Bozo Beer | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a really big beer and we wanted to put it in small bottles, but the two bozos were so fat they couldn’t fit on the label. Enjoy this rich, ridiculous and screwball-ish Imperial Stout with hints of: molasses, lactose, chocolate, almond, hazelnut, vanilla bean, cinnamon, oak spiral, chili, marshmallow, muscovado sugar, chesnut and coffee. Made for Bozos.

Added by dbrelsfo on 12-05-2013

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Photo of spinrsx
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can thanks to Swedes21

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Photo of teromous
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body is black. The head is a large, dense, creamy, pock-marked, and khaki. The can lists this beer at "17.2% ALC BY VOL" and the appearance of this beer is other-worldly good. It would be world class for a beer at a fraction of this ABV. The head retention is just impressive to say the least.

Aroma: There is a strong coffee aroma. The beer also has a very strong alcohol scent which is masking a perceptively light bit of chocolate.

Taste: There is a chocolate flavor which tastes mostly like bakers chocolate but at times tastes like hot cocoa. There is a bit of an earthy finish to the beer which tastes a bit like ancho peppers.

Mouthfeel: It has a bit of a thickness when drinking the beer but it goes down very smooth and quick. There is a mild bit of alcohol burn and a soft bitter end. It finishes pretty thin.

Overall: It is a heavy alcohol beer that does an outstanding job of keeping the alcohol in check. The flavors and aromas of the beer are good and at times are better than average but nothing really stands out. It seems a bit more of a novelty beer based on the high alcohol content, as there are other Evil Twin Imperial Stouts that have a better flavor and aroma profile. On its own it is a beer that I would recommend to those who love an expertly crafted high-alcohol beer, because this isn't just an Imperial Stout but rather a beer on a whole other level. For those who are looking for a delicious Imperial Stout that could run the gamut of average-to-high ABV beers I would say that this isn't what you are looking for. This really isn't a beer I am likely to buy often, or even ever again, but it is an impressive feat that I am both surprised and impressed with.

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Photo of rspauldi
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can - holy shit, I didn't actually notice the ABV when I picked this one up yesterday. Imma little scared, I gotta admit.

This beer pours a pretty solid black abyss, with the scantest of amber basal edges, and a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy brown head, which leaves a bit of random streaky lace around the glass as it rather lazily subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, treacle, rich cafe-au-lait, some nutty liqueur, toasted marshmallows, and some faint earthy, musty, and lit-up floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and bready caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee squares, artisanal coffee, real vanilla ice cream, a hint of chili pepper spiciness, medium-dark chocolate, some mild bruised fruitiness, brown sugar syrup, and more well-understated earthy, leafy, and gently perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back in its dial-it-in frothiness, the body a svelte heavyweight, and actually quite smooth, with a subtly booze-tinged creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes sweet, the various elements still maintaining a sugary stance.

Overall - wow, this is one pleasantly rendered big-boy bozo brew, with lots of robust flavours that expertly mask the massively elevated wowee sauce quotient. I was right to be full of trepidation - this is scarily easy to drink! Worth checking out, even in the technically large-size serving format.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It pours a dark brown color with a tiny tan head.
Lots going on in the aroma. Big hit of booze. Then some chocolate. Nuts and spice. Coffee lingering at the end.
Huge bourbon taste. Huge. Milk chocolate. Hazelnuts, cinnamon, and coffee. Sounds good, right?
The problem is they didn't play well together. Way too boozy for me. Everything else seemed like they were competing with each other, rather than complementing each other.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in an over sized wine glass.

Appearance: Deep dark black with a brownish tint. Head comes off a dark tan color rising maybe a notch or so below a finger's length. Lacing is very even, leaving little evidence on the glass.

Smell: Beautiful mocha and hazelnut scent, you feel a dose of coffee with another dose warm brown sugar...I would rather it higher but lacks a chunk of potency.

Taste: Complex Sweet chocolate and coffee. Sweet Nutella feel offset with a light bitterness. Very addicting, the most amazing part of how the high alcohol feel is well hidden.

Mouth: Medium carbonation with a very full body. Super sticky.

Overall: Awesome brew and definitely will buy it again. Awesome finish with an addicting feel. Salud!

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Photo of vrbulldog22
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ummswimmin
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pstam87
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jmar25
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Snowcrash000
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black coloration with a small/medium, fizzy head. Smells quite pleasantly of roasted malt and coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and just the faintest hint of vanilla and spice. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by roasted, caramel malt, coffee and chocolate, with hints of brown sugar, vanilla and and a certain spicy note. Finishes with a light bitterness that is struggling to overcome the overwhelming sweetness that comes through in the aftertaste. Smooth, thick mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and very low carbonation. This actually starts out rather nice. You take a few sips and are impressed by the roasted malt, coffee and chocolate flavours, with only subtle hints of the additives coming through that that all seem to mesh together, making it impossible to pick them out individually for the most part. I would bet money that they only used miniscule amounts of them. Perhaps a little sweet, but surprisingly not even THAT boozy in the beginning. However, as the beer warms, it starts to turn into more and more of a sickeningly sweet, hot boozy and poorly balanced mess. Why they decided to package this as a 16oz can, I will never know, as even a 12oz can seems like too much for one person to handle. I'm actually quite glad that I was sharing this with two other people, because otherwise I would probably have ended up drain-pouring most of it. In fact, I'm pretty sure that Evil Twin is actually trolling us with this beer, even going so far as to call it "Bozo" beer; "made for bozos". I certainly feel like a bozo for buying it. Live and learn, I guess.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with mocha head. Aroma has dark chocolate, sweetened coffee, some spicy notes like chilies and peppers and some fresh roasted coffee beans. Taste has spiced chocolate, some chili heat, cacao, cinnamon, well integrated flavors overall but you get the alcohol heat as well. Medium body with medium minus carbonation. As it warms it gets boozy but still, for 17.2% ABV it's surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too big for me. Hides Booz well. A little artificial.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with minimal head and the aroma is boozy (how can it not be) but you get malts like roasted, coffee, molasses (kinda) and a lactic vibe (and possibly chocolate). Thick, sticky, heavy, the woody and lactic qualities and marshmallows give it a milky, sugary feeling but the other flavor notes which to me are coffee, cocoa, vanilla, nuts, spice make beer sweet and spicy. Finishes with touches of heat that remind of both booze and spicy peppers which is a little jarring after basically sipping on a thick, sticky beer. Still a great beer and worth trying one.

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Photo of mishi_d
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EMH73
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin tan head that settles to a ring quickly and leaves very little lacing. Smells and tastes of cinnamon, coffee, vanilla, chili peppers, chocolate and booze. Additional flavors of nuts and molasses. Heavy bodied, lightly carbonated, viscous mouth feel. Very good but not worth the price.

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Bozo Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 304 ratings