I poured a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint glass. It had no freshness date and cost $5.49 ($0.32 per ounce).
Appearance: Seemingly black body, but actually a deep shade of blood
red. Pours to a large, khaki, foamy head which laces and retains well.
Smell: A sweet, but light nose of milk chocolate and roasted malt.
Taste: Jack’s Evil Brew is a collaboration between Jack’s Abby Brewing
and Evil Twin Brewing, though it’s not a particularly special beer.
Well, maybe it is. Labeled as a Schwarzbier, this tastes and drinks more
like a standard stout than a true black lager. Plenty of roasted malt
and chocolaty sweetness, but without the mouthfeel of a stout.
It begins with a lightly roasted maltiness. Plenty of dark malt
sweetness and roasted bitterness, plus a hint of dark chocolate. A
little bit of a cola-like flavor through the middle with residual
sweetness on the finish. Nothing in way of hop character or bitterness
per se. Tasty, but not extremely robust and the palette is a bit simple.
Still, I really enjoy the flavors here and I appreciate the
craftsmanship of this style.
Drinkability: Jack’s Evil Brew tastes like a stout, but has the
drinkability of a lager (as is often the case with all of this brewery’s
beers). The mouthfeel is thinner and more crisp than most stouts and
finishes remarkably clean (though I wouldn’t call it refreshing). I’m
not entirely sure of the ABV since neither the bottle nor the brewery’s
website lists it, but I hear it’s ~5.2% ABV which would seem to make
sense. Plenty of flavor but nothing too intense or heavy.