Review: Evil Twin Even More Jesus Imperial Stout

Review of Evil Twin Even More Jesus Imperial Stout from Evil Twin Brewing in Brooklyn, NY.

Beer Type: Stout  ABV: 12%  Tried from bottle.

Their Description: “A few times in the history of craft beer it has happened that a highly praised beer rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league. Usually the recipe to make such heavenly drops is thick fudge-like body, pitch black color, amazingly overwhelming aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and muscovado sugar, obviously only made in limited amounts and most crucial of all – it must taste rare!”

The Reality: They definitely got a few things right, like the “pitch black color”, which also comes with a thick mocha colored head, and the scent does have hints of chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol. They don’t mention the flavor much in their description, but it starts with smooth, creamy roasted coffee notes until a wave of alcohol sweeps through and cleans your palate mid-gulp, and then you’re left with unsweetened dark cocoa bitterness. There is the slightest hint of dark fruit throughout. The aftertaste leaves you feeling like you just drank a cocktail, not a beer. It’s incredibly smooth and doesn’t drink as thick as the pour leads you to believe.

Final Verdict: Thankfully, regardless of your religious affiliation you should be able to enjoy this beer, as long as you like traditional stout flavors. This beer takes those traditional stout flavors and exaggerates them to the extreme and cuts them with strong alcohol notes that are actually a pivotal component in balancing the flavor. I enjoyed this beer, because it’s so smooth and keeps itself from being too aggressive, but it is definitely meant for sipping and savoring. “Even More Jesus” isn’t trying to tell us that one Jesus isn’t enough, it trying to tell us that the more of him there is, the better. In the case of this beer that might be true, but I’m not sure it’s always true because then wouldn’t we just have a fat Jesus?

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