Double Barrel Jesus
Evil Twin Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #49
Ranked #179
4.51 | pDev: 5.99%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
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Notes: 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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Falcon91Wolvrn03 from California

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this alongside my previous favorite beer - the Evil Twin Aún Más A Jesús. This was clearly better. Unfortunately, I tasted close to 20 other top rated beers that day, and I didn't take any notes for a thorough review. But I know my scoring is accurate, as this and the Aún Más A Jesús were the first two beers I tasted that night. To me, this is the best of the best.

Sep 21, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 vintage; drank 2/24/17 @ the Yarchives.

Motor oil black appearance.

Minimal tan head; no lace.

Marshmallow, milk chocolate, cognac & mild oak notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Whiskey & fudge flavors up front; marshmallow & oak notes on the finish.

Bold flavors here, but it was a hint too boozy for me to love. Close but not quite great.

Mar 06, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage poured from a 22 oz bomber moderately, resulting in a three-quarter inch tan head over a very dark brown body with some lacing. Wonderful nose of chocolate foremost with a bit of booze from the bourbon barrels as well. Taste mirrors nose with a chocolate flavor that won't quit. Not too boozy at all, but the bourbon is definitely there. Very nice mouthfeel, and overall, what a treat. Cheers!
After warming for half an hour or more flavors of caramel, toffee, and bitter chocolate come forward. Wow, so very nice and complex!

Sep 07, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black color with a ring of brown foam. Aroma has lots of roasted malt, some umami and boozy bourbon. Taste is roasty, savory, chocolatey with some dark fruits on the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Quite nice but not as spectacular as expected.

Jul 06, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to Steve. First of the Jesus lineup. Normal inky black pour, small ring of head. Sweet, malty boozy aroma, molasses and wood. Taste is smooth, sweet and malty. Vanilla,brown sugar, bourbon. Syrupy and slick

Mar 29, 2018
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Rristow from Ohio

4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from bottle. Pours jet black with dark brown head. Huge chocolate aroma with molasses and some bourbon notes. Sticky thick chewy mouthfeel. Flavors of cocoa, caramel, molasses, toffee, bourbon, vanilla. Bourbon flavor is more subtle that a lot of BA beers. Very well done. Excellent sipper.

Dec 24, 2017
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jakenap from New Jersey

4.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2017 vintage drank on 14 May 17, bottled in February i believe. was delicious, cocoa, vanilla, slightly smokey, sweet bourbon, and oak. the base stout is great but this exceeded expectations. i have another one aging, can't wait to try it after the year mark.

Dec 18, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a thick dark brown to motor oil black color with a finger's worth of tan foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Some stringy lace concaved at the sides.
The aroma leaned to the sweeter side - thick with pure chocolate fudge, milk chocolate cake, sugar and some whiskey at the end.
The flavor was sweet all of the way through pulling in that "cake-like" taste to give off a bigger and fuller aftertaste that somewhat reminded me of whiskey soaked fudge.
The mouthfeel was full bodied with a pure sipping quality about it because the ABV is not only felt but somewhat noticeable in it's "heat." Carbonation felt fine. Finish was thick and sweet.
Overall, diabetes in a bottle. A 22 oz. bottle can be tough to take down, but I did over the course of a 4 hour period. Not for the faint of heart, I suggest to share with a buddy.

Oct 15, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours an ink black body with very little head and retention.

Aromas are heavy on the whiskey and milk chocolate, very strong and potent Classic BA stout aromas. A little booze.

On the tongue is a rich balance of vanilla, coffee, dark fruits, milk chocolate, finishing with bittersweet chocolate and cocoa, roasty. Medium heavy body with very low carbonation.

Very enjoyable, easy to drink and flavorful.

Sep 21, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

super super sweet, more sweet decadent barrel notes (big vanilla, toffee, caramel, chocolate) come through than actually bourbon character. molasses and some mellow dark fruits and spice note, hint of oak and mellow bourbon. not much boozyness at all for the abv. medium-full mouthfeel, some chewy texture.

Sep 01, 2017
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottling (I think), poured into Kane chalice and let warm for an hour

L: Dark black with a light tan head. About 1F, not much retention. Leaves a thin light tan ring.

S: Bourbon and barrel dominate the nose. Dark fruits and chocolate are minor notes. This beer probably needs to be aged. Too bad I could only get one.

T: Bourbon and oak predominate taste as well. Still room for a near explosion of dark fruits (amazing) and some chocolate. Maybe a little bit of coffee. Slightly sweet and a little bit of heat from alcohol.

F: Less full-bodied than you might expect, closer to medium. Tiny bit of carbonation. Still very young and boozy. Balance still quite good for all that.

O: It's great, but not top-tier, YET. If I find another one to age for three years, I have a feeling my score is going to increase.

Jul 21, 2017
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johnnybgood1999 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing! Huge chocolate flavor and a huge mouth feel that melds bourbon and oaky vanilla with the chocolate for a heavenly experience. Mod-palate I also get an interesting tobacco flavor. Complex. I love this one and it falls in with the maybe 5-10 beers I give a perfect rating.

Jul 18, 2017
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared the 2017 version of this beauty with a couple friends last night and it was great! Had it alongside both the Maple Syrup barrel Evil Twin releases from this year and the Double Barrel Jesus was better than either of them! Nice boozy finish which will calm a bit as it ages I hope (since I have a 2015 DBJ in the cellar) but has a ton of chocolate and bourbon on the nose and palate.

Jun 12, 2017
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gibgink from Missouri

4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with small tan head. Slight bourbon notes on the nose. Good thick stout with slight barrel sweetness and very smooth finish. Was expecting a little more given the ratings, but still a good beer overall.

Jun 09, 2017
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lemmy187 from Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +2%
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.....

Apr 15, 2017
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
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 ~50 degrees 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.

Apr 14, 2017
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mattflippin from Tennessee

4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Apr 14, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Apr 14, 2017
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Boccu from New York

4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | 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.

Apr 09, 2017
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Apr 04, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Mar 25, 2017
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LAp from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Mar 19, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Feb 21, 2017
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CHickman from New York

4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Feb 18, 2017
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steveheady from South Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

Feb 08, 2017
Double Barrel Jesus from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 817 ratings