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Evil Twin Aún Más A JesúsEvil Twin Aún Más A Jesús

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Companyia Cervesera del Montseny SLL, Catalunya, Spain.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.37/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle shared by Chris. Thanks.

Pours a dark black with a dark mocha head. Smokey, peaty aroma of ash, dark chocolate, roast, and char. Flavor starts with a mild chocolate and roast malt presence before descending into the depths of char and smoke, burnt coffee and powder. Viscous, thick body with soft carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not for me.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Currently #34 in the New York state Top 100 beers list.

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with unbranded black pry-off crown cap. Black and gold label design.

12% ABV. "Imperial stout."

HEAD: Barely any. A dark tan head - .25cm high - which recedes inside 1 minute, leaving no lacing. Thin and weak, but it's excusable at 12% ABV.

BODY: Opaque solid black, with an obvious viscosity. The label's claims of a "thick fudge-like body" are exaggerated but not far off. No yeast or sediment can be seen within.

AROMA: Burnt sugars, char, dark malts, schwarz malts, chocolate specialty malts, cocoa powder, buried roasted barley bitterness, acrid burnt toast. A blip of caramelized walnut. A hint of sherry.

Aromatic intensity is muted. This isn't the big bold aroma you might expect of a 12% imperial stout, but the balance of chocolatey sweetness and burnt bitterness is enough to intrigue me.

No overt hoppy or yeasty notes. No off-notes or overt booze.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The burnt sugars/char coupled with the roasted barley presence gives this a bitter edge - especially on the back end - balancing out the prominent malt backbone (comprised of black/schwarz malt, dark malts, and specialty chocolate malt). Caramelized walnut comes to mind, but it's pretty faint. A blip of sherry, possibly even fennel. A kiss of cocoa powder. Decadent chili skin in the third act helps distance this one from the pack, but its absence of accompanying heat is a missed opportunity.

Really faint suggestions of cherry, raisin, and vinous notes. Reticent herbal hop notes. Nougat. A hint of red wine/sherry. It nods towards dessert port without committing.

Where this really lacks is in terms of depth of flavour; each note is faint to the point of reticence, coming off shallow. But there's a fair amount happening in this imperial stout, and it feels like the base for a great barrel aged imperial stout (I'm thinking this would do wonderfully in port barrels). While balanced, it doesn't really commit fully to its flavours and lacks expressiveness and depth as a result. Flavour intensity and duration are apt, however.

Thick, full-bodied, and chewy, with a dessert-like filling presence on the palate. Weighty, full, and heavy. Well-carbonated. Slightly syrupy.

OVERALL: A competent imperial stout but far from dazzling, Aún Más A Jesús is tasty stuff that nevertheless needs to commit more to its tastes. I'm glad I tried it once, but at this price I did hope for better - especially given the high quality of many of Evil Twin's other imperial stouts. This might be heaven after some barrel aging, but as-is it's lacking in terms of depth of flavour and basic expressiveness, coming off closed-off. I wouldn't buy it a second time, but it's enjoyable enough and if offered at a better price I might buy it by the six-pack.

B- (3.39) / WORTHY

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Photo of teromous
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black body with a very thin dark brown head the color of chocolate milk.

Aroma: There is a bit of an acrid burnt wood aroma and a touch of coffee. the aroma is so subdued that I nearly buried my nose in the beer trying to pick up any scent.

Taste: I get a lot of burnt charcoal flavor with a bit of earthy espresso character. There is quite a bit of pine flavor with a bit of mint in there as well. The overall flavor character of this beer is dark with roasted earthy woody charcoal character. Don't expect a lot of coffee character from this beer, and there is no chocolate character.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is the crowning achievement on this beer (for better or worse) with a very thick and creamy mouthfeel. It is a bit like taking a bite of heavy mousse. It not only coats the palate but overwhelms it.

Overall: It's a good beer if you're looking for that dark roasted charcoal and woody pine character. If you're looking for something that accents the coffee, chocolate, or other sweet and pleasant malt characters you won't find it here. That obviously doesn't make this a bad beer but it's important to note. If you take your coffee black, burn your popcorn a bit, and like a really thick char on your steak then you will enjoy this beer. The mouthfeel on this beer is amazing. It is a thick rich coating blanket. It was a good beer to drink once.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark brown almost black body with tan head

Smell - molasses, dark chocolate, roasted malts

Taste - molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco, caramel

Mouthfeel - thin for an imperial stout, lower level of carbonation, roasted feel upfront, bitter and ashy on the back end

Overall - this is a middle of the road representation of the style, flavors seem muddled and the body is thin for an imperial stout. Disappointing. At the price point, there will not be a re-visit.

Price Point - $ 6.99 /11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of Damian
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

Spectacular appearance. The viscous, pitch black, ominous looking liquid was capped by tight, creamy, bubbly, two-finger tall, mocha-colored plume. Amazing for any beer, never mind one that clocks in at 12% ABV. Tons of drippy lacing along the glass. The crown slowly dropped to a thick, bubbly mass of froth.

The aroma was solid. Some smoky, peaty notes were a bit of a surprise initially. Tons of deep, dark, charred malts. Quite ashy. Slight chalky yeast presence. Perhaps I had Scotch on my mind, but I also seemed to pick up some salty notes as well. Good dose of bakers chocolate. This reminded me a bit of burnt brownies. As the beer warmed, the nose turned sweeter. Brown sugar and raisins were noticeable.

Super roasty, charred malts dominated the flavor profile as well. Smoky. Peat smoked malts were apparent. Slightly salty. Hints of day-old espresso in the center. Somewhat woody as well. The finish was bitter and dry with subtle earthy hop notes. Like the nose, the flavor profile turned sweeter with time. Dark fruits were noticeable. Quite raisiny with a touch of brown sugar as well. Although not nearly as smoky or as peaty, I definitely saw similarities between this and Auld Yin, Evil Twin's Scotch barrel-aged imperial stout.

The mouthfeel was moderately thick and slick. Smooth on the palate with an ultra fine and mild carbonation. Almost a touch flat.

Flavor-wise, the most impressive aspect of Aún Más A Jesús was how well well it hid its high ABV. Although I can see many people liking this beer, it was far too ashy and bitter for my palate. Also, at $11 a bottle, there are numerous better options available.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours black and opaque, without any bubbles or head. Nose is chocolate and rich malt. The malt has a subtle burnt edge on the nose but is is not in your face with char. A moment of dark fruit shows itself there by contrast. smells fudgy. Taste is smooth as silk with no abv on the palate at all for 12 percent. There is a slight warmth as this one goes to the finish st first and then none. The burnt dryness of the malt takes your palate first and then it rolls over your tongue creamy and with lots of richness and chocolate flavor. The alcohol lends a bit of sweetness, the hops are earthy. Finishes balanced, smooth and dry. However there are no bubbles at all. Even without them the beer drinks so well.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pitch black. It slides into the glass like the sneakiest of cat burglars at night. This one is so black it makes dark look light. Half a finger of a caramel color head.

S- Raw coffee, vanilla, and hints of chocolate rolls on a roasted malt backbone.

T- A mix of espresso, chocolate, and smokey, charred notes. The roasted character is quite strong as it borders on astringency. I love the fudge-like start, but the finish is somewhat of a let down.

M- This aspect is so damn impressive. You can cut this baby with a knife. Very little alcohol detected at 12%.

O- Not bad overall. Few stouts are this impressive in the look and feel. The taste isn't bad either.

$9 for 11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of Kratman
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chili peppers HUGE in this stout. If a heavy chili pepper presence is you this the this is definetly the brew for you. have a hard time recognizing the coffee or vanilla.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

alright, let's keep in mind the price point here...

A - nice dark brown black opaque beer that has a big mocha head that leaves great lacing on the glass. I can't possibly knock it for this.
S - roasty, dark chocolate, creaminess, coffee
t - roasty, dark chocolate, creamy, coffee, an almost smokiness to it, bitterness from the roasted malts.
m - actually medium - heavy mouthfeel, alc is completely covered at 12%, aftertaste is roastiness and dark chocolate
o - this is where I start to get annoyed with this one. Tastes a whole lot like Founders Imperial Stout. The price for one bottle of this is about the same as a four pack of FIS. Why would I buy this over Founders Imperial Stout, and more so, why would I buy this over Bell's Expedition stout? I wouldn't. Won't buy again - if this cost 8-9 bucks a four pack like Old Raspy i'd consider it, but at 8 bucks a 12 oz hell no.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is nice and dense, not Cigar City dense, but for sure on the thicker end of the spectrum. thick brown colored head.
The nose is roasty with some sweet chocolate, a dose of vanilla, and you heard it here first, campfire toasted marshmellow. All the kids will be noting smores from here on.
Some componants of the flavor are awesome, the rich silky chocolate with a coffee tone to it, and a powdered chocolate with campfire smoked marshmellows. pretty nice all around if you dig a hint of smoke, it is a low contribution in the overall scheme of flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium all around, i expected it to feel denser, but it does not.

Good beer with a high price.

3/C = Average

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Not much head. Thin mocha collar. Glass staining. Great body.

Smell - Molasses and bucket of black patent malt. Definite alcohol presence. Slightly fruity.

Taste - Sweet and boozy up front. Less roast. More caramel. Sharp alcohol bite in the finish. Some chocolate and alcohol blended together in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Medium bodied. Slightly acidic.

Overall - I remember enjoying Even More Jesus a lot more than this. Missing some of the roast I remember.

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Photo of oline73
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a black color with a half finger of thick tan head. The head sticks around quite nicely while you drink this one. The smell is full of intense roasted malt with a dark fruit note underneath. There are some hops in the nose, but the roast definitely dominates. The intense roast carries over to the taste, which seems to be normal for Evil Twin stouts. The hops combine with the roast to create an intense bitterness. The chili heat shows up in the back end of the sip. The body is on the thick side with smooth, tingly carbonation. I liked this more than I remember liking the base beer. The peppers made this one more interesting. I'd have more if the situation arose.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

wasnt overly impressed with this one. yes, it looked sexy on the pour - great roasty notes of dark malts, coffee & chocolate on the nose. bitter espresso and dark malts on the palate. feel is a bit thinner than I would like for the style, and especially given the fact that the alcohol is a bit noticeable - slightly watery texture with an alcohol burn is enough to turn me off from an imperial stout... and in this case especially so, because i didnt get any sweet notes to provide balance. all and all I think this beer is a bit of a mess and although it looked and smelled nice, it doesnt hold a candlestick to the imperial stouts that i would consider top notch. not the first time ive been let down by an evil twin stout, starting to think these guys are highly over rated. I would avoid this one, despite the availability and shiny packing, its not worth it.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So is this supposed to be the Spanish version of EMJ? Let's find out! 330 cl bottle into a snifter.

A - Black black. No light whatsoever. Very small head, but it was a dark brown color - one of the darkest I've seen. Lovely.

N - Extremely roasty - one of the roastiest I've smelled. Not much else, just roast.

T - Yeah, pretty much the same as the nose. It's 100% roast, and that is not at all a bad thing. This is far from complex, however. It's a straight up, in your face, no foolin' around imperial stout.

M - It's not thin, but the liquid is somewhat lifeless in the mouth. I expected more frothing and carbonation. Really not much doing here.

O - For me it's not quite up there with EMJ, but it's absolutely an excellent beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Portion of a 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. From two day old notes.

A: Pours a pitch black color. It definitely has a good thickness coming out of the bottle. Sadly, there isn't much head at all...maybe a thin tan-colored film.

S: Very whiskey forward. I'm not sure it's barrel-aged - don't think so - but that tone is unmistakable here. Allowing it to open up will reveal chocolate, molasses, char, dark fruits, oak, and smoke. The aroma has good complexity, I must say.

T: The sweetish whiskey opening turns to a charred smokiness on the midtaste. The finish is fruity and chocolaty, with good length. My only real complaint is that it's not really complex, especially next to the aroma. Still, it's got superbly hidden alcohol and a very enjoyable flavor profile regardless.

M: The long finish is loaded with whiskey qualities, yet without any discernible heat. Certainly nothing to suggest it's 12%. Its thickness is medium, enough to give it good drinkability without feeling insubstantial, and the rounded, soft texture fits it flavor profile to a T.

O: A super-solid imperial stout that, by proxy, is the best Spanish beer I've ever had. Okay, it's the only one really, but are you gonna be the one to suggest that Estrella Damm is superior to this?

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Photo of PVMT
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From an undated (?) bottle poured into a snifter. Jet black with a thin, quickly dissipating head. Nose is slighly chocolately, taste trends toward the burnt side of stouts. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering and adds to the mouthfeel. A decent, better-than-average stout, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku (semi-proper!). Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, wood, dark chocolate, sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, roasted malt, caramel, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and earth. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. There was quite a bit going on in this one as far as robustness and complexity. I have had the other version of this in the past and this one compares pretty well. This one actually might be a little more robust on the dark chocolate aspect. While this is definitely a heavy hitter on the ABV aspect the other flavors going on here definitely do a good job of masking some of it, but doesn’t completely. A really well done brew that I’m glad I got the chance to try.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter from a 11.2 ounce bottle. This would be an expensive bomber.

A- Pours oh so viscous. Engine oil. Dark khaki, mocha-colored head. Foamy and thick before receding to a sticky lace over the pitch-black body. Quintessential Evil Twin (with special thanks to all the breweries they brew at). 5

Smells of dark cherries and prunes and boozy chocolate. Some sort of wine or sherry property too. Smells a lot like many of their other beers, which is good, but at some point I gotta cry foul. Is this just the same beer by a different name and packaging as so many other ET imperial stouts? 4

Burnt roast finish... First thing I notice. Dark cherries and sweet, caramelized malts are up front. A touch of boozy flavor that stick to the sweeter flavors. Throughout the palate there are subtle notes of coffee that eventually settle and chill on the palate. 4

Thick-bodied, viscous, and at times syrupy, this beer borders on a digestif. The finish is roast, a bit of burnt feel and bitterness. The brew lingers as a liquor would. 4

Expensive, indistinguishable from other ET imperial stouts, and yet a bit boozier perhaps. Good but far from worth the price.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Menacing looking. Pitch black with a medium-brown head. The nose is very hoppy -- dark and spicy; almost burns the nostrils at first. Some sweet cherry and a bit of coffee behind it. Flavor is surprisingly tame for the high ABV and aroma. But it's a wonderful burnt toast in the front and dark fruit preserves in the back. The beginning and end are acrid -- moreso maybe than any other beer I've tried -- but the middle tongue is soft and sugary. Light carbonation.

A unique experience, worth trying once in a while.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with slight dark tan foam. Very little carbination. Nose id coffee cacao bean and sweet moca. Very full and smooth mouth feel - VISCOSITY baby. Big chocolate hit and then the cacao nib hits along with the coffee. Super long finish. As it warms I get a charred taste sort of like a blackend fish crossed with some molasses. Very nice. Alcohol is very well integrated not feeling the heat. Had a KBS last night and while this is not as good, it's still solid.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black, very thick and viscous looking, produces a thin chocolate colored head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Roasty aroma, coffee and chocolate, also a very considerable earthy, peat/tobacco aroma, very interesting.

T- Big coffee and roast bitterness, chocolate sweetness, some char and booze.

M- Full-bodied, thick, viscous and velvety.

O- A solid stout, very easy drinking for 12%, it's a bit pricey, but probable still worth checking out.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with khaki head and no lace at all. Roasted, even coffeeish, aroma with touch of chocolate in smell. Smooth and silky yet sticky and sweet, balanced between roasted malts and a milk chocolate presence and at times it even seems to have touch of dark fruit like raisin or plum. Slightly dry finish with well hidden abv and very enjoyable.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I allowed this beer 1/2 an hour warming from fridge temp.
The beer pours a motor oil black with a thin blanketing of dark tan head that fades into a thin halo with modest lacing. The nose is very potent and distinct of slightly roasty malts, ethanol, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Seriously, it has a very pungent nose. The taste is relatively malty and sweet upfront with a pleasantly roasty, boozy afterburn. Honestly, I can't say I've had many imperial stouts quite like this beer. The mouthfeel is thick and malty, sweet, with a slight bitter chocolate roastiness in the finish. Pungent, interesting flavors and a big ethanol burn make this an evening sipper. I'm glad to try this beer and think it provides a relatively distinct alternative to most american made imperial stouts...although at a price.

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Photo of halo3one
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - black, no froth, almost no lacing at all

S - toffee, sweet, hint of coffee, cherry

T - charcoal, tar, espresso, dark chocolate, finishes with tobacco

M - smooth, heavy, low carbonation

O - blue collar man's beer, thick, heavy, bring a cigar and enjoy

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Photo of Sammy
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Premier Gourmet. Incredible imperial stout. The aroma is mostly chocolate malty and it is irresistible. Black fudge appearance, with 1/4" retained head. Smooth as silk, long roast chocolate finish. Great drinkability. Alcohol well hidden. Excellent.

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