My wife and I went to Bruegala, our local beer festival, tonight. We don’t normally get Evil Twin beers around here, so I was excited to be able to give a few of them a try. This was my first beer of the evening, and unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to make a black and tan with it’s partner beer – Yang. I did get to try several new beers tonight, but rather than stand and review every beer, I enjoyed the evening just tying some new beers with my wife.
Location: Poured into a small 3oz sample glass at the Bruegala beer festival in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 10% ABV, ~350 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s extremely black in color, and I could only see a few ruby-brown highlights when I held it up to the light. There was a thin, creamy, tan head on it, that had decent retention and lacing. The aroma was dark and roasty, almost like coffee.
Taste & Feel: The body was full, and the mouthfeel was smooth and slightly creamy. The flavor up front is like semi-sweet dark chocolate with some roasty coffee flavors. The roasty-coffee flavors step forward a bit in the middle, with the dark cocoa flavors in the background. The coffee roastiness becomes bitter in the finish, along with some piney hop bitterness in the background. The roasty-coffee flavors last for a bit in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This is a dark roasty beer with a good amount of coffee and chocolate flavors in it. With the big ABV, I’d probably pair this with a chocolate dessert, but you could also pair it with BBQ or a steak off the grill.
Overall Impression: This beer was very smooth and flavorful for an imperial stout, and I enjoyed the cocoa and roasty coffee flavors in it. The body was full, but I felt like it could have been slightly more viscous, even though it was very smooth and drinkable for a 10% ABV beer. Overall, I thought this was a good beer, which I would like to combine with the Yang to see what it tastes like.