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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,084
Ranked #5,806
4.05 | pDev: 9.38%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle but I think likely from 2015 or 2016, stored at cellar temp.
Pours opaque black with scant half finger of reddish tan head.
Aroma has notes of molasses, caramel, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Milder dark fruit note and some earthy hops.
Taste is moderately sweet with again the molasses and vanilla sending an opening flavour salvo. There is some dark chocolate, a bit of caramel, and a definite earthy coffee/char bitterness in back with a mildly boozy warmth.
Medium full mouth feel - smooth with a warming bittersweetness, leaning more into the sweet territory. Been too long to remember what this was like fresh, but very decent at this age.

Jul 22, 2021
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RyanK252 from California

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 bottle (I think) poured into a Founders Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours nearly black with a frothy khaki tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Big molasses, kinda umami, roasty, coffee, char, earthy, vanilla, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, and a touch of spice.

T: Roasty, coffee, a touch of dark chocolate, solid hit of molasses and vanilla, earthy spice, a little of char, umami undertones, with burnt sugar and light spice on the back end.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, some creaminess, and very faint warmth (10.4% is very well hidden).

O: Did some reorganizing in my cellar and decided this had spent enough time in there. Glad I decided to crack into it. It has aged beautifully. Great complexity of flavors that progresses as it warms and even throughout the sip. I'd love to try this fresh if they decide to brew it again and get a better idea of how it's changed.

Jan 10, 2021
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a glass - did not make note of the type. Consumed and reviewed on 9/30/16. 2015 vintage bottling.

A: Very dark brown and opaque, with a low amount of visible carbonation. Forms a thin tan head that fades almost instantly.

S: Cacao nibs, vanilla, and drying tobacco. Roasted malts. Hints of black licorice, toffee, and smoke.

T: Dark chocolate and cacao nibs, roasted malts with a fair amount of bitterness. Vanilla sweetness and more drying tobacco. Some toffee sweetness. Lesser notes of caramel, and a light smokiness to the toasted malt body. It's like malted milk balls coated in extra chocolate and vanilla wafers. A light hop and roast bitterness at the end with more cacao nibs, and another wave of mild char on the exhale.

M: Quite full-bodied though not much in the way of residual sugars – a European take on the Imperial Stout. The alcohol flavors are dangerously well-hidden. Low carbonation sensation overall, but about average for style.

O: Well, this really needs to warm up from the refrigerator quite a bit before you drink it. As a personal opinion – this isn't even close to my favorite imperial stout. But it’s a solid, well-made heavy-bodied stout in 12 oz bottles. No adjuncts or flavorings, no barrel-aging - but good, with complex flavors. Just not a personal favorite.

Mar 26, 2020
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flagmantho from Washington

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: black body with a thin layer of fizzy dark-tan foam. The color is great, but the head could use a little more staying power.

Smell: sweet with notes of molasses and raisin; it is also bready, almost like a kvass. Not complex, but good.

Taste: bready, sweet, and just a little bit roasty, with some of that good raisin/tobacco character. This thing really reminds me of a huge, slightly roasty kvass, it's got so much bready character. This is not a bad thing!

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a relatively low level of carbonation. Not super duper creamy, but quite smooth; I like it.

Overall: imperial kvass, maybe? Weird. An interesting beer; I wouldn't want to have it all the time but it is definitely a solid brew.

May 25, 2018
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

April 7th, 2015 - This is my first tilt at Evil Twin Brewing, which has developed an important reverence in tandem with its counterpart, Mikeller. This is the Soft DK, sure black and with just a small wreath of foam around the edge of the glass. It's served in a chalice, so I have a hard time getting at the aroma, but it has a deep and lingering character of chestnut. On the tongue it is a different beast altogether, thick and syrupy, crawling low to the palate and intense. The taste is moderate and not too sweet, expressing dark fruits like fig, but in a restrained and powerful fashion. I don't know what style this technically is, bit it tastes a great deal like a Belgian Strong Ale, but smoother, thicker and denser than anything I've had with a monk on it.

Feb 25, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L — Pours a very dark black body with a small light brown head produced with aerated pour. Some retention and lacing
S — Nougat, dark chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, hint of maple… you can really smell the sweetness
T — Has a strong roasty chocolatey char presence. Good amount of molasses sweetness and banana, although not as much as expected. Coffee character is stale
F — Big mouthfeel, medium- carb. Too thin for the ABV, lacks viscosity
O — Description on the bottle is pretty misleading. Much less desserty and much more bitter/charry. Still fairly decent. Horrible name. Couldn’t get the idea of drinking liquid feces out of my head


Feb 05, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Dark inky black pour... 2 fingers of thin tannish head. Falls fast with a nice rim of lacing.

S: Dark sugars and cocoa... espresso... charred malts and grains.

T/F: Follows the nose. Sweet and dark... rich and silky on the tongue. Strong mix of chocolate covered espresso beans and burned sugars. Dark fruits like plum and baked raisin... could perhaps use a little more bitterness to balance the sweet. Rather decadent. The finish is sweet and roasty. Warming... and hides the ABV up until the point that it doesn't.

O: A solid Imperial Stout... bordering on dessert. Great complex flavors that play nicely together... has most of what I look for in the style. Could use a little more bittering but that feels kind of like nitpicking since I'm enjoying this one so much.

Nov 21, 2017
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Mitchster from Michigan

3.17/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

10.4% ABV, 12 oz bottle. No ingredients or specs per the website or bottle. Pours out to a clear dark black, forming a large dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is mild, ~2.0 carbs or so. The nose is ripe with prunes, raisins, black walnut, soy sauce, chocolate. The mouthfeel is slick, oily, dense bodied. The taste is a recap of the nose, lots of prunes, raisins and black walnut. Bitterness is mild, a little earthy in the finish, not overly acidic despite the large amount of roasted malts, warming, a bit harsh in the finish worsens as it warms, Overall on the sweet side. Not oxidized, slight fusels,

Overall, not a very enjoyable experience. Too sweet, too warm, too harsh. Some may like this impy stout, but I don't.

Oct 01, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black. Short, foamy, light brown head fades fast.

Smells dark fruit, caramel, roast malts, chocolate and alcohol.

Tastes roasted malts, caramel, dark fruit, light coffee and light dark chocolate. Finish is dry with roast linger. Medium body as fizzy higher carbonation.

Jul 28, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a finger’s worth of off white to tan foamy sustaining head. Thin lacing glosses around the glass nicely. The aroma starts roasty with a nice sweet dark fruitiness (raisins to plums) sliding in for a nice balance. Clean coffee bean bitterness flows underneath. The flavor allows a nice sweet to roasty flow of sweet dark fruit to sly roastiness, mostly balanced at a good behavior to accommodate a fantastic sweet to roasty sort of sticky yet "dressed" sort of wet aftertaste leading on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable to sipping quality to it. Carbonation is super low, whoah, yeah, damn low, I want to say this is close to cloying because carbonation has died off so much. Overall, though the carbonation was low, I still thought this was super good Imperial Stout all around.

Jun 28, 2017
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The_Beergery from Singapore

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz bottle from 2015 - hopefully it cellars well! This stout is a deep opaque black tone with a thin layer of tan froth. Aromas are a mix of coffee and chocolates and roasted malts. Taste is dark chocolate mixed with espresso coffee, some caramel, and above all sweet milky smoothness. This stout feels thick enough to chew and is truly a meal in a bottle, with neverending silkiness and smoothness. Carbonation is slightly above average which gives a bit too much buzz and may be a bit distracting from the underlying richness of the flavours.

May 08, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a toy opaque jet black with a fizzy, two finger, milk chocolate colored head. Retention is very good for the style and there is a bit of spotted lacing.

Smell is deep roasted malts, caramel, burnt brown sugar, bakers chocolate and molasses.

Taste is the same. It starts off sweet and finishes smokey and slightly bitter. Very nice transition.

Feel is medium bodied, smooth and has very low carbonation.

Overall a very solid stout. Evil Twin has set the bar so high with their other stouts that this one seems kind of lackluster by comparison, but it is still a good beer in it's own right.

Feb 28, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of caramel colored head. Head formation is more fizzy then bubbly, which results in moderate retention. Lacing is totally absent. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, and toffee. While the note list is short, keeping the beer from being very complex, each note is executed well giving Soft DK a solid aroma. Flavor profile is more of the same - in a good way. Roasted malts, caramel, and toffee all seep out of a dark, simplistic flavor profile. A little hint of cocoa at the back adds a subtle layer to the otherwise straight forward stout flavor. Mouth feel is filling, with some graininess to it. Otherwise, it's smooth, with a medium-thick feel. Overall, a quintessential imperial stout. Nothing is too grandiose or overdone, nor are there any adjuncts, making this beer a classic, flavorful experience.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Jan 15, 2017
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from ABV

A very dark brown with a thin, dark brown head with good retention, this looks great! The nose is intriguing. Dark chocolate, cream, vanilla, bananas and a definite molasses note are present, The palate's a little better, with the chocolate and cream more noticeable, along with a burnt sugar note that when paired with the vanilla brings to mind a flambeed bananas. Sweet on the finish with vanilla lingering, this beer is full in body and great on the palate. A lovely, silky feel is present as well. Nice stuff.

Jan 08, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a sniffer.

Deep opaque black in color, the pour yields one finger of frothy tan head that stays for a while before collapsing to some long-lasting bubble film atop, several sticky lacing patch and spot appeared from time to time.

Dark chocolate, black coffee, cocoa, vanilla, molasses, toffee, dark bread, roasted, peat, charred wood, some twang of booze, dark fruits in kind of prune and plum, ripe banana, spiciness from hop, very complex aroma.

The taste is intense and powerful with all the characters of good Stout ranging from roasted and astringent note in the lead then big sweetness, dark chocolate, black coffee, cocoa, vanilla, molasses, toffee, dark bread, and charred wood. A hint of sweet and spicy alcohol too as it is hidden behind the palate. There is also a suggestion of dark fruits to mingle and add some complexity to the flavor structure and it is delicately done.

Full body with some sticky touch through the palate, smooth with some lively carbonation to generate some good crisp, finish is very dry.

Good brew indeed especially if the Stout is your glass. With that big sweetness from both malt and alcohol, this can be treated as a dessert beer and proper for sipping or ending the night.

Dec 18, 2016
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JonCorbett from Canada (BC)

4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, kinda thick looking, and poured with much aggression to get a half finger of medium brown sugar head - very chunky and rapidly disappears with no lacing left-overs

Aromatics: Very rich dark chocolate and roasted plums. Almost single purpose in its simplicity.

Taste: A continuation of its roasted and burnt aspects - burnt roasted scents like almond, toast, and coffee blend very well with a mildly fruit molasses. The finish holds a wonderful licorice linger that is tempered with a delightful bitter-sweet balance and it also has an odd metal tang that kind of sneaks in somewhere, barely noticeable until you get close to the end.

Palate: In relation to its flavour, it is actually quite thin. You’d think it would be really thick or sticky, but it is actually a fair bit closer to the lower end of a medium body. The carbonation doesn’t hold itself much, so it last a bit of palate action, but at least it doesn’t come off as day old crappy coffee. And its 10% is barely perceptible - leaving the palate cleanly and dry with the mildest of bitter lingers.

Overall: Very nicely done. Not as complex as I thought it was going to be, but definitely delicious. I think it lacks a bit given the other offerings that Evil Twin has had, but it is quite enjoyable none-the-less.

Nov 29, 2016
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the beverage warehouse in winooski vt for $5. A little thin and a little boring. A nice well rounded taste though, and the alcohol is well hidden.

Oct 17, 2016
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ThaneMcC from Germany

3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pitch black with minimal head and little effervescence. Smell is a muted roasted malts, smoke, leather, some dark fruit. Taste is sweet malts forward, transition to smoke, leather, espresso and a metallic twang that is a bit off putting. Improves as it warms- body is a bit thin for the style- finish is clean.
Overall- this is a good rip- and well hidden- profile not complex and the smoky, metallic notes are a detraction- I prefer their other stouts- not my favorite and I wouldn't purchase again- though I wouldn't turn it down if offered at a party or on tap

Aug 06, 2016
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bgold86 from New York

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz snifter glass, nose is big and fudgy, lots of chocolate. Taste is sort of a bitter dark chocolate (a good thing), big sort of roasty coffee thing going on as well, some sweet raisin/prunes/dark dried fruit also. As usual, another fantastic Evil Twin stout, well done!

May 14, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

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

This is really solid. A very good example of what an imperial stout should taste like. Good chocolate and caramel upfront with good mouthfeel and head retention. A nice hot finish of booze hits as it coats your mouth.

May 09, 2016
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MacSon1982 from Florida

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: poured into a snifter. About a 1/4 of head quickly dissipated into a small amount around the rim of the glass. Beer is dark in color like used motor oil. Head was dark brownish black. Each pour leaves a very tiny amount of lacing as there's not much head remaining.

S: some light molasses and smoke but not much else.

T: slightly boozy, solid caramel and malt presence. Smoke and a sticky bit of molasses on the tongue with chocolate rounding it all out. Faint hint of leather and toffee in the aftertaste.

F: medium to medium high mouthfeel. Carbonated bubble dance nicely on the tongue and the sugary sweetness leaves a nice sticky feel.

May 09, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color with a chocolaty sweet aroma. Flavor is chocolate with a hint of smokeyness and roasted malts. Has a sweet smooth finish, a little lighter in the mouth feel than I would expect. Overall this is a nice stout thats really easy to drink.

May 01, 2016
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Very dark brown, no head whatsoever. Medium to low carbonation.

S: Heaven :) Very complex. I could smell it all day.

T: Tastes amazing. Leaves nice, small aftertaste with no alcohol residue. Perfect!

F: I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. 10.40% ABV is not evident at all and beer is highly drinkable. I could happily have a couple of those on the fly.

O: I don't like the taste of alcohol. And this beer delivers exactly that. I get all the benefits of an imperial stout without that disgusting alcohol assault. This is a very underrated beer. I highly recommend it and I will definitely buy it again on every occasion :)

Apr 30, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter.

Look: opaque, essentially black body topped by a thin and weak medium brown head. Limited lacing.

Aroma: Complex and appealing with less obvious alcohol than usual for 10.4% Hints of dark fruits, vanilla, and toffee.

Flavor: Dark chocolate, vanilla and faint coffee and aged wood flavors. Some dark fruit flavors with a touch of cherry. Excellent bitter/sweet balance. Some light spicy hop notes and plenty of dark roasted grain come out in the finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth. Very full bodied. It has some alcohol warmth but it’s not hot or harsh.

Overall: excellent.

Apr 28, 2016
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark, motor oil black with a brown head. Aroma was strong with alcohol, coffee, cocoa and slight fruity note in the nose. Smooth flavor with molasses and vanilla, really nice. Alcohol flavor is a background element but not a detractor. Full bodied chewy beer with legs. Overall, this is a very nice American Imperial Stout.

Apr 18, 2016
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