Irish-ish Coffee Stout | Evil Twin Brewing

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Irish-ish Coffee StoutIrish-ish Coffee Stout
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Irish-ish Coffee StoutIrish-ish Coffee Stout

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American 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

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Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -5.2%
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 tobelerone
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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 stephenlee
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dominic4beer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanTheLion13
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBeast
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of matcris
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
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 -2.8%
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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Photo of Khaack
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ruzzal
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of Wizzle32
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hozersr
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wheels2532
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Irish-ish Coffee Stout from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 85 ratings