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

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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 Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head or lacing on a deep brown, likely clear body. Aroma of dark chocolate, cola, roasted malts, hint of coffee, some orange. Flavors of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, very little roast. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Fairly sweet. The porter character is overshadowed. These things hurt drinkability.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but when held up to a bright light the beer is clear and very dark red in color with a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a short beige head that quickly died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of burnt malts and molasses are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of burnt and roasted malts along with notes of molasses. There is a slight amount of bitterness and the flavors of molasses linger into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is quite drinkable as any traces of alcohol are very well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of off white foam that settles rapidly and leaves almost no lace. The body is clear with just a hint of ruby showing through.

S - Caramel, toffee, smoky molasses, and some chocolate.

T - lots of dark sugar up front with molasses and toffee in the middle. Finishes with caramel and burnt toffee.

M - Medium thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A bit too much dark sugar for me, perhaps with more age or some barrel character it would be nice, but as it is it doesn't work that well for me.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent chestnut with minimal tan head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Some dark fruit, leafy hops & butter rum

T: Butter rum, dark fruit, woody & leafy hops, dryness up front. More leafy hops, figs. carob & slight cocoa & flat cola notes as this warms, some woody/oaky notes as well. Finishes with butter rum, oakyness,& a bit of figgyness & leafy hops. plus smokeyness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, thins out & dries out as this warms

Decent, nothing special. ABV is well hidden. Got better as this warmed. So far I'm not really impressed by these guys, especially as pricey as they are...

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Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Only a hint of a head, but formed a light tan ring around glass that left light lacing. Aroma dominated by sweet toasted malt with light chocolate, vanilla dark fruit and alcohol. Flavor of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate and sweet malt develops gradually into a robust taste, finishing slightly drier with nice hop and charred coffee. Medium creamy bodied. An interesting porter that overlaps in style with American imperial stouts. As usual for Evil Twin, interesting and well made. I enjoyed spending the evening sipping this.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I actually really enjoyed the taste of this one. My biggest complaint is (my bottle at least) has very little carbonation,almost completely flat. Booooo!

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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of hozersr
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dactrius
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass (semi-proper!). Poured a massively dark brown with an almost non-existent light tan head. Maintained very minimal pacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, milk chocolate, dark fruit, wood, earth, dark chocolate, subtle nuttiness, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Once you smell this one you made well aware of the ABV on this one and that it is going to make itself known. It definitely does a good job of this. However, while doing this it still manages to bring out some nicer well balanced flavors before telling your palate that it is a little bitch. I'm really digging this one for the style. Would definitely suggest others to try this one if they get the opportunity.

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Photo of popery
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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