Evil Twin Bozo Beer | Evil Twin Brewing

Evil Twin Bozo BeerEvil Twin Bozo Beer
BA SCORE
4.25/5
256 Ratings
Evil Twin Bozo BeerEvil Twin Bozo Beer
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,191
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
256
pDev:
9.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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46
Gots:
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Trade:
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Reviews by abeeronthebeach:
Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of CHickman
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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 zac16125
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

500th BA review!

A: Pours an absolutely opaque black with just under 1 fingers width of mocha colored head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly. Leaves no real lacing but some alcohol legs.

S: Roasty, habanero pepper spice, coffee, bakers chocolate, some herbaceous notes, nutty, a bit of booze. Big, bold, and complex. Wonderful nose.

T: Chocolate, almond, and a short bread-like character; like a chocolate biscotti. I also get roasted malt, lots of bitter black coffee. Dark chocolate notes are huge. Usually these ultra high ABV stouts are very sweet, so thats what I was expecting, but this one isnt really very sweet at all (in a good way). Awesome.

M/D: Full bodied but not quite thick, very low carbonation which is appropriate, quite smooth, the massive ABV is exceptionally well masked, and drinkability is surprisingly good.

O: Overall, what a beer. This is fantastic. A must try.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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 ryan1788a5
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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 braugon
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of joemetric
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of henryclay_
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of DeLuxe13
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wehttam
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | 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. Up there with WWS and DORIS. Damn good stuff.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev -21.4%
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 Zonian1
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of StephRai
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Jamco_76
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip- pours an extremely viscous black oil color with almost no head and only a few spots of retention.

Smell is not as boozy as I would expect; certainly a lot of roasted malt and a fair bit of coffee, maybe some vanilla. It definitely smells like a heavy hitter though if not in direct booziness.

Hides it's alcohol very well. Lots of roasted malt, coffee, some molasses,a little vanilla, and something a little sweet towards the end. Not sure if the list on the side of the bottle is things they put in it or things they taste and what they put in is a mystery.

Mouthfeel is nice- obviously full bodied with a little carbonation; definitely enough to cut through all the malt. I like this beer- get it if the big bad stout is your kinda thing and if not don't because it's serious.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.37/5  rDev -20.7%
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 thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle in to a Green Man snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that remained throughout the glass. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee, caramel, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, coffee, dark fruit, caramel, roasted malt, alcohol, milk chocolate, and alcohol (yes I said it twice). It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. There was really a lot going on in this one. On the nose this was quite delightful. Tons of chocolate and toasty goodness going on. The flavor however as you would expect with the high abv would bring the booze. And boy did it ever... This did mellow out as the beer warmed but it never really took the backseat to allow other notes to shine. I could definitely find myself getting wasted on this one quite easy. Definitely worth your time to try this one if you like big boozy stouts!

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Photo of Kevincredible
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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