However, I am definitely not a beer cicerone. I just swig, sample, and move on. As a result of my simple tasting abilities, we are partnering with Barrel & Keg, Salem’s great beer and wine bottle shop / taproom (home to Salem’s first and only food cart pod).
From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. We want to highlight a new beer each week that arrives to the B&K shelves (and may be able to be located in your local shop).
- Beer: Aún Más Todo Jesus
- Style: Imperial Stout
- Brewery: Evil Twin Brewing (Brooklyn/Companyia Cervesera del Montseny, Spain)
Matt: I am going to let Kelso take the lead on this beer review. Imperial Stouts have proved to be a little bit much for me to handle most of the time. I am slowly moving my way up the darkness and ABV chart, but right now I tap out right around Porters (preferable on nitro). I took one of these bottles home and had a tough time getting through it, not because it tasted bad, but it was just very “boozy”. I know some people can handle it (our very own blogger Marilyn is a fan), but I just couldn’t finish it. Read on for more impressive info than what I can provide.
Kelso: Before my senior year in high school, I would wake up at 5:30 to open up the coffee shop. Groggy and squinty eyed, the first thing I did was make myself a Mexican chili mocha for that swift kick in the ass to get the blood pumpin’. Never having been a fan of sweet flavors, the rich dark chocolate, warming cinnamon, and ruthless chili powder created the nectar of the gods, in my opinion…
When Aún Más Todo Jesus arrived at Barrel and Keg I wanted to adopt and consume the whole case, but alas, this imperial stout is not cheap – $8 for a 12 oz bottle had me disheartened. I snagged one anyway and sipped away as I began to learn more about the gypsy brewery Evil Twin (that I knew of thanks to their ridiculously hopped and boozy Molotov Cocktail). Based in Brooklyn, Evil Twin brews unusual, whimsical one off and special release ales at “10 of the best breweries in the world,” according to their website. This particular rich, oily goodness hails from Companyia Cervesera del Montseny, a brewery found in Spain that has also worked in collaboration with another popular, Copenhagen based client brewery, Mikkeller. There were three other “Jesus” imperial stouts brewed here including: a chocolate jesus, a chili jesus, and a coffee jesus.
What I am drinking today is a culmination of all three, a cinnamon, cocoa nib, chili pepper, and coffee bean jesus, and it’s glorious. It pours like viscous motor oil and has a slippery playful mouthfeel to match. The aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, and a chili component that lingers in your nostrils. There is a mild vanilla, dark fruit, and boozy sweetness paired with lots of rich dark chocolate and a dry bitter end alongside a prickly heat that slides down the back of your throat and picks up intensity as you sip. I would have cared for more coffee flavors, but this beer has quite a lot going on. Overall this 12% dark ale makes a great nightcap every once in awhile… As long as you’re not prone to heart burn.