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Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel RoomEvil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 166 | Ratings: 757
Photo of sjdevel
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This brew is very flat when pouring out of a 12 ounce bottle. There was barely a “piff” sound when I opened it, but it is possible that there was an issue with the seal on this one. There was some dried gunk under the rim and some downward almost as if it had a slow leak/boil over at one time, and later resealed. I poured a bit roughly to over-compensate and only ended up with a foam ring. The date on the bottle was 8-29-2013. This beer is VERY VERY DARK. No light will ever penetrate this one. The foam ring is a dark khaki color and some lacing is evident.

Quite aromatic! First are smells of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and tobacco. Some fruity scents also swirl around (cherry, mango). Also a slight charred oak/smoky smell.

A slight hop bitterness at first, and then the waterfall of flavors begin (not a little trickle of flavors here, but like opening the flood gates!). AWESOME beer! A blast of caramelly sweetness pours in first, followed by chocolate, coffee, toffee, tobacco, nuttiness, charred wood, etc.… -you name it, the flavor is bound to be in there. Every rich and dark dessert thrown into a blender. There are fruity hints as well in the flavor. When all else fades, you are left with a nice comforting campfire and s’mores taste left in your mouth!

Thick and chewy. Full bodied but not very fizzy: expected low carbonation for the style. Slick and oily on the tongue.

Great, super, and awesome. My first EVIL TWIN beer and very impressed.

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Photo of drmeto
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Drank on Christmas Eve, but not in a NYC Hotel Room

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium,frothy,khaki head
-Follows the nose plus nuts,fudge,a slight acidity,toasty finish
-low to medium carbonation
-medium to full body
-alcohol noticeable
Perfect Imperial Stout,even without Barrel-aging

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.61/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Love the name of this one....very original! The beer itself pours a rich motor oil brown/black color and it looks thick initially....there are some bronze hues when held up against the light....quite nice! The head on this one is a mocha coffee color and looks velvety upon inspection....it retains well and is rather dense in nature! Lacing is modest, with most of the foam sinking back into the brew rather quickly...above average overall!

S- Upon the first whiff, it is rich, deep and robust in aromas! Black French roast coffee, dark, heavily roasted malt that has hints of nutty sweetness blended into it, and along with this, there is some bakers chocolate and black cherrry....almost like black forest cake...with some boozeiness, and the finish is Earthy, balanced and surprisingly clean!

T- Semi Sweet dark chocolate with dark chocolate covered cordial cherry booziness and sweetness. Heavy black forest cake and dark ripe black cherry fruits....this is some of the best balanced beer that I've ever had! Deep French Roast coffee brewed with fresh vanilla pod is noted, creamy yeast, and a smooth nuttiness! Awesome!

M/O- Velvety smooooooth creaminess and solid medium-full body, this is simply gorgeous beer to drink! I cannot believe how well hidden the alcohol is in this one....it is impressive and a very highly drinkable stout!!! The best before date on the label suggested that this was to be enjoyed no later than 2015....it is 4 months into 2016 and I'm telling you, this is a proper vintage date....enjoy with black forest cake or cheesecake!......I would love to acquire more of this and have to give full marks to EvilTwin! Superb!!

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.61/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L: Velvety, Motor oil black with thin coffee brown head. S: Has the ET stout smell that I still cannot place, chocolate, charred malts, a little dark fruit and tobacco. T: Dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, charred malts, licorice, some dark fruit, tobacco and leather. Pleasantly bitter but not unpleasantly sharp. Long linger of coffee and malts and a little rum-ish heat. F: Medium mouthfeel with some weight, but not quite creamy or oily. Lighter than expected for a RIS. O: Excellent. A favorite.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pure black, with a generous head. The aroma is very pleasant, promising flavors of coffee, chocolate, and maybe nuttiness. While drinking, the first impression is how full bodied this brew is. The feels is very full bodied, with a very pleasant after-taste that finishes with a slight alcohol flavor. This is my 2nd most favorite beer, and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Also had on Christmas Eve but not in a New York Hotel Room

L: Pours bright black with ruby highlights under a ½” lacy dark tan foam cap that is moderately persistent.

S: Roast, coffee, dark malt and faint chocolate aromas.

T: Alcohol spice, rich chocolate, traces of coffee, some rich dark sugars produce a light sweetness. A faint hint of baking spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg. The roasty malt flavors are medium high, the hop bitterness medium, the alcohol flavors are medium, the yeast flavors and hop flavors are medium low.

F: Very creamy medium full body and medium carbonation with a mild and pleasant alcohol warming.

O: This is a big imperial stout with a very pleasant blend of flavors.

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Photo of USCbeersnob
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better imperial stouts I've tried recently. The same quality you expect from Evil Twin ,at %10 ABV it still retained a smoothness and drinkability that was surprising. Be careful with this one, It may go down a little too easy. Don't start your night with this beer. Your taste will be ruined for anything else.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as good as Peche Mortel but man, this is a great beer. And potent!
One of the best stouts you'd ever want to try. The coffee element is strong with this one.
No head to speak of, low carbonation.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent! Opened at a good temperature and it was an enthusiastic gusher!! Poured a colossal, foamy, frothy, fluffy, tan head that settled very slowly. The bottle is about 20% full and is STILL gushing!! Wow. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is roast, malt, cocoa, coffee, toffee, vanilla. Flavor's like nose, smooth, balanced and has a light bittersweet on top cut with perfect carbonic tang. Body is full, lush, round and just right. Finish is like flavor, average length, and has some boozy warmth. Yum! Though I wish more wouldv'e gone into the glass v the sink.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This baby is an experience. I am pretty sure I had one last year too but somehow I didn't write it up. I am going to enjoy this but also get it documented!

It's all black with a thin brown head. Nice.

The aroma is pretty amazing. This is special. It's all fruity and malty, yeast and hops. It's an extravagant smell.

The taste matches, but reveals a ton of bitters balanced with the amazing sweetness. The aftertaste unfolds into roastiness.

This is a wonderful brew that is worth whatever you have to pay for it. Get some.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured into a snifter.

A: 5 - Pours pitch black with a finger of tan/cinnamon head. An awesome looking beer.

S: 4.1 - Malt, kind of sugary, some milk chocolate, a little caramel. It's not as strong as I was expecting. No alcohol on the nose.

T: 4.25 - Strange - a good strange, however. A lot of beers can sometimes end up tasting not too different from others. This by all means is unique. The alcohol really isn't hidden too well, but that doesn't really bother me. There's also a tremendous amount of flavor here. At first it reminds me a little bit of a Belgium quad with a dark fruity flavor, like dates or something. There's also some hints of milk chocolate and cinnamon. And bacon. It's faint, but yes; bacon. It's smoky. Boozy. Weird.

M: 4.3 - Full body, sort of like soda. Again, strange.

O: 4.41 - It's different from any of the other imperial stouts I've had, that's for damn sure. It's a very interesting beer, and while it doesn't make my cry tears of joy like some others I've had, it's a highly enjoyable beer, and something I'll definitely pick up again. 'Twas a good purchase

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Photo of dcmchew
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a small mocha head, quickly reduced to a thin string.
Dark fruit on the nose, with nice fig and plum, some dark cherry, brandy notes, licorice, molasses, faint maple syrup, a touch of roasted malt and chocolate. A nice different than usual smell, actually.
Wow, rich dark fruit in the taste, plum jam, ripe figs, juicy dark cherries, fortified with some liqueur. Awesome dark chocolate with lots of spices stuck in there, nice dark licorice, bit of black pepper, anise, faint clove even. Nice caramel sweetness just before the big roasted malts, a bit dark bready, but with nice black coffee in the end.
Aftertaste is pretty bland, with mostly the roasted malts lingering, but each new sip brings all those nice flavors back. Medium body, low carbonation, really oily and smooth. Alcohol warms up as the beer does too, but not too boozy.
A huge, creamy, really complex imperial stout, packed with awesome flavors. Awesome stuff!

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pitch black with a huge foamy dark chocolaty head. The head slowly dissipates to a thin layer, with a nice lacing.

Smell – Chocolate, toffee, vanilla, a sweet liqueur, and a touch of coffee. Nice!

Taste – Not as sweet as it smells. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel – Creamy and well carbonated. Alcohol is very well hidden. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability – An excellent beer. Goes down easy, as the alcohol is so well hidden.

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Photo of jellikit
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep brownish-black. Dark ruby red on surface when held to light. Thin, tan head. Almost not there.
Smell: chocolate and coffee (faint).
Taste: roasted coffee and chocolate. Raisin.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Big body. Sweet. Syrup-y.
Overall: very nice.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a with the blackness and thickness of motor oil – 2fb of dark brown head with copious lacing – fair carbonation. Smells strongly of cocoa, French roast, leather. Tastes semis sweet cocoa and burnt malts forward with notes of caramel, tobacco, leather and a hint of wet burlap/earthy with transition to piney hops and balanced with a hoppy bit. Body is smooth and full bodied with just enough carbonation to add astringency and lift the malty sweetness. ABV well hidden.
Overall, this is a solid American style imperial stout – some smoky and leathery notes that made it particularly interesting. Aptly named – I could easily picture enjoying this from a NYC hotel on Xmas eve overlooking central park. . . another great beer from evil twin. . .

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip- pours a thick black with 1.5 fingers of tan head, modest retention, some nice spots and streaks of lacing. Looks like it should.

Smell is mild and roasty- certainly not an overload. Roasted barley, a little coffee, a little caramel. Nice.

Tastes delicious- very rich, very slightly acidic. Rich roasted barley character all the way through, coffee comes through towards the end and a little caramel in the middle and at the end. Very good, well balanced, not too sweet, I don't taste the booze but my girlfriend says it's there.

Mouthfeel is fantastic and is what really makes this beer for me. Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Excellent beer- I have a bottle at home and I don't know whether I can save it.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

*Bonus points for the curiously strange name*

Oily and opaque, the black liquid poured with a one-finger head of caramel foam, abating quickly, with minimal lacing or retention. At a cooler temperature there was a subdued aroma of earthy musk with hints of dark cocoa. Wisps of alcohol remind you that despite the silly name, this is a serious beer. As the brew warmed there were pronounced porter-like scents that added to the appeal. The flavor was filled with vibrant roasted malts and a sharp bitter twang. Godiva dark chocolate truffles with sweet candied dried fruit. Hints of cherry cordial. There's a bit of a steel-like quality that perseveres and lingers throughout, but it's not off-putting in any sense. The roasty char, although evident, is less pronounced than expected. A notable contrast between the Expedition Stout that I recently sampled. A little Ashy tobacco taste in the finish. The ample hop bitterness and roasted malt qualities help this brew achieve a nice balance. The mouthfeel is medium-full, with just a tad less body than expected for such a big beer. The carbonation is understated. It's not nearly as syrupy or viscous as other impy stouts that I've experienced, with less coating of the palate. This makes the brew feel a little cleaner, and accelerates the pace of drinking. With so much delicious flavor and a high gravity, that could be dangerous! Overall, this is a delightful stout that is both memorable and worthwhile. Another great product from Evil Twin.

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Photo of Moose90
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a thick and heavy pitch black hue into the glass. There is a super dark brown head that slowly forms and sticks around, leaving behind some sticky clinging rings of lace with each sip.

S — Smell is dark, bitter, roasted, charred, assertive, almost burnt. Great notes of darkly roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, espresso, black licorice, black tea. Greatly dark and bold.

T — Much like the nose, this is heavy, rich, bold & assertive. Notes of bitter espresso, dark chocolate, charred malts, darkly roasted coffee. This is chewy, dark, bitter, and dry, no lingering or cloying sweetness.

M — Full-bodied, dry, and fulfilling, stick to your ribs.

O — Great overall, not sure what to expect with the name, but man what a great beer from ET.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's. Fells point.
Aroma is Dark fruit. Dark malt.
Look is Dark black, medium head.
Taste is raisin, plum , pomegranate, dark chocolate coffee.
Feel is very full bodied.
Very nice."

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and black with a nice khaki colored head on top of the beer. Looks great.

The aroma is rich, sweet, and malty. Dark chocolate, bitter hops (or something else giving it a bitter tint), a little bit of licorice or chicory in the smell as well.

The flavor has plenty black licorice, some semi-sweet chocolate chips, a nice level of sweetness throughout the body of the beer that I'm guessing comes from the malts. Occasionally I get a smoked characteristic, but its quickly flushed away with the sweetness of this stout.

This has a nice, heavy body. It's everything I would expect, and want, an imperial stout to be. I've had a few that are better, but it's difficult to find anything wrong with this one. I like it!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

It looks like pouring dirty motor oil into a glass. A thick, foamy mocha head rests on top and only recedes to a thick film. Lacing is initially foamy and spotty.

When putting this up to my nose I get a really hearty whiff of oats, chocolate, and a faint touch of lactose sugar. There is a hint of charcoal in there as well.

The taste is equally hearty, but more dark chocolate and cocoa come out in front. There's that sugary lactose in the finish, which keeps this beer very drinkable and decadent. Slight charcoal or smokiness can be found, but thankfully it's mostly in the background and not taking away from other notes.

The feel is pretty heavy, but smooth.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It's very rich and hearty and tastes more like an Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep black with a brown foam head. Aroma is rich and complex, coffee, chocolate, malts are there, almost no hops. Taste is a little bit too sweet for me, not very well balanced with the bitterness. Medium body with medium carbonation. Nice beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: A roasty and toasty dark malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Roasted malt with upfront hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, burnt toast, biscuit, grains, caramel, yeast, and smoke. Sweet hints of molasses and cream. Dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, and fig. Subtle earthy hop hints. A very solid roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely roasty and toasty dark malt driven taste with some good notes of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Roasted barley malt with upfront notes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, toast, biscuit, grains, caramel, smoke, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses along with some notes of cream. Subtle dark fruit notes of raisin, fig, and cherry. Light background notes of earthy hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, bitter, and pretty drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is fairly minimal.

Overall: A pretty good take on an Imperial Stout. Good dark roasty malt flavors with a nice drying bitterness.

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Photo of mlockman
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another phenomenal stout from Evil Twin. The brown, foamy head dissipates quickly and the aroma follows the palate insofar as it is all malt with only a hint of roastiness. This beer is nearly perfect, and reminds a lot of last year's Ten Fidy prior to reformulation of the recipe. Oddly, however, I found the flavor did not improve as the beer warmed; in fact, I thought the flavor was more enjoyable when the beer was refrigerator-temperature, and actually had to put it back in to cool before finishing.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought this at a local lesser-known liquor store. It was quite a find and the name was really awesome! Poured from 12oz bottle (2011 vintage) into a tulip glass. Pours black with an amazing tan head that laces beautifully throughout until the very end. Aromatics of sweet wonders of caramael, toffee, dark fruit, and figs. The flavors mirror just exactly the way the aromas indicated. A very smooth and sticky mouthfeel. I would definitely seek this one out again especially on a cold wintery night when I’m in a mood for a malty winter warmer with beautiful complexity.

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