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Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top - Evil Twin Brewing

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868 Ratings
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Ratings: 868
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 65
Gots: 185 | FT: 32
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BlastBeats on 10-12-2013

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Ratings: 868 | Reviews: 109
Photo of ARoman
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

*transferred from old notes - 1/11/2014*
22 oz bomber poured into a shaker. The aroma of cherries comes through immediately and aggressively. Getting past the cherry smell, there are notes of chocolate and toasted bread / cereal, and, deeper down, there’s some nuttiness (pistachio? although maybe I’m hunting for that one) as well as some ashy aromas. It’s a brown head, which almost appears to have some redness to it, which pours nice and fluffy and sits atop a nearly opaque, dark brown beer. There wasn’t too much lacing to note, but it was poured into a shaker. As might be expected, it’s initially a heavy sweet beer, but this gives way to toasty and smokey bitter flavoring - borderline burnt. The smokey flavor lingers for a bit at the finish and is accompanied by some piney / spicy notes. It has a mild carbonation, but mostly oily, syrupy texture. Cherry biscotti is not much of an exaggeration on this one - quite a unique beer, glad I stumbled upon this one.

Photo of RickS95
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

If the head was thicker, it would be a 5. The pour is thick and dark black. An 8-ball in a glass. Syrupy. The head is brown and forms beautifully, but it's only a finger or so thick and doesn't retain all that well. Despite this, it's quite the looker.

Scent of dark roasty things galore. Reminiscent of chocolate cake. And yes, with that cherry on top. The high booze is very well masked.

This thing is quite the sleeper. 11.5% ABV and it tastes like a chocolate milkshake with some shaved iced coffee on top. Again, not a hint of booze.

It goes down...so...easy. Smooth and creamy. Sweet up front before give way to a lingering bitterness in the finish. Slight tartness from the cherry on top. Nothing aggressive, just a milkshake with an amazingly high ABV that you never see coming.

The sum is better than its parts. Can't explain how easy this is to drink. You'd never believe it was a sipper if you didn't read the bottle first. Could easily pass for a drink for kids.

Photo of GregJ
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The cherries tie in a nice subtle sourness that how well with the rich deep malts. Unique an delicious.

Photo of brianmandell
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle undated but over a year old.

Thick black pour with shallow tan head reducing to a ring of lacing.

Smells of sweet molasses, dark malts, almond, faint coffee and sour cherry.

Intensely sweet and roasty malt flavor filled with sweet cherry and dark fruits. Notes of chocolate, almond and coffee follow. An aftertaste of burnt sugars, ash and roasted coffee outlast the candied and slightly tart cherry flavor.

Medium to thick bodied with fine, effervescent carbonation. Very nice.

Overall, a very good sweet stout (very sweet!) and a great dessert beer. Since the cherry is a little over-the-top, find someone (or a few people) to share it with.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip during #bottlecherwednesdays at Beachwood BBQ. Nearly black in color with brown highlights at the edges and a tan head. Smell is cocoa, roast coffee, medicinal cherry, and hints of booze. Taste is sweet chocolate and toffee, followed by hop, coffee, and tart cherry bitterness. Medium body, creamy texture, moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

Photo of OGShotzy
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First review here from a longtime rater! Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

A: looks like a stout. Dark, dark brown; maybe even black. Small 1/4 inch light brown head even after a vigorous twirl and pour. Lacing really grips to the glass.

S: Again, a lot like a stout. Bitter, dark chocolate, with a liiiitle cherry in there.

T: Nice sour cherry aftertaste, as advertised. Lots of flavor you would expect in an imperial stout. Bitterness, a tiny bit of coffee, a lot of chocolate all mixed together.

F: Very smooth. Definitely a tad thinner than a stout, because it's a porter after all.

O: A very, very good beer. Personally not a big fan of the cherry, but would drink again if it were a tad cheaper—I paid $16.99 for this bomber.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lots of bitter chocolate, some cocoa, dark fruits and almonds. Super dry. Not sure if there is supposed to be sour cherries in this but I don't taste any sourness. Very smooth, low carb, short finish. More dark fruit flavor started to come out as it warmed considerably.

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a snifter to a solid black beer with a half finger of dense tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: smells of coffee, chocolate, a little almond, a slight cherry aroma and some roasted malts
T: taste is coffee, sour cherry, roasted malts, chocolate, almond, slight burnt sugar and charred wood. swallow is roasted malt, charred wood, coffee, bitter dark chocolate and more cherry
M: this beer is full bodied in the mouth, velvety smooth with soft carbonation and a slightly dry finish
O: A nice twist on an already great beer. faantastic flavors and the cherry is subtle instead of being over the top. If you like imperial biscotti break there's no reason you shouldn't enjoy this beer.

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
2.33/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

APPEARANCE - Dark, opaque, no head, no lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Fruit, coffee, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, nalts, bitter, sweet, nutty, coffee, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar. Boozy.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Crisp, acidic.

VALUE - One-pint bottle for $30. Ridiculously overpriced.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - I don't like Evil Twin. They make silly stunt beers. Just not for me.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter pint

A: sweet dark night in appearance very little head but what is there us mocha in color

S: The berry smell is huge in the front almost jam quality then some chocolate, and roast

T: huge cherry then lots of chocolate with a bitter roasty maltiness it's a lot like a dark chocolate covered cherry

M: Not bad at all pretty heavy very nice not over the top thick like I live but it's pretty good thinner than regular Imperial Biscotti Break

O: this is damn good surprised how well the cherry compliments the chocolate roast most fruit beers the fruit tastes on a sickly cough syrup quality this is damn good very impressive.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage 22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color, highlighted with some dark reddish hues and a quarter of a finger of caramel/chocolate-colored head that almost immediately dissolved away into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Rich! Very malty up front, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread, espresso, dark chocolate, sour cherries and a touch of vanilla.

Taste: A lot like the aroma. Tons of roasted malt and coffee up front, like a triple espresso with a cappuccino chaser, drunk with toasted pumpernickel, accented with some subtle smoke, followed by tons of dark chocolate, sour cherries and a touch of vanilla and almond-like nuttiness. Delicious!!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and pretty smooth, but not as smooth as the Imperial Biscotti Break. With an ABV of 11.5%, there’s a hint of alcohol warmth on the palate, but I’m surprised that there’s not more of it present.

Overall: Wow! What a beer! Strong, massive, awesome, flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, sour cherries, a touch of coffee, vanilla and almonds! Delicious!!

Photo of pagriley
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in 8oz snifter

Jet black with very thick creamy off white head
Lots of dark chocolate and malt on the nose, didn't get any cherries
Rich roasted malts with hints of vanilla and dark chocolate - tart cherries show up in the finish, and give it a really nice bite that follows up with roast bitterness
Thick and luscious - great body

Overall a stellar beer - I have had Imperial doughnut and that was too sweet for me, but this was just bang on. very balanced. Haven't had the regular yet, but I have a bomber, and if this is what I have to look forward to, then I am really excited for more!

Photo of JamesStreet
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black not much of the foamy stuff. Nose is is chocolate espresso fruits. Tastes like a dark chocolate-covered cherry. Feel is somewhat creamy medium. Overall, good. But I'd rather the regular better.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle from Wed., 12/31/2014 (Niciu 3rd Annual NYE Party) shared by Mr. Richard Hartogs of Better Beer Authority lore, unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into plastic cup, drank over ~30 minutes

Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours one shade darker than cola with a loose, 1/8th inch mocha-colored head that quickly disperses towards the shoulders. Only spots of lacing are present during the tasting. Nose is roasty and chocolatey with a suggestion of lactose and cherry sucrets and a faint metallic quality. Taste follows nose - fortunately, the cherry notes are less medicinal and the metallic character present in the nose is no longer present. There's also a nice cocoa quality to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild carbonation, a light acidity and a slightly oily texture. Overall, a decent imperial porter, but not worth the price point. Not something I would recommend for extended cellaring.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle, this interesting "porter" pours a thick blackish brown with a thin dark brown head that dissipates to a thin ring and spotty lacing. Nose of fresh black coffee, rich dark tart pie cherries, chocolate, and dark roasted malts. Flavors follow the nose with chocolate and coffee on all sides, some crème brulee qualities on the back blending with tart cherries. Smooth, slick, and creamy with mild carbonation that has a light souring on the aftertaste. I loved the doughnut which was a milestone for me personally, this one is solid, yet it is hard to beat the doughnut break.

Photo of PaulyB83
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at BFD Clubhouse in Rochester Hills, MI

I don't know if this keg was mislabeled or something but I am not getting a lot of the flavors other reviewers are getting from this beer. It tastes like just a pretty decent roasty porter with a light sour cherry on the finish. Didn't really get any vanilla or anything resembling a biscotti flavor, glad I didn't buy an expensive bottle of this at a shop somewhere.

Photo of ghirsh
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Pours a nice thick consistency that's dark as oil. Little to no head. Tastes a bit bitter, but it's complimented by the sweetness of the beer. Great mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Overall awesome beer.

Photo of Quafftastic
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty on a cold night by the fire.

Photo of HipCzech
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 22 oz bottle poured into a Riedel Vinum Zinfandel glass.

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a thick, mocha head; minimal lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, spiced chocolate, and hints of sour cherry.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, spice and tart cherries. Fruity chocolate notes dominate with roasted malt only there as background.

Mouthfeel: Medium to feel with a smooth, creamy body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A good sipper whose alcohol isn't apparent and made more quenching by restrained sweetness and cherry tartness. Typical roasted coffee flavors take a back seat to some interesting chocolate notes.

Photo of scottfrie
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a dark cola color with a quarter inch of soft, dark brown, foamy head. The head quickly faded into a faint collar leaving no lace.
S: Rich and creamy notes of chocolate mix well with scents of spicy cinnamon, damp wood, and subtle cherry. I’m not getting any trace of alcohol or harshness. This has mellowed nicely.
T: Follows the nose with very creamy flavors of chocolate syrup, chocolate fudge, cinnamon, slight vanilla, and lingering semisweet cherry. The finish has a hint of tobacco, peat, and wood, and the aftertaste is full of chocolate and cherry. The cherry is semi-sweet and lightly tart in flavor, but lends no acidity or sourness to the mouthfeel.
M: Rich and creamy mouthfeel, full body, and soft and fluffy carbonation. I get no trace of alcohol at all. Very very smooth and extremely drinkable.
O: An exceptional beer. Very delicious with an interesting mix of flavors. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of spoony
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle to a wine glass.

A-The head is tall, dense, and sticks around for a while. The walnut colored foam leaves some chunks of lacing on my glass as I drink. The beer is very dark and I can see a bubble or two up against the glass. Good looking stuff.

S-The aroma is dense with bitter, dark chocolate flavors, some coffee, and a nutty bitterness that reminds me of almonds. Cherry flavors are more of a light hit of tart fruit than full-on sweet juiciness or jammy flavors.

T-The taste is pretty similar, i.e., semi dry, lightly tart, and big on the dark chocolate/coffee flavors. Bitterness is higher than many stouts with fruit in them and I can even taste what I'm guessing must be some medicinal hops. I suppose that is what makes this a porter. Anyway, the alcohol is well-hidden for a beer with this type of ABV.

M-The body is medium to heavy with an ultra mellow carbonation that provides just a bit of lift on the palate.

O-This is one of those beers that I don't actually like very much, but I have to give high scores because it is well made and tastes like it should taste. The looks and mouthfeel are impressive, in particular, but I just don't really dig the flavors of this beer. I recall have having the same reaction to regular Biscotti Break. The cherries add some complexity, but I don't think they make it better. Oh well.

Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a small dark tan head which fades quickly to a small disc of foam. The aroma has dark chocolate, almonds, and tart cherries.

Has a nice balance of sweetness and tartness with dark chocolate, roasted malt, almonds, and tart cherries. The tartness of the cherries is not very tart, it is fairly mild for both the aroma and the taste, but it does add a nice complexity to this beer.

Medium to full bodied with mild carbonation. I can't believe the beer is 11.5 % abv. There is no detectable alcohol in the taste or the aroma. That is a sign of a well made beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a nice twist on the original biscotti break, with the cherries added. they do a nice job of picking up on the dark chocolate notes in the malt, and of giving the finish a little tang. very michigan cherry, tart and sweet at the same time, dark red, and perfect for the richness of this brew. nutty and dark like it always is, the cherries add a little fruitiness to the nose that makes this distinct. the booze seems a little more exposed aromatically than i remember it being in the base beer, but it seems appropriate this time of year. the cherries are an accent in the flavor, still well behind the memorable almond milky dark chocolate roasty boozy viscous semisweet base beer, but they add quite a bit to the finish, where the body of the beer seems to get a little thinner (which i welcome), and which seems to get more amplified as the beer warms up. definitely appropriate for the holidays, but share this one, there is a lot of beer in this bottle!

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%

Let's be real here; this is a good beer. But at the end of the day, some people are black coffee drinkers while others are a teaspoon of sugar and a liter of cream. And in the perfectly fine bad boy that is Biscotti Break, someone poured in a heavy dose of Paula Dean shitty creamer. Again, Raul knows that there is a good beer here, and for those that like sweet Porters, Raul says, hooray! But for the main man, meh.

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Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top from Evil Twin Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.