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Aún Más A Jesús (Brandy Barrel Aged) | Evil Twin Brewing

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Aún Más A Jesús (Brandy Barrel Aged)Aún Más A Jesús (Brandy Barrel Aged)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kuishinbo_tantei on 01-27-2017

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18
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pDev:
8.53%
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Reviews by CHickman:
Photo of CHickman
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Looks like spent motor oil with zero light penetrating that black body which leads up to a thick foamy 2 finger brown head that was packed with very tiny bubbles and dissipated very, very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down. Textbook imperial stout looks, it's near perfection and gorgeous to behold.

Smells like dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, burnt coffee grinds, brandy, Hershey's chocolate syrup, woody/earthy accents, brown sugar, molasses, faint piney hops and espresso. All malt with just a dash of peppery or hoppy spice mixed with nice char or smoky wood. The chocolate dominates in a good way but releases tons of malty complexities.

Tastes like it smells with dark chocolate, brandy, cocoa nibs and burnt coffee grinds first and foremost, followed by the rest of the chocolate malt dynamics. Saying it got better as it warmed is an understatement as this opened up so well that I just stopped trying to peg the chocolate/malt flavors and simply enjoyed this for its deliciousness.

Mouthfeel is as thick as pea soup with a heavy feel, a real thickness and texture that makes it a meal in a bottle. It is thick, yet at the same time very smooth and slides down easier than it should at 12%. The finish allows the very mellow carbonation to ease down this malt bomb with all of it's chocolate and coffee accents, along with slight woody notes from the barrel and a sweetness that's part brandy and part milk chocolate bar. The finish has some metallic hints but fades like a nice, sweet warming brandy. Zero alcohol burn, the flavor lingers and fades leaving the brandy influence.

This bottle was everything I hoped for when I bought Cognac Jesus last year, but that bottle was infected and this bottle of Aún Más A Jesús (Aged On Brandy Barrels) was superb. I absolutely loved this beer, world class in my book. This is up there with the best beers by Evil Twin, IMO. Glad I have a second bottle to age.

6/29/2017: Cracked open another bottle and it looked just as gorgeous, leaving spider web foamy lacing after it receded. The aroma and taste of this bottle are a lot more oaky and peat moss like, with char, ashy tones, dark chocolate, licorice, chocolate liqueur, coconut, vanilla, merlot and sweet boozy notes. The chocolate/malt flavors and aroma are delicious and had nice light spices, piney hops and coffee grinds mixed in for what I deem another fantastic outing. Definitely one of my all time favorite beers by Evil Twin.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a pretty dark black, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like brandy, chocolate, oak, licorice, burnt wood, fudge, and booze.

This is super intense and over the top, like many Evil Twin stouts. It is pretty tasty though, with lots of burnt smoky and charred flavors- smoked chocolate, over-caramelized sugar, smoky coffee, and heavily roasty malt. The brandy character is strong, with lots of oak. This is a super intense flavor blast.

This has a pretty thick body, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is pretty excellent stuff all around. Hits you right over the head.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Pours a very thick black color with virtually no head. Not much lacing. Lots of brandy in the nose along with white wine, fudge, earth, charred wood, chocolate syrup, leather and molasses. The taste is Brandy, fudge and chocolate syrup followed by lots of smoke and roasted malts. Dark coffee, espresso and charred wood towards the end. Brandy finish with a good deal of alcohol heat and some fudge. Thick, heavy mouthfeel with very little carbonation. The Brandy barrel is a nice addition to this beer. Pricey, so I'd probably buy it occasionally, but it's worth having at least once.

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Photo of John_M
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at growler guys the other day.

The pours a blackish brown color with considerable lacing and good head retention. On the nose, this beer is really peaty, with really not sign of the brandy I was expecting. Even so, the smoky quality if quite nice, and blends in rather well with the dark chocolate, coffee grounds, and light vanilla I pick up. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though I did pick up some of the brandy component on the palate. The smoky quality is still present as well, and it tended to really dry out the sweetness in this beer. The flavor profile is very complex in this beer, with a lot of different flavors going on (picking up some leather and tobacco as well). Mouthfeel is fairly full, and the alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile. A bit more sweetness/richness would improve this beer I think, but even so, this was a pretty interesting and impressive effort from the folks at ET.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not intended for the meek, or the meager, or the timid stout lover, the boisterous imperial stout that is the brainchild of Evil Twin brewers adds ever more spice, even more power, even more challenge with the engagement with brandy barrels.

Aun Mas A Jesus Brandy Barrel Aged, plops into the glass like used motor oil or tar. A smoldering tan head rises like mocha stained meringue. Spicy aromas of fortified red wine carries a boozy and pepper twinge across an arid perfume of burnt sugars, smoky char, campfire and deep espresso. Its taste is heavily carbonized with molasses, dark chocolate, black walnut and heavy toast.

As the roasty ale pummels the tastebuds, its high roast turns into absolute char once the sweetness lifts and the full roastiness is unleashed on the tongue. Roasted marshmallow, burnt cream, smoldering embers, charred oak and grilled fruit align on the palate and fuel a spicy finish filled with tannic rich char, spicy brandy and persistent oak.

Full, lavish and unabashed, the beer's texture is malty dry and trending rich but yet arid. An ashy finish is lifted by spicy brandy booze and the remnants of nutty oak. A long roasty linger takes those fruity brandy notes along with it without apology.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

stupidly good beer, and majorly unique as they go. i still have not had the regular aun mas a jesus that was made in spain as a collaboration, but this is a pretty rad version, with the wood and the brandy both being really forward in it. a stout like this that is so big and rich and intense, really benefits from the mature wood, grapey sweet brown sugary brandy, and the vinous elements, the tannins, all of it. so much roast and bitter on the beer that these finer and more refined aspects seem almost mandatory to make this beer complete, and i almost feel bad that i had this before the regular edition, like, how could that ever come close, this is so layered and dialed. its huge though too, with bitter dark chocolate and burnt barley, lots of viscosity, and some transparent alcohol sting. love the saturated wood though, the distinct brandy element, and the overall slow sipping wintery nature of this decadent brew. on the edge of not even being beer, and its fruity to the extent that it seems different than almost any other stout i can recall. an exception continuation of the jesus series from these guys, and the first evil twin beer in ages to make me a little giddy. incredible liquid here, worthy of any and all hype. is it possible this somehow flew under the radar?! wheres the chatter?

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours motor oil thick pitch black in color with a thin creamy dark khaki head that has short retention and leaves a ring around the edge

S- aroma has that classic ET roasted/charred malt aroma up front that gives off some dark chocolate, fig & burnt coffee notes. The brandy barrel definitely pops through, also getting red candy apple, caramel, wet wood, brown sugar and dark grape

T- roasted charred malt up front gives notes of ash, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate & fig. Mid-palate gives some barrel notes; tannic dark grape, old wet wood & caramel. The finish brings out some earthy tobacco notes, as well as rum soaked raisins, molasses & prune. The barrel lingers

M- thick and viscous mouthfeel with moderate carbonation leads to a chewy, creamy and velvety finish, light abv warmth on the linger

O- thick and rich, true to ET style. Not my favorite barrel treatment, but still delicious

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Photo of edthehead
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Evil Twin's best right here IMO. All the beauty of ET's other barrel aged stouts with the dark bubbling aromatic foam top, and the dark black thick appearance and mouthfeel. What sets this one apart is the less sweet ubiquitous cognac tones, and subtle stone fruit, raisin, molasses background notes. Drinks like on cask. Beautiful!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like black matter pouring into the glass; kicks up a creamy dark brown foam about a finger thick that slides into a sheen, leaving some motes trailing behind. Aromas of chocolate and sweet black espresso are augmented by hints of berry and dark wine. Richly flavored with chocolate molasses, hints of anise and liquor, something like dark fruit, and a sinew of vanilla. Feel is equally rich; full-bodied and smooth, rounded with airs of wood vapor and the slightest trace of alcohol. Indulgent but refined - another classy stout from Evil Twin...

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

look: Like the base beer, looks like a imp stout ought to. Very dark, nearly opaque. Some deep ruby highlights when held to light. Thick creamy mocha head.
smell: Already a big fan of the base beers rich, chocolate, roasty coffee fudge. Decadent and smoky. Add some Brandy barrel and vanilla. Huge nose.
taste: Unlike the nose, not remarkably different than the base beer. Rich decadent coffee, dark fruit, and cream with a slightly bitter finish.
overall: Stellar on all fronts, and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of rypkr
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SadMachine
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick, viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and only the faintest hint of extremely dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of brandy + oak with moderate notes of vinous prune + raisin over the top of light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with moderate aromas of chocolate.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted malts and slightly charred malts with a light amount of caramel malt sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of rich dark chocolate and cocoa along with light to moderate flavors of licorice/anise. Finally there are moderate flavors of oak and brandy with hints of vinous prune + raisin. Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long but leaves a brandy sweetness lingering.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and I feel like the brandy barrel aging is well displayed in the aromas + flavors of this beer. Definitely a big sipping beer but still pretty easy to enjoy.

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Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WunderLlama
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter

Motor oil in a bottle. Pours a huge two finger frothy brown layer of brown foam cap . Great sticky lacings

Aroma of tobacco, brandy, chocolate, berries

Taste of roast malts, chocolate, espresso

Feel the brandy and the abv.

Good beer..sip it though

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Photo of drahodo
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Damian
3.52/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 330 ml. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

Viscous, near pitch black appearance. The thick, oily liquid was topped by a finger-tall, super tight and creamy, saddle brown head that fell to a film of bubbles. Streaky lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was really big and bold. Loads of roastiness. Slightly smoky. A touch fruity. Charred raisins came to mind. The aroma became sweeter and more complex with time. Boozy, dark fruit notes came forth. Somewhat oaky. This smelled like a beer that might have been aged in Port or Cognac barrels, but brandy makes sense too. The nose continued to get even smoother, fruitier and more fragrant with time.

Unlike the aroma, the flavor profile was really harsh. I have enjoyed many a roasty stout but this beer tasted like liquid ashes. There was an intense burnt, acrid quality. Hint of dark fruitiness under all the roast. The beer finished with even more bitter and acrid roastiness and a slight boozy sting.

Nice rich, nearly full-bodied mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a super fine, moderate effervescence that frothed up nicely on the palate.

Pastry stouts seem to be all the rage these days, and occasionally it is nice to try a dry, roasty imperial stout that harkens back to the days of the burgeoning craft beer scene. That said, I found the roast character in this beer to be really excessive and the bottle a chore to finish. This would definitely benefit from some semblance of balance.

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Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours pitch black with a dark brown head.

The aroma offers vinous, wafts of alcohol from the brandy barrels, shriveled raisins, prunes, molasses, caramel, umami, rich chocolate sweetness.

The beer flavor follows with crushed musty dry grape skin, grape vines, a bit of brandy alcohol on the finish. The beer is generally dry with a huge balanced imperial stout throughout. Roast bitterness, hints of licorice, cocoa, fudge, onto more hop bitterness and this hints of caramel sweetness.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Typical big bodied Evil Twin imperial stout, sticky lip smacking feel. Has some initial sweetness but drier and hoppier than anticipated, a real old school Russian style Stout, char/smoke notes, roasty and a bit bitter. Disappointed by the lack of brandy barrel character. I got very, very little of the spirit and only a wee bit more oakiness. For the price I wanted more brandy, an under-utilized spirit for barrel aging at this point.

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Photo of TomMorris
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of von_kaiser
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Aún Más A Jesús (Brandy Barrel Aged) from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 52 ratings
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