Bozo Beer | Evil Twin Brewing

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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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Reviews by bwarren82:
Photo of bwarren82
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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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 CHickman
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +6.1%
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 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 BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -1.2%
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 schoolboy
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This "beer" has many alternate uses. Antifreeze. Motor oil. Paint thinner. Bug killer. Anesthetic. But it's highest and best use is as a stout. A humungous stout.

It pours thick and black with not much head. The aroma is surprisingly not just alcohol but also various nutty and roasty spices and things. The taste is thick with sugary molasses and things. The mouthfeel - thick and boozy. It is more than just the boozy sweet thing you would expect (what the bozos want) but a rich flavor of all kinds of extra tastes. I'm tripping after a half a glass. Squeeze the wheeze. It reminds me of something the leprechauns asked me when I was a sprout in Indiana, "Why does the porridge bird lay it's eggs in the air?"

Highly recommended. Even more so than LSD (but not THC).

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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 ThisWangsChung
3.37/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pitch-black color, as many Evil Twin stouts are wont to do. The head is over a finger high and khaki in shade. For 17.2%, the duration is downright insane - it doesn't have the soft frothiness of the best stouts, however. Minimal lacing sticks to the glass, owing to the oily texture of the head.

There's a definite marshmallow vibe to this monstrous stout, and it's backed by notes of dark chocolate, peat, roasted malts, and umami. The latter few elements are displayed more effectively as this opens up, while the sweetness is put on the backburner some. I expected some goofy comedy stout here with haphazard, clashing elements and a fierce booziness - none of that here. It most certainly isn't nuanced or delicate (or even that complex, seemingly), but it's not hilariously sloppy.

The flavor profile opens up with lots of marshmallow, vanilla, and dark chocolate. The second half goes from uber-sweet to...still uber-sweet, but with an additional (and pleasant) roasted bitterness that tries to ballast the sugary nature. Tries. Alcohol still shows up near the back end, but it doesn't really burn viciously. It offers more of a rum raisin-like flavor that manages to work well with everything else in play. This uses a metric fuckton of sweetness to conceal the alcohol content, and it completely succeeds in that mission. This is definitely a complex offering, but it still lacks a certain level of cohesion that would have made it great. No, I'll go one further than that: this is a mess. A charming mess, but a mess all the same.

It's incredibly silky smooth and soft in texture, yet there's a slight alcohol prickle right after the swallow that helps dry it out. The latter is good, since this beer is otherwise absurdly sweet. Too sweet, actually. This is a very slow sipper because of that, and also because the carbonation levels are very low.

I expected a comedy beer, and I got a comedy beer. There's so much going on, everything is getting jammed in the doorway like how the Three Stooges would get jammed in a doorway. And I get it now! This beer suffers from Three Stooges Syndrome, where you make something that has so much stuff in it, that it sorts of just cancels each other out, leaving something mediocre and muddled in the process. Glad I tried this one, but I won't buy it again.

3.37/5: You were so preoccupied with whether or not you could, you didn't stop to think if you should

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Photo of braugon
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of joemetric
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 henryclay_
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DeLuxe13
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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 Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wehttam
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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. 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 Jmar25
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev -21%
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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Bozo Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 325 ratings