Evil Twin Femme Fatale Noir | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Femme Fatale NoirEvil Twin Femme Fatale Noir

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
100% Brett Black IPA

Added by Jason on 02-27-2013

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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of psycHOPathy
1.63/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours black with fucked up mashed potato head
Smells medical/clinical somehow. Licorice, grass clippings
Bitter bitter coffee. Coffee I wouldn't even drink. Tastes poisonous frankly. Can't even go on with this review. Hopefully the only time I give this low of a taste rating

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
2.2/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

wow! this is a complex beer
so much going on here
22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass
poured a dark brown amber to almost black with a very thick tan head that lasted the length of the beer and let lots of lace on the glass
smell is very complex sour funky tangy slightly floral, slightly medicinal
taste sour tangy and medicinal not enjoyable at all
feel chewy
there was no date on the bottle
i tried to iron leg it through this beer and simply could not. drain poured the last 8 oz and it took a long time to cleanse my palate after
points for creativity and complexity but not an enjoyable beer at all
of note, i did no research on this beer prior to purchase and because it said "black IPA" i was expecting something along the lines of the stone sublimely self righteous or back in black
this beer is a whole different animal

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Photo of vonnegut21
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

Photo of chinchill
2.59/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle served in a goblet.

Opened with a pronounced pfffft but did not overflow. The pour did raise an over-sized head. Very good retention.

The aroma and flavor reveal a substantial influence of Brett, and the Brett dominates the aftertaste. I have little tolerance for Brett, so this pretty much ruined the beer for me. The base black IPA seems about average in malt/hop balance and strength, but perhaps more bitter than usual.

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Photo of amarkham
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of Liberatiscioli
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Complex IPA.this reaffirms why I don't drink black IPAs. Not a fan of the style. I'm sure to someone who appreciates this it's very good.

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Photo of magictacosinus
2.97/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured as part of the "We Want the Funk" flight at Trappist Provisions from a 22oz bottle into a 6oz wine glass. No freshness or bottling date. Consumed "05/08/13." Review is from my notes.

If this is supposed to be a "femme fatale," I'm torn, as the color is intriguing yet undeniably strange. Ruby-plum, almost to the point of being lavender or purple colored, and absolutely as hazy and cloudy as a beer could be. Hardly any head to speak of. Indeed, I cannot find any clarity in the bottle, and it swirls as a sludgy, cloudy, mucky liquid. Every sip left behind some cloudy residue sticking to the glass. I might have gotten an extra yeasty pour, but I don't really know what to think of this here.

The aroma is actually a far better start to this, containing a variety of dark fruits combined with a slight tart sourness and ridged musty phenols. Plums, raisins, brandy, earthiness, skunky, sour, aging yeast, and beyond all, a sour flavor caused by the Brett that is subtle yet adds character to all of these flavors. This is really *all* about the yeast here, as well as the sour backdrop that accentuates the fruity notes. My only complaint is how murky and muddled the phenols smell overall here, and the muted hop profile, as well as slightly distracting Brett strain, make it rather a chore to seek them. It's unique enough to hold interest, but some clarity and balance is needed.

The flavor is quite similar, although less soured than I expected it would be. Here, it tastes like an average Belgian-style dark ale, only notable for its slight extra acidic astringency at the back of the tongue. There's an initial vinous, semi-strong aroma of plums and figs, only to quickly fade away and be replaced with an abnormally bitter and muddled mess of flavors. Burnt currants, black tea, black soured cherries, oak, maybe some tobacco, or maybe some leather, but the finish that is slightly acidic yet sludgy from the yeast makes this a chore to drink. The acidity AND smokiness that slowly reveals itself at the back gets far stranger, in fact. This wasn't as bizarre as the Fantôme Printemps that I had on the flight, but it was almost equally grating.

Wasn't a big fan of this one. The initial soured plum flavor is quite pleasant, but it quickly deteriorates with the smokiness and soured flavor. There needs to be more balance here, even for style at hand, as well as rustic bright notes from the Brett rather than extra acidity. I have enjoyed other beers before by Evil Twin, but this one didn't hold enough interest for me in the long run.

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Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Alex5
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of cjgiant
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an Urthel glass on 5/15/13

Dark, stained brown with a nod toward black. The head rises slowly to one finger before dropping to a slanted shelf of foam. A few drippings of sandy brown lace. The lace gets thicker after a few sips.

Pine needle and hop greenery are a prominent realization in the aroma followed up with thick dark roast and some chocolate. The brett seems pretty marginal here, adding something of a dampness to the pine needles. The fragrance thus seems akin to a forest. It smells pretty good.

Oh, but the brett tastes oh so strong. I can't tell if the hops are incredibly one dimensional and brittle or if the brett is merely telescoping in on the mildly sticky and heavily bitter hops. After several sips I am inclined toward the latter, but I cannot be sure with Evil Twin. The roast is moderately dry and there are touches of dark chocolate sweetness. The roast reveals burnt and charred notes as the beer warms. The finish is tart; somewhat puckering when factoring in the piney bitterness. Seems like there are some hints of lemon in here too.

The feel is pretty well where I like it. An underlying medium-full, silky body distressed with hop resin and gradually soothed carbonation. It is a feel like this that makes manageable the musty aspects of the brett.

I really like brett in lighter, crisper golden ale sorts of things but I'm not sure what is the point of putting brett into an alright black IPA. I took a chance on this since it seemed kind of interesting and gave it the benefit of the doubt because it was brewed and bottled at Westbrook. Femme Fatale Noir has her charms but not nearly as much as Dead Letter Office covers and black & white cinema.

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Photo of mjhall1989
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Gaddabble
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kaufmaal
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of closisinthehouse
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigGingDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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