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

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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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747
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3.94
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Photo of reebtaerG
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured bottle in Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours the black with a 1/2 finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

S-Nice aromas of smoke roast coffee, dark bitter chocolate, malt, and hint of nut.

T-Taste the same as the aroma but the smoky roast coffee stands out.

M-Mouthfeel has medium body with a bitter dryness to it.

O-Overall a decent RIS by ET. It reminds me like sitting in front of a fireplace with I love you with my stout. Could be a better beer IMO.

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Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful dark, black stout, topped with a nice, 1 finger mocha head. Decent retention and scattered lacing.

Sweet stout aroma. Molasses, liquorice, and chocolate are very strong; caramel, malted barley, a hint of mint, and a light, herbal, floral hoppiness.

Flavor is less sweet - but more boozy - than the aroma. The emphasis is much more on roasted barley, which comes on very strong on the back end with a cacao, coffee, caramel, and roasty finish. There is some sweetness there, still reminiscent of molasses and liquorice. Definitely a strong earthy, herbal, tobacco flavor.

Thick brew, very lively, with a sticky retention. Noticeable foaming. Warming effect in the chest, but despite a slightly boozy taste, it's not hot in the mouth.

This is a very good stout, nice and thick and roasty, but it brings nothing special to the table for my palate.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Pitch black pour with a medium height tan head with modest retention. Notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, some dark cherries, molasses and licorice. The alcohol could be a bit more hidden, but otherwise this is a solid beer, smooth mouthfeel, full bodied and with a chocolate bitter-sweet taste.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a viscous black color with a 1/4 inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is chocolate, black coffee, earth and leather. The taste is sweeter than expected. Chocolate and coffee followed up by some roasted malts and charcoal. Earthy and roasty. Finishes with more char and dark bakers chocolate. Heavy mouthfeel. Not as boozey as I thought it would be. Pretty solid earthy Imperial Stout. Overall, worth having again.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured into a snifter 11/10/2014.

A- Thick, viscous dark black body, opaque with a half finger mocha head. Fair retention time. No lacing. [4]

S- Tobacco, cocoa, slight roast malt, earthy finish. The smell of tobacco is quite strong in this one. [3.75]

F- Cocoa, roast malt, dark chocolate, smoky tobacco, earthy finish. Similar to the nose. Solid complexity to this one. [3.75]

M- Thick bodied, viscous and slick. Motor oil. Pretty nice mouthfeel to say the least. Smoky, slightly bitter earthy finish. [4.25]

O- Nice body, tobacco-forward nose and palate. It's not for everyone, but it's a pretty solid beer. [4]

Final score: 3.86

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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 rdilauro
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This has been about my 10th EvilTwin Stout in the past couple of months. I've enjoyed all of them, but one thing I have noticed is that IF I was to put them all together in a flight, there would be very little difference between each of them.
Now, that is not a bad thing, just a plain and simple observation.

This one had everything you would want in a full stout, It was hard to detect this was a 10% abv. It was relatively smooth. No chocolate, or coffee in this one and if there was whiskey, it was played down

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

October 31, 2014

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Jet black, thick, moderate viscosity. Dark tan to brown bubbles on top, a very minor head. Lacy brown bubbles remain.

S – Dark chocolate, somewhat bitter, molasses and dark brown sugar. Malty sweetness on the nose, bitter aroma lingers in the background. The lightest hint of heat, possibly the alcohol but with some characteristic of mild chilies.

T – Dark molasses, mild roasted coffee, bittersweet cocoa. Mild pepperiness, a bit of heat on the finish but extremely mild. Strong vanilla comes in second, strong bittering hops balance with the sweetness.

M – Despite the sweet flavors, a relatively balanced mouthfeel. Leans toward being a bit thin due to the alcohol, with moderate bitterness on the finish.

O – Expectations are always high with Evil Twin, especially with their stouts. This is not the best of the best, but that does not mean it isn’t fantastic. Balanced, complex, flavorful and easy to drink despite the alcohol level. Another fantastic Evil Twin stout.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bottle from Systembolaget in Sweden.

Dark,dark brown, almoust black beer with a beatiful three finger high, dark brownbeige head. A lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: coffe, licoriche, dark chocolate, red berries and vanilla.

Taste: Roasted coffe, dark bitter chocolate, pine, brown sugar and charcoal.

A great, full body with almoust no carbonation and with very well hidden alcohol - This is a great beer!

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

$4.29 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: I'm thinking "It's a 10% stout, it wouldn't hurt to do an aggressive pour down the center." I got about 10oz into the glass and the foam almost came out, but slowly... one of the slowest forming heads I've ever seen in a beer. Wound up with about three fingers of a creamy brown head and a lot of lacing. The beer is absolutely completely pitch black. (4.5/5)

Smell: Smells like a big ol' Imperial Stout with loads of roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. There are also dark fruits, of course, and an underlying note of... cinnamon? There's some booze in the aroma as well. (4/5)

Taste/feel: Huge char/ash flavor on the front with tons of bitterness. Some cocoa on the middle with the dark fruits, and then a finish of some warming alcohol, dark fruit sweetness, and then a sticky, dry, bittersweet aftertaste. Tastes almost a little... flat? I don't know what it is exactly -- I guess it's just missing the complexity I usually expect from Evil Twin. The feel is pretty nice, as it has a feel of a nitro stout with a heavy cream sort of mouthfeel... very smooth on the start, which is good, considering the ending has a fair amount of heat from the alcohol. (4/5, 4.75/5)

A bummer overall considering my expectations. Good beer? Yeah, it's actually a very good beer, but all of the Evil Twin stouts I've had up to this point have been exceptional or better. CEAANYCHR just misses the mark a little bit as it's not as balanced or complex as I'd like it to be. It's a tasty sipper that'll warm you up nicely on a cold evening ... or morning ... but at $4.29/12oz bottle, it's not something I'd look to have again considering Evil Twin's other superior Imperial Stout offerings. (4/5)

(4.10/5)

QUICK EDIT: As it approaches (or is at) room temperature, an almost leathery flavor comes out to add a little more depth. The aroma also seems to produce a very slight earthy, resinous hop smell. Not worth changing the rating for, but just a little note.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a CBS snifter at cellar temp.
A) Black brew with a finger of dark tan head that settled quickly settled to a collar.
S) Heavy roast, vanilla, dark fruits, some booze.
T) Follows the nose... But to me it's heavy roast and alcohol.
M) Fairly thick, I'd say full bodied. A smooth feel. Light carb. Roasty, boozy aftertaste.
O) I've really enjoyed everything I've had by Evil Twin. This however, just didn't do much for me. I thought the alcohol could have been better hidden. Worth a try...

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. This bottle is just over a year old at the time of consumption.

A: Blacker than the soul of Satan himself. Brown head retains forever at a one finger height. Rings of lacing.

S: Fudge sauce, charcoal, burnt toast. Currant and raspberry. Traces of minty hops. Alcohol far in the background. Maybe a little clenched, but good.

T: Brownie batter, double chocolate cake, fudge sauce. Bold roast and charcoal flavors soon begin to dominate. French roast coffee. Hollow hop bitterness, maybe a quick bite of citrus rind. Red berries. Black pepper. Alcohol gently nudges in toward the back end with a menthol impression. Soot, charcoal, roast, and bitter dark chocolate own the finish.

M: Huge, thick body. Weighty and sludgy. Chewy and viscous. Light prickling carbonation. Warming in the pit of the stomach.

O: A massive Imperial stout. Evil Twin's signature these days tends to be huge but agile imperial stouts that hide their alcohol well and sit far more lightly on the palate than one would ever expect. This one is a little more blunt, and they let the body really press down with some weight. The alcohol isn't shy either, though it isn't hot. The heavy roasted malt flavors and textures rule with the brutal authority of a tyrant. Hardened fans of the style should find a lot to love here.

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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 Zach136
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black with a two finger long lasting deep caramel head with excellent lacing.

Aroma: Medium+ intensity notes of milk chocolate, light hints of roast.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Roast becomes the dominant flavor, and bitterness from said roast and a fairly present alcohol starts to border a bit on shoe-polishy. Mouthfeel is chewy and the sweetness does well to round off some of the harsher roast and alcohol flavors.

Overall: A fine brew, but I keep wanting to compare ETB's stouts to "I Love You With My Stout" and the others just aren't stacking up.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

*11.2 oz. bottle*
Look: Black body with a 1/2 mocha head.

Smell: Full creamy molasses, mild bitter coffee, hints of pine oil, mild dough, alcohol, chocolate, oats and spices.

Taste: Molasses, cookie dough, burnt malts, sweet chocolate with hints of cocoa, cinnamon spice, hints of bacon? salty, bittersweet finish with a little acidity.

Feel: Medium-full body, weird cola like carbonation.

Overall: One of the weirdest Imperial Stouts I’ve had. Some parts remind me of Night Stalker some parts of a spiced Danish with bacon. Salty spice flavors and hints of acidity in there as well. This isn’t bad by all means, just different. Some parts of me says "This is world class". Some parts says.. otherwise. This shares a Love/ Hate relation on my taste buds. Thanks for warping my mind again Evil Twin. This Brew is worthy.

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Photo of DrBier
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into 12oz tulip.

Poured with 1/8" tight white head which dissipated to next to nothing in no time.
Mild effervescence and pitch black in color.

Slight roasty aroma in nose, but not much going on there.

Taste is smooth with moderate hop bitterness up front. leather, slight smoke and tobacco, with some dried cherry presence and a roasty finish.

Quite drinkable with a mild mouthfeel and pretty dry finish. Very tasty overall.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date: 4/9/14
Location: Prospect Beer Works
Glassware: Plastic Cup
Appearance: Pours black with a large brown foam head.
Aromatics: Huge smell of brown sugar, bitter chocolate, marshmallow. Some malt scents. Boozy.
Flavor: Bitter chocolates come forth with think malts. Big coffee flavors and
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty chewy with the back end leaving an oily bitters on the tongue.
Notes: Served at room temperature in a hotel room in Montpellier, VT.

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Photo of topace
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottled 08/23/13

Pours a beautiful mocha brown head of about a finger. Slowly dissipates to leave a minor lacing.

Smells of coffee, roasted malts, with a touch of malty sweetness and some booziness though very little for the 10%

Taste is mostly of sweet chocolaty malts and some coffee with a good bitter finish to keep from being too overwhelmingly sweet. Initial impression is not overwhelmingly fantastic but it keeps pulling you back in for another try.

Mouth feel is viscous and smooth befitting an imperial stout/porter.

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Photo of hops202
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 8/23/13 - Poured into Stone Snifter

First look is jet-black used motor oil with thick brown head. Smell is very sweet with cocoa hints, maybe a little coffee and lots of roastiness. Taste is certainly more bitter than was expected from the aroma. Definitely some burnt black coffee along with dark chocolate. Not as thrilled with this as I was hoping. I think I will be purchasing some TenFidy tomorrow!

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Photo of mralphabet
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.. First Evil Twin brew.

A: Wow.... JET BLACK and thick looking during the pour.... Good finger and a half of dark tan head that settles to a thin layer with massive lacing from start to finish.

S: I'm getting a little chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of bourbon booziness.

T: Little like the smell... Chocolate, roasted malt and then a strong bitterness all smashing in at the top. Bitterness is pretty strong.

M: Full-bodied, it is smooth yet has a little sharpness. Finish is a little boozy from the high ABV.

O: Not a bad Imperial Stout... But the bitterness is a little offsetting for me. Big ABV on this one makes it a one beer night on this one.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a slightly strange beer in that it has the nice piney-ness off a hoppy IPA, but it's it stout form. I have in general not liked the stouts that cross over to the IPA-style bitterness. This one does it better than most.

Warmer, you get a smokey hint over the fairly normal smells you would get from a stout. The taste is dark and roasty, but dry and resinous somehow at the same time. Pine notes hit later, but oily coffee notes cut that a bit before taking over and ending the taste. The smokiness from the nose tries to make an appearance at the very end, and I notice some sips more than others. The lingering taste (which is significant today), draws this out slowly. It's too much of the wrong type of bitterness (in my mind) to come close to hitting the top stouts, but I have appreciated it a little more with each taste.

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Photo of bark
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

The colour is extremely dark warm21 brown (100 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is warm brown and compact. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is sweet and very smooth. Some alcohol, roasted nuts and quite a lot of roasted malts. Dried fruits and red apples. A gentle touch of smoke in the background.

The taste is very sweet with growing notes of hot alcohol. Green plants and unripe fruits. Roasted malts; black coffee with sugar and dark chocolate plus a hint of plastic. Medium body. The aftertaste got intensive alcohol flavours, ice cream with dark chocolate and prunes. The finish is milder with cocoa and coffee.

The carbonation is strong, the long-lived bubbles are small and sharp. The liquid is thick and sticky.

Way to evident alcohol in this one. And a tad too sweet.

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

Jet black body topped with a thick, brown head, creamy and rocky, very long-lasting. Sweet and pungent aroma; floral and piney; peppermint; roasted and chocolate malts. Rich malt sweetness with plenty of complementary hop bitterness and a zesty edge of alcohol. Full-bodied, soft and velvety mouthfeel.

An outstanding, well-brewed imperial stout. Balance and complexity are there in spades. Nice hop and boozy edge to the big malt character with everything meshing together nicely. I've said it before and I'll say it again – the northern Europeans know how to brew a tasty, big bodied, big alcohol dark ale. Here's a prime example...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a solid brew, but I should start by saying that at ten bucks a bottle, this is grotesquely overpriced. the same can be said about other evil twin beers, but this isn't unique enough to warrant its price tag, despite being an excellent example of the style. I thought this would be spiced or something, but it is just a simple and straightforward imperial stout. more brown than black, but rich in color, matte in finish, with a short mocha head. a nose of cocoa powder and roasted barley, nothing too intense, and a well disguised alcoholic strength. the flavor is grain forward, unmalted nearly burnt barely gives it some bitterness, but it has less body than a lot of these, and drinks rather easily as a result of that and of its nearly invisible booze. a little chalky in feel, and a little bitter in the finish, im sure a barrel aged version will appear at some point to address this, but I like it as it stands now. simple and elegant, rich but drinkable for the style, and something I can still pair with food. oddly named, as this does not evoke images of santa or the like, but it works as a winter imperial stout. the price makes me like it a whole lot less though, and unless you can find it in the six dollar or so range, I would skip it in favor of something else.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. From notes.

A - Poured black with one finger of mocha head. Good carbonation with virtually no lace and a film of retention.

S - Big aroma. Lot's of roast, coffee, huge black roast malt notes.

T - Some alcohol. Really roasty, sweet and chocolatey, dark fruit. Quite pleasant.

M - Mild carbonation, full body, big roasty finish with a good bitterenss.

O/D - Quite well crafted. A very solid imperial stout. Let's you know the alcohol is there but bashes you with great flavours at the same time. Not the most complex example of the style, but quite well put together.

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Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.
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