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Jack's Abby / Evil Twin Jack's Evil BrewJack's Abby / Evil Twin Jack's Evil Brew

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bleeps on 12-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 244
Photo of Beersilio
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great example of this style. The smoothest and most pleasing of what can be a style not suited for everybody. Sweet with chocolate note and hints of coffee, Very smooth with no hoppy snap at the end.

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Photo of Chaz
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inky-black to the naked eye (cola brown when held up to direct light) with a medium tan head.

On the nose there's prominent notes of roasted malt, light cocoa, and some smoke. Equal parts sweet and tangy -- reminds me of a dark, bitter chocolate.

Sweet, with heavy milk-chocolate and lighter bitter cocoa on the first sip, just the lightest touch of tanginess and astringency toward the end. Dry-ish on the finish with something like a "chalk"-like texture in the resultant mouthfeel.

Not bad. Lighter in body than the label would suggest, but on par for the style for the most part. Granted also that this beer is now retired and thus an older bottle, but it's held up in the 'DBF' very well.

Pretty good overall.

Thanks to BA gory4d for the opportunity to finally try a Jack's Abby brew.

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Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smelled like a bowl of oatmeal. Dark, oaty, sweet. Aged for a year or so. I was socializing with friends while I was drinking it so I didn't feel like it was appropriate to excuse myself to delve nto my phone to write a review. That's the type of behavior that perpetuates a negative (read:hipster) image of us beer geeks amongst those who don't populate this site. Unfortunately, I don't remember all the nuances and flavor notes now that I have time to be on my phone. However, BA won't let me simply add the beer to my list in a manor that allows me to simply remember how much I liked it or not without writing a review. So here's the review... It would be nice to be able to use this site in whatever manor I choose. I've added over 600 beers to my list, and visit the site daily. I rate them in a way that allows me to keep track and remember my overall impression of it without having to major in English literature, especially when I'm with company- which is the best way to drink good beer-- and the worst for being sucked into your phone.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head holds as is, with sporadic slow-falling lace. Aroma is roasty and sweet.

Taste starts where the nose left off, sweet and malty through and through, balanced to the end. Very smooth mouthfeel, and drinkability is great. Would search out again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a rather unimpressive brew here considering the collaborators. a schwarzbier type, with a hit of smoke to the finish and a nice rich creamy feel that in typical jack abby fashion, hides the fact that its a lager really well. hazy soft brown, less black than the style usually shows, but sporting a tall cream colored head that has pretty good lasting power. the nose on this is smokey to me, slightly peppered, and only minimally roasty. so much more going on in the malt flavors than most of these beers. smoke mostly in the finish, stays subtle but quite evident. there is a dark baked bread middle to this, giving it a little richness and substance to the feel, before the lager yeast cleans up. some lingering grain not hop bitterness as it closes out. not bad and kind of interesting, but i just expect these two brewers to blow me away everytime, and this comes way short of that high mark. a totally drinkable and tasty beer though, just not up to the high bar they have both set.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle of uncertain bottling age. Thanks Andrew. Poured into a Darkness goblet 5/30/2014.

A- Dark cola brown body, two finger off-white head with very good retention. Thick collar, splotchly lacing.

S- Smoked malt, a bit of peat, crisp biscuity malt, cocoa. Smells good though not particularly forward in any one characteristic.

F- Peat, biscuit malt, cocoa, a good amount of smoke and nuttiness, pie crust. Sweet and nutty are the first two descriptors that come forward the most, then the smoke. Tasty and a decent example of the style, with a bit more of the cocoa than typical German examples.

M- Thinner bodied, not particularly thick but seems to be about right. Good carbonation. The aftertaste makes me think smoked walnut, but the finish leaves a strange roughness on my tongue, not quite resinous but quite a bit dry too. Something is off about this mouthfeel in my opinion, it leaves my palate a bit muddled.

O- Decent schwarzbier, just enough smokiness that you can conceivably call it a schwarzbier but it's not exactly meant to be a textbook example of the style, I would think. Still, it's not offensive and has an interesting flavour profile.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Great looking beer. Dark Coca Cola brown body with a lightly toasted marshmallow head. Ok retention and low lace.

S - Excellent nose. Soft roasted wheat, toasted Brazil nuts, bread crust, chocolate syrup, a little vanilla, and maybe just a touch of burnt brown sugar and nutmeg.

T - Smooth, soft, toasted bread with burnt edges. Dusty center. Semi-sweet finish with bitter cocoa nibs and bread crust.

M - Medium-light to style, but thins a little too quickly.

O - A great, superbly sessionable schwartzbier.

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Photo of maximum12
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Thanks to NYCBUCKEYE for this brew, the last remaining bottle from our trade that slipped behind a big 750ML & was lost for a while in the shadow. 500ML bottle.

Pour is a dark brown shading into light black, carbonation is slim. Despite making lots of disgusting sucking sounds, I get almost nothing from the aroma: maybe chocolate, maybe roast, maybe not.

Jack's Abby/Evil Twin Schwarzbier is the beer version of White Castle coffee. Light roastiness is offset by an anorexic mouthfeel that almost exactly mimics a bad cup of coffee in cheap white styrofoam. Not much else going on. Glad I split this mini bottle with my wife.

Not bad, there's just not much here...here. Terrible mouthfeel really kicks this beer in the nads & drops it out of running for the title of average.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into imperial pokal; brown in the glass showing deep garnet in the light.
Smells of crackery malt, dark bread and grassy hops. Light notes of cocoa.
Taste is dark bread and cracker malt, smooth with light cocoa sweetness. Finishes wet but clean with some crisp hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied but clean and smooth.
Overall a tasty schwarzbier. More body than others I've had.

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Photo of rudzud
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice darker brown hue that is too dark to be seen through with a one finger dark tan head that fades slowly to a thin blanket, not leaving much side lacing.

S - Aromas of nice light smokey malts, caramel, dark chocolate, cocoa, faint malt sweetness.

T - Taste is loads of chocolate and caramel and malts. Like a caramel dark chocolate malted milk ball. Very faint coffee notes/bitterness. Like JLindros stated, almost like a mocha milk with the nice lactose, rich chocolate, light caramel. I get a nice roast note too.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly creamy with a lighter carbonation.

O - Overall, not a bad beer. Not oppressively smokey, which was nice, this instead focused on chocolate and caramel and lactose. Tasty.

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Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date that I can see. I think this is about 3 months old though.

A: Dark brown pour with a tall, frothy light brown head. Head fades out at a reasonable pace, leaving almost no lacing. Good retention however.

S: Chocolatey with a nice toasted malt that reminds me of pretzels.

T: More chocolate and a nice nuttiness now. Borderline chocolate/peanut butter. Really nice. More toasted malt with more of a toasted bread flavor now.

M: Medium-light with a nice crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

O: A nice schwarzbier. It tastes like a schwarzbier mixed with an english brown really. Lots of nice toasted malt with some mild chocolate....but there's that refreshingly crisp lager smoothness too. Pretty simple but balanced, tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up locally and shared with the mrs in a jacks Abby snifter and torst wine glass.

Beer poured a watery black wi a thin head that didn't hang out and left sparse strongy lacing. Nose screams Schwartz with nice roast and subtle peat smokiness. Taste is a bit watery and subtle roast and smoke. A fairly drinkable smoke beer but still not something I would run out and get a case of, but perhaps a good gateway smoked beer since it is not too in your face.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Andover Liquors
Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights and a decent sized tightly bubbled tan head that recedes rather quickly. Aromas of caramel and roasted coffee with a hint of cream and chocolate. Earthy spicy hops provide a hint of balance but confine themselves to background notes. The flavor is pretty heavy on the roast and caramel with only fleeting hints of chocolate. Earthy hop flavor keeps things from cloying. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a silky bubbly mouthfeel. Decent brew, heavy on the roast, but nice to drink.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

$7.50 for 14oz at Meadhall, Cambridge MA

Opaque dark mud brown beer under a thin but dense creamy head. Smells kinda like sweet tea at first. Tastes tea-esque too - English hops? Lots of dark bread like pumpernickel and dark German wheat. Hardly any roast malt underneath all that crust. Much bigger body than schwarzbiers I've had previously.

By far the most eh JA I've had. Bummer.

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pokal

A: Pours pitch-black with hints of mahogany when held up to light. Large, khaki 2 finger head that lasts. This beer is gorgeous.

S: Musty/ funky, barnyard smell, which is not offensive at all, but is certainly unexpected. Hints of nuttiness as well.

T: Black coffee, baking chocolate and heavily roasted malts. Roasty bitterness lingers, but is not overwhelming. Not much else flavor-wise in this clean lager.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Evil Brew is a great example of a classic Schwarzbier. Some people not familiar with Schwarzbiers or lagers in general might seem to find this lacking in flavor, but I can assure you that this is not the case. If you want a heavy body and extreme roasted malt flavor, try a stout or another similar ale. This, however, is a lager to satisfy those who love this style.

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Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not really black. More of a very dark brown in color. Moderately translucent. Forms a thin, almost fizzy head that doesn't bother sticking around for long leaving just a thin patch of surface coating. No lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma of lightly roasted malts, cocoa, chicory, and a touch of coffee.

T: Tastes is similar. Roasted malts, peanuts, light chocolate notes. A little coffee. Mildly sweet.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Low bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: A decent beer and a nice example of the style. Nothing mind-blowing, but a solid beer.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

A - Pours with little head Color was nice - deep, dark

S - Nice, bold smell given limited head in pour. Nice.

T - Taste was surprising Complex - hit the mark better than most cross brewery mixtures.

M - very nice - good carbonation

O - Overall this is a beer I would highly recommend.

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Photo of hreb
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

My first experience with Jack's Abby, a brew from my old stomping grounds. I'm a big fan of my namesake beer style (Schwarzbier), so I've decided to try Framingham's Evil Brew.

500mL bottle served, for better or worse, in a plastic pint. Beer is as black as expected in color with a massive brown foam. Neutral, musty aroma. Flavor is "light" and crisp, with a giant nutty flavor down the middle, and enough carbonation on the tongue to keep it interesting. The beer is a little sweet for my tastes. Not so much underfermented as underhopped; I might have liked an extra load of Saaz or Hallertauer to amp up the IBUs on this roasty beast. But, it's still good schwarz lager. I'm looking forward to trying Framinghammer next, or perhaps RIPL. Oooh, or Baby Maker. Yeah, Jack's Abby, that was OK, but I'm gonna give you another shot.

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Photo of smcolw
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown but light does pass through. Good bar-pour head. Leaves plenty of spots on the glass.

Earthy and dark, like dry unsweetened cocoa smell. A touch of chalk.

Thin bodied and well above average carbonation, this beer comes across very watery. The flavor is a step up with a mocha like cocoa flavor up front. Short aftertaste. Some burnt malt to provide a touch of bitter flavor. In all. Not very complex--a bit of a disappointment for me from both of these breweries.

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Photo of JLB025
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is epic...

It is definitely one of the darkest lagers I have seen - like a Guinness with a shorter darker head.

Smells and tastes like coffee and chocolate. Some nuttiness as well.

Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel.

Drink it. You'll like it. True story.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a pilsener glass. Pours the color of cola with mahogany highlights around the base. Head is two fingers and light tan in color. Nose suggests cocoa and a light, roasty quality. Taste is less chocolatey than suggested by the nose and there is also a bit of char in the flavor profile; however, it all comes off a bit dull and watery. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation that falls just shy of lively. There are definitely better examples of the style available. This one is just a bit too bland for my sensibilities.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a mug.

A: Dark chestnut color. Very healthy tan head rises to a massive four finger height and doesn't budge an inch. Lacing coats the glass in a thick blanket.

S: Very chocolatey on the nose. Rich milk chocolate and hazelnut chocolate. Nutty. Caramel chews. Coarse wheaty undertones. Ghostly hint of alcohol and a faint whiff of foggy fruit. Great nose, it really pops.

T: Molasses, toffee, nutty. Roasted coffee beans with a moderate acidity come out in a big way. Flashes of vague fruitiness and a light brush of alcohol. Hint of bitter dark chocolate. Coarse wheat comes out very briefly. Spicy and oily hops drop in for a moment. Bitter black coffee finish.

M: Medium-light body. Slight creamy and fluffy textures. Light supporting carbonation roasted malt astringencies reminiscent of a strong cup o' Joe.

O: Not a bad offering, but it's quite a bit more roast-forward than the more traditional schwarzbiers. The wheat was a curious addition as well.

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Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dense brown cap, lots of thick lace, good head retention. Dark brown beer with ruby highlights. Malty aroma, mild chocolate and roast notes, a bit nutty. Med/low bitterness that was present throughout, bittersweet chocolate behind malted milk sweetness. The flavour fell away a bit in the finish, leaving a slight dried fruit and nutty character. Creamy carbonation, medium bodied, nice texture. Overall, pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - Black with ruby hints at the edges. Barely any head and any there is fades quickly. LIttle lacing left behind.

S - Nuttiness, smooth smoke, roasted malts.

T - Follows the nose. Extremely balanced maltiness, smoke lingers on the back. Not overpowering. I suppose the crispness of the lager compliments the smoke.

M - Silky, smooth, low carbonation, thin. Leaves the palate mostly clean. Some residual nutty.smoke lingers and tickles the tongue.

O - Always happy to try a Jack's Abby, but this is one I won't revisit. Just not enough to bring me back.

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Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a pilsner glass: a dark caramel color with a 2 F head. Some lacing.

Aroma is excellent- nutty, malty, and a hint of chocolate.

The mouth feel is not very carbonated.

Taste: nutty, chocolate, malty, and some coffee. The aroma transitions well into the taste.

At colder serving temps, the body is a little thin- almost too watery. I was expecting a more substantial body to the beer. However, with warming, the flavors seem to meld and the body seems less thin.

Overall, an excellent beer. I especially like the prominence of the nutty aroma/taste and the coffee, chocolate, and maltiness.

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