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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 ttroha
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Bottle from Maltitude. Pours dark black with tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma of roasted coffee and caramel. Tastes of espresso, caramel and booze. As a slow boozy burn that lingers on my throat and tongue after each sip. Delicious

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Photo of sommersb
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

Tasted On: 09-14-2014
Freshness: Best before 2015
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Liquor Barn, Bowling Green KY

The label says it was brewed and bottled at Westbrook Brewing in Mount Pleasant, SC

Appearance is a jet black beer with a finger and a half of tan head. Sticky lacing with a good level of retention.

Aromas have coffee, oak woodiness, licorice, vanilla, and dark fruits such as fig. Very impressive in the nose.

The taste is sweet and malty, plus some bitterness of French roast coffee. I also get alcohol warming and some whiskey notes.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy on a heavy body. The finish has semisweet chocolate and light roasted coffee notes.

Big and bold, heavy beer. Very nice melding of coffee and chocolate. Best for slow sipping and sharing.

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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 spacebear09
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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 nodder
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

A- Pitch black with a one finger tan head. Pours thick and leaves slight sticky lacing.

S- Coffee, chocolate, and almond. Some slight booziness in the smell but well hidden.

T- Milk chocolate, vanilla/almond, and sugary coffee. Just heavenly.

M- Silky smooth full mouth feel. Low carbonation. ABV well masked.

O- I love sweet stouts and this is one of the best, imo. Try it!

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

A-motor oil black with thin tan head with lacing that seems to go on forever.

S- coffee and coco almond with some vanilla.

T- taste like a chocolate covered almond short bread cookie dipped into roasted coffee with beautiful Carmel and vanilla notes.

M- med-full bodied with slight carbonation. A nice and silky smooth going down.

O- such an amazing imperial stout with great complexity. This brew is so good and a must try

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 22oz bomber poured into a snifter

A: Dark on the pour – not quite jet black, but as close to black as a dark brown could get; dark khaki colored head, but it does not remain for long, as it disappears to a swirl of fine bubbles that settle as a small patch on the surface; coats the inner surface of the glass, leaving a sticky sheen in its wake on the drink-down.

S: Dark roast coffee on first impression; bittersweet baker’s chocolate, followed by a lighter sweeter scent – like vanilla-flavored almond milk; really, the nose is starting to take on an iced coffee profile to me – the roasted overtones of coffee blended with chocolate and a splash of almond milk to moderate.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans blending with lighter, sweeter hints of milk chocolate at the start; creamy vanilla and the unmistakable flavor of almond press through the middle; lingering coffee and chocolate bitterness on the finish, when a slight kiss of alcohol warmth appears; conceptually, you do get the impression that Evil Twin used biscotti cookies somewhere in the brewing process (Akin to dry hopping? Or just aging the beer on biscotti? Is it that far-fetched?) But regardless of how Evil Twin has accomplished this imitation of flavor, what is most impressive is how it feels true to form – the light vanilla-almond sweetness pleasingly breaks through the richer coffee flavors as one might dip/stir a biscotti in their post-meal coffee.

M: Sufficiently thick with a nice creaminess that eases upon the palate.

O: Wonderful. I have never had an Evil Twin stout (or Imperial Porter, as the case may be) that has let me down. The flavors are really nailed here, all while the 11.5% ABV remains firmly behind the scene, letting you know it is there without taking away from the star of the show – the vanilla and almond biscotti sweetness. Definitely worth dropping the extra couple of dollars to try a bottle – you won’t be disappointed.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Super dark black with it's brown accent. Thin brown head that rose to maybe a third of a finger's length.

Smell: Deep aroma of coffee and chocolate cream. I want to inhale this.

Taste: Strong potent and complex taste. It's lightly bitter with a touch of sugar and molasses with just the right notch espesso feel.

Mouth: Really sticky. Almost a syrup finish but not as sweet as you would think.

Overall: Yes it is good, in reality it is incredible. Little pricy like most Evil Twin stuff but lives up to the hype. Grab your favorite glass and movie and you are set. Salud!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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 MimDIPA
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

A- dark black, viscous pour with a 1/2 inch, tan cappacino head.
S- some roasted malt and dark raisin-like fruits, but mostly delicious dark chocolate. Almost like chocolate covered raisins.
T- follows the nose,bit more fruit, same roasty malts, and tons of dark chocolate. Finishes with a lightly bitter coffee. Smack you lips and you get perfectly roasted coffee
MF - thick but not too thick, coats the mouth and doesn't quit
O- one of my favorite nonBA imp stouts. Would put this right up there with tenfidy. Not much of a coffee stout fan, at least so far--lagunitas cappuccino was mediocre at best and big bad baptist is too overpowering w the coffee. But this does it just subtle enough-almost would like more coffee! Excellent beer; made me happy after a 10.5 hour workday on a Friday

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz.

Pours jet black with a dark nutty tan head about two inches thick. The head is fine and firm and dissipates very slowly, retaining as a film.

Smells of rich cocoa, caramel, and coffee over a rich biscuity malt base. Some hints of vanilla and licorice.

Rich, bold flavor is a mixture of coffee, cream, chocolate, caramel, and roasted biscuit malt. Again, hints of vanilla creep through as well.

The body is full with tingling carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Definitely a top-shelf stout, well worth seeking out and trying for fans of the style. Probably have to hand it to his brother, Mikkeler's Brunch Weasel as my current favorite stout, but Evil Twin certainly brings the competition.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW!!!
I've been somewhat disappointed by EvilTwin beers so far, so I wasnt sure what to make of this one.

The pour was perfect for a dark jet black stock. The creamy glistening feel as the beer is poured into the glass. Then the light chocolate fluff of a head that stays enough to let you know there is more coming.

The first sip! No chocolate, no coffee, no biscotti flavor, but bursting with deep rich malt that is so perfectly balanced.

Then the second and the third sips, slowly the chocolate and coffee begin to unveil themselves. There was also a fuller sense of alcohol as you drank more of this.

Sticks to your ribs, warms your stomach just making you feel good all over!

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful, pitch black beer with a frothy tan head. Smell is mild with strong hints of coffee and slight hints of chocolate and cocoa. The taste is pretty similar with the coffee even more prominent but not overwhelming To me, many coffee stouts have too much coffee and not enough beer, but this is among the most balanced I've had. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, though a bit thinner than many imperials. Oddly, I enjoyed this beer more when it was really cold and felt it didn't improve with warming.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle - $15.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Chugs out an onyx black body with a thickish, slowly receding, dark tan-hued head.

Smell: IB is marked by its unmistakable almond-scented nose that literally jumps out of the glass, followed fast by robust, just-roasted coffee, melty sweet chocolate, subtle vanilla beans, steeped prunes, and a splash of clean alcohol.

Taste: A double-chocolate almond cookie dunked in rich morning-fresh coffee generously dosed with sweetened vanilla-flavored almond milk and even a drip of Amaretto. A dark fruitiness shortly creeps in, as does a (very) little roasty bitterness, maybe a snippet of restrained leafy, tobacco-laced hops. The various flavors, some nutty, and the dessert-like sweetness just roll back and forth over the tongue, progressing beyond the smooth, slightly warming, slightly drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Silky mouthfeel.

Overall: Listen, if you can't get excited about this beer, you don't deserve coffee, vanilla beans OR almonds.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 22oz into a goblet.

A: pours a real nice pitch black velvet with a sharp thin carbonation dissipating quickly. Pretty color on the head but quickly goes to a flat appearance. Not an issue. How I like my stouts.

S: Real nice coffee like fair trade. Bitter chocolate. Real clean. No off putting bitterness.

T: Amazing. Reminds me a lot of brunch weasel. The coffee is so clean and integrates well with the subtle chocolate. A lot of stouts I want bourbon barrel aged to hide some things or enhance. Not this guy.

M: Damn near perfect from start to finish. Long finish leaving u with a refined chocolate lingering non-syrupy feel. No alcohol burn.

Overall: Pretty shocked. Not expecting much thinking this was gonna be another marked up international offering that would rival a stone ris. Not the case here. Going back for more prob not to age though. One of those rare stouts I can't see barrel aging benefiting.

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

22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep viscous black w/ a reddish brown head. Beautiful.

Aroma is dark roasted malt, espresso, bitter chocolate. Rich, earthy, inviting.

Taste is big and robust; strong coffee, chocolate. Some caramel, vanilla and molasses.

Mouthfeel is thick and coating, slick. Not syrupy. Nice dry finish.

Overall an outstanding imperial stout, hits on all cylijnders.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter.

A- beautiful mocha-colored head, pillowlike, quickly dissipating head. No visible lace. Pitchblack liquid. 4.25

S- donuts and coffee. Vanilla, lactose, a bit of spice, booze. Clove. 4

T- caramel and chocolate. Tastes like a Rolo. Sweet and creamy coffee with a stiff finish. 4.25

M- sweet and malty initially, then very bitter and dry. Thick and creamy with only a light carbonation. Excellent beer. 4.25

O- delicious as fuck.

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Photo of hillvt4me
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- pours black w/ a mocha head. Solid lacing around glass.

S - The aroma was overly ripe bananas, chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee.

T -the ripe bananas are prominent with a deep chocolate, cinnamon and coffee finish.

M- Full bodied, not sweet or bitter, thick and balanced. Mild carbonation.

O - Spectacular flavor and mouth-feel. I hope this is consistently good. More to come.

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Photo of fgmiele
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle directly into torst wine glass. Pours opaque deep cocoa black with a two finger fluffy caramel head. Head dissipates quickly..nose is sweet dark cocoa, caramelly mocha and overall sweetness. Taste follows the nose...starting with a definitive chocolate foreground that develops effortlessly into big chocolate, booze, cream, and light smokiness. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy like a milkshake..overall another win for evil twin stouts.

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Photo of beer456
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice looking pour. Pours dark brown. Has nice desert taste. Alcohol gives it a nice pungency but not overpowering. Sweetness and the alcohol balance very nicely. Would like to try again during cold winter months. Had it in June and really not the right season for it.

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Photo of Hesscabob
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Received via trade, along with cherry natale I will wait until Christmas to have.

A - Dark as night with a dark mocha head. Lacing around glass advises this will be a sticky pungent stout. Perfect.

S - The aroma was fantastic, chocolate, chocolate marshmallow, roasted malt, smelled a bit boozy but yes its 11.5% so I'll allow it.

T - Only one peg down from BCBS, smooth, chocolate takes over, tastes like im eating a smore without the ashes from the campfire, bliss. Straight forward with not alot of complexity but it didnt need to be complex to be as great as it was.

M- Full bodied, not sweet not bitter, used the perfect amount of everything. Bit overly carbonated but fantastic.

O - Was told not to age this beer so I bought 2 just in case they were wrong and glad I saved another because I think the booziness might settle along with the carbonation levels.

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Photo of JiffyP
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious! The chocolate notes rule the aftertaste. Never bitter, so smooth, easy drink. Had this after the Prairie Bomb! (which was amazing), and I have to say this was a much smoother drink. The aroma alone sends that message. I started slow, expecting a bitter finish like many other coffee stouts, but this just stayed sweet and smokey. Definitely getting this one again.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dujayhawk for this particular bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter.

A: Very dark brown, opaque, with a tan thin ring of foam and low visible carbonation.

S: Sweet roasted malts, coffee, lactose creaminess, pipe tobacco and cacao.

T: Follows the nose well - flavors of coffee and lactose, with dark roasted malts with less bitterness than expected, sweet leather, a touch of vanilla, some tobacco, and maybe some almond nuttiness (though that could be the power of suggestion). Hang is mostly residual sweetness from the malt bill.

M: Full-bodied but not really thick. Sticky mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation sensation, and the fairly hefty ABV is well-hidden.

O: I thought this was pretty good, and a surprisingly easy drinking beer for a big stout. Not perhaps a personal favorite, but still definitely worth a try.

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Photo of JulioH
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has lots of complex flavors.

Pours a dark beer. Has no carbonation forming. Aroma is of chocolate, fortified wine. Taste is very complex. Has vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and some yeasty element that makes it taste like a biscotti. It is not a bitter beer, it is a bit sour. Borderline heady. Mouth feel is syrupy.

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Photo of B-Nut-GoBlue
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I loved this friggin' beer. I'll get around to writing real reviews at some point (I'll come back and edit) but I wanted to point out how much I enjoyed this beer. I'm not sure I was expecting such a brilliant flavor, and though I was expecting a "good beer", this blew me away, unannounced! Yes, very similar to KBS in my humble opinion. Delicious, fabulous coffee flavors alongside the wonderful roasted notes.

(Cannot wait to try this barrel-aged. I honestly can't fathom how amazing that beer will be...it may let me down in a way as I've built this beer itself up so high)

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