Evil Twin “Even More Jesus”
Even More Jesus (previously labeled Aún Más a Jesús) is an Imperial Stout. Aromas release a dense backdrop of dark roasted malts, coming across like chocolate fudge and coffee. A noticeable edge of dark fruit adds a hint of grape juice. Finer touches of vanilla blend with alcohol disguised as bourbon.
The palate begins in a flood of dark chocolate and cherry juice. Sweetness collects in the middle like burnt caramel, accumulating into suggestions of sticky molasses. Hops give the bitter kick to balance with flavors of sweet chocolate chips. Coffee rounds out the underbelly for a mocha-espresso combo. Rich, fudgy malts grow dense, but are kept thin by means of high alcohol. As the chocolate begins to wash away, the finish delves into hints of licorice, plum, and port wine. Hops resurface with earthy, bitter qualities, followed by an outline of orange zest. Lingering notes reveal a deeper layer of cocoa, smoked oak, vanilla, then a touch of spice. The mouthfeel falls flat on carbonation for a chewy, ultra-smooth texture akin to heavy cream. Oil and sugar coat the mouth, then close in slick alcohol.
You might consider this a dessert beer. Compared to the standard Double Stout, aside from the usual coffee/chocolate, this tends to stick to the sweet, fruity spectrum. Uncluttered by hops, and highly influenced by alcohol, I get a Russian Imperial vibe. Overall, I would prefer a darker roast, which may help better conceal the alcohol. Regardless, I think it’s a strong, tasty double worth trying at least once. The hefty ABV makes it a good sipper you might want to share with a friend. I recommend it only to those with a passion for the darkest of brews.
Brewed by Westbrook Brewing, South Carolina