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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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Photo of Norsk
2.32/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The name says it all. Both smells and tastes like you poured a carbonated beer into a cigar ashtray, then added a couple band aids for an antiseptic flavor(new ones, not used...if that matters to you), then poured into a glass. There are some slight coffee notes if you search for them, but it's pretty tough getting past the "smokey" ashtray taste. I am certain there are more complex palates than mine that can appreciate this one, but alas, it is lost on me.

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Photo of corby112
2.32/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pitch black and opaque with a two finger, frothy beige head that has really good retention, slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.  

Intense aroma with lots of smoke, butane and a very strong phenol/bandaid character.  Strong smokiness in the nose with lots of ash, lighter fluid and charcoal.  There's nothing else here to balance out the prominent bandaid/phenols which are really unpleasant.  Almost all of the other dark malt notes are completely overshadowed.

Full bodied with a slightly creamy texture and a very intense burnt/smoke flavor.  Really overwhelming with strong acrid unpleasantness.  Everything tastes like burning!   Charred toast, burnt malt, charcoal burnt wood and ashtray.   Really strong but the phenol presence isn't as bad as expected.  It's there but not as offensive as it is in the aroma.  Still, this beer is very harsh and a chore to choke down.  I'm a huge fan of smoked beers but I didn't like this beer at all.  

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Photo of mconner666
2.72/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a dimpled mug. Apparently smoked porters aren't really my thing, I love Stone, but I didn't like their smoked porter with vanilla bean, and it is highly rated. With this the pour, color, and mouth feel were fine, but I got smoked fish, and band aid in the nose, and the flavor came off like burnt band aid. I have liked almost all Evil Twin brews I have had, but this was a major disappointment, at least for me. Again, it is probably just not my style, but I think it would of went well with BBQ'ed pork as a pairing.

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is black and there is a thin tan head that only showed up after an aggressive pour.

The aroma is full of char and smoke, hinting at salt and olives.

The taste is full of charred wood, with a bitter char finish. This is very smokey, with the stout elements taking a back seat. The after taste seems a bit salty. I'm not sure I love the balance here, but it could fill a niche.

The mouthfeel is oily, and the carbonation mellow. The body is pretty big. This one drinks slowly.

This was okay, I'll have to try another, less polarizing style from Evil Twin. I could imagine smoked beer fans loving this.

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Photo of kfargo
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A -- This is a pretty good looking beer. Very dark brown to black, with brown head. I didn't get much of a head, but I don't really mind that.

S -- I was surprised at how smoky this was. I was expecting coffee, chocolate, vanilla, etc., normally found in an RIS, but got tons of smoke that kind of overpowered all that. Is it possible that this beer is miscategorized as an RIS?

T -- Really intense and complex. Kind of reminded me of Expedition Stout, with some strong dark fruit flavors. But there was a dominant flavor that I found very, very off-putting. I would describe it as kind of a sour flavor, but not in the sour beer way (which I actually like). Unfortunately, I cannot describe it better than that. I just found it very unpleasant, and could not get beyond it. Perhaps it was the smoke?

M -- This beer has pretty solid mouthfeel. Rich and creamy. Unexpectedly so, as a matter of fact. To me, this was the best part of the experience.

Overall -- I bought two of these, and probably won't buy any more. I will throw the second one in the cellar for a year and see if the flavor changes for the better.

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2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle to snifter. $9.00 for the single. Sampled 10/14/11 with a best before date of 2015.

A: Pours with a small 1/2 finger head made of compact foam, medium dark brown in color and quick to disappear. The body is as dark as brown gets before reaching black. Spotty lacing.

S: As the name would suggest, the nose is completely owned by smoke, roast and otherwise burnt aromas. Very honest and unabashed....but definitely over the top. Chocolate manages to make a brief appearance, as does light pine, a little leather, earth and finally some ambient dark fruit aromas.

T: Flavors include smoke, charcoal, tar and, well, ashtray. Subtle notes of briny meat and soy. Mildly port-like on the finish.

M: Like a malted milkshake, this beer is super thick and very creamy. The body is as full as full can be. The silky smooth texture is enhanced by the gentle carbonation which keeps the beer rolling nonchalantly over the tongue. Wow. What a mouthfeel.

O: Several Evil Twin beers deep now, I'm starting to feel that these guys are talented brewers but are extreme for the sake of being extreme. After a couple of expensive purchases - and not being too thrilled with any of them - it's going to take a GREAT experience with an inexpensive draft pour to get me back as a consumer.

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Photo of drpimento
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wah. Poured this at a good temperature with a massive, tan, foamy, frothy, fluffy, creamy head that settles after a bit and some lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is smoke, malt, molasses, a little red wine. Flavor is the disappointment - a little sour, I believe it's turned, and hard to get around it. Otherwise it's like nose, plenty of bitter and the sweet is offset by the sour. Body is good, I think, but again the sour leave high points that I don't think would normally be there. Finish is like flavor and I cant drink anymore.

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Photo of deapokid
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on 9/9/2011. Reviewed from notes.

Visually, this smokey stout has a latte brown foam, jet black body and moderate carbonation. The head is initially huge, but calms over time, leaving a light, off-white lacing. Look is rich and sweet, but not as commanding or impenetrable as you'd expect.

Scent profile features sweet cream, nuts, smoke, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, coffee and a hint of alcohol. It's surprisingly light, despite the bevy of aromas on display.

Flavor wise, this is a big head scratcher. The smoke is right there up front, which is nicely pronounced and reminiscent of backyard, charcoal-grilled flavors. Unfortunately, the delicious opening is stopped dead in its tracks by a strange, powdery, condensed milk flavor. Imagine not stirring a hot chocolate well enough when mixing in the powder and you're getting the picture. There's also a mild, cigar-smoke dryness on the back end and fleeting hints of vanilla, but I simply can't get beyond that odd, artificial tasting sweetness.

The mouth is quite dry front to back with a tingle in conclusion. The concluding flavors are a bit too big to allow anything else to make an impact.

This was a bit of a disappointment. I think the idea was exciting; combining heavy, woody smoke with the sweet moments of a milk stout. Sadly, the execution doesn't match the brilliance of the idea.

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Photo of mlockman
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

More than just smokey, actually tastes and smells like an ashtray...the dark malts are there, and tasty, but the ashtray flavor and aroma just really weren't my thing

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black, half finger mocha head, decent lacing, carbonation bbbles along the bottom of the snifter.

S - Dark candi syrup, smoked malts, meat, light hop undertone.

T - Dark candi syrup, smoked malts, meat, semi sweet chocolate syrup.

M - Syrupy, light-medium body, low carbonation.

O - Eh...This was boring at best, totally opposite of the delicious and complex Biscotti Break from Evil Twin.

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Photo of antique
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a thick, beautiful half-inch cocoa brown head that dissolves slowly. Leaves behind many lines of lacing.

Smell is powerful: cocoa, some malts, dark fruits, and a good hit of smoke that pokes through too (not as much as one might expect given the name however).

The taste is kind of powerful at first--heavy chocolates, lots of malts, and a strange, near-immediate fruity tartness that almost threatens to overpower these other flavors. A hint of bitters hits afterward before all of this slowly disappears, making way for that smokey flavor the beer promises. Like with the smell, the smokiness isn't a huge factor, but it's definitely there. Given the title of the beer (ashtray heart), the smoke flavor is surprisingly mild, and I'm not sure how well it works for the beer overall.

It's a very sweet imperial stout, and isn't big on bitter flavors, instead vying for the smokiness and dark fruit backdrop, which is fine, but for me kind of wears thin about halfway through. It's lightly carbonated and feels a bit syrupy in the mouth, but it finishes with a nice warmth that lasts for a while, and lingers with a distinctive licorice aftertaste.

Overall it's a slightly adventurous brew that I'm ultimately glad I tried, but I don't think I'd be anxious to pick it up again any time soon. Just a bit too sweet and unbalanced for my tastes.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Deep dark pour, though the consistency appears a little thin. Massive brown head, but not particularly smoothe.

Smells like smokey burnt malts and metal.

Unsurprisingly there's a fair amount of ashy smoke to the front. After that we get into some molasses and alcohol. Not much nuance, and doesn't feel well put together. Way overcarbonated. Finish wants to be ashy bitter, but comes across more like leftover alcohol. Honestly kind of reminds me of a homebrew I did a while back that I messed up on and didn't come out right. In general Evil Twin seems to be money when it comes to the big and dark, but this one feels like a miss.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Local Option.

A - Pours black, tan head, thin collar, no lace or retention.

S - Nice level of smoke, roast, some caramel, malts, chocolate.

T - Smoke, roast, oak, dark fruits, vinous notes.

M - Medium, a little too light, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - I would actually liked more smoke on this one, but not all that bad. The vinous notes detract from the beer, IMO. Not a bad RIS, but nothing great.

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Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Little head that settles quickly to no bubbles. No lace naturally. Deep dark brown color where only a bit of light passes.

A bit antiseptic, like a band-aide. There's some smoke as well as mild coffee.

Despite the nasty sounding name, this is more a mocha styled porter than a smoked beer. This is a very dry beer with the smokiness sucking any sweetness away from the tongue. Long lasting aftertaste of dark, Baker's chocolate and bittering hop. Good body and carbonation.

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Photo of PennFBarts
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a chalice, a dark copper laced head that receded quickly into the dark body. Smokey on the nose but a more hearty coffee flavor on this stout defined porter. More smokey on smell but less substantial than most stouts. Acidic at first taste, yet seemingly low carbonation affected the final texture. A decent beer, but below Evil Twin name.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gotta love the name.

Pours an inky place, with a brown head, four fingers. Smoke and char on the nose, some cocoa powder, slightly fruity. Smoke and char on the taste as well, fruity still, with some astringency. Definitely takes it down a notch. Nearly full bodied, but not as thick as it looks, medium carbonations.

Eh, a little let down. It's got it's good parts, but its nothing special as far as smoke beers go.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ashtray heart has a jet black body and a solid slab of brown head. The lacing is great. After drinking most of this, I would have to say that the body is actually a very dark brown color, because I spilled a good bit of the glass on my white shirt.

The aroma has lots of chocolate to it, some fruit, some roasted malt, but not really much smoke.

Once again, chocolate seems to be the most prominent part of this beer, followed by some roasted malt. Dark fruits and a hint of anise surface next. The finish does has a puff of smoke in it, but not nearly what I expected from it. The finish has a good amount of warmth, but nothing that is overpowering or unpleasant.

Very thick body, with a nice, full mouthfeel.

Based on the price, it's pretty tough for me to recommend this one. It is a solid big stout with a light to moderate amount of smoke. I do love the name though.

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Photo of gford217
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle.

Pours a deep chocolate brown, really close to black actually. The head is huge, fluffy and tan, leaving a small thin cap and spotty lacing.

Aroma is smoked malts and roasted coffee beans with some dark chocolate thrown in. Smells like a campfire with s'mores close by.

Dry, roasty taste up front with some lactose sweetness. It's got a weird tartness mixed with what tastes like fresh hops. Some vanilla and leather as well.

Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy with strong carbonation.

The aroma is excellent but the taste doesn't quite come together for me. Interesting beer but not my favorite.

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Photo of puck1225
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown from a bottle into a pint glass, thin brown head with light lacing. Very subdued smell,but slightly smoky. Taste is earthy and smoky with a bit of chocolate. It is not bad.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a narrow ale glass: color is black, head is tan, presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to thin top and ring with some lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly roasted malts, touch of chocolate, then some espresso and grinds, lighter smoke comes in feintly. Nice smelling but not too smoky.

Taste is clean, solid roast, espresso, feint smoke but not distinctive.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, a bit crisp but not overcarbonated and not cloying or taxing on the tongue.

Overall, solid and nice tasting beer but the smoke character is light.

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Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/13/14

Pours a very effervescent mahogany with two fingers of mocha colored head. Stays effervescent throughout, average lacing & below average head retention

S: Dark fruit & faint smokeyness

T: Smokeyness, a little bit of figs up front & a little roastyness. Smokeyness, a little carob & some jammyness & baker's chocolate as this warms. Finishes with more chocolate, smokeyness & dryness & a little vanilla

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, thins out a touch as this warms, warming

Drinks easy for the ABV & style, not bad, but would rather have some Alaskan Smoked Porter any day of the week

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Photo of beergoot
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle label identifies the beer as being a 'smoked porter' beneath its name yet also calls this an 'awfully irresistible smoked stout' on the label's side notes. Okay...it's a smoked dark ale...

Jet-black body with a respectable, light brown head. Light hint of fireplace ashes and mild chocolate notes in the aroma. Bitter chocolate and some alcohol warmth flavors combined with a fair amount of hop bitterness; some residual malt sweetness floating around, too. Medium bodied and somewhat coarse and rough on the tongue.

Not bad for a high ABV dark ale but the smoke aspect is MIA in the flavor and barely perceptible in the smell.

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Photo of mystikyle71
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a heavy and black with a slightly tan head.

S: I have had Yin and enjoy smoked beers, but this beer's nose seemed less than exciting. It wasn't bad by any means, just not mind blowing.

T: My thought on the smell followed suit here on the taste. It is a solid beer, but non-phenomenal. I again thought back to Yin and wished I had picked up two those instead.

M: Creamy, rich but not too rich.

O: This is a good beer. If you like smoked stouts you will likely dig this one, but might not opt for it again.

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Photo of beerfishkitedog
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Meadhall in Cambridge few weeks ago, served in a snifter. Interesting stout-meets-smoke beer combination. Good taste but probably couldn't have more than one in a sitting. Fairly light mouthfeel for a stout. Slightly oily. Ashtray is a good comparison. Needs food pairings like cheese or meat, neither of which I had when I drank it.

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Photo of J30wang
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jet-Black like gasoline. If you like the Laphroaig whiskey, like smoked ham and cured meats, this is the beer for you. Mildly bitter, and sharp alcoholic flavors. Slight coffee and tastes like burnt ends of baby back ribs. This one is very new for me--I've never had a smoked porter before. Don't look for anything milky like the left-hand milk stouts (or the kentucky bourbon) this one is a lot more sassier. Great if you enjoy good amounts of peatiness in a beer. I'm not there yet, so I could take/leave.

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