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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,650
Ranked #8,988
4.04 | pDev: 9.41%
Sep 15, 2022
Nov 25, 2010
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can from Brewers Haven. Dark brown pour, wispy beige head forms ring around the glass. Chocolaty aroma, roasted malts, anise. Taste is sweet and chocolaty, burned toast, hint of licorice with some milky notes. Smooth and creamy. Not much apparent with the ABV.
Sep 15, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Mar 11, 2022
Rated: 4.7 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina

Jan 31, 2022
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Look: For a beer; it pours just about the darkest shade of black I have ever seen in my life - with a one finger chocolate brown head of finely laced foam. Little to no head retention, fizzles away within a minute. This is literally pitch black, completely opaque.

Aroma: Blackstrap molasses, chocolate covered raisins, red figs, caramel & treacle, bitter tobacco / shoe polish (in a pleasant way), red apples, Columbian coffee, model airplane glue (yep), sweet maraschino cherries, plums and hot chocolate. Very inviting aroma. 5/5.

Taste: Initially; the biscuity, yet rich and complex flavors of chocolate malt come together to form this sort of graham cracker, chocolate brownie type experience that is so rich, fruity and supple - - but at no time cloying or overbearing. It's evened out and balanced by a vinous, almost tawny port wine flavor of raisin and maraschino cherry. Midpalate, flavors of dark chocolate - complemented by a bitter; yet paradoxically sweet tobacco take center stage. It ends on fruity - malty - flavors of roasted Columbian coffee and treacle. A warming, alcoholic sensation blankets the entire experience with a sort of medicinal, floral hint of bitter hops. Somewhere in between it all notes of roasted campfire marshmellows and s'mores. Fades out with very strong flavors of molasses and crème brulee.

Feel: A lot of people would find this too heavy and rich. But for the initiated, I consider this perfect for the ABV and style. Mid-heavy weight that is still creamy and smooth - lightly carbonated.

Overall: Everyone's taste is subjective and I don't mean to gush over this beer, but wow... I was not expecting this to be this good. Maybe it's just because I had low expectations after having had bad experiences with ET stouts in the past - but I'm very impressed.
Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.4%. Pitch black colour, big brown head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. The flavour has loads of roasted malts, notes of strong coffee, dark bitter chocolate and vanilla, bitter hops in the finish. Good stuff!
Jan 11, 2022
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

2.79/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5
16oz can

Black look, khaki head, amber edged. Smell is the main attraction for me: like a bowl of brownie batter with a shot of good bourbon next to it. It tastes good initially, when very cold, but as it warms a ton of dark fruit comes out, along with leather and smoke and cacao nibs - all undesirable flavors for me. It's also much much too sweet, as most of these are. Some decent flavors in here I must admit, almost tastes like a fine cigar at points, I just wish it wasn't so sugary. I had to choke most of this down and it ended a drain pour

I like this in small doses, this was borderline excellent at times, but is just way too sweet and doesn't taste that good
Jan 09, 2022
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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
Rated: 3.77 by The_Beer_Guru from New York

Nov 16, 2018
Rated: 4.3 by Mikecd234 from Michigan

Jul 14, 2018
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

4/5  rDev -1%
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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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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
Rated: 4.09 by user785335 from Florida

Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Dec 13, 2017
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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
Rated: 4.38 by Shortbox81 from Washington

Oct 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Mitchster from Michigan

3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
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
Rated: 4.63 by Beersplosion from Alabama

Sep 06, 2017
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Reviewed by Blackop555 from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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
Rated: 5 by anvindr from California

Jul 20, 2017
Rated: 3.89 by SMKilp from North Carolina

Jul 08, 2017
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 02, 2017
Rated: 4.42 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.04/5  rDev 0%
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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Reviewed by The_Beergery from Singapore

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Rated: 4.36 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Mar 28, 2017
Rated: 3.93 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Mar 23, 2017
Rated: 4.6 by Foley67 from Scotland

Mar 13, 2017
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Reviewed by CNoj012 from New York

4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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
Rated: 4 by akk14 from Illinois

Feb 17, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by BYOFB from Wisconsin

Feb 11, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by runeatdrink from New Jersey

Feb 07, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by HopsForBrains from North Carolina

Jan 15, 2017
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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
Rated: 3.7 by beebs22 from New Jersey

Jan 05, 2017
Rated: 3 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Dec 25, 2016
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Reviewed by Everydayoff from Thailand

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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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