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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
475
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
28.72%
 
 
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19
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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend at work---Thanks Justin!

Pours a muddy brownish black with a nice light tan head of foam that settles to a light ring with a thin pool and excellent lacing. Nose of medium charred malts of chocolate, light anise, and a medium strong amount of campfire smoke. Flavors surpass the nose with rich deeply roasted chocolate malts on all sides, subtle vanilla and light notes of licorice spread from the middle to the rear of the taste with a good dose of smoke that is rounding and within the limits of civility compared to many within the style. Warming alcohol presents itself on the back with low carbonation and a slick coating mouth feel that is rich and full. Another solid brew from a fantastic brewer.

This one begs for a fine cigar and a warm fireplace.

Cheers

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, black body with a voluminous, three finger, khaki coloured head that remains in place for quite a long time. Looks terrific!

Smell is smoke, dark, loamy earth, spent coffee grounds and semi-sweet baker's chocolate.

Flavour is smoke, a surprising woodiness, mildly sweet suggestion of toffee, and finishes with a slight earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly weighted given the style, but not quite what I was expecting given the abv.

A well crafted stout with well hidden alcohol, not the type of smoke I was expecting to see, however. Overall, still a great offering from Evil Twin.

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Photo of Zraly
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Birch in Norfolk, Va. Beautifully presented in a goblet; deep black with a crema-style head.

Nose of smoke and earth. Rich, dark chocolate notes with cigar smoke lingering in the background. Hints of cafe au lait and espresso are present. A touch of fresh earth and leather underlie the coffee/espresso notes. Finish is smooth, creamy, and silky. Alcohol is present but does not dominate.

Very tightly constructed and a pleasure to consume. This is prime material for a dessert beer and/or to accompany a good cigar.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice smoked RIS, pretty hefty and with a long lingering range.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Simple design with a brown background , cream typography with a large V presiding it. Side paragraph notes main characteristic, intent, and best before date 2015. Shows Alc. by Vol (8.9%) Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, rich creamy head, moderate retention and surface memory with spotty lacing.

S - Nose is a a bit soft it pleasing with a good roasted sense, dash of coffee, and a hint of smokiness.

T - Flavor opens up the brew for the brew with a good roasted malt sense early on, coffee, touch of chocolate, a hint of fruit, and an emerging smoky sense that grown wrapping nicely the ale as it closes.

M - Medium-full body and medium-low carbonation, bitter range that holds the brew with a smooth finish.

O - Very nice flow as an overall experience. Not the smoked bomb it presents itself to be but rather rich, pleasing and complex.

Notes: All hype aside this is quite a good brew. We´ll see about the other offerings… Given that it rides somewhat on Mikkeller´s rep it has a tough road ahead to make a significant dent once the new distribution launch settles. The overblown pricing, despite the solid quality, will hinder the choice. It is good but not that price bracket good.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: first thing I'm noticing is great head retention and thick lacing. The head is dark brown, cream-n-coffee colored, and is about two fingers thick.
S: the roast malts have the certain aroma like they were roasted over a fire, the smoke is apparent. Very light coffee and chocolate hidden behind the smoke and sweet malt.
T: the smoke is first noticed, followed by roast malt sweetness and a bit of burnt toast like carbon in the smoky flavor.
M: coating, and lingers around for awhile.
O: I like this, its different for sure but don't think I will seek this out again, that's not saying I don't like evil twin.

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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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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 Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottleneck says 345:14, so almost a year old.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch medium brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Big smoke presence in the aroma with some slightly sweet vanilla/chocolate notes accompanying.

T- Has more of that honey barbecue smokey character rather than that burnt, ashy quality. A bit of booze plus some char and roast. There's a tad bit of sweetness but the smoke and roasted malt reign supreme on this one. Chocolaty aftertaste.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Would really like to see what a 2 or 3 years would do to this beer since it's still pretty smoky and bold in flavor after less than a year of age on it.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out pitch black with a giant tan head. The head seems to last forever and leaves pretty decent lace behind.

Daaammmmnnn. A very nice smoked hickory (?) BBQ scent with some roasted malts following.

Heavy smoke, chocolate and booze lead the taste. Surprised by the booze because it ain't that heavy to begin with (8.9%). Not that it tastes bad. I get some caramel sweetness around the middle, sticky finish.

Worth a try for sure. A super solid, tasty, smoked DIPS.

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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 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 thagr81us
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Unibroue La Fin du Monde tulip. Poured pitch black with a minimal light tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, charred malt, smoke, and subtle dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, smoke, dark chocolate, and charred malt. It had a heavy feel on the palate with very low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. If I am completely honest, I never would have guessed that this one was a RIS by smelling it or tasting it alone. Now that I know it is, some of the flavors I got make a little sense (dark fruit). While this was pretty good it was just a little too bitter for my liking with the charred malt flavor I got. Worth trying if you get the chance for sure despite this fact.

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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 CrazyDavros
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a dark tan head.
Nose shows some meaty smoked malt alongside smooth roast and cocoa.
Pretty similar flavours, a mix of smoke, roast and sweet bready malt.
Very enjoyable.

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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 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 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 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 DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up for around 3 bucks single at Vintage Estate.
A - Very deep dark black stout with just a 1/4 inch of head deep mocha in color that dissipates rather quickly.
S - More roasty that smokey to tell you the truth. Some licorice and coffee roasts all around
T - Smoke is pretty nice mixes well with the roasted malts and leave you with a slight hoppy bitterness in the finish. Anise is also there but mixed in which I can take in small doses.
M - Quite smooth drinkable stout with a medium to heavy body

Overall I am glad I picked this up and remember someone calling this a "licking of ashtray" beer and avoided but it's pretty good. Still not as good as "Even more Jesus" but still a nice stout.

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Photo of GrumD
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoking! Almost pitch black with a tan head that stays quite firm down the glass. The aroma is smoky with dark roast and a hint of vanilla. The mouthfeel is full bodied with some smoke on the tongue and full blooded malt on to the fore. Hoppy finish shows it is more of a stout than a porter, but it is still very tasty.

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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 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 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 shanblur
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased on a recent trip to St. Louis. Best by 2015 printed on the label. Poured from 330ml bottle into a snifter. A - Dark, with a faint tan head which quickly recedes leaving only some bubbles. S - Roasted malts with the usual chocolate and coffee notes. The smokiness comes through on the aroma. T - Roasted malts and dark chocolate with the smokiness also coming through on the taste. M - Light to medium body with little carbonation. A nice beer. I can imagine the smokiness being nice for a beer pairing with food. Not your average stout.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 5/5/14. Poured 3/4/15 into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. $4 for a single.

Appearance: Pitch black with about half a finger of a creamy dark brown head on it. Very little lacing. Looks great for the style.

Smell: So smokey it almost smells meaty. I had a beer before that smelled a lot like this in the past, but I'm having trouble remembering what it was. Under that smokey-and-almost-meaty aroma there's chocolate, roasted malt, coffee... the usual suspects. I'd tell people to beware of this beer if they don't like smokey beers, but the beer's even named Ashtray Heart, so.

Taste/feel: Basically identical to the aroma, here -- smoke that's so heavy it comes off a bit meat-like, then roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate. No dark fruit flavors to speak of. Aftertaste is a lingering ashiness with roast. Surprisingly not all that bitter... I was expecting a bitter bomb for some reason, but this beer actually has some pretty good balance. I was really going to trash it because BA says it's a stout, but the bottle says it's a porter (although the picture on this site says otherwise), and that makes more sense. This is merely about a medium bodied beer with a pretty high carbonation. For the style, it's pretty much right on, so from a 3.25 rating back to a 4 it goes.

Quite a tasty beer if you know what you're getting yourself into... and you should, if you read the label. Hard to say this is a "steal" at $4, but it's a good beer I'd definitely have again if I were in the mood for it.

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Evil Twin Ashtray Heart from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.
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