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Evil Twin Soft Dookie | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Soft DookieEvil Twin Soft Dookie

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by baggio on 11-25-2010

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

A bit too watery for an imperial stout. Just some faint vanilla aroma. Good balance between malt sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness. Overall a good beer but I expected a bit more.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark cola colour. Whispy beige head, nice lookin' but meek. Spots of lace. OK.

Smells sweet, caramelly, with notes of coffee, loads of vanilla, touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate. Warm, comforting, like an overweight Geisha.

Taste is a lot more burnt and bitter. Stronger espresso notes with some edge of cinnamon, some sweeter vanilla notes and cocoa nibs. Yeah, a bit disappointingly bitter, after that sweet, comforting hug of an aroma. Like finding out your overweight Geisha's just a porcupine in a fat suit.

Decent body, bit dry. Bit of booze. Comme ci, comme ca.

A little strong, and has very nice sweet notes, but does lean too heavily on the bitterness.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Ruby black, quite thin and lightly carbonated - small, dark tan head that reduces quickly to lacing

S: Chocolate and vanilla, semi-sweet. Some prickly alcohol.

T: Burst of vanilla though not overpowering, some chocolate and woody notes, and quite a bit of alcohol heat towards the finish. Also kind of earthy.

M: Not thick, but still pretty creamy. Low carbonation works just fine with the flavours.

O: A solid RIS base with a boost by way of not-overpowering vanilla flavour. Personally, I could have actually went for a slight bit more sweetness though I hesitate to say that, as I wouldn't want it to become dessert-sweet.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne by Sam, who I shared it with, along with Rich.

Pours a deep, fluid brown-black with a loose-bubbled head of pale brown that only really settle as coagulation, not as a truly retentive crest. Body is surprisingly light, I'd say disappointingly so, although the carbonation is very pleasantly fine.

Nose is very pleasant: big chocolate notes with a hint of cherry, vanilla biscuits and a toasty undertone. Slight booziness, a touch of caramel. There's lots here, but it's all based on similar characters. If it had even just a little contrast it would be magnificent.

Pleasant, full sweetness on the palate, but without much in the way of body or feel. Clean clinging bitterness on the back: again slight suggestions of cherry or kirsch and a roasty bitterness giving slight tannins and a medicinal finish.

Feel is definitely pretty thin, although the sweetness in the flavour masks this somewhat.

Overall, this is good: definitely an entry in the sweeter end of imperial stouts. I did enjoy it, but because of the slightly medicinal finish and the slight lack of body, it didn't really go the distance.

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Photo of thinkinflicka
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soild black with a lovely tan head.

Smells is sweet malts,chocolate and vanilla come though real stong.

Tastes is sweet,lots of richcholate and vallia tastes like a fine dessert, got even more chocolate as it warmed up little to know hops
verry sweet but not annoyingly so.

Very drinkable the sweetness hides the booze well, i loved every sip of this, it just kept geting better.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large tan head.
Aroma literally smells like chocolate cookies. Milk chocolate, vanilla, light roasted malt and cocoa.
More vanilla as a flavour along with cocoa, roasted malt and a fair whack of residual sweetness. Gets a little cloying later.
Could use higher carbonation.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A somewhat underplayed, yet enticing, aroma of malt, chocolate, and a sugary quality.

T: Tasted of chocolate (a surprisingly large amount), a little roasted malt, light hops, caramel, the sugary quality, and a burnt element in the finish. A focused, sweet, and balanced flavor. Well done.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a creamy body and a slightly harsh (from the burnt element) finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: An incredibly sturdy, well made, and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Valleyview06
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A – Dark. Thinner than expected when pouring. White head in the center which darkens toward the glass. Inch of lacing follows down my Bruery tulip after every sip that stretches the height of the glass as I finish. Beautiful.

S – Not too much going on from a nose perspective. No “wow” factor. Standard stuff as you would expect – vanilla, marshmallow fluff…

T – Chocolate, vanilla, caramel – very sweet. I love sweet stouts so this is right up my alley. Nice and sugary sweetness on the lips. Great balance of flavors that don’t dissipate. The mark of a solid brew. No alcohol present by any means. Hints of burnt caramel on the tongue.

M – Thicker than the pour which I was very happy about. I was worried about the mouth feel when I watched the pour, but it didn’t disappoint. I would say mouth feel is a little lighter than Founder Imperial Stout. Could be a little thicker, but I am being picky.

O – This brew is exactly what I wanted – A very solid vanilla stout and it better have been for the price I paid. Evil Twin is not cheap. I was very let down by Yin and Yang and didn’t try another Evil Twin until Lil B last year which sparked my interest in Evil Twin again. I love Lil B and was very pleased that they offered 12oz bottles this year because it kicks your ass. Back to Soft DK - Overpriced, 100%. Glad I tried but will not revisit, split a bottle with a friend and save some $$$. Drank the 500ml bottle in an hour and feel fine. It was good but looking forward to trying my Even More Jesus tomorrow.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big opaque black body with a generous tan head and decent retention. Nice lace.

Nose is chock full of cocoa and malt.

Rich, with a slightly powdery(?) cocoa character. Not as sweet as people are saying, and I bought this several months ago. Bitterness is from malt here, not hops. Kind of dark chocolate bitter.

Nice and thick feel, no complaints. Neither syrupy nor fizzy.

Good, but I don't understand the hype or price.

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Photo of dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a small tan head. Some lacing.

Great aroma. Sweet, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Really big but in a good way.

Massively sweet with so much chocolate flavour it isn't funny. Great vanilla notes too. Really smooth and very easy to drink.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

An awesome beer in my view. The sweet, chocoalte, vanilla flavour is fantastic and really works well here.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Birch.

A - Pitch black. Nice head.

S - Subtle smells, slight pepper, coffee.

T - Vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Very smooth.

M - Pretty creamy taste. Medium bodied, maybe slightly less.

O - A solid beer from Evil Twin. I found it very easy to drink. Different from a lot of beers in this style, due to its mildness. but there's no denying the enjoyability of it.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – A dark black color with a very thick chocolate foamy head that never completely disappears. Leaves a thin white lacing on the glass.

Smell – Malt, vanilla, chocolate cake, and anise. Smells a bit weak for a 10.4%abv beer, but get's better as it warms.

Taste – Chocolate, malt, a hint of vanilla, with a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel – Slightly creamy. Goes down easy for 10.4 abv. Leaves a somewhat bitter chocolate aftertaste.

Drinkability – An easy drinking stout.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin bare skim on the surface, wispy and broken with a tan ring around the edges if the glass. Minimal lacing, brown when poured, black in the glass.

Big vanilla aroma, some supporting chocolate and coffee notes also, light sweetness present. Taste is similar, dominant vanilla with chocolate not far behind. Very light bodied considering the abv. Sort of a slippery feel, with a light aftertaste of ashy roastiness. Overall it's pretty good though I'm not sure it's worth the premium price. Seems kind of like Breakfast Stout minus the coffee with a dose of vanilla bean instead.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a thin finger of frothy chocolate head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Roasted dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, coffee, vanilla, booze.

T - Roasted chocolate malts, dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, earthy malts, vanilla, espresso, some bitterness, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate-mild carbonation. Smooth and a bit thick, with a sweet, roasted, and warming finish.

D - Bold and complex, but well balanced.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead Tulip

A - Dark, chocolate brown. Small mocha colored head sits on top.

S - Light milk chocolate, roasted coffee, sugar, and a light milkiness

T - Dark chocolate that gives it a slight bitter note up front. Roasted coffee, light smoke and charcoal, black cherry. Espresso in the finish that leaves a strong bitter finish

MF - Light body, a bit watery which is surprising given the high alcohol. Light astringent on the finish with the espresso

O - Decent stout that has a lot of flavors but they don't seem to blend together perfectly. I wish the body was a bit thicker as I think it make the flavors pop a bit more. The espresso on the finish is nice but a bit strong so make sure you like coffee before you pick this one up.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Evil Twin 'Soft DK' @ 10.0% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $11 (ouch)
A-pour is dark brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a medium tan head that quickly dissapates leaving a spotty lace ring along the the pint
S-hints of chocolate and vanilla , roasted coffee ,
T-a sweet caramel start , roasted chocolate malt in the middle and a bitter boozy coffee/espresso finish
MF-medium carbonation , medium/full bodied , an easy drinking imp stout with a boozy finish
Ov-I didn't get the smell or taste that "Soft DK" is famous for , but it's a good beer just a little rough around the edge's
prost LampertLand

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle from Minks (Marietta, GA). 11.99. No bottle info but I've had it since last August. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black with a three quarter finger tan head. Small occassional pods of lace.

Smells of sweet vanilla and milk chocolate.

Tastes of bitter roasty chocolate malts, coffee, a little vanilla, some cherry and some booze. Still some good stuff but not like a year ago.

Medium full creamy smooth feel with light carbonation. Long bitter cocoa aftertaste.

This is still roasty and tasty but it's a shadow of it's former self. The glorious vanilla sweetness has faded, leaving all bitter cocoa. My first official cellaring dud but I can't blame it on the beer. Fresh, this was outstanding. Aged, it's still better than average. I hope Jeppe still has the recipe & decides to brew it again soon.

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

A - Poured black with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Roast, vanilla and a fairly prominent spice presence that smells almost like cinnamon.

T - Roast, sweet vanilla and a lot of spice, as the nose indicated. As was the case with the aroma, I can't pin point the spice flavour: could be cinnamon or nutmeg? There is also a spiciness coming through, which reminds me of cinnamon or maybe some chillis. Some chocolate and sweet molasses in the finish.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - Couldn't figure out all of the ingredients on this one from the label as they were written in Danish. Seems like there was a spice of some kind added that I just couldn't pinpoint.

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

500ml bottle poured into tulip 23/9/12

A quite black just a little cola at the edge, large loose mocha head has a few minuets of retention ending up as a island of film with lots of unorganized lace

S bakers chocolate, vanilla, molasses, faint licorice, booze and very faint citrus with some peanut brittle but easy on the peanuts

T sweet chocolate syrup and some faint smoke on top of what I smell, taste pretty good with some hops that have yet to fade mixed with some rich dark roast

M medium for the color with a little heat and its almost foamy from the bubbles, lingering aftertaste of burnt coffee

O a well made stout that's pretty solid in all areas with only a little heat and a few extra bubbles to complain about

I can't remember how much I paid for this but the price would determine if I bought it again, not a must drink but well worth drinking

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

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Healthy fine medium brown head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma or sweet toasted and caramel malt, vanilla, chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Flavor follows with toasted and sweet malt, chocolate, vanilla and a bit of coffee and light hops on the finish. The flavor is not intense, but very nicely balanced and integrated. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A very nice imperial stout. Several other reviewers have noted that the current labeled ABV is 10%, which matches my bottle.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet. There is a small layer of tan bubbles. There isn't a head because this is filled to the top of the glass.

The aroma is full of chocolate with a hint of mocha.

Tha flavor is filled with vanilla and chocolate. This is just sweet enough, but a bitter chocolate finish balances it out.

This is full bodied with mellow carbonation. I really like this. Maybe I will spring for a bottle sometime.

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

Nose is dark roasted coffee, roast malts, some dark chocolate and just a hint of vanilla. Taste is spectacular. Evil Twin's stouts have consistently satisfied me. My least favorite has been their Yin Imperial Stout and it was a good one. There is vanilla right out front with heavy, roasted notes and some coffee coming up in the back. There's a slight strand of chocolate running through but the vanilla and roasted malts are strongest. The coffee flavors sticks around on the tongue afterwards paired with some hints of vanilla. It says "Best by 2015" on the bottle so I may put one away to try in a year or so. God I love Evil Twin.

EDIT: After reading some other reviews I can also pick up a bit of smokiness like Stone's Smoked Porter. Its really mellow though, and it comes across as roasted malts. There is definitely a smokiness there though, especially in the aftertaste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 10% ABV. A shame how the real name of this offering had to obfuscated, in order to bamboozle/satisfy the North American moral authorities. Sigh.

This beer pours a solid, veritable black, with only the meekest of basal cola edges, and three average fingers of tight, foamy, puffy, and silken beige head, which sinks away nice and slowly, revealing a broad array of hanging bonsai tree band lace in its wake.

It smells of roasted, caramelized malt, a bit of toffee/treacle, some oozy, molasses-esque brown sugar notes, smoked flesh - of land and sea - dark chocolate and boozy real vanilla, a mild coffee bean earthiness, and straining leafy, dusty hops. The taste is lightly toasted, but still big and brash caramel malt, emboldened semi-sweet chocolate, soused vanilla wafers, a more moderated, kind of indeterminate sour smoky character, still sweet, sticky, baked brown sugar, simmering dark roast coffee, an underlying, well damped alcohol warmth, and soft earthy, musty hops.

The bubbles are quite sedate, and more of a behind the scenes operator, the body a sturdy medium weight, fairly creamy, and generally smooth, the alcohol tugging away a bit too strongly - I had such higher initial hopes for this part. Anyways, it finishes definitely sweet, the caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and gate-crashing booze all indulgently complicit.

An agreeable enough big-ass Imperial Stout, with a few rough edges, that I'm sure will get evened out as the remainder of this bottle is drained. Lots going on, and well put together, overall. Oh, and other interpretations of the "Soft DK" label moniker shall start swirling through my simian brain soon, I'm afraid.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into an imperial pint glass. Best before 2015.

Appearance: This beer poured a small mocha color head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is pitch black with signs of bubbles at the top edges of the glass. MMM, stouts rock.

Smell: sweet molasses, bready malts, mocha, roasted coffee, vanilla, and some bozziness too.

Taste: very tasty. Picking up some smoke in there too with some bitterness in the end also. A little booze too given the 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, medum carbonation, a little dry, boozy, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty solid AD/IS by Evil Twin. Happy to have scored this treat when I was at Gordon's in Waltham. Another steal from their markdown rack. If people only knew this awesome beer they walked by and not purchased. Hopefully they have more left.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fortunate enough to see this on tap at 775 Gastropub - bottles of this stuff gets really damn pricey. The opaque black body gives off an aroma of heavily roasted malts with a touch of coffee. There is a nice milk chocolate aspect to the taste, but it feels medium-bodied where I'd like it to be a bit more full. Just a minor complaint, though. It's a pretty good beer!

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Evil Twin Soft Dookie from Evil Twin Brewing
4.01 out of 5 based on 704 ratings.
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