Aún Más Café Jesús | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
On a pilgrimage for immortal craft beer we tripped on these heavenly coffee beans - threw them in and created damn good aromas, a thick fudge-like body, pitch black color and obviously only made in limited amounts. And the taste.... furthermore jesus!

Produced and bottled by Evil Twin Brewing at Cervesa del MONTSENY Sant Miguel de Balenyà, Barcelona, Spain.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Really excited to try this; expectations are high. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with straightforward basic label art and standard unbranded pry-off cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $9.99 USD and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 12% ABV confirmed per the label. Imported by Twelve Percent LLC - whom I'm happy to give my money to unlike the Shelton Bastards. Produced and bottled by Evil Twin at Cervesa del Montseny Sant Miquel de Balenya, Barcelona, Spain.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

As I poured, a chunk of yeast fell into the beer. Glad to see it's bottle conditioned, but I wish I could have kept the yeast aside given the style.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of great rich tan colour. Good thickness and creaminess. Light supple lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good considering the high ABV - about 3 minutes. But this is only above average in general. Nice soft complexion.

Body colour is a solid opaque dark black; not quite a jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's a good appearance for the style. Not a unique one by any means. No flaws are overt.

Sm: Char, mocha, coffee, milk chocolate, chocolate malt, dark malts, burnt character, and some buried roasted barley. The roast really needs to be amped up, and much to my disappointment I don't get any roast from the coffee. Indeed, the coffee notes are nowhere near as evocative as in the best beers of the style that feature coffee; no rich java, bitter coffee bean, rich roast, etc. Just plain ole coffee grounds. Fudge. Marshmallow. Molasses. Caramel. Not much cream here. No yeast character or hop profile is detectable, nor is any alcohol. By no means a boozy or hot aroma. Above average to mild in strength. Quite approachable for the high ABV. I'm excited to try it.

T: Quite assertive, with some bitter coffee grounds on one end of the flavour profile and sweet marshmallow with syrupy caramel notes on the other. Body is comprised of chocolate malt and dark malts. Coffee bitterness approaches acridity. Zero coffee roast. A middling hint of roasted barley; nowhere near enough. I do get some alcohol on the finish, but it's not boozy or fusel hot; it's a pleasant warming sensation. Light burnt and charred notes here. The sweetness/bitterness ebbs throughout, never quite feeling consistent. It's not a gestalt beer, but the balance is okay. There's nothing egregiously wrong with it. No off flavours or anything. Still, it's quite timid for a coffee imperial stout and never commits to its coffee notes - which might be a good thing, because they don't seem that interesting anyway. There's a lot going on here, but it's not subtly managed or particularly well executed. Somewhat messy, but still somehow a bit cohesive. Bad ampitude. I do like it in a general sense.

Flavour intensity is high. Depth of flavour is average for the style. Duration of flavour is above average. No yeast character or hop profile comes through.

Mf: Sticky, chewy, smooth, and wet. Slightly overcarbonated. Has a lightly gooey creamy feel. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. I could use a bit more dryness and coarseness, less stickiness, and more creaminess. Not oily, hot, harsh, biting, or gushed. Definitely more aggressive than it needs to be. Full-bodied.

Dr: Hides its ABV decently well. I do like it, but by no means is it worth its hefty pricetag. I wouldn't get it again even at half its price. A nice attempt at a coffee imperial stout from Evil Twin, but ultimately it falls short of the greats in the style. In some respects, this is due to the ingredients; the coffee selected just lacks character and the malting wasn't horribly impressive. It's drinkable - especially for the ABV - just not that quality. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, but I'm glad I got to try it.

If we're running comparisons, this can't hold a candle to Imperial Biscotti Break.


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Photo of Dope
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours pitch black with a huge and very dense dark brown head. Head fades quite slowly, leaving pretty substantial lacing behind. Great head retention.

S: Mild coffee with a decent bit of char. Bittersweet chocolate. Has an indistinct aroma that I can't quite describe properly. Kinda reminds me of chicory but not quite.

T: Decent coffee up front with lots of chocolate. Interestingly bitter, especially on the back end, probably the coffee and more bitter chocolate. Surprisingly bitter here given the 12% ABV. Almost a welcome surprise, most big stouts this strong are hugely sweet. Sharp coffee and baker's chocolate lingers between sips.

M: Heavy but not overly so. Thick.

O: Nice beer, I like the coffee addition. Not quite as good as regular Even More Jesus. Even More Jesus was like drinking brownie batter, sweeter, thicker and more viscous. This has the additional complexity of coffee which is nice, but is almost hugely bitter (reminds me of a fresh Expedition stout but not as good). Not quite as good a mouthfeel either. Still a delicious beer, just hard to reach the heights of the regular Even More Jesus. Great bitter coffee and chocolate flavors, if that's your style.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which has a little retention. The head is dark beige with swirls of chocolate and hints of purple while the body is a opaque dark chocolate black. Scant lacing. This is one pretty looking beer.

Nose- Lots of coffee and chocolate from the bottle. No chocolate and a weaker roasted/coffee note from the glass. Some swirling brings out some chocolate and some noticeable raisin that was merely alluded to by the bottle. Shows lots of promise. Some oakiness comes out on the nose after a while.

Taste- Coffee and roasted notes are the first flavors to appear followed by some woodiness and deep chocolate. Some raisin but this is very much a coffee stout. The alcohol is masked fairly well but does make my gums tingle. There some fudge/brownie notes to this beer. It is not surprising that this would make a good desert beer. Some cherry notes come out as well. Very balanced with lots of presence. My only real criticism is that I would like to see more of the other flavor notes in contrast to the coffee. Nevertheless, this is a solid coffee stout. This is some oak which blends with the coffee of the finish.

Mouthfeel- Thick and rich. Somewhat gritty with a minor amount of carbonation. Lots of body.

Drinkability- I suppose that it's a positive that this is 10 bucks a pop because the heat fades into the coffee and this becomes a dangerous beer. On the other hand, it is 10 bucks for a 11.2 oz bottle. It would be very hard for me to pull the trigger on this again when I could purchase a bomber of Stone's Espresso IRS for 7 bucks.

Overall- A damn fine beer that is worth throwing down a Jackson just to try it. Not the best imperial stout I've had by any means but still quite enjoyable. Imperial Biscotti Break is just a smidge better than this beer. A- with inclinations toward A.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into HF "fest" sherry glass.

A- Pours an opaque jet black with about a quarter finger of fairly thick creamy mocha brown head that has about average retention but recedes to a flat almost creamy looking top that leaves some thin layered lacing.

S- Aromas of dark creamy chocolate fudge, lactose sugars, molasses, and coffee. Slightly above average aroma strength with nice pleasant aromas for a stout.

T- Dark chocolate fudge and bitter coffee greet the palate, followed by more of a roasty slightly hazlenut coffee balanced with baker's chocolate, finishes with more coffee and cocoa powder.

M- Rich, creamy, velvety, alcohol almost non-existent, very easy to drink. Exactly how a 12% stout should feel.

O- Even More Jesus is easily one of my favorite high ABV stouts- the rich, creamy mouthfeel and delectable chocolate fudge tastes are almost unparalleled. The addition of coffee adds a nice uniqueness to the beer that complements nicely but I wouldn't necessarily say it improves the beer that much. If this beer was cheaper (I think it was just over $10/11.2oz bottle) I would probably drink it all the time, but at that price it is more of a rare but enjoyable treat.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is gorgeous. It's jet black and bars the faintest trace of light from escaping. The head is massive, tan, and lasts quite long for such a high ABV beer. The nose carries both the burnt, roasted char notes of a Russian Imperial Stout and the coffee notes promised by the brewer, though they are not as intense as I anticipated (or hoped for). There's also a very faint trace of booziness on the nose as well, but it doesn't detract at all.

Wowee!!! Full body, fantastic flavor, and a wonderfully creamy, silky feel. The bitter and sweet flavors collide in your mouth right from the get-go. There's none of that ``well it's sweet up front and bitter in back'' nonsense. These flavors don't file in an orderly fashion. It's all about the contrast of big roasty notes going toe-to-toe with achingly bitter roasted malt and coffee. The coffee flavors are really good in this beer too (though not quite as good as in KBS). They tend toward the rich, high quality, chocolatey coffee flavors instead of the bitter, grassy ``cold coffee'' flavors. Nice dry finish and extremely drinkable for such high ABV. I don't get much booziness at all, just the slightest trace of warmth in the back of the mouth.

This might be the best coffee stout I've had not named KBS. The balance between sweet malt and bitter roast is outstanding, and the coffee flavor is superb. My only complaints are the price (though it's still worth it) and that I'd like to have even more of that rich coffee flavor (yes, I'm crazy). This is an awesome beer.

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Photo of SFC21
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish tint. Mocha colored head recedes quickly to a thin top layer.

Oddly this doesn't smell the way I would expect a coffee stout to smell. I get a lot of fruity, bubblegum Belgian notes. I almost have to strain to get the stout and coffee notes.

Okay, that is more like it. Taste is of bitter bakers chocolate, dark roasted coffee, black licorice.

Mouthfeel is nice, full bodied but not as viscous as many imperial stouts.

Overall a very nice beer. I enjoyed it but not sure if I would pay $10 for a 12oz bottle again.

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Photo of popery
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. There's a little brown at the edges. Heavy light brown head, a blanket of fine bubbles. The liquid appears thick and leaves a slick coating on the glass with each swirl. It doesn't quite have legs, but we're in the ballpark. No lacing, but it's not exactly expected. The aroma is dark chocolate and caramel wrapped around fancy, fruity coffee beans. It smells luxurious. I want to eat it in fudge form. There's a light vinous note, along with some blackberries, but this is a chocolate bomb with well integrated caramel and coffee. The taste is sweet without a hint of cloy. Tons of dark chocolate, perfectly integrated coffee. The coffee is fairly strong but never takes over or gets in the way of other flavors. Big molasses, blackberry, lighter chocolate, mocha. Very well hidden alcohol. Smooth, thick, rich feel. Velvety chocolate cake. Very well made beer. I continue to be impressed by Evil Twin's work in stouts. Fun to try something brewed in Spain.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Pours a pitch black color with over an inch of dark brown head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is very intriguing. Rich chocolate, smoke, pepper, cinnamon, and coffee of course. The taste is cocoa powder followed by coffee. Hints of smoke and cinnamon with some bitter dark chocolate at the end. Warming, very prominent alcohol presence throughout. Velvety, heavy mouthfeel. Solid Imperial Stout but the coffee flavor is a bit muted by the cocoa powder and alcohol flavors. Overall, its definitely good but I cannot justify paying $9.99 for another one. I enjoyed it but odds are I won't have it again.

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Photo of zac16125
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle into a snifter
no bottled on/ best before date

A: Pours a completely jet black, there isnt even browning when held to light, with 1 fingers width of mocha colored head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly, and leaves only a few spots of lacing.

S: A big roasted coffee aroma. Accompanying the coffee are notes of heavy cream, dark chocolate, roasted malt, an a somewhat unique salty aroma (almost like an oyster stout).

T: Coffee, milk and dark chocolate, roasted malt all come out strong. I also get heavy cream, an oaky barrel like character, some vanilla, hints of dark fruit, and an almost bourbon flavor. Very nice.

M/D: Silky smooth, full bodied and somewhat chewy, ABV is completely masked and drinkability is very good.

O: Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Very nice palate profile and a terrific mouthfeel. The coffee notes add a lot to this one. Im not sure its worth the price tag ($9.99, on sale from $11.49!), but its a very good beer.

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Photo of Gmann
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color with a small tight brown head and settles into a solid ring.

The aroma has a deep chocolate flavor, a mix of milk and dark chocolate. Subtle hints of cinnamon and hot pepper. Good overall roast aroma as well. Great chocolate aroma.

The flavor is of a big smooth chocolate flavor. Some dark chocolate bitterness. The chocolate is well paired with spice. Noticeable hot pepper spice with a very subtle cinnamon note. Good roasted malt flavor.

The feel is full bodied with soft carbonation. Sweet on the palate with chocolate but bitter as well. Some pepper heat as well as some belly burn from the abv.

Great chocolate brew with some heat. Nuff said.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark dark chocolate brown, near black. Nice finger of chocolate colored head, nice retention, fantastic lacing.

S - Smells absolutely amazing, roasty with tons of vanilla and sweet chocolate malts, semi earthy.

T - Lots of light but very roasty espresso, bakers chocolate, sweet vanilla, bitter cocoa and slightly earthy and smokey flavors. Almost a woody presence but that may just be alcohol, the alcohol is (relatively) very mild. Aftertaste is sweet chocolate and boozyness with a bit of espresso. Boozyness kind of steals the show on the aftertaste. Unlike most beers, the warmer it gets the more the other fantastic flavors are overpowered by boozyness. Still easy to drink but the flavor is mildly off-putting (compared to the flavors being covered up)

M - Super smooth but decently carbonated (especially at the back-end). Very drinkable - at 12% this is dangerous. Almost too carbonated at the finish. The combination of boozyness and/or carbonation at the finish is a little less than ideal

O - Fantastic BIG stout. Lots of strong/bold flavors that blend together extremely well and are very enjoyable to consume.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: motor oil-looking liquid in a large snifter; center-pour released a dense finger of mocha-colored foam. Collar and some stray surface foam left spare motes behind. The inside of the glass had an almost oily sheen.

S: roasted coffee, dark and sweet; dark roasty cocoa-ish malts; something herbal/medicinal and earthy, too

T: this is a smash-in-the-mouth beer - sweet malts forward, just drenching the palate with boozy, lush flavors of dark semi-sweet espresso, and wet, bitter, dark chocolate - there was a woodsy-ness to it that reminded me of the flavor an oak barrel might impart - probably just the alcohol asserting itself, but it made for a very dry, roasty clean-finishing taste

M: viscous, dense, full-bodied, some astringence up-front dries out on the finish; slightest chalky aftercoat like wet unsweetened cocoa powder

O: super brew. One-time release? This is one people are gonna wanna get their hands-on. It's a classy coffee stout with really bold flavors and great feel.

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Photo of suspect
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass.

A: Deep dark brown mostly black pour. Gentle pour leads to a big 3 finger khaki colored head that fades slowly leaving nice lacing.

S: Big roasted malts, dark chocolate fudge and some fresh roasted coffee beans.

T: Jesus this one is a big smooth creamy chocolatey brew filled with coffee, vanilla bean and tons of roasted barley.

M: Creamy, smooth, perfectly carbonated. No bite not bitter and the abv is completely hidden. Dangerous.

O: It's a good thing this one is expensive because if you're looking for a quick buzz with a shit ton of flavor, this is your beer. It's ANOTHER homerun for danish stouts.

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Photo of corysmith01
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Tørst in Brooklyn. As you might expect, jet black and lots of coffee on the nose. Moderate carbonation. Quite a bit of sweetness masking the ABV very well. This is one of those "must try" beers, so glad I was able enjoy it finally.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a jet black colored beer with a brown colored head on top. The head faded into just a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The smell of the beer is loaded with some serious dark coffee aromas, very rich and very roasted to say the least. The taste of the beer follows the nose quite well, the roasted coffee floods the taste buds and leaves a bitterness of dark chocolate in the aftertaste. It's a got a big taste to it for sure. The mouthfeel was pretty heavy, plenty of body to this as well as a decent amount of carbonation also. Overall it's a powerhouse of a beer, if you like strong coffee and dark beer you'll enjoy this one a lot.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. Bottled... recently, I think. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours oil black with almost two fingers of thick mocha head. Head fades to a thin cap that leaves pretty spots of lace.

Smells of sweet creamed coffee, fudge and a hint of vanilla. Yum.

Oh, wow! Bold, rich bittersweet creamed coffee, dark chocolate fudge, molasses, vanilla, faint cinnamon, some dark fruit and a healthy kick of alcohol. The heat meshes well with the rich blend of flavors. This is seriously good stuff.

Thick, heavy, creamy, tongue coating body with moderate carbonation. The booze gives a nice alcohol cooling effect. Rich, fudgey coffee finish.

Evil Twin does it again- this is a fantastic stout that I'd rank right up there with Imperial Biscotti Break. It exceeds on every level: it's gorgeous, smells very inviting, feels creamy thick and it's freakin delicious! Sure, it's a bit pricey but I'd happily pay it again for another bottle or two.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Tørst in NYC, served in a wine glass.

A- Pours black with an inch of brown, creamy head, leaves thick lacing.

S- Chocolate, caramel, some roast, as it warms the coffee really comes out, with a lot of surprisingly not-bitter espresso. This smells really great.

T- Similar to the aroma and the regular variant. Lots of molten dark chocolate and caramel, very thick, rich and chocolatey with a bit of roast. As it warms the espresso becomes much more noticeable.

M- Full-bodied, thick, creamy with a nice amount of boozy warmth on the finish.

O- I actually might prefer this to the regular Aun Mas a Jesus, which is already a great beer. Very, very tasty stuff.

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Photo of alk3kenny
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass nice milk chocolate colored thick head... Pitch black and thick this looks great... smell is of coffee and chocolate slightly sweet. Coffee is present nice not overpowering, slight sugary note on the back of the tongue like a semi sweet chocolate almost. Goes down smooth is this seriously 12% not boozy at all evil twin has outdone themselves here. Well above the normal price point that I usually shoot for but I'm not mad at it. Would share some more with friends.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 06/01/13 notes. Had an 8 oz. pour of this on tap at Tørst in Brooklyn, NY.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with half an inch of medium to dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of roasted malts, espresso, vanilla, coffee beans, milk chocolate and dark chocolate, oak, toasted malts, and burnt malts. tons of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla....a really awesome nose for a coffee stout.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, espresso, coffee rinds, toasted malts, burnt malts, lightly bitter hops, and light vanilla. great taste with a lot more dark chocolate and less vanilla. Not quite as great as the nose but really good.

m - Medium to full, thick body and low carbonation. Thick and chewy and smooth, it doesn't feel 12% abv, which is scary.

o - Overall I thought this was a great stout; this is probably my second favorite Evil Twin beer after their Imperial Biscotti Break. The nose is awesome with a ton of coffee and vanilla, and the mouthfeel is great. Was great to have it on tap at a decent price...hoping bottle don't cost too much as I'd love to get more of this one.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from an 11.2oz pry-off bottle to my Cigar City snifter; no bottling date, but this is a pretty new beer (like, within the last couple of months).

Appearance (3.75): About one finger of moderately tight, caramel-colored head comes off of the pour, capping a jet-black body. The head doesn’t stick around all that much, leaving just patches of thin film on the surface after it does down (relatively quickly), and leaves just a few wide, thin legs of lace here and there. Lacing and retention are minimal, but the rest is good.

Smell (4.25): Dark chocolate syrup mixed with malt syrup, equal parts caramel and molasses, mocha buttercream frosting, iced mocha coffee cake, etc. . . . and some moderate, slightly smoky roasted grain undercurrents. But the balance skews toward the mix of mocha frosting and dulce de leche, minus 60% of the sweetness. In short, baller.

Taste (4.5): SWEET JESUS. Dark, rich, roasted, syrupy malt character bearing caramel syrup, dark chocolate powder, espresso powder, toasted pumpernickel bread, brandied chocolate fruit cake, mocha icing, chocolate covered espresso beans, etc. . . . it starts off with coffee bitterness before quickly moving into that thick, lush, syrupy, roasted malt character that bears all the mocha icing, and rum-soaked cake, and finally the booze comes through and makes the chocolate-espresso character feel like it evaporates a bit on the back end.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Medium-full feeling, only moderately syrupy for how rich the flavor is, and a subtle carbonation that tingles all over and foams softly. It honestly finishes almost on the dry side, with all of the espresso and chocolate powder on the palate, boosted by the booze heat that does not burn—just lightens things up.

Overall (4.25): This is an excellent imperial stout, like really excellent. There’s a lot of complexity built into those chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors, and it stays relatively balanced (not too sweet, not too bitter, not too roasty). It also has a great feel, fitting for the style, and smooth. It’s a big beer, but hides its size and muscle relatively well. This is a great beer. Worth the price? I dunno, maybe once, but it’s certainly delicious and it makes me excited for the other big, dark beers from Evil Twin.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle split two ways into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with one finger of dark tan head. Average retention, great lacing.

S: Strong coffee and roast aroma on this beer. I also get a strong malted milk ball and a bit of dark chocolate.

T: Coffee is extremely well integrated into this stout. Dark chocolate and roast are now dominating with an underlying coffee flavor that is still fairly prominent. Burnt malts are quite extreme in this beer - it reminds me of overly burnt toast. Light caramel helps on the finish.

M: Very thick with low, creamy carbonation.

O: The coffee is well integrated into this beer. The burnt malts are pretty extreme with some less intense flavors to help balance. I enjoyed it, but I think the beer could be better balanced.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Evil Twin has figured out all-things-Stout. As this Spanish themed massive ale celebrates the lush, rich tastes of char.

As it opens with a motor oil-type consistency, its onyx black body reluctantly lets go of the mocha mousse that builds on top. Dense, creamy and thick- the ale continues to reinforce an ominous dark appearance, right down to its sticky broken rings of lace that trail in its wake.

Lead by straight up, dark-roast espresso, the nose is all about roasted barley and all the accompanying malt influences: smoky chocolate, campfire, roasted nuts, burnt toast and freshly roasted coffee beans. Backed by malty-sweet tastes of black-strap molasses, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream, there's a milkshake-like taste and texture that all the charred elements weave into. Brandy-like alcohols allow for a slight fruity twinge of ester and fusal taste rise in its infinite aftertaste.

Without question, the ale is full, chewy, viscous, and robust as it overtakes the mouth. Its incredible creamy weight is accented by marshmallowy carbonation and is only tempered by the sheer amount of acrid roast. As the beer garners as much of its balance from coffee-like bitterness as it does hop bitterness- this near ashy texture allows the beer's body to quiver slightly, and this is the only signal of closure that the Stout offers.

As the Stout exudes all things burned- its deep earthen coffee and mild smoke-ash character really sets it apart. Even with these elements kept in check, it is a complicated and challenged taste that's mean only for the most discerning of palates.

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Photo of random846
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Pitch black with milk chocolate colored head. Can't think of a way that it could look any better.

S - Expecting a bit more coffee aroma. Chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Coffee is significantly more present in the taste than the aroma. Coffee mixes nicely with the dark roasted malt flavors. For 12% there is hardly a hint of alcohol burn.

M - Rich, smooth, full bodied. Really quite excellent. Its a great desert beer

O - A massive coffee stout. Expensive (8.99 for 11.2oz) but definitely worth it.

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Aún Más Café Jesús from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 865 ratings