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%
 
 
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21
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of sk8man121
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
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 ArdentPolymath
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tridge85
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik1121
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of dcmchew
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
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 +15.7%
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 dpgoblejr
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AndrewCalebRay
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
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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4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.28.14 @ The Trappist. Oakland,CA.

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Photo of dcotom
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
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 +13.3%
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 FriedSlug
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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 +12.8%
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 Sanchorizo
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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 dougbreathe
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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