Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jack's Evil Brew (Jack's Abby Brewing/Evil Twin Brewing)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1048) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2014
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. 
Grade: 8/10