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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rfgetz on 04-22-2011

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a very dark, blackish-brown coloring with a thin ring of brown film around the surface. Poured like oil. Aromas of bittersweet baker's chocolate, earthy notes, molasses, roast coffee, and a subtle herbal highlight. Very interesting nose, and very rich and heavy. Flavors are roast coffee forward, with an extremely heavy bitterness rising to the surface shortly after the beer passes over the tongue. Roast notes persist throughout, and there are highlights of cocoa nib and rich molasses here and there, but the bitterness is dominant. Slight charred wood notes in there to add depth to the bitterness, also. The body is smooth and robust, with a very direct transport of the heavy palate. A burnt, bitter aftertaste leads into a lingering, slow, drawn out finish that slightly coats the mouth and taste buds. Very strong brew, but very damn tasty.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Thick black body, light mocha head. Great lace, nice retention.

S - Light roast, malted milk balls, toast. Touch of molasses.

T - Nice roast character. Molasses, burnt toast, touch of cream, leather, dry cocoa nibs, soft booze.

M - Medium-full frame. Nice creaminess, but a shade light.

O - Not bad. Drinks a little like a milk stout. Could use a little more body.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a goblet at Liberty St. Tavern. I was looking forward to this beer, but disappointed. Now generally speaking, this was a fine beer, but the standards are high in this crowded style. This beer simply lacked the depth of flavor the great stouts hold.

The main notes I pull out are maple syrup and deep roasted grains, almost like burnt chocolate. It tastes good, but for a beer so big, it falls flat. I kept searching for flavor, and pulled some citrus hops out of the aftertaste, but I really couldn't find enough.

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Photo of Tone
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, slight liquor, roasted malt, hint of hops, slight bready yeast, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, liquor, slight hops, hint of wood, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of bready yeast. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, great body, and great blend.

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Photo of liamt07
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods Bowery, NYC. 12oz into a snifter, best before 2015.

Pours almost pitch black, with a brown head. Big bubbles and a thing collar remains. Nose holds some sharp alcohol initially, some brown sugar sweetness with a significant ash/charcoal character to it. Taste has more of the brown sugar balanced well with the charcoal/burnt notes, all under a veil of the alcohol, which prevails in the finish. Good mouthfeel but was just too alcoholic fresh. Wish I had another to sit on and let settle.

Aside: Put aside an oz of each the Yin and the Yang for the 'black and tan' suggested on the bottle. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradomus flute glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black with a one finger fine medium tan head with good retention, but not much lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a hint of oak. Taste is very roasty with some pleasant burnt components, dark malt, lighter dark fruit and chocolate flavors. Finishes with a slight hop kick and more roasted and burnt flavors. The burnt components are novel and work well with this stout. Medium bodied, bodering on creamy. Somewhat less well integrated than other imperial stouts, but nicely made and a pleasant flavor progression ending in the unusual smoky finish. I like this.

Also had the great pleasure of trying a Yin-Yang with combination of a half bottle each of Yin and Yang for an Evil Twin black and tan. I liked each of the individual components. The dark stout of Yin overwhelms the lighter Yang, producing a dark brown, nearly black pour with a bit more light red-orange around the edges than the straight Yin. Half finger fine medium tan head, again like the Yin, a bit less full. Aroma started out dominated by the dark roasty elements of Yin, but eventually the hops and citrus elements of Yang became dominant. Interesting, like matter and anti-matter, the two beers seem to mute the dominant flavors of the other. A mild roasty flavor and moderate creaminess from the Yin, but a definite citrus and herbal hop component and finish from the Yang. The finish is somewhat abrupt, and does not have the nice smoky flavors from Yin. Surprisingly well balanced and integrated. A very interesting blend.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Kraftworks in Philly.

Evil Twin Yin goes in the glass looking black like a stout, even up to light not able to see through the blackness. A small amount of dark brown bubbles becomes nothing, leaving nothing.

Smell is very inviting with a dry roasty appeal mixed in with some dank chocolate and coffee/espresso tones. A whiff of vanilla and that about does it.

Taste is similar to nose in that it is not explosive. This baby is balanced and not extreme without losing it's RIZZ characteristics. Bakers chocolate with dry roasted malt backed with vanilla and espresso taste. i keep getting imperial Irish dry Stout in my mind.

Feel is smooth and not scorching hot from the 10%. It's a bit warm but not hot by any means, a small dab of alcohol on the tounge. Body is a nice healthy above medium with mild carb.

A nice IMPY stout from Evil Twin. Mixed this in with the Yang and i really did not see the point. I could do a bottle of this on a cold day.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark oily blackish brown with a khaki colored head. Aroma of chocolate malt and black coffee. In the flavor, very dark and toasty, nice coffee, molasses and charcoal notes. Mild earthy hops with a solid bitterness. Full bodied, smooth and creamy. Overall, a very nice stout.

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Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, roasted malts. Taste is rich coffee, hints of chocolate, a touch of alcohol, some bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: utterly black with a finger of creamy dark-tan foam atop. Not much more you can ask of a beer.

Smell: rich and roasty, but not acrid, with a good sweetness underneath. Coffee and chocolate come through, along with a nice dark-fruitiness. I'm a fan.

Taste: much like the aroma, in that it is super roasty without being astringent or acrid. Specific coffee and chocolate notes are a little toned down from the aroma, but there's still that subtle element of dark fruit complexity that I like. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: big body with a decent carbonation and a good creaminess. Appropriate for a stout of this nature; I quite like it.

Overall: this is a pretty satisfying Imperial stout. I could see myself drinking more of this.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very similar to the soft dookie, except I get more dark fruit, dark chocolate and less vanilla in this beer. On tap at Max's today.

Otherwise, 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 dark chocolate. The licorice dominates on the nose. On the palate, the coffee and licorice dominate dominate again, although there's some noticeable bitterness in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied, with a long, coffee and licorice filled finish. Aloohol is definitely noticeable, but this beer is not at all heavy or hot on the palate.

Another very nice RIS from the guys at evil twin....

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quite nice Imperial Stout, on the dryer side with an especially nice dose of licorice to it. Pours black with a relatively thin tan head that settles to a thin ring, and no lacing. Smells predominantly of licorice- the unsweetened Swedish kind, there is also a bit of ash, and a touch of soy. Smells very dry. The taste is somewhat similar, but a bit sweeter, with chocolate notes and a touch of vanilla being predominant and the licorice taking a back seat. A bit grainy in the mouth, but with a long finish with the cocoa notes particularly lingering on. A solid Imperial Stout.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Sweet malt nose and flavor is sweet burnt wood, some burnt bitterness at finish. Decent Imp stout. High ABV is hidden. Could have waited until 2015 for this but its very good now. $7.70 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served alongside the Yang, and with the two combined.

Pours a gorgeously thick and very heavy deep brown, not quite black in hue. Head is voluptuously frothy and dark mocha in colour initially, although this settles to a hazy mesh on the top of the glass and a rout of large bubbles. Minimal lacing. Body is thick and heavy. Looks pretty great.

Nose is huge with roasted characters, and an almost peppery spiciness. Booze is noticeable, as is the hint of wood, which I love in a good imperial stout. It's darker, crispier and more robust and sharp than some imperial stouts. To be honest, I'm a sucker for the sweet, languid richness of the other kind, but this is also great, and it certainly has its place.

Again, the taste really gives it a sharp and very pronounced roasted bitterness, where often you find vanilla sweetness and a caress of oak and coconut in an American Impy stout. Here, there's a smokiness, a devilish darkness, and a biting and lingering, almost ashy finish. It's a profound and confronting stout, but it's hard not to respect it.

It's a really good imperial stout, if not one in the vein I particularly enjoy. But even so, if it were better, I would be crying in joy. This is still an excellent beer as it stands.

In totally different ways, and for totally different reasons, I actually ended up giving the Yin and the Yang exactly the same scores. I guess they do exist in perfect balance.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured a black body with minimal head and lace and has an aroma that is mostly roasted malts and hints of sweet malts like chocolate and bread as well.
The beer is heavy bodied, not the smoothest but not rough, a real roasted/toasted malt presence but not overbearing as there is a little bit of sweetness as well.
A rather simplistic hearty stout but well done and I could drink one of these all the time.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/23/13

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is sweet roasted malts, cocoa, and molasses. The taste like the aroma has a high level of sweetness with a roasty bittersweet finish. Overall, a solid stout from Evil Twin.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle,
5/7/13 bottling date. into a snifter.

Pours a pitch black with a good inch thick beige head. smell was not much as the beer was cold, but as the beer warmed the chocolate and malts really came through in the aroma. The taste was very chocolately and malty with some burnt cocoa. very tasty for an imp stout. good drinkability, full bodied with medium carbonation.

overall just a real good and tasty imperial stout. very recommended.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 14/9/12

A black with some dark cola at the edge, two fingers of brown foam fizzes out quickly and leaves zero lace

S lots of molasses and some chocolate fudge, some licorice and cold coffee and a slight booze sting on deep whiffs,

T booze is better concealed and the flavors a little richer, some mild smoke and charred wood and the hops are still noticeable, some chocolate covered raisins but not overly sweet

M silky and just enough carbonation too give it some life but it could use a little more but its not flat, has some weight too it but not that thick considering the color

O its good but not great, quite easy too drink for the strength but although a solid beer its missing something to put it into the upper class of big ass stouts

I liked it but I didn't love it, perhaps I had high expectations for this brewer but I still have a few to get blown away by. Perhaps some age would help its cause but a few more bubbles would help its cause too

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 3 month old 12 oz. bottle.
A: the 2” quickly dissipating head is deep tan, the body is pitch black.
S: roast, coffee
T: exceptionally creamy, a range of malt flavors from caramelly vanilla to roast coffee. The roast especially comes forward in the aftertaste. There is some dried fruit but the main thing here is the malt action.
F: the body is medium full, the carbonation is very fine and soft suggestive of Guinness style nitro carbonation.
O: The creamy texture of this beer is outstanding.

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Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy one inch caramel head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving spotty lacing. A half inch cap lingers indefinitely.

Notes of coffee and roast malt are evident at arm's length. Citrus hops become noticeable upon further investigation. Grapefruit and tangerine, along with dank cannabis complement the roast, slightly charred notes. Chocolate becomes more prevalent as it warms.

Flavor reveals a huge citrus underpinning, with a roast malt backbone, finishing with coffee ground and hop bitterness. Grapefruit, lemon, and sour orange hit the tongue initially, eventually giving way to burnt breadcrust, coffee, and nutty notes. Pine surfaces in the aftertaste, along with dark chocolate.

Body is fairly thick and smooth, with low carbonation, a touch of astringency, and moderate alcohol warmth.

One of the hoppier stouts I've tried. The interaction between roast malt and citrus is intriguing. But I think malt flavor is a bit lacking in complexity and substance.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, best before 2015 (as stated on the label). Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch light brown head that didn't stick around for too long. There is a good amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some dark fruit and licorice. There's also a nice roasted/ashy bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good enough stout. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes roasty/charred tasting beers. I do have a bit of this and the Yang IPA mixed together that I plan on drinking next. Hopefully they will be good together!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single for $3.59 which was quite a deal since these beers usually run 5-6 bucks. Into a goblet.

A - Quite possibly the darkest stout I have had for a while! Even the head is such a deep shade of brown and I am even more impressed with the carbonation giving me well over an inch of foam that never quits.
S - Musty roasts, leather, and black strap molasses highlight which is usually bad but it smells so... balanced. Hopefully it has sweeter malts or this may have been a bad purchase.
T - Well I am hit with the smells which are mild but bite the palate in the finish. Leather and molasses with touches of star anise are everything I hate in big stouts but this is truly done so well I am baffled. Very aggressive bitter finish though makes this a sipper and maybe some dark chocolates. It's very complex.
M - Very syrup like its is a deep complex stout so it is heavy in body.

Overall this is a great example of a stout with heavy flavors. Worth trying.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says best before 2015.

A- Pours a 100% opaque black with a 3/4 inch head that does its best to retain before eventually residing at an 1/8 inch ring around the glass's edge. A thin sheet of surface foam and sporadic lacing are present.

S- Dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Also plenty of hop aroma.

T- Smoky, roasty, sweet and barbeque flavors without any one taste overshadowing the other. That, along with a substantial hop bitterness, provide a harmony that's expected from a beer that's intended to represent Yin/Yang duality.

M- Thick yet delicate. Medium carbonation.

O- Much like its counterpart, Yin creates a balanced yet impressionable experience for the drinker. One is just as good as the other.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

S: A big smell of chocolate and coffee with a bit of malt thrown in.

T: Tasted predominantly of chocolate and coffee, with hints of malt and (I thought) a little licorice thrown in. A solid and well done flavor.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is a surprisingly easy to drink stout with a lot of character and a good, forward flavor.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, coffee, and another aroma I can’t quite put my finger on; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a weird flavor, like mushrooms.

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