Double Barrel Bible Belt
Evil Twin Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
4.45 | pDev: 4.27%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Collaboration with Prairie Artisan Ales

Double barrel-aged imperial stout aged on caco nibs, chili peppers, vanilla beans & coffee.
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown, nearly void of color. Burnt sienna head that completely disappears. No lacing. No visible carbonation. Opaque.

The nose is loaded with dark fruit, including the brightness from raisins and the sweetness from dates, along with chocolate cake batter / chocolate icing. A soft, natural vanilla aroma. Some toasted coconut. There is some coffee, but it’s not the star of the show. A slightly earthy green chili pepper aroma and virtually no heat but for a smooth bourbon aroma.

The flavor is off the charts. Bitter and dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, chocolate covered raisins, and natural toasted coconut and vanilla. Not really getting much coffee, but I’m fine with that. A stout with great roast and char. A gentle, earthy and peppery heat that lingers softly through the finish. Love that aspect which really delivers here. For me that’s the kicker with this beer. It delivers perfectly on the heat

Low carbonation and medium - full bodied complements the flavor profile nicely. Sticky sweet on my lips.

Overall, this BBA stout is off the charts. Such a fantastically integrated beer where all the ingredients and treatments meld as one. A huge stout with additions that take it to the next level while making way for the roasty and full bodied stout to shine.

Aug 31, 2019
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22Blue from Kansas

4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle. Pours black with an average tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and malt. Taste is dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon barrel, and a bit of chili pepper. Very nice.

Jul 13, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from a 22 oz. bottle into a Prairie whiskey tumbler glass, this beer pours out like motor oil; pitch black and thick. It forms a thin, dark caramel colored crown that noisily dissipates quickly.

Before even having to put my nose in the glass, I smell dark fruit; raisins. Putting the glass to my nose brings more of it. A huge wave of dark fruit; raisins, dates, plums mixing with a slightly warm bourbon and a barrel aspect that is dry and leathery. It’s absolutely huge; however it is covering the adjuncts up at this point.

The taste comes in with a thick chocolate fudge before leaning into the dark fruit presence about halfway through. It also shows a little brown sugar presence to it. Leather shows up at the end with a char being present as well. The chili peppers might be detectable as a slight sting; but I think you could also mistake it for the burn of a high ABV, double barrel stout too. So peppers and chocolate do come through for me, however, the coffee is completely undetectable (which is always kind of the weakest adjunct in Bomb! to me) and the vanilla is only present as a overall sweetness (it wouldn’t be picked out if not noted)

The body is thick and full; fudge like, or reminiscent of cake batter. The finish is dry and slightly warm from the bourbon; which for the ABV and double barrel, I would guessed would be been warmer. Instead, it stays balanced while providing the barrel you hope for.

Overall, while I think I would enjoy a double barrel version of Bomb! more because of the base stout, this is a very enjoyful and solid brew and one that has the base to rightfully stand up to double barrel aging.

Mar 30, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt 6 fl oz bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a tulip

Inky, jet black appearance. The ominous looking body was capped by a saddle brown frothy film that quickly dissolved. No lacing or head retention whatsoever.

The aroma was rich and robust but lacked any of the adjunct qualities mentioned on the label. Malty and somewhat sweet with big bourbon and brown sugar notes. There was a very pleasant vanilla and coconut presence as well. Bit of cocoa powder. As the beer warmed, the aroma intensified, especially the bourbon character. The vanilla and coconut became especially punchy.

The flavor profile was solid but a bit one dimensional. Malty and robust. Roasted malts dominated. Touch of brown sugar sweetness. Bourbon notes appeared in the center and intensified as the beer moved along the palate. Slightly woody and dry. Touch of vanilla. Some dark fruit notes were also detectable. More roasted malt character on the back end and in the finish. Kiss of booze. Considering the ABV, however, this was shockingly smooth. Hint of lingering bitterness after the swallow.

Nice rich, fuller-bodied mouthfeel. Soft, creamy and slick on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence. Solid.

Coffee? Nope. Chili peppers? Negative. Cacao nibs? None to speak of. Double Barrel Bible Belt is an enjoyable beer but, with the exception of the vanilla, the adjuncts were practically undetectable. For $23, I was hoping for something pretty amazing, or least a beer that lived up to its description.

Mar 04, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As two of the stout making masters join forces with a taste that's shooting from both barrels as Evil Twin and Prairie breweries take the intense smoke, roast and marshmallow consistency of Even More Jesus and spice it with the coffee, vanilla, chili peppers and chocolate of Bomb. The complex saga should end right there, but a slumber in bourbon barrels adds a plethora of spice that's equally as rewarding for the tastebuds as it is its R.O.I.

Jet black and pouring like tar, Double Barrel Bible Belt carries the visual density of an ominous milkshake. Crowned with a frothy mocha whipped meringue, the robust scent opens with intense cocoa, espresso, walnut, whisky, brandy and a reckless waft of sticky char. And here comes the first supple sip that quickly skirts across the tongue with its lavish maltiness of blackstrap molasses, honey, dark chocolate and heavy whipping cream with an unapologetic battery of the tastebuds.

That sweetness ain't going anywhere as it swirls on the middle palate, picking up fruit complexities of cherry, grape, blackcurrant and the tar-like nature of prune and tobacco. The fruits drift into a cognac direction as the spice of coffee, cocoa and chili peppers balance the lingering sweetness and give a complement to the stone fruit and dried fruit. As the softness of vanilla and cream attempt to sooth the finish, bold and savory complexities of caramel, coconut and smoky char just add another layer of flavors as the late palate concludes.

Absurdly full on the palate, the beer is chocked full of culinary art and even its textures aren't immune to its complicated character. Spicy with a numbing sensation to battle the marshmallow sweetness, elements of acrid char, creaminess, vinous spice and powdery oak keep the tastebuds guessing with each and every sip, right down to a bitter, spicy, fruity and indefinite finish.

Feb 14, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with large khaki head that quickly dies and left no lace. Aroma has hints of chili but mainly chocolate fudge with hints of cinnamon. Thick beer, sticky, heavy chocolate although more like chocolate milkshake than chocolate bar (hints of lactic notes), with some light coffee, touches of vanilla bean and ends with boozy, chili heat that is mild. ABV is well-hidden and this is rather an easy drinking beer.

Feb 01, 2019
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AJMoran from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solid bourbon barrel stout. Less sweet, but the chili peppers are very subtle and not overpowering. Another plus is being 14% and not tasting boozy at all!

Jan 29, 2019
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.87/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Chili peppers, rich luscious chocolate, roasted coffee, creamy vanilla, caramel, oak, rich and raisiny complex smooth bourbon notes, nice thick mouthfeel

Jan 20, 2019
Double Barrel Bible Belt from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 17 ratings