Soft Xmas | Evil Twin Brewing

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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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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by jpmclaug:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ehammond1
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
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 SPRichard
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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 thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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 stormywaters
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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 oso
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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 JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

17oz bottle picked up tonight at the COOP .... poured into my Cigar City snifter.... dark tan head with a sorta pinkish head to it ... good lacing and retention... black brew.

Nose is big and roasty... tons of chocolate and a very nice cherry element...

Flavor mirrors the nose... but the cherry is more prevalent.. it tastes like a chocolate cherry cordial that has been fermented out.. there is just enough sweetness to pull the cocoa and cherry up and out of the glass.

Interesting, but just doesn't really wow by any stretch... the flavors are good, but don't quite mesh IMO.

A light carbonation makes the medium body seem thicker and more coating. Definitely a sipper.


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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: I'm a sucker for a handsome imp stout and this is one. Solid dark brown with a decent sized tan head. The head dissipates but plenty for a nearly 11%er.
smell: Interesting. Smells like a chocolate covered cherry. Something not quite on, like a chocolate covered cherry that you suspect won't taste too good. We'll see.
taste: Pretty much as expected. Again, chocolate covered cherry.
mouthfeel: full and creamy, medium carbonation.
overall: On the minus side, I must confess I'm not a fan of chocolate covered cherries. On the plus side, they pull it off pretty well, i.e, if you dig choc covered cherries give this a shot.

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Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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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4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
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 JayS2629
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of cnbrown313
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 stouts4me
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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 rfgetz
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BeerBuddy2122
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Soft Xmas from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 88 ratings