Bozo Beer | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: American 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,865
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
331
pDev:
9.69%
 
 
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46
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Trade:
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Photo of whatsgoody
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into snifter; no can dating, but was just released locally. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky dark brown head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, hazelnuts, almond, chili pepper, cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, fudge, brownie batter, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, nuts, spices, sugars, oak spirals, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, hazelnuts, almond, chili pepper, cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, fudge, brownie batter, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, herbal, peppery hops; roast/charcoal bitterness; and light cinnamon/pepper spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, hazelnuts, almond, chili pepper, cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, fudge, brownie batter, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, spices, nuts, sugars, oak spirals, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness and oak/pepper/cinnamon spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, fairly sticky/chalky, and lightly slick/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 17.2% and spice heat, with no booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing flavored huge imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, spices, sugars, oak spirals, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mellowly bitter/charred/spicy/drying finish. Insanely rich malt/sugar complexity with perfectly balanced coffee, flavorings, and spices; restrained fruity yeast, and earthy hop presence. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected. Not overwhelming on any aspect.

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Photo of CMEG
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Khaack
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CollinaTiger
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the can...Black color with a thick tan head. Strong smell of chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Thick, and dense yet smooth mouth feel. Sweet and roasty flavor hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate and cinnamon.

I grabbed a can at my local craft beer store not realizing until I got home that it was a whopping 17% ABV. I was expecting the alcohol to overwhelm the flavor, but while it does make it's presence felt throughout, it did not drown out the other delicious, complex flavors going on here. Enjoyable in moderation.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MinerBob
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid black color. Creamy thick, above average body with light carbonation, overall an excellent feel
Aroma was black coffee, vanilla, molasses, roasted malts, some chillis and espresso
Taste was very similar with some oak giving it a dry earthy taste. Chillis lingered in the aftertaste but little heat nor any real alcohol burn. Plenty of coffee which came off really nice and not too bitter
Overall this was one of my favorites from eviltwin. Many distinct flavors without any particular one dominating

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shade1951
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another very good stout - and this one is killer with its 17% AVB. I love that it has the dark fruit and chocolate notes that, for me, define the tastiest stouts. It's also creamy in texture - and best of all - not hopped to death. There's a faint sweetness that makes this kind of a dessert beer.

This needs to be enjoyed very slowly - both for the 17% and for the delicious flavors.

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Photo of c3p0
1.72/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Just plain nasty beer. It was hard to distinguish any particular flavor. Not my thing

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Harrison8
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a head that forms quick and dense. Head is khaki in color and retains well. Aroma is massive, nailing out notes of sugar, cinnamon, bourbon, char, roasted and toasted malts, and chocolate. There really isn't an order to it, just an absolute blast of notes. It's a dense curtain of dark notes. Flavor profile is remarkably more tame, despite still being heavy and dense. Notes of toffee and caramel open up with a sugary, sweet quality. Sugar melds into bourbon to form an 'Old Fashioned' mixed drink in the middle. Coffee and cinnamon round out the end, bringing the sugary notes down, but without a bittering quality. Roasted and toasted malts are heavy and present throughout, but become more-so apparent at the end when the adjuncts have worn away and the base stout pokes through. At a cold (~43F) serving temperature, the alcohol stays modest in terms of flavor impact. As the beer warms the alcohol still stays fairly well retained but is certainly more present. Mouth feel is thick and heavy with a velvety texture. Imagine drinking velvet room darkening curtains and you have an accurate descriptor of this beer. Make no mistake, the 17.2% ABV does poke holes even through this dense beer, although it is remarkably well hidden for being on its way to 18%. Overall, a remarkable beer for many reasons aside from flavor. It's an experience, although some may see it as a bad one. Personally, it's enjoyable - just sip slow - after all, a diluted Old Fashioned could have less alcohol than this beast. Warning tape - this beer is not for the faint of heart.

Served in a Teku 3.0 from a 16oz can.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ego
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
scary dark, like biblical times gods wrath type of dark, one finger tall of deep cocoa head, as others have mentioned the lacing on this is surprisingly light, the legs are there from the ABV but I have seen a better pair, the head fades pretty quickly as well... not bad not great

nose...
first thought was coffee, second vanilla, there is so much piled on top you barely smell the alcohol (I kind of expected to be stronger, kudos), I sense the molasses and chilis as well... nothing dominant

taste etc...
light to medium in the mouth, very subtle carbonation, nice bitter tones, plenty of sweetness to pass around but not overly done, the alcohol is there.. lurking like a summer storm ready to burst at any time and drench you in drunkenness, you get a little piece of all the ingredients they mashed into this... it is a strange bird indeed, I am really getting a mix of all the things they list...freaky!

verdict?
Not a total mess, not a total fail, not a total win... I am searching for adjectives here people! Did I enjoy it? yes... immensely ? no. Did I like it? yes. Did I love it ? almost. Though... some props for the craft to brew such a daft offering with huge alcohol content (where said content does not steal the show). If you like imp stouts or american crazy stouts... give this a shot because, well, why not, it has a ton of varied flavors that make it a damn interesting ride.

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Photo of darktronica
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A fun, kitchen sink of a concept, and who wouldn't be intrigued by a 17.2% ABV stout sold in pint cans? It pours thick and black, but not syrupy as expected--less legs when swirled than simple surface tension and physics should have dictated. Thoroughly tongue-coating, but with fewer of the myriad flavors coming through than expected. In this can, the capsaicin of the chili is the most obvious additive, providing a touch of bite in the back of the throat, but no real heat. Other flavorings are a mish-mash of nebulous sweetness, varying over time as it warms, always pleasant, and never being subsumed by the booziness of the ABV. In that respect, it's quite surprising.

This reminds me a lot of what I'd expect from a Bare Hands' Mail Order Bride if some chilis were added. However, that beer has the same full body while hanging out around 10-11% ABV, and it's also half the price. This is clearly not an everyday sipper, so in the end, Pareto dominance wins again. I'm going to go eat a salad to compensate for this.

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Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

How can anyone resist such a blatant schtick? Big ABV, every adjunct known to man, silly name. In. Split with my wife. I don’t want to wake up right here about 4 AM.

The pour, it’s black, my mind, it’s whack. Smells like a FL shitlord, with additions of vanilla, nuts, & several spoonfulls of white sugar. Aggressive.

Bozo Beer is like a light fluid with adjuncts added. The finish is like a long pull directly off a Prohibition Era still – grain alcohol & moonshine warming the chest cavity. Surprisingly dry. The taste, despite the long list of ingredients, all now subject to tariffs, is dominated by the common nut. The things I can taste after that are subservient: vanilla is clearly second, with big sweetness (molasses?), cinnamon after the beer closes in on room temp, touch of oak. Thick. Half a can is the correct serving size.

Good beer, but I was hoping for epic, or at least epically strange.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of justintcoons
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Inky black. No light penetration. Thin deep brown head dissipates immediately.

Nose
Fudge, cocoa, coffee, molasses, licorice, dates, prune, booze, and burnt caramel.

Taste
Fudge, cocoa nib, black coffee, hazelnut, and burnt caramel. Prune, dates, figs, molasses, and black licorice. Light marshmallow, charcoal, and earth. Surprisingly not as boozy as the nose puts off.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, oily, smooth, and warming.

Overall
A big, tasty, and complex Stout that hides the 17.2% well.

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Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Just too over the top boozy

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Photo of morimech
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odd that the one tasting note this beer label does not describe is the one I taste the most. That is licorice. I guess if I expand on other flavors I get marshmallow. Plenty hot and boozy as expected.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Bozo Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 331 ratings