Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top - Evil Twin Brewing
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4.19/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A. Lighting is poor at the bar but this appears to be dark brown. A ring of foam is all that remains of the head. Minimal to no lacing.
S. Chocolate malts. Booze. Slight cherry and vanilla.
T. Chocolate malts and medicinal cherry. The sweet chocolate is balanced nicely by the Tart cherry.
M. Thick mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Sticky finish with slight heat from the alcohol. That said, it doesn't taste like 11.5%
O. An interesting Take on the style. If the cherry was more prominent and tasted more natural (ex. New glarus offerings) it would be even better.
Serving type: on-tap
02-23-2014 01:28:36 | More by shadetree67
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Alright, I’m tired of having to look at this beer whenever I open the fridge; time to give in to temptation and crack it open. Cheers to Evil Twin’s first taste!
A: Pours thick, with a body as black as motor oil and a chestnut head that’s just barely there. Retention ends up being just a raised ring of cream where the beer meets the glass, and any lacing that appears slides rack back in – all the markings of a high-gravity beer.
S: Deep, dark, and alluring: a massive nose of chocolate cake, sugar cookie, vanilla candy (think taffy), and oak-aged booze. Smells exceptionally sweet, but, for a chocolate lover like myself, it’s heavenly. That rich, gooey character has a wonderful accent, though: the bright, fruity scent of cherry pie filling. It does its fair share to craft this nose into something other than chocolate madness.
T: A dark, powerful palate that comes together with a slow burn, a layered intensity. With a slow advance, a base of chewy, chalky malt is built: notes of toast, straw, cocoa powder, with a characteristic porter flint taste. Rich residual sugars lay on top with a powerful syrup character, a blend of chocolate fudge, caramel, and molasses, drenching the palate in sweetness. It comes to a peak just as a smoke and roast profile appears, accompanied soon after by a tart taste of ripe cherry to finish it out. In the end, the cherry gets a bit lost in the already bold palate; still, the aftertaste has that mark on it, fruity-sweet and thick like a cherry cordial.
M: Little-to-no carbonation and a moderately-thick body typically makes for a beer that’s tough to drink, but this one turns out velvety and soft. The sugars are in no way as heavy and viscous as I thought they would be, causing the feel of this beer to be no more weighty than your typical American porter; that is, there’s no way to tell that this is 11% ABV.
O: It’s not often that I’m really impressed with a beer – especially one that has this kind of reputation behind it – but this is something noteworthy. A warm, dark, outstanding ale!
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2014 03:02:01 | More by BarryMFBurton
Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.