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Jack's Abby / Evil Twin Jack's Evil Brew - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby / Evil Twin Jack's Evil BrewJack's Abby / Evil Twin Jack's Evil Brew

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very good

230 Ratings

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bleeps on 12-20-2013)
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Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light coffee color with amber highlights, and sits in the glass the color of the deepest and darkest burgundy. The beer forms a pretty, light tan head of medium sized, creamy bubbles that sit about a quarter of a finger’s width above the beer. In body, the beer is clear and clean, though too dark to see through unless you put the beer up to the light. On the nose, the beer smells of smooth, creamy coffee and milk chocolate with a light fruity kick that might be raisins and might be plums. Soft caramel, nuts, and a touch of char also make their way into the nose. The overall impact of the nose is middling and balanced, producing a nice roasty scent with delicious dark fruit accents. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and then smoothly of bitter roast that lasts into a nice, coffee-like finish. Touches of fruitiness can be found in the sweet flavors along with a very faint touch of acidity. The finish of the beer is dry and bitter. In flavor, the beer begins as soft roast, almost like well-toasted white bread. The flavor builds into a smooth coffee with touches of dark plum nudging in between the bitter roast. Faint dark chocolate and a middling nuttiness work their way into the middle of the sip, all leading to a nice, subtle finish of roast coffee that again blends with touches of plum and lasts for a nice while on the palate. The aftertaste is clean, resonating only slightly with roasted malt. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a crisp and clean mouthfeel that very softly grips the cheeks with a little bit of harshness. After the beer has left, the mouth is left clean save for a slightly dry tongue. Overall, this is a nice balanced schwarzbier that that highlights some delicious specialty malts. This beer, like many of Jack’s Abby’s collaborations, is not designed to knock the socks off of anyone, it is instead a superb example of balance and subtle flavoring in a beer.

Maxwell, Dec 30, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

tectactoe, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A dark brown beer with good clarity that pours with a finger of creamy, beige foam. It has good head retention and leave some lacing on the glass.

S: A roasty, dark malt nose with light notes coffee and chocolate. A low sweetness and no hops.

T: There are moderate flavors of coffee, roast and a light chocolate flavor. A moderate hops bitterness against a moderate malt flavor having a light, clean sweetness making for a balance that is about even. Very little hops flavor. A finish that is medium and a roast malt and coffee aftertaste.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a medium amount of carbonation.

O: Coffee, roast and chocolate dominate this easy to drink full bodied lager. A very good and very tasty example of the Schwarzbier.

MadScientist, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of seanc49
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

seanc49, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Todd, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

JakerLou, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of LCS46208
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

LCS46208, Jan 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

alienlifeforcecube, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Janeinma, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

doremite, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into imperial pokal; brown in the glass showing deep garnet in the light.
Smells of crackery malt, dark bread and grassy hops. Light notes of cocoa.
Taste is dark bread and cracker malt, smooth with light cocoa sweetness. Finishes wet but clean with some crisp hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied but clean and smooth.
Overall a tasty schwarzbier. More body than others I've had.

BurgeoningBrewhead, May 13, 2014
Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jtladner, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Trashcat, Sunday at 03:26 PM
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

acurtis, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of CloudStrife
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear dark brown appearing black in the glass with a slightly yellowed head on top. Leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Chocolate and roasted malts are the first thing I notice on this one. Biscuity or bready quality to it reminds me that it is a lager. Has a good nuttiness and a touch of dark fruits.

T: Nice blend going on here with a great flavor I think anyone could pick up and drink. Roasted malts come through very well and compete with a decent dose of chocolate flavor.

M: Light to medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. The finish is perhaps thin but one must keep in mind its low ABV and lager roots.

Overall this is one I would pick up more often if it were to be available. Combines the serious malt bills from the Evil Twin beers with the great lager aspects of Jacks Abby. Give this one a shot.

CloudStrife, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Griffith, Jan 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Aficionado_Shawn, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Sammy, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of hreb
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

My first experience with Jack's Abby, a brew from my old stomping grounds. I'm a big fan of my namesake beer style (Schwarzbier), so I've decided to try Framingham's Evil Brew.

500mL bottle served, for better or worse, in a plastic pint. Beer is as black as expected in color with a massive brown foam. Neutral, musty aroma. Flavor is "light" and crisp, with a giant nutty flavor down the middle, and enough carbonation on the tongue to keep it interesting. The beer is a little sweet for my tastes. Not so much underfermented as underhopped; I might have liked an extra load of Saaz or Hallertauer to amp up the IBUs on this roasty beast. But, it's still good schwarz lager. I'm looking forward to trying Framinghammer next, or perhaps RIPL. Oooh, or Baby Maker. Yeah, Jack's Abby, that was OK, but I'm gonna give you another shot.

hreb, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Gonzoillini, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of tenacioustomato
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

tenacioustomato, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Brewsephus
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

.5 liter bottle poured into an Allagash 40cl chalice.

A- Dark brown, almost black, burnt caramel on the edges, tan head.

S- Roasted chesnuts, grilling spice.

T- Burnt brownie crust, bitter peanut shell, roasted oats, sweet licorice.

M- Medium to Low body, doesn't taste thin; just light. Very smooth without being sweet or viscous.

O- A must try. Would like more hop character, but that's just me being nit picky. Very great example of what Lagers do best.

Brewsephus, Jan 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Kegatron, Apr 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

MPPHISH, Aug 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

ChrisL24481, Jan 26, 2014
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Jack's Abby / Evil Twin Jack's Evil Brew from Jack's Abby Brewing
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