Death by chocolate
A Review of Even More Jesus by Evil Twin Brewing
Posted on 4/3/2014 by Chops
Becoming a certified beer nerd is an intellectually stimulating hobby, but it's important not to take yourself too seriously. After all, one of the biggest differences between a nerd and a snob is perspective. Laughing with friends and sharing experiences is a much healthier approach to craft beer than sitting at home alone staring at a bottle in cold judgement. This is why when I came across Even More Jesus, a monstrous 12% ABV Imperial Stout by Evil Twin Brewing, my first instinct was to giggle at the hilarious name. My second instinct was to share the experience with my beer loving friends. So, I bought the bottle and did just that.

I'm fairly confident at this point that Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, Evil Twin's owner and brewmaster, just loves the process of naming his beers. With wonky titles such as ''Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room'' and ''Monk Suffers Serious Sugar Rush On Barbados'', I get the feeling that Jeppe also lives by the ''don't take life too seriously'' approach. This is, of course, one of the many reasons craft beer geeks love Evil Twin and keep coming back for more shenanigans.

Jeppe describes Even More Jesus as so: ''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!''

In the glass, this beer had a jet black coloration with absolutely no edging. It came with a creamy dark brown head that had a seemingly infinite retention. On the nose, I was greeted by a thick blast of powdered cocoa. Swirling underneath were strong notes of charred malt, molasses, toffee, and a black coffee roast. The alcohol presence was mercifully muted, allowing the other notes to shine bright. Wow, this beer was large and in charge, so I fully expected a taste bud assault going into that first sip.

Whoa, death by chocolate! This beer came out swinging with a cocoa-infused baseball bat. After beating my taste buds into submission while chanting ''Kneel before chocolate!'', the rest of the aromatic notes emerged as secondary flavors. Harsh malt roast, molasses, toffee, coffee, all present and accounted for. I also found savory notes of raisins and black cherries. The alcohol nip was much more amplified as a flavor, but was still restrained enough to be non-distracting. The hop profile was muted and played a more complimentary role. The body was thick, aggressive, and felt a bit chalky on the palate. The finish was quite dry and exited with an insanely long aftertaste of coffee roast and bitter dark chocolate. To be honest, this was the beer equivalent of chewing on an espresso bean covered in baker's chocolate.

Overall, Evil Twin's Even More Jesus is an Imperial Stout lover's dream. This is a beastly brew that requires a ''mercy'' refrain after each sip. It's a massive delight that is perfectly fit for any adventurous beer fan with a honed imperial palate. Novices should obviously check themselves before messing with the Jesus. Remember that hilarious scene in The Big Lebowski when John Turturro's Jesus Quintana taunts The Dude at the bowling alley? Yeah, just think about that when you bust open a bottle of Even More Jesus. This beer will take your taste buds away from you, stick them up your ass and pull the trigger 'til it goes ''click''. To put it another way, ''Nobody fucks with the Jesus''.
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