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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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 suspect
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip.

A: Thick deep black oil slick appearance. Aggressive center pour leads to a slowly building hot cocoa colored head. Fades slowly and big thick heavy lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Cocoa, smooth coffee smell. ABV is well hidden. Very nice, yet simple aroma.

T: Such a nice mix of cocoa, coffee, fig, caramel and a hint of a bite at the end.

M: Huge, smooth bodied beer. Smooth toned down carbonation.

O: A wonderful big stout that's smooth and a nice easy drinker. ABV is really no where to be found which is dangerous and beautiful.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours jet black in color, forms a good finger of extremely dark tan to light brown colored head. Medium head potential, low head retention. Nice solid rings of lacing.
S - 4.25 - Tons of malts, cakey-cookie-biscuit-breadiness, light and distant dark fruit and coffee.
T - 4.25 - Matches the nose closely. Tons of sweet malt, on the border of cake/cookie flavor, medium amount of coffee. Not much chocolate. Slightly boozy and very warming.
F - 4.75 - Nice thick, creamy mouth feel. Full body.
O - 4.25 - One of the better imperial stouts that I have had in a long time.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a deep dark black color, there was a nice looking mocha colored head on top. The retention and lacing don't last too long. The smell of the beer is heavily roasted with a subtle sweetness to it also. The taste of the beer starts off with a bit bitter roasted flavor, some burnt sugar in the also. The flavors are chocolatey and sweet and finishes with a dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is oily and silky, it's very smooth with a thick body to it. Overall this beer is quite impressive. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Probably the best Evil Twin available right now.

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Photo of Omnium
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Pitch black with a nice two finger tan head, thick walls of lacing.
S - Mild coffee, rich deep malt, caramel, milk chocolate, some light burnt woodiness, very roasty.
T - Delicious, sweet and creamy rich malt, very mild coffee, rich silky milk and dark chocolate, almond nuttiness, light smoke. Definitely some dark cherry and fig in here too, there is a very complex profile in the flavor.
M - So smooth and creamy, deep and rich, very balanced and hides the abv well.
O - Excellent imperial stout, very creamy, so smooth and deep, very well balanced.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome bomber from dope (thanks man!) split with my brother, with my portion poured into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Dense, opaque black with thin brown head and decent lacing & alcohol legs.

S: Sweet alcohol; vanilla and almond really dominate, with some coffee and caramel mixed in for good measure. Decent roasted malt presence with plenty of sugary sweetness.

T: Sweeter here, as well; vanilla and caramel upfront. Less alcohol is tasted here than smelled. Decent amount of chocolate and coffee as well.

MF: Medium-to-full body, viscous and creamy. Carbonation was pretty low on this thing but didn't distract at all (though I would have preferred a little more to cut through the sweetness).

O: Really good, and way too easy to drink for how big it is (and even how much felt alcohol there is). Would have preferred a touch more coffee as well, to balance the sweetness, but my complaints are minor.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whomever broke this one out for the tasting... Pours a deep, dark black with only little bits of dark-ass ruby red along the edges. Small tan head forms for a moment, then lapses into a small ring around the glass; not much lacing left behind.

The nose starts off with a thick and heavy, deeply roasted espresso aroma - coffee beans left and right. A bit of nuttiness and creamy sweetness round things out. Overall, this one is pretty straightforward on the nose, but it's one of the best "coffee" aromas I've had the pleasure of smelling. Very raw, pure, and robust - this is how coffee should smell when it's introduced to a beer.

The first flavor to pop is a super sweet coffee/espresso combination - there is a deep, roasted quality in the background, but a bit more noticeable is the "cream and sugar" aspect of it, raising the drinkability without being too sweet or cloying. Intense creaminess leads into a milky brown sugar flavor, followed by burnt syrup and mild molasses. Vanilla and hazelnut play small parts in the background, but are definitely noticeable.

I'm sensing a bit of underlying dark fruits and a slight touch of anise. The alcohol is warming and adds to the robustness without being too scary or demanding. Aftertaste is full of a deep java and mocha flavor, with a bittersweet chocolate element that coats the mouth even after swallowing. This one feels a bit thinner than expected; medium bodied with medium carbonation, still carrying a pretty creamy and silky mouthfeel.

Wow! What a damn good beer. This was one of my favorites from the tasting. So tasty and drinkable for being such a bold and heavy beer. Beautiful coffee and espresso notes with little hints of cocoa, vanilla, and sugar. An absolute pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color, almost black. There's no head whatsoever, even from an aggressive pour. There's only a thin ring of minor carbonation around the rim.

The aroma is really heavy on the coffee and almonds. There's a pleasant aroma of bakers chocolate and touch of vanilla.

No shit. This stuff really tastes like biscotti and a cup of coffee. It's really uncanny. Almonds, coffee, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and chocolate all pop out. It has a long finish of bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The body is heavy but I never would have guessed it was over 11% abv because the alcohol is nearly undetectable.

This was a fantastic beer. It kind of reminded me of some of Southern Tier's offerings like Creme Brulee, Mokah, etc, but much more modest and I mean that in a very good way.

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Photo of Spattastic
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Jet black with a medium viscosity and a thick 1/4 inch head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation bubbles coat the glass.

Smell - sweet, slightly roasted, milk chocolate, fresh baked bread (wheat), a hint of vanilla, and touch of a marzipan.

Taste - Immediately, an almond milk chocolate candy bar combined with vanilla wafers. The nutty, marzipan flavor comes through. Dark roasted malt flavors, but not overly so. Finishes with a dark salted chocolate, espresso-like flavor with just a hint of bitterness. I think chocolate dipped almond biscotti (given the name) is an excellent adjective to describe this beer. This is a sweeter style stout but even at 11.5%, the alcohol flavor is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as its deep color suggests. Smooth with medium carbonation. Slightly chewy.

Overall - I tried this about a month ago and immediately bought another bottle. It's delicious, sweet, and surprisingly easy to drink. More of an after-dinner beer. Some may find this too sweet but it suits my palate. Well worth $15 and worth seeking out.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sample pour
Black with good lacings, light brown foam cap

Aroma of sweet coffee

Sweet dark fruits, raisins, coffee, vanilla

Smooth almost syrupy

Great beer

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ok Evil Twin you're 2 for 3 in the stout department. Love this and Liquid Double Fudge. Big aroma and flavor chocolate, vanilla, almond. As advertised, except I got no coffee? Smooth and strong, $5 a can I should have bought 2 but didn't because of the 2 Jesus I hated. Overall excellent.

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Photo of GregA135
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this back on Thanksgiving, just forgot to log it

Poured a dark brown/black color with a tan head

Smelled of coffee, sweet cream and a bit of chocolate

Tasted like a biscotti with coffee and chocolate, an excellent dessert beer. Definitely paired well with the Thanksgiving dinner.

Low carbonation and smooth

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a Toppling Goliath Snifter

A- Very attractive Imperial Stout. Nice one finger dark brown frothy head, dissipates slowly, really nice lacing sticks to the glass. Color is pitch black, no light is getting through this baby.
S- BIG coffee upfront, some brown sugar comes out, some vanilla as well, the coffee is just awesome, takes over everything. Slight chocolaty aroma as well.
T- Wow so rich, big roast upfront, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, bitter sweetness, vanilla, everything i could ask for in a non barrel aged Imperial Stout, very easy to drink the alcohol is no where to be seen.
M- Big mouthfeel, thick as it goes down, sticky on the palate
O- Really impressed with this beer, allot of taste in this one, love the rich vanilla coffee taste, just lingers in your mouth after every sip. Hard to stop drinking it. Usually i would share a bottle of this with a friend, but right now I'm very glad I'm having this solo.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber, poured into snifter. A post-dinner digestive.

A - Well, we have a warm-black impenetrable with a nice dark-taupe head, which sticks around even after it's settled.

S - No big surprise, but this is all dark-roast, dark chocolate, and some sweet-boozy edge that portends the 11.5% ABV.

T - Like chocolate and cherry, melting in your mouth as you have a sip of Irish coffee. The coffee is not as prominent as I'd expect given the bouquet and the billing. The cherry/cream/booze accents perks up the whole business.

M - Thick and oily as you'd expect. Heavy enough to keep you pacing yourself.

O - Well, this works as a fine, playful nighttime treat. I'd put it in the same category as Ten FIDY, Brooklyn Black Chocolate, Peche Mortel or any number of other fine dark, boozy, sweet stouts. That's to say it's tasty without separating from the pack. I'd gladly enjoy from time to time, but with so many great Imperial Stouts out there I don't see myself seeking it out. Nonetheless, would recommend unreservedly.

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Photo of BobZ
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle poured into a Bourbon County Snifter. Bottled on 11/05/10. Thanks to Hugonaut13 for the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown with a 1/2" tan head that quickly recedes to a cap and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet almond,vanilla, and chocolate in that exact order of dominance

Taste: Almond up front with sweet chocolate and a whole lot of vanilla flavor. This beer is a flavor bomb with so much depth, so tasty. It pushes the envelope on sweetness but not to far, remarkably good for a beer on the sweet side. It never becomes cloying.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and rich.

Overall: Really a delicious beer, a massive amount of flavor built on the almond, vanilla, & chocolate troika. As I mentioned on the sweeter side but extraordinarily delicious.

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Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – black with a short, brown head

S – roasted malts, faint spice, a hint of coffee

T – creamy, rich, roasted malts, faint coffee—dessert, much like a biscotti

M – smooth, full bodied, perfectly carbonated

This is a deliciously balanced beer. It’s rich, complex, and smooth. It accomplishes exactly what the name indicates – a biscotti. This would make a perfect after dinner beer or a great cold weather beer. Either way it is well worth a try.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This finally hit the NYC area in bottles, Pours a very nice black and with a swirl of the glass you get a nice brown hue. Little carbonation noted. The taste is really great. Outstanding balance between coffee, chocolate, vanilla and anise. Such a desert beer. Don't age this, drink it fresh if you can! Well done!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Most excellent. This fine imperial stout pours from the 22 oz bottle thick, rich and decadently black with a dark tan had that dissipates to a thin ring and thin layer of foam with light lacing. Nose of rich roasted almonds, rich roasted coffee, toffee, crème brulee, and strong booze. Flavors of sweet almonds coat the taste to all sides with rich espresso flavors. Toffee, brown sugar, and strong alcohol power through the back with a lingering coating wet finish. Slick oily mouth feel with a super sweet aftertaste that lingers rounds this beast out. Astounding sipper.

Cheers

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inky black with khaki head

Vanilla, prunes, plums in the nose.

Taste surprised me on first sip...wasn't what I expected from the nose. Lots of rasberry.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, but still light....drinks easy for 11.5%

Unique and enjoyable. The fruit is what I'll remember most.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/8/13

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Dark, dark, dark - pours like oil, thicker than anything I've poured in recent memory - very viscous - still manages to form a head - not much, and it fades quickly to a brown ring that leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Despite the big, bad, burly appearance, it actually smells pretty charming - rich, decadent malts - burnt and roasty notes, but the emphasis is more on a range of aromas - I know the name of this beer is biasing me, but I must admit that this kind of smells like biscotti and coffee - dark, rich coffee - caramel malts, caramel, toffee, cookies - some sugar, some booze - nicely roasty and dry overall

Taste: Adequately ridiculous - very reminiscent of biscotti blended with rich, roasty, dark, bitter coffee - big coffee notes - burnt, roasty malts - chewy caramel, dry cookies - lightly sweet overall, with a touch of booze - a lot of chocolate, as well, which I didn't quite notice in the aroma - cocoa, dark chocolate, and baker's chocolate - decadent, rich, and very interesting

Mouthfeel: Full, but not as heavy as it looks, extremely smooth, finishes dry, a lovely sipper

Overall: Ah, yes... I was wondering what would break first... Your spirit, or your biscotti?

This is a treat. It's not the best beer I've ever had, but it is quite a top tier coffee stout. Or imperial stout. Or whatever the hell you want to label it. It's very interesting and very tasty. I hate to say it, but it's almost worth the high price point!

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Photo of Robomunky
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Malt and Vine. Pitch black, very thin head. Smells like toffee. Sweet with lots of coffee and toffee. Very good. Sits heavy, so drink with a friend.

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Photo of bmwats
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a slight, bubbly, dark brown head. Settles quickly, leaving a beer ring only. No real lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and booze.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate is prominent, a little roasted coffee, a touch of black licorice, and some plum and fig.

M: Thick, hearty, syrupy, and a little boozy. A bit of sweetness in the front, and a touch of bitterness in the finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really nice. Dark and intimidating, not real head or lacing. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate are really prominent in the nose, and a bit of booze. Dark chocolate is a big part of the flavor profile as well, some bitter roasted espresso beans, and savory sweet earthy fruit. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1519th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

2012 release
Thanks to ShanePB for this one.

App- A huge thick and creamy crimson brown pour. Similar to chocolate and garnet mixed with a small 1/2" off tan head with a puddle of bubbles on edges. Maybe a couple dots.

Smell- holy hell batman. I wanna bath in the aroma. Very similar to BCBVS without the vanilla and bourbon. Creamy, malty, rich and syrupy thick on the nose. Coffee is very mellow and only touches of bitter.

Taste- What a good stout. Lots going on in the glass. A super creamy stout with a bit of a grainular cracker thing and then the melted chocolate comes in with a thick malt. Again the coffee is hidden but after you sip, the crushed bean flavor comes out. Can anyone else find a small quad note? Cherries on the finish?

Mouth- A very creamy and almost thick body. Not oily or that filling but a substantial body. The carbonation is straddling the line between and a low and medium body. A good residual grainy coffee and chcocolate flavor with a bit of cracker.

Drink- Hot damn that was good! A lot going on and not overly boozy, grainular or sweet? Super well balanced and a great flavorful and fuller stout. Not sure how old this is but hot damn

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Photo of do_ob
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a tulip. Intense dark choclate and candied sugar on the nose along with notes of vanilla, honey, and syrup. Medium weight, and a touch more watery than I expected. The taste pretty much follows the smell, unfolding flavors of sweet chocolate, maple syrup, oaky vanilla, and sweet, roasted malt. Not much complexity, but damn tasty. Alcohol is hidden very well.

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Photo of uvachief
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a dark rich chocolate.color with a full finger of head. Draft. Hints of chocolate, brown sugar and cream. Traditional imperial stout. very smooth and light in the mouth. After tastes of sugar, maybe cinnamon. Easy to consume. No burn of course. Great stout.

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Photo of Buck89
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter at near room temp - love the can format. I shied away from the bombers of this stuff. A beautiful opaque dark brown color with a thick foamy tan head. It receded quickly but left some nice tracks. Aromas of biscotti and macaroons up front, with cocoa, cinnamon, and vanilla. The taste was mainly milk chocolate with nice subtle notes of sweet biscuit, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, cherry, and raspberries. Full bodied with a creamy feel. Nice warming at the end with mild alcohol presence - not too hot for a RIS. Superb - my favorite Evil Twin beer thus far.

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