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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Added by timtim on 12-06-2011

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Photo of gshak
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased some time last year, didn't check the bottle dating, and not too concerned about it either, with this being a 10% ABV imperial stout.
A - Given my prior experience with evil twin beers, I poured this one hard and bang into the center of my $ store pokal. It generated a wispy half a finger width of mocha head that quickly dissipated. Yes, I've come to expect this of evil twin beers.
S - Very very subdued. Very light coffee, roasted malts and dark fruit. There is a bit of a woody/vanilla note in there somewhere.
T - Better than the smell for sure. Opens with a milk chocolate vibe, plenty of sweetness, and prickly carbonation that highlights the fruity aspects of the beer. There's a blend of dark fruits, and something much lighter, like a pomegranate or grapes even. There is a certain cola-like flavor to it, and the finish is much brighter and drier perhaps even slight oxidation. The roasty, coffee aspects are completely overshadowed by the aforementioned notes.
M - Heavy-medium and prickly. Not a fan.
O - Not a bad beer, but not a memorable one either. Worth a single purchase, but unlikely to be a repeat buy.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: totally, completely black with a finger of dark brown, frothy, creamy foam. Outstanding.

Smell: big, sweet malt; dark fruit; deep roast and -- is that a little wood? Very good indeed.

Taste: roasty, sweet, deep and dark. Starts of with fruitiness, moves into a bit of alcohol heat and finishes with a great roastiness. There is a little bit of a lingering vegetal character but that is acceptable given its other hugenesses.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body but with a bit of a restrained carbonation and a decent creaminess, if a bit light considering this beer's otherwise plenty of heft.

Overall: I enjoy the heck out of this beer. A great example of the style.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a finger of caramel colored, fizzy head. Head retention is so-so, with no lacing. Roasted malts, caramel, and holiday spices peep through in the aroma. Flavor profile is roasted malts, caramel, with a holiday spicy finish. A bit of an alcohol, boozy finish lingers after the beer warms up a bit. Mouth feel is medium-thin and smooth. Overall, a so-so imperial stout. Some pleasant holiday notes, but otherwise a solid imperial stout.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle, Batch 006. Poured into Kane tulip glass.

L: Pitch black, no light through. Small head, not much retention. No lacing, just a thin ring and partial cap.

S: Dark fruits, roasted malts and some anise.

T: All is very dark in this, perhaps representing the name nicely. Dark coffee. Dark fruits. Dark licorice. A little bit of heat on the finish. Not picking up any of the sweetness others have.

F: Medium-bodied, not as thick as you might expect and perhaps a bit less than desirable. Not much in the way of carbonation. Construction is decent. Balance pretty good, but most top brewers these days are able to hide this level of heat.

O: It's a bit disappointing only because I expect a lot out of Evil Twin. Certainly well above average and innovative and creative in its own right, but the execution isn't quite there.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a finger of rusty chocolate milk head.

Smells of tar, black liquorice, liquorice all sorts, oily resin, and light fruity notes.

Lightly sweet, coffee, dark chocolate, light, sweet notes. Waffle ice cream cone. Its like chocolate ice cream in a waffle cone.

Thick but smooth body, Light carbonation.

Got online, drinking New Years Eve, 2016, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Really good, like the ice cream qualities

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was another wonderful stout/porter from Eviltwin Brewery. What stood out with this stout was the wonderful sweetness from the dark fruits, carmel and molasses with the imperial bitterness. This breeery is climing up the ranks of my favorites.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle

Pours black with a creamy brown foam head. Smells like dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, berry, mild smoke, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toast, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, black coffee, dark fruits, berry, mild smoke, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toast, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice imperial stout.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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 chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter.
This is a mediocre looking RIS with a mediocre aroma.
The flavor and smooth mouthfeel are, however, well above mediocre. There's a sweet, boozy aroma from the near black, opaque body that's unimpaired by a head, there being only a ring moments after the pour. Full body with light carbonation. The flavor though, is rich, moderately complex and well balanced. Partially hidden high ABV.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted a below average amount of time. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Smelled of a lot of dark fruit, malt, and some coffee.

T: Tasted of a small amount of coffee, light chocolate notes, roasted malt, dark fruit (plums?), molasses, grassy hops, vanilla, and some caramel. A solid enough flavor, but not as aggressive as it should be, given the style. Could have used a bit more coffee and chocolate. Still, a good flavor.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a silky finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: This isn't the greatest stout I've ever tried, but it is definitely drinkable. Worth a look.

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Photo of stortore
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown, a little ruby around the edges, opaque, with a small head and some lacing. Smell brings roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, a little molasses, a touch of smoke. Taste leads with the malt- not as roasty as the nose, chocolate- more than the nose, vanilla, some coffee, a little molasses. A slight hop bitterness throughout. Smooth, fairly full bodied, a little creamy, the taste lingers.

Kind of a different Imperial Stout from Evil Twin, very enjoyable and drinkable. Lots of vanilla, even if it doesn't lead. And, the 4 pack makes it seem like an everyday kind of stout! Seriously, this is well worth a purchase.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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 sjdevel
4.82/5  rDev +22%
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 ChrisCage
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
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 leitmotif
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm enjoying this in a hotel room. Pitch black with mocha head. Sweet malt, roasted coffee and milk are straight forward in the nose. Hints of cocoa and some dark fruits follow. The taste is rich, heavy. Coffee and lactose. Plums, figs and raisins. Nice milky finish. Awesome dark chocolate aftertaste with some warm alcohol feel. Just a bit of harsh feel from the hops make this not so easy to drink.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up a while back at the Whole Foods on Houston St in New York City. I had to buy a beer with "New York" as part of the name and thankfully, this was just as playful on the inside as well. Amazingly smooth for a Stout of this type while not being boozy or heavy at the same time. This ended up being a good choice for a raw day such as this one!

Nice pour to this with a dark raisin hue, a moderate light brown head, and just a few rings of lacing around the top of my pint glass. Much thinner than I thought it would be as the liquid flew out of the bottle upon pouring. Coffee, molasses, and dark fruit in the nose with lots of the former in the taste. Some vanilla bean came out in the aftertaste and only a hint of booze could be felt here once the sips went down, along with a trace amount of warming. Not full and not very hoppy, this was a Stout that felt like it was full or dark and/or chocolate malt that hardly came across as being roasted.

I could feel a bit tipsy once I finished off this bottle but aside from that, this was a Stout that begged for another as a chaser. A nice dark pie or figgy pudding would go great with this but if no food was available, this would still be a find dessert beer by itself. The flavors were enjoyable to the point that the light carbonation was a perfect complement, not having to scrub them away. A smooth take on this style worthy of another as a chaser!

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Photo of gonzo000
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer looks beautiful. Pores a nice dark black color that you cannot see through with a two finger old gold head. The smell is almost all malt. It is not very complex on the nose. The taste is good not great but the very end of the finish taste like a chocolate chip cookie. It might even be the aftertaste. The fact that this cooked chocolate chip cookie taste lingers in my mouth pushed the taste to excellent. The field is OK but overall it's a very good to excellent beer.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, Julian bottle date 232:15. Truncated review.

Poured to a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale mini snifter.

A - Thick, dark, black pour. Quickly fading one finger of dark mocha head.

S - Dark chocolate malt / roastiness.

T - Taste is the same: dark chocolate, roasted malts / barley, notes of chocolate, cream, vanilla, anise, licorice.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, but there is definitely brisk carbonation.

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Photo of akolb
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick black with a light coffee head.
The aroma has coffee, chocolate, pine, and cinnamon. Strong and enticing. Some hoppiness lightens things up.
The taste is bitter, with some malt, caramel, and dark roasts. Lingering alcohol burn. Earthy.
Thick, moderate-low carbonation.
A very nice beer. Perhaps not super unique, but very tasty and well done.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

A: Opaque black. No foam.
S: Strong roasted aroma. Coffee.
T: Medium chocolate. Medium roasted coffee. Somewhat caramel flavor. Moderate sweetness. Medium bitterness.
M: Full body. Moderate carbonation.
O: Great sweet-bitter balance, chocolate character. Excellent Christmas beer.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
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 Xenoreactive
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Deep black color. Little bit of retention with solid lacing that carries through. Nice inviting look.

Smell: Piney, earthy, ether-y, roasty with slight tinges of dessert flavors. Smells like your typical America RIS.

Taste: Leather, dirt, pine nuts, coffee roast, dark chocolate and burnt caramel. Definitely reminds me of a hoppy RIS. Balanced between the sweetness, hoppiness and roasted malt. Quite tasty.

Feel: A little thick with low carbonation. Perfect balance as it is not sludge, yet not quite a soda.

Overall: Pure balance. Nothing too special, but definitely another solid stout from Evil Twin. Good work.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep black color, pale brown head, fine lace.

Clean, malty smell, with an odd, primal, funky bit at the end.

Taste is good, classic; malt, molasses. Only mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is nice, rich. Carbonation is very light, fine. Unusual for me: I wouldn't mind a touch more.

Finish is moderately long, not intense, changes interestingly.

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Photo of do_ob
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Dark brown pour, and pitch black in the glass. Initially, a massive 3 finger head of foam resulted from a fairly aggressive pour. Bubbled down to a respectable lacing after a few minutes, khaki in color. Modest nose, but very nice. Baker's chocolate, plums, cinammon, ginger, roasted malt, and sweet, candied sugar. Upon tasting, I am met with a layered wall of caramel malt, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, sweet molasses, candied sugar, and roasty expresso. Noth really ground breaking here, just a very good imperial stout, while roasty, is a little on the sweet side. Good mouthfeel; not overly chewy, but still dense enough to maintain a high abv. Overall, a hair thin, but at this point, who's counting.

This is a good beer, no doubt. Perhaps not anything to write home about, if you're caught up in the hype cloud. I'd but this again anytime. Definitely a solid, well-balanced brew.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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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