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Evil Twin Soft XmasEvil Twin Soft Xmas

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by John_M on 12-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 88
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with chocolate covered cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some very tasty chocolate and cherry flavors.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass. I decided to finally have this on my birthday to justify the $17 I paid for it.

Appearance: It's dark. The sizable head is dark tan, and the body is brown-black. The head retains pretty well. I notice after the pour it left a bit of sediment in the bottle, and much more suspended throughout the beer in the glass. That's a unique look.

Smell: I get some cherry pretty easily, a pleasant fruity smell. There's a mix of booze and chococlatey semi-sweet malt. Not bad.

Taste: It's a pretty complex flavor palette ... there's roasty, dry malt anchoring with "cherry on top," as the label promises. The booze becomes a kinda evident on the finish, in the process adding a kind of metallic flavor, but it's "warm" rather than "hot." There's a little bit of milk chocolate in there, too. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Sweet and sugary up front, boozy in back. Modest carbonation.

Overall: Listen, it's a good beer -- but it's not worth the price. Bell's Cherry Stout is a much better value if you want a cherry-flavored stout.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very, very dark brown. Gorgeous ochre head, bubbly that settles out to a nice mottled crown. Decent lace. Colour is really quite gorgeous though.

Smells intense. Rich chocolatey aroma but a wood smoke note, loads of dark fruit reduction, raisins and prunes and a big pie spice note with traces of nutmeg and vanilla. Sweet; brooding and beautiful.

Taste is far more roasty, with bitter charry notes giving oak as well as some sour cherry character. Slight vinous, bit of smoke and some spicy prune as well. Plummy, cocoa notes and some pepper on the back. Dark and fruity; very interesting drop.

Slightly bitty feel and quite dry. Otherwise nice and fluid.

Lots of heavily-nuanced, variegated flavours here. Brooding, complicated beer that makes you want to love it, and maybe heal its pain a little.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a finger of frothy chocolate head. Fades medium.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, cherries and other dark fruits, vanilla, molasses, black licorice, coffee, and some booze.

T - Chocolate malts, cherries, dark fruits, vanilla, molasses, black licorice, some earthy malts, a bit of bitterness, some roasted espresso, and a bit of booze.

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

D - Bold and complex, but great balance. The extra vanilla and cherries are very nice.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More cherry stout than imperial stout with cherry. Expensive $16 bomber purchased in New York this year. Black with little head. A decent stout, and I do like cherry, but not the best balance of the two. Maybe some chocolate would help make it more of a dessert beer. Some roast aroma. Tarter cherry might be nice. Maybe it has to be drunk very fresh.Drinkable.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA, and brought back to Sydney to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a deep, but relatively fluid red-black colour, with a mocha brown head shadowed with a tinge of pink. Head is crackly and fine, forming large bubbles in a milky film on the top of the glass. Body, as I said, is extremely fluid and surprisingly thin, even though it looks like it has some heft to it. Decent looking beer. Decent, but not exceptional.

Nose is very sweet and quite rich, with a big chocolate cocoa character dominant, with undertones of coconut and cherry. The cherry actually comes through more strongly the more I leave it, but it's intimately entwined with the chocolate, so much so that you can't separate the two aromas. It's like a dark-chocolate coated cherry, or a truffle filled with kirsch. Very interesting, and really well done.

Taste follows a similar line, in fact really drawing a kirsch character out with the booziness of it running wild. Chocolate sits around the edges, but feels a little dry, and not as rich as it would have been on the nose. The main drawback is the lack of fullness and depth in the body. It feels surprisingly thin for all the flavours it's doling out, and ends up being a bit too astringent and biting through the centre without the cushion of extra weight.

Still, this is very good stuff, and really interesting stuff. I think it's probably the best cherry-stout I've had, and I'm a sucker for fruit in dark beer no matter how it's done. This probably comes off a bit heady and boozy, but you can easily enough make that just all part of the enjoyment.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TATURBO for sharing this bottle!

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with thin cap of light to medium tan colored head. Spotty lacing.

Smell: tootsie rolls, jet fuel, bakers cocoa, and faint tart cherries.

Taste: big roasty stout notes start off this beer. Then it transitions into tart cherries and a touch of vanilla. The beer finishes with a flavor of booze soaked cherries in dark chocolates. Also an expresso finishes is also noted.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Moderately boozey. Slick and slightly oily body.

Overall: Great balance between the stout profile of this beer and the cherry fruit notes. All too often cherry stouts are hard beers to balance; causing a whimpy sout taste or a medicinal cherry cough syrup taste that is not desirable. Evil twin seems to find the delicate balance with this beer! Evil Twin should consider barrel aging this beer if they havent already!

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Photo of WesM63
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours dark browinsh red with a 1 finger brownish red head. Minor retention and lacing.

S: Smells of dark cherry and a tiny bit of malts.

T: Cherry! Some dark tart cherry with then some sweetness from the cherries.

M: Medium to full body and carbonation.

O: To me, this is almost over the top cherries. I get very little stout.

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Photo of cnbrown313
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500ml bottle at my favorite liquor store in Chicago, poured into 2 snifter glasses and shared with a friend.

A - It pours jet black with a nice 1 finger brown velvety.

S - You can smell the cherry right away, but it's not too strong.

T - You get a nice bitter cherry taste upfront, but as you drink it the dark chocolately flavors in the stout really balance it all out nicely.

M - It feels nice and creamy, but I was hoping it would be a little bit thicker of a mouthfeel. Overall, not bad at all though.

O - Overall I was happy with my purchase and I would recommend giving this one a shot. It kind of reminded me of Bell's Cherry Stout, but with a distinctly different cherry flavor. Give this a shot...

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Photo of drpimento
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is, hands down, the best cherry stout I've ever tasted. Poured at a good temperature with a decent sized, tan, foamy, frothy, sudsy, head with brown highlights that lasts a while and lots of lace. Color is an almost opaque ruby red. Aroma is lots of roast, natural cherry, malt, cocoa, coffee, toffee, vanilla, caramel. Flavor's like nose, abosutley perfectly balanced and aesthetically pleasing blend of sweet, bitter, carbonic and sour cherry tang. Usually, for me, cherry clashes with the bitterness and tang at some point; not this one. Body is not soft, but not coarse, has some high point that are expected from sour cherry - to me perfect and ditto carbonaton. Finish is very long and boozy. Incredible beer.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle my brother got me for Christmas. Poured into a snifter...

A - Pours a jet black color that appears pretty opaque. A one finger light tan head forms and retains nicely. Some light lacing to note.

S - Chocolate stands right out - almost a chocolate powder type of aroma. That is followed by dark malts, coffee and some slightly sour, slightly tart cherries come out and seem to mix pretty well. There's some caramel-like note deep in there too.

T - The taste follows the nose nicely although the cherry seems a but more apparent. They are sweet and sour and add something different to what seems to be a nice base beer. There is a bitterness from the coffee adding another component to the taste. Not bad, although not great either.

M - The mouthfeel is thinner than I personally like. Medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of carbonation than I would've guessed.

O - Not a bad beer. It was a nice change from the standard stouts out there. I think the cherries were a nice addition.

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4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on dec´11. Deep ruby color. Reddish beige, small bubbled froth creates a thick layer creamy crown. Copious spots & collars. Sweet toasted malts, caramel malt, red fruits & chocolate notes to the nose. Unbelievable upfront: like a chocolate&cherry candy explodes in mouth followed by sweet toasted malts on to the palate. An slightly underlying bitterness shows it´s a beer in the middle. It lingers through into the finish like a fruity chocolate infusion. Nice sugary & well balanced ABV. Hints of cherries. Full body, soft carbonation. Sweet malty & mildy hoppy aftertaste. Merry Xmas !, ain´t it?

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Photo of rfgetz
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, near black, slightly oil like sheen, moderate cap of tan froth. Scent brings bold notes of bakers chocolate, fresh scrapped vanilla bean, moderate amounts of tart dark cherry, port like notes, lightly roasted with some nuttyness. Taste smacks me across the faste with tart dark cherry, strong port notes backed by dense fudge and bakers chocolate, fresh vanilla bean and sweet cream round out the flavor, Full bodied, smooth with parts creamy and slick, lingering tart and sweet notes. Another all around solid stout with strong notes of cherry.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber that says Best Before 2015, poured into a Jackie O's tulip.

A: Extremely dark brown, dense and nearly opaque, decent mocha-colored head and lacing.

S: Slight cherry sourness and sugary sweetness...vanilla comes out as it warms...dark malty chocolate, hints of brown sugar mixed with cherries, roasted malt.

T: Follows the nose, its starts off a bit tart but is immediately overtaken by flavors of smooth vanilla extract...lots of it. Caramel and chocolate as well, sugary sweet alcohol notes, and a finish that reminds me of tootsie rolls.

MF: Medium feel, tingly sweet.

O: Too much vanilla and sweetness for me...not immensely overpowering, but still distracting and prominent.

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Photo of stouts4me
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a small snifter, pours out a deep, murky black luscious, medium viscosity.3/8" tan-brown head that stays for only a couple minutes.

Smells like a cherry delite ! The first sip is just full of medium mouthfeel cherry deliciousness. I don't taste the vanilla.

Smooth. Medium mouthfeel, just right.

I can't quite identify the cherry taste, I have had it before, maybe in something baked....

Overall, for $14 this was a very delicious, smooth treat, would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass (seemed fitting). Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a one finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, cherry, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, cherry, wood, fruit, and subtle earthiness. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The flavor on this one was pretty well balanced with a nice kiss of cherry on it. The aroma while good was just a little bit of a letdown as far as complexity. The cherry kiss on this one really adds a nice touch to this one and makes it a lot more enjoyable. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle, from the Wine Source. 10.9%? This'll be good for the night.

A: The stout is imperial-looking, deep black like a starless night. A tan colored head, a lighter au lait type tan, is thin. Just a band around the mouth of the glass really.

S: Chocolate stands out, paired with a semi-sweet cherry aroma - not too sweet and not too tart. The chocolate is powdery cocoa, a pleasant sweetness. Toffee and caramel join the chocolate; funny the stout doesn't smell that strong. There is a great deal going on though. The mild cherry sourness is reminiscent of Bell's cherry stout.

T: Bam! That's a punch. The cherries stand out more, the sweet and sour combination ringing the perfect level of tartness. The underlying stout is quite impressive, carrying more than enough roasted malt to push past the cherries. Chocolate, rich Hershey's bars, peak through as I swallow each sip, a very good way to see the ale off. Back to the cherries, a medicinal flavor comes too. For being such a big beer, the ale goes down incredibly well. The rich stout, dark with chocolate and coffee, and cherry combine like a fancy cordial. I wasn't expecting nearly this much.

M: A wall of flavor, the cherries, chocolate, coffee, and caramel all make appearances. The cocoa powder and cherries really come together nicely. Worth the moderately higher price tag.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of a very good, and very generous, friend of mine. Served in a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours black. A one-finger espresso head recedes fairly quickly. Great, soapy lacing all around the glass.

Wonderful notes of cherry and vanilla in the nose. Coffee and raisins follow up. There is a slight touch of alcohol esters, but it's never overpowering.

The taste is far more tart than I expected, with a strong cherry flavor throughout. Lots and lots of chocolate, it's an appealing combo. The finish is quite bitter. The mix of flavors ultimately seems fairly vinous, with a tannic, red wine-like character.

Mouthfeel is solid, fairly standard for the style. A challenging stout, but a very tasty one.

Very solid, this was drinking very well.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color and has only traces of reddish amber visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin dark tan head that quickly died down and left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of cherries in the nose along with notes of dark malts. As the beer warms up, notes of chocolate also become apparent.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted chocolate malts, sour cherries and lots of vanilla beans. The vanilla becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. No warming from the alcohol is noticeable in the finish.
O: The flavor of this beer is quite good, although it would be a lot better and pleasant to sip if it had a fuller body. The alcohol is well hidden from the overall taste.

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Photo of viaingo
2.6/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Soft XMAS is a stout brewed with cherries. It clocks in at 10.9% ABV, making this quite a strong brew. You can definitely taste many things all at once. Chocolate, vanilla, and cherries are all very prevalent at once. This threw me for a loop at first. After a few most sips, the flavor really stuck with me.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark black color with a thin ring of dark tan head. Poor head retention and no lacing.

S- big dark chocolate aroma with hint of sweetness in the middle. Vanilla and tart cherry aromas mingle with the chocolate. Finishes with cocoa powder that brings to mind a packet of Swiss miss.

T- semi-sweet chocolate abounds in the flavor with tart cherry and an intense vanilla note broadening the flavor profile. Astringent flavor on the finish with a lingering chocolate on the palate.

MF- slick slightly chaulky mouthfeel with a medium body and low carbonation.

D- decent drinkability.

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Photo of stormywaters
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

poured a very dark brown with little head. I could smell the chocolate and cherries in this stout, and taste the chocolate as i am drinking it and the cherries as an aftertaste. the bottle could have been a bit more carbonated, but was still a decent xmas stout.

overall i was glad i purchased it and was able to try it, but to me it was not one that i MUST cellar.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Nearly black with a thin brown head that doesn't leave much stick to the glass. Pretty color, though the body looks a bit thin and oily.

Strong aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and tart and sweet cherry skins. There's a lot of interesting aromas going on here, and while each individually are nice, they don't blend together incredibly well.

This is a big, aggressive, unique, and somewhat strange, stout. The cherry flesh and cherry skin flavors are dominant, even overpowering, with some sweet vanilla and faint chocolate notes. Everything is out of balance here, with the strange, strong cherry skin flavors dominating most everything else.

Medium to full mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation.

Strange, unique, cherry-skin stout.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a goblet

A: Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of thick, dark tan head. I see some deep red hues as I pour. Retention is remarkable. I wouldn't change a thing.

S: Very interesting and inviting. Sweet and slightly tart cherries start off with vanilla, milk chocolate, and caramel. I could use a bit more roast and dark chocolate for the style, but this is still really good.

T: Very nice. This time dark and milk chocolate start off with sweet cherry and vanilla to support. Significant, but not over the top hop bitterness helps keep this beer from being too sweet. I get a bit of a metallic off flavor, but it's subdued.

M: Very thick with low but good carbonation.

O: Very interesting beer. I really like it a lot despite a few flaws. Almost like a mixture of caramel, dark and milk chocolate, and vanilla coated cherries. I wish it wasn't so expensive.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black with a frothy head that fades slowly and leaves great lacing.

the aroma is of a stout with chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. earthy background and hint of sour cherry.

Nice tart touch of sour cherry dominates but is held up with a massive chocolate and coffee, roasty, sweet stout. vanilla and toffee in the mix too. Nice balance of sour, sweet, and roast.

smooth and silky

Overall an interesting and complex, delicious sipper.

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