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Evil Twin Ashtray HeartEvil Twin Ashtray Heart

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Molen, the Netherlands..

Added by SilentSabre on 07-28-2011

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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 480
Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.82/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is rich and appetizing with mesquite-like smokiness and intense molasses and bread crust. The body is black and opaque with a creamy, dark tan head. The flavor is also very smoky at first with rich roasted malt and bread crust-like malt flavor. There is also some apple-like fruitiness and a bit of alcohol. The smokiness quickly fades as the flavor becomes predominantly fruity and malty. It is very full bodied, smooth, and creamy with just a little carbonation and bite that keeps the texture from becoming viscous.

Very rich and intense with a savory aroma and a delicious, complex flavor. The texture as well is well balanced and satisfying.

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Photo of pat61
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking a one month old 12 oz. bottle in a craft beer stout glass.
A: Pours brilliant ebony under a thick, finely bubbled, 1” light tan head that grips the side of the glass leaving ledges of lace marking each drink.
S: Roast, dark unsweetened chocolate and smoke.
T: Mild roast, grain, and dark chocolate at the beginning with caramel in the middle finishing with bitter chocolate, citrus rind hop bitterness, grain, smoke and a hint of bacon.
F: The texture is super creamy, silky smooth and full The carbonation is very fine and soft and uniform
O: Great flavors but the rich texture really makes this beer a delight to drink.

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Photo of ttroha
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Bottle from Hop City. Pours dark black with tan head. Aroma of light smoke, chocolate, spices, and coffee. Flavor of chocolate, molasses, and smoke, with a strong booze aftertaste. Heavy bodied. It’s like drinking a boozy camp fire. Very good.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Only two reviews so far? Just stumbled upon this sole bottle tonight; glad I did.

11.2 oz bottle poured into snifter. Best by 2015.

A: Pours an opaque dark-brown with faint mahogany highlights. Pours very flat (little to no head), although a nice frothy cap emerges when roused.

S: Campfire, dairy, oak, espresso and semi-sweet chocolate. Enticing.

T: More of the same, with a very nice bitter chocolate center. Finishes with a bit of vanilla and sweet, subtle smoke.

M: Thick, viscous and chewy; one of the creamiest mouthfeels I've ever encountered. Mouth coated in smoky chocolate. Yes.

O: I was a bit pensive when I cracked this, having recently had a few slightly negative rauchbier experiences. Ashtray Heart is a pleasant surprise, though; creamy as can be and much more subtly smoked than any of the more well-known German rauchbiers. The smoke works very well with the strong stout notes, resulting in yet another win for Evil Twin.

Complex, creamy and incredibly well put-together.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weirdly, a huge (more than three fingers) tan head forms up, popping away slowly, leaving a small creamy cappuccino cap and a few traces on the side of the glass. Black in colour.
Smells awesome: bacon, chocolate and clear oranges, quite a weird combo, but works great. Smoke, dark malts, faint coffee bean, green hops.
Quite a complex taste, maybe a bit too much really. Roasted malts, almost burnt, citrus juice and a big phenolic feel in the front. There's also some dark fruit, dark cooking chocolate, cream, cinnamon and faint vanilla, fainter licorice, followed by more and more roasted notes, getting to ash, charcoal, burnt wood, touch of peat and with a small smokey hint right at the finish. American hops stand tall in this one, almost close to a Black IPA, closing the beer with a nice leafy bitterness, alongside the obvious burnt dark bread crust and quite a bit of warm alcohol.
Medium body, creamy, smooth (if not for a bit of surplus fizz).
Really enjoyed this one, forgiving with the smokiness, but generous with the hops and the nice roasty chocolate. Might seem a bit rough, but nothing too hard to stomach.

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Photo of rypkr
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oh fuuu yes. It's so rare I come across a smoked beer or rauchbier with actually enough smoke for my liking, but this one does not disappoint. I will definitely revisit this and do a full review in the future.

The only thing I'm not loving is I swear the nose is reminiscent of green olives.

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Photo of AndrewCalebRay
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Carmel colored head when poured into q glass, great smokey coffee taste with a smooth mouth feel and smokey kick at the back of the throat. Not as good as their soft DK, but right under it in my list. Great smokey porter!

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4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served into an Oversized glass.Enjoyed on nov´11.
Dark mahogany in color.Beige thick layer froth.Good retention. Nice rings & spots. Roasted malt & slightly smoky aromas to the nose.Gentle bitterness,hints of coffee & resins.Dark fruits & molasses in the middle.Full body,soft carbonation.Kind warming ABV.Easy drinkability & complex mouthfeel.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle, best before 2015. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that stays around for a bit. There's also a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like smoked malt, chocolate, band-aids, peat, burnt/charred malt, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some dark fruit and an earthy flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and has a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a very good brew. Although it's pricey at $8.99 a bottle, I'd buy this one again. Definitely worth a try if you like smoked stouts.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a little surprised by the lukewarm reviews on this one. It is a little pricey for a 12oz bottle, but it is a very pleasing take on a Russian Imperial Stout.

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, the stout was a murky blackish-brown with a slight layer of mocha foam. The smoke is very apparent in the aroma as it radiates the essence of smoked bacon. In the initial taste, one gets sweet bacon, smoke, glazed ham, and sweet black malt. If you are bored with the average stout, this stout sure packs a great deal of excitement. Toward the finish, one detects elements of vanilla toward the back of the tongue. If the sweetness on this stout went a little higher, this would be near perfect. In the aftertaste, a woody vanilla finish yields to a warming sensation. A nice smooth stout that leaves some of the sting of tobacco in your mouth, Ashtray Heart would make a great cold weather beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black, touch of brown, finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, smoke, vanilla, molasses, some dark fruits, tobacco, earthy hops, booze.

T - Roasted dark chocolate malts, smoke, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, tobacco, some earthy hops, black licorice, and booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch syrupy with a warming, sweet, and smokey finish.

D - Nice smoked stout. Good overall balance with good body and mouthfeel.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a really decadent smoked beer here, called a porter but definitely an imperial, maybe even a stout. thought it was normal abv when opened and was shocked to read the bottle at nearly 9%. one of the better evil twin brews going, a definitely the best smoked dark beer i can remember of late. chalky finished dark brown beer, silky smooth and alluring, enticing, and all dolled up with a full inch of rich dark mocha head. the nose is a mixture of sweet and bakers chocolates with a ton of smoke on it, not the lighter cherrywood type, but proper heavy german rauch stuff, fireside smelling and balanced well with lots of special dark malts. rich caramel middle in the taste is the real surprise, never expected such a robust desserty vibe to this, i dont know why i underestimated it, but i did. love the intense chocolate without the sweetness, and the way the smoke makes everything pop without crowding out the clever malt bill in any way at all. full bodied almost syrupy texture, but i find myself drinking it too quickly. its just so smooth and flavorful and im curious for more than the one bottle i have. strong but well hidden alcohol, it drinks like dessert honestly. what makes it special is the grain, one of the best smoke beers ive had, and one i need to snag more of. really worth trying.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a healthy three finger medium brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate and peat. Flavor starts with a healthy dose of campfire smoke, developing dark toasted malt, coffee, nuts and peat. Finishes with great lingering smoke, dark toasted malt and light vanilla. Medium, creamy body. This is definitely the most complex smoke flavor I've experienced in smoked beer and although I am not a cigar smoker, the flavor does suggest the rich leathery smoke from cigars. The ashtray moniker is appropriate, but the stout gives more of a suggestion of the smoke before the stogie gets to the ashtray. Well done and very enjoyable. Evil Twin pulls off another beer that pushes the envelope and triumphs.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich aroma is strongly smoky with undertones of coffee and molasses and a hint of caramel. It pours a deep, opaque sable with a very thick, fine-bubbled and rather persistent tan head. Smoky flavor has notes of molasses, burnt wood, fine roast coffee and licorice. Full-bodied texture is smooth and just a little fizzy. Not the best Imperial Stout I have ever had, but definitely a worthy one.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured pretty much completely black even when held up to the light. Mocha head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thickish covering... some light sticky lines of lacing around the glass...

Aroma - Strong meat smoked roasted malts, dark chocolate notes, dark sweet coffee, nice treacle / burnt sugar sweetness, leathery, toasted nuts, faint liquorice, some pepperiness...

Taste - Roasted chocolate malts to the fore mixed with some nice meaty smoke, some creamy / milky coffee traces, woody, treacle and brown sugar sweetness, some grassy / peppery traces, some oatiness, liquorice, light sweet nutty notes...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy... medium/full bodied... very drinkable considering the 8.9% alcohol...

Overall - A very good smoked porter - sweet, smokey and roasty. I really enjoyed this... recommended

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Photo of snoopy5023
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

While the picture shows it as a smoked stout, my bottle, bottled on 03/07/2014 states a smoked porter. Smokey slap to the face. Hints of dark chocolate, black pepper, and strong black coffee. Smells just like an ashtray as stated in the name with hints of a bitter cocoa. Good though, never knew something smelling of an ashtray could taste so good.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

When you pour this beer, it's very Dark and Black with an impressive Off White head which seems to carry on forever! In fact, pouring this one normally I couldn't fit it in my Duvel Tulip. It dissipates slowly leaving a little bit of lacing which eventually disappears completely. It's got great retention and eventually fades to a ring around the glass whilst you're enjoying this. On the nose, tonnes of peat smoke aromas, a little bit of Rye, Chocolate, Caramel and Toffee with a touch of Alcohol. I love Smoked Beers, so this made we want to put it straight down the hatch! On the palate, lots of Smoke to begin with, Rich Dark Chocolate, Toffee, Burnt Sugar and a little bit of a Citrusy finish. What an amazing, complex flavour. The Carbonation is pretty high for the style, but it was to be expected with this style and actually brings out the complexity in this brew. It's smooth and finishes Medium Dry. What a beer for Spring weather, although it's seriously smokey the other flavours in there are ridiculously balanced.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong smoke, roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, smoke, alcohol, hint of hop, hint of chocolate, and yeast. Overall, a great RIS, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity. The hops are very minimal which allows many other characteristics to shine. Particularly, the smoke, yeast, and sweet malt. The earthiness of this brew is amazing. Best taste of an ashtray I've ever had ;)

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Photo of schoolboy
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am most definitely an Eviltwin fan. I had some a while back and now recently I've had a few huge winners. That's what this is. A huge winner.

First off, the current labeling as a smoked porter is what I would call this, and as such, it works. Its the expected oil can black with a beautiful head and lace. The aroma is smoked, roast malts. The taste is a rich creamy roastyheavily smoked flavor. Like the best Rauch bier. I've had smoked porters before, but this one is American style-over the top. I'm going to seek out more evil twins. Theyhave been spectacular.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice. Bottled on date of 02/05/14.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A roasty and sweet dark malt forward aroma with good hints of chocolate and smoke. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, smoke, burnt toast, biscuit, dough, tobacco, leather, caramel, toffee, and yeast. Sweet scent of burnt molasses and brown sugar. Hints of anise licorice spice and slight pepper as well. Dark fruit hints of raisin, cherry, and prune. Hops are very light. A very good roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with big notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Dark roasted barley malts with a big taste of dark chocolate, coffee beans, and smoke as well as notes of biscuit, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, tobacco, leather, dough, and yeast. Sweet taste of burnt molasses and brown sugar. Slight anise and pepper spicing. Dark fruit undertones of cherry, raisin, and prune. Subtle earthy hops. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and fairly drying on the finish. Alcohol is masked well.

Overall: A very good imperial smoked porter/stout. Good roasty malt flavors with a nice kick of smoke.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours pitch black with a one finger coffee with cream colored head. Retention is solid and there are a few spots of lacing. Smell is smokiness, roasted malt and coffee. Taste is the same. Feel is medium and slick. Overall a very enjoyable beer. Not on the same level as the Evil Twin stouts, but still very good.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very sharp smell of chocolate, malt, and smoke.

T: Tasted predominantly of dark chocolate, with hints of malt and some vanilla. The smoke was definitely there, but mainly in the finish. A different flavor than what I expected, but still good. Not as boozy as some RISs.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a very silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied - not as big and chewy as most stouts.

O: An interesting, drinkable, and oddly likable beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the Lava Lounge in Waterloo, Iowa. Thought it was like a combination between a medium-strength stout and a dark IPA. It was enjoyable but hard to place. Here's my notes:

Very smooth. Nice brown head atop near opaque black. Smells not at all ashen: nodes of molasses and dark roasted barley with a firm back end of dry hops. Tastes the same as it smells, nice balance.

Okay, that's the end of the notes. I didn't pick up any of the smokey or vinous nodes that people pick up once they've been informed this is supposed to be a Russian Imperial. Power of suggestion, maybe? As it stood, it wasn't really a stellar example of its purported style, but it's still a damn fine beer.

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Photo of stephens101
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like dessert, but hopefully doesn't taste like an ashtray. I'm betting it doesn't.

A mountain of dark tan head crowns this black brew.

You can almost taste the milk chocolate, pervasive smoked wood and peat in the nose. Absolutely delicious...wait, I haven't even taken a sip yet. And don't let me forget the plum and and black cherry notes.

Taste is complex with bold notes of burnt wood, overripened dark fruits, some grain husk, milk chocolate, licorice and herbal hops.

Medium with a lighter body, comparatively speaking of course. The alcohol pricks at the very end, but only slightly.

What a uniquely flavorful way to kick off stout season.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Part of my smoke-fiend find in Chi-Town last week. Got some. It pours a straight onyx topped by over a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises molasses, red wine, light maple syrup, roasted malts, smoked hickory, and a touch of chocolate syrup. Oh yeah, baby. The taste starts off with plenty of roasted malts, molasses, and dark chocolate, then moves into a woody, slightly vinous smoke, which melds with the molasses and red wine as it lingers in the finish. The wine is a bit much for me, as it detracts from the more straight-forward smoke. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice smoked stout, one that stands apart from its ilk due to the hickory and wine characters. Good times.

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