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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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Photo of CNoj012
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a thick opaque black color with a two finger mocha head. Quickly disappears and leaves a little bit of lacing. Smell is a nice mix of chocolate, sweet caramel roasted malts, and rasin. Taste is similar with a bit of hop bitterness. Feel is medium heavy with great carbonation and not much alcohol. Overall a very solid beer. Evil Twin has a number world class stouts. This is not one of them, but still very good.

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Photo of JonathanR
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in sniffer slighlty warmer than fridge temp. Wonderful carmel maple smell. Wanted to immediately sip it. Good lacing with good head(some in part probably to the temp). Smooth initial bite with a delicious maple carmel mid tone. VERY drinkable for an IS. Not toasted flavor but more of a raisin.

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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to osnapson (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a pitch black thick sludgey motor oil black beer, wtih a decent foamy creamy darker head that leaves mild lacing but also long legs.

Nose big malts, dark roasty black malts, dark chocolate, roasted caramel, heavy roasty black malt, fluffy nougat caramel, charred slight acrid, little earthy hop, mild baking spices.

Taste brings dark malts, roasty dark black malts, char, little acrid, heavy caramel and burnt caramel, bitter charred roast and earthy spicy hops, quite bitter, hops are quite spicy, hint of booze, and mild baking spices. Finish is dry a little sticky, mild hot warming booze, big spicy hops, charred roast and cocoa.

Mouth is fuller bod, decent carb, mild warming booze.

Overall eh, an OK imperial stout, a bit too acrid roasty, and nothing really unique about it, but still pretty good and enjoyable.

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Photo of Shockey
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've read about this beer several times and I finally got to try it. Pours a thick black with a dark brown head. A lot of sweetness in the nose. Taste is very reminiscent of raisin and plums with a lot of sweetness. Not much malty flavor at all. The taste of the beer lingers more in the nose than on the palate. Overall another very interesting beer from EvilTwin. Not their best stout, but interesting and worth trying.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a motor oil black color. Has a boozy aroma with smoke and roasted malts. Flavor is a little charred / smokey. Has a boozy quality and you get the roasted malts. Leaves a charred smokey boozy aftertaste. Overall a nice stout but could use some mellowing and additional flavor development

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into my Sierra Nevada balloon Leitich glass
Notes taken on 12/18/2014

A: Dark coffee black and semi thick on the pour. Totally opaque with some more brownish tones around the glass edge. A dense two finger deep dark khaki head develops over head. Nice ample stay power to this one with some mild dotting and swaths of lace left sticking to the glass.

S: Deep and earthy with dark roasted malts and some fresh ground coffee beans. Very earthy and green with a dash of ashy char to it. I get some lesser notes of licorice and molasses with brown sugar, carob, and chicory root. Mild alcohol presence. Lots of roast character to this one and plenty of malt sweetness to go with.

T: Big coffee roast in the flavor. Highly kilned malts and darkened cereals manifest further flavors of chocolate crème, black strap molasses, and licorice, with some scorched sugars giving off a smoky char towards the finish. The beer has a higher level of an earthy drying bitterness and all things considered the alcohol is well managed here. Pretty swell brew. Not terribly complex for an Evil Twin dark ale.

M: Moderately heavy and full bodied on the palate. Nice creamy consistent texture. Very sleek feeling with a bit of constricting bitterness and a much dryer finish to it.

D: Another nicely roasted sipper of a stout from evil Twin. Not quite as in depth as some of their other brews. I enjoyed the Love You much more than this one. Still pretty nice to quaff on for a bit.

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2014.

A- The 12oz bottle pours a beer into my teku with a midnight black body and super dark mocha cap rising to over two fingers high. Good head retention as it has a thick, creamy texture and drops thin but large sheets of lace.

S- Dark chocolate, charred roasted grains and a fairly strong yeast presence make up the main components to this aroma; rather hoppy I must add. Burnt barley, bitter cocoa, espresso beans, slight smoke, earthy citrus hops and heavily caramelized sugars come to mind.

T- The heavily roasted grains and an noticeable sweetness run the show and gain strength compared to the other things I found in the aroma. A heavy dose of charred barley, caramel and molasses sweetness, dark cocoa powder and coffee are followed by earthy hops, smoked grain, dark fruit like raisin and cherry, ash, licorice and some alcohol.

MF- Medium or just a shade towards thick bodied with a luscious, creamy consistency. Carbonation is right down the middle for the style and warm dark bitterness lingers long after finishing each sip.

I have only sampled this once before and both times I got a solid stout experience out of it. It drinks like 10% but in a good way as the warmth compliments the massive cocoa and bitter roasty flavors. Seems like many have gotten bad bottles but this was anything but that.

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Photo of ClePaul
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look 7/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 85/100

Summery: Just ok, a let down considering I usually LOVE 'Evil Twins' Stouts~

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
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 nodder
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A- Black with a one finger tan head. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. A pretty beer.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate, black licorice, prunes. Very "roasty"

T- Burnt coffee, heavily roasted malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate. So much going on. Not a timid beer.

M- Full body with average carbonation. Thick and creamy but quite bitter. No missing the alcohol on this one.

O- I like it. Would only want it once or twice a year as its very "in your face". Still, its worth the effort.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a huge fluffy khaki colored head. Cocoa powder, dark bitter chocolate, dark fruits and roasted malts. Medium mouthfeel with a big bitter punch. Classic Evil twin stout.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
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 tillmac62
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

BOD 231/14. Pours dark as NYC during a black out. Excellent head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice nose of dark fruit (plums, dates) over a deep dark chocolate and molasses sweetness coupled with notes of roast and caramel. As it warms, anise becomes noticeable.

Light full body with an excellent creamy texture. Normal carbonation with just a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, quite complex but lacks a bit in balance due to the strong alcohol background that tends to override what would otherwise be an outstanding stout. It begins with an oily sweetness over an anise background. As the anise fades, the rich malt flavors separate into chocolate, molasses and caramel. The middle is a significant rush of bitterness from alcohol, roast and hops. As the bitterness subsides, coffee and burned malt notes come to the forefront over a distinct alcohol background. The finish begins with a fading of molasses sweetness into the alcohol and the associated alcohol bite and burn at the back of the throat. it closes with a bit of dryness from the alcohol.

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Photo of rooskey379
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice, coffee forward beer from ET. Not as enjoyable as I Love You With My Stout which is the best I have had from ET. 12 oz into a snifter.

1 finger khaki head that sticks around. Dark, thick pour.

Smells like dates, dark chocolate, tangy.

Has a sharp bite that has an awakening effect. But for me, its all coffee.

Medium - full mouthfeel.

A good offering from Evil Twin that is worth purchasing.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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 CHickman
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours motor oil pitch black color with a massive 2 finger thick foamy dark tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving outstanding foamy lacing coating the sides, rings as it went down and a layer on top. This head really built up fast for a stout and cascaded over the rim like a surge of expanding foam.

Smell is like ashy charred malt, coffee beans, vanilla, chocolate syrup, molasses, and burnt grains. There is a chocolatey sweetness that cuts through the roasted/burnt grains and makes this inviting like most other Evil Twin Imperial Stouts.

Taste is very similar to the nose, with coffee beans, molasses, caramel, charred/burnt malt, vanilla, ash or charcoal, chocolate syrup, toffee, dark chocolate, burnt grains, herbs like tea leaf or dry floral hops, and light booze that trails off with a bitterness and sweetness. The aftertaste is like smokey cocoa powder, black licorice, espresso and dark rum with a dash of vanilla in a thick, watery cold coffee. Nice complex flavor with a variation of all the before mentioned components that changes slightly as it warms, bringing out more chocolate and molasses/syrup as it sits and remains very tasty.

Mouthfeel is slick and watery for such a heavy, viscous brew, with mild carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste. A real Christmas treat, this was another very enjoyable stout from Evil Twin that I will seek out again if for no other reason then the fact that the name of this beer is a good as the taste.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
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 TheSixthRing
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours blackened like a good stout should while the head is a cocoa-powder color that peaks at a finger's width and displays fair retention. The head dies down to a consistent layer of suds across the surface while sporadic spots of lace decorate the glass.

Smell - The aroma is dominated by mild notes of anise; not to say the smell is weak, but rather this anise character is of an assertive but controlled nature. Hints of chocolate and smokey roasted malt round out the bouquet.

Taste - More smokey on the tongue than the aroma led on. Charred malt that hints at campfire wood and roasted coffee, rounded out by a distant milk chocolate sweetness. Anise comes through almost without effort , delivering a near numbing experience in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Near full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, silky start before a drying alcohol finish.

Overall - It's been a while, but reminds me a bit of Clown Shoes' Impy that has changed names twice; Vampire Slayer but now Undead Party Crasher. That's my first impression. In any event there's a bit too much campfire meets anise for my liking. Anyone who enjoys the former will absolutely love this one.

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Photo of jellikit
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/19/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, dark fruits, and earthy hop notes; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Russian imperial stout. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Solid black body with trace cola highlight around the rim. Nice dark khaki head pours a finger high with nice retention and lace.

S - Cola, carrots, and licorice.

T - Smooth and creamy. Milk chocolate, dark roast latte, molasses, light gingerbread and licorice, booze, and burnt toast. Dark fruits, booze, burnt espresso beans and bitter herbs through the finish.

M - Medium body

O - A nice AIS on the creamer side of the style.

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Photo of kfh227
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The taste is not to my personal liking. I usually like imperials. I usually like double IPAs but IPAs in general are not for me so please don't take my review to seriously. I am writing it because I like to keep a track record of what I'v e had for future reference.

Fir tghose still reading. Poured into a Duvel glass. Very dark. Small head, maybe 1/2".

Smell? ya, not much of a smell. My nose was never great though.

I don't get any chocolate taste out of it. A slight bitterness. Oaky for some reason. Another reviewer noted the same thing and that there is no barrel involved in the process. Alcohol slightly notable but nothing that would make you think it unless you look for it.

More IPA than stout for those wondering.

I'd do this once a year. Thankfully it ia seasonal (Fall) so I suppose I can just grab it once a year.

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Photo of Pawoto
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Blue Lobster Tulip. The nose almost smells barrel-aged but the bottle doesn't mention that. Maybe just a little too boozy for my taste. Less "roasty" on the nose and more quad-like notes with hints of chocolate.

Roasty up front, but then gives way to an almost sweet finish. I want to say the finish tastes a little like amaretto, but I don't think that is right.

Overall, a good solid imperial stout. Doesn't hang with the BA impy stouts that seem to be everywhere now, but tasty. I could definitely see myself drinking this on Christmas Eve!

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Photo of barczar
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, dark chocolatey malt, moderate roast, nutty malt, a touch of licorice, and cinnamon accompany dark fruit to form the aroma. Very rich. Flavor reveals phenols at the forefront, becoming roasty bitter at the finish. Nutty malt runs throughout. Notes of bruised cherry are reminiscent of cough syrup when mixed with the phenols. Dark chocolate is relatively subtle, but appreciated. I get a touch of citrus, but that phenol dominates.

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

Full bodied and a rich tasty beer, but doesn't hold up to the more malty and impressive Even More Jesus. For it's price, a reasonably good stout with a solid ABV for a cold day.

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