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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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4.32
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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass

APPEARANCE: Pitch black with a thin tan head that lingers surprisingly long. Sheets of tan lacing are left behind.

AROMA: Very sweet. Rich roasted malts and cake. Some chocolate and faint booze.

FLAVOR: Chocolate cake, roasted barley, caramel, coffee, almond milk, gingerbread and a hint of earthiness.

TEXTURE: Thick, slick, and creamy with very light carbonation. The ideal feel for a beer of this style and magnitude.

OVERALL: Top-notch imperial stout. I can understand why this is so highly sought after. If big, rich stouts are your thing, get your hands on this if you can.

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Photo of khoff5
3.34/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Way too sweet, I like my coffee black so this was not a bonus. Otherwise good coffee flavor, mouth feel and surprisingly no booziness...but won't buy again.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.52/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 2015... no idea when it might have been bottled.

Appearance: Jet black body with a generous finger of dark tan froth.

Aroma: Dark malts with a bit of a soy sauce edge. Maybe past its prime?

Taste: Definitely on the sweeter side but with a fair amount of bitterness on the back end. Quite boozy as well. Lots of black coffee essence and some harder flavors to discern (dark chocolate, almond, vanilla extract?) that all add up to an odd experience. Still it has a certain liqueur quality that is nice in the finish. Bitter dark chocolate/black coffee aftertaste. It's growing on me.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than molasses in the dead of winter. Just the right amount of minimal carbonation. Low drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Maybe past it's prime but still decent. The copious amount of flaky sediment coming out of the bottle when rinsing it had me worried. Would I drink it again? Maybe, but not before trying more of Evil Twin's lineup.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Black as night. No head, just a thin tan lace.

S - Chocolate, coffee, heat, hints of dark fruit and vanilla.

T - Follows the nose, with black licorice and almond.

M - Smooth, silky, a low level carbonation, not too heavy, and gets a touch sticky as it warms.

O - A nice change of pace from IPA over saturation. Very drinkable given the heat. A sipper for sure, one of the better non barrel aged IS's I have had.

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Photo of jancona
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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 dmgeng
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My local shoppe just got a bunch of Evil Twin in and I had to just start trying them all and this is definitely my favorite so far.

A - Rich black with a viscosity that is hallmark of a good imperial stout. The thick fluid won't let the bubbles escape only yielding a small, fine dark brown head but with good lacing.

S - Initially this is what a coffee imperial stout should smell like. There is malt, caramel, dark chocolate, roast, and dark coffee. There is a lot going on in the nose and a sweet, dark roasted coffee is a good starting point.

T - Initially the sweet malt, caramel, and chocolate flavors open you mouth wide. It is smooth and rich allowing the dark roasted coffee and roasted malt to drive it home. It's robust and smooth. The finish is a balance of all the previous flavors but just tilted toward the bitter, roasted side clearing your palate. Very delicious flavor that is smooth and balanced well.

M - High mouth-feel with low carbonation. It's a sticky beer with significant sweetness but enough roasted character to help it clear the tongue.

Overall, this is a very delicious beer. Great flavor that is smooth, rich, and more balanced than some of Evil Twin's beers. It is still slightly sweet with the chocolate and coffee but it's very good flavor. As far as imperial stouts go this is a very good one. There are a few that I would just put above this one but very close.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of Walshwi
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is quite the rich, coffee imperial beer. I recommend anyone to try it because it's a solid imperial coffee stout. Compared to some of the best imperial coffee stouts, this example isn't quite as good, but still up there in quality.

LSTFO (A):

Look: Dark, thick and syrupy. minimal head.

Smell: Coffee, carmel, sugar, yeast.

Taste: Strong coffee, but well balanced with sweetness - though it felt artificial at times.

Feel: Very nice mouth feel. Syrupy (much like its looks), but not overwhelming.

Overall: Great imperial stout. Not the best in the world, but certainly something remarkable and better than the majority of coffee stouts. A little disappointed by the artificial taste of the beer... almost as if flavors were added. Also a little confused over who actually makes this beer... it appears Eviltwin contracts this beer out. Not a huge deal because the beer is still good - but what's with the copacker?

Aftertaste: Syrupy flavor lingers but is wonderfully complemented by the coffee aftertastes.

Aftertaste:

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Photo of dexterk1
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black appearance. Had it on draft and had a small head.
Aromas was great. Slight coffee but mostly sweet(brown sugar sweet).
Taste was very similar to the smell. Sweet brown sugar, molasses, with coffee and vanilla.
Mouthfeel was very nice. Smooth and creamy.

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Photo of khmel
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark, oily black. Deep tan, creamy head, low retention.

S: Chocolate, dark fruits, slight bourbon smell.

T: Surprising amount of hops up front, chocolatey, a little vanilla. Peaty finish.

M: Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation. Fabulous.

O: Really great beer. Hoppier than most imperial stouts which threw me off, but still smooth and enjoyable. Would drink again!

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Photo of spacecake9
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great tasting beer. Pours black like motor oil. Just the right amount of coffee and alcohol. As it warms some black licorice comes thru. I will buy this again - soon!

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Photo of Tilley4
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little thinner than I was hoping but that's about the only negative... Delicious beer... The coffee is done perfectly.. Not over the top at all... Glad I got to try this...

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Photo of jcflorian
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pitch black with creamy head.

Smell- I get a lot of different stuff. Coffee, toffee, brown sugar.

Taste- This is where the beer shines. An excellent example of an American Imperial Stout. Chocolate first, then roast coffee then sugar sweetness on back end.

Feel- Very thick, which I enjoy in a beer of this ABV

Overall- rock solid Imperial Stout. Worthy of its ranking

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Photo of pat61
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Bright dark brown to black under a ½” light tan collar that produces thin sheets of lace.
S: Big coffee and biscuit nose, roast malt, dark malt.
T: The attack starts with smooth, creamy malt then coffee, then roast malt, and then chocolate that gradually darkens to dark bittersweet chocolate, so infinitely layered and pleasurable. Some prune and dark dried fruit show up and you also get some lighter grains and malt flavors.
F: a big bodied beer with outstanding texture, the carbonation is medium low but very fine and soft. Some warming as you drink.
O: An amazing beer. I have tried this beer out on people who profess to hate stouts and they love it.

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Photo of marieli
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Started at 57 degrees. Label said "Best before 2015". What's that about? A cheap shot at Deschutes? Anyways, this does pour very black and exciting. Aroma is sweet, maybe some oak but don't think is barrel aged? Maybe it's the cookie. As it warmed in the glass I got a sweet molasses-like smell, very nice. First flavor impression is bitterness; it gives way to smooth flavor, but that bitterness is always there with each drink from start to finish. I did not get distinct coffee or chocolate, but rather roasted malt and some kind of welcomed melded sweetness. Sorry, my palate just can't pick out 7 kinds of distinct fruits and grains like some of our more insightful members! Mouthfeel was nice medium, but I wish a little creamier, say more like Founders Breakfast Stout or Goose Island Bourbon County or Prairie Bomb! Overall a very well crafted stout, but that front end bitterness is a bit of an issue for me.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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 dacoit
3.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black, aromatic, and thick as tar. Lots of chocolate and coffee, but bitterness is a bit intense (drank fresh, not aged). A bit too viscous, busy, and overwhelming for my taste. All of these are nice in combination, but whole is somehow less than the parts here.

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Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Having this brew at about cellar temp. Appearance is a huge, thick, foamy tan head that slowly subsides, lots of lace, and an opaque black brown color. Aroma is mild - malt, cocoa, toffee, biscuit, yeast, coffee. Flavor's like nose plus slightly sweet tart up front with bitter coming next and finishing with a dynamic mix of the three. No off characteristics at all. Everything is very smooth and balanced. Later more sweetness comes out. Aesthetics are key here. Beautiful body. I want so much more.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep black with a nice thick, creamy tan head. good retention with excellent lacing. especially considering 11.5%

S: boozy roasted malts, chocolate, coffee

T: big roasted malt. chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hop bitterness on the finish. booze

M: thick

O: delicoius

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Photo of thebeers
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ink black with thick chocolate colored head. Coffee and chocolate prevalent in the aroma, with some grape juice sweetness hidden behind it. Strong taste of chocolate up front, a lot of vanilla and some roasted malts in the middle and little acidic coffee and hop bitterness on the back end. Creamy mouthfeel. That chocolate and vanilla combo is something else, but overall not something I'd come back to often.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a really great beer and I hate to make snap judgements, so I make come back and adjust this as I drink a half growler of it all by myself this evening.

I don't think the appearance could be improved. It's gorgeous, black, with a slight foamy head and beautiful traces of bubbles left behind on my glass. The aroma is the only weak link, but it does not detract too much from the sublime experience. It is a little strange bready, dirty sweat socks smelling on top of malts and booze.

That same booze is missing from the taste. It is masked by the great balance of decadence. Malts and roasty chocolate or something with a sublime boozy aftertaste but no burn or anything harsh.

I'm going to drink more of this than I need to just to finish it. It's a dirty job and it's just my lot in life (lucky SOB).

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Photo of unklemike
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very subtle vanilla and creamy sort of chocolate finish. Not much of a head and also disappears fast.a little thin bodied to me with Mild smooth finish for 11.5% abv. Overall not bad

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Photo of sphmiel
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

on draft at iTap CWE. Delivered in a goblet, dark black with tan head.
Quickly dissipating head, aroma of roast malts, chocolate, faint vanilla.
Taste is complex, with black bread, coffee, dark chocolate, and enough vanilla to moderate the others.
Sticky mouthfeel, with just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness.
A wonderful way to end the evening, as the ABV makes this one a treat to linger over.

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Photo of 57md
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown with a pastry-like sweetness on the nose. There is a trace of coffee in the flavor profile but the roasted malts are not particularly strong.

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Photo of Slack
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber. Brown and opaque with no head. Smells like vanilla, oak, sugar, coffee, and fig. Taste is sweet alcohol with a very complex mix of flavors. Am picking up coffee, moss, bread, hops, fruit, and maybe some smoke. Mouth full is dense with little to no carbonation. Finish is very smooth. Overall an exceptional beer which opens up as it warms.

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Photo of Beerparrot
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this beer back from a trip in December and had it last night watching SNL 40th. It sure made the evening enjoyable having such a smooth taste, with a subtle coffee taste and aroma. The 11.5% was an added benefit and we smiled both from the beer and the show. A great beer for relaxing in front of the tube with your gal. Dee-lish-ous!

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