Russian Roulette | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Shares the bottle design with Omnipollo Russian Roulette ( ). You never know which one you get… Russian Roulette!

Added by bark on 03-08-2012

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by OWSLEY069:
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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black-ish color with a tan head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops. In the taste, a dry citrus rind and some sweet hops. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus rind in the aftertaste. Dry, nice orange citrus and quite tasty.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I understand this beer to be a collaboration with a Swedish outfit named Omniopollo, where the same labeled beer can be either a standard IPA or a Black IPA. I got the dark one, pours nearly opaque I'm always nervous how these Danes/Swedes will handle their hops, it's such a new fad to them they're still learning how to wield the powerful hop. Saying that I welcome their craft beer revolution happening, it's good for beer, a step away from one note one dimensional bland Euro lagers. This dark beer is a bit muddled with yeast sediment, creating a black mahogany brune edged body. Thick tan head, fine speckled lacing, scattered forth. Aroma almost mint appeal in the hops, that are both herbal and leafy, amongst the dark acrid nearly burnt malt profile that this beer has to offer. Also some dark baker's chocolate and bread dough come around within the malt profile.
Flavors come forth with bitterness, strong tea leaf, herbal hop bitterness finishes with dark dry bitter chocolate roasted malt flavors. A bit astringent for sure with the dark roasts and menthol/herbal bitterness weighing heavier with each sip. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a super bone dry finish, and acrid lingering hop/black patent malt bitterness. Overall, a style still in it's formative years, solid aspects just didn't mesh well in the flavor department. As it warms, there's more caramelized sugars allowed out to play, with some dough yeast bread like quality that helps each sip to become a bit more enjoyable.

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Photo of Dawkins
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit nonic. Poured dark brown with a two finger light brown head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, fruit, and very subtle roasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, roasted malt, charred malt, citrus, floral, earthy hop, and dirt. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. Just about all aspects of this brew were decent for the style with the exception of the flavor. There was just way too much earthiness going on with it. It was fairly overwhelming for my palate if I am honest as there wasn’t a huge amount of balance going on. While I’m glad I got this version from the bottle that could be either to continue my Evil Twin ticking streak, I am kind of wishing it were the other based on the flavor. Worth taking the risk, but if I had a choice right now I would like to try the other version.

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Photo of sonofliberty2
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of TWStandley
2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed (well, sort of), on NYE.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appeared a dark brown, nearly black color with a one finger light brown head.

Smelled strange...slightly hoppy, slightly smokey, slightly chocolaty.

Taste was not good. Harsh bitterness from the hops followed by a rather astringent smokey tasting black ale. miss IMO.

Mouth-feel was average.

Overall, not good. This was drain poured after a few sips. Really wish I go the IPA version of RR. Oh well!

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Photo of jaydoc
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a two finger high light tan head that has good retention properties because it took a long time to die down and then consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark roasted malts along with a moderate amount of bitterness; hints of pine resin are also noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The roasted nature and bitterness makes your mouth tinge a little.
O: This beer has a good balance of roasted flavors and bitterness and is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of EnronCFO
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JavaNoire
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BeerBucks
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of rarbring
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A black beer, a brown small head, little lacing but good curtains.

Smelling "hoppy", grass, fruits, orange.

Starting sweet, burnt bread, strong licorice, soy sauce and grape-fruit peel.

Little carbonation, coarse texture with a good body, a dry finish.

A lot in this one, somewhat inharmonious.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque but clear dark black in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and hints of cola brown highlights. The beer has a four finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a finger medium/large tall dense cap in the center of the glass and a thick film covering the remainder of the glass with a thick ring. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with some moderate to strong aromas of pine hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted malts with almost a hint of burnt malts as well. That is followed by strong flavors of pine and earthy/spicy hops plus a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Moderate to strong amounts of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall this is a pretty decent American Black Ale and enjoyable though a little more bitter than I generally prefer my beers. Fairly easy to drink and the alcohol is pretty well hidden even though the ABV is not overly high.

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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DustinSWB
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of MrBeige
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of kguard
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It finds the line where American brown ale meets American IPA. It's dry and hoppy, smoky and sultry, chocolaty, toasty, and zesty. Its the American black ale and Evil Twin reconstitutes its dna with effortless and tasty rewards.

Unlike any conventional IPA, the beer's appearance does little to suggest brown ale. Dark bark-brown in color and with an opaque sheen, the beer develops a creamy sandy-tan head with stern retention and intricate patterns of lace left behind.

The masculine beer continues it's brown ale tendencies in aroma as chocolate, hazelnut, heavy toast, and cocoa rich cake batter rise from the plethora of toasted malt. Very mild wood scents emit from the sweeter and richer notes and give just the slightest glimpse into the hops that I expect.

Flavors however begin to turn toward the hops. Cocoa and heavy toast rise first with strong dark flavors that don't cross the line into roast. Bittersweet chocolates, bitter walnut oils, charred bread, and burnt toffee frame the malt round up, just before the hops command attention at mid palate. That's when the grassy sharpness and resinous pine sap flavors grip the palate and ushers in a dry and decidedly bitter finish.

Medium to start but the beer makes quick work of the malt structures and favors hop flavor and bitterness fast. The finish arrives just as the initial malty richness is felt, the beer seems to skip right over the middle palate and into the acrid dry toast finish. Lasting impressions of heavy toast, cocoa, and pine needles carry over to the next sip.

Interestingly, there's little mention of hops in aroma or initial taste. Even when the hops emerge is takes my memory to American-style brown ales like Dogfish Head's India Brown Ale. But as the bitterness intensifies and the malts drop out, the beer finishes with IPA-like proportions, just with the dark grain elements. It's certainly an inquisitive beer for palates curious about hops and dark malts.

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Russian Roulette from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 56 ratings