Even More JCs | Evil Twin Brewing

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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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout brewed with lactose and with vanilla and coffee added

Added by superspak on 09-10-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,125
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
112
pDev:
6.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
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4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Christ on a cracker- the Evil Twin team does it again! Their famous (or infamous) Even More Jesus catches the ire of Italy and turning their 30-weight imperial stout and turning it into a twelve percent affogato-styled coffee and cream elixir.

It's dense pour rather layers itself into the glass while a rich and chocolaty meringue floats laboriously above. Much work creates a mocha whipped scent that saturates the nose with all things espresso, cocoa, walnut and booze. To taste, its the sultry sweetness of blackstrap molasses, brown sugar and scorched marshmallow that frame the beer's early palate.

And then the ale rolls along the middle palate and unleashes a breadth of flavor. Much of the sweetness holds its line, while the finesse of caramel and toffee fade away. What emerges from the void is a strong Italian coffee presence that's bolder than french press earthiness but shy of total espresso. As the spice of vanilla and the milkiness of cream calm the senses, the culmination of taste registers highly with a barbaric alcohol tone but a soothing and mature final taste.

Beautifully put together, this Even More variant exacerbates the best of what the beer does anyway- the roasty, toastsy and smoky counterparts. But its strong java influence amplifies the roast while the soothing spices bring it back down. This is a remarkable stout that's among Evil Twin's finest ales.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A rich and roasty malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Dark roasted malt with a scent of dark chocolate, coffee beans, toast, biscuit, toffee, and caramel along with yeast. Sweet scent of molasses, vanilla and lactose. Hints of dark fruit as well as some tobacco and leather. A really good rich aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Dark roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, toast, smoke, biscuit, caramel, and toffee with some yeast. Sweet taste of vanilla, lactose, and molasses. Undertones of dark fruit along with some tobacco and leather. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and slick.

Overall: A great variant on a great stout. Big chocolate and coffee flavor with some nice vanilla and lactose sweetness.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Holy cow. This is one of the best stouts I’ve ever had. Easily. Just the right amount of coffee. Just the right amount of vanilla. So balanced. Smells great. Poured a great head. Just an amazing drink!

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Photo of DanGeo
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidR_9
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 1/11/18

Wow. Thispours motor oil black with a finger of dark mahogany brown head. Very viscous.

smells of dark, damp, roasted, and smooth coffee beans, mellow vanilla, and that milky lactose sweetness.

Taste follows nose with a smooth, bittersweet dark chocolate, mellow vanilla with a flat, not too bitter coffee roastiness, and that lactose sweet milkiness throughout. Leaves a dark fruity, slightly pruney character in the aftertaste. I think the lactose is a bit overpowering here and lends not enough balance to the other ingredients. Balance gets better as the beer warms up though.

Very silky, smooth, viscous and slightly sticky mouthfeel. medium to low carbonation.

I gotta say this isn’t an everyday beer for me. A bit too thick from the lactose addition and not enough of anything else. However, it hides the 12 abv gracefully and most the heat will be experienced on the nose as the brew warms. Really happy to have tried this but I think I need to drink some water after this one.

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Photo of avas
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/11/18. Reviewed 1/31/18.

A: Motor oil black. Dense and sticky. Thick and hefty. About a half finger of dense, mocha head yielded by an admittedly gentle pour. Retention is decent, but that's not what we're here for...

S: Piney! Well, there's a whole lot else going on, but immediately, I get lots of pine right alongside a big dose of vanilla... Maybe pine needles soaked in vanilla extract? Concentration of extract without the heat. There's some coffee in there, more of an earthy, slightly peppery dark roast vs. a fruity or bright variant. Light winter spice (perhaps nutmeg) and roasted malt. Something vaguely herbal in there that I can't quite pinpoint. Not as cohesively decadent as I imagined, but some very enjoyable components are there.

T: Ah, now that's more like it. Huge chocolate and espresso fuse to offer a wonderful mocha-like flavor up front. It's almost like melted down semi-sweet chocolate chips mixed into an espresso shot. Vanilla follows--more subtle than its predecessors, but a wonderful companion nonetheless--and adds a "brightness" to the dark flavor profile. Finishes on a fusion of baker's cocoa, herbal/noble hops, figs, and a heavily roasted, almost smoky coffee bean.

M: Jesus (JCS). This beer epitomizes density. The first sip really wallows the tongue, enveloping it in a sticky, viscous liquid that momentarily seems paralyzing. Carbonation is very fine and on the lighter side, but it emerges on the palate quite wonderfully to carry the beer across. In terms of weight and carb, this thing is pretty much perfect. Balance-wise, it's also pretty spot-on.. The intense sweetness of the fudgy chocolate mocha and vanilla flavors are cut perfectly by the hops and roast, and the ABV is somehow (scarily) completely absent, save for the slightly twinge of heat as the beer approaches room temperature. This feel is ~almost~ perfect, my only gripe being the layer of chalky residual lactose that seems to stick to every crevice of the mouth after the swallow. It's a minor gripe that should honestly be expected of a 12% milk stout, but I could do with a cleaner finish.

O: This is a singularly Evil Twin twist on a great beer (Trillium Affogato) that does its inspiration justice, albeit not quite living up to its god-tier quality. This beer offers a similar flavor profile to Affogato but brings the density, thickness, and carbonation of some of Evil Twin's best to accompany. The nose is a bit disappointing, if only because the coffee seems to express in a more earthy, peppery fashion than I prefer. But the chocolate and vanilla components are there, and everything comes together wonderfully on the palate. I think Trillium executed the coffee and lactose additions a bit better, but they have nothing on the mouthfeel base beer that Evil Twin (Westbrook) have put together here. Overall, it's a great beer, especially given its distribution footprint and repeated production!

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Photo of schinebd
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AndrewCataldo23
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buffettman2018
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewsOverHoes
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFNC
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bdabeer
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great dessert beer. Dark caramel head, vanilla sweetness with not quite enough coffee bittering. Some dark chocolate and cherry undertones

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Photo of Treyliff
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

16oz can poured into a teku

A- pours jet black and motor oil thick with some of the darkest brown creamy head that I've ever seen. ET always manages to have the thickest and darkest looking stouts

S- fresh earthy mocha espresso aromas up front, complimented by an addition of sweet vanilla cream, bitter dark chocolate, charred malt, some herbal peppery notes, rum soaked raisins, charred wood & a hint of licorice

T- rich bitter dark chocolate mixes with mocha espresso laced with sugary milk and vanilla infused cream. Mid-palate gives some charred malt, as well as undertones of booze soaked raisins and a hint of anise. The finish gives more fresh mocha coffee notes with a sweet creamy vanilla linger

M- heavy-thick body with moderate carbonation leads to a velvety mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O-dark, thick, fresh coffee, creamy vanilla, delicious. One of the best stouts I've had in a while

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Photo of dvmin98
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of liquorpig
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holderness
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L -- Pours an inky black with a two-finger dark mocha head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention or lacing
S -- Coconut, vanilla, lactose, coffee, milk chocolate, nutmeg, hazelnut, smoke, damp leaves, hint of biscuit and booze
T -- Milk chocolate, coffee syrup, maple, lactose, vanilla, toffee, almond biscotti, touch of barley
F -- Incredibly thick, viscous, and velvety. Sweetness is bordering on cloying, though
O -- Reminds me a lot of Trillium's Affogato, although with a slightly more subdued nose. Nice collab

88/100

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.74/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The mouthfeel is too thin, but the flavor combination is great and the alcohol is hidden very well. Not the best variant I've had of EMJ, but recommended

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Photo of rjp217
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: pours pitch black and thick with a half finger of brown head
S: huge rich and bold coffee without being bitter. There is a chocolate sweetness too.
T: Huge rich coffee with big chocolate and nice vanilla.
F: thick and creamy, coats my mouth and teeth. Sticky goodness.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a nearly black, appearing opaque black in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head with great retention and light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa and coffee with a hint of vanilla. Flavor is sweet dark toasted malt, vanilla, drip coffee and some bitter coffee and grassy hops in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess and nice mouth feel. All the ingredients are on display here with a firm, rich dark malt body, sweetness from the lacose, a little more vanilla than probably needed and a clear coffee component, but little coffee distinctiveness. The big ABV is well covered. This has been a very fine series of stouts, and I enjoyed this one quite a bit, but probably prefer the earlier incarnations due to the big vanilla element, an ingredient I like in stouts, but usually at a lower level. Even with that caveat, a nice slow sipper for a winter evening.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Superb brew. Delicious sweetness with right amount of heat. Flavors of chocolate, licorice (very subtle), vanilla, and milk sweetness. Just a touch of stickiness in the mouth, with medium body. Great head with tons of lacing. Outstanding.

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Even More JCs from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 112 ratings