Archive for the ‘Evil Twin Brewing’ Category

After typing up this review, I’m having a craving for tacos, especially spicy mahi mahi tacos. The place by us only has chicken and beef. I think I’m going to have to make a trip to Surf Taco soon.

pilsalpastor

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Pilsner

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Spicy, sweet and sour – this beer was inspired by rad barman’s ancho chili, pineapple and lime accented cocktail pairing for the iconic pork and pineapple taco served across the street. A provocative pilsner; feel free to drop a dime (vintage phone booth style) on it. A little good-natured defiance of the bar’s cheeky name is part of the plan for this roguish collaboration.”

Random: Ancho chilis are some of my favorite. I love how they pair with pineapple.

The brew poured with a two finger, off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose had pineapple flesh, pilsner malt, but no chili peppers, which was a bit disappointing. It did have a touch of lime juice too. The taste started with the same pineapple note up front. It quickly went into pilsner malt and some heat from the chili peppers. It had wheat and a honey sweetness. The body was light and there was no booze warming, despite the high ABV. There was a lot of carbonation as well. The finish was pretty quick with pineapple. A bomber of this was $9.99, which came to $.45 per ounce. This beer was interesting and had a lot of good flavor and would pair well with summer fare. I would highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One of things I used to love for breakfast was Irish oatmeal. I used to just eat it plain, but it was incredibly filling and I loved the texture. I think it’s one of the reasons that I gravitate to oatmeal stouts when I see them on the shelf.

nohero

ABV: 7%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: This was brewed at Two Roads in Stratford, Connecticut.

Random: I need to get a haircut. I can’t remember the last time that my hair was this long. It’s really annoying.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black with no carbonation visible. The nose was very smoky had a lot of roasted malts. There wasn’t a lot of coffee but huge amounts of oatmeal, which was surprising. The taste was very ashy, like old cigarettes left in an ashtray. The other flavors were muted because of how strong the smoke and ash notes were. The oatmeal that I picked up in the nose wasn’t apparent in the taste at all. After a few sips, some cocoa powder came through too. The body was thick with some booze as well. It had moderate carbonation. The finish was long with the same ash that permeated the nose and the taste. A pounder can of this was $2.62, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. I didn’t really enjoy this beer much. It had no balance to it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I bought this beer strictly because of the name. One of my cats is named Simcoe and he is gigantic. He also loves sleeping on windowsills in the sun. Now that Evil Twin gets distribution here, I don’t have to wait until I go to New York to get it.

imperialsimcoeslacker

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We have all good intentions to disturb, disorder and enlighten you with unforgettable beer after beer. Because we are so much in love with good taste, all the beers from Evil Twin are prepared in 10 of the best breweries around the world. Exclusively hand picked to please you with delicate, funky, extreme and by all means rare flavors. Maybe not the easiest way, but certainly the most fun!!!”

Random: My new office is either 100 degrees or almost freezing.

This beer poured with a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and bright yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was, not surprisingly, all Simcoe hops. It had a lots of dank pine and some citrus pith. There was absolutely no malt. The taste almost numbed my tongue. It’s like putting my tongue on a battery, but in a good way. I picked up a lot of pine sap, pine needles and old grapefruit pith. The alcohol was palpable on it and dried the beer out, but it wasn’t abrasive. It had a thick body with high carbonation. It ended with a lot of pine sap. A can of this was $2.50, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, if you’re not a fan of Simcoe, this is not a beer for you.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Last year, I grew my own hot peppers and made hot sauce from them. The hot sauce ended up being way too hot to eat. Hopefully, this year’s hot peppers are a bit more tame.

aunmaschilijesus

ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We Have all good intentions to disturb, disorder and enlighten you with unforgettable beer after beer. Because we are so much in love with good taste, all the beers from Evil Twin are prepared in 10 of the best breweries around the world. Exclusively hand picked to please you with delicate, funky, extreme and by all means rare flavors. Maybe not the easiest way, but certainly the most fun!!! One More Thing, a clever man once said: ‘Stay thirsty… stay foolish.’ That sounds like our vision, just with a tad less attitude.”

Random: Everything in California involves hot peppers and cilantro.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of tan head that dissipated almost instantly. If left no lacing on the glass. The body was inky and black with no carbonation visible because of the color. The nose had smoke and dark chocolate. There was also some cinnamon and chili pepper heat. After a few sniffs, I picked up wood smoke as well. The taste started with bitter dark chocolate and quickly went into espresso and then a punch of pepper heat. The heat disappeared after a few seconds. Wood smoke and ash quickly followed up with vanilla at the end. There was some alcohol burning at the end as well. It had a thick, syrupy body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with dark chocolate and pepper heat. This beer was just awesome and had so much flavor, even though it was pricey at $8.99 a bottle ($.74 per ounce). If you like chili and chocolate, this is a beer for you.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection comes from Evil Twin. This beer was probably much more suited to Summer drinking, but for “research” purposes, I cracked it open to review.

nomaderweisse

ABV: 4%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Nomads; constantly moving, ’round and ’round; sometimes settle, if just for a bit. Perhaps the muse moves one to brew a sharp and clean session beer, one inspired by the Berliner-weisse of old, and the nomad rests. Enjoy this beer, here, there, perhaps north of Madison Square Park, in lovely New York City. Wherever you are, this beer was made nice, simply for you.”

Random: I love Evil Twin’s can art. This one jumped off the shelf at me.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy with visible floaties. It was a dark yellow color with almost no carbonation visible. The nose had tartness and white vinegar. Light lemon notes came through as well. The taste was intensely tart with lemon juice. It reminded me of Sour Patch Kids. Some wheat came through as well. After a few sips, there was a touch of white grapes too. Despite this, the flavors were a bit one note for me. The body was light and under carbonated. It had a very quick finish with tart lemon. A can of this beer was $2.38 ($.20 per ounce), which isn’t all that expensive for an Evil Twin beer. Despite the affordability, I found the beer to just be alright, but not a chore to drink. With that being said, there are better options out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

It’s the season for pumpkin beers to come out. I’ve started seeing them flood my facebook feed and I just can’t get behind it yet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for the Fall since it’s my favorite season, but I’m going to enjoy the last few weeks of summer. Now, onto a beer that would probably be a good selection for the winter.

eviltwin

ABV: 11.5%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Shall one compare thee to a fair beer, not even this perfect porter before thou will do thee justice. Thou art more complex, brave and cunning. Thou have changed more than a brew will ever. Thou may be lil’, but thy mind is greater than words can speak and beer will ever taste.”

Random: This was brewed at Two Roads Brewing Co. in Stratford, CT.

This brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated incredibly slowly. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with roasted malts, cocoa and dark chocolate. The taste had some licorice along with the cocoa and roasted malts. There was some booze as well, but not as high as the ABV. The body was thick with light carbonation. It had a long and chocolatey finish with licorice. This was $4.75 for the single bottle, which broke down to $.40 per ounce, which is a bit pricey, but within the normal realm of Evil Twin beer prices. I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again, although the licorice was bordering on a bit too dominant. As usual, Evil Twin puts out another outstanding beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I’m getting to the home stretch of end of quarter. The exhaustion is setting in and the finish line is almost in view. I have absolutely no plans for Sunday. I will most likely end up mowing my lawn, but I am not setting an alarm clock. Anyways, beer time.

eviltwinaun

ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “On a pilgrimage for immortal craft beer we tripped on these heavenly drops of amazingly overwhelming aromas, a thick fudge-like body, pitch black color and obviously only made in limited amounts. And the taste…even more jesus!”

Random: This was brewed at Companyia Cervesera del Montseny, Spain.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly. Some lacing was left on the snifter. It left a quarter of an inch of crown on top as well. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation. The nose was huge. It had roasted malts, licorice, smoke and black coffee at the end. The taste was intense as well. I picked up smoke and roasted malts up front, then some bitter chocolate and espresso. The licorice was there as well, but hit right at the end of the sip. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with roasted malts. This definitely didn’t drink like 12% either. long finish. This was $10 for the bottle, which broke down to $.83 per ounce, which is definitely expensive, but this beer was outstanding. I didn’t like it quite as much as the coffee version, but this is worth seeking out.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0