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

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241 Ratings

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: bleeps on 12-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Beersilio
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great example of this style. The smoothest and most pleasing of what can be a style not suited for everybody. Sweet with chocolate note and hints of coffee, Very smooth with no hoppy snap at the end.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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.

Photo of Brewsephus
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - Black with ruby hints at the edges. Barely any head and any there is fades quickly. LIttle lacing left behind.

S - Nuttiness, smooth smoke, roasted malts.

T - Follows the nose. Extremely balanced maltiness, smoke lingers on the back. Not overpowering. I suppose the crispness of the lager compliments the smoke.

M - Silky, smooth, low carbonation, thin. Leaves the palate mostly clean. Some residual nutty.smoke lingers and tickles the tongue.

O - Always happy to try a Jack's Abby, but this is one I won't revisit. Just not enough to bring me back.

Photo of gonzo000
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

A - Pours with little head Color was nice - deep, dark

S - Nice, bold smell given limited head in pour. Nice.

T - Taste was surprising Complex - hit the mark better than most cross brewery mixtures.

M - very nice - good carbonation

O - Overall this is a beer I would highly recommend.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

$7.50 for 14oz at Meadhall, Cambridge MA

Opaque dark mud brown beer under a thin but dense creamy head. Smells kinda like sweet tea at first. Tastes tea-esque too - English hops? Lots of dark bread like pumpernickel and dark German wheat. Hardly any roast malt underneath all that crust. Much bigger body than schwarzbiers I've had previously.

By far the most eh JA I've had. Bummer.

Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head holds as is, with sporadic slow-falling lace. Aroma is roasty and sweet.

Taste starts where the nose left off, sweet and malty through and through, balanced to the end. Very smooth mouthfeel, and drinkability is great. Would search out again.

Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oooh, lovin the Jack's Abby stuff, and now a Jamil's Evil Twin style beer, could be interesting... although their description with dark malts roast and chocolate could hint at a black IPL (since it's an Evil Twin I assume lots of late hop additions) and could bring citrus which seem to clash IMO.

Pours a darker brownish colored creamy slightly fluffy 1 finger full head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing, super dark almost pitch black beer with a little molasses light sneaking through.

Nose is loaded with caramel, dark caramel and chocolate, creamy choc, little powdered cocoa and lactose like, dry bready malted milk ball, a faint touch of coffee and light toasty brown malt, umm, are there hops?

Taste starts with more chocolate and caramel, loads of creamy chocolate and dry powdered cocoa like, with again that malted milk ball flavor, and some dark caramel without the sweetness. A mild lactose flavor as well adds to the milk chocolate, and a bit of roast with coffee, a coffee milk like flavor, and some mild toasty brown malts. A mild grassy bitterness comes through later from some hops, and just a bit of soft lager feel with a crisp finish. Finish is dry and a little creamy, lactose and lots of chocolate, some caramel, little coffee lingering.

Mouth is med bod, somewhat creamy but dry, lighter but decent carb.

Overall not bad, nothing like I expected, basically a swarzbier. Not an evil twin as I expected, I guess it wasn't meant to be, it was just meant to be a dark lager with Jack's Abby and Evil Twin brewing collab. I think I read into the words too much, but either way still a pretty tasty beer.

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smelled like a bowl of oatmeal. Dark, oaty, sweet. Aged for a year or so. I was socializing with friends while I was drinking it so I didn't feel like it was appropriate to excuse myself to delve nto my phone to write a review. That's the type of behavior that perpetuates a negative (read:hipster) image of us beer geeks amongst those who don't populate this site. Unfortunately, I don't remember all the nuances and flavor notes now that I have time to be on my phone. However, BA won't let me simply add the beer to my list in a manor that allows me to simply remember how much I liked it or not without writing a review. So here's the review... It would be nice to be able to use this site in whatever manor I choose. I've added over 600 beers to my list, and visit the site daily. I rate them in a way that allows me to keep track and remember my overall impression of it without having to major in English literature, especially when I'm with company- which is the best way to drink good beer-- and the worst for being sucked into your phone.

Photo of smcolw
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown but light does pass through. Good bar-pour head. Leaves plenty of spots on the glass.

Earthy and dark, like dry unsweetened cocoa smell. A touch of chalk.

Thin bodied and well above average carbonation, this beer comes across very watery. The flavor is a step up with a mocha like cocoa flavor up front. Short aftertaste. Some burnt malt to provide a touch of bitter flavor. In all. Not very complex--a bit of a disappointment for me from both of these breweries.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 pint .09 oz bottle poured into a bulbed style pint glass. Liquid comes out a nice brown color. It's sort of a medium brown color with amber and lighter brown highlights where the liquid gets a little thinner. Nice couple finger length head with various sized bubbles, sort of a mix between off white and tan in color. Better than average lacing and glass retention to it.

Smell is probably the best part of the beer. You can tell there's some nice dark roasted malts here, and a variety at that. Slightly over roasted and slightly even charred malts (some crystal according to the bottle) that produce nice chocolate and coffee aromas. A little nutty, but there's a nice floral and citrus hop profile to it as well. Everything is complex, but really well balanced.

Good flavor, on par with the smell. Sweetness and nuttiness upfront, but an appropriate amount of bitterness towards the end really balances it out nicely. The (over)roasted/toasted malts not only give a nice sweetness and produce the expected flavors of slightly more bitter than sweet chocolate and a medium/dark roasted coffee. Three's some earthy/grassy hops and a touch of smokiness at the end, fairly robust. Pretty tasty schawrzbier and a good representation of the style.

Mouthfeel is good, I was initially thinking a hard medium body, but it's really more full bodied, the flavor lingers long enough and it's really about as full as a lager should get without being a special brew. Good carbonation level starts full and has a nice dry bitter finish. Not sure on the ABV% on this one, but I don't think it would be too high, probably less than 5-6% or somewhere in that range. It's really drinkable, but something you want to savor. Hope to get more of this before it's done.

Photo of Mikecap
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown, nearly black with two fingers of creamy khaki head that fades to a slight lacing.

S: Deep roasted malts and some chocolate and nutty notes, a bit of coffee comes through but it is largely dark malt.

T: Better than the nose with lots of chocolate and nutty flavor. Also some caramel and toffee and a solid balance with the malt with a subtle hop component.

M: Light to medium bodied and extremely smooth and creamy. Low hop bitterness but not overly malty or sweet.

O: WIthout surprise, this is another really good beer from Jack's Abby. Haven't had many schwarzbiers, but this was really enjoyable and worth seeking out!

Photo of Maxwell
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Andover Liquors
Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights and a decent sized tightly bubbled tan head that recedes rather quickly. Aromas of caramel and roasted coffee with a hint of cream and chocolate. Earthy spicy hops provide a hint of balance but confine themselves to background notes. The flavor is pretty heavy on the roast and caramel with only fleeting hints of chocolate. Earthy hop flavor keeps things from cloying. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a silky bubbly mouthfeel. Decent brew, heavy on the roast, but nice to drink.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up locally and shared with the mrs in a jacks Abby snifter and torst wine glass.

Beer poured a watery black wi a thin head that didn't hang out and left sparse strongy lacing. Nose screams Schwartz with nice roast and subtle peat smokiness. Taste is a bit watery and subtle roast and smoke. A fairly drinkable smoke beer but still not something I would run out and get a case of, but perhaps a good gateway smoked beer since it is not too in your face.

Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pokal

A: Pours pitch-black with hints of mahogany when held up to light. Large, khaki 2 finger head that lasts. This beer is gorgeous.

S: Musty/ funky, barnyard smell, which is not offensive at all, but is certainly unexpected. Hints of nuttiness as well.

T: Black coffee, baking chocolate and heavily roasted malts. Roasty bitterness lingers, but is not overwhelming. Not much else flavor-wise in this clean lager.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Evil Brew is a great example of a classic Schwarzbier. Some people not familiar with Schwarzbiers or lagers in general might seem to find this lacking in flavor, but I can assure you that this is not the case. If you want a heavy body and extreme roasted malt flavor, try a stout or another similar ale. This, however, is a lager to satisfy those who love this style.

Photo of utopiajane
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours darkest brown with a tan head of creamy foam that had excellent retention. perfect clarity on this beer and ruby hues deep within it. Nose is wonderful. Sweet malt and roast character without anything burnt. Some light caramel, some smooth coffee . Practically no hop scents at all just a shy whisper in your ear that there are some hops in this beer. The drink is exemplary. Thin mouthfeel with a light body. Moderate carbonation. Taste is smooth and crisp malt. Perfectly clean beer with no fruit on the nose or in the drink. The malt sweetness is a bit nutty and the coffee comes right up to bitter and then backs down. The hop floral is the first int he aftertaste where it assert a bit of sweetness but it's the malt that lingers, dry and perfectly roasted with only a tiny bit of bitter. A touch of residual sweetness.

This is a fantastic lager that you could put on the table as easily as you could put a lighter beer on the table. The flavors would compliment a variety of foods. Roast pork, game bird and even meats and cheese platter. These two powerhouse brewers came together to make a subtle and understated style of beer. Wonderful.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a mug.

A: Dark chestnut color. Very healthy tan head rises to a massive four finger height and doesn't budge an inch. Lacing coats the glass in a thick blanket.

S: Very chocolatey on the nose. Rich milk chocolate and hazelnut chocolate. Nutty. Caramel chews. Coarse wheaty undertones. Ghostly hint of alcohol and a faint whiff of foggy fruit. Great nose, it really pops.

T: Molasses, toffee, nutty. Roasted coffee beans with a moderate acidity come out in a big way. Flashes of vague fruitiness and a light brush of alcohol. Hint of bitter dark chocolate. Coarse wheat comes out very briefly. Spicy and oily hops drop in for a moment. Bitter black coffee finish.

M: Medium-light body. Slight creamy and fluffy textures. Light supporting carbonation roasted malt astringencies reminiscent of a strong cup o' Joe.

O: Not a bad offering, but it's quite a bit more roast-forward than the more traditional schwarzbiers. The wheat was a curious addition as well.

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date that I can see. I think this is about 3 months old though.

A: Dark brown pour with a tall, frothy light brown head. Head fades out at a reasonable pace, leaving almost no lacing. Good retention however.

S: Chocolatey with a nice toasted malt that reminds me of pretzels.

T: More chocolate and a nice nuttiness now. Borderline chocolate/peanut butter. Really nice. More toasted malt with more of a toasted bread flavor now.

M: Medium-light with a nice crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

O: A nice schwarzbier. It tastes like a schwarzbier mixed with an english brown really. Lots of nice toasted malt with some mild chocolate....but there's that refreshingly crisp lager smoothness too. Pretty simple but balanced, tasty and drinkable.

Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a pilsner glass: a dark caramel color with a 2 F head. Some lacing.

Aroma is excellent- nutty, malty, and a hint of chocolate.

The mouth feel is not very carbonated.

Taste: nutty, chocolate, malty, and some coffee. The aroma transitions well into the taste.

At colder serving temps, the body is a little thin- almost too watery. I was expecting a more substantial body to the beer. However, with warming, the flavors seem to meld and the body seems less thin.

Overall, an excellent beer. I especially like the prominence of the nutty aroma/taste and the coffee, chocolate, and maltiness.

Photo of JLB025
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is epic...

It is definitely one of the darkest lagers I have seen - like a Guinness with a shorter darker head.

Smells and tastes like coffee and chocolate. Some nuttiness as well.

Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel.

Drink it. You'll like it. True story.

Photo of markgugs
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass

A: From a distance, the beer is nearly opaque. In actuality when held to the light it's a deep burnt amber color, more dense in the center with a reddish hue around the edges. Huge fluffy head leaves decent lacing throughout. Very nice looking.

S: Holy god this is amazing. I imagine if someone made oatmeal fudge cookies, and then melted them and poured them into a cup of iced coffee, it would smell like this. Titillating.

T/M: Flavor profile is much more on the iced coffee side of things, only if it was left to sit on the counter and the ice allowed to melt a bit, i.e. watered down iced coffee. Nice deep roasted notes up front, every-so-slight hops presence on the finish. Very nice. Body is short of luscious/creamy, more "bubbly" and rather effervescent.

O: A very, very nice beer. I'm a fan of schwarzbiers to begin with, and this is an outstanding version. Would definitely buy again, even at $5/bottle.

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