Cognac Jesus
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
12%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 20.79%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
104
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Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  19
Gots
  28
SCORE
85
Very Good
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JebBeerFish from New Hampshire

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Seeing some reviews that indicated that this beer might be infected, I approached this bottle with some caution.

A: Very dark brown, barely perceptible head on gentle pour.

S: Dark dry red wine.

T: I had considerable apprehension that this beer might be infected given other reviews, but instead I got a very pronounced cognac presence. Perhaps one of the strongest barrel presences that I have encountered in many a beer. In some ways, the vinous qualities of this beer reminded me of Shmaltz' Hebrew Funky Jewbelation series of beers, of which I am not fond. Taste is overwhelmingly cognac barrel, with bitter chocolate way in the background. Hard to find other flavors with the strong cognac presence. I split this bottle with a friend of mine, and we soldiered through it, but did not enjoy it.

O: A difficulty in rating this beer, is that it might achieve its' intended goal, but that a strong cognac presence in beer is not appreciated by me. If you like cognac, you may really enjoy this beer; otherwise, not so much.

Jun 01, 2017
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

2.19/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Steep price to pay for a beer that was clearly infected. Love me some sours but not an infected sour. Rich dark, moderate lacing no head. Typical Jesus scent w/ a hint of acidity to it. Tasted was a sour medley of awfulness. Uncharacteristic thin feel for this series. Thought I'd be able to enjoy my half of the bottle. Tasted a third sip and poured her down the drain. Couldn't do it.

Jun 12, 2016
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CHickman from New York

2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger foamy brown head that was full of tiny bubbles and dissipated on the quick side as it popped and hissed and went down leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Smells like rich dark chocolate, molasses, espresso, toffee, toasted grains and then heavy dark fruit including pretty prominent green apple. Funky and tart aromas cut through the toffee and chocolate so I think this is part of the infected batch. It's not awful, but it's not right. I'm no cognac expert, but I expected barrel notes and peat moss instead of sour green apple or rotting fruit.

Tastes pretty much the same: dark chocolate, molasses, chocolate syrup, espresso, toffee, toasted grains and then rotten dark fruit, sour green apple, all kinds of funky notes and tart bitter fruity flavors. Sour cherries, orange soda and cheap, bitter red wine round out what I didn't want from this brew. I hoped for the best after reading some of the other infected reviews, but this just was off and bad in so many ways that it barely resembles Even More Jesus.

What a fucking shame and even worse a waste of $30. Jeppe throw me a bone here, or at least a T-shirt.

Apr 23, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black pour with a dark creamy toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Delicate chocolate, oak, spice, smoke aroma.

T - Sweet dark chocolate with a mesquite, smoky, spicy woody flavor.

M - Big, full bodied, silky, velvet.

O - ABV well hidden but this beer is not tasting like the label says. Maybe it's old? Eviltwin - DATE your bottles.

Apr 02, 2016
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jhawkvol from Tennessee

2.2/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Looks great and smells nice but unfortunately the taste is nothing but tart. Clearly infected. Could not finish more than a couple ounces and drain poured the rest. Too bad as I was looking forward to this one.

Feb 07, 2016
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superspak from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 8/2015. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, molasses, red wine, raisin, prune, red grape, licorice, tobacco, leather, peat smoke, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, light pepper, and oak/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cognac barrel notes with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, molasses, red wine, raisin, prune, red grape, licorice, tobacco, leather, peat smoke, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, light pepper, and oak/roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness and tannic cognac tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, molasses, red wine, raisin, prune, red grape, licorice, tobacco, leather, peat smoke, vanilla, toffee, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and cognac barrel flavors; with a great bittersweet roast and tart barrel balance, with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/slick, fairly tannic/acidic, and slightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible cognac barrel aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and cognac barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV, with zero booziness present. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jan 23, 2016
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NickyDee21 from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Jet black. 1/2 of dark mocha, quickly disappearing head. S: Light fruit. Apples, pears. Subtle hint of dark chocolate. T: Slightly tart light fruit much like the nose. Mild bitter finish. This beer is definitely a cognac bomb. I'm left wondering if a lot of the negative reviewers have previously had cognac prior to trying this beer. The flavor profile is very much dominated by the barrel. 12% is well masked. F: Thick, chewy, and smooth. O: Solid offering by Evil Twin. A fine consolation prize for being unable to find Double Barrel Jesus.

Jan 18, 2016
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Ohiovania from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

I subjectively didn't care for this one but I also am not a cognac drinker. Upon my research of cognac I think this beer is probably well made but may not have been the best choice for a cohesive barrel and base blend.

Jan 13, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

2.49/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

650ml bottle, served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark brown body, minimal half finger offwhite head, no retention or lacing. Smells of a mild chocolate fudge, a bit of sweet cognac, green apples, a bit of roast. Flavour is a decent chocolate fudginess up front, a bit of oak, unfortunately finishing with green apple tartness on the second half of things. Mouthfeel is thinner-bodied, lower carbonation, finishing with a green apple tartness that shouldn't be there. Overall, this is clearly infected and not what the brewer intended. A bummer, but I think the rating is deserved here.

Dec 31, 2015
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

2.66/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Unfortunately this was an infected bottle, a real shame given the price. The cognac is present but the green apple sourness overpowers any of the sweetness I was hoping to get from it. Not the worst infected beer I've had but I still wasn't really wanting to finish my pour.

Dec 30, 2015
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lupercmda from North Carolina

2.14/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice thick black color with a 1 inch head. Unfortunately that was the best part of this beer. Smells like a sour with funky brett smell. Tastes of sour cherries and sour stout. Not sure if I got a bad bottle but only was able to drink 1 oz of my 3 oz pour at a tasting. Had to drain pour the rest.

Dec 28, 2015
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Lare453 from Florida

1/5  rDev -73.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Dark black, khaki head, smell is odd, cognac, sweet chocolate and some off fruit flavors. The taste is way off, green apples, sour, infected... Gross.

Dec 07, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud.

Thick pitch black beer, no head at all, thick paints the walls of the glass brown.

Nose brings loads of smoke, campfire, smoked log, burning wood and peat, faint cheap cognac, dark choc notes.

Taste brings sweet candy, candy sweety syrup, sticky mild cheap cognac fruit, big smoke, smoked campfire, peat smoke, acrid black malts, etc. Bitter, finish sticky sweet, little booze, cheap cognac, syrupy.

Mouth is thicker syrupy, lighter carb, little booze.

Nov 12, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of very smokey peat, roast malts, little sweetness and cognac.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of smoke and peat, sweet malts, very sweet malts. The cognac is huge with even more sweetness added. Light chocolate bit yeah, loads of smoke, almost meatiness.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, bit heavy and sweet.

O - Overall this beer was really not want I was expecting. The smokiness is really distracting though. Rather disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

Nov 12, 2015
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TheElectricOne from Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a can glass:

Pours obsidian black, with almost no other hue, aside from a thin, beige head. Can tell just by lightly swirling that this brew is really viscous, with the typical "motor oil" being an apt description. Smells very briny and smoky, with tons of cognac coming through. A little bit of sweetness is also present. The taste is, in my opinion, a little too unbalanced to garner more than a 4 rating. It is seriously all cognac, with tons and tons of smoky, peaty, briny flavor. The roast and sweetness of the malts in the base beer get totally dominated by the cognac, and makes for a slightly underwhelming balance. If you are looking to get totally annihilated with that cognac flavor, then this is a good bet, but I would've liked a LITTLE more balance. It is unique from other imperial stouts though, so that makes it worth the $25 price tag in my opinion. Would I buy it again? Probably not, but I'm glad I tried this one.

Oct 19, 2015
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wcu80 from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really tasty brew, but by far my least favorite of the BA Jesus beers. This is a cognac bomb and I just guess that cognac isn't my thing. The base stout seemed a little less thick than previous versions as well. Disappointing for a $25 bottle of beer.

Oct 12, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma offers hints of umami, sweet fruity liqueur in cognac, dark fruit, sweet chocolate.

The flavor follows with that chewy umami flavor as the beer is balanced with sweetness from the cognac, dark fruits, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, lingering booze. Reminders to Apple Brandy Noir come to mind, but this is more rich, decadent, and balanced by the barrel.

Oct 04, 2015
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imonhiatus from New Jersey

4.87/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

grabbed a 5 oz pour at test on tap. gorgeous color and look...silk. nose is that wonderful even more Jesus glazed w cognac. the taste is out of this world. smooth and silky while still being lush and bold. WHAT a beer! shocked at the other reviews. yeah its a touch hot, but this brew is magic in a glass. better than any eclipse I have ever had.

Sep 26, 2015
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darktronica from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tipped from a 22oz bomber to a crystal sherry glass, as if pouring night itself, with an eclipse-like ring of mocha-brown foam that lingers for days. The nose leads with traditional roasted barley, black malt, and chocolate notes, but it is quickly joined by smokey peat, brine, and jerky marinades. The cognac barrel is also quite recognizable, bringing tart apple and plumskin tannins to the table. Quite complex, but the aromas battle for your attention in an incoherent babble of smells rather than singing together in 17-part harmony.

The flavor profile is slightly more composed, but it still defies expectations. Cognac Jesus has gone all in on the brandy notes, somewhat to its detriment. Other brandy-aged stouts like Prairie's Apple Brandy Noir or Bravery's The Shroud have base flavors very complementary to the barrel treatment, but here, the tart fruit is in constant competition with smokiness and cured meats. There are some chocolaty undertones that attempt to bring everything together, but it never quite finds a balance. Eventually, the barrel wins, producing a long, tangy finish that is rather nice.

An adventurous beer that I'm glad to have tried. Still enjoyable, for all its faults, because of its sheer intensity.

Sep 13, 2015
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Waaayyyy unbalanced. This was all cognac and no stout...glad I was able to pay $10 to try this instead of trading the world for it as I had planned. I hope it balances out after a few yes in the cellar.

Aug 29, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Who am I kidding, enough is never enough. Even with the search for "even more Jesus" now looking at the bottom of cognac barrels, the apex of booziness might be reached. Perhaps more is indeed more.

Cognac Jesus pours with the blackest ink coat that latches onto the glass and glosses it with its tawny brown legs. Short-lived and loosely knit, its blood-stained tarnish head casts an ominous bouquet of aromas- fudge and oak, roast and cocoa, red wine and brandy. Then to taste, its lavishly burnt sweetness is once again fudgy and of tar.

As espresso lines the palate, it accompanies the flavor of scorched molasses, brown sugar and maple. Slow to release, its malt flavors linger and buffer the tastebuds from the alcohol brunt to come. Earthy prune, red grape, black cherry, and hints of salty, meaty umami edges toward a hint of worcestershire and tobacco. The overt spice of fortified red wine begin to tingle the palate as its vinous tartness builds and the finish looms.

Full but relaxed, the beer is off of the chewy textures that the style now prescribes. But its somewhat lightened body is accented with thinning acidity, oak-derived astringency, and strong peppery alcohol. Its long and savory linger is laden with tar and spicy cognac.

Aug 29, 2015
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toppoop from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cognac barrels always yield interesting flavors to me, and this one is no different. Front end starts off smokey and lends its way to the sweetness. Very rich green apple notes dominate the finish. Overall a pretty good beer besides the price. Don't expect your typical BA stout here.

Aug 20, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A surprising beer. The beautiful appearance - inky with a mocha head - of the base. Where I expected a sweet grape / apple / vanilla / oak / honey / spice from Cognac I get a shocking peat / smoke aroma ... almost as if it was Scotch barrels. Flavor carries sweet smoke, with a short of sweet fruit and honey. Incredibly interesting but ultimately not as successful as the Double Barrel version.

Aug 19, 2015
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