Michigan Maple Jesus
Evil Twin Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #125
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4.4 | pDev: 7.27%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
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reebtaerG from Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 17, 2017
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pitch-black color. The head is absolutely nonexistent. Ergo, I can't get into the semantics of retention or lacing, because there's no friggen' head to begin with!

Luckily, the aroma is absolutely brilliant. It takes Even More Jesus (already one of my favorite non barrel-aged stouts on the market), and gives it a subtle yet wonderful undercurrent of maple syrup. Yet the aforementioned base beer isn't forgotten - notes of dry cocoa, espresso, umami, and deep roasted malts coexist with the maple in a razor-sharp manner. On the other hand, the bourbon presence seems reticent, only adding hints of vanilla. Once it warms up, maple becomes even more dominant.

There are initial hints of the base flavor appearing right at the start, and in between the middle and finish. However, those notes of roasted malt, protein, umami, dark chocolate, and espresso play second fiddle to the maple syrup flavors. A slight alcoholic bite shows up on the finish, but it struggles to express significant bourbon qualities. Hints of oak and vanilla are about it. I thought this was an awesome stout after about 2 or 3 ounces; the more I drink it, the more it wears on me. Its ragged nature and lack of balance completely reveal themselves halfway through the glass. I can drink the whole bottle, but holy fuck is it cloying.

It certainly isn't as full-bodied or as thick as the base beer - then again, actual maple syrup isn't as full-bodied or as thick as Even More Jesus. Though the barrels have thinned this out somewhat, it still has a reasonably bulky texture. Despite the only moderate body, it really coats the palate with intense, sugary sliminess (killing drinkability in the process). The carbonation provides numerous yet timid bubbles, giving it a density similar to chocolate cake with too much frosting on it.

This is one of those textbook "2 or 3 ounces is amazing, 12 ounces is too damn much" hyped beasts. Come to think of it, I honestly prefer standard Even More Jesus. The slimy mouthfeel, lack of complexity, and palate-crushing sweetness all conspire this to mediocrity. Glad I tried it, I don't need to have it again.

3.08/5: Even More Diabeetus

Nov 26, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very dark black, looks oily and thick, with a small head, and no lacing. There seems to me a film on top of the beer, it's gonna be a sweet delight.

Smells like over the top but authentic maple flavor, with dark fruit, heavy roastiness, some bourbon, and fudgy chocolate.

As I understand the beer, there's no actual maple added, it's just aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels. If that's the case, those must have been some sticky barrels, because there's a whole hell of a lot of maple character to this one. It's sweet, but in that earthy maple sort of way, and it's super authentic tasting- nothing artificial about this one. There's a slight hint of bourbon, with that awesome Jesus base still poking out underneath it all- lots of chocolate and roastiness, with a hint of dark fruit. This is pretty exceptional.

This a thick and fudgy mouthfeel, with a lower but normal level of carbonation for a 12% stout.

This is up there with the absolute best this brewery has produced. Awesome stuff.

Oct 17, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hot on the heels of both their "Jesus" series of stout and the allure of bourbon and maple layers on imperial stout, it was simply a matter of time before this perfect marriage happened. Evil Twin nailed it with bourbon and bliss barrels while taking an edge off of the acrid char that had limited the palatability of others in the Jesus series.

Michigan Maple Jesus envelops the room with succulent roast, chocolate, savory, bourbon and sweetened scents with a mere pry of the cap. Upon the pour, its ooey-gooey goodness layers the glass with supreme darkness. Black and with the softest semblance of espresso creme, the stout clings to the glass with viscous brandy-like legging. On drop of that ominous elixir brings the tastebuds to life with beautifully burnt sugars, molasses, maple, vanilla, chocolate, espresso and walnut.

The middle palate explodes with intense flavor as the syrup sweetness mingles with the char of grain for an ultra sweet and savory balance. Molten chocolate slathers the tastebuds further and brings a hint of sherry and port along. Charred currant, red grape and a peppery finish ensures that the beer's immense roast and sweetness isn't overly simplistic. Bitter with espresso and roasting walnut to finish, the overall taste is succulent and sublime.

Lavishly full, rounded and robust, the dense and chewy beer is just off-cloying as it clings to the mouth's surfaces with its sticky, syrupy sweetness. Its charred backbone provides the balance that the residual sweetness holds just as the maple rounds off the acrid char and smoky edges of grain. A deep bourbon flavor and feel brings a spicy finish that's woven together with its own vanilla, toasted nuttiness, coconut and caramel.

Nov 14, 2016
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The dark tan head wisps away leaving a shiny black brew. Aroma is rich with milk chocolate, booze, syrup and ripened, somewhat sour, dark fruits. Tastes complex with pine bark, pure maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel, plum and fusel alcohol. Medium to heavy but goes down easy as only the best of the style do.

A genuinely smooth, absolutely delicious and perfectly hot brew for people who cut down trees for a living or who just unapologetically spend too much money on craft beer.

Jan 04, 2017
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AMCimpi from New York

4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pitch black, a little bit of tan head that sticks on the edge of the glass for a little bit.
S: Maple, bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate.
T: Chocolate covered maple candy soaked in bourbon is the best way to describe the flavor. Sweet and boozy.
F: Super viscous. So thick like maple syrup in your glass.
O: This beer was better than I thought it was going to be. ET makes great stouts, but this one is a homerun. Pours so black and oily it's ridiculous. A maple bourbon bomb.

Oct 10, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.41/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Oil black with thin ring of head.

Smells like a campfire made with maple trees and the sap is dripping off and getting burnt.

Basic maple sweetness out front with brewing sugars, followed by the trademark overburnt Evil Twin malts, powdered sugar, bourbon, and smoke. Unique but not outstanding. 3.25 being generous here.

Feel is thick, like melted plastic, and hot. Scratchy parch at the end.

Overall, a pass. It's good, not too artificial or adjuncty, but the malts are harsh and the feel is bothersome.

Dec 30, 2016
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CHickman from New York

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with a solid 1 finger foamy tan head that was packed with tiny bubbles and faded slowly, leaving minimal spotty lacing. Looks like used motor oil.

Smells of maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, dark fruit, roasted grains, bourbon, oaky notes and then vanilla and chocolate syrup. The chocolate can smell like fresh used coffee grinds at times, but the complexities produced by the maple syrup bourbon barrels allow both the maple syrup and bourbon to really be the stars of the show. A nice variation on the base Even More Jesus stout, it's a great smelling nose.

Like Bourbon County Brand Stout, you can take a great foundation beer like Even More Jesus and age it in different types of barrels and it will transform into a wonderful new imperial stout. Using maple syrup bourbon barrels brings out a lot of sweetness that completely covers the 12% ABV, and then brings flavors like soy sauce, peat moss, toffee, hot fudge and chocolate covered raisins in addition to the tastes which were present in the nose (which include maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, dark fruit, roasted grains, bourbon, oaky notes, vanilla and chocolate syrup). Gets close to cloyingly sweet but the booze and roasty bitterness saves it from going over the line. A delicious stout.

Mouthfeel is creamy, thick and chewy, with mild, mellow carbonation, a nice level of bitterness and the perfect amount of sweetness to mask the ABV. A lot easier to drink than I thought it would be at this stage, I'm sure this will age quite well but I wouldn't go longer than 6 months more since it's great right now. A very high recommendation.

11/21/18-Had my final bottle this evening and while the looks, nose and feel held up with aging, the flavor became a tad bit too sweet. In Oct. 2016 I stated above that this beer had hit it's peak and I stand by that statement. Still a great beer, but a notch below how good it was back in 2016.

Oct 29, 2016
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass, with a thin khaki head that dissipates to tiny patches and a thin ring around the glass, slight lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon and a mild sweet component that I wouldn't have identified as maple; boozy with a little char. Flavor is sweet dark toasted malt, molasses, bourbon, quality dark chocolate, hints of light fruit and mild maple develop into a hot, but full flavored finish of sweet dark malt, with a slightly nutty aftertaste. Medium bodied with nice creaminess. I love this series and this one skates of the edge of being a bit sweet, but that seems reasonable for a maple syrup infused stout. The chocolate flavors in this are quite remarkable; if actual chocolate is not used, the malts are something special. Bourbon might be a little hot and forward, but for me that is not a problem.Nicely done. A bit pricey, but I'd consider getting a second bottle. I'm ready for more maple stouts.

Nov 18, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 05, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Straightforward label design with the beer name in red letters on a white/grey background. Black unbranded pry-off crown cap. 12oz. Produced and Bottled at Dark Horse Brewing.

12% ABV. "Imperial stout aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels." Ostensibly: aged in BLiS Gourmet bourbon-flavored maple syrup barrels for approximately eight months.

Served chilled into a tulip.

HEAD: None. Khaki-tan floater dissipates in seconds, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Opaque jet black. No visible yeast or sediment.

Looks as a strong stout generally does. Not unique or special in appearance.

AROMA: Surprisingly weak and thin, evoking soy sauce. Syrupy sweetness is definitely present, but I wouldn't readily identify it as distinct maple by any stretch; it's just a gooey syrupy sweetness that's tough to recognize amidst the dark malt & chocolate malt sweetness of the malt profile. Molasses.

I don't detect any bourbon barrel notes, really. No toasted coconut, rich white oak, bourbony warmth, vanilla, et al.

Aromatic intensity is merely average.

I detect no roasted barley. To style, there's no overt hop presence. I find no off-notes.

TASTE: Shockingly simple. Some burnt sugars, dark malt and chocolate malt sweetness, and gooey syrupy sweetness. Maple isn't distinct, vivid, or recognizable. Some soy sauce off-flavour. No bourbon barrel character whatsoever.

It's just an unbalanced mix of burnt sugar harshness and overdone indistinct sweetness. Poorly built, with no harmony or even interplay of barrel and base. Average flavour duration, intensity, and depth of flavour.

There isn't a lot to say about it since there just isn't that much going on.

TEXTURE: Syrupy, gooey, coarse, wet, aptly carbonated, sticky, somewhat chewy, thick. Unrefreshing (to style). Gets dry on the finish.

OVERALL: An underwhelming imperial stout that fails to deliver not only in terms of barrel character but also base beer fundamentals, Michigan Maple Jesus is a decidedly non-maple-forward brew that doesn't fall in line with the rest of the "Jesus" series beers in terms of quality, and frankly I don't think it's worth trying - especially not at this price. Disappointing work from Evil Twin, but I'll easily finish the bottle sharing it with a friend.

High C- (2.90) / BELOW AVERAGE

Nov 13, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

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

12oz bottle from BevMaxz (Marietta, GA). 9.49. No discernible bottle date but this has only recently landed in Georgia. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours pitch black with a three quarter finger cap of mocha head. The head recedes to a faint central island and a full crown that imparts only a couple tiny specks of lace.

Smells sweet and inviting. Maple, chocolate, bourbon and caramel with just little roasted malt character shining through. This smells incredible.

Flavors are decadent and bold. Maple sweetened bourbon, chocolate fudge cake, caramel, vanilla, a little burnt coffee, heavily roasted malt, molasses and a decent bite of alcohol. Utterly delicious.

Creamy, full body with pleasantly subtle carbonation. Maple bourbon drenched fudge lingers in the finish.

Another in a long line of big delicious stouts from Evil Twin. Michigan Maple Jesus adds the right amount of maple bourbon sweetness to the rich, roasty Even More Jesus. Well worth the try even at the considerable price.

Dec 31, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

maple guy thinks the maple beer is amazing... go figure! seriously tough, this is incredible stuff, some of the very best evil twin beer that exists and some of the best maple beer out there. really. not sure if they use maple in the boil, post fermentation, age it in maple barrels, or all of the above. its intensely maple all the way though, it even looks viscous like the syrup, and the head matches the color of the good stuff! aroma of heavy maple, wood, coffee, booze, and char. lots of dark barley malt and roasted unmalted barley too. enormous complexion of maple and dark grain in the nose, sweet maple and chocolate, barrel for sure, and as it warms, it gets almost sticky in texture and brutally hot on the alcohol. still, it doesnt appear to be this strong at all. maple for miles, i always ask for more in beer, and finally one delivers, as maple as it gets, thank goodness. i reckon they should do a vermont version and use the best maple there is, although i am biased for sure. so thick and dense and pungent, hot when it warms, but amazingly delicious, desserty, and memorable. evil twin has raised the bar here on maple beer. best of the best...

Nov 13, 2016
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DropD from Virginia

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.

May 19, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black void of Satan, topped with a minimal tan froth receding to a thin blanket.

Smell is bourbon first. Charred oak, wet wood, nuts, slight maple, chocolate, coffee, and cola. Vanilla and light strawberry shortcake arises more as it warms.

A nice heavy roast and tang hit first in flavor, with light maple, and a strong bourbon flavor without the burn. This is one of the most bourbon forward flavors I've ever had, while simultaneously enjoying it and not cringing, bringing in some oak, leather, and burning gaslight. As it comes to temp, I'm getting full on chocolate chip pancakes, without any artificiality. Big props for that. This is very well done.

Feel is sticky, thick and slick.

CBS really kicked off a firestorm of attempts at this "style" that seems to be hitting its peak. I didn't understand it then, and I still don't now. However, I have to admit, this is one of the better attempts at a maple beer I've had, exceeding the more widely known CBS, as well as Hipster's Brunch, while being less potent and smoky than Mornin' Delight. Still, it seems unless you go the artificial route, the deep maple flavor and aroma you can get from a nice Michigan or Vermont maple syrup really doesn't fully break through aside from adding sweetness.

Dec 04, 2016
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter after letting it warm for 20 min. Color is a nice , dark black color with a thin tan head and no lacing. The smell has a nice and moderate bourbon aroma that blends with the maple syrup and creamy chocolate. I imagine a nice cup of hot cocoa with dark chocolate, marshmallows, maple, and some caramel. The taste is fantastic. It's a nice combination of maple barrel notes with strong cocoa and dark chocolate with caramel and marshmallow. The feel is very good. It's a heavy bodied beer with a very silky feel to it. The creaminess adds quite a bit to the beer's character. At $10 a bottle I would have easily bought 1-2 more if there was not a limit.

Dec 18, 2016
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Omisco from Colorado

4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

*short review*

This beer is a thick oily motor oil black, with little to no head. It is completely black, no light passing through. The smell is dominated mostly by the bourbon notes while it's cold, but once warmed it will release more of the vanilla, chocolate, and maple notes that this beer has. Honestly the taste of this beer blew me away, just the right amount of bourbon heat, barrel character, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and maple syrup. The maple does seem to vary from bottle to bottle, but that could just be my opinions on it. I'm glad I stocked up on this beer, it's truly one of the best evil twin stouts available if you don't mind a stout on the sweeter side.

Oct 16, 2016
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mrkozak from Virginia

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!

May 28, 2017
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Shroud0fdoom from Maryland

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!

Jan 30, 2017
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fthegiants from California

4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 18, 2016
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bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey

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

Nov 04, 2016
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

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.

Apr 18, 2017
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SharkNado from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jun 20, 2017
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CTbrew32 from Rhode Island

4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

appearance- Pitch black and pours almost no head at all. A thin mocha colored creates a film at the surface but it quickly goes away.

aroma- Big booziness, dark maple syrup, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon sweetness.

taste- Starts off with huge barrel flavors of bourbon, vanilla, and little bit of oak. Towards the middle the maple syrup is apparent with a dark molasses flavor that blends perfectly with the bourbon flavors. Behind all of this is a fudge chocolate malt that adds great flavor and a chewy texture. The alcohol is definitely apparent in this beer, but it by no means overwhelms.

feel-Thick/full bodied, very low carbonation, chewy, and leaves slick malt residue that keeps the flavor going long after the last sip.

overall- To me this damn near perfection for a barrel aged stout. All the barrel qualities are present and they blend perfectly the maple and base beer. The feel on this beer is spot on as well with a thick/chewy texture. Absolutely a must try.

Dec 03, 2016
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robgage from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nov 18, 2016
Michigan Maple Jesus from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 457 ratings