XXX Imperial Mild
Evil Twin Brewing

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Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
3.7 | pDev: 12.16%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
XXX Imperial MildXXX Imperial Mild
Notes: Collaboration with Beavtertown Brewing
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Bstoeckel from Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Admittedly old bottle here but the initial smell was pretty sour. It was unexpected but I hoped it would carry through to the taste. It didn’t. Did not sit well with me, poured half the bottle.

Jan 17, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, orange-ish body displaying a thick, creamy head; sheets of lacing along the glass. Bready aroma mixed with hints of orange and other fruits. Toasted cereal grain flavors; toffee; fine bitterness bringing up the finish; some late developing alcohol notes. Heavy bodied; velvety and viscous; residual sugars providing some heft; some boozy dryness.

I like a bold mild ale and this imperial offering delivers the goods. It brings on a warm, biscuit-y malt presence while the huge alcohol presence is there but not overpoweringly so. No, it's not a traditional mild ale -- too boozy in one aspect, yet very malt forward with a prominent yet balanced alcohol punch.

Dec 17, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a hazy tea colored amber under a 1” off white foam cap.
S: Spicy grain aromas with nuts and some light fruit.
T: Very creamy, citrus, light fruit, tropical fruit, light malts. The malt is medium, the fruit is medium high, the hop bitterness is medium to medium low. The beer really has a big citrusy tropical fruit thing going on with lingering tropical fruit aftertastes moderated by a moderate hop bitterness.
F: Medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation, mildly warming.
O: A big bold version of a beer that is usually small and sessionable.

May 31, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a growler via EightBall Brewing enjoyed in a snifter. This nice Imperial Mild Ale (WHAT??) pours a nice peach tinged amber with a nice head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, light pool, and subtle lacing. Nose of breaded malts, light stone fruits, and heavy handed hops. Flavors exceed the nose with breadd malts and grain notes dipped generously in light caramel malts on the front and sides, mild fruit notes of peaches brace hard against strong grain notes and warming booze that fades to a heavy handed hop blast of herbal, floral, and moderately bitter citrus hops that lingers long on the finish with a touch of mead and slight metallic notes. Nice mouth feel, subtly creamy, just right carbonation. Improves vastly with warmth. Reminds me of some of the Russian blonde dopplebocks out there. Good, but not great as compared to other offering from this fantastic company. A unique hybrid that is good but odd.


Mar 05, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent & hazed bronze, with a sliver of beige head. Floaties on the bottom of the bottle. Slightly above average head retention & lacing, but mess of a beer appearance-wise

S: Pears & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, a little cakeyness, leafy hops & slight boozeyness up front, a little toffee as well. Dryness, leafy hops, pears, some more booze, along with a little caramel & figs. Finishes dry, fruity, with woody hops & more booze warmth

MF: Medium body, slightly over-carbonated, okay balance

This had promise, but just not that well put together, not impressed. Let this warm up quite a bit, did get a little better near room temperature

Oct 08, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a simply astounding price point for what this is, brutally bad really, and i am kind of upset about it. the beer is fine, even good, but for something like 15 bucks a bomber, its just offensive to everyone else who makes good beer and sells it fairly. this should rot on shelves if we care enough to take a stance. that said, a nice rich red malt base, english and coppery, sweet, a little metallic, and pretty majorly hoppy. the head is lacy and frothy and thick, and its permanent, off white, and allows an aroma of piney hops and a hybrid type yeast pass through. i like the way the intense hop bitterness balances the malt sugars in the finish, its bold but it also really resolves itself. i like a big malty beer like this, its really solid in the fall, but there are no slow fermenting wild yeasts, no expensive and time consuming barrels involved, or anything else for that matter that i can think of to justify the price, even an international shipping wouldnt make it more than double whats reasonable. good beer, horrible deal.

Sep 29, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a cloudy caramel orange with a thin white head that dissipates to patches leaving good lacing. Odd aroma of lightly bready carmel malt, fruit esters, ginger-like spices, hints of citrus tartness. Flavor is also unusual, starting with dry caramel malt, apple family fruit, lemon and grapefruit juice and rind, finishing with a citrus rind and grassy hop finish that is a bit astringent as the malt and fruit flavors fade away. Medium bodied with a light creaminess. A very off-beat experimental ale that has little flavor connection with its roots in an English bitter, but with enough going on that it invites further tasting. Much more bitter/sweet citrus flavors than expected and with quite a hop kick to the finish, which would be appropriate for a strong bitter style,except most of the contemporary ales of this style are not as aggressively bitter. The bitterness is fitting with the rest of the flavors and malt, which supports it well, but this has transcended its English roots. There are so many things going on in this ale that it should be a mess, and although it is idiosyncratic, I thought it held together well and was both interesting and flavorful. If a West Coast citrus forward IPA combined with a malty English bitter, this might be the result. Odd and well worth trying.

Sep 06, 2015
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, no dating that I can find. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy orange/copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like candied oranges, bready malt, toffee, caramel, stone fruit and light floral hops. It tastes like candied oranges, honey, apricot, toffee, dark bread, caramel, lemon peel, and some minerals. There's also a nice lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall I liked this brew. However, at $14.99 a bomber it's pricey. With that being said, I'm glad I got to try this one.

Sep 05, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bomber poured into an English pub glass. I wasn't sure what glass was best for this but given it's inspired by British Mild Ales, I figured the English Pub Glass apropos.

I thought I was pouring honey given the thick, murky brown-tinged golden liquid that glugs out of the bottle. I was surprised how filthy the body looked; even sitting in the glass it looks like muddy water. Carbonation can be seen swirling through the murk and on body alone, I'm not particularly enamored. However, the head on this is insane. Seems like what you'd see on a nitro pour, thick and creamy and chewy and best of all, it persists for an eternity. 4

The smell is familiar to me, something like an English barleywine, but also a lot like Stone's Arrogant Bastard beers with a lot of age. Thinking caramel to high hell with a bouquet of flowers and a spicy bite. Gentle notes of stone fruit and grape sucker or a tootsie roll reach my brain too. 4

Nose and palate are one. Same abundance of caramel with a floral and spicy hop flavor. A harsh pithy flavor practically scrapes along my tongue and blasts it with a rough bitterness. All the while a tea-like flavor develops and lingers. It seems the key to drinking this beer is to swirl it around the front of the palate to allow the silky viscous qualities and sweetness of the beer to coat the tongue to insulate against the harsher finish. Seriously, it's too damn harsh. A slight boozy bite doesn't help to smooth things out either.

As flavor and feel really meld here, it's tough to score this. It's got some nice components that I really enjoy, especially as it warms (a bit more citrusy character that plays well with the creamy caramel) but the bitterness and booze combination left me with such a bad impression that I can't undo it. I'd say cold this things taste is about a 3 and the feel is about a 2.5. Warm, it's significantly better, like a 3.75 in taste and 3.25 on feel.

Viewed from a holistic perspective, this beer is a mess. Too harsh and too boozy to enjoy.

Sep 03, 2015
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aquazr1 from California

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a tulip. Pours a hazy caramel to orange color with a short head. Light lacing around the edges. Nose has some citrus and pine notes. Taste is peach, pepper and yeast with a bitter finish. Quite an interesting beer.

Aug 20, 2015
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superspak from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, plum, pear, apple, light pine, caramel, brown sugar, honey, toast, biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, plum, pear, apple, pine, caramel, brown sugar, honey, toast, biscuit, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of piney/peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance and some lightly cloying resinous bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial ESB style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable and unique offering.

Aug 15, 2015
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: hazy honey/peach. Moderate off white head on the pour. No legs or lacing that sticks around.
smell: edgy floral hops with a softening, bready counterpoint. interesting and pleasant.
taste: much like the nose but surprisingly drinkable and well...delicious. Slightly bitter finish. I thought this would be a kind of interesting but mediocre experiment. Instead I find it delicious.

Aug 14, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours into an impy nonic a dull burnt orange with a creamy half finger slight odff white head atop.Caramel/biscuit in the nose along with some fruity esters,to be expected deeply malty.Toffee and caramel notes on the palate with a little dry earth in the finish,the alcohol provides a zip and some residual sweetness.Eh it's decent but I paid to much for it today.

Aug 11, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, tan head of foam that left soapy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled roasty with sweet caramel and some pine. Sweet caramel malt with a roasty presence. Nice bitterness with a piney bite.

Aug 10, 2015
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Odysseyalien from New Jersey

2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Churchill Beer Bar, Washington, DC. This thing was nothing like what was expected. I see a couple of reviewers flagged it as a barleywine. In my book, with barleywine being my favorite style, I'd say not quite. The smell had a subtle funk to it and there seemed to be no flavor profile. Just a bit sweet and bitter on the finish. I think this may be my lowest score for a beer this year.

Jul 28, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Extremely cloudy (with no yeast taste) amber to brown color. Good ring lace and a bit of blanketing lace from the modest head.

Light caramel aroma.

Very rich and thick taste and body. Lots of sweetness. Not sure I'd ever describe this as an "Imperial Mild". It is more of a Barley Wine in every way on this tasting. First, it's thick and sweet. Second, there's hop to provide balance, but it's not the tale of the tape.

Overall, I find it gimicky to call this an Imperial Mild. It's a Barley Wine in every shape and form. A good Barley Wine at that. I know that calling this something else makes it intriguing, but for beer experts, this is simply confusing.

Jul 26, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Where the misnomer in "mild" ale is that they were light in body and strength. But the Evil Twin and Beavertown brewers debunk this notion with an imperial strength British ESB with the power and flavor to rival any barleywine.

Its glowing golden orange globe sheds a frothy meringue to entice the eye and to deliver all those classy, biscuity English malt and its floral bouquet of hops. With the taste of shortbread, honey and cashew slathering on the tongue, its bready-sweet upstart is well on its way.

While the ale balances to even-keel perfection through the middle, its peachy-sweet, apricot and marmalade flavors hold firm along with the sweet cakey goodness of biscuit-laden malt. Counter to the sweetness, the floral hops turn woodsy, grassy and somewhat peppery or peaty as the taste of fresh-pulled tobacco create complexity and intrigue.

Its striking bitter-sweet finish would give any IPA a run for its money, but the malt balance keeps things in check. Full in body, the beer's peppery hops and gin-like alcohol spices up the fleeting flavors while eatery fruit and honey biscuit resonate in aftertaste.

Jul 09, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served from 22oz bomber

A — Pours a rich orangey hue with a thin and puffy white colored head on-top of it. OK enough lacing left behind.

S — Smells of rich sugary sweet malts, caramel, sugar. Little bit of spice, but really just sweet malts overall.

T — Tastes much like the nose, very sweet and sticky, little to no depth of flavors, just a sweet mess.

M — Thick, heavy, long finish.

O — Just a mess, not sure why this ever needed to be brewed, really sugary sweet and heavy.

Jul 09, 2015
XXX Imperial Mild from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 42 ratings