Big Ass Money Stout 2
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
16%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 5.31%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
36
From:
Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  9
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: Collaboration with Lervig Brewing
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

been saving this one awhile now, seems like some time has done it well. immediately less thick and fudgey and intense as the canned one, but i also dont think i can taste money or pizza here, its just a big, well aged stout with a ton of body and malt depth, lots of that unmalted roasted black barley, lots of viscosity, and minimal oxidation from the cellar time. there are obvious dark chocolate properties to this, as is to be expected with a beer like this, but i taste like a special b type malt as well, a nutty darker grain, some espresso, and a ton of minerals to it, even light metal or something, maybe thats the money its apparently brewed with. i like the bitterness thats so persistent in here, and i like the lack of a sugary center, its less heavy that way, and its quite clear that the alcohol has mellowed over time, this is nowhere near as hot as the can. honestly, its well layered and smooth, but there isnt a ton of complexity to sort through, its well integrated and even sort of mellow now for what it is, much as it coats the palate and stays on the tongue and teeth awhile after its gone. i get a little european yeast complexion to this, like it have in other lervig beers, and i like that element in here. a fun one to share with folks who also drank the can with me, got to track down that original release now!

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Photo of Damian
4.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from an 11.2 fl oz bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
FO 04/04/17
BF 04/04/27
Served in a snifter

Ominous, pitch black appearance. The super thick and viscous body had no head nor did it deposit any lacing whatsoever. A minuscule, saddle brown collar encircled the liquid and lasted until the drink’s end.

The aroma was really spectacular. Ridiculously big, bold and robust with insane amounts of rich, dark malts and blackstrap molasses. Lots of brown sugar sweetness too. Boozy but not at all harsh. Raisins and dried figs were noticeable. There was a subtle oxidized quality as well. Port wine or Sherry came to mind. Quite savory with a notable umami presence. Touch of soy sauce. Bit of semisweet chocolate. Perhaps some chocolate fudge.

The flavor was very similar to the nose but perhaps even bigger, rounder and smoother. Boatloads of dark malts on the front end. Intense brown sugar and blackstrap molasses notes. Quite sweet but not excessively so. Like the nose, some oxidation was present. I picked up even more sweet raisin and Port/Sherry notes here. Some booze appeared as the beer moved along the palate but, considering this beer’s incredibly high ABV, the alcohol was remarkably well hidden. The beer finished with some roasty char, a subtle ashiness and a touch of residual sweetness.

The mouthfeel was really full and lush. Super creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a very fine, subtle effervescence that frothed up nicely. By the session’s end, the liquid left a sweet, sticky film on my lips.

Lervig Big Ass Money Stout 2 is one of the best overall takes on the style I have come across in a very long time. In an age where nearly every imperial stout needs to barrel aged or coffee/chocolate/vanilla/etc. infused to get anyone’s attention, this beer blew me away without any pomp and circumstance. Despite some rumors that this beer is supposedly brewed with pizza or money (?), I thankfully did not pick up any indication of either.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours black, appearing opaque black in the glass, with a thin layer of brown foam dissipating quickly to a thin ring around the glass; the pours appears somewhat viscous. Aroma of dark toasted malt with slight char, dark chocolate, soy sauce and a little licorice. Hints of $100 bills (heh). Flavor is rich and sweet; sweet dark toasted malt, chocolate, molasses, licorice, light vanilla and coffee, vague hints of stone fruit. Great chocolatey finish, almost like the thick dregs of a hot chocolate made from powder. Thick, syrupy full body with great mouth feel. Wow! A big, sweet, chocolatey stout. I didn't get any "pizza" in the first sips, but when I remembered the alleged ingredients, I did detect a faint doughy flavor, which was nice, although any subtle flavors are subsumed into the huge chocolatey malt in this stout. It is rich and thick and full flavored with a superb heavy body. The massive ABV is almost completely covered by flavor. This was pricey for a small bottle, but well worth the price of admission. Really delicious, if rather sweet. I really tried to detect the money flavors, but am relieved to say there were none (paper handled by hundreds of people? The lack of this flavor is for the best). Radical and tasty, as are the best of Evil Twin's effort.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black color with really dark brown foam. Aroma has intense roasted malt, lots of sweetness, umami, whiskey, rum, dried fruits. Taste is also really intense with malt syrup, sweet and sticky, umami, roasted malts, a bit meaty, slightly smokey, dried candied fruits, salted caramel, more bitter and roasty on the finish. Medium plus body, quite sticky on the palate, low carbonation. Quite intense and not really boozy in spite of the very high ABV.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Super thick dark brownish tinted black body with medium bubbles creating a dark tan head rising quarter of an inch off the body. Zero lacing on the glass with a subtle feel but the brew pours super thick.

Smell: Warm brown sugar is the first scent the second scent is barely coffee bean but this guy is definitely not complaining.

Taste: Sweet molasses with hints of coffee and very very light mocha. The alcohol after taste is very evident but espresso with touch of half and half is almost perfect.

Mouth: Sticks like white on rice. Sugary finish but definitely no milk stout.

Overall: Awesome brew, shame I only bought two off the shelf. Like Christmas in a glass. I just wish more Lervig beer can make it to the states. Salud!

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Photo of curtis6290
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained randomly from my local grocery shop. Filled on 4/4/17, enjoyed on 12/1/17. Nice thick, creamy, lingering foam head with a nutty/caramel aura. Jet black as expected, well blended, dark orange/brown foam. Scent of citrus and sour cherry noted upfront balanced by an oily, resinous, rotting wood/earth. Not the most pleasant smell, but interesting nonetheless. Chocolate, campfire marshmallows, banana, cherry pie, apple and earth on my palate. It develops a very nice and smooth brew as it warms. Feel is super smooth all the way through, no taste of alcohol, no bite. Feels like a chocolate milkshake. Overall, I really enjoyed this, and I'm very thankful that I got to try this one. The smell is the only factor holding it back, but I don't drink a beer for the smell. Well done guys, keep them coming!

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Photo of darktronica
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick and syrupy, with serious legs. 16% abv has never been smoother. And maybe it was the pizza I had for dinner before opening the bottle, but I definitely got hints of pizza on the palate when the beer was cold and freshly poured. (That contrasts with the original Big Ass Money Stout, which did not make the same impression.) Either way, this is a big-hitting stout of the first rate, with plenty of chocolate malt, floral hops, vanilla, brandy, and port grapes.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft. 5oz served in a minisnifter. Pours a dark black body, oily, one finger brown head with good retention and no lacing. Smell is a bit of smoke, sweet cookie batter, chocolate and a bit of whiskey, touch of lactose perhaps. Flavour follows, good bit of a sugar rush, dark chocolate, white sugar, whiskey, touch of cocoa and vanillin, maybe a bit of toasty coffee. Mouthfeel is full bodied, living up to the billing, lower carbonation but still appropriate. Solid beer, not sure where the pizza portion is, but I wouldn’t know it unless I hadn’t looked it up.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hop Cat in Madison, WI on 10/28/17. Review from notes. Appears jet black with some brown wisps of a head from swirling. Smells and tastes of whiskey/brandy, roasted malt, vanilla, earthy hops, cocoa, spice, coffee, and zesty fruit. Great complexity and intensity. The alcohol is well hidden. Moderately bitter, very sweet, and lightly dry aftertaste. Good body and below average carbonation. Overall, it has some hard to pinpoint flavors, but is a sweet and intense IS. Worth a try.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and pours out of the bottle like motor oil. It poured with a short mocha-colored head that died down, leaving long wisps of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar of tan bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts, coffee beans, licorice, and soy sauce are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark roasted malts, espresso beans, and licorice along with faint hints of bitterness and underlying sweetness from the strong malt bill. There are also some subtle bits of soy sauce.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is some smoothness and the beer coats your mouth. A light amount of warming from the alcohol is perceptible.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong and a little boozy, but nothing like something that is 16% abv. The alcohol is rather well masked from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of tobelerone
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Highly enjoyable way over the top imperial stout, quite sweet with a thick body and medium-low carbonation but just enough life and finishing dryness to prevent it from being excessively cloyIng. Hits the 16% Abv mark with style and without devolving into the sort of shot of vodka with chocolate syrup vibe one gets from a fresh bottle of WWS. I don't know about the whole pizza and desiccated dollar bill thing, there's a subtle umami vibe but mostly we're taking dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, vague oakiness, just rum raisin insanity. Not saying it's not boozy but there's no burn and as another reviewer mentioned, definitely in that Avery Mephistopheles/demons wheelhouse.

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Photo of beergoot
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tar black body; thick, densely foamy, light brown head. Well-blended aroma of deep, dank, dark fruits; cocoa and dark malt concoctions; leather and tobacco. Immensely rich flavor, full of luscious semi-sweet chocolate; fudge; very subtle alcohol edge. Extremely heavy body yet smooth, dense, and velvety; nearly tarry; very viscous.

High ABV!? What high ABV?? Well, you can sense it a bit, but it is so well hidden within the deep, velvety sweetness of this beer. A very intense, very cerebral dark ale that oozes along you palate, tickling and coating your taste buds with richness galore. Immensely satisfying...

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sequels never pan out better than originals. Right? Well, ...with a tweak here and a refinement there, the collaboration imperial stout from Evil Twin and Lervig brewers hit a high note with a "pizza" stout that isn't.

Blistering aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, molasses and brandy kiss the nose; hovering over an abyss black beer and a simmering tan froth. Its taste opens with an explosion of taste- burnt molasses, smoky caramel, dark chocolate and dark roast coffee frame a robust taste that swoons the tastebuds early and often.

Deeply sweet and savory, the malt structure and succulence holds form while the fruity parlay of fig, raisin, date, plum and cherry add complexity and charm. Lightly oxidized , its savory taste hinges on promises of Madeira and sherry with those dark chocolate morsels linging closely behind. Robust coffee plays out late while dessert notions of vanilla, coconut and nutty walnut come to play.

Lavishly full in body, the thick, syrupy and savory beer is off cloying because of its roast derived acidity and woodsy bite; its sweet balance, and its boozy thinning.. Final flavors of scorched molasses and burnt french toast frame a lasting impression with long lingers of campfire and smoldering embers.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ingredient label only lists water, malt, hops, and yeast BUT one website says that it contains pizza and dry money and another website verifies that, adding that it is barrel aged in acquavit (sp) barrels... Lervig's Twitter account and ET's Instagram account reference the pizza and money part but say nothing about akvavit (one o' those words with lots of different spellings) barrels...

All that aside, the beer is pitch black, producing but a rim of dark foam from a center-pour into my over-sized snifter. Aromas were richly sweet with molasses and chocolate, with a distinct earthy, herbal component... On the palate, immediate sweetness, suggestive again of molasses, and again with an unusual woody, mineral-like element I can't identify... Chocolate impressions load up next, syrupy and dense, with a vague hint of dark orange citrus? And - and this may totally be the power of suggestion - but I got the impression of salty pizza in flashes every now and again - like I'd been eating pizza before I started drinking it, or maybe was taking bites between sips - take that for what you will... Body is dense and smooth, no palpable carbonation, leaving a stickiness in the corners of the mouth. Dries a bit on the finish, leaving lingering tastes of chocolate syrup and molasses, and something lemony sweet like limoncello... Different, decent, and probably pricey...

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Big Ass Money Stout 2 from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 36 ratings