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Evil Twin Bozo BeerEvil Twin Bozo Beer

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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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark black with a creamy 1/2 finger head of brown.

Aromas of cinnamon, oak, banana, chocolate, vanilla, and slight alcohol.

Lots of decadent chocolate on the tongue, with hot cinnamon, light acidic coffee, hot fudge, salt, chili, oak barrel, and alcohol. Dark fruits. Grape skin. Some funkiness that I know had to be from a mistake I must have made while canning it.

Feel is really huge. Like, gigantic. Viscous, hot, burning, insane. Almost like chili but it's the alcohol.

Overall, I remember trying Bozo while it was on tap and I was so incredibly impressed I crowlered two cans. This time around (granted it's a month later) it's much less impressive, but still a worthy beer. I could have sworn this was on the level of Prairie, but tonight it's simply an alcoholic mess - albeit a tasty one.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark black with hardly any head. The aroma offers up marshmallow, fudge, hot pepper, and soy sauce. The flavor features soy sauce, peat, cocoa, fig, plum, vanilla, oak, and something rather vegetal, The mouthfeel is really quite thin for the heft of the flavor. Overall this was an interesting beer - it certainly showcased some unusual flavor combos, and not in a bad way, but I would have loved a bit more richness to counter the savory and umami qualities.

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Photo of cwalter
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is pitch black in color with no head formation. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. Taste is chocolate covered fruits up front with a hershey syrup flavor coming through in the back end. Some slight hints of coffee that are barely perceptible as compared to the aroma. This beer is more along the flat end and more reminiscient of a spirit with an abv coming in at 17.2%.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite Evil Twin to date. A gorgeous looking beast of a stout. Just a delicious flavor with so little alcohol. All the flavored are subtle but present and complimentary. Love the hint of cinnamon.

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Photo of beergoot
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark hole black; thin, brownish head. Earthy; coffee; cocoa nibs. Explosive flavor: chocolate; vanilla; anise; mint; coffee; bitter and sweetly acrid; roasted grains. Heavy, rich and smooth; some boozy dryness yet the dark malt sweetness prevails.

A monster of a beer. Sweet and robust with a subtle boozy kick. When you need a big'un...this one is a big'un...

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Photo of CHickman
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger hissing tan head that dissipated quickly, crackling as it eased down leaving good spotty lacing. Not the most impressive looking Evil Twin Imperial stout.

Smells of molasses, burnt coffee grinds, anise or black licorice, bourbon, dark chocolate, brown sugar, maple syrup, dark fruit that is rotting and almost turning into grappa, charred wood and general malty sweetness. I'd swear this was bourbon barrel aged if someone just handed me a glass, and while it seems strong, the 17% is not a factor as the perceived alcohol smells like most Evil Twin Imperial stouts (clocking in that 10-12% range).

Wow, the booze hits the taste-buds like a D-Day assault, but settles in like the boys hunkering down to take the gun boxes atop the hills. After the sweet boozy first sip I started to get dark fruit like date, raisin, plum, red wine or rotting grapes; then it mixed with molasses, toffee, brown sugar, dark chocolate, hazelnut, sweet cream like half and half, vanilla, peat moss, cocoa powder, burnt coffee grinds, soy sauce, anise and/or black licorice, chicory, oaky notes, bourbon, Hershey's chocolate syrup and then some trailing heat from the booze. As stated on the bottle, this is a big beer. Brash, bold and in your face, yet complex, pretty well balanced and not overly boozy for 17.2% ABV. The flavor is rich, sweet and malty, with a lot of fruit and malty sweetness making this seem like an old ale just as much as it's an intense imperial stout. I didn't detect or taste the cinnamon, chili, marshmallow, muscovado sugar or chesnut listed on the bottle, but damn this was really packed with so many flavors that it almost seems impossible to identify everything involved. It's like the chaos theory in a bottle, and I like it.

Mouthfeel is creamy and buttery but thick and viscous at the same time, with mild carbonation, a chewy feel, a soup like meal in a bottle general being, and then a boozy, sweet, fruity mix that's part sweet malt fermentation, part dark fruits of all kinds, part bourbon or a deep barrel aged merlot, and then of course dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds and molasses tying it all up for a wonderfully crazy, big kick ass beer. This review doesn't do it justice as it's hard to nail down everything going on in this brew, but all I can say to sum it up is that it's all good. Made for Bozos...guess that makes me a Bozo as this was great.

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Photo of Boccu
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great head. Nice aroma. Tones of chocolate, almond, hazelnut, vanilla bean, cinnamon, chili, marshmallow, and coffee. Very well balanced one of my favorite stout Brewers. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just to join the club, like everyone else I gotta say the 17.2ABV is insanely well hidden. None of the flavors really stand out among them all but the overall creation is really nice. Definitely one of the best ET beers I've had.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz (!) bottle poured into big snifter; one of the darkest beers I've ever seen. Minimal dark brown head that fades quickly into a solid ring of foam.
Smells...wow. Espresso, and GOOD espresso too. The kind that has some savory qualities to it. Also detect some chili pepper, spice, molasses, and oak.
Taste is HUGE; espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, oak, chili, vanilla spice, dark malt. Really coats your whole mouth, not much booze present which is a bit terrifying considering I'm working with 22oz of 17+% beer.
Mouthfeel is huge but not cloying; carbonation staves that off nicely.
Overall, this is an awesome huge stout to end all huge stouts

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On draft at local establishment.
A-Black maybe a slight red tint. Tiny head, bit of lacing.
S-Faint chocolate, prunes, fruit juice
T-Wow! Exactly like chocolate covered bourbon cherries!
Not the oak charred flavor bourbon either but a clean bourbon
with only a hint of oak. Just little woodsy/earthy hint now & then.
As it warmed I noticed a trace of vanilla. Oh, and you'd NEVER guess
it has 17% alcohol!

M-Medium body with above average creaminess
O-The taste wins out, it's awesome & I'll be wanting
a bottle to sip on, come the holidays.

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Photo of Slack
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown to black in color with tinted brown marginal head. Lacing present on a swirl.

Coffee, fudge, molasses, marshmellow, and maybe some fruit.

Malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit - figs and plums, subtle pepper heat, and some booze. Finish is coffee sweetness.

Mouthful is medium and a bit thin/watery but smooth. Carbonation is medium is well. Finish lingers.

Overall an excellent sipper. More reminiscient of a Porter than imperial stout. Easily drinkable and super enjoyable. Try it out.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Prancing upwards past seventeen percent strength, Evil Twin's premiere stout is the brainchild of a few bozos who think this is a good idea. With that envelope firmly pushed up against, the taste that wraps around the alcohol is no joke.

Its tar-like pour is inky and viscous. Light on foam formation, the stout prefers brandy-like legging with an ominous black side. The nose fills with a host of burnt sugars including burnt black jelly bean, cognac spice, roasted grape, turkish coffee, cocoa, seared walnut and straight up lacquer. The taste is sweet with sugar cube and espresso before the chocolate and booze set in.

With its imense sweetness seeping deeply into the tastebuds, the sweet liquor flavors of kaluha and creme de cacao along with cold espresso and the simple syrup of dissolved table sugar. But there's those hearty molasses and horehound sarsaparilla notes to give the middle palate and sweet and herbal taste. Hints of absinthe and rootbeer follow while the dark rootish character bleeds into cognac-type spice.

Thick, creamy and chewy, the beer's voluptuous texture dominates the palate with sweetness and a boozy burn. Edging close to the barley liquors of extreme alcohol, stillness and meant for the liquor cabinet; but the beer stops shy of there, retaining its carbonated creaminess and giving the final impressions of roasted marshmallows chased by cognac and ouzo.


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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bozo on tap at Tria Taproom, 6 bucks for 5 ounces.

This is a very uneven brew, with great drinkability and good flavor but weak mouthfeel and average looks.

You'd never guess the 16% ABV for sure. The taste is all chocolate, sugar, confection, some vanilla and a hint of smoke. Edible all around.

The nose is too light and muted, but I like the nice roasted chestnut aroma that comes through. The body is the weakest link here, so very thin... but the massive drinkability saves the day.

Glad I tried it on tap, but not sure I would commit to a pricey bottle.

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Photo of larryi86
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- Black with a very small deep mocha head.

S- A little hot, boozy, some vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate, some coffee, some oak, hint of cinnamon. Really big and complex, but the booziness is a little too much.

T- A little boozy, dark fruits, chocolate vanilla, coffee, toffee, hints of cinnamon, well balanced and complex.

M- Smooth, thick, full body.

O- A real nice high alcohol beer, feel it could benefit from aging, but it is still very drinkable.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad Evil Twin made more of this delicious monster. As always, ET doesn't disappoint with their dark beers.

Look: Thick and syrupy pour. Reminds me of GI's Bourbon County lineup, but this take the cake with the higher ABV. No head, no foam, no lacing. This booze bomb is already showing it's game.

Smell: The one drawback to this beer is the prominent liquor fumes. Gives off an artificial chocolate flavor and heavy everclear smell. Not attractive.

Taste: Disregarding the smell, the taste is overpowering and insane. Baker's chocolate, toffee, nutmeg, almonds, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and charred oak all blow through. The alcohol is well hidden with the prominent dessert flavors.

Feel: Sloshy and thick. This stout is definitely chewy, which is nice considering you're drinking liquefied alcoholic chocolate cake. I almost though this was brewed with hot peppers or spices, before realizing that the alcoholic bite was what was contributing to a persistent heat in the beer. It's not obvious, but you'll have a slight tingle when consuming this Godzilla of stouts.

Overall: Wonderful. I prefer this much more over BCBS and the variants I've had. Although the description explains why this isn't in smaller 12 oz bottles, it'd be preferable. Since this is a drunken home-run, be prepared to split this or call out from whatever you had planned later.

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Photo of avalon07
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Had this beer on-tap at Westbrook's tasting room, poured into a snifter glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a two inch, foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A good aroma of chocolate, coffee, malt, and spices. Surprisingly subtle.

T: Tasted of malt, light coffee notes, chocolate, vanilla, a nutty quality, cinnamon, and an oaky quality. Like the aroma, the taste is much more subtle than you might expect. Nicely complex and not at all boozy, especially considering the high ABV%.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: Not a perfect beer, but definitely an interesting one. Not a typical stout.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.29/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cracking open an 18 month old bottle. This is pretty raw. Huge bitter, coffee and artificial baker chocolate flavors that are so overpowering can't even taste the booziness. This is not a good thing. Can't even finish half the bottle before drain pouring.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Curran last night. I think this is from 2013.

This pours a dark deep black color of doom, with no head or lacing, unsurprisingly, given the rather high level of alcohol we're about to partake in.

This smells like a lot of different things, definitely a ton of coffee, with hazelnut, a smoke character that's kinda baconlike, and chocolate syrup.

This is definitely intense, and definitely warming, but I never would've been able to tell it was 17%. Somebody could have told me it was 10% and I would've believed them. Age has definitely treated this beer kindly. There's really a lot of coffee flavor here, with an intensely syrupy chocolate flavor, warm smokiness, and a definite nuttiness. I don't get all the flavors on the label, but I do get a lot here. Certainly a complex ABV monster.

The mouthfeel and body on this is pretty thick, as to be expected, a little syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation.

One of Evil Twin's better stouts for sure. Not sure what this tastes like fresh, but I'm guessing aging this a year or two definitely improves it, as this aged version was very nice.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Inky black pour with a brown head that doesn't fall below a quarter inch. It's amazing there's a head at all given the enormous abv. Thin rings of lacing.

S: Blackstrap molasses and lots of fudge sauce. Nutty coffee and hints of roast. Chili peppers. Marshmallow/vanilla pull. Whiff of tame alcohol too. Everything melds together easily.

T: Fudge sauce and blackstrap molasses flavors set the tone and introduce a lot of sweetness. Coffee, mocha, roasted malt, and nutty flavors come into focus for a while before softly giving way to a marshmallow/vanilla pull. These flavors all meld nicely to create an overall s'mores sort of impression. Brown sugar. Cinnamon. Ghostly and vague fruitiness. Chili pepper begins to pull through on the mid palate and is clearly in focus by the end. There's a lot of chili flavor and a modest heat that adds nuance and even some balance rather than detracting from the overall picture. A faint hint of alcohol is barely even noticeable. Chocolate, nutty flavors, and chili pepper on the protracted finish.

M: Big and full in body, though lithe and only moderately heavy. It has a creamy, velvety, and coating texture akin to Irish cream. Fine-bubbled carbonation massages the tongue.

O: Wow, this is seriously impressive. Let's start with the abv. This is 17%. Gargantuan. And yet at no point does the alcohol ever even become more than an afterthought. Now let's move to all the adjuncts and additives in here. If I'm understanding the label correctly (they don't outright say they used all this stuff, just that you can expect to taste hints of it) they put everything but the kitchen sink into this beer. Coffee, chocolate, molasses, almonds, hazelnuts, cinnamon, chili peppers, vanilla, chestnuts. Muscavado sugar (probably helped to get that abv up), lactose (probably mostly for body), and oak spirals too. Based on what I perceive I'd say at least half of this is actually in the beer, if not more. Normally I'd look at this laundry list of ingredients and expect a gimmicky and busy mess of a beer. Here everything works in perfect harmony and melds into something beautiful and seamless. Good attenuation means that it never seems too sweet despite the fact that dessert ingredients are (probably) crammed into this beer. The pepper even helps to balance by adding a little contrasting heat. I'm kind of in awe. It's like watching a daredevil land the most ludicrous and dangerous jump he's ever attempted. The fact that Evil Twin was able to pull this beer off so well defies all logic. I wish I had more heads, so that I could tip more than one cap.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 28/12/14, cheers kumatmebrew for the bottle

A black right out of the bottle, a super dark finger of foam has no retention as expected but lots of color, no surprise there's no lace but darkens the glass, wide legs and a couple dots of sediment on the side, looks like slow boiling motor oil once ever

S nutty, chocolate syrup, sweetened coffee, vanilla, oak, licorice, not sure about chilli's but there's some spice in there, fudge, a little booze but I'd never guess its a killer

T nutty chocolate, very faint chilli heat, lots of chocolate of all kinds, molasses, more booze then the nose but still manageable, oak here and there, a little sweet, burnt marshmallow, coconut, char, plenty going on, intense shit

M stand a spoon up in this one id you want, silky, enough bubbles to give it some life, my lips are stuck together, you feel it hit your head and chest more then your throat, a little spice, wood and fudge linger

O there's lots going on in this monster and its kicking my ass, shes a big one but dangerously drinkable, you don't come across beers this big and this well put together all that often

I'm feeling my blood fill up with booze every sip I take but I'm pretty sure the bomber wont cause me to much grief, I've only had one beer today officer I swear on my mothers grave!!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.37/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very thick and inky black. Medium khaki head and a medium collar.

Smell - Coffee, brown sugar. Sweet and kinda nutty. A little boozy, but nice.

Taste - Intense. Coffee. Roasted malts. A little fruity. That's probably booze. It gets really intensely roasty and extremely bitter.

Mouthfeel - Very strong and bitter. Boozy.

Overall - Well, it smells really nice, but it doesn't quite hold up in the flavor. Way too big and bitter.

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Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large shared bottle of Bozo Beer Brewed at Westbrook Brewing (SC).

Dark opaque body.
Very rich.
Various flavors and aromas don't come together nicely and, worse yet, it is too vegetative.
Compared poorly to other imperial stouts at the same tasting session, including Eclipse.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Review #2400 !
I enjoyed this during a birthday stout tasting for my brother and me -enjoyed chilled from the bomber.

The color is black with opaque clarity and medium tan cap with fine bead. The smell has a sweet vanilla aroma with mild hints of malt with some cocoa and a mocha-like coffee and chocolate mix with some light spice of coffee and gentle oakiness with a nice malt presence in general and gentle earthy nose from the adjunct with nice vanilla aroma. The feel is excellent with tons of malt layers with spice heat and mild smooth sweetness and mild alcohol in the mix with roast and slight oily texture of coffee beans with cocoa adding to the melange with a semi-dry finish.

The flavor well exceeds my expectations for a beer that is packed with so many flavor additions - there is moderate vanilla/coffe up front with slight fruity and mild peppery taste with a tinge of perhaps cinnamon? with spice and toasted grain presence the oak is noticeable as well as the nut in the taste with roasted flavor and hint of alcohol in the finish there is a mild smoke accent. Overall I could not name the ingredients that went into this as I tasted but after looking at the description it fits the flavor and the parts all work in the stout -it certainly does not taste like 17.2% -I think the muscovado might be part of that as well as the vanilla which makes it seem very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of FreeKansas
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pour's black as night. Two fingers of bubbly brown foam. Shortly settles to a thin layer of mocha colored head

S: Very complex. black liquorice, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Plums and a just hint of black cherries.

T: WOW! This is a BIG stout. Lots of stuff going on here. Coffee roast, candy sugar, vanilla. A little cocoa and just a hint of pepper heat to finish. It all seems a little meddled. Starting to smooth out as the glass warms. Boozy.

M: Thick and syrupy. Silky smooth but a tad chewy. Just what you would expect from a 17% ABV stout.

O: This is an very complex stout, but it needs aging. The flavors are amazing, but right now they are just that, "FLAVOR'S". They are not yet one cohesive FLAVOR. Do NOT run from this stout. Buy as much as you can and sit on it. This is a very enjoyable stout that I expect to become even better with age.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Oily black with toasted marshmallow bubbles of head. Dissipates swiftly.

S - Coffee, rusted iron and soy sauce.

T - Coffee again. Shades of molasses and burnt toffee but it isn't sweet by any means. No smoke, peat or earth. Hides the heat well but does not deliver on the cinnamon, chilli, vanilla or the multitude of other more unusual flavours mentioned on the label. Not very chocolatey although there is a slight dark chocolate element as it warms.

M - Thick, but not as smooth as it could have been; possibly due to the high abv. Warming but not at all hot. Carbonation is bang on. Somehow a little vinous. I'd like it to be a little creamier.

O - Enjoyable. Definitely gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. I'd have thought this clocked in at 14%, so kudos for that, but it fails to deliver on the complexity, depth or variety of flavours which would take it to the next level. Very coffee forward. A little like Victory at Sea but fluffier, comparatively sluggish and without the wondrous vanilla bean to temper the coffee.

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Evil Twin Bozo Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
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