Evil Twin Ashtray Heart | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
486
Reviews:
108
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.58%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
94
For Trade:
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Ratings: 486 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Torst. Big smoke, ash smell. But its great as I like the style. Ashtray, in the best way. Peaty, however that's in the secondary perhaps muted over time aged in a bottle. In that way, stands out from classic smoked beers.Lacy with a bit of head. Middling mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger tan head with nice lacing on a jet black body.

S: espresso, roasted malt, smoke, some peat, campfire

T: very smokey but so good. Mesquite and campfire notes, capturing all of the smokiness you can handle which I can see how it may be overpowering but a vanilla and chocolate sweetness to the finish provides some balance.

M: medium to full body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall:really smokey but doesn't linger. Well balanced for me. A must try if you like this style.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottled 2/7/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, smoke, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke, char, and slight soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a dominant smoke quality over all other aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rattle 'n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high creamy dark beige head that died down and left lacing down the sides of the glass and a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of cigar smoke and car seat leather in the nose.
T: The taste is quite complex and has flavors of roasted malts and smoked cigars with notes of chocolate. It is very much reminiscent of what’s left over in an ashtray.
M: It feels medium-bodied, very smooth and somewhat creamy on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The flavors melt in your mouth in the finish.
O: The beer has some interesting flavors but isn’t one that is easy to drink with the flavors of cigar smoke.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps a bit of reverse psychology at work as the beer sells low but delivers high. Convinced that the smoke character would render the beer harsh, unpleasant and too intense, what's delivered is a bold and roasty stout with complementary smoke character.

But like any stout would, the beer pours an opaque black and is just shy of viscous visual texture. A creamy sand-stained froth pulls from its dark body and builds on top the beer with a rich lather. Its depth of retention and lace continues to appease the eye even with its last sip.

Unlike most stout, the aromas lead with deep campfire, mesquite and a nearly overwhelming sense of burnt embers. Accompanying aromas buffer the strong smokiness with dark roast coffee, burnt toast and scorched molasses. Even a dark chocolate, currant, pepper and sherry note slivers through, heading into the fist sip.

Bracing for that first intimidating sip, something remarkable happens- the beer isn't nearly as smoky as the nose suggests. Other burnt flavors however rise first- molasses, espresso and bitter chocolates greet the early palate, just ahead of a smoky and slightly fruit middle. Peps of grape, berry and licorice slide underneath the cloud of smoke that offers up a tobacco-laden finish. Spices from char round into a coffee-type bitterness equipped with a notion of burnt pine.

Its high roast and wafting smoke character exacerbates any sense of dryness and pushes into arid, ashy and powdery texture- largely due to roast-derived astringency and its charred tannin. But that all is balanced beautifully by a creamy and almost marshmallowy texture. The taste closes with spicy warmth and an acidic winy tone.

The beer's malty body and sweetness supports the bold smoke character well, however I would prefer to see heavier texture, more sweetness and a deeper level of complexity, even if it comes at the risk of ten-plus percent in alcohol- oh darn!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. I highly doubt that the 'placebo effect' alluded to on the label has anything to do with the legally mandated ABV value detailed in close proximity.

This beer pours a solid, colour sucking black void, with sliver-thin, glowing basal mahogany highlights, and a spillage-tempting rising tower of billowing, loosely foamy tan head, which leaves a few wayward specks and one rising blurry sea monster of painted lace around the glass as it eventually recedes.

It smells of roasted, mildly meaty caramel malt, soft bittersweet cocoa notes, somewhat zingy black fruit, ashy tobacco leaf, and some growing whiffs of medicinal alcohol. The taste is more charred caramel/toffee malt, fleshy smoke that has passed at least somewhere near a seaside fishery, chalky dry chocolate, stale black licorice, singed citrus rind and forest floor leaves, and a warming, subtly prickly booziness.

The bubbles are relatively spent after their initial petulant outburst, the body a robust medium weight, and a bit too tacky and edgy to wave the smoothness attribute banner all that fervently. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa malt sweetness still having its hands quite full with the lingering smoke and soused fruitiness.

A generally well-rendered RIS, not too sweet or boozy, but instead, of course, smoky. The effect isn't overpowering, but it does cast a spell over the proceedings - all constituent components seem to be touched by it. If you like that idea, then have at 'er. And to re-address the marketing schtick from the bottle label - placebo is just a so-so 90's indie band, man.

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Photo of oline73
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Poured in to a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a finger of thick tan head. There is a good amount of retention and nice lacing. Very good looking beer.

Smell: Very roasty with some mild herbal notes. Hints of port and a malty sweetness.

Taste: Exactly what I would expect from the name. Roast and smoke bitterness crushed the tongue. Mildly sweet dark fruit notes with a bitter, burnt finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with smooth, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is what I expected and not bad at all. I don't think I could have done much more than a small pour due to the intensity.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/5/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, roasted malt, wood smoke, toast, dark bread, light char, leather, herbal, and roast/smoke earthiness. Nice aromas with solid complexity and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, coffee, wood smoke, leather, herbal, and roast/smoke earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, coffee, molasses, wood smoke, herbal, and roast/smoke earthiness on the finish for a while. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/smoked malt flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice smoked imperial stout. Good complexity and balance of dark/roasted/smoked malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. Flavors did not feel as bold as I was expecting for a 9% stout, but is a nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of nickfl
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles rapidly but leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Coffee and lots of peat with notes of cigar smoke and caramel.

T - Smoky chocolate up front with hazelnuts and peat. Smoky caramel in the middle with a finish of peanuts, spicy chocolate, and lingering peat smoke.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Really smoky, but oddly drinkable. The peat is intense, but not unpleasant or bandaid like as it is in so many other beers.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +4.4%

3/17/14
Big thick creamy dark head fades slowly, great lacing, pretty much pitch black. 4.25

Big smoke campfire, smoldering log, dark roasty malts, acrid roast, candy toffee sweetness. 4

Taste sweet candy, smooth toffee caramel candy, with tons of smoke, campfire smoldering long, little roasty and black malt, chewy fudgey, mild bitterness, light feeling though. Finish bitter dark cocoa, dust, fair smoke that doesn't longer long, mild char. 4

Mouth is med bod, little thin feeling but booze hidden well, lighter but decent carb. 3.5

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/19/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern, in North Attleboro, MA served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted and smoked malts, chocolate, licorice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild smokiness followed by flavors of licorice, chocolate and dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good smoked beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and hints of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to an inch thick medium sized cap in the center of the beer with a very thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of cigar and cigarette smoke with hints of leather and burnt malts.

T: Upfront there is a strong flavor or burnt malts, roasted malts, and smoke (cigar and cigarette). There are lighter notes of leather and dark chocolate. This beer is truly reminiscent of an ashtray.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: There is a lot of complexity to the flavor and aroma of this beer with some really interesting aspects but it is not an easy beer to drink. The name is very appropriate as I think this beer really reminds me of an ashtray (and as a non-smoker it is slightly off-putting)>

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Evil Twin Ashtray Heart from Evil Twin Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 486 ratings.
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