Bozo Beer | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

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

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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

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

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Photo of matcris
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

LOOKS: Black, with a half finger of tan head that quickly settles to a ring.
AROMA: I get chocolate, I get a woody note, a spicy note, coffee, cinnamon, nuts, a sweetness, yes, marshmallow-like, and on and on. What I don't really get is much of an alcohol hit. And that is impressive for a beer of this ABV.
TASTE: Chili and/or alcohol lingers on the finish, but is very pleasant; mouth numbing! Up front, mild bitterness-dark roasted coffee, then, cinnamon, chocolate, nuts, chili peppers, wood....all there. Not cloying, because there is enough bitterness present.
FEEL: Full body, slightly below average carbonation, very sticky, but, dry on the finish.
OVERALL: Fantastic blend of flavors that you can pick out all night. Cinnamon and peppers/and/or booze continue to build. Love it! Sip it, you Bozo's!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the tall boy can in a snifter. This beefy monster pours a rich obsidian
with a long lasting head of tan foam that lingers long to a thick ring, thin layer, and
sports some nice clinging lacing. Nose of rich coffee, heavy bakers cocoa, creme'
brulee'd marshmallows, moderately heavy spice, and astringent booze for bozo's.
Flavors exceed the nose with heavy coffee dunked in char touched marshmallow
that has been spiced with powdered chili's and touches of cinnamon that took a
long oak bath with moderately nutty malts and heavy dark black strap molasses.
Excellent mouth feel; full body, low carbonation, and a boozy warming char laden

Overall, a fantastic brew from one of the best little breweries around.


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Photo of spinrsx
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -12.8%
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 +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of biboergosum
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
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 phone-it-in frothiness, the body a svelte heavyweight, and actually quite smooth, with a subtle 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 -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.51/5  rDev -17%
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 +2.1%
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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Bozo Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 321 ratings