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EVIL TWIN MICHIGAN MAPLE JESUS

Brewed and bottled at Michigan’s Dark Horse, richly creamed stout aged in bourbon-barreled maple syrup proves to be another worthy Jesus descendant. Brown-sugared maple syrup usurps brown chocolate liqueur, fudged brownie, vanilla bean, coconut, marshmallow, blackberry and dark cherry sweetness over oak-charred smoked cedar . At the syrupy bourbon chocolate finish, lovely sherry-brandy wining, tingly anise spicing and raw molasses bittering increase complexity of robust dessert treat.

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EVIL TWIN / WESTBROOK IMPERIAL MEXICAN BISCOTTI CAKE BREAK IMPERIAL STOUT

Beginning with a heavy black coffee influence, astoundingly thick and chewy full body (with well-hidden 10.5% ABV) gains moderated cinnamon, almond and cocoa nibs adjuncts draped by viscous black chocolate syrup. Arguably bettering the original Imperial Biscotti Break (and brewed in conjunction with fellow South Carolinians Westbrook), luxuriously rich variant takes time developing a true almond or cinnamon biscotti flavor as wispy habanero peppering contrasts sharp sugar spicing below the chocolate fudge-caked dessert midst. Bittersweet vanilla-beaned dark cocoa and sticky anise goo thicken the massive mocha plot while tertiary black grape, black cherry and fig illusions add complexity to splendid dessert treat.

ROGUE HAZELUTELY CHOCTABULOUS

On tap at Poor Henry’s, delightfully decadent ‘candy bar in a bottle’ blends Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar with its Chocolate Stout. Up-front chocolate brownie fudging allows toffee, crème brulee, Tootsie Roll, cacao nibs and vanilla illusions to sweeten its lingering dark-roast hazelnut core while light hop charred peanut shelling adds contrasting bitterness. Pleasant caramel-burnt chocolate truffle finish will please any bittersweet-toothed dessert freak.