Irish-ish Coffee Stout | Evil Twin Brewing

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Irish-ish Coffee StoutIrish-ish Coffee Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout brewed with lactose, Demerara sugar, nutmeg, vanilla, medium toast oak spirals, and coffee from Tandem Coffee.

Added by superspak on 01-21-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,687
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
79
pDev:
4.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of BAsbill
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dominic4beer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanTheLion13
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBeast
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of matcris
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Black with a small tan head that fades to ring. Nice looking carbonation when rocking the glass. Mild lacing.
AROMA: Lots of black coffee. Sweet, nutty, coffee Mate, touch of vanilla. and a little spicy note.
TASTE: Yep, black coffee sweetened with a nutty creamer. Mild bitterness, nicely balanced, not cloying, but, still great with dessert. And getting a mild spicy quality, maybe from the oak.
FEEL: Thick, viscous feel. Plenty of carbonation, creamy, sticky, dry on the finish. Nice!
OVERALL: Nice balance to this one. Sweet, nutty, creamy, coffee. Good stuff.

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Photo of paulish
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this during the weekend of the Firestone Walker Invitational, it wasn't at the fest, but one of my buddies brought it to the ranch we were staying at. Pours more brown than black. Almost no head on it, slight 1/6" beige kind of vibe. The aroma definitely hit the coffee and sugar notes. Seemed like I was getting just as much earthy brown malt as I was roasted black patent or 2 row.

Taste was enjoyable. Nice light toasting to the wood instead of alligator char. The sweetness moved the beer along and kept the alcohol at bay, but without delving into beetus territory. It really did come off a lot like Irish coffee, which might be where I'm gettin' these brown earth malt feels from plus the aforementioned wood treatment differences.

Evil Twin tends to be on the more expensive end of the spectrum, but I would easily pay ~$4 for a can of this. Not sure what it goes for, knowing them, prolly like $13 a can or some ridiculous shit like that.

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Photo of dertyd
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a black color, with a dark khaki colored head----------------- the aromas are of coffee, soy sauce, oak, spice, burnt Carmel, hazelnut and amereto----------------- the flavors are of bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, nuttiness and soy sauce, the beer has a full mouthfeel with a big roasty bitter finish------------------ overall this beer is delicious it would be 100/100 if the bitterness was toned down--

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4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ruzzal
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am really starting to get excited when my newest Tavour box is ready to be delivered! I signed up shortly after the beginning of the year & while I was initially kind of indiscriminate, I am now (mostly) limiting myself to CANs in support of The CANQuest (tm). This is another one of those beers.

From the CAN: "Imperial Stout brewed with lactose and Demerara sugar and with nutmeg, vanilla, medium toast oak spirals and coffee added"; "Inspired by an iconic cocktail with a twist of what a modern beer should taste like. An Imperial [S]tout shaken up with comfort, creaminess and nostalgia."

I had a most excellent NBS leading into Memorial Day Monday this week & I think that I overlooked this one at the time. I am really embracing the Evil Twin CANs (although I have a few remaining bomber bottles) & I became anxious to Crack! open the vent on this one. My life in now such that this is what passes for excitement. I CANtinued with a moderately slow, gentle Glug, but the carbonation was still enough to cause a pseudo-cascade that ended with the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention, leaving behind nice lacing in its wake. Color was stygian Black/Opaque (SRM = 44). Nose was ... coffee-ish. I apologize, but had I NOT just had Common Roots B.C's Coffee Cup Double Coffee Stout, I would have thought more of this one. I took a deep draught, but the mouthfeel was solidly medium. As to the taste, the previous beer was much closer to coffee while this one suffered from its too-clever-by-half list of adjuncts. Sure, it tasted of coffee, but it also tasted of spice (probably nutmeg or allspice) & vanilla. I really have to wonder if Evil Twin does not have a surplus of vanilla, given its appearance in SO MANY recent beers from them. It is becoming almost like a common note, just as some breweries have one thanks to a common yeast. Yes, I got what they were going for - it definitely had a boozy, coffee taste, but it was infused with so many flavors that I felt as though I was getting lost in the mix. This could have been less adorned & benefitted from the restraint. I know that I have to rate/review to style, but this one made it tough for me. As an ADIS, it is allowed coffee, but it should also have had a more solid mouthfeel. Finish was definitely dry, thanks to the inclusion of spice(s), but I still felt unfulfilled, where Had I left off with the previous one, I would have liked this one better, albeit a day later. Once more, the wrestling match between style and personal taste CANmences.

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4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopsputin
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: silky light black color , with some murky brown notes towards the edge of the glass. thin, tan head that fades quickly into nothing more than a lacing on top

s: milk chocolate, tonsssssss of nutmeg, oak, brown sugar, rum raisins, vanilla, roasted malts, and some very faint raw coffee beans to close it out

t: milk chocolate, cola, nutmeg, and roasted malts upfront. a significant alcohol burn behind that. sweet lactose, vanilla, and raw coffee bean towards the middle of the mouth. a touch of bitterness from the roasted malts on the sides of the tongue. some brown sugar and a touch more nutmeg to close it out

m: heavy mouthfeel (almost sticky), with low carbonation

o: there's a lot going on in this beer. it's very sweet, with a good amount of nutmeg spice in there which helps to balance a bit. definitely sweeter than a traditional Stout of the style - but works well as an after dinner sipper

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Photo of mkh012
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Awesome mocha nose, but a bit too sweet for me on the palate. Chocolate, caramel, and oak. Best if sipped slowly.

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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OldSmaug
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into snifter; no can dating, but is a recent release. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with insane retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Insane appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, nutmeg, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, herbal, wood, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, sugar, spices, lactose, oak, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, nutmeg, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, herbal, wood, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and pine/herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, nutmeg, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, light smoke/char, herbal, wood, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, sugar, spices, lactose, oak, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and minimal acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/slick, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 10.3% after the finish. Overall this is an amazing spiced imperial milk stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, sugar, spices, lactose, oak, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Really fantastic balance between rich imperial milk stout malt complexity, spices, oak, and coffee. Not overly sweet, with adequate lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering. Very well made style example, and pretty unique.

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Irish-ish Coffee Stout from Evil Twin Brewing
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