Evil Twin The Beer Formerly Known As Blackout | Evil Twin Brewing

Evil Twin The Beer Formerly Known As BlackoutEvil Twin The Beer Formerly Known As Blackout
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Evil Twin The Beer Formerly Known As BlackoutEvil Twin The Beer Formerly Known As Blackout

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ngeunit1 on 01-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of popery
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep reddish brown. Small head. Thick body. Definitely looks like a big beer.

The aroma is full of coffee and burnt brown sugar. Good dose of roast but even more caramelly sugar. Apricots, grapes. It's all fruity toasted malt sugars, and they're done exceedingly well.

Sweet beer that is packed with flavor. The booze is well-hidden beneath the beer’s sweetness. A little milk chocolate. Molasses, caramel. Warming layers of sweet malt flavor. Tastes sort of like a shot of espresso poured on to delicious liquid brown sugar. I'm not normally a fan of such sweet beers, but Evil Twin seems to have talent for them, and the beer never gets cloying.

Heavy on the palate. Really coats the mouth. A bit syrupy, but I think it works for the beer.

This is very nice. It's big and sweet and pulls it off. Despite the coffee flavor, it's really not too roasty, or at least, the roast acidity is kept in check. I would call it a dessert beer, but unfortunately, many dessert beers seem cloying to me. This is a sweet, luxurious treat that is all too easy to drink. Great stuff.

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4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a very thin layer of khaki head. Fades quickly.

S - Dark chocolate malts, coffee, molasses, earthy hops. vanilla, some caramel malts, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, roasted coffee, earthy hops, molasses, vanilla, a bit of dark fruit, some hops bitterness, some black licorice, some booze.

M - Full-minus bodied, mild carbonation. Smooth and a touch syrupy, with a warming, sweet, and lightly roasty finish.

D - Nice imperial porter. Good overall balance, nice big malt base.

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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure why the beer is no longer known as Blackout, but its dark-as-night appearance and after effects sure still suggest so. But I'm assuming that it's the Prince of Blackouts, so it will likely become regular Blackout again very soon. I see the pattern.

And with certain stout-like properties, the dense mocha-stained ale is carries a viscous visual texture and epic creamy proportions. A latte-like creme tops the beer like steamed milk, creating a whipped topping effect. Long lasting retention and milky lace seem to be a continuation of the 30-weight ale beneath.

Heavy toast, coffee roastiness, cocoa powder, and roasted walnuts all play into the savory and stern aromas. Even a tinge of tangy yougurt and tart berries offer an intriguing malty-vinous interplay.

But where the aromas suggest harsher char and tart elements, the flavors are smooth and warm- leading with bittersweet chocolate, espresso, light charred woods, walnut, and mild smoke. Light cherry pit flavors offer up mild wine-like acidity and berry-like tartness to accompany the roasted grain. But with creamy malt underpinnings, the beer's lush taste is of milkshake and whipped cream.

Full bodied, the beer is easily mistaken for imperial stout- its heavy weight is dense, creamy, and playfully chewy. As the malt and marshmallowy carbonation recedes, the rise of roasty bitterness, mild acrid dryness, and slight astringency carry the beer into a warm finish and an extended aftertaste of roast and chocolate.

With its imperial stout proportions, the beer hardly resembles a porter. Toast turns to roast, and the body projects extreme fullness- all making this beer more stout than most stouts.

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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 11.2 ounce bottle picked up at the Mall of the Bluffs Hyvee. I think I remember paying around $8 for this? Poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter after letting it warm up for about 30 minutes.

Appearance: Poured straight down the middle no head was produced. Some bubble action on the sides, though. A very dark, just shy of black body. After coaxing out a very thin head the beer left some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. Despite being a huge beer I was still expecting more in the terms of head/retention.

Smell: Brown sugar, dark bitter chocolate, and a nice, sweet pruney nose. After it warmed up a bit some nice notes of coffee, chocolate cake frosting, caramel, and cream came up.

Taste: Smooth dark chocolate, brown sugar, stone fruit, medium roast coffee beans and cream. Finishes with a nice dark roasted malt note and some bitterness. I can only imagine how awesome this would smell out of a bourbon barrel with coffee added.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with a heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Quite warming.

Overall: A big, warming, solid imperial stoutish beer. Not sure how the whole porter part works out, as this almost reminds me of Expedition stout. However, while it didn’t look like much it had a good nose and tasted great. Also it had a nice heavy mouthfeel which wasn’t boozy or rough but smooth and warming. While it’s not worth more than $5 a bottle, if someone offers you a pour I'd be willing to bet you'll enjoy it.

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Beer rating: 69.4% out of 100 with 72 ratings
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