Westbrook / Evil Twin Mini Growler Imperial Stout | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Westbrook / Evil Twin Mini Growler Imperial StoutWestbrook / Evil Twin Mini Growler Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by zac16125 on 11-05-2012

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 300
Photo of Kardillamo
4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely incredible, smooth, sweet, savory, full of dark chocolate notes with a light haze of espresso suffusing this wonderful concoction. Black as my heart and smoother than the tongue of the serpent in the garden of eden, I strongly recommend this beer.

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Photo of justinp444
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dated 3/24/16. Poured into a snifter it has a chocolate brown head of and inch and a quarter of thick foam with a pitch black body. Smell of chocolate, coffee, lots of roasted malt, and lots of vanilla. Taste of thick milk chocolate, lots of roasted malt, coffee, fudge, and very sweet caramel. Mouth feel is rich and fudgey, body is the same with a moderate to full carbonation. A thick delicious sweet stout with tons of roasted malt, perfect.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Opaque, near black body with nearly a half inch of dense, beige head. If Evil Twin is involved, the stout will have a beautiful appearance. Roast and chocolate in the nose. Lovely. Terrific flavor. So rich and full. Silky on the palate. This, friends, is a world class imperial stout.

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Photo of Conradist
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is really great. It has the usual chocolate-ish, coffee-ish, roasted malt notes you'd expect from a big stout, plus some not so usual hints of licorice. However, it also possesses a kind of leathery, smokey, tobacco thing which really pushed it over the "very good stout" edge and into the black, tenebrous pit of exceptional stouts.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive pitch black roast of coffee, edged with bitter char, sweetened as if with blackstrap molasses. Sweet up front with ample wet char; dries with more dark bitterness. Stays smooth throughout, with a soft, foamy feel on the lips. Roasty, slightly toasty, full of rich chocolate, sinuous vanilla, and dark roasted espresso. A beautiful Russian imperial stout.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pretty nice brown black opaque beer with a mocha head that dissipates quick, but then you get nice alcohol legs
S - smoke, dark roasty malts, burnt marshmallow, dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, almost a bacon scent to it
T - nice big dark malts, dark chocolate, creamy vanilla, smoke, burnt marshmallow, campfire, bakers chocolate, bacon
M - big and thick, alcohol covered, aftertaste is roasty malts, big stout flavors, smoke
O - very nice. First experience with westbrook and I have to say I like them slightly more in combo with evil twin as.opposed to evil twin independently.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottled on 3/24/16.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A rich and roasty dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of chocolate, coffee, smoke, toast, biscuit, and caramel with yeast. Sweet scent of vanilla and molasses. Also some hints of anise, leather, and tobacco. Slight hints of dark fruit. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich and roasty dark malt forward taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, toast, caramel, and biscuit along with yeast. Sweet taste of vanilla and molasses. Subtle undertones of dark fruit along with some notes of anise, tobacco, and leather. A really good rich taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and smooth. Minimal alcohol heat.

Overall: A very good Imperial Stout. Nice sweet dark malt flavors.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage
~ 6 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, oily body. Half finger thick, medium tan colored head, creamy, dissipates to thin layer. Tons of alcohol legs on glass.

Aroma- Rich roastiness, charred malts, coffee, dark chocolates, cocoa, smokiness. Dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, sweet chocolates, touches of vanilla.

Taste- Dark chocolates, bittersweet cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, smokiness, leathery earthiness. Molasses sweetness, dark fruits, chocolate, caramel. A bit of earthy hop on the finish.

Feel- Full bodied, rich and creamy, thick and sticky, coats mouth. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Incredible blend of rich roastiness and sweetness. Starts with big robust qualities, but then finishes sweet and smooth.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into snifter at The Ruck in Troy, NY for lunch. Really cool to see this on tap here!! Pours a jet black..I mean black with about 3 fingers of deep tan head. This just looks like the perfect RIS. Awesome bitter roasted coffee aroma (once the head settles down a bit). The flavor is awesome! Super bitter roastedness with a blast of coffee-like malt and maybe a hint of residual sweetness to round it out. Suuuper easy to drink, but the abv hits you hard on this one. Overall, a fantastic and very underated RIS..one of my fav for sure.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/17/16 bottle date

when I heard this was coming to town, how could I not snag one? enjoyed from an evil twin wine glass. super tasty toasty stout without being over roasted. the chocolate balances out the roastiness. well worth the pickup and hunt.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Appearance: Thick black motor oil color with an extra dark tan head maybe one finger's length off the body. Head drops to nada after one or two sips with zero lacing.

Smell: Light coffee scent with dose of vanilla extract. You can't actually smell the alcohol hints...little light but enticing smell.

Taste: Complex sweet and bitter, molasses and espresso. The coffee undertone is just right and incredible smooth. Somewhere in the middle where it could be a dessert or one of the best after dinner beers you will have.

Mouth: It is a little dry and I am drinking it a little closer to room temperature than your usual extra cold.

Overall: Personally think it's an awesome brew...not sure behind the collaboration naming considering Westbrook makes most of the EvilTwin brews. Not going to question much of the naming but definitely one of those need to grab if you see it on the shelf.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Dark brown, nearly opaque. Full mocha head. Looks like an imp stout should.
smell: Roasty vanilla smoke. Very nice smoke on top of a creamy Imp stout nose.
taste: Even better than the nose. Semi-sweet vanilla. cocoa milkshake with roasty, smoky notes.

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Photo of Jjski
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 years aging in the bunker

Smokiness and mild char dominate. No alcohol burn. Residual sweetness balances the char.

Very good. Not epic , but another great variant of the 12% stout that spawns Lil B and Biscotti Break. Ages very well. No oxidation detected and could have gone another year, but I doubt it would have improved.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A viscous black pour floating a solid chocolate milk colored head, amazing retention, with thick lacing in my glass from start to finish. Aroma of dark chocolate, tobacco, leather, a bit of smoke in there too. Big flavors of tobacco up front, giving way to bitter dark chocolate, figs, berries and burnt wood - the high ABV is hidden well - especially after 2 years of sitting under my house. The body is big and warming from the high ABV, with a dry mouthfeel and finish. Overall amazing sipper and a solid representation of the style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine medium brown head with good retention and lacing. Robust aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, light vanilla and coffee. Flavor is dominated by dark toasted malt and charred coffee with light hints of vanilla anc cocoa. Hot. Finishes with a pleasant hop bite, but the other flavors drop off abruptly. A long aftertaste of light char and grassy hops. Medium bodied with nice creaminess. A very nicely made stout on the roasted / charred end of the spectrum. I greatly enjoyed this and feel fortunate that I got one of the few bottles to arrive in our area (right place at the right time!). I doubt if I will see another one, but I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, "date filled" on label is 2/17/16. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that stayed around for a really long time. There's a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like burnt/charred malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and molasses. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some licorice and earthiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good imperial stout, I liked it. However it's pricey at $15.99 a bomber.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An extremely nice Imperial Stout. Pours pitch black, but with average viscosity and a tan head that disappears very quickly. Very well integrated (rather than "watered down"), and silky smooth, but with quite deep flavors of licorice, roasted notes, bitter chocolate, and coffee notes. Surprisingly well hidden 12% abv.

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Photo of nola1988
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: jetblack
S: smoky chocolate
T: villain sweetness upfront, smoky coca on the back.
F: sticky, full bodied.
O: A soild stout. The sweetness is a great balance on the smoky element to it. The body is full, which I prefer in this style. Grab if you see it.

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Photo of EMH73
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin, dark tan head that left no lacing. Smells and tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, roasted malts and a bit of char. Thick, sticky mouth feel, minimal carbonation, full bodied and creamy.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque brown beer with a creamy head that stays on as a thin film for a bit and leaves a cascading sheet behind with each sip. The aroma is roasted malt, char, molasses, licorice, coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is sweet with a nice roasty malt and dark chocolate taste with char bitterness and molasses twang. Really chewy and nice stout with good carbonation.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Jet black color with a thick, 1.5-finger, creamy, brown head. Great retention and some initial patchy lacing. The consistency of this thing is as thick as motor oil. Awesome look for an imperial stout.

S – Mostly rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee aromas. There are touches of molasses and plums here, as well. Nicely layered and decently complex.

T – It starts off sweet with rich dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, and a touch of vanilla. As the taste progresses, dark fruits like plums come into the mix. Toward the finish, there’s a big blast of bitter and dry roasted coffee and some tobacco. Very tasty.

F – Full-bodied with average carbonation, a viscous, velvety, and creamy mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and very dry finish. Bittersweet dark chocolate and bitter roasted coffee flavors linger for a nice bit. There’s also a touch of warmth from the alcohol.

O – This is an awesome imperial stout. It’s not as complex in the aroma and taste as some examples that I’ve had, but it’s crazy thick and very drinkable for 12% ABV. Once again, another big hit from Westbrook. I’m sure Evil Twin did its part here, as well.

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Photo of Just-the-sip
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a good beer but I wouldn't rate it outstanding. I've the Eviltwin/Westbrook Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break. Look is nice and dark. Smell is coffee and lots of chocolate. Missing the cinnomon and habañero flavors it claims it was brewed with. I had this once by itself. Ok. Threw in some vanilla been ice cream. WAY better in my opinion. I'd drink it again if it were given to me but wouldn't buy it twice. If you want the pepper kick look for Rouge's Sirracha Stout. Now THATS got some heat on it!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a fingernail of brown covering half of the rim and a quarter of the top. I smell roasted barley with hints of molasses and just a whiff of smoke. The taste is a blend of roasted barley, molasses, plums, and just enough smoke to make you keep wanting to come back for more sips. The mouth is slightly warm, chewy, and sticky with alcohol.

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Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

large shared 2012 bottle.
Pours thick and dark with a decent head.

Aroma - excellent and moderately strong. The dark roasted grains are not as pronounced as they are upon tasting, but the alcohol and dark fruit notes are more evident.

Flavor: Rich and moderately complex, with strong notes of very dark roasted malts. Slightly more sweet than bitter until the aftertaste. Hint of licorice. Well hidden ABV!

Overall: one of the best Evil Twin beers I've had.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Filled November 6th 2012.

Out of the bottle pours, quite dark walnut black and leaves a same opaque and quite dark body color also. Head doesn't make much, but there's some coffee brown like color, and it manages to keep a 3mm collar while drinking and not looking filmy.

Really nice bouquet on this beer. Slightly fruity, mixing of nice charring roast. A little bit of tobacco too, and all nicely balanced and complimenting each other, quite solid and impressive.

There's a good chewy texture to this, with a ripping grain. Slightly hot, with a very noticeable hop bitterness on the finish that makes the heat more tolerable. Matches well with some pine like heat and toasty roast character complimenting each other nicely. Diversity is not as common in comparison with the nose, not much tobacco, and virtually no fruit character. Nice bitter cocoa finish on the swallow also.

Quite a nice solid Russian Imperial either way.

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