Irish-ish Coffee Stout | Evil Twin Brewing

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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 Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnbrewskies
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
4.16/5  rDev -1%
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 -6%
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 +0.7%
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 +1.2%
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%
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 fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedBeer
3.99/5  rDev -5%
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 goalie35
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buzzedup
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grackos
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
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 +2.6%
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 +1.2%
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 -4.8%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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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4.2/5  rDev 0%
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 -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dominic4beer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Irish-ish Coffee Stout from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 101 ratings