The Mini Dingo | Evil Twin Brewing

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The Mini DingoThe Mini Dingo
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The Mini DingoThe Mini Dingo

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Habanero peppers.

Added by wedge on 01-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by facundoCNB:
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4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm rating this as a pepper beer not a sour and as far as appearance this is one of the best looking beers for its style. Black as night with 2 fingers of tan head.. Slow-ish dissipation (let's face it pepper oils kill head). Smells Chocolatey, coffee... The peppers are very subtle in the nose but make their presence once it warms up. Well, here goes... Oh yeah feel the burn heh.. The first sip was very irritant to the throat (kind of expected it), but I got used to it quickly. Lots of sweet chocolate, dark roasted grains and a bit of smoke. This is very similar to ashtray heart in flavor.. But with heat. And a bit of it if I may add. Habanero peppers are sometimes a bitch, and this is one of those cases.. It's fine initially but don't bother taking a break because that burn gets you in the gums and throat. Thankfully I'm goo with spicyness, otherwise I feel if be hating every second of this hah.. Ok gettin the sweats.. It's cold in the basement but the fact that this is a RIS and I'm drinking it fast as hell to kill the bird from each sip does not help! Oh man, I'm starting to sound like a nagging housewife. Fuck! What is this beer doing to me?? Full body higher carbonation and uh yeah it's fucking hot. This is a beer everyone needs to experience. Hands down best tasting pepper beer. (I'm not counting bomb because that pepper is there for flavor not heat. There's no way anyone could expect good flavor from a habanero, it's all about the burn)

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of tastybeer
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque and very dark brown with a big pile of awesome brown bubbly foam on top. Sticky clumps cling to the glass as soon as the head starts to calm down casually. Aroma is sweet and dark chocolate, softly roasty, with some fun zesty spicy pepper. Caramel, cream, and buttered toast. Taste is that of a very well done imperial stout with pepper heat that carries itself nicely from slightly after the beginning of each sip through to beyond the finish. Sweet and soft at first turning into spicy drawn out heat. I think two words that summarize smell, taste, and mouthfeel are soft and spicy.

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jaydoc
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wedge
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black - dark as can be coming out of the bottle, crowned by a generous head of thick, tan froth. Heavy, dark chocolate aroma with deep bready roasted malt, cream, malted milk balls, and a hint of chili. Super smooth and intoxicating. Tons of dark, chewy malts in the flavor, continuing to focus on the chocolate. Creamy coffee, roast, nuts, oats, and berries. The habenero flavor seems to come out more long after the swallow, in the aftertaste. Silky smooth, heavy mouthfeel with a building peppery heat. This is much more than a gimmick...the base beer is a very well-crafted, delicious stout that brings big flavor without feeling too strong. Tasty!

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Photo of Cresant
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe. The body was deep brown with a dark tan head. The dense creamy head left specks of lace.

The smell was ashy. Chili peppers. Metal and grain.

The taste was also ashy. There was a nice peppery burn which was never too hot. Light char and rich maltiness. Chocolatey.

The mouthfeel was creamy and medium to full with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of hoppyishappy
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A lot of chocolate on the nose and up front in the taste. As the chocolate melts away the heat of the peppers start. A really interesting transition. It finishes with the warmth of peppers with just a hint of coffee. A definite buy and great find going into winter. Would pair very well with a fine cigar on a cool evening!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.72/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of OldManMetal
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one-off habanero-laced Imperial Stout pours to a large, pebbly brown head on an effervescent, impenetrably black body that is completely devoid of highlights; head retention is modest and lacing is fair, consisting of spiky bands and arabesques. The nose is medium in intensity: a tasty blend of cocoa, cola and bitter chocolate with hints of toffee and faint smoky/alcohol topnotes, all over surprisingly faint boozy undertones. The palate is a seamless, fairly rich blend of smoky baker's chocolate, cocoa and dark molasses, with a more subtle cola character; overall, it lands on the balance point between sweet and bitter. The finish is a modest hit of chocolate and molasses, followed by the onset of a mild coffee/chocolate bitterness and a modest capsaicin burn that increases with consumption, both of which last for awhile. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the full body, and is warming from the habaneros; the texture is medium-sticky/creamy and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. At this point in the beer's life, the habanero expresses itself solely in the mouthfeel and the linger, and the resultant burn is modest but builds nicely (as is the nature of capsaicin), and the alcohol is completely tamed. (22 oz bottle, about 3 years after release)

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The Mini Dingo from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 79 ratings