Irish-ish Coffee Stout
Evil Twin Brewing

Irish-ish Coffee StoutIrish-ish Coffee Stout
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From:
Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,152
ABV:
10.3%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,952
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 5.98%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
84
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 11, 2022
Added:
Jan 21, 2018
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  19
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

2.99/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Shared can at local tasting. Very dark brown to black colour. Aroma of cold coffee and roast malts. Sweet flavour, loads of molasses and cold coffee. Not a favourite of mine.
Jan 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.22 by gooddaydiablo from Texas

May 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.17 by smithj4 from New York

Mar 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.08 by psweendogg from Connecticut

Mar 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Dr_C from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +6%
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.
Oct 11, 2019
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Reviewed by mmilyko from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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.
Aug 19, 2019
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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!
Aug 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jun 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Jun 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.08 by TylerJ from Iowa

Jun 21, 2019
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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.
Jun 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by Radcpa from Washington

Jun 04, 2019
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
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.
May 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by user785335 from Florida

May 16, 2019
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Reviewed by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.
May 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.34 by Cliffy21 from Canada (QC)

Apr 19, 2019
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Reviewed by whynot44 from Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.
Apr 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.56 by Heeenrik from Finland

Apr 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Apr 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.65 by beerrat from Virginia

Mar 24, 2019
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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.
Mar 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by kkmiller76 from New Jersey

Mar 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Andarel from New York

Mar 15, 2019
 
Rated: 3.25 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Feb 22, 2019
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Reviewed by Aurascoper from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
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.
Feb 05, 2019
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
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.
Jan 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by BubbleBobble from New York

Jan 20, 2019
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.
Jan 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.28 by PEACO82287 from Wisconsin

Jan 02, 2019
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Dec 29, 2018
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.
Dec 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.19 by Piglet_rulz_da_yard from California

Dec 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.11 by Uconnbrewskies from Connecticut

Dec 08, 2018
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
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.
Dec 02, 2018
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Reviewed by LeahySTL from Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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.
Dec 01, 2018
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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
Nov 25, 2018
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.
Nov 22, 2018
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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!
Nov 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by fosters9 from New York

Nov 13, 2018
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
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%.
Nov 09, 2018
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