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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 Greywulfken
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black oil poured into a flute, producing a two-finger head of darkest foam, leaving but a mote or two of lace on the glass

S: chocolate syrup and bittersweet chocolate over black roasted malts

T: deep, dark syrupy bittersweet chocolate; rich, roasted malts, and am I imagining it? Biscotti dipped into sweet espresso.

M: smooth as silk, full-bodied and slick, no carbonation, just a bittersweet close and a stick to the lips

O: a sublime stout, direct and succinct, full of rich flavor and feel. Worthy of the praise it so often receives.

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Photo of SiepJones
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a jet black. One inch of thick, slightly brown head.

S - Roasted malts and a doughy sweetness.

T - Roasted malt, chocolate, and almond. The flavors (Sweet almond, Chocolate, and the dark tannins in the malt) meld together to give the flavor a Vanilla/Cherry Coke note at the end of each sip.

F - Slick with good carbonation.

O - A really nice beer with a unique favor. I definitely recommend.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a mini snifter. Purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a pitch black, opaque oily body with a modest one finger chocolate colored head that doesn't stick around very long - it reduces to nothing in less than a minute. Leaves no lacing.

S- The coffee is definitely present and dominates on the nose - freshly ground coffee, chocolate-mocha, vanilla and maybe a hint of booze. The aroma is subtle and not overly forward but very inviting.

T- Let this one warm up a few degrees to get the best experience. After ~30 minutes, I get some delicious coffee, dark chocolate, nutty notes followed up by a very nice roasty, charred, toasted malt note that lingers for a while.

M- Rich, thick, and full bodied. Minimal carbonation.

Overall I was very impressed with Imperial Biscotti break. The balance of flavors here are superb - it hits all the high points of a world class imperial stout. A little expensive, but worth the price for a nice treat.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looking like a beautiful dark brown/black pour this beer looks extremely appetizing. Smell is a light mixture of cocoa, roasted malts, hints of toffee and char. Also there's something in there like toasted marshmallows. Powdered and roasted and burnt chocolate is in the taste. The toffee in the nose is there as well but there is definitely a very pleasant burnt and charred note to it, especially in the finish. The mouthfeel is very light and sparsely carbonated. I wish it had just a touch more of the body to balance the beer out slightly more.

Overall, a great beer. Most definitely a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a complete black. Absolutely zero light penetration. Head is even viscous; its a very dark tan (actually brown) and it dies away to a frothy milkshake froth. Tons of lacing, too.

S-Bloated notes of mocha, vanilla bean ice cream and liquified milk chocolate. Also darkly fruited; reminds me of flat Dr. Pepper. Kahlua too. Coffee-dipped pastries that have been burnt on the bottom. Also slightly nutty.

T-This flavor is so unique! Chalky dark chocolate and luke-warm French vanilla coffee. Burnt pastry again and a bunch of truly tangible vanilla notes. The flavor is a bittersweet masterpiece. Definitely has that dried biscotti thing going on. Toasted nuts. Very fudgy. There is a lot going on; and all the flavors collapse upon themselves and create a unified Titan of taste.

M-Perhaps the thickest beer I have ever sipped. Nearly flat. Huge body. Creamy and viscous and fudgy and sludgy. Flavor lasts forever. Cinco!

O/D-This was pretty damn awesome. Its an experience in a glass. One of the better Stouts I have come across. It teeters between general awesomeness and greatness for me. It falls a few figurative inches shy of being one of my favorites but I would recommend this to anyone bold enough to try it.

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Photo of popery
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and thick. Small brown head. A little bit of lacing. Dissipates to swirls of film after a minute. Aroma is big on chocolate. Lots of caramel sweetness and a fruity dose of coffee. Pretty light on the roast but it's there in the background. Very nice sweet, chocolatey stout smell. Mild herbal hop note. The taste adds a bunch more coffee flavor. Big chocolate and caramel sweetness again. It's like a dark chocolate milkshake with a shot of espresso and drizzled with caramel. Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and very full. Works very well with the top flavors. Excellent beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, milk chocolate, bread, wood, and subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, bread, coffee, cream, and milk chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma and flavor were really nice on this one if I’m honest. The flavor was the star though as it was very well balanced and coated your palate, leaving it wanting more after each sip. The aroma was very pleasant as well and very inviting. I could see non-craft beer drinkers enjoying the aroma on this one. Probably one of the best brews I’ve had from Evil Twin to-date. Great job on this one guys!

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 22oz Bottle poured into deschutes snifter

- Pours syrupy black with a centimeter of chocolaty foam. Mild lacing present.
- Aromas of bitter coffee and chocolate with hints of toffee and vanilla. I'm happy it's not smelling too sweet or dessert-like.
- Big bitter chocolate and roasted coffee mouthful. Wonderful balance with the toffee and vanilla, stays true to the nose. Medium body for an imperial stout and again well balanced with all the flavors, not too sweet. Hides the 11.5% ABV a little too well.
- Overall a very tasty and balanced imperial stout. Not as complex as other RIS offerings (parabola, abyss, KBS, etc.), but a fun alternative. At $14/bottle, the price is about right, but I won't be rushing out to get more considering the other RIS coming soon. If Evil Twin did a Bourbon BA version of this, it could be amazing.

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Photo of jasoncheb
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a a stout glass. Nice light tan head with great lacing.

S - Heavy coffee, sweet malts, hint of the 11.5% alcohol.

T - Started with a temperature around 44 degrees, which kept the coffee more forward, along with the alcohol. Moving towards room temperature, the sweet malts and coffee really masked the alcohol.

M - Really creamy, great acidity from the coffee on the tongue.

O - Really solid offering, which explains the hype around this coveted Imp Stout. Definitely glad a picked up a couple of bottles to try another with a bit more age on it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Dog during the annual wealth of riches.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is very attractive, as I pick up considerable milk dud aroma, light bourbon, coco powder, light coffee and vanilla. The flavor profile replicatest the nose, though there is a hint of underlying bitterness that helps to balance the moderate sweetness in this excellent stout. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and I really don't get any sense that the abv. is 11.5%. You can tell it's up there, but not that high.

Nice beer...

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Photo of jancona
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter straight from the fridge. Sugary and sticky look. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, some coffee grinds, dried dark fruit and molasses - taste followed with a touch of booze. As it warms to the peak temperature - wow! A chocolatey, slick mouthful followed by a brief touch of roared malt and hop. No booze at all.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
A-Pours as black as they come with a large khaki head.
S- A little bitter coffee roast but on the sweeter side, A hint of dark fruit and a silky smooth caramel.
T- A perfect balance of bitter roasted malt and sweet caramel malt. A lingering roast flavor. A touch of char and ash. The sweetness helps keep it from being too dry and ads a lot of toffee and caramel flavor. No alcohol flavor to speak of. Really well balanced and easy to drink spite its size.
M- Very thick and heavy but balanced and drinkable.
O- A very, very awesome stout. One I would love to see in a barrel.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of the uber-generous kingkong, shared at a tasting and poured into a 25cl Duvel tulip. This beer wasn't on my radar at all when I received it as a surprise extra, and now it'll be my 74th tick on the current Top 100. How cool is that?

A: Pitch black body, 1/2" of dark brown head that settles into a fine ring and leaves spotty lace. Pretty good for being 11.5%.

S: Wow, that's rich. Huge almond, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, and speculoos. I love it.

T: Sweet and roasty up front, with lots of coffee and dark chocolate leading in to some almond biscotti goodness. Light boozy bitterness on the finish. Big, rich, and oh-so-tasty.

M: Thick, lively, and a bit sticky. Nice.

O: I honestly wasn't totally sold on this one, despite its exciting name and description, given the vile disappointment that was Soft DK. Happily, my fears were entirely unwarranted: this beer was absolutely delicious, and an all-around hit at the tasting. I'm not sure I'd be able to down an entire bottle by myself, but in small doses this was a serious treat. Thanks again, Patrick!

Cheers!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. There is no dating information. Purchased in June 2012. Poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: Pours JET black. Completely clack color. I don't see any red or any color getting through there. Initially I got about a half finger of dark tan head. That faded into a nice ring around the edges. Definitely getting some alcohol feet and this is leaving some lacing sheeting on the glass as i swirl.

S: Tons of coffee and dark chocolate on the nose. Smells amazing. Also getting some of that cookie character: vanilla, hazelnut, almond, etc. Really pronounced flavors all coming out.

T: Right up front I get dark chocolate and mocha. Roasted espresso beans. Rich blends of dark and milk chocolate. Then you do get some of that hazelnut and almond cookie flavor. Really quite pleasant. It's ABV is nicely hidden. It's so smooth, you don't taste it at all, but you feel it towards the end.

M: Full bodied, thick viscous stout.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

220z bottle into a tasting glass. Pitch black in color with a dark chocolate lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma shows some bold dark chocolate and coffee flavors to it. There is some biscuity, cookie like flavors in there as well giving it a little bit of a chocolate covered cookie flavor. Really nice aroma, The chocolate and coffee flavors were great together.

Very chocolaty with more roasted malts and coffee towards the finish. The chocolate is dark and bittersweet. It's got a little caramel sweetness as well. Very good chocolate and coffee flavors in it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. Very nice beer overall, I loved the dark chocolate and coffee flavors. It had a really interesting chocolate covered cookie twist to it that I really liked. Really enjoyable beer overall.

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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 Zach136
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Charlie Murphy darkness body and head.

Aroma: Almond and vanilla are definitely present, with background of chocolate syrup and earthy coffee.

Flavor: Tastes almost exactly like I love you stout, with a hint of almonds and espresso. The espresso is there, but its far from overwhelming or sharp. Just a hint.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and velvety.

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Photo of ESPNman
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Stone IRS snifter.

A - Black. Pure pitch black darkness, even at the edges of the glass when tilted. Virtually no head, even after a vigorous pour, which is surprising, given the carbonation.

S - Burnt malt, sweet caramel, and toffee dominate the nose. Virtually no hops at all to speak of. Smells delicious, but a little sweeter than I would have expected.

T - Heavenly. The caramel and toffee notes dominate, with a strong backbone of coffee and burnt malt. No hops to speak of, but that's fine by me for the style.

M - Thick, heavy, syrupy, and a surprising amount of carbonation. It doesn't seem possible to be syrupy and well-carbonated, but this beer pulls it off.

O - Definitely a must-try stout if you get the chance. It's not "well balanced", but it's exactly what is expected out of the style. It's an extreme beer that is extremely well-made.

I picked this one up in Seattle and shipped it back to CA... so I'm not really sure where else it's available.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark espresso- black color. There is a small tan head that fades quickly to almost nothing. Little in the way of lacing.

S: A sharp coffee aroma is followed quickly by milk chocolate. Vanilla and some booziness as the beer warms.

T: A lot sweeter upfront than the aroma would suggest. All chocolate, caramel and vanilla on the attack. The mid-palate reminds me of creme brulee. As I savor the coffee flavor comes to the forefront with a but of nuttiness. The finish is lingering chocolate-espresso with a very mild touch of alcohol and some smoke.

M: Medium-thick bodied with an incredibly creamy texture. The carbonation is high for the style by still foamy and pleasant.

O: An amazing beer. The combination of flavors is standard for an imperial stout, but somehow different than any other stout I've had.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How can a beer with so much abv taste so smooth and balanced? Answer: Evil Twin just does it better. I just love the look, smell, feel, and taste of this beer. The only thing that could make it better is heated leather seats. It may not have the bourbon stout taste of others, but it gives you an enjoyment that makes you fall in love with the style. Never watery, never unbalanced, never boring, this beer just delivers every time. My favorite from a great brewery.

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Photo of Madtownbeerguy
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sleek, viscous dark brown pour form a 16 oz. can into a 22 oz. glass. Like the bigger glass as it perfectly accommodates the head on this thing, which is a bit more than I'd think for something so thick and sweet. And yes, it is quite sweet. Not a big fan of coffee beers, but I love that this comes off more as a chocolate stout with a subtle amount of coffee to anchor the sweetness. You really can't taste that it's 11.5 ABV on the palate, which is maybe the craziest thing about this beer (that and the fact that Evil Twin is selling 16 oz. cans of it at the ABV level!). For a dessert-ish beer that goes down incredibly smooth and has enough complexity (despite its sweetness), I love this one if only for the fact that I can drink two of em at a BBQ, enjoy every sip, and only look like a guy who's had two beers.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque and black as night with a very large amount of sudsy, tan, head. The aroma is of cappuccino, milk chocolate, biscuit, and a hint of booze. The flavor is rich and complex, upfront is a milky coffee, like espresso with a cream, there is also a hint of smooth chocolate, burned sugar, and sweet roll. The overall flavor is incredibly smooth and the booze is not noticeable at all. The beer is full bodied, oily, creamy, and very low carbonation, which is appropriate for the texture and the flavor.
overall this beer was filling, complex, warming and delicious. will buy again during the fall and /or winter for sure.

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Photo of argock
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No obvious freshness date. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Opaque black with a pretty substantial (at first) chocolate cookie batter colored 1/2-1 finger head which recedes quickly and leaves a few bubbles of lace.

S: Massive caramel blast which settles into black coffee and a bit of nutty, figgy dark maltiness. There is chocolate and it does exude a bit of a chemical, artificial tones to it. There are some doughy, malty aromas like cookies as well.

T: The flavor is out of this world with a subdued but up front sweetness followed by burnt caramel, bitter espresso, brownies, and some nutty maybe hazelnut coming through and lingering in the finish. There is barely any alcohol heat also mainly in the finish as it warms. The only bitterness is from the coffee flavors. It is a deeply satisfying beer, until you remember how much you paid for it ($15.99 in this case), yet still I am really glad I tried this -- it is a very artfully done beer.

M: Silky smooth and low in carbonation with a full body. Alcohol is well-hidden.

O: Evil Twin has a masterpiece on its hands. It is a delicious dessert beer with minimal alcohol presence, which is impressive at 11.5%, with a luscious mouthfeel and stellar palette of flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. snifter.

pitch black, very slight head. smell is extremely chocolatey with hints of coffee as well. taste starts off with the chocolate and then you get the roasted malts and coffee on the end. real great flavor, wow. very full bodied with almost no carbonation.

overall wow. an amazing non BA imp stout!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black like motor oil. Thin, tan head which clings to the sides.
Smells of toasted Carmel and chocolate. Molasses and malt smell rounds it out...terrific.
Taste follows the nose followed up with the hop. Also some licorice. A little ash, and toasted coconut.
A big mouthfeel. A very complex one this is.

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