Evil Twin Double Barrel Jesus | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Double Barrel JesusEvil Twin Double Barrel Jesus

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 lemmy187
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black with a touch of light brown head. Complex nose.....fudge, whisky, leather, raisin, plum, roast, oak, and bourbon. Taste is very balanced.....I think the extra time in the barrels really cuts some of the sweetness that is typical in many evil twin offerings. Feel is thick and velvety with low carbonation. By far my favorite ET stout to date.....

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Photo of rypkr
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was cold out of the fridge. Let warm up to ~49.6 prior to drinking.

L - Portion of a bomber partially poured hard into a snifter. Thick, heavy dark brown with dark khaki head.

S - bourbon, raisens, roast. Smells like barrel aged ten fidy. Very sweet. Very decadent.

T - Cream. Sweetness. Alcohol. Milk chocolate... and a common descriptor that I've never used before - tobacco. Very rich and decadent. Very sweet, and very potent. Great taste. Love EMJ and this is definitely a worthy barrel aged rendition.

M - hugely soft and frothy. Very big, foaming, and sticking to the palate. Think a touch thinner to bcbs but more carbonation.

O - Awesome. Stands behind bcbs and parabola but might be my third favorite BA stout. Price however is terrible. I was a little torqued about ba ten fidy being $13 but this at $25 will he a tough revisit anything but a long time again.

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Photo of mattflippin
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Teku glass. Pours midnight black and as viscous as motor oil. Minuscule dark tan head. Dark fudge and whiskey feature primarily on the nose, with some vanilla, oak, and a touch of caramel also there. Taste follows, in a sense- heavy chocolate fudge with a huge, but not overpowering, amount of whiskey. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, full bodied, with a lower carb appropriate to style. Better than the non-BA Even More Jesus IMO. An huge beer, and a good one.

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Photo of Buck89
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Viscous and opaque on the pour. Midnight in the glass. Minimal head with wisps of tan foam. Whiskey, vanilla, oak, cocoa, and roasted coffee on the nose. Not boozy-smelling. Tasted like rich fudge dipped in bourbon. The flavors played very well together. The whiskey predominated, and there was a tinge of sour on the finish, but overall it was balanced. Full-bodied but not overly sweet. Better than the non BA version.

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Photo of Boccu
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. Nice brown head. Two fingers. Fades slowly with light lacing. Aroma is awesome. Deep dark chocolate, molasses, coffee grinds and brown sugar. Taste is great too. Follows the nose. Deep chocolate fudge, coffee grinds and dark fruits. Another awesome stout from evil twin. Huge fan of their stouts.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Pours a viscous black color with a half inch of dark brown head. Some lacing. The aroma is a big whiff of Bourbon with fudge, molasses, coffee and earth. The taste is a large amount of woody Bourbon followed by fudge, chocolate syrup, leather, molasses, dark fruits and earth. Leathery, Bourbon finish with some more fudge. Heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Lots of alcohol heat. It's like drinking Bourbon soaked chocolate syrup. Overall, an outstanding BA Imperial Stout absolutely worth seeking out.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Striking the difference between robust, decadent and drinkable lands the double barrel aged version of Evil Twin's imperial stout in no one's land, but also everyone's land.

Double Barrel Jesus pours with an oily layering into the glass. Like syrups, a patient swirl releases a short statured but densely packed froth. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, coffee and sherry all align on the nose with a sultry sweet and savory scent. Rich with malts, the early palate accepts a lush taste of those promised chocolates, cake, caramel, cream and vanilla that sat in anticipation of flavor.

As the stout opens up, its high sweetness only recedes slighlty. Chocolate fudge, espresso, heavy cream, vanilla, molasses and brown sugar register soundly on the middle palate. Moderately bitter, the internal woodsiness of the beer trends oaken, spicy and awaiting a boozy kick of sherry, bourbon and peaten scotch whisky.

Decadent in taste and texture, the absolute fullness of the stout becomes marshmallowy, milkshake-like, and trailing with a long, savory and woodsy nuttiness.

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Photo of LAp
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. The true motor-oil black pour. Thick and black as can be. The nose is pure chocolate fudge - in fact, it smells identical to a chocolate ganache I made last week. The palate and mouthfeel are what really propel this beer to greatness. Chocolate ganache blends perfectly with appropriately subtle barrel aging, and darker fruits start to emerge only as the beer warms. In terms of mouthfeel, this is perhaps the thickest beer I've tasted. It's an incredible tour-de-force of the style, and one that does the chocolate side of Imp Stouts in an appreciably fresh way. Excellent.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is my personal white whale. I've been trying to get my hands on this beer for years. Even More Jesus is my favorite stout and I've been dying to try the BA version.

This beer pours a thick, darker than midnight, jet black with a late forming, dense, dark brown with a tinge of maroon colored head. It recedes quickly to a sliver of a ring around the edge of the glass, and there are just a few spots of lacing.

Smell is chocolate fudge, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar and sweet dark fruit.

Taste is the same. Starts of sweet but definitely not cloying, with a nice mix of chocolate, vanilla, raisins and figs. That transitions nicely into brown sugar and toffee mid sip and finishes with a wonderful blend of bourbon and oak.

Feel is thick, decadent, rich and velvety smooth with a slightly sticky finish. Very low carbonation which makes the body feel that much more full.

Overall an excellent beer. The bourbon compliments the other flavors wonderfully and is not hot at all. My one complaint is that the subtle, smokey char that I love so much in EMJ is not present in the BA version. Still an awesome beer, but I slightly prefer the original.

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Photo of CHickman
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger brown foamy head that was packed with tiny bubbles, dissipating around average time but on the faster side for an imperial stout. It settles into a layer on top and leaves minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate, hot fudge, soy sauce, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, light oaky or charred wood notes, cocoa powder, molasses, dark fruit like raisins and dates, vanilla, piney hops, black coffee, milk chocolate and then booze like a dark rum or smoky bourbon. It's sweet but not cloying or over the top, allowing the bourbon notes and hops to straighten it out for a degree of balance - a beer this big is supposed to be roasted malt and booze dominant and it is, but the fruit and chocolate nuances make it wonderful to inhale.

Tastes simple, rich and maIty yet at the same time very complex with dark chocolate, hot fudge, soy sauce, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, light oaky or charred wood notes, cocoa powder, molasses, pumpernickel bread with raisins, dark fruit including figs, raisins and dates, burnt coffee grinds, vanilla, black licorice, espresso, tobacco and some herbal/earthy notes. Fair amount of bitterness which blends well with the general malty and barrel influenced sweetness, char and rich boozy flavors. The bourbon is not dominant like Founders KBS or Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout, but it is involved with every aspect of this beer and adds a positive bourbon barrel influence across the board.

Mouthfeel is super smooth and velvety, with mild carbonation, a heavy body and feel that is almost thick and viscous. A meal in a glass if you will, this has a very mild bourbon burn, a kiss of bitterness and then a ton of fruity, roasted malt and chocolate sweetness which fades with woody bourbon notes. To me it's perfect for such a big beer at 12% ABV.

I had been seeking this out for a year or two and finally got my hands on a few bottles, and this bottle lived up to the hype even at this early stage of it's BBA stout life. I wish it had some more in your face bourbon, but the subtleness of the bourbon as is now is a wonderful accent which keeps jumping out like a ninja. A fantastic imperial stout, I loved it.

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Photo of steveheady
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wowza. This was fantastic. New batch.
L. Motor oil pour. thicky thick. Black.
S. milk chocolate bourbon brownie. Really good stuff in the nose.
T. Follows the nose. Sweet brownie and milk chocolate. You can tell the bourbon is there, it's so blended well. Not hot at all, smooth.
F. Here it really shines. It's so thick, full mouthfeel.
O. Phenomenal. It was on the sweeter side so if you don't like em sweet maybe not for you. I solo domed it. Splitting it amungst friends prob would have been smarter. One of the best ba stouts I've ever had!

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Photo of wulfie85
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, opaque with dark brown head. Nice aroma of brownies and dark chocolate. On the palate I had flavors of dark and milk chocolate with a little roastiness as well. Good body also. Very enjoyable brew

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Photo of gatornation
4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark mahogany color with a dark tan head . Smell is chocolate fudge and brownie batter, some older wood smells and Bourbon. Taste follows nose delicious chocolate roasted malts , rich roasted coffee and a dank charred bourbon ending all mix well together. Mouth feel is rich and sweet with a very nice barrel presence. One of my favorites from ET, unfortunately has only been available here in Minneapolis 1-2 times. Trade for or buy this.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours almost motor oil thick, jet black in color with one if the darkest brown heads that I've ever seen that eventually reduces to just a ring around the edge of the glass

S- aroma opens with a pleasant mixture of mocha fudge brownie, artisan dark chocolate, espresso, dried fig & prune, black strap molasses, burnt sugar, black licorice & toasted walnut. Underlying notes of wet oak & bourbon provide highlights of vanilla, caramel, earthy wood & coconut

T- flavor opens up with intense notes of rich mocha espresso with a sharp molasses/brown sugar sweetness, immediately followed by sweetness of raisin, fig & date. Mid-palate gives some barrel notes, providing bourbon and oak, along with vanilla, caramel, a bit of peppery rye & tobacco. The finish gives a hint of alcohol with lingers of chocolate, bourbon, molasses and dark fruit

M- thick and viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that turns into a velvety silky finish, a hint of alcohol warmth on the linger

O- complexity in every aspect of this beer leaves me finding new nuances as it warms, incredibly thick, sweet and bourbony, delicious

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Photo of rabbott2
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank in a snifter on 11/25/2016

L-deep dark brown, tan head, decently carbonated, thick
S and T - boozy whiskey bourbon fudge brownie. really amazing
F-pretty creamy, medium to slightly thicker feel
O-first thought that came to mind was whiskey fudge bomb! Ends up being the same phrasing as the review below, but this was really amazing how the flavors meddled together. Really incredible beer and definitely exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow what an awesome fudge bomb this was. Was not expecting it when I had it. So smooth and perfect. Dark look. Just bourbon and chocolate all throughout the taste. Awesome!

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Photo of Zonk
4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Straight up fudge. This is big and dark, and while hot, its not bad for twelve percent. Really big dark chocoalte flavors dominate the nose and palate.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looked and smelled awesome. Taste... just far too hot and boozy. The alcohol heat is exacerbated by a mouthfeel that's a bit thinner than optimal. Nice flavors -- char, roast, caramel, bourbon...but I didn't experience the "fudge like body" as described, and most flavors were drowned out by the booze. Didn't finish my glass. Just not my thing.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At this point I feel that Evil Twin can really do no wrong. Their stouts are crammed at the top of my personal top beers list (and that list probably now has to make room for one more barrel aged addition). Keep 'em coming ET!

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Photo of winningwes91
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has 3 levels. Barrel, fudge and dark fruits. A very warm beer. It sneaks up on you and lets you know that it's 12%. Awesome thick mouthfeel. A definite step up from the original.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big boozy stout yum nice fudgyNess to it with a heavy barrel slight smoky flavor and an incredible barrel aged stout nose delicious beer all around would love to try it again

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours thick and black with no head
S: Holy shit! Huge bourbon, chocolate, vanilla with an overall sweetness.
T: Huge vanilla, chocolate and bourbon all blended perfectly together. Finishes light tobacco sweetness.
F: Super thick and coating, but just not quite as thick as Foolery, but very close.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I sat on this beer for 8 months or so before I drank it. Even considers trading it. So glad I didn't. This beer is flat out awesome. So very smooth and drinkable. Near the top of the class.

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Photo of KaeF
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells like coffee, tastes like coffe, chocolate, vanilla, creamy, little boozy in the end, decent stout, really like it! Nice stout, the barrels give it just the right depth.

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Photo of Apatschinn
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a TG Chalice. Unknown year but I'd imagine 2015.

L: Pours like old motor oil. Has a brown head that sticks around for a bit. Swirls thick!

S: Biscuits. Smells like chocolate covered breakfast food. Awesome.

T: Smoke and a ton of fudge. Barrel is up front but doesn't overpower the sweet malty goodness. So far so great.

F: Thick.

O: I've been waiting for 2 years to try this one and overall I'd say confidently that it's one of the best stouts I've had. Don't drink bad beer, this one's for real.

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