm94, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2%

JAHMUR, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +2%

mendvicdog, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +2%

MarkyMOD, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

beernads, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

PEIhop, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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.

GarthDanielson, May 29, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

tobelerone, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

LiquidAmber, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Griffith, Jan 17, 2014
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.

thagr81us, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of popery
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

popery, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

twelveinches, Aug 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

strongaf, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jaxon53, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

aztraz, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into crooked stave tulip. Purchased at Total Wine Norwalk for $8.50.
Poura a nice deep black with tan rim and lacing. Looks inviting and nice. Great hop aromas just fill the air when opened; complemented by the slight roasty malt and slight funk/earthiness. Really nice.
Great mild hop flavor with nice bitter coffee malt backbone. There is a slight funk to it, but its very mild...almost dont really notice the brett - and probably wouldnt even comment on it if I didnt already know. Like the bottle says, its difficult to have such a hoppy beer fermented with brett as they dont really work well together. Im thinking this was a not so hoppy back ale that was insanely dry hopped right before bottling when the brett was done...but however it was done, its damn tasty. well worth it...and kudos on a job well done on this brew!!

DrinkSlurm, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of kwjd
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

kwjd, May 31, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a small off white head. Aroma of lots of strong pine and some dry wood smell that comes off like cedar. Flavor is lots of pine with some interesting underlying black ale sweetness. Dry finish with lingering pine, and I think a lot of the dryness might come from the brett here. Pretty strong carbonation increases the dryness. Gains an extra creaminess as it warms. Pretty interesting and unique black IPA. Not my favorite of the style, but very nice.

BMMillsy, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev +2%

Falcone, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Bottle Revolution

I was warned it was a little odd looking and she was right...murky brown, like iced coffee with cream. It's not necessarily unattractive though, the head is thick and creamy, covering the surface for the duration. Resinous, oily pine hop aromas with some char and earth thrown into the mix. Flavors of bitter pine, subtle roast, hefty citrus rind, light coffee, and some herbal hops. No funkiness so speak of, but there is an interesting peppery heat in the finish. Aggressively bitter hops linger on the tongue well after the last sip. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Intriguing and pretty well done all around.

wedge, Jun 06, 2013
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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Noir from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.