Aún Más A Jesús - Brandy Barrel-Aged | Evil Twin Brewing

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Aún Más A Jesús - Brandy Barrel-AgedAún Más A Jesús - Brandy Barrel-Aged

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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 kuishinbo_tantei on 01-27-2017

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.81/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TylerJ
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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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 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 BlurryVisi0n
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in tulip glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown to black body with medium bubbles to it. Head rises very subtle just about one finger's length coming off a dark tan color.

Smell: Deep dark fruits and chocolate, you can smell the brandy literally...sweet scent which might have some infusions of warm brown sugar.

Taste: Incredibly complex. Sweet molasses, heavy brandy with a liquor finish which doesn't overpower the flavors. The sweetness is mellow, though you feel mocha, brandy and brown sugar with coffee; it's seriously on another level.

Mouth: Aw man, so sticky...the wood note finish just lingers to your cheeks.

Overall: Normally don't say things like this but if you see this beer on a shelf, don't blink...just grab it, probably best beer to bear the name EvilTwin. Always in a glass...Salud!

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Photo of radius129
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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 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 RickyBfromCT
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesK
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Warren2621
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | 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 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 TomMorris
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of IckyT2012
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Aún Más A Jesús - Brandy Barrel-Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
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