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

Westbrook / Evil Twin Mini Growler Imperial StoutWestbrook / Evil Twin Mini Growler Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.1/5
311 Ratings
Westbrook / Evil Twin Mini Growler Imperial StoutWestbrook / Evil Twin Mini Growler Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by zac16125 on 11-05-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,531
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
311
pDev:
9.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
70
Trade:
10
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Ratings: 311 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bomber at Torst. Watered down imperial stout. A little nauseating tailpipe smel. Some lace. Mostly toasted but also burnt toast taste. Dry finish. Maybe this was better very fresh, but did not age at all, an issue I have with several Westbrook beers.I had to share this out with anyone who would help me not waste a bottle.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Filled 11/6/12.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and smoke. Taste is much the same with a smoke flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed in conjunction with Westbrook Brewery (South Carolina), the resulting imperial stout takes on such strength, power, and complexity that this beer delivers the satisfaction to the palate and mind equaling that of an entire growler of normal beer- hence "Mini Growler"

Its jet black color pours a similar viscosity as motor oil. Thick, heavy, rich looking- the beer is intimidating; right down to the billowing marshmallowy mocha head that topples the snifter. Its super slow regression is a testament to the beer's stubborn retention and slathering lace. Its very creamy texture means that stouts just don't look stouter.

Espresso and chocolate fudge are the obvious and overwhelming scent that governs the beer's character throughout. Coupled with estery notes of licorice, cherry, and burnt currant, the beer takes on further complexities, along with the strong boozy scent of alcohol. As the beer warms it continues to release bold aromas, first with campfireish smoke, then peppercorn, heavy cream, and scorched caramel.

Strong malt flavors lead with a mouth coating taste of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and creamy fudge. Burnt caramel and heavy whipping cream support the roasty flavors, even as the smoky chocolate notes strive to topple the taste. Charred fruits of red grape, currant, blackberry, and raisin add a tangy complex escapade that grows as the beer warms and the palate becomes accompanied to its enormity in taste. Woodish hops couple with citrusy tones and not only balance the malts, but conflict the roast edges of the malt in a slightly unsettled way. Then waves of bourbony booze, burnt embers, and dried oak evoke their pride as the sweetness begins to recede.

Just as the beer looks marshmallow-like, so is reflected in its texture. The beer envelops the mouth with expansive creaminess. The slow fade of residual sweetness and carbonation leaves way for cognac-type warmth, acrid roast, and grain astringency to balance the malt and leave the long-lasting aftertaste with smoke, cocoa, roast, and pepper.

The sheer complexity of the beer should give the beer great success. But the argument can be made that when everything stands out, that nothing stands out. This beer suffers from a hierarchy in its flavor profiles and the way they greet the palate early, middle, late, and aftertaste. Also the conflict of roast astringency and hop bitterness is simply too much for even the most trained palate. But I rather like the beer- just hate the name.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with a half inch of mocha foam that gets quite bubbly like a pancake indicating it is ready to be turned; leggy and lacy, leaving dots and squiggles of lacing behind

Smell: Fudge, black licorice and hints of smoke and espresso

Taste: Fudge and black licorice, up front, with a growing smoke influence; bitter espresso elements, in the mid-palate; after the swallow, the meaty smoke tones impact the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with low to moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: An interesting stout, more like an American Double Stout than a RIS but still quite good; I like the smoke and licorice elements very much

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/24/2016. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toffee, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, date, licorice, smoke, wood, leather, tobacco, light char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toffee, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, date, licorice, smoke, wood, leather, tobacco, light char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toffee, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, dark fruit, licorice, smoke, wood, leather, char, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/hop bitterness, increasing though the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/slick, and moderately sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a light warmth lingering after the finish; with no booziness. Overall this is an outstanding imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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 oberon
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Westbrook beer to try.Date Filled:11/16/12.Pours into a snifter jet black with thinner but nicely formed deep mocha head,no light gets thru this beer.Char,coffee, and black licorice really stand out in the nose up front with some bitter chocolate and sweet rum-like alcohol in there as well.Flavors are again really charred and pretty raw with some sweet molasses and alcohol coming in midway,it's heavily roasted the chewey feel is nice.A pretty brash RIS here,it's pretty smokey and charred but has enough sweetness to balance it out pretty well.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32oz growler into an oversized tulip glass. Pours a jet black in the glass, topped with a think head of milk chocolate colored foam. This maintains a rich ½ finger cap, soaping the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma has a lot of roast smokiness going on with it, almost like burnt coffee, with tangier notes of ripe citrus, chocolate and caramel all working themselves in as well. This is flavorful but seems like it could be a bit more robust in the nose. The taste is VERY burnt and roasty feeling, leaving a good bit of smoky char lingering on the tongue. Bitter green citrus is present, as is some mostly balancing chocolate sweetness but it’s that roast that really sets this off. The feel is full bodied and chewy with a bit of sharpness on the tongue. That 12% is just ridiculously well hid here and probably elevates this beer a bit above what it normally should be based on the flavors. This beer is very aggressive though, especially with the roast, and while it definitely packs a punch, I wish that there had been an overall greater complexity and depth to the flavors. Definitely not quite worth what I paid for this fill.

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Photo of smithj4
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to foofaa aka Dan for sharing this growler shared with me and Kristen, enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is opaque black with a good sized medium tan head with very tight bead that falls to a ring with wispy spotty lace. The smell is good with a decent amount of dark chocolate and subtle spice with gentle aroma of alcohol and mild toast. The feel is very good, lots of malt with clean yeast profile and moderate carbonation making it feel light for a 12% ale with mild alcohol as it warms with mostly dry finish.

This is a tasty stout -you get a lot of dark grain character with subtle chocolate elements and a light smokiness in the back with subtle briny hop aspect near the finish with only a smidge of alcohol flavor and somewhat biscuit element as it finishes dry. Overall I was pleased with the drinkability but it certainly is a sipper, I was glad I was able to split this with friends since the abv comes out a bit after the chill wears off.

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