The Mini Dingo
Evil Twin Brewing

The Mini DingoThe Mini Dingo
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American Imperial Stout
4.01 | pDev: 7.23%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
The Mini DingoThe Mini Dingo
Notes: Brewed with Habanero peppers.
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Reviews by mechamifune:
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Habanero Peppers have faded but still not bad.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of tastybeer
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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 wedge
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Cresant
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +18.2%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick very dark jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a small to medium sized patch of very thick film surrounded by a medium thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, and spicy hot peppers with a lighter aroma of dark roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts with moderate to strong flavors of milk chocolate + dark chocolate and a light to moderate amount of cocoa. That is followed by light flavors of coffee and light flavors of spicy habanero. There is a light amount of hot pepper spice/heat but there is also a light amount of earthy hop bitterness in the finish which lingers.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of alcohol warming and spicy hot pepper burn in the finish.

O: Really nice usage of habanero peppers in a beer, very complementary to the sweetness of the chocolate and the roastiness of the malts. The hot peppers are nice because they are not super hot or overpowering but it still lends a really good flavor. Definitely a high quality and well constructed beer.

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Photo of beer2day
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid pepper stout. Decently rich feel with a light tasty pepper presence.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of imperialking
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ncstateplaya
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leftstagebrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -4%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Photo of masterofsparks
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice rich dark almost black hue with a massive, fluffy and creamy three finger dark mocha head that fades slowly to a creamy blanket. Not much in the way of lacing though.

S - Aromas of rich bakers chocolate, lightly roasty malts, very, very faint coffee. Getting absolutely no habanero peppers on the nose at all.

T - Taste is nice rich chocolate like the nose, light sweet malts, faint coffee, gentle roast. On the finish there is some nice light habanero heat. Not nearly as oppressive as one would expect. It is noticeably there on the end but is balanced by the chocolate. The heat does get slightly more aggressive with each sip but never becomes distracting.

M - Mouthfeel is lower carbonated resulting in a nice silky smooth feel. Alcohol is hidden wonderfully.

O - Overall, this was a very, very nice stout. Really like the chocolate and roast, wish the habanero was a bit more assertive and made itself known on the nose. Glad to try this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mini Dingo from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 79 ratings