Harlan’s Even More Jesus
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
12%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 6.12%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
42
From:
Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  0
Gots
  5
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Notes: Another incredible incarnation of Evil Twin’s Even More Jesus Imperial Stout, the Harlan’s was aged in red wine barrels from Harlan Estate. Taking an already incredible brew to the next level, it adds an extra layer of complexity and new decadent flavors.
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 24, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Is there anything that Jesus can't do? Well... that Jesus too, but the Evil Twin Even More Jesus takes on the emptied red wine barrels of Harlan's Estate in order to reach a fruity, vinous, savory place that this Jesus can't go on its own.

Pitch black and with tar-like textures, Harlan's Even More Jesus pours just a luscious, viscous and rich as the original. Its frothy blanket swoons with the decadence of chocolate, espresso, dark fruit, berries, wine, whisky and scorched caramel. Savory and decadent, the lavish malt flavors slather the tongue with a host of sweetnesses that start with blackstrap molasses, toffee, honey and and black walnut.

As those flavors stew like fudge on the middle palate, its strong dessert-like effects saturate the tastebuds with unabashed intent. Slowly, the balance of wine soaked oak begins to pronounce and eventually culminates in the fruity, oxidized, savory taste of sherry, port and fine brandy. Spicy, tart and leathery, lingering malt sweetness is balanced beautifully. Dark fruits command the late palate with strong suggestions of red grape, plum, blackberry, blackcurrant, date and fig to round out the late palate.

Recklessly full, lush and creamy, the strong boozy weight of the beer is kept in check by the marshmallowy textures that bring a nougat-like finish with those fortified, savory wines continuing the balancing act into a long and unforgiving finish. This beer is a dessert and wine pairing together in a glass.

Aug 21, 2018
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Way too much smoke. I can get a bit of the wine barrels, but the smoke takes over. Almost like a bacon stout with some sweetness. Overall, way big waste of money due to price point

Jul 22, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a fairly dark color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like jammy dark fruit, black cherry, chocolate covered raspberries, tannic red wine, oak, Hershey's syrup, smoke, roasted malt, and coffee.

This is truly excellent. Barrels that held high quality liquid don't automatically make a high quality BA stout, but that's what happened here. The burly, roasty, and smoky base is perfect for the jammy, oaky, and vinous goodness the barrel provides, with raspberry, black cherry, grape, vanilla, and toasted oak all adding really nice tones to the base beer. It's well balanced and incredibly complex.

This is smooth, and very thick, with a creamy mouthfeel and a lower level of carbonation.

I don't usually comment on price in reviews, but I kind of have to here, as this beer was absurdly expensive- I spent $39 on this beer. I'm not entirely sure it's worth that, but that doesn't affect the rating here at all. If it was more like $25-$30, I'd buy much more of it. It's really quite tasty.

Jul 03, 2018
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle

Pours pitch black with a lasting brown creamy foam head. Smells like jammy berries, blueberry, raspberry, cherry, strawberry, blackberry, big black grapes laying over waves of thick fudgy smoky dark chocolate and coffee, rich caramel, molasses, oak, a hint of vanilla with slight earthy herbal hops to balance. Nice smoked meaty flavor with smooth rich red wine and dark chocolate coffee notes lingering into rich caramel notes, molasses, dark toffee, oak, some vanilla, paired with the rich berry fruit taste from the wine, raspberry, blueberry, cherries, strawberry, blackberry, rich black grapes, and earthy herbal hops. Feels medium full bodied, thick, oily, slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great red wine barrel aged imperial stout.

Oct 07, 2018
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from the interwebs somewhere. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Brewed at Westbrook
Aged in Red Wine Barrels

APPEARANCE: Pours our syrupy clear black and yields a two finger, medium looking, fizzy, dark tan head with good retention. Black body with some carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a full, thick, creamy cap, then down to a splotchy, swirly ring and wisp. Ring remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass as it empties. Good looking stout though the head is a bit fizzier than ideal.

SMELL: Lots of red wine on this one. Oak, milk chocolate, vanilla cream, dark fruits with lots of grapes and dates, as well as hints of coffee on the nose. Lots of red wine barrel but stout is still there.

TASTE: Red wine character, with oak, vanilla cream and milk chocolate sweetness, sweet dark fruits and some alcohol at the swallow. Bold and flavorful for sure. Big finish of red wine, port, dark fruity sweetness, milk chocolate and vanilla cream, some bitter coffee flavors, fudge, as well as some booze linger on the palate. Really flavorful.

PALATE: Fuller body and medium carbonation. Thick and plenty of weight, creamy and silky on the palate, goes down smooth and with a decent burn and finishes quite sticky. Some solid heat lingers. Excellent feel.

OVERALL: This is really good. I’m a huge fan of this beer and this rendition is nothing less than stellar. It’s big, black and menacing, with a thick, syrupy feel and lots of stout and red wine character all over the place. This is just the kind of concoction that gets me out of bed in the morning. Heck, I’d probably rise from the dead if this were dangling before my nose. I’d bet that if Jesus were around today, he’d approve, and maybe even come back early for it. His biggest fan Paul would approve as well. That dude Thomas might be skeptical and want to have better evidence besides my anecdotal claims, and I wouldn’t blame him, but I have reasonable confidence that after the first sip, he’d be a believer too. Highly recommended stuff.

May 09, 2020
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captainkrad from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 24, 2019
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Ristaccia from Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 31, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Total Wine & More, West Hartford, CT
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a super thick and vicious, motor oil-like dark brown/black hue with absolutely no head nor any lacing.
Shimmery in the glass. The liquid appeared completely still, although I later discovered it was not.

The aroma was very unique and contained big umami notes. A briny, slightly vegetal quality was immediately noticeable. Olives came to mind. Perhaps some soy sauce too. Malty and fairly roasty. Smoky. Subtle oxidative notes were also apparent. Bit of sweetness. Some dark fruits and red wine too. Charred raisins perhaps. Fairly boozy. Bit of woody, oaky barrel. As the beer sat, the brinyness subsided and the dark fruit and red wine notes intensified.

The flavor profile was similar, but the red wine was slightly more noticeable here. Malty and robust up front. Quite roasty, smoky and meaty. Moderate amount of brown sugar sweetness. Oaky red wine notes appeared in the center. Some dark fruits too. Like the nose, charred raisins came to mind. The roast intensified as the beer moved along the palate. More booze, roast and dry oaky barrel on the back end and in the finish.

The mouthfeel was thick and syrupy. Nearly full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, subtle effervescence that turned creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. After a few sips, I could feel the sugars in the beer depositing a sticky film on my lips.

Is this Evil Twin’s best beer? Definitely not. Was it worth $36? Probably not. Was it a fun and interesting experience? For sure.

Jan 13, 2019
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 13, 2019
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pkalix from California

4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 17, 2018
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fehrminator from North Carolina

3.31/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

This was a waste of good wine barrels. The smokiness of the malt just doesn’t work with the vinous flavors from the Harlan’s. Interesting beer but ultimately below average for the style and not worth the $.

Apr 28, 2018
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Falcon91Wolvrn03 from California

4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really love the Even More Jesus beers - they are among my all time favorites. This one sounded interesting, especially aged in Harlan barrels, as Harlan is not a cheap wine.

Appearance – Pitch black with a dark chocolaty foamy head. The head dissipates quickly to a thin layer that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell – The wine is definitely noticeable. Wine, chocolate, molasses, coffee, and a hint of cherry. It's quite good, though the wine gives it a slight hint of sourness which is odd for a stout.

Taste – Wine, molasses, and chocolate. Slightly sour, but good.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, somewhat syrupy, lightly carbonated, and smooth.

Drinkability – A very nice stout. I like this more than I expected, though I'm not sure wine is the best complement to stout.

Feb 15, 2019
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mmcurran from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 05, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, fudge, toasted oak, red grape/wine, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of licorice, leather, tobacco, smoke, char, herbal, grass, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and red wine barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, fudge, toasted oak, red grape/wine, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of licorice, leather, tobacco, smoke, char, herbal, grass, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, fudge, toasted oak, red grape/wine, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, dark/brown bread, licorice, leather, tobacco, light smoke/char, herbal, grass, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and red wine barrel flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Light slickness, sticky hops, chalky roast, wine/oak tannins, and increasing dryness. Mildly warming alcohol for 12%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic wine barrel aged imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and red wine barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Perfect balance/integration of the rich base beer malt complexity and red wine barrels. Not overwhelming on the barrel as far as the dark fruits/tannins go. I felt the Cognac Jesus was far more tannic on the barrels for the similarity. Softer and not as bitter/charred as the base beer. Not as amazing as the base beer as expected, but still really impressive. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jul 07, 2018
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ummswimmin from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 17, 2019
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rcjennings from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 29, 2018
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jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania

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

Sep 11, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color with brown head. Aroma is really wood forward with roasted malt and dark fruits, mostly raspberry and blackberry jam. Taste is fruity, roasty, jammy, woody, quite bitter but overall well balanced. Full bodied with soft mouthfeel. Really well balanced imperial stout.

Nov 20, 2018
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Zonian1 from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 19, 2018
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JakerLou from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 22, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You've heard of Jesus turning water into wine, now try out wine barrels into beer! It is miraculous how richly good this stout took to the red wine, really fine quality. Has dark fruits, caramel and chocolate malts as support, while the red grapes, boozy wine and smoky wood star in a rewarding fashion. Thick, robust, yet acidic and dryly sweet on the finish.

Oct 09, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a motor oil black with a very thin tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts and red wine barrels.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, raspberries, blackberries, prunes and oak.

M - medium body with medium/low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with nice soft finish.

O - This definetly exceeded my expectations. The flavors are well balanced and the alcohol well hidden. Highly recommended.

Feb 03, 2019
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Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 19, 2018
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22Blue from Kansas

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

Feb 07, 2019
Harlan’s Even More Jesus from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 42 ratings