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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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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107
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475
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
28.72%
 
 
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Photo of beergoot
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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 AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH signature glass. Bottled on 01/03/14.

A: A finger of dark head tops a darker, viscous beer.

S: Smoky, meaty, and roasty. Hint of creamy sweetness. Heavy and pleasant.

T/M: Mm! It's good, but not great. A little thinner than anticipated, with robust roasted malt provided flavor but not texture. Smoked dryness may be the culprit. Lingering and pleasant finish. Only lightly bitter.

O: I enjoyed this and would definitely have again. Sacrilege, but maybe...on nitro?

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Photo of PennFBarts
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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 MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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 hopsputin
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: oil-dark black with some murky brown and red notes running up the sides and bottom of the glass. large 3-4 tan rocky head. its a real nice looking head

s: toasted malts and milk chocolate with a real nice meaty smoke aroma pushing them out the glass. hint of caramel and dates in here as well. finishes chocolaty and smoky - and a nice balance between the two

t: each of the first few sips i'm picking up something different. at first its toasted malts, then some meaty campfire smoke, then its sweet caramel and dates followed by a hint of bitterness from toasted malts. the more i drink, the more i realize the sweetness of this, of course then balanced by the smoke

m: its a medium mouthfeel, with not much carbonation. its a little lighter than i expected, but that helps with the drinkibility of the smokiness

o: a pretty good beer. it has nice sweet and smoky flavors. my criticism would be i'd like to see a little more of the toasted malts come to play to help cut the sweetness and meat-like flavors. but not a bad beer at all. if you like smoked beers, this should be a try for you. nothing overpowering, and the smoke isn't too in your face to enjoy. its 8.9%, but the mouthfeel and flavor hide any alcohol flavors - making this dangerous

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark tan head that falls to a eighth-inch layer with leggy lacing that slides back down to the head. Color is what it should be. Aroma is sweet smoky bbq sauce, coffee, dark chocolate and roasted nuts. Flavor is predominantly roasted barley and smoked malt with some malty sweetness, chocolate and nuts in the finish. Mouthfeel is dense and slightly sugary, the way I like it. Carbonation is low, which is expected. Overall a fine imperial stout with a little something extra.

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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 russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Durge
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A licorice black colored brew with a fair dark tan head and modest bits of lacing. The aroma is pretty big , with chewy licorice smoked malt and veggie evergreen hop. There is an "ashy" idea here but it comes off very nice. The flavor brings out a tart prune malt shrouded in cigar ash and leathery tobacco. There's a little bit of whole grain flavor deep down but it's hard to overcome the primary smoky theme. This is medium plus bodied porter with a fairly chewy but smooth feel with quiet carbonation. As porters go this is a big flavored brew and I can see it being a controversial one. Either really like it or really dislike it. It's easily a good one for me.

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Photo of lochef81
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was very excited to try this offering as I love smoked beers especially Evil Twins The Cowboy. This stout pours very near black color with a small tan head and a small but nice lacing. The aroma is very appealing with lots of coffee and chocolate offset with a subtle smokiness and sweet vanilla. The flavor is unfortunately not as inviting. It is very one note with an avalanche of smoke and coffee. No depth at all. This is a good beer to try if you haven't had anything like it before but otherwise seek out something like Founders Smoked Porter for a much better take on this style.

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Photo of oldmankoch
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with thin toffee head. Smell is subtle...mostly dark cocoa, coffee, bready malt, and faint smoke.

Taste is pretty one noted with not much development. Cocoa Coffee centered with the smoke/ash hitting the edges of my palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall another interesting brew from Evil Twin but lacks the intensity of his other works such as Lil B or Imp Biscotti. Worth a try if available simply to keep your beer palate intrigued but not one to seek out.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head which looks to have good retention. The head is a very dark beige which almost has hints of purple while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. A few spots of lacing are left.

Nose- No smoke at all. Not a bad aroma but it seems to be a bad sign. Chocolate with some cocoa. Some roasted malt notes that do start to lead into slight ash. It is pretty faint and it easily gets lost in the minor, bitter coffee notes. Swirling does give it a bit more definition and shows some wood, a minor bit of smoke (more than just ash).

Taste- Starts off with a twinge of fruitiness that seems to recall raisins but quickly moves into bittersweet coffee that blends with roasted malts and coffee bitterness on the finish. Ashiness (not really smoke) hangs around the edges for most of the flavor profile. Some cherry to the fruit front as well and these cherry notes extend even to the finish and are borderline cloying but the ash and bitterness prevent it from becoming like cough syrup. An above average to good beer but certainly not in the same league as many of the other porters that Evil Twin makes. Definitely lacks complexity and the presence would benefit from the promised smoke. No flaws but becomes boring pretty quickly. Oh well. Slight jam on the linger- makes me think of generic berries. As in a kid's cereal. Still, pretty enjoyable. Above average to good but closer to good. The subtle fruitiness on the linger nudges it upward.

Mouthfeel- Close to medium bodied but a bit thin for a porter. Slight syrup to the texture and the mild carbonation helps a mouthfeel which could be considered sparse.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing but does lack the kind of complexity that keeps the palate interesting. A little over 4 bucks a bottle is okay but I would much rather put that money toward a Lil' B instead.

Overall- Above average to good beer, closer to good. A bit of a disappointment from Evil Twin but I guess they can't all be really good. For fans of smoked beers, don't expect too much- it's a solid porter with hints of smoke but not much else. Worth a try but get some of Evil Twin's other stuff if you're undecided

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Photo of ksimons
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-pours an inky black with a dark tan head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-the smell is very nice, roasted malt with chocolate, molasses, and light bitter coffee

T-taste is similar to the smell, dark roasted malt with dark and milk chocolate, light molasses, light coffee, and a bit of smoke in the finish

M-mouthfeel is a little on the thinner side, moderate carbonation, smokey finish

Overall another interesting beer put out by Evil Twin, not my favorite, but worth a try if you like smoked beers

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Photo of corby112
2.32/5  rDev -39.4%
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 Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured two fingers of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is amazing. Alder campfire smoke and roasted malt.
The taste carries the smoke too with some moderate bitterness and roasted malt. The flavors are bold but they don't flow smoothly.
The texture is crisp and fizzy with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable beer, too bad the great aroma didn't carry over to the taste.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
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 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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Photo of EgadBananas
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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 wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 26/5/13

A not quite jet black, deep edge, enough clarity to see plenty of bubbles and it was a struggle to get this one in the glass, massive loose light brown foam has great retention but doesn't stick to the glass

S smoke, cola, milk chocolate, licorice, and some dark fruit, tobacco ash but I wouldn't say ciggys but pipe tobacco perhaps, some burnt bacon perhaps and topsoil

T more of the same really, chocolates focused towards coco powder and I'm getting some over-ripe plum, pretty solid example of the style

M medium bodied and somewhat light for the color, a little foamy and some swirls of the glass are needed to take out some of the bubbles, long lingering finish of char, coco, and bruised plum

O a few extra bubbles would be my only real complaint and its pretty minor, would go well with some BBQ but all I got is stir-fry

no mention of the nearly 9% at any point, the booze is entirely hidden, good example of the style but cost a little more then I'd want to spend on a second bottle

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

12 oz bottle split and poured into mini pilsner glasses. Best before 2015.

A: Pours a deep brownish black with a large puffy khaki-tan head. LIght gets through about a 1/4 inch. A spot or two of lacing. Head remains as a covering on the top throughout the experience.

S: Smokey rauchbier campfire aroma. Reminds me a bit of a bandaid. Almost like a smoked meat too.

T: Almost like a blend of a dopplebock, stout and rauchbier. A dark fruitiness comes through, roasted malt and of course a heavy smoked flavor. Lingering smokey aftertaste. Bit of a milkstout aspect as well. Just a touch of metallic flavor.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Has a bit of velvety mouthfeel to it. A touch on the sticky side. Isn't too hot considering the abv.

Overall an interesting variant to the RIS style. The smokiness is well done and adds some complexity. Would be great with some smoked meats.

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Photo of mynie
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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 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 ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Very deep brown on the pour with auburn and ruby hues. A massive four fingers of pillowy brown head swiftly rises atop the beer and does not budge and inch. A thick collar of lacing is left in the wake of the head as the beer is consumed.

S: Milk chocolate, brown molasses, charcoal. Juicy berry esters are hidden tightly. A blanket of bacon and campfire loosely covers it all.

T: Milk chocolate, bittersweet dark chocolate, woody and nutty tastes and a tight juicy berry ester are perceptible for only a moment. Then the smoked malts absolutely bulldoze everything. Extreme char, highly ashy, intense smoke. Soot, campfire, jerky and bacon. The smoked malt onslaught subsides just enough to let bitter black coffee and bitter dark chocolate poke through on the finish and ride it out with a lingering ashy sensation.

M: The body sits on the heftier side of the spectrum, though it isn't too weighty. Full, creamy, and well-rounded. Modest level of prickling carbonation. Good.

O: It grew on me a little toward the end, but this is one hardcore smoked beer. Absolutely not for the faint of heart. It is aptly named; it gets so smoky that it really does call to mind a full ash tray. Evil Twin went a little overboard with this one. You'll really need to love smoked beers to justify the $10 single bottle price tag and the ensuing, borderline masochistic palate stomp.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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 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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Evil Twin Ashtray Heart from Evil Twin Brewing
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