Even More Jesus - Bourbon Maple Syrup Barrel-Aged
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #216
ABV:
12%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,115
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 6.41%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
117
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New York, United States
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95
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from the interwebs somewhere. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Brewed at Westbrook
Imperial stout aged in bourbon – flavored maple syrup barrels

APPEARANCE: Pours our syrupy clear black and yields a two finger, medium looking, fizzy, dark tan head with good retention. Black body with some carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a full, thick, creamy cap, then down to a splotchy, swirly ring and wisp. Ring remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass as it empties. Good looking stout though the head is a bit fizzier than ideal, much like the Harlan’s Edition.

SMELL: Lots of maple syrup, caramel and butterscotch, vanilla, some milk chocolate, hints of molasses, some creamy coffee and notes or bourbon on the nose. This has sweet desert written all over it. Very bold.

TASTE: Maple syrup, caramel and butterscotch, vanilla cream and some oak and bourbon at the swallow. Decent amount of alcohol as well. Big, sweet finish of maple, butterscotch, toffee and caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, with a touch of bitter coffee and some solid wood and bourbon lingering on the palate. Really sweet and flavorful. Boozy as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little prickly on the palate, a touch light but creamy enough, goes down fine with a bit of a burn and finishes rather sweet and sticky. Some decent heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is really nice. The nose is out-out-of-this-world good, advertising a sweet desert with all the good stuff in all the right places. The flavor is decadent as well, though the somewhat lighter and prickly feel keeps the flavor from really shinning like it wants to. That’s a bit of a disappointment, but it’s definitely a first world disappointment, as this is a real treat of a brew. I would say the Harlan’s is engineered just a bit better, but I’d definitely recommend giving this one a go if you see it. Definitely worth the trouble. Cheers!

May 09, 2020
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bobv from Vermont

4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber.
No date.
Moderate pour yields a half inch tan head over a near black body with minimal lacing. Nose of (in order of prevalence) dark roasted malt, maple, dark chocolate, caramel, dark dried fruit, vanilla, and bourbon. As it warms the bourbon becomes even more fleeting on the nose. Taste is roasted malt, maple, chocolate, whiskey, and it's wonderful! Good feel (almost) and overall, definitely one to seek out if these attributes pique your fancy.
Cheers!!!

Apr 14, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 5/11/19.

Pours near black and opaque, with a brief quarter inch head and speckled foamy cling. Aromas of bourbon, maple, chocolate, char, roasted malt, oak, molasses, prunes, smoke, some vanilla and cocoa, light tobacco. Flavors of bourbon, maple, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, char, molasses, oak, licorice, prunes, some brown sugar and tobacco. Tastes smoky. Smooth, a great full body, well carbonated.

The barrels are excellent and are well balanced with the base beer, which manages to keep its heavily roasted identity. Layers of great aromas and flavors. Well worth a purchase.

Mar 21, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

**
01/24/20

17 bottle to snifter. Sampled with:

2017 Funky Buddha Wide Awake its Morning.
2016 ET Michigan Maple Jesus
2019 Founders CBS

LOOK: dark black, thick like motor oil, healthy cappuccino like head that fades and reappears easily.
AROMA: pepper, and paprika stand out, maple and whiskey. Linger around with roasted malts.
TASTE: pepper, coffee, maple, apple, grape. Fruity flavors are odd after coffee and spicy, even though they help bring out the maple.
FEEL: full bodied, low carbonation.

Super interesting. Tough crowd to rate against, but this beer brings its own uniqueness. I am curious to the brewing differences between this and Michigan Maple Jesus.

Great Stuff!


**

Jan 25, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a motor oil black with a thin tan head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, maple, molasses and borubon.

T - The taste dark chocolate, maple, vanilla, brown sugar, oak and bourbon.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Super tasty. Big bold, rich and tasty. Highly recommended.

Jun 16, 2019
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Dr_C from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured dark brown, nearly black but with nearly no head.

Aroma was powerfully maple with a background of maltiness.

Taste was very maple syrup forward with a slight burnt caramel and very sweet. There was also bourbon and maltiness with almost no bitterness. Alcohol was noticeable and listed as 12%.

Feel was thinner than I expected and with minimal carbonation.

Overall this was a very bold beer but unbalanced. The sweetness and maple syrup were front and center but need to be tamed in my opinion. I would have liked some carbonation too as this felt flat.

Jun 14, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a tulip

Absolute pitch black appearance. The viscous, oily looking body was topped by a saddle brown film of bubbles that quickly dissolved. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was solid and improved as the beer warmed. Roasty, smoky and fairly sweet. Big malt presence. Brown sugar notes were apparent. Some raw cacao as well. Bit of molasses too. There was also an interesting soy sauce/umami quality. Unfortunately, I did not pick up much maple. A touch of oxidation was detectable initially and it intensified as the beer opened up. Subtle oaky bourbon and vanilla notes appeared with time. On the second pour, the roast and the oxidation calmed down and the sweet cacao and vanilla notes came forth.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose. Really malty and robust. Roasted malts were most apparent. Big brown sugar presence. Like the nose, there was an interesting soy sauce/umami quality here. Maple and vanilla appeared in the center. Boozy, bourbon notes came through on the back end and in the finish. Slightly woody. More lingering roast, booze and brown sugar after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was a touch thinner than I anticipated for a beer of this magnitude. Medium bodied perhaps for the style. The liquid contained a moderate effervescence that turned creamy and frothy on the palate.

All the beers in Evil Twin’s “Jesus Series” display an interesting interplay between roast, sweetness and booze, and this beer is no different. A nice offering for sure but I wish the maple character was somewhat punchier and the sticker price a bit less.

May 26, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easter Sunday beer. You know, Jesus and everything. Not to be sacrilegious, but this is goddamn tasty. Some brown hues on the pour, healthy non-lasting head. Smell is straight up maple. Some roasty notes, minimal barrel presence. Taste is strongly sweet maple, typical roast malt stout base, slight wood and alcohol barrel notes. Medium body, hint of oiliness, definite alcohol burn.

Apr 21, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz from Bine and Vine in San Diego. Pours a motor oil thick black with half finger short lived mocha head.
Aroma is amazing bourbon, maple sweet, chocolate, hints of licorice, molasses.
Taste is sweet - boozy chocolate stout with maple, caramel, licorice notes and and bourbon heat. Verging on too sweet but for me rides that line nicely.
Thick full mouthfeel - rich and sweet coating and leaving with a lingering sweet boozy layer on the palate.

Feb 23, 2019
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this at Lupulos in Santa Cruz. Had wanted to try this for a long time and decided to pull the trigger. Poured into a tulip it was a dark blackish brown with surprisingly little head, like a British style Barleywine, which wasn't bad but not what I was expecting. Smell was boozy sweet char with the sweet part not being identifiable as maple. Taste was very sweet, almost too so; following a very sweet milk stout I thought this was a step back from my type 2 diabetes diet. Funny that it wasn't a particularly maple type of sweetness with its distinguishing bitter back end; more a generic type of syrupy flavoring. For the record, I've complained about CBS not having enough of a sweet character before. Mouthfeel was great for this style with plenty of chewy goodness to last beyond the swallow.

All in all this was a bit disappointing considering I'm a big Eviltwin fan and had been looking forward to trying this. Maybe this should be cellared to tame the sweetness beast into a more balanced presence. Or maybe I need to experience this on my home turf in front of the stereo.

Feb 10, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boozy, sticky, and has highlights of maple, dark chocolate, and bittersweet caramel, in a matrix of roasted malt, molasses, very light coffee and vanilla. The finish is especially boozy and sweet maple candy like. Smell is maple and bourbon spun together with chocolate, very nice. Feel is sticky and chewy, but the booze burn comes out on the end.

Jan 22, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good head production and retention for the style. Inky black body.

This brew wears its bourbon on its sleeve - or at least, on the nose. Huge notes of bourbon and char, with maple a secondary characteristic. Other tones include brown sugar, caramel, molasses, licorice, and coffee.

Flavor delivers on the nose's promise in spades. Tons of bourbon and maple, dancing back and forth for dominance, all atop a thick roasted malt base. Waves of cocoa and coffee, brown sugar and toffee, all behind bourbon mash, vanilla, maple, and oak. On the second half, char and smoke come through with a salty bacon-like delivery which lasts through the finish.

Thick, hot, full-bodied, sticky, chewy; everything you could want in a 12% ABV stout.

Jan 14, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very light carbonation with an above average body. Slightly oily creamy feel
Aroma is sweet bourbon, some black coffee,roasted malt,and espresso/dark chocolate.
Taste was very identical with the bourbon dominating. It was sweet,sugary but stopped before becoming cloying.
Overall it was packed with bourbon flavor but the high abv was. Very well hidden

Jan 13, 2019
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rcjennings from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter, poured from a 22 ounce bottle courtesy of Jeff at Vintage Estate Wine and Beer in Boardman, OH.

Served at room temp, because we like to taste our beer.

Smells like smokey, molasses-y dried fruit, but not too much like that. The aroma is subtle. Looks like a damn fine cup of coffee. Tastes much better than the maple bourbon biscotti - the sweetness from the base beer in that one fought to a stalemate with the maple. This has some sweetness, but it's not sweet. The roast is the winner here, as it balances well with the maple barrel. Yeah, I mean, there's not a ton of maple-ness here, but good maple syrup isn't going to wallop you in the face with anything, either - if you're using Log Cabin on your pancakes, then maybe take a step up at some point so you can re-calibrate the palate. Anyway, this isn't the best of the BA Evil Twins (Double Barrel Biscotti Cake Break holds the crown), but it's definitely worth a try, especially if someone else paid for it.

Aug 10, 2018
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great BBA Stout,im judging my review more on the lack of maple integrated into this. Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Smell is roasted malts and bourbon with wood and chocolate very little e maple. Taste had chocolate,char,molasses and very nice BA taste with notes of vanilla and roasted malts linger,very little maple Thou. Mouth fell was full barrel and above tastes. If you like a full bourbon BA stout you will love this. Its a great stout but the maple was lacking.

May 30, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle thanks to Steve. Next in the Jesus lineup. Black pour with small tan head. Kind of boozy and sweet in the aroma, some of the maple comes through. Taste brings in a few more elements, vanilla, bourbon, and a bit more of the maple. Pretty sweet and boozy

Mar 29, 2018
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out black with a thin dark head. aromas and palate bring fudgey bourbon soaked chocolate, molasses, caramel, vanilla, burnt malts, oak, char, and a burnt maple type note. not a huge amount of maple character but overall very complex and delicious desert stout. mouthfeel is on point and alcohol is well hidden, completely absent when the beer is cold. good stuff!

Jan 03, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of caramel-motor oil head. Head retention is fair with a ring of khaki lacing lasting for a long time. No lacing left behind. Aroma isn't huge, but it is packed full of notes. Roasted and toasted malts, caramel, molasses, maple syrup, and bourbon all swarm together to form a hearty, dark aroma. Flavor profile is smooth, with notes of roasted and toasted malts opening it up. The malts form a sturdy base for the notes to come, which land as molasses, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, and a bourbon finish. Roasted and toasted malts continue to stick to the tongue long past the bulk of the flavor profile. A little bourbon, hard liquor heats up the palate after a few sips. Mouth feel is thick with a hearty, filling, semi-grainy texture. Overall, a sturdy, strong, but decadent stout. Lots of dessert like notes without ever coming off as sweet. Well crafted through and through.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Dec 02, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slick and shiny black, a beautiful body, with a thin, uniform mocha foam fizzling out to a thin ring.

Hot bourbon and oak make it seem as though the body has been thinned out. I also get cocoa and coconut, but no real maple flavor, and it's just too hot.

I liked Michigan Maple Jesus much better.

Aug 24, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very sticky looking dark black, with a small head, and basically no lacing.

This one smells like sticky sweet maple syrup, like it's been left on a plate of pancakes for a while, with dark chocolate, and acrid roast.

This isn't quite as maple-forward as Michigan Maple Jesus was, but it's still nice. The best way to describe the taste is sticky, as it's quite sweet, and still pretty maple forward, with both sweet and bitter chocolate flavors, and earthy dark bitter roast. I get cake batter too, but bourbon, just the maple aspect of the barrel.

This is very thick, and quite chewy- it's a classic Evil Twin stout in that regard. It's got a lower but sufficient level of carbonation.

This is quite nice. It's not quite what MMJ was, but it's still highly enjoyable in its own right.

Jul 06, 2017
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal head that dies quick and then there's the aroma which is typical bourbon/vanilla/wood with sticky sweet malts detectable as well. Sticky and thick, the beer passes over smooth thanks to barrels and the maple adds another layer of sweetness to vanilla/chocolate flavors (hint of dark fruit like raisin but not too much) and the booze gives it a complementary heated finish and just overall a really good sipper.

May 17, 2017
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a teku pint. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch medium brown head that soon fades to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Full-on bourbon assault with lots of grainy oak plus some maple sweetness all with the backdrop of big char. Plenty of booze heat.

T- Intense dark fruit character of raisin, fig and currant all laid on top of a pronounced oak character. The sweetness of the maple works well to complement the overload of bourbon and dark roast present. It's so rich in flavor, yet so tasty and smooth that I struggle with taking my time drinking it.

M- Thick, chewy and syrupy with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O-

May 15, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lace that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, maple syrup, molasses, vanilla, fudge, toffee, cream, brownie/cake batter, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of licorice, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, raisin, prune, fig, date, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and maple/bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Increasingly boozy in the aromas as it warms, but not too overwhelming. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, maple syrup, molasses, vanilla, fudge, toffee, cream, brownie/cake batter, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of licorice, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, raisin, prune, fig, date, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, maple syrup, molasses, vanilla, fudge, toffee, cream, brownie/cake batter, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke/char/dark fruits, and roast/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. Slight dryness from roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly slick/syrupy/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is fairly well hidden; a small pleasant warmth and mild barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and maple/bourbon barrel flavors; smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Just a tad too boozy than I hoped for; but the barrel balance is still fantastic, and not overly tannic or drying. Very rich and decadent on malt complexity. A highly enjoyable offering.

Apr 14, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass, with a thin light brown head that dissipates to tiny patches with slight lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, coffee, bourbon; boozy. Flavor is dark toasted malt that is overwhelmed intially by big bourbony alcohol burn, followed by slow reveal of good chocolate, light coffee, maple syrup and vanilla. Finishes hot with light maple syrup, chocolate and molasses notes. Nice moderately creamy body. This a hot barrelled stout which at least initially masks some nice flavors present here. Great flavors and a smooth, silky full body, but the hotness does not help the flavors. I'd probably go for the original maple syrup version (with the assumption that either was available again…both were on the market in my area about as long as a dry ice chip in August). However, as my taste buds acclimated to the ABV, the flavors in this big stout really made this a pleasure to sip. I hope Evil Twin considers making these huge stouts available in 12 oz. bottles. This is too big for a bomber.

Mar 29, 2017
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gibgink from Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, like motor oil. Stains the glass when swirled. Great maple presence on the nose. Initial maple upfront that is then burned away by the high alcohol content. Personally I enjoyed Michigan Maple Jesus, more so because I love the maple flavoring.

Mar 27, 2017
Even More Jesus - Bourbon Maple Syrup Barrel-Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 117 ratings