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Evil Twin Double Barrel Jesus - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 286
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 1.75%
Wants: 235
Gots: 104 | FT: 18
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 03-14-2014

A few times in the history of craft beer it has happened that a highly praised beer rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league. Usually the recipe to make such heavenly drops is thick fudge-like body, pitch black color, amazingly overwhelming aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and muscovado sugar and by all means aged in barrels and blended into a this very unique and rare tasting version standing in front of you.
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Photo of KevBot89
4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is right up there with the best of them for style. The nose is the real winner here: chocolate and waves upon waves of bourbon. The taste follows suit and the first sip assaults your palate with bourbon. Follow-up sips mellow in bourbon and allow the high quality stout characteristics to shine through (chocolate dominates). The chocolate and bourbon waltz in harmony through the rest of the glass. The mouthfeel is a tad thin to be world class, but it's only subpar compared to the rest of this outstanding beer. (524 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to tulip.

A. Pitch black color with a reddish/amber head that quickly retreats, but pops back up when swirled. Thick viscosity, amber layer when swirled.

S. The nose begins with dried figs, plums, and raisins. I get a strong barrel presence which comes through as a nice balance between bourbon soaked oak and a hint of straight bourbon.

T. The complexity of this beer can only be summed up as a Heresy chocolate bar, but only the flavor, not the sweetness. This does have a tad bit of sweetness, but not overly sweet, just right. The taste is very difficult to beat. The bourbon comes through the most as it is nearly room temperature.

M. Very sticky, very thick, and low carbonation.

O. This is a sipper but one would only want to cherish this as long as possible. I had high expectations and they were certainly met. Well done. I must compare to the BA Biscotti and I give the nod, ever so slight, to BA Biscotti, primarily because I like a little coffee in my BA stout. This is not a very hoppy or bitter stout. (1,027 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch medium brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves small strips behind.

S- Super bourbon forward with lots of fudge, burnt sugar and caramel. Quite boozy.

T- Holy mother. Sweet but so complex. The bourbon character sets the stage for all the chocolate, vanilla, caramel, maple, brown sugar and butterscotch flavors that ensue. The massive roastiness does a great job of balancing the sweet with the bitter. Lots of grainy oak.

M- Creamy and a bit sharp from the booze. Medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- Totally worth the $28. I don't like the base beer that mug but this treatment transforms it into a delicious treat. (878 characters)

Photo of arkitekt2
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Double Barrel Jesus
12% ABV Imperial Stout brewed by Westbrook Brewing Co. for EvilTwin Brewing
Poured into snifter thick and black like motor oil. Small 3cm head, decent lacing on the glass that disappears quickly. Absolutely opaque.
Nose of whisky-infused dark chocolate dominates. Hints of black licorice and anise at the back of the nose. Intoxicating nose.
Roasted malts dominate with dark fudge and whiskey/bourbon taste. Coconut, sweet vanilla, and a smokiness fills out well balanced flavor.
Thick and rich mouthfeel from beginning to end. Blankets the tongue with a fine silky effervescence without the alcohol burn.
An EXCELLENT barrel aged stout from Evil Twin (as usual). Quite pricey, but well worth the entrance fee. A sippin' stout! CHEERS (762 characters)

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate for days. Smells like dark fruit, oaky booze, dark roast malt, chocolate and hazelnut. Delicious upfront whiskey barrel flavor with loads of chocolate. The finish lasts for an extremely long time that rolls from chocolate to dark bitter malts and coffee with hazelnut. This looks and feels like motor oil, in the best way. Overall, this is so much better than I thought it would be. (397 characters)

Photo of raynmoon
4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black with a small tan head that sticks around. Looks intense.

It smells of vanilla, cookie dough, baked goods, chocolate. It smells huge as well. I could smell it right when i cracked it open.

The taste starts sharp, oak, bourbon, fizz, then on the back end is all dark chocolate. It starts almost too dry on the front end, with a cherry note. Very reminiscent of Barrel Aged Speedway Stout.Very good. (412 characters)

Photo of SteveD082791
4.81/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours like motor oil with a dark mocha colored .5 inch head

S: unreal. Smells like dark chocolate fudge with a shot of whiskey

T: same as the nose. Get some roasty bitterness at the end

F: almost the perfect mouthfeel. Like sludge, in a good way

O: if it had more of a bourbon taste instead of whiskey and had a tad thicker body this would be a 5. Worth every penny (372 characters)

Photo of imyourhero21
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a bottle share last Saturday. Very good beer. Dark and chewy with a mix of fudge, oak , vanilla and alcohol. Not a bad alcohol taste at all, just let you know it was big and def barrel aged . (203 characters)

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An incredible beer that holds its own against the hard to get whales - the Derivations, KBBS's, Assassins, and such. The relative ease of acquiring it is the only thing that holds it back. ;-)

Incredibly thick and savory. Dense and totally opaque with a creamy mocha colored head. Fudge, licorice, brown sugar / molasses, prune and maybe currants? World class and among the best BA stouts I've had. (399 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: the darkest night with no stars has nothing on this beer very small about an inch head of the darkest chocolate color I have seen on a head

S: Smells like chocolate fudge, with deep anise, licorice, and leather with deep roasted malts

T: Oh wow.....Huge chocolate roasty deep anise taste nice and sweet booze is very well hidden this is almost like drinking chocolate powder with sugar added so great. There is coffee but its hidden behind tons of chocolate and sugar.

M: Lush thick and chewy everything you want a stout to be and a slight chalky taste

O: Completely blown away by this beer. It is fantastic huge over the top chocolate, anise, licorice the anise is in your face. The coffee is very hard to taste with all that is going on in this beer. Such a full and lush beer this is a complete dessert in a glass find this if you can but by all means share it. (910 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 8.8.15

A: 4.75 Pours thick and pitch black with a small dark tan head.

S: 4.5 Lots of whisky on the nose at first. As the beer warms, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and spice come through. Rather intense even though this beer is almost a year and a half old.

T: 4.5 Like the nose, this is a very whisky forward beer. I’m not really detecting different barrel treatments though. It’s a bit harsh at about 50-55 degrees, but as it warms, the fudgy, vanilla, caramel flavors usually present in Evil Twin’s stouts show up. It’s really excellent and almost perfect, but the roast is a bit much for me, leaving a finish that’s too bitter and dry.

M: 4.75 Super thick and rich. Carbonation is great; it’s low, but you can still feel the effervescence.

O: 4.5 Nearly perfect barrel aged stout from Evil Twin. They do stouts so well and they clearly know their way around a barrel. If you like roasty stouts, this is perfect for you. For me, the roast detracts from the fudgy, chocolaty quality I love about Evil Twin stouts. (1,067 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle split at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a mini snifter glass.

Dark black body, half finger brown head, nice retention, a little bit of lacing though not so much. Appears smooth as motor oil. Smells of dark fruit, chocolate fudge, oak, whiskey, burnt sugar. A bit of coffee. Flavour is similarly chocolate-forward, oak, fudge, sugar, a little bit of vanilla, and a brandy-like sweet warmth. I have no idea what the second barrel treatment was, but I'd have to guess rum or brandy. Bourbon being the other barrel. Not cloying, nice complexity, very chocolate-forward. Mouthfeel is full bodied, although drinking this after a Perennial Maman made it seem a bit thinner in comparison, but it is certainly more full bodied than the average BA stout. Lower carbonation, smooth. Very good body, a bit of heat on the backend, but not that much. Overall, a very nice barrel treatment with a lot of chocolate fudge, good mouthfeel accompanied by a fair bit of heat. (983 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- Pitch black with a two finger dark brown that matches the lettering of the bottle.

S- Bourbon, dark chocolate, fudge, oak, faint roasted coffee and malts, molasses, some smokiness.

T- Nailed it! Dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, fudge, roasted coffee, molasses, slightly smokiness, very well balanced.

M- Smooth, full body, no heat from the alcohol.

O- Very well done, taste is exactly what I want out of a bourbon barrel stout, nose reminds me of BCBS. Very easy to drink, worth every cent to the $25 price tag, I need more of this! (575 characters)

Photo of MIbeerGeek84
4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Man this is evil twins best to date.
Pours pitch black with very little head. Leaves a nice lasing around the glass almost like a fudge.
Smell is incredible, starts off with a huge chocolate notes then a little coffee, also some barrel notes come through with the vanilla, dark fruit, and some oak.
Taste is right on point with the nose. Super intense fudge, raisins, oak, vanilla sweetness on the end with very small heat.
Mouthfeel is super thick. Very creamy and the taste last on the tongue making you want more and more.
Overall this is the best beer by Evil twin to date. It is a lasting memory. Small distro but if your lucky enough to get 1, DO IT! (656 characters)

Photo of Czarkazm
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely black, thick, with no chance for any light to peek through. Minimal head, but one of the darkest I've seen. Dark mocha brown that sticks around as a thin filament around the glass. Really decadent smelling, complex. Very roasty, strong whiskey spice aroma, along with dark roast espresso, fudge, burnt brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruits, oak, and tobacco earthiness. Loads of chocolate in the taste, bittersweet chocolate, with gourmet coffee, burnt caramel and molasses, more of the vanilla, a meaty smokiness, and char. Thick and creamy mouth feel, bold sticky sweetness but not overdone. Very impressive as all the flavors are well balanced. The alcohol is detectable but at 12%, this beauty is not pretending to be anything its not. Like all of Evil Twin's imperial stouts and porters, this one is a must try but just happens to fall ahead of the rest. (881 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.51/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Near black, opaque body with a thin, beige collar that rapidly fades to a thin wispy cap. Grandiose aroma of bourbon, chocolate, dark roast, chocolate covered raisins, sweet booze, oak. Incredibly rich. European style roast with notes of plum and raisin. Thick body. Palate coating. Mild sweetness with lingering dark chocolates and perhaps some residual dark cherry tones. Delicious. (384 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from jbeatty many moons ago. Thanks for the brews man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A thick, sludgy black pour yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, creamy, mocha colored head with good retention. Pitch black body with just a touch of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a thick, dense cap. Swirly wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Really thick and black with a solid head as well. Good stuff.

SMELL: Bourbon, lots of coconut and sweet vanilla cream, some oak, milk chocolate and dark cocoa, with some nice burnt espresso beans as well. Really nice, bold and enticing.

TASTE: Big flavors again, with bourbon, oak and toffee, lots of coconut and sweet vanilla cream up front. Really nice stuff. Burnt notes at the swallow, leading into a bold and lingering finish of bourbon, coconut, milk chocolate, vanilla cream, butterscotch toffee, burnt malts, char, dark bitter chocolate and some alcohol underlining it all. Really flavorful and well balanced between the barrel and base beer. More balanced than the nose and has plenty of the good stuff we all love.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight on the palate, very creamy and oily, slick and silky, goes down smooth and silky with a slight burn at the swallow and finishes very sticky. A touch cloying perhaps, but not at all off-putting. Fits the flavor profile well. Some heat lingers. Great.

OVERALL: This is just excellent. Just as good as the regular version and the barrel aging adds another layer of fun as opposed to overpowering the good stuff that’s already there. Would love to try out others in the Jesus series, as the regular and this double barrel version are excellent. Highly recommended. Thanks again jbeatty! (1,772 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2900th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense dark brown head with solid retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Some slight lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, fudge, licorice, dark bread, spicy rye, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisin, prune, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Fantastic aromas with incredible complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, fudge, licorice, dark bread, spicy rye, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisin, prune, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, fudge, licorice, dark bread, spicy rye, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisin, prune, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of huge dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a world class barrel aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. Very similar to Even More Jesus with some mellower deep roasted character and added rye and barrel complexity. An insanely delicious offering. (1,851 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours like motor oil, with a dark tan foamy head, that leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Roasted tones, along with chocolate, Rye, molasses, caramel and oak

Taste: Molasses, caramel and chocolate, up front, with the Rye barrel, oak and vanilla tones developing in the middle; hints of rye spice, coffee and dark fruit build into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: We are in an area here where Evil Twin really excels; one of the best beers I have from them and that includes the Biscotti series (553 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.34/5  rDev -5%

Bottle from trade. Excited about this one. Pours pitch black and thick with a half finger dark brown creamy head on top. Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate covered raisins, whiskey and oak, molasses, anise. Flavor follows with anise and dark fruits, chocolate, sweet molasses, and a long vanilla bourbon finish alongside a hint of cocoa powder. Really really smooth, not at all boozy, thick and rich, low carbonation. Really easy drinking and a beautifully made BA stout. While it’s on the fruit and molasses side of the flavor profile than I like, there’s no question that this a beautifully made brew. Would have it any time. Right there with Uncle Jacobs with a somewhat similar flavor profile. Yum. (703 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer had an ominous appearance. Pitch black, super thick and sludgey, the liquid looked similar to motor oil. A thin, crimson tinged, mocha colored crown topped the beer, but it quickly faded to a ringlet of bubbles. A few small droplets of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was fantastic. Super rich and robust. Boatloads of roasted malts were immediately apparent. The barrel came through strong and lent some intense, boozy, bourbony notes. Tons of vanilla bean. Quite sweet with indications of burnt caramel. Some brown sugar as well. Good amount of chocolate fudge. Hint of char and smoke. A touch of licorice was also noticeable.

The flavor profile was really sweet and even more intense than the aroma. Roasted malts dominated on the front end. Brown sugar notes came through strong in the center. Loads of espresso. Hefty amount of burnt caramel. Fresh vanilla bean was also apparent. The super roasty finish contained notes of char and ash. Some alcohol heat from the barrel came through as well, but the booziness was rather restrained given the high ABV.

While the nose and the flavor profile were both stellar, the mouthfeel was simply flawless. Super thick, rich and creamy. Sludgey and motor oil-like. The liquid contained an ultra fine, tongue blanketing effervescence. After each sip, the beer left a sticky film on my lips.

Even More Jesus is a fantastic beer, but this double barrel-aged version really brings things to a whole new level. Simply put, this is one whopper of an imperial stout. While the alcohol was fairly restrained for a 12% ABV beer, the flavor intensity and mouthfeel were similar to something typically found in something even "bigger." That said, this bomber would best be split amongst three or four people. (1,865 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -12.5%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Medium khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Whiskey and fudge. More fudge than whiskey, though. A little wood. Slightly fruity.

Taste - Fudgy. NIce whiskey. Lots of rich chocolate. I can't discern barrels. Just lots of whiskey. Some bitter coffee in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Medium heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - Simple, but huge stout. Great flavors. (438 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.38/5  rDev -4.2%

More bourbon and oak than the even more. More chocolate, spicy note from the rye, Flavor reveals booze, which could use some age to tame, light menthol, and a touch of fruit, light cherry. (188 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance - The beer poured a murky black color with a mocha head crowing the glass.

Smell - Smooth bourbon notes create the aroma with notes of chocolate and malt in the background.

Taste - The bourbon comes to the front, but it is balanced and not hot. Dark chocolate coats the tongue and there is a hint of coffee. As one might expect, it is warm going down.

Mouthfeel - Some bourbon barrel stout and like drinking straight whiskey. This one is smooth and coats the tongue nicely.

Overall - This is really good. Seek it! (528 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.05/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tearing through Evil Twin today with reg Biscotti, BA Biscotti and this guy. BA Biscotti is IMO the best by a 0.25 scale.

A- Very thick, dark molasses black fudgy. Half-pinky dark cacoa lacing with minimal retention. Gums up the glass pretty good.

S- It smells like an infected rye whiskey stout. Thank God it is not; but past that is dark fudgy notes, cinnamon/clove? but the infected smell takes over.

T- The double barrel age comes off first the rye whiskey much more than bourbon, which lingers for about 20 seconds until you can get to the spicy chocolate fudge. Really good, but the two dimensions are not as impressive as BA Biscotti.

M- Fantastic here. Nice alcohol burn on the way down. Creamy and smooth. Cant say much bad about this ba stout.

O- I had the impression that this was going to be better than BA Biscotti, but IMHO it is not even close. This is a great brew, but the former easier to obtain beer blows (relatively) this away. Cheers! (966 characters)

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Evil Twin Double Barrel Jesus from Evil Twin Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.