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: 301
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 Resuin
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Beer #999 for me. Poured from a bomber into an enlarged snifter. This was bottled November 6, 2012 so almost 2 years ago.

Appearance: Pours thick and black and leaves a finger of brown head that fades relatively quickly to a brown rim around the glass. (4.5)

Smell: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, licorice, char, some must, hint of figs and plums. (4.25)

Taste: Big roasted malts, dark/milk chocolate, licorice, charred malts, some smoke. Big charry, slightly ashy finish. (4)

Mouth-feel: Low carbonation (but definitely present) with a medium to thick, creamy body. Nice feel. (4.5)

Overall: Big roasty flavors and aromas along with a bit of ashyness which is interesting. Nice full body and the alcohol is masked well at 12%. (4)

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Photo of GPHarris
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

bottled 11/6/12

a - poured a one finger thick creamy tan head into a tulip glass that settled into a thin ring. the body was dark black.
s - chocolate, some coffee with a slight alcohol burn.
t - roasted coffee, chocolate, some dark fruits, alcohol burn.
m - kind of flat and thin.
o - i had high hopes for this but the carbonation level really took away from a promising beer. the heat went well with the beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Stains the glass. Small head. Doesn't last.

Smell - A little smokey. Boozy as hell. Strong roasted malt. Licorice.

Taste - Sweet caramel. Licorice. Deep caramel. Smoke is more muted, but present. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Thick. Low carbonation. Viscous and a little sweet.

Overall - Tasty stout. Tastes like it's smoked, but I can't find any info that it is.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 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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Photo of ehammond1
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black as can be. Thick, heavy, and rich in appearance. Creamy brown head. Leaves an oily, sticky sheen. A perfectly gorgeous imperial stout.

Huge roast, espresso, and fudge notes erupt from the glass. Incredibly expressive aroma. There's some dark fruits and licorice emerging as well, especially as the beer warms.

A hugely flavorful stout--it's almost flooring how flavorful this is. Huge amounts of bitter roast and espresso notes, perhaps along with a touch of smoke. Dark fruits, licorice, and raisin fudge brownie make up the majority of the flavor profile. This is like nothing I've had before.

Full in body. Creamy. Luscious. Coating. Perfect.

There's just so much flavor here. It's shocking. While impressive, it certainly hurts it's drinkability.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is jet black, viscous, with a dark brown head, thick, and a few bubbles on top. The nose is ashy, light roast, olive, touch of herbal hop. Taste is same, roast, ash, coffee bean, faint chocolate. Finish has some citrus hop and light herbal note, the roast lingers. Body is full, carbonation is nicely rounded. Flavors are well integrated but not of my favorite blend.

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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 Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
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 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 UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a smexy lookin' stout. Strong coffee and cocoa tones. Molasses is showing a good bit too. It's fairly boozy as well. Too much so, I'd have to say. The feel seems to be a bit thin on the liquid as well. Overall, a pretty nice ris. Could use some smoothing out really. And, the price is quite high (and for what?).

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Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
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 stakem
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kegatron for sharing this brute with me. 1-liter swingtop growler into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with the most faint edging of lighter brown showing around the edges when it is held up to the light. A rich finger of silky smooth brown head rests atop fading slowly leaving some finger-like strings of lacing effect sticking to the glass.

The aroma is bold and roasty. Very aggressive with a combination of burnt to ashy charred grain with an ample amount of herbal hops also included. Earthen, with a hint of anise and leathery tobacco. Some solvent alcohol starts to emerge as the brew warms up and is swirled more.

The flavor of this brew is again, quite aggressive with a hearty amount of burnt grain flavoring. Suggestions of strong bitter coffee couple with earthen flavors that are somewhat ashy and tobacco-like to leathery. A strong aftertaste of bitter cacao lingers after each sip. As this brew warms up, the 12% abv comes out with a solvent burn across the back of the throat. The hops are readily evident in this brew with an herbal to almost vegetative component.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. No jokes here folks, this is a big aggressive brew. You need to put your big boy pants on here and brace yourself for one of the most balanced brews when it comes to strong bitter roasted grain, solvent alcohol and ample hops. The bitterness in this is quite forward from seemingly a combination of both hops and highly kilned malts. At times, I almost get the feel of this being a strange hybrid between a RIS and super strong black ipa. Many thanks agan Heath for sharing this with me, I can't imagine I would have otherwise had the opportunity to try this.

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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 EgadBananas
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: black sludge, small mocha head, non-retentive.

Aroma: high roast, chocolate, fudge, smoke, char.

Taste: dark fudge, woodsy char, smokey oak, roasted malts, dark fruits.

***Definitely chewy and thick. No real booziness, but a definite bottle to share with its heft. Undeniably good though.

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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 barleywinefiend
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a HoTD tulip. Jet black, sordove sluggish but pleasant leaving a nice brown cap which quickly reseds leavin a whispy brown ring, no lacing and some faint bubbles

S: Nose was tamer than I expected. Smoke, meat, leather belts and a can of skoal, roasted barley chocolate, whiff of coffee and some booze

T: Immediate decadent dark chocolate with some smoked meat, leather, touches of tobacco and roastiness. Midway the taste becomes a bit more leathery, smokey and lingering bitterness with a buried booze covered hershey bar. The finish is sweet, a bit bitter, lingering and coating, sticky and a tad sweet

M: Big body, wow! Well carbonated, sticky, clinging to the palate, coating indeed. Lots of flavor remain.

O: Very good stout indeed!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
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 VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pitch black with a thinner dark brown head. Body seems very robust. Light brown rings of lacing along the glass.

S-Big, charred and very roasty. Dark roast coffee and cocoa powder. Maybe a hint of anise. Alcohol rears its head as well. Smells like a behemoth beer.

T-The flavor is quite intense and overall pretty delectable. Burnt coffee and leather. Rich dark chocolate. There is also a very sizable grassy hop bite that delivers plenty of bitterness to match the bitterness from the coffee and char.

M-Voluminous. Soft bubbles. Definitely a sipper. Alcohol cuts through and zaps the tongue. Bitter.

O/D-A serious beer. I enjoyed the intensity but that being said, it did not take me all too long to consume this beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with a Date Filled stamp of NOV062012. Pours a viscous black with an inch of dark brown head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, smoke, chocolate and maybe a bit of coffee. The taste is smoke, earth and roasted malts with a bit of a medicinal quality to it. Some chocolate and burnt coffee towards the end. The Abv is pretty well hidden. Smokey chocolate finish. The medicinal flavor is my only real gripe about this beer. Slick mouthfeel. Overall, its decent but if I never had it again I wouldn't be heartbroken.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one during one of our random Sunday tastings! Served from bottle into Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, medicinal, spice, earth, roasted malt, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, spice, dark chocolate, smoke, charred malt, and roasted malt. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The smoke aspect going on here was actually quite nice and added a nice touch to the brew. However the charred aspect in the flavor and the medicinal note in the aroma kind of took the appeal out of this one for me slightly. Really wish that these had not been present as this could have been a fairly good brew without them. While this was the case, this one is definitely worth your time trying. You won’t regret it.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, impenetrable texture. There was a small, tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: An enticing aroma of coffee, chocolate, and malt.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, roasted malt, light hops, a little bit of coffee, and a slight burnt quality in the finish. In general, this is a focused, well rounded flavor. It's big, but not overpowering. In spite of being 12%, the ABV is not an issue.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth, silky finish. Full-bodied.

O: A very solid, well made, and tasty beer. Drinkable.

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