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Evil Twin Double Barrel Jesus - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 6.95%
Wants: 191
Gots: 52 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 03-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 russpowell
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick as 40 weight motor oil, black with 2+ fingers of light brown head. Pretty good head retention & lacing, nice viscosity to this, stays effervescent

S: Much plum, black currants, leafy hops & carob, some oakyness, faint boozey notes

T: Plum, slight coffee notes, a bit of booze, raisins & baker's chocolate up front. Some caramel mixes in along a trace amount of molasses, then raisins, plums & oaky dryness, slight pruneyness. Finishes dry, boozey, with plums, carob & a bit of figgyness

MF: Firm carbonation, warming, medium bodied, smooths out a bit once warm, turns sticky

A big bruiser, but no real flaws, wished the Bourbon Barrel would've came through a bit more. Not bad, but was expecting more... Well worth a go if your wallet can stand it...

Photo of smakawhat
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Black as night, with a creamy top forming of supper dark brown mocha chestnut color. Creamy collar and nice top. Virtually identical to it's bourbon biscotti brother, the head might even be darker dramatically. Aggressive, shocking, and dramatic looking.

Nice soft oak warmth and spiced fruit aromas. Hints of boozy whiskey warmth like kirsch. Some nice charring notes but with a fruit dominance and heat that is very controlling but overbearing. Some warmth brings some peppermint like candy.

Palate brings the goods in spades. Creamy and fudgy mouthfeel with cherry warmth and brandy like sweetness. Rye spicy forward a bit with a hint of sharp rye whiskey dryness and sharp berried fruit too. Palate feel is not as fizzy and more creamy, but doesn't bring much bourbon tones. Controlled warmth with dark chocolate and more fruits on the finish.

It's alot like biscotti bourbon but goes for a fruitier, boozier and drier quality. It definitely comes across more whiskey forward also, leaving some of the notes of oaked effected caramel, butterscotch and vanilla behind somewhat. Either way it is remarkably well made.

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Dope
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date but released in the last few weeks.

A: Pitch black pour with a small but very dense dark brown head. Despite the smallish head it refuses to die and sticks around forever. Great retention. Lacing is heavy, heavy but doesn't stick too well.

S: Oh yeah, mellow and smooth caramel. Lots of it. Thick, heavy fudge. Spiciness, must be rye whiskey. Hints of oak. Aroma isn't particularly strong or bold in anyway (low carbonation) but it sure is decadent.

T: Heavy, heavy, heavy bourbon up front with the thickest, most viscous chocolate ever. It's like drinking hot fudge out of the fridge, dipped in bourbon and rye whiskey. Lots of heavy caramel, spicy rye and loads of oak in the middle. Very sweet, very heavy flavors. Aftertaste coats the mouth like a chocolate oil slick with plenty of oak and a little rye spiciness mixed in. Oak seems to linger forever. Sweetness and heaviness hides the alcohol but there is just a hint of alcohol sting after each sip.

M: Incredible mouthfeel. Super heavy body, low carbonation. Thick, thick, thick. Honestly just a step away from room temp hershey's syrup. Or brownie batter. You get the idea. Weighty.

O: Interesting. I'm a big fan of Evil Twin stouts and this one does not disappoint. Great balancing act between the two whiskeys. Lots of chocolate to even it out a bit. Big, decadent and sweet flavors throughout. Mouthfeel is top notch, heavy heavy heavy. Wonderful but the strength, sweetness and thickness does make this one a serious sipper. Even after everything I've said, I think the base beer is still phenomenal and I have it rated ever so slightly higher.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a BCBS snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a gorgeous deep dark viscous black liquid. There is a nice quarter inch tan head that forms and is pretty dense. It recedes quit quickly down to a nice thin film.

Aroma starts off sweet. Notes of molasses and some slight burnt caramel. Gorgeous notes of bourbon and some nice deep sugary honey. Nice notes of boozy heat are present in the nose. Slight notes of roasted malt with mild coffee and some nice milk chocolate notes are present. Overall aroma is pretty sweet.

Flavor. Wow. Pretty amazing. Starts of with notes of sweet molasses and caramel. Very sweet notes of Bourbon with slight honey notes and slight vanilla spice from the wood. There are delicious notes of cocoa powder and bakers chocolate with some nice moist chocolate cake notes. There are some underlying notes of mild coffee roast as well as some nice dark bitter chocolate. The brew is very complex. The flavors are well crafted individually; they are vivid, silky and hearty but above all they are blended together so well. There are some delicious underlying notes of almond and some coffee as well wrapped up by some delicious Bourbon sweetness. Mouthfeel is perfect. Lower carbonation with great velvety richness.

Overall this is a winner. I haven't had a ET stout that was bad. The mouthfeel is flawless and the notes of chocolate and bourbon and sugary/caramel sweetness are outstanding.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

Photo of jeagleton
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of those beers that makes you raise your hands and say amen.

Appearance: dark opaque brown, nice head. This beer is thick.

The nose is strong, smoky, and bold but soft milky chocolate.

Taste/ mouthfeel: Oh man, it's a strange and subtle marriage of an almost bbq-like smokiness with the taste and texture of chocolate souffle--WOW! It is silky smooth.

This is a fantastic beer. It is one of those drinks that I had a half glass of and I was satisfied. That's not to say that it's one of those beers I can only drink a half glass of because I could have drank a lot more. But I was so satisfied and so impressed--so privileged, really, to have had that beer that we gave the last half of the bottle to the people next to us.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

Photo of pjkelley82
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer along with the Even More Jesus (right before it) in a mini horizontal.

Poured from glass into Tulip.

A-Dark as all hell just like EMJ. Slightly less of a head maybe 1/4in., same color, dark brown sugar. Head faded quicker like expected but the ring stayed thruout. Slight lacing but not as nice as EMJ but more legs than EMJ.

S-Holy mother of God. The bourbon barrel hits you immediately and soaks in for a while. A second sniff shows a glimmer of the base beer with fudge brownie and dark bitter chocolate being prominent. A spicy whiskey smell along with subtle notes of vanilla, cherry, wood and spice. Dark fruits, molasses. Dont get a real coffee smell as with the EMJ

T-Just like the smell that sweet, sweet bourbon is in front of the pack. Big hit of double fudge brownie (me and my friend were burping up double fudge brownies all night) Rye whiskey tang to it and the base beer comes back to life and you get the standard tastes of an imperial stout. More Boozier than EMJ but thats obvious. The boozieness was still in good form and complemented the base beer.

M-Smooth but lighter than EMJ, lighter carbonation, still sticky as hell.

O-Biggest question.... is it worth $25+? Thats up to you. I personally would pay the $25+ tag if I had the chance. Its a delisious beer. Better than the base beer but not the best I've ever had bit I promise you its up there. Its a damn good beer to split with a friend.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Curran at his tasting.

Pours thick and black as hell, with a small half inch head, and sticky lacing staining the glass.

Smells like dark fruit, fudgy chocolate, bourbon, oak, and booze.

The taste is similar. Some boozy bourbon up front, with a rich melted chocolate flavor, lots of dark fruits- cherries, plums, etc. Some vanilla and oak as well. I am fairly clearly getting the bourbon, but not the rye whiskey. I kind of wish they used a second barrel that was significantly different than the first, like a combination of bourbon and rum, or apple brandy, or red wine, or port, or something of that nature. This tastes like a huge bourbon barrel stout, but not a double barrel stout. All that being said, it was tasty.

Thick bodied, essentially like motor oil. Creamy, heavy mouthfeel, with very little carbonation. Pretty drinkable.

This one was awesome, it just felt like it could have a been a bit more with a different second barrel.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: ink black beer in a large snifter - for a beer with Jesus in the name, this is as evil as it comes - pitch black ink abyss

S: deeply roasted and richly chocolaty malts suffused with bourbon, vanilla, and char...

T: decadent chocolate and vanilla integration, deep caramelized bourbon and cane sugar - dark and sweet and full of lush chocolate syrups and blackstrap molasses flavors

M: silky smooth and dense, creamy, full, lush and plush

O: wow - I'm keeping this to-the-point because this beer delivers in like style. Absolutely expensive and absolutely worth it if you're a fan of dark indulgent stouts; a treasure for the whale hunters out there. Get some.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours viscous and pitch black with a fine one finger brown head with great retention and lacing. Rich aroma of bourbon, quality dark chocolate, hints of cherry and dark fruit subsumed by the bourbon barrel. Flavor is rich dark chocolate, dark toasted malt, dark dried fruit, hints of cherry, caramel and molasses all overlaid by bourbon and vanilla wood influence from barreling. Heavy, creamy body. A dense, flavorful bourbon stout, nicely balanced but with nice barrel character. Exactly what I'm looking for in an imperial aged stout. ABV dangerously well covered; this one requires slow pacing. The ales being produced by Westbrook for Evil Twin have been uniformly excellent. This was a quite expensive bottle (especially for a Westbrook brewed beer), but fully rewarding. A nice treat.

Photo of bcp5296d
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a hot bomb. It is a great hot bomb but almost too hot for me. The flavors are blended well but its tough to get to any other notes than bourbon for me. Great beer, just a little too hot for my liking. I'm thinking this will be great next year. You still get that dark chocolate that we all know and love in even more jesus and its probably the best beer to make this hot because of the richness of the dark chocolate notes but hard to distinguish anything else. All in all, another worldclass brew from ET.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, roasty as hell, sugary sweetness that borders on cloying, marshmallows, huge barrel notes. Body is coating and sticky as can be.

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as night with deep brown head. Absolutely lovely. Rich, deep, chocolate-filled, decadent and boozy although it was hard for me to distinguish the rye whiskey from bourbon. Without doubt a big, bold beer which is meant to be sipped and savored. As other reviewers have noted, it is expensive at $20+ a bomber but I'm glad I have extras in my cellar. Looking forward to trying another one soon.

Photo of Damian
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a dark silky black.

The aroma has roasted coffee, forward whiskey, caramel sweetness, a hint of dark fruit.

The flavor follows of large spicy whiskey in the front. Then onto brown caramel sugar, bittersweet chocolate, and roasted coffee. There's a reasonable sweetness with a slight lacking flavor on the back end.

This beer could use a year or so of age to push down that whiskey in the front slightly.

Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour is black as night, and as thick as tar mixed with motor oil. Aroma and flavor of rich, deep dark chocolate fudge brownie, raisin, fig, date, prune, cinnamon, vanilla toasted coconut, black cherry, molasses, barbeque sauce, marshmallow, leather, tobacco, and spicy rye in the finish. Balanced from beginning of sip through the finish. Body is way north of full, and it carries the aftertaste into a near eternal finish. If I could carp about any aspect of this beer, it would its drinkability, but I won’t, because the decadent richness is so all-encompassing that it’s like a glass of liquid heaven.

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
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

Photo of Jeffo
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%

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!

Photo of barczar
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Photo of M_chav
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Goodness this is thick, super rich chocolate. If you are craving something FULL bodied and bold, look no further

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Burnt molasses with a frothy toffee head. Head fades utterly after a couple of minutes. Looks damn fine.

S - Sweet bourbon, marzipan and a wee bit of vanilla.

T - Very sweet. This beer would really benefit from some spiciness; be that cinnamon or nutmeg on the one hand or chilli or cayenne on the other. This beer is the first beer I've ever had where I can start to see why brewers add chilli to beers like abraxas and hunahpu, rounding out the sweetness. Bourbon barrel character is stamped all over this beer.

M - Viscous, thick and very luxurious, bordering on overly rich.

O - This beer definitely has its strengths; primarily bourbon character and treacle sweetness. Yet it also lacks the depth which would be provided by greater chocolate, coffee, roasted malt or any sort of spice notes. As such, it's fairly straightforward and takes a long time to drink due to the richness. Abv. doesn't show up as heat, but instead as richness. In the end it's just too sickly sweet. Was it worth the $27.50 before tax I paid for it? Absolutely not. But you never know until you try.

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Evil Twin Double Barrel Jesus from Evil Twin Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.