Evil Twin – Even More Jesus (Bourbon Maple Syrup Barrel-Aged)

  • Style: Imperial American Stout aged in Bourbon Maple Syrup Barrel-Aged
  • ABV: 12%

Evil Twin’s Even More Jesus is a great beer already, and when they decided to throw it in barrels that previously held maple syrup, and before that held bourbon, well the results were mammoth. The pour was dark as night with a frothy caramel head which dressed your glass in nice thick laces. Aromas of dark dried fruit were noticed first, followed by vanilla, oak, chocolate, dark Belgian candi sugar, toast, and dried tobacco. The aromas ran pretty parallel with flavors. Raisin, dates, dried figs, and dark roasted chocolate upfront fading into burnt bark, caramel, dark malts, and burnt sugar, with molasses and a touch of vanilla sweetness to round it off. Full body, silky mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, and a long finish with a slight burnt coffee bitterness to it. Smelled more boozy than it came off.

This was an excellent beer, super complex, and perfectly balanced. Unfortunately, the maple syrup from the barrels didn’t come through much, if at all for me. Even though maple didn’t really show through, the beer opened with amazing aromas, and the flavors were still exceptional. Also, the ABV was pretty hidden for how high it is. This is a fantastic bottle of beer, and I totally suggest trying it. This is a beer I would drink fresh rather than aging it, as I believe it is in its prime now.

Bottoms up!

Categories: Barrel Aged, Craft beer reviews, Craft Beers, Imperial Stout, StoutTags: , , , , , , , , ,

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