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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 JackieKu
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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 acevenom
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours black with a thick, creamy tan head that dissipates slowly. The head is rather large for a beer with 10% ABV. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are aromas of dark roasted malt, prunes, molasses, coffee, booze, and some chocolate. The alcohol smell is definitely not hidden in the aroma. The flavors of the beer do follow the nose. The chocolate, prune, alcohol, and molasses flavors hit up front and the roastiness from the malt comes in the back. There's some hop bitterness on the back end as well. This is a thick, creamy, full-bodied stout with moderate carbonation. The alcohol brings a nice warming quality and the beer itself drinks very easy despite being so big. This is an excellent beer that hits the spot on a cold day.

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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 Rhynes2
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black into a 9oz snifter glass. On tap at my local beer shop at their bar. This has a smell of coffee and chocolate and a tinge of alcohol in the background. It's a little bit more carbonation than I'd like with such a dense stout but it doesn't detract from this one too much. Chocolate flavor lingers around for a while and while im a fan of that flavor it also is just a touch more than I expected. All in all this beer really grew on me and I might get tho one again if they run out of Emelisse RIS barrel aged JD

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Photo of RickS95
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Watch out for the pour, it's like a volcano after just a few drops. A good ounce or so is no on the floor because I wasn't expecting it. The beer is very dark black, which I like, but the pour is all about the explosion of bubbles. The head is enormous. A bit too much, though it's an attractive brown color. For every one inch of dark liquid, you get three inches of brown head.

The smell is slightly subdued, but what's there is all of the roasted variety. Roasted malt dominates, with licorice and alcohol in supporting roles. Has a bit of an expresso/coffee/bittersweet chocolate thing going on.

Caramel malt is on display for the taste buds. Early on it tastes like a Coke, only not as sweet, with some hints of smoke. As it warms, coffee notes begin to emerge, as well as the bittersweet chocolate that showed up in the nose. Little evidence is shown that this beer is so strong.

It's got a very pleasant feel for something so strong. Initially sweetness is the dominant characteristic. But almost immediately, the carbonation cleans your tongue and puffs out your cheeks. Bitterness gains strength as the beer works its way back, with a lingering bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied because you've got a heavy beer that's full of carbonation, making a nice balance. Finishes dry with that lingering bitter.

Overall, I liked this beer a lot. It went down a bit too easy for something so strong. Very smooth, somewhat unexpectedly given the smell and the high ABV. Expensive, but worth it. Sad it's been retired...glad I've got a second bottle in the cellar.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a Tørst wine glass. Bottled on 8/23/13.

a - brew poured a deep chocolate black with a half finger of dark brown bubbly head that dissolved leaving walls of lace on the edge of the glass and a few tan bubbly islands on the surface.

s - nose is rich and roasted chocolate. rather crisp.

t - big, bad, and ROASTY. big roasted malts. bakers chocolate...little bitter. some vanilla notes on the back end. fairly standard fare for the style, but rather tasty. nice chocolate notes and great balance.

m - big beer...roasty. abv is noticeable.

o - overall, not the best RIS i've had, but a really solid offering. this one is all about the roast.

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Photo of JonathanR
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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 BurgeoningBrewhead
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter; jet black with a thin brown head that fades into a delicate ring of foam quickly.
Smell is roasted malt, coffee, dark and sweet chocolate, toffee, burnt sugar, dark fruit. A bit more complex than the Yin I had last night, and that's a good thing.
Taste is similar to the Yin; dark roasted malt starts off, with coffee and dark chocolate. Dark fruit is present as well, with tiny hints of milk chocolate sweetness. As with Yin, slight warmth of alcohol in the finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit fuller than Yin, which is a good thing. For a 10% imperial stout, Yin was dangerously close to porter-territory in mouthfeel. This one is fuller.
Overall, this is the one I prefer of the two Evil Twin stouts I've had so far. We'll see if that changes when I crack my Imperial Biscotti Break tomorrow.

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Photo of dar482
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma offers spicy hops, licorice, sweet chocolate, caramel.

The flavor offers chocolate, caramel, roasty bitterness along with some licorice spice, and hints of alcohol on the back. Another strong imperial stout from Evil Twin.

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Photo of Ruds
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Cask Beer Co, Clerkenwell, into a hlaf pint 'tulip' style glass

very dark brown to black in appearnace, finger of head, lacing remained throughout drinking

smells of chocolate - of the bitter dark variety, and a hint of 'rausch'

flavour wise this was an excellent and complex beer with lots of questions asked of the palate

liqourice, toffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate a trace of coffee and smoked/burnt flavours

mouthfeel, smooth, creamy, pleasant on the throat!

a great beer!

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Photo of akolb
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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 russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ebony with 2+ fingers of fluffed up mocha colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Elderberry, plums & booze & carob, chocolate & raisins

T: Dark chocolate, a little bit of booze, molasses, raisin & roastyness up front. Carob, a little bit of leafy/woody hops, figs & black currants as this warms & dryness. Finishes dry with carob sweetness, plus a little pruneyness, figs & molasses

MF: Thick, warming, subtle carbonation, warming

This a nice stout, still a few rough edges, this will age great I bet. Might have to pick up a 4 pack to age...

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Photo of BB1313
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with a mocha head that leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are very nice. Lots of fudge. Tons of milk chocolate with hints of vanilla. Some wood and oak, although this wasn't aged in barrels. Some caramel and butterscotch. Some dark fruits. The flavors are bold and bittersweet. Milk chocolate notes really shine. Some fig and raisins in the mix. Sweet malts are there. It finishes with a subtle warmth, but this is definitely not hot or boozy. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied. It's light, but has a silky body to it. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a very nice stout. I really like it. It's fun to drink and is well crafted. Good stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Beer-A-Lot
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious, full bodied, and beautiful. Lots of head and pitch black. Loads of bitter coffee and hints of chocolate, rich and malty. No way this is 10% because it goes down really fast and easy. Comparable to FBS and in the same league. People have complained about this because of the price, but at least at my local shop, the price was drastically reduced by over half. Very much worth the price. I'll get more and maybe save some for Christmas Eve. Superb.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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 leitmotif
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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 thagr81us
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass (seemed fitting). Poured a MASSIVELY dark brown with a two finger light brown head that subsided to one finger extremely slowly and remained throughout. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, raspberry, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of roasted malt, alcohol, dark chocolate, dark fruit, bread, and subtle coffee tones. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really enjoyed how well balanced the aroma was on this one for the style. It was very nice while still letting you know that there was quite a bit of alcohol present. A really well done brew that I’m glad I got the chance to try. I suggest you do the same if you have not already.

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Photo of do_ob
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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 mabermud
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Delicious. Super dark brown body. Persistent, mocha head. Spotty and slick lacing.
Smell: Sweet lactose.
Taste: Burnt malts. Sweet lactose. Honey.
Feel: Medium carb, silky, smooth, and substantial body.
Overall: Very, very nice. Big lactose. Merry Christmas.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a big finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades slowly.

S - Dark chocolate malts, molasses, black licorice, touch of coffee, vanilla, earthy hops, and a bit of booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, molasses, black licorice, roasted coffee, a bit of dark fruit, vanilla, some earthy hops and a bit of bitterness, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit creamy with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Nice smooth imperial stout. Great mouthfeel and overall balance.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-pours dark brown to black with no head and a thin brown ring around the glass.
S- sweet chocolate aroma, coffee, roasted malts
T- dark chocolate, ash, black malts, bitter coffee
M- smooth with medium carbonation then becomes very oily towards the finish. Alcohol is masked well.
O- very smooth imperial stout that is sweet upfront and turns into a bitter, dark, and oily beast.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a rich, warm sable with a thick tan head. Have a nice thirsty towel handy, though - my sample fizzed quite a bit! Smoky aroma has coffee, licorice and chocolate notes plus a curious, though not repulsive, fishy hint. Flavor has typical good notes of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, molasses and licorice. Texture has firm body and a good amount of fizz, though the tingle does not last long. Overall, not the best Imperial Stout I've had, nor Evil Twin's best - but a respectable stout and worth a purchase.

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

A - 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Dark black filmy pour with frothy/fizzy tan head. Lacing is thin for the abv and dissipates down quickly.

S - roasty and a little bitter. Earthiness to it that I'm not excited about in this style.

T - Wow. Not what I was expecting up front. Tastes of milk chocolate and lactose. Very sweet initially and finishes with a mild bitter bite moreso component of malt than he hops. Alcohol is present but not ostentatious.

M - extremely creamy, slightly oily, and overall pleasant.

O - evil twin did a solid job on this. Not something I'll seek out again but certainly a good representation of the style.

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Photo of bylerteck
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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