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Evil Twin Soft DookieEvil Twin Soft Dookie

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and considerable lacing all around. The nose is impressive, with considerable licorice, coffee and vanilla. The coffee and licorice dominate the aroma profile in this one. Flavor provile replicates the nose, but the licorice really dominates, and there's some noticeable bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied, with a long, coffee and vanilll filled finish. Aloohol is definitely noticeable, but this beer is not at all heavy or hot on the palate.

Very nice RIS from these guys....

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.58/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kinda thin looking, but not so much as to be worrying. A tall, tan head leaves minor lacing.

Highly roasty. The vanilla is all but smothered by burnt malts. Some grassy hops arise as well. The vanilla comes out a little bit after the beer warms, but needs due swirling to capture it. There are a bit of alcohol and rubber aromas.

Too roasty bitter. Hardly any balance. Again, the vanilla can only come out once the beer is warmed enough. There is a lot of ash, charcoal and some melted rubber.

Not as thin feeling as I had expected, but its not really chewy either. Its a sticky beer with formidable heat and low carbonation.

Not impressed here. No balance. This beer is gnarly bitter and sticky. You'd be lucky to pick out the vanilla if you didn't know it was there. So far it seems that the evil twin likes bitter, oily beers.

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Photo of gford217
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours deep chocolate brown out of the bottle and settles in completely black in the glass with a decent tan head that leaves great lacing on the way down to a thin cap.

Aroma is really sweet, malted milk balls soaked in vanilla is best way to describe it. There are roasted chocolate malts but the vanilla is really dominant. There is also a light coffee presence and it's a great nose overall.

Taste is a little more bitter than the aroma with roasted espresso and bakers chocolate. There is some sweetness with plenty of vanilla but the sweetness is definitely less prevalent than in the aroma. The finish is bittersweet and roasty.

The mouthfeel is excellent - super smooth with moderate body and soft carbonation. Velvety and dessert-like feel.

This is my first Evil Twin beer and I'm impressed. The feel is fantastic and it drinks far below it's 10+% abv. Solid. Looking forward to more from this brewer.

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Photo of baconsausage
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark stout color. Aroma is of sweet and dark malt and a bit of licorice. Taste follows nose, with a bit of an odd sweetness that reminds me of a beer that fermented at a high temp, along with a slight spicyness. bitter licorice, like sweden. Maybe a little smoke. A lingering bitterness. No poop flavor. Nice mouth feel for a stout. Overall a good sipper that was too expensive.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A name like that, how could you go wrong?!

Pours a big fluffy head over a pitch black beer.

Nose is porter like, dark malts, chocolate, some roasted malts, oats, bit of booze, creamy chocolate.

Taste is tons of chocolate, like Young's Double Chocolate but heavier, like they dumped cocoa nibs and powder into it. Some roast, dark fruit, light earthy hops make themselves known as well, it gets pretty bitter too due to the spicy hops and some of the charred malts. Some booze as well. A long bitter finish too that coats the mouth with plenty more chocolate.

Mouth is pretty heavy bodied, with decent carbonation for the style, some warming booze.

Overall pretty good, too much chocolate for me, but decent otherwise.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

The final brew during Mike and my Ghost Adventures impromptu mini-tasting. Get some. It pours a straight onyx topped by a half-finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, roasted malts, light coffee, and some light black cherry in the very back. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, light coffee, and some very light charcoal. The dark chocolate and the char really add quite a bitter punch to things. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda chunky feel. Overall, a very nice bit o' stout, though a bit much on the acridly bitter side to achieve true greatness. I wouldn't mind having more, though...

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip

Thanks to pvequalsnrt for the hook up on this bad boy

This beer pours the blackness that I always look for and hope for with a beer of this style, the head which fades quickly was a light sand color. The aromatics were not too fragrant, but from what I could grasp there was a definite smell of roasted chocolate and cocoa powder. I must admit that this beer requires being warmed up at this point. The first sip I took burned going down. Everything mellow as it warmed to room temp. I'm surprised that the ABV wasn't hidden too well as it's not on the higher end of the scale for it's style. That having been said there is a decent amount of espresso, oatmeal, and cocoa powder in the flavor. The finish is all cocoa powder as if I took a rather large spoonful and shoved it into my mouth. Overall, when allowed to warm this beer can be quite enjoyable, but if that isn't allowed I believe it to be unfit for consumption. I think this beer could seriously be helped out by aging.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a medium-sized brown head that dissipates into nice lacings.

S: Roasted sweet malt, some smoke in it as well as vanilla. Chocolate and black coffee.

T: Chocolate, molasses and vanilla. The malt is sweet and heavily roasted. Some smoke. Strong black coffee and dark bitter chocolate.

M: Long bitter aftertaste. Body is full and carbonation moderate. The alcohol is present in the mouth.

O: Drinkable. Smooth. Goes down easy.

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Photo of davidbowers13
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Fountainhead. Served in a snifter.

A - pitch black with a brown head of 1 finger tall. Laces glass well

S - description suggests vanilla, but I pickup more chocolate notes than anything. A very small vanilla presence.

T - Smooth flavor up front, but the finish is slightly overpowered by the alcohol content.

M - Coats the mouth well. Sticks around long after you've had a sip.

O - Solid beer overall. I'd prefer the finish to be a little smoother and not so dominated by booze. However, I would order it again.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Local Option

A - It pours a visibly viscous deep brown-black, and is capped with a frothy khaki head.

S - The nose is a fantastic mix of chocolate cake, roasting coffee, rich toffee, and herbal-citric marmalade notes.

T - Amazingly luscious. Other than the expected (and delivered) roast-cocoa-coffee-toffee, surprising notes of green hoppiness abound, as does subdued berry fruitiness; it is sorta hopped like Old Rasputin, but way nicer. The roast and chocolate-vanilla notes are sublime, and the silky, decadent feel seems to push it over the top.

M - This brew is so amazing in terms of silky, satiny mouthfeel. The best mouthfeel I've experienced, I dare say.

O - This beer is fantastic. There is a new force to be reckoned with in Denmark: Evil Twin.

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Photo of squaremile
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station in Portland. Pours a deep black with a nice frothy brown head. With the pour the bubbles are oozing out of the glass. Tremendous lacing. Nose is espresso, vanilla, burnt marshmallow, and toffee. Taste is quite unusual. Very sweet with vanilla all over the place, more marshmallow, some coffee in the middle to add some balance, and roasty malts in the finish. I'm also getting a hint of what I can only call "plastic-y" that was a distraction at first, but eases as I get further into the glass. Minimal if any alcohol is noticeable, which is great for 10.4%. Mouthfeel is heavenly. Smoooth and easy. The best feature. Overall a nice drink, and a really nice dessert beer.

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Photo of alalvarez75
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nice pour with 2 fingers worth of tan head. The retention on the head is really long; it quickly dropped to about a finger's width but stayed there. The beer itself is black as midnight. Hardly any light can be seen even at the edges.

S: Dark, heavily roasted malts, coffee and a bit of a smoky aroma.

T: Dark roasted malts, coffee are the dominant flavors, as the nose suggests, but they aren't very intense. FInish is like strong black coffee. The flavor is really good.

M: heavy body, fair amount of carbonation.

O: A good stout, on the lighter side, but very drinkable.

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Photo of brewski09
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a good rendition of stout with a dark head that faded too quickly for my liking.

S - complex and strong. leather and malts on the nose. tobacco that i couldn't place until drinking it and then smelling it again.

T - Tobacco like a nice unlit cigar, leather, malt, hop bitterness to balance, mild alcohol on the palate. this is complex like most beers are not. I couldn't get enough of the taste on this one and it was great cold and warm.

M - soft and full, but not chewy.

D - I would drink this one again if it came my way, but couldn't spring for a victorian pint (?) for $13. This and the Yin are the best offerings by evil twin. I may break down and get one of these for a tasting sometime as it is pretty unique.

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloying sweet cookie. Last beer of the night, bottle shared with George at The Ginger Man NYC. Oatmeal cookie aroma along with the roast coffee, lots of sugar dust. Black and lacey.Carbonation is right there. Average mouthfeel. Chocolate finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My brother ordered this at Beer Temple in Amsterdam based solely on the name. He is not into beer at all but I figured he'd like it since it seemed like it would be a little sweeter. He let me have half the bottle. From notes.

A - Poured black with a really filmy mocha head. Nice filmy retention but no lacing. A good amount of chunks spilled into the glass.

S - Lot's of vanilla, chocolate, dirt, earthiness, sweetness, brownies and chocolate again.

T - Vanilla, chocolate, roasted notes, chocolate ice cream, and a little cappucino.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium body which is a little weak for this kinda beer.

O/D - Just the body that's weak really. Tasty, and a nice combo of flavours I've never really found in an Imperial Stout. I liked this quite a bit and was happy to have tried it. The second quality beer I've had from these guys.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date: 05/03/2011
Type: 500ml. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: Portsmouth Tulip

Pours a dark black in color w/ a big 1 finger brown head that produces heavy lacing. Aromas of huge vanilla, Baker's chocolate, molasses, and earthiness. The taste was chocolate and molasses up front, followed by a finish of lingering strong vanilla, and a pungent hop bitterness(well balanced). Medium bodied, but could have been a touch more viscous. Pretty easy drinking IS.

Overall, nice brew! Age should do this one well as the pungent hops should fade and improve this IMO.

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

16.9 oz bottle purchased at Pinocchio's. I also wanted to get their Christmas beer but that was even more expensive. Guess i won't be trying any more of these unless i can find on tap.

Dark brown with a mottled tan head. Nose is coffee, hay and chocolate with hints of vanilla. Almost full body, silky then brash with a hot, bitter bite. Carb adds a slight tingle. Intense espresso and dark chocolate dialed up with grapefruit peel and molasses. In the aftermath of the initial palate blast lingering complexity with dark fruit.

Softens with warming but could use some time to meld. Might also allow the vanilla to emerge as it does need a bit more sweetness to balance.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nearly black body with a one to two finger thick brown head. No lacing.

Enjoyable aroma of caramel and vanilla, with a roasty quality behind it. On the taste, however, those roles get reversed. Big roasty taste first and foremost, with a big vanilla backbone and some caramel. There's just too much roast here - found it very distracting and made my palate feel parched.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation seems about right, nice and creamy.

The dominant roast flavor was just too much for me. It distracted from what is an otherwise very good good.

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Photo of heyta
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-- pours with a 2-3 inch head into my pint glass. Bubbles come up from the bottom as if it were on nitro. Definitely looks like a good amount of carbonation. The beer itself is pretty black, but when tilted towards the light it does let a little through.

S-- smells like a toasty RIS mellowed out a bit with caramel and vanilla. Not much hop on the nose, and was hoping for more vanilla.

T -- this is like a grown up vanilla stout but with coffee. First sip reminded me of old Rasputin, but quickly figured out it's more mellow. The kid in me wants it to be more sweet and vanilla-y, but it's actually a bit sophisticated and has a coffee kick at the end. I don't think I will crave this like some sweeter stouts, but I will certainly drink it again.

M - despite those millions of bubbles this is pretty creamy. I wish more big stouts were this creamy.

O -- great introduction to this brewery that is supposedly run by mikkeler's twin?? I hear there is a ba version if this. Must have.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i have found that a european strong stout is best at about 55-60 degrees. it has potential of opening up like a whiskey and it has somewhat of a voluminous quality.

this beer is disclaimered to be a rich beer with intense hints of vanilla and coffee. i think they were sort of selling themselves short with the under layer of all these other potential flavors.

pour is belgian with a big head and not elixir like quality. the bubble don't do that sort of reverse growth thing that i've seen in some other RIS of american origin but its still has a healthy growth. initially the nose was forest fruit. black berry predominantly and black currant meatiness. but it expands to a distinct mineral hazy and coffee/chocolate. there are hints of bourbon vanilla but no actual bean like quality. more so something sharp like a danish blue. palate is astringent like a danish blue but has a earthiness that settles it. making it something that is actually on the other side of the spectrum as it travels about the palate. malty rich vanilla bourbon. i had to have some wild turkey with it to sort of constitute this finish... or well... give it a mate. i had to have some danish blue with it to sort of keep the sting on the palate in solid form too. a roller coaster. i'm into it. i love RIS from this area because they seem to hold such a nice rich equilibrium between english affirmation, belgian effervescence, and american outrage making it a quality all its own. Scandinavian strong stouts are really something. i don't want to call them RIS because they seems to stake a different territory... being made for americentric beer drinking.

ps. my drinking buddy and i thought it stood for soft demark... or maybe soft dick.

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Photo of foogerd
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark black, maybe dark brown, with a one inch mocha colored head.

S- Roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, light vanilla, some grassy hops.

T- Upfront is bitter acidic coffee with some dry bitter hops, then comes powdery dark chocolate with a touch of dark fruits.

M- Creamy and moderately carbonated.

O- Excellent hoppy stout if thats what you're into.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep black body. Large light brown head. Good staying power. Healthy sheets of khaki lacing left on the glass.

S: Mild, mellow sweet malts. Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.

T: Ramped up version of the nose. Sweet and decadent (but not syrupy). Vanilla is certainly present, but I also get a lot of chocolate and coffee.

M: Smooth and creamy. A bit thin in the finish however.

O: Overall a nice imperial stout. Some flaws, but an enjoyable beverage nonetheless as the flavor carries the day.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark black with a small beige head.

S: Strong Chocolate, Vanilla, A hint of coffee

T: Chocolate, Vanilla, A hint of coffee

M: Slight carbonation, a little bitter with a nice vanilla aftertaste

This beer took be by surprise. I had never heard of it before but decided to try it at Rattle N Hum. Just smelling it before tasting I could tell this was going to be a good beer. The when I tasted it I was very happy that I tried it. Probably one of the best new beers that I've tried in a while. I wish this beer was more available because I would like to have it again and maybe age a bottle of it.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, near black with cap of dense creamy tan head, moderate retention and some lacing. Scent is a bold blend of vanilla, bitter baking chocolate, charred grain, coffee grounds with touches of earthy hops and a little dark fruit. Vanilla hits the tounge first, big and bold as expected. This isnt like a subtle tasting vanilla bean aged or "randalized" beer, nor does it taste like late secondary added extract, nails it perfectly. Quite sugary sweet before dark and bitter roast hits with baking chocolate and spent coffee grounds comming through. Again the end finds soft touches of earthy hops and some notes of dark fruit. Full bodied, smoth and creamy. An 8oz pour was nearly enough as the vanilla was so bold it began to overpower, not cloying though. A nice introduction to this newer brewery.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is thanks to Jeppe for not only brewing it but bringing it to our tasting...Pours light black, brown on the edges, with a light tan head that has good retention but light lacing...The aroma is awesome as it totally nails vanilla, just enough to get what the notes but not so much to overwhelm other flavors which are chocolate and coffee...The taste is equally impressive in terms of the vanilla which is subtle and throughout the whole taste. Nice bitter chocolate notes balance this vanilla. Really easy to drink and supremely enjoyable.

A great stout worth tracking down.

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