Even More JCs | Evil Twin Brewing

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Even More JCsEven More JCs

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American 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

A few times in the history of craft beer it has happened that a highly praised beer maker rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league. Usually the recipe to become such a divine hero you need crazy juice skills, a fake Minnesota dialect and a cool and exotic sounding name like Jean-Claude - it's even more JCs - an affogato style imperial stout.

Added by superspak on 09-10-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by Nunya:
Photo of Nunya
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +9.3%
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 woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Who doesn't love New Beer Sunday? How CAN you not enjoy a CANportunity to really do some damage under the auspices of doing something New? Happy Even More Even More Evil Twin Sunday (Week 678) as I delve even deeper into this madness!

From the CAN: "Imperial stout brewed with lactose and with vanilla and coffee added"; "A few times in the history of craft beer it has happened that a highly praised beer maker rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league. Usually the recipe to become such a divine hero you need crazy juice skills, a fake Minnesota dialect and a cool and exotic sounding name like Jean-Claude - it's even more JCs - an affogato style imperial stout."

Wotta buncha eVeN MorE S**t!! I don't gIVe a fiG whether or not YoU Are fROm DeNMark, USE the CORRECT FONT, ARSEWIPE! i'm not changing this to read: "even more JCs" because it makes even less sense than the price that I paid for this CAN, you silly, pretentious F**K! Feel me? No? Tough! Up yer JCs.

This was a spendy CAN & I was not impressed that not only does it not appear on their website, but the font of the label does not match their verbiage. Rubbish!

Moving on, it began with a Crack! which released a spritz over my fingers, followed by an inverted Glug to alleviate my furious anger with great vengeance. Strike like Jules, I say! It then puffed up to form a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, dark-brown head with great retention, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was not only redolent with coffee, but it smelled like espresso! Man, I like my coffee like my magic & women - hot & black, but this was smoky! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not as creamy as its predecessors. Even so, I allowed it to roll around on my tongue to get a sense of what it was all about. It was much sweeter than the nose had led me to expect with more of a mocha milkshake quality to it, featuring a vanilla sweetness. I prefer my coffee unadulterated and so this was not what I would normally imbibe. That said, it was not out of spec for the style & so, I will rate accordingly. CAN't dun a beer for being what it purports to be, or at least, I shouldn't. The sweetness just struck me as being a bit cloying after its previous dry brethren & the unabating nature of the sweetness did nothing to endear me to it. Finish remained quite sweet, like café con leche, but it was not worth what I paid for this CAN. You & they CAN have it! Bah!

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Photo of JLK7299
4.7/5  rDev +9%
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 -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter this is a black beer with a small tan head. There is a small bit of lace.
Sweet vanilla, chocolate, and a little coffee in the aroma.
Imagine eating a marshmallow dipped in bittersweet chocolate, then chasing it with a shot of espresso. That's what this beer tastes like.
Thick, heavy beer. Very sweet, so if you don't like that, this beer is not for you. The 12% ABV is very well hidden.

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Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tvenne
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidR_9
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
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 stephenlee
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jmar25
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avas
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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 WickedBeer
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 12/20/17, 16:39.

Pours viscous and dark, cold so it has some time to warm and transform. A small tan head of foam settles quickly into the beer.

A nice trifecta on the nose of sweet dark fruit, subtle dark roast, and chocolate. The addition of lactose gives a nice vanilla tail and rounds out a very good balance.

Sweet chocolate, roasty coffee, and a pretty apparent nuttiness all greet the palate right away. The coffee lingers nicely and creamy lactose prevents an overly bitter finish. Very nice.

Creamy, medium carb. So damn smooth, with a warm, sticky finish. Really good mouthfeel on this beer.

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Photo of schinebd
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Jet black with rich tan head and sticky lacing.
N: Malt, vanilla, coffee, sugar, and smoke.
T: Big flavors of vanilla, coffee, malt, slight char/smoke and some burnt sugar.
M: Medium
O: Very nice beer, loved this one.

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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with mocha head. Aroma has sweetened coffee, vanilla and cake like notes. Taste is bittersweet with lots of confectionery notes like vanilla, chocolate syrup, some coffee bitterness on the finish. Medium plus body, medium carbonation. Quite smooth and sweet.

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Photo of VoxRationis
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a custom Sam Adams pint glass; canned on 12/20/17.
A: Pours a rich black color with a greater than one inch, solidly brown head, excellent retention and lacing.
S: Aromas of coffee, vanilla, honey, and molasses. Almost a woodsy note.
T: Sweet and very reminiscent of a coffee ice cream shake with chocolate syrup. Vanilla, molasses, and honey notes clearly present. Lactose not clearly present, which I take as a plus. Bitterness just right for the effect.
M: Full bodied with delicious carbonation. Creamy, almost silkily so, syrupy, and smooth.
O: Just a Wow! A treat for an stout aficionado. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of AndrewCataldo23
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woodchip
3.57/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Buffettman2018
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as a starless night with much effervescence & fingers of cocoa colored head. Vicious, a litle lacing

S: A little roastyness, a little dark fruit, boozeyness once warm, plus vanilla & cocoa

T: Carob, a little molasess, a kiss of booze, lactose dryness, plus a little of the advertised coffee & vanilla up front. Vanilla, a littlle mocha & not much else as this warms , super dry. Finishes lactose dry with sweet vanilla & cocoa

MF: Medium body, subtle carbonation, thickens a bit as it warms

Decent take on the style but not wowing me. Drinks easy enough for the ABV

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