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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Roman Empire had a certain "je ne sais quoi" - festive food culture, extravagant architecture, and spectacular live entertainment. Some might argue the Emperors were brutal, mad, and hungry for power, and the people vain when taking baths and working out all day. Listen - that's still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient - keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant, and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for a while. Not disappointed in the slightest.
Pours a nearly jet black and viscuous looking color with a lovely mocha head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, nutty, and dark fruit. Full bodied, rich and creamy smooth. Sweet on the tongue, roasted malt, chocolate and nutty flavor. The ABV is high and the alcohol is ever present but not boozy; it provides balance. A modest hops profile also adds some balance.
Decadent and lush! I loved it!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh yes. Got lucky and stumbled across this in NYC. Great texture and feel. Quite smooth. Flavor is great. Great level of malts. Superb tone of coffee. Balance really works. Carbonation is smooth. Way too easy to drink. I wish I had gotten more of this when I had the chance. Nice to be able to get a beer people have been raving about and have it live up to the hype.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark. Rich. Terra cotta head. Packs a ton of dark, decadent flavor: chocolate, almond, fudge, dried fig, dates. A wonderful stout. I've had it both on tap and from the bottle. It's smooth as silk going down, with very little alcohol burn. Top notch.

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Photo of sanzenapocalypz
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Draft. Pours a very dark pretty much opaque color. Dark toffe colored head, subsided after a couple minutes with a thin layer remaining. Looks tasty. Aromas of roasty caramel, chocolate, and hints of vanilla. Roasted heavy malts smell as well. I taste a boozy, roasted dark chocolate at the front, hints of vanilla and coffee are in there too. Overall, it tastes just like what i would think dunking a biscotti stick in coffe would taste like. Malty and caramel slight hints as well. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Its fairly boozy. Mice smooth finish with a good lingering taste that's not too overpowering.

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Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter color.   Two finger, dark mocha head that has good retention, only slowly settling into a thick, lasting ring.  Splotches of soapy lacing left behind.  Looks great!  

Deeply roasted dark malt aroma with perfectly roasted gourmet coffee beans, lactic cream, silky chocolate malt notes and subtle English biscuit/cookie in there.  Deep roast but not acrid or burnt smelling with hints of charred toast, oatmeal, dark choose and espresso bean followed by bakers chocolate, caramel, toffee, lactic cream and biscuit.

Full bodied and viscous with deeply roasted coffee bean and dark malt flavor.  Dry and pretty bitter but never acrid or harsh wih lots of lactose and silky chocolate malt sweetness countering the roast.  Excellent espresso bean flavor along with burnt toast, oatmeal and dark cacoa powder.  Lactic cream toward the finish smoothing things out along with silky chocolate, fudge, bakers chocolate, toffee and caramel.  Very complex and I can even pick up hints of licorice, English biscuit and dark fruit as it warms.  Decent heat but the ABV is well masked making this beer very easy to drink.   There's a really great  balance of roasted coffee and sweeter dessert-like notes which also help drinkability.  Another impressive beer from Evil Twin.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a thick, jet black with just a crust of brown head. Minimal to no lacing.

S- amazing coffee, dark chocolate and maple syrup.

T- sweet maple syrup, slight molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, with some bitterness at the finish.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Thick, syrupy with some heat from the abv as it warms.

O- very good coffee RIS. Amazing coffee and chocolate flavors and the heat is hidden pretty well at 11.5%.

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Photo of Holland
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to da_bulls for this bottle!

A: dark black, thick, and a one finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S: coffee, chocolate, roasted malt

T: same flavors as the smell, but I'm impressed with the blend of the flavors. Tastes like it was brewed with a lot of chocolate since OI'm able to taste the chocolate even with the strong coffee and malt flavors.

M: creamy, rich, full body, and still has good carbonation

O: right up there with Breakfast Stout for my favorite coffee stout. Would love to compare side by side, bu

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Photo of Damasen
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a mocha head with a slight red tinge. Smell is amazing, almost like a dunkaccino with roasted malt. First taste is dark chocolate that transitions into a type of dark fruit in the middle of the tongue then ends with big roasted malt flavors. Mouth feel is medium, expected a bit fuller mouth feel but not too thin. Overall it is a great imperial stout of something that I was looking for, something dunkaccino-esque. So if you like those you'll love this.

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Photo of Jonada
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Best before 2015. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Nearly jet black in color with less than a finger of a dark tan, almost brown head. Head dissipates to a thin film and collar. Body is opaque.

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted coffee, sweet and roasted malt, almonds and molasses.

Taste: Big malt sweetness upfront, but not overpowering or cloying. Big flavors of coffee and vanilla, as well as chocolate, nuts, caramel and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the lower end of medium.

Overall: This one doesn't disappoint. Incredibly complex and well balanced. It's also highly drinkable for 11.5%. One of the best non barrel aged stouts I've had.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (does it come any other way but maybe a keg ;-) into a DFH chalice. No "bottled on" date. It was a bit too cold, but I let it warm up.

A - Poured a viscous opaque black, healthy pour produced only a half finger of brown mocha-like rocky head that quickly dissipates. A few swrils bring the head back. Almost no lacing.

S - Big coffee and vanilla notes, sweetness.

T - Vanilla (but not overwhelming like some beers), coffee, roasted malt, hints of licorice, some bitterness in the finish.

MF - Smooth with just a bit of alcohol bite.

O - Excellent beer, unique in that it does not over do the vanilla. Relatively balanced, but sweet leaning. A rich beer so make plans to have someone available to share your bomber. Make sure the beer is at the right temp. Stating the obvious, but as the beer warms the flavors intensify.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a thick, viscous black with a thin film of medium brown head, generous ring. Pretty good retention and some spots of lace.

S: Dark coffee, graham cracker, cream, milk chocolate, vanilla extract, cherry. Smells like an IRS.

T: Thick chocolate like syrup, dark coffee, maybe some cinnamon, hoppy undertone lends a little grip, cherry, ultra smooth and no bitterness. Delicious.

M: Full bodied, very lightly carbed. Thick, almost like syrup, but velvety smooth.

O: Really delicious, well crafted beer. Superb balance and decent complexity. The alcohol is completely well hidden. This is like an adult version of chocolate milk.

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Photo of spacebear09
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance- Jet black, but there appears to be some dark brown sediment in this beer. An extravagant, frothy head sits atop the brew. It looks almost as if someone tried to float a chocolate milkshake on top of a glass of motor oil.

Smell- Espresso, almonds, vanilla, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies

Taste- Espresso > hazelnuts > dark chocolate > repeat. Delicious taste shifts linger for minutes after taking a sip thanks to some extremely chewy malts. This beer washes over you with such massive waves of flavor that you could drown in it. A hint of tobacco spiciness up front and lingering cacao/espresso bitterness in the finish. I was expecting this to be overly sweet but it's not. This beer is just right.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy carbonation, this beer is luxuriously creamy.

Overall- A very delicious RIS. Much better than the Imperial Doughnut Break, in my opinion. Quite hard to justify at the price point ($18 per bomber) but still delicious and a welcome occasional change of pace from the always amazing Old Rasputin.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured bottle best before 2015 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a deep black motor oil like with a thick tan head. Some lacing.

S-Aroma of vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate and hint of coffee roast.

T-Taste is dark chocolate with a strong bitterness, vanilla, hazelnut and roast coffee with a slight boozy aftertaste.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced oily at first with some stickiness at the end.

O-Overall I enjoyed this beer and it met my expeditions great job evil twin.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque black, 2 finger mocha head, good retention, medium lacing.
AR: Almonds, vanilla, coffee, lactose creaminess, chocolate.
T: Follows nose, subtle bitterness on the finish.
M: Creamy, oily, and sticky, medium carbonation, medium thick body, slight alcohol warmth on finish.

Hard to find anything bad to say about this beer. As advertised ... Like liquid praline mixed w/ coffee.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark with a good sized head. Smooth and tan. Big, rich nose with vanilla, almond and fudge. Some coffee way in the back. Flavor is coffee, then a punch of fudge brownie. Sweet cream/custard winds through as it warms. Lighter feel. Nice alcohol burn.

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Photo of jlindros
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another share with rudzud.

Forced pour yields a nice thick creamy dense choc milk colored 1/2 fingered head, fades semi slowly with nice lacing, pretty much pitch black color.

Nose is pretty nice, plenty of dark malts and candy like, nice nutty toffee biscuit like cookie, I guess a biscotti, light caramel, faint candy chocolate, some light minerals and dark roasty malts, light fluffy nougat, and faint grassy earthy hops. There's also a nice earthy coffee bean that doesn't get too bitter or acrid, the more I nose the more fresh roasted espresso I get.

Taste starts syrupy, like coffee syrup, light toffee and some nice butterscotch, tons of caramel, like caramel candies, creamed caramel, etc. Coffee is nice, fresh earthy nutty espresso, light bitter cookie like maybe biscotti, and there is a nice nutty quality but not the almond like character I almost expected for "biscotti". creamy smooth nice nutty flavor, fair sweetness and just a touch of booze. Again the minerals are there with light toasted character. Candy like flavors are nice too, and faint grassy hops round off the flavor. Finish is semi bitter, dry, some bitter roast and fresh coffee lingering, plenty of fresh coffee and more candy toffee caramel nutty flavors lingering.

Mouth is fuller bodied, smooth and a bit on the rich side, decent carb, faint warming booze.

Overall quite nice, very tasty. Smooth, rich, quite tasty, nice aroma, well done Imperial stout I would come back to plenty of times. I can see the hype for this one. Booze is hidden pretty well too, nice coffee, caramel, cookie and candy flavors without getting too sweet or undrinkable.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black. Creamy brown head. No lacing that I can see.

Smell: Rich and delicious. Biscotti, I suppose. Coffee and chocolate laden. So much it's ridiculous. I don't get the alcohol one bit.

Taste/feel: To be honest, reminds me quite a lot of their Imperial Doughnut Break, as it has that same sort of doughiness (though not quite to the same extent), but with more and better flavor. Great creamy feel with a mild/moderate mouthfeel. Quite sweet, but also a deep roasted flavor with some bitterness on the finish. A lot of alcohol warmth here that dries the mouth right up. The alcohol can't be tasted at all, but certainly felt.

Incredibly good beer. $18 for a 22oz bottle is definitely a pretty hefty price, but it's also one hell of a hefty brew. A fantastic biscotti/dough/coffee/sweet nose that tastes almost just as good. A big beer that's well worth trying. One of the best beers I've ever had, for sure. A bit on the sweeter side, but that's to be expected from this beer, I think... but that's just a nitpick. BUY THIS BEER.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black. Poured like motor oil with no head.

S: The dominate aroma here is heavily roasted coffee. There is subtle chocolate in the background.

T: Coffee is the dominate flavor here. There is a ton of dark malt and coffee.

M: Very thick and viscous but extremely light on the carbonation.

O: Extreamly good beer. Get it if you can.

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Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep deep dark black with a coffee head that rapidly dissipates and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate notes dominate.

Taste: ok, now the name makes sense. Tastes appropriate for its name. Lots of coffee notes as well. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: cleaner than Even More Jesus for sure. Lot less sticky than many others in its class.

Overall: I'm quite impressed.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A big thanks to Bill for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Dense pour yields an opaque, pitch black brew with a slight dark mocha head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is patchy and stringy with decent stick and thick, oily legs. Solid.

Nose is booze, lactose, coffee, chocolate, and fudge. Moderately aromatic and unmistakably decadent. Nice.

Opens sweet milk chocolate, lactose and roasted malt. Some sweet espresso and coffee beans in the middle with fudge brownie, more chocolate, and some dark fruit at the end. Finishes chocolate, mocha, and sweet roast with the same aftertaste. A rich, luxurious, over-the-top experience for sure. Real nice.

Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Silky smooth and rich in the mouth and goes down warm and thick. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Fits perfectly.

I've heard a lot about this beer and the praise is well deserved beer. This is truly one of the ultimate desert beers. Complex, thick, rich, and very decadent. This one's a sipper for sure and one that'll slowly reveal itself throughout the experience. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, batch #001 13:58. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black with no light coming through. Medium tan head with thick sheets of persistent lacing. Initial 1/4" head died back to a thin ring at the edges.

Smell: Vanilla, almond, just a bit of espresso.

Taste: A perfect blend of vanilla, almond, roasted malt, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, cream, and an alcohol accent. Really an amazing dessert in a glass. Definitely a sweet beer, but it is countered at the finish with the bitter coffee notes.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy and quite thick. Just right carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping beer to enjoy after dinner. While this would pair really well with a dessert, I don't think one is needed as this beer is dessert. One per evening with a wonderful potent beer like this one, and 16oz is just right.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip 29/4/13 cheers Rutager for getting this one into my hands

A shes a black one with just a thumbnail's worth of dark cola edge, finger of dark mocha head has average retention and leaves no lace

S lots of chocolate syrup, sponge toffee and chocolate covered almonds, coffees hard to miss but it already has cream and sugar added, fudge is strong and I have no idea where the 11.5% is hiding, vanilla works well, dose it really smell like biscotti? or is it just in my head? either way this one smells rich and sexy

T sweet chocolate and burnt sugar mix with dark bread and faint Nutella spread, but the hazelnuts extremely faint, the coffees almost like the pre-sweetened little packets you add hot water to while camping, it tastes better then that sounds though I promise

M thick and syrupy, very sticky on the lips and not much for heat considering its 11.5%, silky and thick with a sweet finish

O looks basic but far from basic in every other area, I'm not sure what I like the most about this one but I have plenty to choose from

I can see where the hypes coming from because this ones awesome, great mix of chocolate and coffee and I'm impressed that 11.5% is almost completely concealed. I'm shocked how easy this one is to drink, no issues taking down the bomber even after tackling a few strong beer beforehand. I'm finding that one eye wants to close from the booze and my other eye's wide open from the coffee, this could be a long night

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Photo of vfgccp
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Solid black body with a muddy brown highlight at the rim. Dark khaki head with ok retention and lace.

S - Clean, relatively straight forward nose. Raw espresso, dry wood, and a touch of booze.

T - Dark roast coffee, touch of cream, bitter char, burnt caramel, soft booze, dark chocolate.

M - Smooth, creamy, with a medium frame.

O - An excellent imperial stout. Great flavor profile and balance.

P - Exceptional (even for imperial stouts) with fudgey brownies.

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Photo of treznor
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, silky, black, asking you to just have one more. It certainly doesn't drink like its 11.5% ABV, but don't let it fool you.

Pours solid black with a nice dark tan head and slight lacing.

Smell is slighlty sweet with just a hint of what is to come. after warming up a bit the almond started to come through stronger.

The taste is where it's really at for me. The slight sweetness balances the slight bitterness and everything just comes together to get that biscotti flavor Evil Twin was going for.

Overall a very solid beer!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 06/28/12 notes. Was very excited to be able to pick a few bottles of this up at Stateline in MD last night. Shared with my brother, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two fingers of dark brown head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about three minutes and leaves some light, spotty lacing. One inch of retention throughout drinking. Looks perfect for a big stout.

s - Smells of coffee, espresso, sweet chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, cream, and bready malts. Smell is awesome; a wonderful mix of espresso and chocolate. I love it.

t - Tastes of coffee, cocoa, espresso, sweet chocolate, vanilla. Little bit less chocolate than the nose, though the coffee is still strong again. Very nice, though I liked the nose better.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and creamy body. Wonderful mouthfeel; can't believe it is 11.5% ABV. Pretty perfect here.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic beer; I was blown away by how good it was considering I have been underwhelmed by pretty much every Evil Twin beer I've had. It looks and feels fantastic, and has a great chocolate/espresso nose. One of the best coffee stouts I've had, and certainly doesn't feel like 11.5%. Very glad I picked up a second bottle of this as I'll love to have it again. Will try and hold off until the fall when it is cooler to drink my other bottle, but is drinking wonderful now. A world class coffee stout.

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