Irish-ish Coffee Stout
Evil Twin Brewing

Irish-ish Coffee StoutIrish-ish Coffee Stout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #785
ABV:
10.3%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,989
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 5.49%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
131
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Evil Twin Brewing
 
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Irish-ish Coffee StoutIrish-ish Coffee Stout
Notes: Imperial stout brewed with lactose, Demerara sugar, nutmeg, vanilla, medium toast oak spirals, and coffee from Tandem Coffee.
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Photo of Dr_C
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice coffee stout.

Poured into a pint glass, this was a dark brew with a thick tan head that was slow to emerge.

Aroma was malty and sweet.

Flavor was robust with coffee, vanilla and spice. Sweet but not cloying.

Feel was medium in thickness...though it would be heavier.

Overall excellent coffee stout. Amongst the best I have had if this style.

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Photo of mmilyko
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I served this as a desert beer at a dinner party of non beer drinkers and it was a big hit. I find this is a great way to get wine drinkers to begin to look at beer in a different light. I have them swirl it, smell the nose, roll it around their tongues, all of which they are used to doing with wine.. It's great to watch the light go on and their faces light up.

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Photo of arizcards
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 6-7-19 for $7.99. No canning date; consumed on 8-1-19.

Beer poured black with a really nice tan head that has some pretty good hang time.

Nose is a very nice blend of coffee and vanilla and mildly roasted malts.

Taste brings a malt and coffee base flavor with the vanilla and nutmeg adjuncts parlayed in with a very effective touch. Hopping is sufficient as between that and the coffee the sweetness of the malts and vanilla is balanced very well.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall i have to believe this is the best impy stout i have had from Evil Twin. Recommend it highly if you enjoy the described adjuncts in your stout!

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Photo of bbtkd
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Eviltwin Irish-ish Coffee Stout, 10.3% ABV. Pours black, with a 1.24 finger brown head that left tons of foamy lacing. Nose is roast malt and lactose. Taste is roast malt, milk, oak, coffee, vanilla and nutmeg, with moderate bitterness. Nutmeg aftertaste lingers. Decent mouthfeel, if a bit over-carbonated. Overall excellent.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a deep, dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A good, but not great aroma of coffee, malt, lactose, vanilla, and spices.

T: Tasted of a decent amount of malt (present throughout), some coffee (a good shot), a fair bit of lactose (too much), a chalky quality, a hint of vanilla, and a little nutmeg. A solid, but uneven, flavor. Like a lot of beers that use lactose, it can either be a help or a hinderance (it's the latter here). It creates a chalky quality that's grating. Still, not bad.

F:A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't a bad beer, but is certainly uneven. Worth a look, though.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark chocolate brown to black and a tan one finger head with good retention and excellent lacing.

S: Coffee, vanilla, oak, and nutmeg.

T: Heavy lactose and dark malts pervade. Coffee, oak, and some vanilla, and nutmeg notes.

F: Medium body with good carbonation, a tad powdery.

O: Not perfect but highly repeatable.

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Photo of whynot44
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark coffee color, almost black, with a modest foamy tan head that manages just a bit of lacing.
The aroma is dark roasted malt, coffee and vanilla with a hint of spice.
The taste is dark malt, coffee, vanilla, lactose and nutmeg, slightly sweet.
It is medium/full bodied and very creamy smooth.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable stout, well worth a try.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Founders Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours nearly black with a frothy tan head that settles to a light creamy layer and laces nicely.

S: Roasted malt, toasted oak vanilla, coffee, baker's chocolate, a touch of peppery spice, and plenty of dark sugar sweetness.

T: Roasty, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, dark sugar, vanilla, a bit peppery, subtle nutmeg spice, and faint oak, with a little alcohol poking through.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, creamy, with just a little warmth.

O: This can's gotta be about a year old (Step up your date code game Evil Twin!) and time has done it well.

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Photo of Aurascoper
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is pretty. The immediate taste is a bit spicy which must be the nutmeg. It's nice, but it also has some creamy undercurrents, which must be the lactose, demerara and vanilla.

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Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a good sized, cream colored head of foam. It smelled of chocolate, nutmeg and vanilla. Very unique taste. Spicy with chocolate and toffee sweetness.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, vanilla, coffee and an odd vegetal note. Flavor is dark toasted malt, lactose, vanilla, last night's coffee, nutmeg and light oak. Lingering cocoa and coffee in the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A sweetish coffee stout that has an affinity to Irish coffee, but perhaps with a hair too much lactose. The nutmeg is a nice touch (one that I like sometimes in my coffee). Something gives this an odd celery-like vegetal note in both aroma and taste; perhaps some interaction between the oak and coffee. A good, but not great coffee stout.

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Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan colored head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of black licorice are present, which seem to be a result of the blend of Demerara sugar, toasted oak, and nutmeg.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted oak with notes of coffee and spices with notes of coffee beans and hints of lactose.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The lactose imparts a bit of smoothness to the finish.
O: This beer tastes like a spicy version of an imperial coffee stout and the ingredients seem to combine to create licorice-like aromas and flavors. It manages to do a very good job at making most of the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with minimal head and lace patches down glass. Sugary, vanilla and woody aroma in this beer with very mild coffee notes. Smooth, light sugary taste of vanilla and cinnamon, also a tad spicy to balance with the sweetness. The beer is mild, easy to drink, coffee is very light in this beer, with a finish of some woody smoothness and is nice and easy.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a conical pint glass; canned ?2/9/2018.
A: Pours a dense black color with only a hint of mahogany brown around the edges. Very limited, much less than one finger, light tan head formation despite aggressive pour with retention of only a rim, but some rings of lacing. A bit of gel left in the glass at the end; somewhat off-putting -- this is the kind of stuff that killed Schlitz.
S: Aromas of chocolate, strong vanilla, sarsaparilla, honeysuckle, and black coffee. Earthy and nutmeg notes
T: Sweet. Flavors follow the nose, but at distinctly different volumes: coffee much stronger than in the nose, chocolate minimal, but vanilla and nutmeg strong and ever present. Lactose sugar definitely appreciable; alcohol not evidence at all. Bitterness rides beneath the sweetness.
M: Full bodied with low carbonation; smooth, creamy, but not chewy thickness.
O: This is basically a coffee and a milk stout, dare I say a cafe au lait stout (?new category). It is well composed and works well, solo or as a dessert offering. Not boozy at all which is impressive, guessing the roasted and bittering components help, but packs a wallop, so handle with care. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of LeahySTL
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10.3 % , without the heavy alcohol taste, not too sweet, strong but not overwhelming coffee flavor, slight vanilla taste, finishes with a bit of a sour taste.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid black color with very light but still noticeable carbonation . The body has a creamy, thick , above average feel .
Aroma is vanilla, spice, coffee, roasted malts, and oak. The oak is really noticeable and gives it an earthy and strong aroma of toasted oak .
Flavor is not weak at all and all of the flavors advertised show up. Coffee,vanilla, and roasted malt is easy to find. The nutmeg is there from the first sip straight through and lingers in the aftertaste. The oak also is very consistent throughout.
Overall a very good beer, the coffee gets bitter and stronger as it warms but that's not a bad thing

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Photo of CHickman
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black color with a big fluffy 2 finger khaki colored head that was full of bubbles, fading very, very slowly and leaving impressive creamy lacing coating the sides that slid down quite slowly.

Smells of burnt coffee grinds, espresso, coffee beans, vanilla, nutty notes, dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, charred grains, chocolate chip cookies, cream or half & half, molasses, wood or barrels and a toffee sweetness. It'slightly sweet but it does not prevent the coffee, roasty or woody accents from making all the elements work together in harmony.

Tastes like it smells with fresh ground coffee, burnt coffee grinds, vanilla, espresso, coffee beans, nutty notes, caramel, dark chocolate, roasted malts, brownie batter or chocolate chip cookie dough, toasted grains, charred wood, campfire smoke, heavy cream, s'mores, brown sugar, cocoa powder and faint soy sauce. Sweet like an iced coffee drink with mocha or chocolate, this has a nice level of bitterness, some smoky accents and lots of malty flavors. No clue what Demerara sugar tastes like so I can't comment either way, but I did not pick up any nutmeg. Very mild spices like piney notes trail each sip and allow this to finish dry and like a burnt campfire marshmallow.

I can't believe this dessert beer is over 10% ABV, as it's smooth, complex and the lactose literally helps it slide down like chocolate milk. Another really tasty stout by Evil Twin, I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of bobv
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch tan head over a black body with some sticky lacing. Nose of roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla. Taste mirrors nose somewhat, but with the nutmeg asserting itself to a degree. Tasty. A bit of caramel and chocolate comes forward after warming. Very nice feel and overall, yet another Evil Twin Impy Stout that passes muster. Cheers!

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown, almost a milky quality to the color. Very thin ivory ring of head surround the glass.

Boozy, bitter nose, with the toasted oak really coming out initially. Sweet chocolate and burnt, roasty coffee come out as well. The nutmeg and vanilla seem to have fallen off on the nose, but I like the aromas overall.

Burnt sugar, chocolate, and coffee dominate the flavors off the bat. On the tail I’m again getting a lot of oak with only the faintest hint of vanilla to compliment that creamy, lactose-ridden body. The bitter, roasty coffee returns and leaves a slightly over-bitter finish.

Creamy, smooth beer. The lactose has held up well in keeping the beer at a perfect mouthfeel. Sticky finish, slight warmth. Awesome feel especially for 10.3%.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 Snulip glass, not ice cold. Pours a very attractive near pitch black with a light brown head that leaves plenty of waves of lace behind.

Smell is dry roasty coffee, vanilla, Irish Cream, and some dark chocolate.

Taste follows roasty and dry coffee, Irish Cream, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, plenty of life for the style, a tad dry, and goes down easy enough at 10.3%.

Overall I like this beer, blown away no but very solid.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Single can split two ways. Pours a deep black with half finger mocha head. Aroma is milk chocolate, sweet coffee, bit of toffee and brown sugar. Taste is lactose forward, brown sugar - sweet but not cloying - chocolatey, a bit of warming booziness, milky sweet coffee with only a hint of bitterness. Full thick mouthfeel with full power of 10+% ABV -really a great imperial milk stout.

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Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Thick. Inky black. Oily, Heavy, Beastly. A bit of a light tan cap shows good strength and stick.
S: Rich and heady, lots of roasted coffee comes out in the forefront. It's all roast and toast from there, some burnt wood aromas avoiding astringency and some burnt caramelized sugars adding to balance.
T: Just as heavy and roasty on the tongue, those sugars make a big difference in balancing and keeping all the roast from harshness. As it is, there's lots of roasty char and coffee, but a bit of dark chocolate, nuts, and molasses, not to mention just a bit of savory spiciness, really help to round it out along with adding all kinds of complexity.
F: As thick on the palate as expected from the look, this one's got some chewiness and a bit of a spicy bite, too. A very full body does not mean it's overdone or hard to swallow. It never tapers off in the finish, which dries out as it pulls all the roastiness into it but keeps from being scraping, bitterly dry as sugars roll in with it.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can - hah! I've been using that term to describe my tea for a while now!

This beer pours a sold black abyss, with scant basal amber edges, and two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly brown head, which leaves some decent defrosting back windshield pattern lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, day-old cafe-au-lait, real vanilla extract, a subtle oaky woodiness, and some mild earthy spice notes. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, some free-range ashiness, chocolate pudding, well-creamed coffee, lightly toasted oak, steeped vanilla beans, some weak nutmeg spiciness (which kind of blends into the coffee character, for me), and a very tame leafy, weedy, and gently soused-up floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is damned-near non-existent, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, with a nice airy creaminess arising as things warm up out of the ol' basement fridge. It finishes well off-dry, the malt, cocoa, lactose, and vanilla angling to cause early onset diabetes in this customer.

Overall - this is certainly a big and brash, New World stout, with the creamy coffee essence judiciously applied. Maybe not a best in class sort of thing, but enjoyable on its own merits, especially the basically masked, north of 20-proof booze factor.

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Photo of FBarber
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark pitch black color. Thin tan head forms on the beer shortly after being poured, but then almost as quickly dissipates.

Aroma is quite fragrant and is immediately noticeable when poured. Strong notes of lactose, rich roasted coffee, vanilla, and a hint of nutmeg. All the notes are there as advertised. Lovely aroma all around from this one.

Taste has notes of roasted malts and a strong coffee flavor. Also present, albeit less noticeably, are notes of vanilla, lactose, cream which provides some sweetness and a note of woody oak. Nutmeg isn't as noticeable, but peeps through. Moderate bitterness on the finish lingering to the aftertaste.

Feel is medium bodied, but the coffee in this gives it a thick sludgy texture. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish coats the mouth.

Overall a very nice coffee stout from Evil Twin. Very enjoyable beer to drink, but not one you'd likely drink very often.

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Photo of matcris
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Irish-ish Coffee Stout from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 131 ratings