Generally, when I sit down to do a beer review I go through a sort of routine. I’ve usually already consumed the product in question, so it’s really just a matter of canvassing the internet for a little background information to try and give a little perspective on the beer I’m getting ready to write about. Unfortunately, in the case of I Love You With My Stout from Evil Twin Brewing, there wasn’t a heck of a lot to learn.
What we do know is that Evil Twin, based in Brooklyn, N.Y. is the brainchild of Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso, a gypsy brewer born in Denmark. And, well, that’s about the extent of what may be the weakest Wikipedia page in the history of the internet.
The brewery’s web page isn’t much more help. For example, why is the beer called I Love You With My Stout? Turns out, your guess is as good as mine. Other than a cryptic quote on the label about this beer being in some way a copy of Even More Jesus, the only bit of enlightenment is that I Love You With My Stout was originally released in April 2014 after having been brewed at Two Roads Brewing Co. in Stratford, Conn.
In any case, the beer itself is dark and opaque as you’d expect given the style, with aromas of dark roast, cocoa powder, licorice and leather. There’s a fair bit of alcohol in the mix as well, though that’s not entirely surprising given the 12 percent ABV. Flavors follow through to the taste, which has a lingering sweetness and perhaps a more cocoa than coffee-like character overall.
What’s interesting about this beer is that you don’t really get a sense of its depth and strength until, literally, the bitter end. Both taste and aroma show the beer’s complexity, but I wouldn’t describe either as overly intense. It’s in the finish that you get what I would call a full-on assault of flavor, with lasting reminders of every one of the aforementioned ingredients.
As for how it drinks, I Love You With My Stout is fairly full-bodied, with a chewy palate and sharp carbonation. It’s warm, but not hot or really even all that boozy despite a somewhat raw alcohol note. If nothing else, the bite helps the bitter to balance out the sweetness I alluded to earlier.