Evil Twin Michigan Maple Jesus | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Michigan Maple JesusEvil Twin Michigan Maple Jesus

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by superspak on 01-01-2016

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black in color with minimal to no head or lacing.

S: Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malts, vanilla, maple syrup, raisins, dark fruits, and big bourbon barrel notes.

T: Starts off with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts followed by vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, and raisins. Finishes with a nice bourbon barrel character and hints of dark fruits.

F: Full bodied. Thick. Smooth and creamy. Minimal carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a really good BA stout. Nice, complex blend of flavors with hints of maple, but nothing overpowering. Barrel character comes through on a perfect level. Would definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of stoffystouts
4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle ... $10 buckeroos

fav snifter

I think "silky smooth" is the best way to describe this beer

12% ABV is hidden well but I almost wish it was more sessionable because it tastes so damn good I want to drink it all night

Bourbon on the nose but not overpowering. Yes, I taste the maple

silky soooth .. I've seen jesus

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep balck topped by a finger of dense dark tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some maple sweetness
T: Taste is maple up front with some chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts and charred wood with more maple syrup sweetness. Swallow is more maple sweetness with roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with some lingering wood char.
M: This beer has a full mouthfeel that is silky smooth. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style which contributes to the full body. The finish on the beer is semi-dry
O: Overall this beer is worthy of the hype. The maple adds another delicious dimension on top of an already delicious brew. The complexity is still there and the flavors are off the charts. Definitely one to try if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I wouldn't put it quite on the level of Imperial Biscotti Break, but overall this another very tasty sweet stout from Evil Twin. I just wish they released this as much as they seem to do with Even More Jesus.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black color with dark brown head. Aroma has malt sweetness and some bourbon-chocolate syrup. Taste starts sweet and syrupy, lots of chocolate and caramel, bourbon, maple in the background, sweet and sticky. Medium body, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate. Really nice dessert beer with intense sweet flavors but balanced by roasted malt bitterness.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out like motor oil with a thick, tan head.

Aroma is intense! Lots of maple sweetness, vanilla, roast, barrel char and chocolate with bourbon too.

Taste has maple covered chocolate notes, vanilla, roasty malts and even some tobacco too. Lots of stuff going on and decently sweet. Not super barrel forward, but a decent bit of bourbon is throughout the beer.

Fuller side of medium bodied, sticky sweet on the lips, creamy mouthfeel. Definite alcohol warmth, but not over the top boozy.

This was a great beer, but was hoping for a fuller bodied experience and it is pretty damn sweet as it warms. Still great stuff!

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

Pours pitch black with small tan head
Aroma is huge, bourbon, chocolate, maple syrup, hazelnut,
Taste is massive, chocolate, coffee, caramel, maple syrup, huge bourbon finish.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to pint glass at Uno's.

LOOK: deep black and motor oil thick. No head. Surface leaves a shiny sheen.
AROMA: roasted malt and sweet maple syrup. Touch of whiskey.
TASTE: fudge, maple, bourbon kicks in late. Like a rum ball.
FEEL: sticky and thick, mostly flat.

Very tasty.

Can't tell bottling date, but guessing this is about 6 months old. Very mellow. No need to age, but I will with the 2 bottles I have at home.


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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial stout aged for 8 months in BLiS maple syrup bourbon barrels. Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is very black and viscous with low carbonation and produces practically no head whatsoever. The nose is rich and full of dark chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, bourbon, toasted oak, and a little smoke.

Full body with a creamy feel and a rich, complex flavor that follows the nose well. Dark chocolate, toffee, espresso, and tiramisu up front. At mid-palate I get the bourbon and oak notes along with the smoke. The sweet notes from up front make a return and the chocolate, bourbon, and espresso notes linger on the finish.

I had this beer at a bottle share recently and was delighted when it turned out they still had a few bottles left at my favorite bottle shop. A fantastic beer. Pricey at ten buck for 12 oz., but beers like this are few and far between. I would eagerly buy it again and not complain about the price

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 9/2016. Pours dense pitch black color with a thin foamy dark tan head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lace that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, fudge, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark bread; with light smoke, char, tobacco, coconut, raisin, fig, cherry, date, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and maple/bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Flavors of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, fudge, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark bread; with light smoke, char, tobacco, coconut, raisin, fig, cherry, date, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, fudge, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, light smoke/char and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and maple/bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance, with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bitter roast and bourbon/oak spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/slick, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is fairly well hidden; a small lingering warmth after the finish; a bit of barrel booziness, but not overwhelming. Overall this is an incredible imperial stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and maple/bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Intensely rich and complex; awesome barrel presence and balance, without being overwhelmingly boozy, tannic, or drying. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of EMH73
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with almost no head and no lacing. Smells of bourbon, maple syrup and a hint of vanilla. Tastes of bourbon, slightly charred malts, maple syrup, vanilla, dark chocolate and brown sugar. Thick mouth feel and minimal carbonation. A terrific sipping beer.

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Photo of gibgink
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours your typical Evil Twin black. Did someone say this has a strong maple smell? How about taste? Yeah, it pretty one dimensional, but it is a very good "Jesus".

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Photo of Treyliff
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- looks like a typical ET stout, thick and viscous, almost motor-oil-like jet black color with a small creamy dark brown head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- big nose of bourbon, spicy oak, vanilla, caramel & sweet maple syrup. Intermingled notes of dark chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, brown sugar, booze & char

T- opens up with plenty of bourbon barrel flavors; woody oak, barrel juice, vanilla and toasted coconut. The maple adds an immediate sweetness that hits the tongue up front. Mid-palate lends notes of brown sugar, coconut and black cherry. The finish gives more maple sweetness along with alcohol and bourbon

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into a warming finish

O- maple adds an enhanced sweetness to a solid BA stout, very good

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Insanely delicious. Love the sweetness and not overpowering barrel flavors. Just a minor burn. Slight bitterness, burnt coffee, burnt maple. Aromas are bold. Beautiful dark brown head. Superb.

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Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

Pitch black appearance. The beer poured thick and viscous and, with no real head, looked nearly flat in the glass. A thin, burnt sienna halo encircled the liquid. Minimal streaky lacing trickled along the glass.

The nose was super hot and boozy. Bourbon notes dominated. Loads of roasted malts as well. Touch of smoke. Some brown sugar sweetness appeared as the beer sat. Dark chocolate too. The smokiness intensified with time. Oaky notes came through as well. There was no discernible maple however.

The flavor profile was definitely more interesting and maple forward than the nose. Rich and malty on the front end. Fairly sweet. Loads of brown sugar. Good amount of oak too. Maple appeared in the center. Some vanilla as well. More roast and booziness on the back end. The finished contained lingering notes of char and a subtle maple-like sweetness.

Rich, thick, viscous mouthfeel. Fuller bodied for the style. The liquid contained a super fine, frothy effervescence. Creamy and lush on the palate.

I typically love Evil Twin's "Jesus" beers, and Michigan Maple Jesus was another solid effort. While I would have liked more (some) maple in the aroma, the flavor profile contained just enough to compliment the roasty malts. Nicely done.

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Photo of thebeers
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was happy to finally find this one on the shelf. Maple Jesus pours oily black with a half-finger of mocha-colored head that's quick to dissipate, leaving a lasting crown.

There's a big bourbon aroma with cherry and vanilla notes. Some roasted malts behind.

It's even bigger tasting with strong maple and bourbon sweetness throughout that's only partially cut by brownie batter and powdery baking chocolate bitterness. There's also a kiss of vanilla and alcohol burn on the backend.

Thick bodied, creamy mouthfeel with strong carbonation.

No subtlety at all in this one. Big, big dessert-like flavors. Very good, but even a 12-ounce bottle seemed appropriate for sharing.

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Photo of breakdownbbe
1.75/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Look: Gorgeous. Jet black. Makes me want to bathe in it; I could watch a GIF of this stuff pouring all day. Unfortunately, that's the only thing I liked about this beer.
Smell: The soy sauce from your local Sum Yung Ho. Appalling. So bad I had to work up courage to taste it.
Taste: Since the taste was recognizable as beer, I have to judge it as slightly better than the smell. Mostly noticed soy sauce, a bit of whiskey, and a total absence of maple.
Feel: Thick, but too obviously a twelve percenter - irritatingly boozy.

This was so disappointing I would have thought I was crazy if the other two people I was with hadn't felt the same way. Immediately retreated to Google to see if a this beer was plagued by a wave of bad bottles, but couldn't find anything indicating that was the case. I'm sure I'll try more of ET's stuff down the line, but as the first beer of theirs I've tasted, this was a total letdown.

Additional demerit: very overpriced.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, viscous as hell on the pour, small head from a hard pour and minimal lacing. Aromas of bourbon and maple syrup pancakes. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, light soy sauce, leather, tobacco, pancake dipped in syrup, and lightly charred malt. Amazing well rounded stout.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce Bottle.

Here I am in the New Year, drinking a New Beer. I am a fan of the Jesus Portfolio, so I had to try this to satisfy my Completist OCD. Well enough of my Jabbering, what is this beer saying to me? For the Start, this pours like the Jesus I love. Dense Opaque Black Void body..(Matches my Soul) with a Deep Mocah Head that turned into a ring around me glass. Looks Standard to me!

The Aroma should tell me if I need to continue Further with my Journey with Jesus.. Up front is deep Bourbon! With notes of Char, Leather and Vanilla! Secondary is some Maple and vicious Molasses, OG Jesus is there somewhere. This thing smells Amazing!

Da Flavah? First hits the palate with Residual sugars and a bit of Soy Sauce. Then a weird Off Centered Bitterness creeps in with an Alcoholic vibe. The beer's Journey Flows with nice Maple and Dense Char character in the Aftertaste. Molasses follows way behind... This finishes a bit weak for me and alcoholic....go figure. The Feel on the palate is acceptable...Full bodied with so-so Carbonation.

Overall: This beer is one to seek out if you're a Completist like me. Yet tread lightly, this brew is Sweet! Not a Complete mess, but it's Sweet...which I like it that way. It has its flaws but the Damn Aroma makes up for it! Finishes a bit Weak and a Weird Bitterness tries to hold the beer together but is just off centered. This has the Making of being phenomenal! Yet, doesn't deliver in the end. After all, this brew is not infected so we got that going. This Brew is Recommended!

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.71/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small stemmed tulip. $10.99 for 12oz.

In the end, not as good as ET’s other Jesus beers, as the maple overwhelms the beer just a bit. Still a super complex beer both in its aroma and taste, but I wish this one had at least a little carbonation. Start this one a bit too cold and pay attention to the tastes and aromas as the beer warms. 3.75

A – Pours black with a half-finger dark brown head that fades quickly to a small ring around the glass. Almost still/no carbonation. 3.5

S – Bourbon (alcohol is evident), brown sugar, vanilla, maple, roasty malts but way in the background. 3.75

T – Sweet but not cloying, brown sugar and maple. Hides its ABV very well. 3.75

MF – Medium bodied (actually a bit thinner than expected based on all the visual clues), slightly sweet and warming finish. 3.5

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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My FOMO & inner maple syrup geek was quivering & near tears when I rolled across this lonely, overlooked 12 oz. bottle. Instant adoption.

Pour: black leaning towards the browner end of the spectrum. Smells like sweet chocolate & maple syrup. I want to put that in my mouth.

Michigan Maple Jesus has serious girth. Whether it’s the addition of a warehouse full of malts or the syrup, the mouthfeel is psychotically thick & luscious, the definition of a stout that packs your breathing hole with perfection. Once I get past that bit of awe, the taste is soaked liberally in bourbon, with backing material of heavy, viscous syrup that touches my joy buzzer. The cherry on top is thick fudge, pure vanilla, scorched & sweet malts, uncured cigar tobacco. Alcohol is demure but present. I love powering through big stouts, but this one will take a while to down.

Very close to reaching the max12 Hall of Fame, this is a tour de force of bourbon & syrup. Excellent; within a lick of the elite.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with minimal head and has some maple aspects in the aroma but mostly the smell strikes me as a boozy stout. The beer is thick, slow-drinking, woody, and then a maple syrup sugar rush of sweetness hit me. This beer is thick and slow-drinking but I must state it's velvety smooth and dangerous b/c the sugar sweetness from the maple creeps up on you as does the high ABV.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, dated 11/29/16. Pours jet black with a smaller sized dense brown head. Smells of bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa, molasses, earthy hops, and maple syrup. The taste follows with maple syrup, bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa, molasses, and earthy hops. Good intensity and depth. Quite sweet with medium bitterness. Lower carbonation and viscous, somewhat sticky feel. Overall, the raw maple sweetness will put off some, but it's a tasty, complex, and fitting of the style. The base beer is somewhat overshadowed by the maple and bourbon.

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Photo of eifster82
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle into snifter.

Dark, dark brown with only foam present around the edge of glass. Initially (and while on the colder side) both smell and taste seemed very typical of any imperial stout: roasted malts, maybe some tobacco and smoke but no maple. However, as it warmed the sweetness was more noticed from the maple that started coming through, especially at the very end and aftertaste. The mouthfeel was sticky and the flavors continued to build as I drank along, maple becoming more and more pronounced.

In general, I am not an Evil Twin fan and I dont care for Imperial Biscotti Break... But this one has brought some hope back. An overall solid IS, with maple that comes out as it warms.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A very rich and roasty dark malt driven aroma with a scent of bourbon, maple syrup, and chocolate. Upfront barrel presence with a scent of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Big sweet scent of maple syrup and molasses. Dark roasted malt with a scent of dark chocolate, fudge, coffee, toast, smoke, biscuit, and caramel along with yeast. Dark fruit hints of raisin, cherry, fig, and prune. A really good rich aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a really rich, sweet, and roasty dark malt driven taste with big notes of bourbon, maple syrup, and chocolate. Big barrel presence with rich notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Big sweet taste of maple syrup and molasses. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, fudge, coffee, smoke, toast, biscuit, and caramel with some yeast. Dark fruit undertones of cherry, raisin, fig, and prune. A really great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Rich, syrupy, slick, and sticky. Moderate alcohol heat.

Overall: A really great Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Great mix of sweet syrup, bourbon, and dark malt. This is up there with Bourbon County.

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