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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)

Brewed by:
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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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
2.7/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Photo of CraftFan5
3.36/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

Photo of Lucoli
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of AMCimpi
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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 BeerGuy8315
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single for $11.99 American dollars.

Motor oil, opaque black elixir poured into snifter yielding a thick two-finger mocha head. The foam forms a thin rim with rings of lacing and legs as the brew is sampled.

A huge chocolate fudge aroma with oak, barrel and booze. The brandy is nicely intermingled.

Chocolate predominates and washes over the dark fruits and char of the stout. The brandy appears as the fudge recedes and rides through an alcohol finish.

Full body, thick, viscous, a bit of alcohol burn.

An in your face, thick, rich RIS with a nice brandy/oak finish. Not as complex or enjoyable as their Biscotti Break series.

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Photo of LeftHanded666
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LAp
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap in a teku. Pours the anticipated deep brown/black, with a half-finger mocha head. Nose is typical imperial stout, but with the faint, sweet smell of brandy. The brandy barrel aging is appropriately subdued, and adds excellent character to the finish of the (true to ET form) excellent underlying imperial stout. Mouthfeel is appropriately thick. One of the best brandy barrel aged beers I've tried. On the whole, very solid.

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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 Texasfan549
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 Gtwreck45
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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 paulish
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
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