Michigan Maple Jesus
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #112
ABV:
12%
Score:
97
Ranked #449
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 7.27%
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
455
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4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too sweet to be great; cloyingly sweet and dominated by maple and molasses. Good but one note; would have liked more bourbon and less maple to be honest.

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mdfb79 from New York, Jan 26, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2016 vintage; drank 12/11/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small dark tan head; minimal lace.

Vanilla, bourbon heat, maple syrup & faint milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Maple syrup, vanilla & sweet milk chocolate flavors up front; strong bourbon heat notes on the finish.

Bold flavors here, but way too sweet & boozy; currently a mess, maybe time will help?

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, May 14, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. No dating information found.
Opaque, black colored body. Pours with a minimal tan head which results in a swirling, bubble led partial cap and ring. Lacing spots tend to slide down into body.
Aroma is big alcohol, with dark roasted malts and slight maple.
Taste is dark roasted malts with flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and marshmallow. Oak bourbon barrel is a component. There is a definite but slight sweet flavor of maple. Big bourbon and dark fruit in the aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel, with a slight syrup texture. Buzz on the tongue. Supportive carbonation.
Excellent barrel aged stout with the addition of sweet maple.

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

Poured cold into a long-stemmed tulip, an aggressive pour yields a thin head of dark tan over a deep mahogany colored body. No highlights, because it's lightproof. Aromas and flavors are very bourbon forward, with the beer settling into a nice balance at room temperature. The roasty malt character is not overpowering, no char, a little dark fruit, a smidgen of coffee and molasses, a hint of licorice, and faint notes of maple syrup lingering on the finish. There is also some tannic astringence and a bit of barrel sourness. Some alcohol warmth, but not as much as might be expected. This is IMO much better at room temperature than at fridge temperature.

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dcotom from Iowa, Jan 07, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Steve. 3 into the Jesus lineup. Dark black pour with small head that subsides to ring. More maple and booze, syrupy and sweet. Molasses and roast grains, thick and slippery. Mildly smoky.

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stevoj from Idaho, Mar 29, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet from 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Thick dark brown tinted black body with medium bubbles creating a subtle dark tan head rising maybe half a finger's length.

Smell: Deep warm brown sugar scent with whiskey notes. Strong and smooth at the same time.

Taste: Sweet toffee and light whiskey notes. You feel coffee and this chocolate feel which remains lingering on the palate.

Mouth: sticky brew and honestly the best characteristic of the beer. Medium carbonation which is a nudge light, heavy molasses at the end.

Overall: Definitely a must grab, if you crave quality this one you can't let go. Always Ina glass. Salud!

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BlurryVisi0n from New York, Feb 01, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A 12 fl. oz. bottle with no bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a minimal brown head and sparse lacing.

Aroma: Molasses, raisins, bourbon, brown sugar and chocolate with only hints of maple.

Taste: Sweet, dark fruit, raisins, char, light smoke, roasty malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and booze with touches of maple (more so as it warms).

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: Probably too sweet and boozy for me while not having enough maple flavours.

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kitch from Hong Kong, Jan 03, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle. Pours jet black with dark brown head. Coffee, cocoa and some bourbon on aroma. Sticky, chewy thick mouthfeel. Flavors of cocoa, toffee, maple syrup, bourbon, caramel. Not overly maple which is nice. Tasted against regular Jesus and double barrel and I think DB was best.

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5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is - on record - the best beer Ive ever had. While rating, I put effort into finding some area to fault this beer and couldn't. Anyone who rated this beer less then perfect (5) in any/all catagories either A) has a difficult time offering a perfect score to anything or B) doesnt know enough about craft beer. I've rated many - this one stands out as better then all.

Pitch black color with thin dark baige head. Smell offer bourbon & maple syrup but subtle on both. Neither smells were over-powering. Taste was perfectly smooth with again a great balance between maple & bourbon.

This was a quietly released beer that should be heavily sought after and demands should be made to produce again.

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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle.
Produced and bottled for Evil Twin Brewing at Dark Horse Brewing Co., Marshall, MI.
Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch tan head over a dark brown body with some lacing. Wonderful nose of maple, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, and bourbon. Taste mirrors nose but more intense with the heat from the whiskey and very sweet. Feel is a bit thinner than I was hoping for but overall a great Impy Stout. Cheers!

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bobv from Vermont, Oct 15, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a thick dark brown close to black color rimmed with a half finger's worth of tan foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Not much lace, somewhat concave and wispy.
The aroma had a huge thick maple syrup character flowing over sweet milk chocolate and some sweet portions of dark chocolate and then a light little bit of dark bread.
The flavor was mainly sweet through all of those prior mentioned aromas. Full maple sweet and milk chocolate aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt somewhat low. ABV felt good and strong as projected. Finish was a little cloying, but somehow I think I expected that with the maple syrup.
Overall, aromas and flavors were fabulous. I wonder if a little age might do this some good. Wouldn't mind coming back to with an aged bottle.

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4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Accidentally opened this one night after having other barrel aged stouts and knew immediately I wished I had drank this alone and slow. The smell of maple immediately made me realize how unique this smelled. The flavor was sweet and chocolaty and while some may be overwhelmed by the sweetness (I wasn't) you can't deny how distinct and unique this tastes - and how I wanted more. Sadly, was my only bottle.

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pbparker from Minnesota, Oct 13, 2017
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4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the few beers in the world that delivers everything it promises to deliver. The maple, bourbon, and stout flavors are strong but balanced in a beautiful three-part harmony. The beer has earned its rating and is worth trying.

The mouthfeel and lingering flavor are probably the best part about this beer. The barrel woodiness and the viscous chocolate bourbon sugariness lasts for minutes in your mouth after each sip. It could easily be sipped the way a fine cognac or wine is sipped.

Overall, it is a perfectly balanced 12% abv maple bourbon stout .

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BrotherDylan from California, Sep 22, 2017
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4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was pretty good. A bit overhyped in my opinion. The nose is straight up maple syrup, went down great but was a bit hard to go through the full bottle because it became overly sweet as it warmed.

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peterpunk15 from Massachusetts, Sep 11, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Black with no head. Smells of booze, raisins, oak, a little maple, but really not a lot. A hint of bourbon. Tastes of sweet chocolate, maple, oak, dark fruit like raisins again. Bourbon in the back. Heavy and boozy, but surprisingly, the sweetness doesn't overwhelm it. Very good in small quantities.

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4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look is jet black. Very vigorous pour yielded only a 1/2 finger of dark brown head.

Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, maple ,bourbon and some roast.

Taste follows nose. Bakers chocolate, maple and bourbon lurking in the background. Really well done. Like a bourbon brownie.

Feel is slick and oily.

Overall a fantastic stout. I am very surprised that the bourbon doesn't outweigh the maple. Nicely done!

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FFFjunkie from Illinois, Jul 14, 2017
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4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is lactose, chocolate, maple syrup, oak, booze and sweet soy sauce. Delightfully deep. Beer opens syrup, chocolate, booze and sweet soy sauce. A touch of oak, roast and even a bit of saltiness just serves to enhance the sweetness. Fudge brownie and more booze at the finish. This is really delicious! Body is full with low carbonation. Slick, oily and smooth in the mouth and goes down soft, rich and accented. Sticky aftertaste.

This is really a dessert beer to the Nth degree. Absolutely delicious!

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SpeedwayJim from New York, Jul 12, 2017
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4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely black, no head, almost looks still. Oily appearance. Otherwise pretty unremarkable.

Smell has notes of burnt roasted malts that quickly gives way to a lovely strong maple syrup aroma. Hints of bourbon peak through.

Taste follows the nose - initially there are roasted slightly burnt malts, really nice. Sweet, with hints of clear maple syrup. Touch of bourbon that really takes a back seat. Notes of sweet milk chocolate, creamy caramel, all are present here. Bit of alcohol heat on the back end.

Feel is very thick and oily. Syrupy and almost sticky. Mild carbonation but prickly.

Overall quite a lovely stout. The maple in this is expertly balanced.

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FBarber from Illinois, Jun 23, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

While rolling this around on my tongue I felt an overwhelming sense of regret. I looked off into the sunset and held my head in my hands. I looked up at god and he looked back at me. We kissed for a moment. It was beautiful. MICHIGAN MAPLE JESUS WAS BORN!

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mrkozak from Virginia, May 28, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one was pretty boozy but still a good barrel aged stout. It was not as special as I hoped it would be though, as I was not picking up any of the maple syrup due to the booze cutting through the flavors.

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DropD from Virginia, May 19, 2017
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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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5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Update: been drinking this regularly and it keeps getting better. Imp Stout...BBA and maple syrup?.... relatively easy to find? Cmon man this is a HOME RUN. Yet to try CBS but if it's better than this I will be blown away and die on the spot

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stoffystouts from New York, Apr 22, 2017
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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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SHODriver from North Carolina, Apr 22, 2017
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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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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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Ciocanelu from Romania, Apr 18, 2017
Michigan Maple Jesus from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 455 ratings