Evil Twin / Jackie O's - You're In The Jungle Baby!
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,973
ABV:
12%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,931
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 9.09%
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
212
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Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
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89
Very Good
Notes: Imperial stout with Pasilla chili, honey, tangerine peel and cocoa nibs added
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Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz can - think acquired in Rochester, NY.
Pours a moderately thick black with a really nice finger of creamy mocha head.
Aroma of dark chocolate, vague sense of stone fruit, molasses, vanilla - not much of peppers.
Taste follows - dark chocolate, dark fruit, slight citrus, woody vanilla, and at swallow just hints of the pepper heat. Finishes moderately bitter.
Medium full mouthfeel with decent carbonation - a bit of peppery spice fights to get through but is overpowered by a lingering bitterness.
Very good stout that improved as warmed, but not the best of Evil Twin.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hadn't had anything for a while from Jackie O's (or Evil Twin for that matter), and so thought I would splurge on 12.7 ounce bottle ($18).

The beer pours blackish brown color with fairly decent lacing and head retention. It looks like what what you would expect in a BA 14.4% abv. beer. The nose is the best part of this beer, as I pick up considerable mocha chocolate, vanilla and molasses. Not getting much in the way of orange peel or pasilla chilies, nor any sign of the bourbon barrel this beer was supposedly aged in. There's something of an "other" aroma component to this beer on the nose, but it's difficult to pick our just what it is I'm smelling (would not guess orange peel or chilies per se). The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though the amount of molasses I'm picking up on the palate is a bit disconcerting. I don't mind a little molasses flavor in my beer, but the flavor component really dominates in this beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full with a fairly long and soft finish. Alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can certainly tell that the abv. is up there a bit.

A decent beer for sure, but obviously not worth the price the brewer is asking for it. This is not a beer I'll be ordering again.

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Photo of Kdouble
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12.7 oz. bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter.

Look- An off black with about 1 1/2 fingers of dark brown head. The foam dissipated quickly and there was little lacing.

Smell- Vanilla, chocolate cocoa and some dark fruits. I did get more of the peppers as it warmed.

Taste- A dark chocolate taste with some raisin like flavor mixed with a little vanilla. The peppers were more of an aftertaste about half way through the glass. The middle of the glass seemed like the most flavorful.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation and it sits on the tongue.

Overall - Let it warm a little and it is a really solid stout. I got virtually none of the peppers until it warmed. I would never have guessed the high ABV

A pretty good take on the style, but there are better. Almost a poor man's BOMB substitute, almost. ABV is well hidden (bottle says 14.4%).

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Photo of CaptainHate
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a bit of a disappointment because these are two of my favorite breweries on a collaboration. What could go wrong?

Poured a 12 ounce can into a DFH tulip and it had a prodigious dark tan head over a dark brown body. Smell was of peppery chocolate but fainter than I was expecting. Likewise for the underwhelming taste. Where's the big brash smells and flavors I was expecting? The booze was well hidden which is a plus, I guess. The mouthfeel was fine.

This isn't bad but didn't nearly live up to my high expectations. Up your game in any future collabs, guys.

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Photo of stortore
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into a tulip snifter. Had 9/10/18.

Pours an opaque, very dark brown, with a one and a half inch foamy head with good retention and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, malt, light chilies, some vanilla, a light, sweet aroma overall. The taste is a little more expansive- malt, honey, chocolate, cocoa, citrus, some chilies, some vanilla. Fairly bitter on the finish, a little bit of heat from the peppers. Smooth, creamy, a solid full body, well carbonated.

It’s interesting. The chilies and orange peel are subtle, but add a nice twist to the flavor of the usual ET stout. Their addition to the aroma, not so much so. Very enjoyable, but one can is probably good enough when it comes around.

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Photo of D0ct0rD
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am on a stout kick, and have been exploring stouts that pack some heat. This one smolders, and certainly keeps things interesting. I would pair this one with a cold night out by the fire. Enjoy!

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Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a one inch tan head over a black body with no lacing. Head is gone in a few minutes. Nose of roasted malt, tangerine peel, and honey. Where's the cocoa? Taste of honey (Ha!), tangerine peel, and some cocoa. With each sip the pasilla chile becomes noticeable, finally. Good feel and overall, I was hoping for more out of this but, no. Cheers!

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Photo of REVZEB
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love evil twin and jacki o's. But this not either of their best work. Chili pepper, booze, burnt chocolate, and ash tray malt are way too strong in the taste. Honey and tangerine are present more in nose, but ruined in taste. Body is thick and dry with cloying sweet finish, and not in a good way. Overall feels like someone put a cigar out in this

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"You know where you are" - damn right you better know where you are, you're reading my review of this beer.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a pure dark brown in the pour and had a darker look close to black in the body. Small cap of tan foamy head slid off fairly quick. Just some light lace slid with the sips.
The aroma had some honey, woody spice, dry cocoa powder with some dark and milk chocolate sugars. Tangerine peel? Hmmmmm....I'd say super faint.
The flavor leans towards the sweet side mostly throughout the beer. Developing dry and roasty coffee bitterness trolls my tongue a bit. Mild aftertaste of dry semi-sweet spicy wood and dark coffee beans.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Spice isn't so much distracting, it's the dryness that tends to make this a sipper. ABV seems pretty close to what was projected by the brewer. Finish is dry, slight tangerine peel and dark cocoa powder.
Overall, pretty good Imperial stout but part of me wanted to try this since I like GnR a lot. Not sure if Axel Rose would be interested in throwing down this beer or not but I could see myself coming back to this in small doses.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light black chocolate notes with some light orange zest and smoked pepper notes. Taste is a funky mix of orange zest, light dry bitter roasted malt notes with some black chocolate notes with some minor residual sugar notes and chili notes clearly identifiable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting but weird mix of flavours which limits drinkability.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really dark brown color with khaki head. Aroma has intense roasted malts and a bit of soy sauce. Taste is bittersweet with umami and roasted malt notes, also coffee on the aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a legit imperial stout but the adjuncts are not really detectable.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

While being a solid stout, this is a disappointing beer. I was really excited about the flavors listed on the can. You don't often see orange in a stout. But all adjuncts were borderline undetectable. This is a solid base stout that completely fails to deliver on the additives.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a quarter finger, light brown head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet dark toasted malt, chili, light orange and faint cocoa; chili dominates and gives a little sting to the nose. Flavor is dark toasted malt, an onslaught of chili pepper, light orange and cocoa. Long lingering chili burn in the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The chili dominated this so thoroughly that I read through the other reviews after the first taste (something I usually don't do until after I finish reviewing) and notice that the chili portion ranged from "very slight" to "spicy heat". I've had quite a few chili ales and am a fan of the style, but here the chili was just too intense and masked the other flavors. There was a pleasant orange flavor throughout, but this was mostly chili heat. I'm guessing this was a case of uneven distribution of the brewing additives, and I got the chili bonus. Lots of flavor and delivered on the chili, cocoa and orange flavors, but too unbalanced. Spicy!

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Photo of beerpapa
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A near-black pour from the can. Mocha head that dissipates quickly. The taste is a bit too boozy and dry--not a lot of balance, but some orange rind, tobacco, molasses, and a very slight chili on the back end. Overall, a so-so beer; nothing to write home about.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Released spring 2018; drank 6/24/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE dark tan head; decent lace.

Orange citrus, milk chocolate & faint fresh earth notes in the nose.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Fresh earth & orange rind flavors up front; bakers chocolate, mild booze heat & faint pepper heat notes on the finish.

Pretty punishing; too dry & not sweet enough for balance. Drinkable but not that enjoyable.

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Photo of beergoot
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, opaque body; thin, bubbly head. Charrerd and roasted grains with notes of chili peppers. Tastes merge bitter chocolate with spicy pepper notes. Heavy body; some residual sugar heft; warming chili pepper and mild boozy head.

A decent chili stout, a bit disappointing with the appearance and the body seems a little weak, but the roasted grains and chili flavors are nicely balanced.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy two-finger tan head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee, coffee, chilies, slight vanilla, licorice. The taste is malty, chocolate/toffee, vanilla, coffee, chilies, licorice. Full Body, ABV is hidden fairly well, with a dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of micada
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2018 12oz can. Such a weird mix of adjuncts, who could resist trying? Opened room temp, which created a small volcano head from the can. Poured slowly to a snifter, leading to a high and tight, three-finger mocha head that dissipated almost instantly. No lacing or ring at all. Nose was, maybe not surprisingly considering the adjunct mix, quite unpleasant, like dirty socks instead of any hint of stout or it's adjuncts...much different experience than several other raters. I was close to just tossing it based on the nose, but decided to venture on. First sips were decidedly more in line flavor-wise with the adjuncts, with a decent balance among them. The chili and tangerine are most forward and work well together. Slight aftertaste of cocoa. The honey hides in the mix, probably due to the strong acidity of the tangerine and chili. Only the slightest bite at the end from the alcohol. Mouthfeel was medium-body, lingering, and enjoyable. I don't think it'd be a regular pick, but now I've had two chili-added brews!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It may seem like The CANQuest (tm) has been waffling the past couple of days, but I started out with a brewery horizontal of CANs from Evil Twin, but when I hit upon one that infused hazelnut, I diverged briefly, but now I'm back on track as they bring the heat, bring the spice. Welcome to The Jungle for those of us with Jungle fever!

From the CAN: "Imperial Stout with Pasilla Chili, Honey, Tangerine Peel and Cocoa Nibs added"; "Inspired by a mind blowing dessert created by a Nordic eatery that popped up in the middle of the Mexican jungle. Pasilla mixe chilies, honey, cocoa nibs and tangerine peel. It's wild. Oh yeah baby."

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. The hour grows late for me & I am planning to make this my last for the day so it might as well be a big one. An in-glass swirl raised just over two fingers of soapy, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with limited retention, quickly falling away to wisps. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was like a left hook to the schnozz, bringing a punch that I saw coming, but could not duck as it CANnected. The intensity of the beer itself was not enough so it brought the chilies to ensure that I would hit the mat. Phew! Did I mention that this was to be my last of the evening? I was not lying. Not like this, lying in wait in the jungle for me to wander past. Mouthfeel was medium, which of itself was fine, but for the style, it was on the thin side. The immediate presence of the spices on my tongue & in my mouth gave me Popeye/squinchy-face syndrome. One eye shut in a squint while my face seemed to fall in on itself like a baked apple. Phew! I really dug the roasted coffee/dark chocolate flavor with the spiciness of the chilies. I was reminded of a recent seasonal from PeliCAN in Oregon called Abuela's Kitchen. It was a MexiCAN Chili Stout so it was less intense than this one, but this was still evocative. I had never heard of chilies in hot chocolate as a kid, but as an adult in California, I got turned onto it as early as Dia de los Muertes in 1987. This was almost like a gilded lily - the Imperial nature of the Stout was just fine on its own, rocking me to sleep gently while the spices hammered away to ensure that I was in submission. But what of the honey and tangerine peel? The finish was where they became assertive, taking some of the edge off of the heat while enhancing the chocolate flavor(s). Ever had one of those orange chocolates? This was like that, plus spicy heat. Finish was dry, of course, thanks to the spice, but tempered. I have had some spiced ales that did not seem to know when to stop, but this was just right. It was already a high-ABV beer on its own without the spices being overpowering. All of that said, it is now time to retire for the night. I CAN't go on like this tonight. Phew.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly thick and motor oil black color just like all Evil Twin stouts, it's a glorious thing to behold. The head also surprisingly stays strong, and is an angry red-to-beige color at 3 fingers in the snifter.

Wow, I have to say - I'm very impressed by this aroma. Everything on the can is detectable. The very bright tangerine is present, with a hint of peppery hot chili spice right behind it, and of course the coffee-chocolate and slight crystallized honey. I have to give props. The tangerine is so loud it almost smells like a dark Witbier.

Jackie-O's contribution has lessened the impact of Evil Twin's disgusting ashy malts marvelously. Some really nice bright orange notes with a swirl of tobacco and caramel, with hints of cocoa nibs and a nice coffee presence. Underneath is the blanket of Evil Twin's cigarettes, but it's superseded enough by the other elements that it's actually enjoyable. Nice honey notes on the finish with slight burnt tobacco/ash.

Feel is quite a bit thinner than you'd expect but by no means slouchy. It's on the lighter side of heavy, bordering on medium bodied like a porter, with a roasty, creamy finish.

Overall a much better stout than I expected. Perhaps ET just simply needs to collaborate with other breweries to stop making stouts that taste like ashtrays.

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Photo of stevoj
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can from Beercraft, shared with Buckeyeboy. Not getting any of the chilies referred to by the other raters. Mild chocolate and some of the orange peel, mostly dry, roasty malts. Was expecting something a bit more exciting based on the description. Sounds like the previous users got it. A dud, perhaps? Thought these two brewers would make it a big beer....

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Photo of dertyd
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours out a pitch black color, with a dark mocha colored head------------ the aromas are of semi sweet chocolate, cough syrup, dark fruit, alcohol heat, and a malty sweetness--------------- the flavors are of semi sweet chocolate, dark chocolate bitterness, roasted malts and lesser orange peel, this beer has a full mouthfeel with a bitter chocolate finish------------------ overall this beer was decent, it hid the alcohol well but was lacking in flavor I couldn't taste any chili and everything was kinda subdued

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of caramel colored head. Sklightly above average head retention & lacing

S: Chiles, dark fruit & cocoa

T: Chiles, chocolate, roastyness, a little raisin up front. A touch of citrus on the edges, dryness, roastyness, chile zip & roastyness as this dries. Finishes very dry with some heat & roastyness, plus Baker's chocolate

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation

A pretty good take on the style, but there are better. Almost a poor man's BOMB substitute, almost. ABV is well hidden

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

With such a bombastic name, you would think that this beer would bring it, and bring it hard. And overall: meh. Texture is light like a Victoria Secret model trying to make weight; while the flavor is very timid and meek like your lil brother trying to ask out the prom queen. No hotness, no rich a lovely flavors like good stouts have. Again: meh.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a sixty's era art inspired can, this one is absolutely black with a thin tan head. The aroma has a little sweet roasted notes, but it doesn't give away whit hides belief. Wow....wow...this is one hot beer...lots of hotness. Heat. You can taste malt flavor, but the heat is the thing. Full in body and hot...wow.

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Evil Twin / Jackie O's - You're In The Jungle Baby! from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 212 ratings