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

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Ratings: 876
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 65
Gots: 190 | FT: 34
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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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Reviews by tbeckett:
Photo of tbeckett
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this bottle at Winooski Beverage Warehouse a few months back. From notes.

A - Poured black with one finger of nice brown head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Roast, chocolate, sweet syrupy brew. Mild alcohol. Cherry was definitely there as well, but mild and in the background.

T - Cherry present again, but agian in the background. Roast, coffee, nice bitter chocolate in the finish. A little alcohol. Very nice.

M - Full body and a proper full body. Smooth. Bitter cocoa powder finish.

O/D - The base works really well with the cherry flavour. Too easy to drink and seems pretty well put together.

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a half finger high dark tan head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark bittersweet chocolate are present in the nose along with some hints of sour cherries.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of bitter chocolates along with notes of roasted malts and hints of sour cherries. Only faint bits of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer drinks a little more than an American Double/Imperial Stout compared to an American Porter given its fuller body and richness of the flavors but is still extremely easy to drink considering its strength as it hides its alcohol very well.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out a very thick opaque black color, with a short lived dark mocha colored head that quickly vanishes. No lacing, but some fairly thick legs left after a swirl.

The aroma is dominated by booze at first. As it warms, some chocolate, chocolate covered cherry, dark cherry, a bit of dark fruit

Very nice taste, quite a bit of complexity. Silky, lots of milk chocolate, the cherry isnt as in your face as I expected, but is just right, with its tartness adding an almost lighter feel to a usually thick sticky beer. More and more cherry as the beer warms. A bit of caramel and coffee, cookie, a bit of a nutty quality.

Really nice mouthfeel, which seems to be one of the highlights of all the IBB versions. Quite silky, very smooth. The cherries add a nice tartness.

Overall, this is a really great beer, but a hard one to put into words in a review as all the flavors just seem to meld with one another. Not really better than the original, but definatly not worse either.

Photo of jeonseh
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Dark chocolate brown with a light milk chocolate head

S - Roasted espresso, milk chocolate, light vanilla and a slight metallic twinge as well

T - Dark roasted espresso and a slight milk chocolate, vanilla with a slight tartness to it from the cherry. There is also a slight roasted malt. This reminds me of Imperial Biscotti Break with a sour cherry that doesn't fit in well

M - Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a slight astringent and metallic finish

O - Overall, I like regular biscotti break way better than this one as the cherry makes this slightly metallic and tart. The cherry just doesn't seem to fit in here well at all.

Photo of Brenden
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks much the same as Lil' B, its base beer. Appropriate. As with its predecessor, it looks like a big Imperial Stout, thicker, richer and heavier than many out there. It really is nearly black, allowing only the slightest brown tint when light shines full at its edges. This beer, for whatever reason, seems to have a slightly stodgier head, ever so slightly fuller and longer retained, able to leave some clumpy tan lace in its wake.
The aroma offers some tart cherry under huge malty undertones brimming with bittersweet cocoa, roast, and espresso. It's even a hint nutty into the finish, where some warming alcohol sneaks in and tickles the nose.
The tartness as of fresh, just-picked strong black cherry is bigger and so well integrated into this beers flavor. It mingles and meshes nearly perfectly. There's just a touch of sweetness, maybe a little creamier note from malts, accentuating everything separately yet altogether fantastically. Coffee, dark chocolate, cream, near bourbon-like notes are excellent, while a mild acidity mingles with roast in a way that doesn't produce harshness at all. Simply superb.
The body is huge, rich and thick, a little crisp but that giving way to smoothness, even making it a little more lush. There's a little dryness that comes in to balance everything out into a creamy sort of finish.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown appearing black in the glass. Khaki head sits on top. Not much lacing.

S: Real roasty, nice dark fruity aspect. Cherry comes through with some sour and tart notes. Milk stout or lactose like quality rounds out the brew.

T: Heavy roastiness, a lot more cherry comes through on the flavor than the aroma would lead you to anticipate. Lactose milk stout flavors keep this one light. Nuttiness with some umami and buttery richness.

M: Great full body, mild carbonation. Warming but certainly not hot. Smooth and velvety creaminess.

Overall a very solid variant on a very solid beer. I've never been a huge cherry fan however this one's flavors compliment the roastiness and adds nice depth.

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 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 joeseppy
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pouring this in dim light giving the appearance of inky black depth with a rich deep mahogany froth head with staying power.

Aroma is simple yet so delicious. Chocolate covered cherries come to mind with a pleasant roast coffee, mildly bitter cocoa and vanilla extract.

Tastes of dark chocolate covered cherries in creamy nougat. Sweetness of lactose almost in the style of a milk stout. Definite roast of exquisite coffee bean and really the kicker of tartness from the cherries lingering. Finishes dry.

One of the smoothest, richest and uninhibiting stouts I've ever had. Velourish, cream and sticky lips.

Damn I say this is mighty fine. Settle this in bourbon and you got a contender for GI Cherry. Extremely delicious and very calming with no problem finishing this myself. Actually liked this better than the recent release of Velvet Merkin at the same price. I love cherries and appreciate all brewers putting extreme pounds into the fermenting process and I want to say thank you. A winner for me and there sure is a cherry on top.

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 Roguer
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great dark brown head, good retention, solid black brew, little lacing.

Stout aroma of cacao and roasted malts. A little cream, maybe a hint of cherry.

Flavor follows the nose. Cacao and cream first hit, followed by a massive dose of roasted barley. Very delicate and mild cherry from the mid palate through the finish. Really dark, really good.

Thick and chewy feel. Full bodied, with a long finish.

This is an excellent imperial porter. It hits every wicket; it's balanced; it doesn't overemphasize any particular flavor. I think a little more cherry would help differentiate it more, but it's very good. Try a bottle.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.07/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger dark mocha colored head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is stringy, spotty and sparse with good stick and thick, luscious legs. Nice.

Nose is rubbing alcohol, booze, chocolate, cocoa, and smoke. Hot but not very deep or complex.

Opens slightly tart and sweet cherry. Chocolate, fudge, roast, and smoke. Cherry stem and pit bitterness in the middle mixed with hints of mocha, roasted malt and cocoa powder. Boozy with an awkward fruit presence. Ends sweet cherry, roast and smoke with a boozy, bittersweet pit finish. The cherry actually takes a bit away from this brew.

Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Foamy and frothy in the mouth and goes down prickly and boozy. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste. A touch thin.

I'm not really sure what was done with this beer, but the cherry infusion really takes away from the taste, body, and overall togetherness of the beer. This just isn't a very good version of this beer.

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 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 Hopdaemon39
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Is this a porter? Whatever. It's great. Had in tap in a tulip- pitch black with a finger if head, modest retention and no lacing.

Smell isn't super strong but pleasant. Coffee, sweet malt and a hint of cherry.

Tastes fantastic- like regular imperial biscotti break but with a little bit if cherry. Taste is very well blended and balanced. Coffee, toasted almond, rich chocolate malt, and a little but of cherry. It's definitely there but well integrated.

Mouthfeel is very nice- full bodied, well carbonated. I love evil twin; I love imperial biscottiw break; Natale is just not quite as good as bourbon barrel but still awesome. Everything works better when this is warmer.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a decent khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Chocolate and nuttiness. A little bit of cherry. Some coffee.

Taste - Strong cherry and chocolate. Bitter chocolate and coffee. Very nutty.

Mouthfeel - Bitter. Astringent. Medium body.

Overall - Not an improvement on Biscotti Break. Disappointing, but decent.

Photo of Treyliff
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%

22oz bottle, poured into a snifter

A- pours a dark brown/nearly black almost opaque color with a small creamy dark tan head that reduces to a film on top that stays around the rim of the glass, some alcohol legs left behind 4.25

S- aroma up front is full of intense dark chocolate mixed with heavy cream, toasted marshmallows and burnt caramel malt. A quick shot of espresso kicks in, quickly followed by tart dark cherry. Smoky & herbal notes close it out with some earthy tones 4.25

T- the first flavor is full of dark chocolate bar, mixed with toasted marshmallow. A big hit of sweet caramel malt kicks in quickly after, the tart cherry becomes noticeable in the mid-palate, that is reminiscent of a chocolate covered cherry, even resembling the sugary syrup that fills the chocolate. As it nears the finish, I pick up notes of heavy whipped cream, subtle vanilla & even a woodsy oak flavor. The linger gives light charred wood with some herbal hops 4.5

M- thick and creamy body with moderate carbonation leads to a smooth and velvety finish, the alcohol is hidden brilliantly 4.75

O- for a porter, this one is loaded with flavor and super drinkable, given the ABV. The cherry addition is subtle, but compliments the chocolate/coffee flavors nicely. While it doesn't match up to the aroma of regular IBB, the flavor is just as complex. Very well done. 4.5

Photo of KYGunner
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The profile is a stack of carbonation bubbles that stand as an inch thick head. The top of the head is so thick and creamy that it moves as one unit. This khaki colored head then sits atop an ocean of jet black opaqueness.

The scent is varied and balanced. Earth tones mix with milk chocolate, caramel and roasted coffee. Sweet molasses or sorghum and vanilla are lost in a aromatic creaminess that adds feel to the scent. I did not detect any cherry in the scent, maybe I'll find it in the flavor.

Strong chocolate tones hit the tongue first, than earth and graham cracker maltiness. Dry coffee and toffee than hit the palate but where is the cherry? I never did find the cherry nor the sweetness. So how do you rate this as it is delicious but misses the major selling point?

This is a phenomenal stout but even more a fabulous beer, and I guess I'm a tad disappointed there was no cherries to be found but who cares when you love it this much.

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 TheSevenDuffs
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to snifter.

A - Black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Very sweet. Chocolate, hazelnut, tart cherry, brown sugar.

T - Sweet caramel, milk chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla and almond. The tart cherry flavour is present but very much in the background.

M - Full body, light carbonation.

O - This was disappointing after how good the regular Biscotti Break was. Overly sweet.

Photo of smakawhat
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

When pouring, the liquid flows with a dark walnut brown and barely makes half a finger tall of dark tan/mocha head. A little bit of a whispy top, but it disappears quite quickly leaving a pencil thin collar. Some slight viscosity and oily appearances and very dark.

Fruit cherry angle on first whiff is apparent, but return visits bring out more. Dense biscuit and cookie, with light charring roast flavor.

Palate comes through quite varied. Biscuit dark and hints of chocolate bitterness on first sip fill the mid palate. Slight cherry washes over on the swallow, with the smallest hint of tartness. The cherries quickly fade to a crackery dryness and lingering dark roasted coffee. Lots of biscuit like action on this, particularly on the aftertaste, some cherry quality does peak through slightly. The mouthfeel is the only thing lacking but not terribly. Has nice porter lightness, but it's just a hint of fizzy quality.

Overall a very fun and enjoyable beer from Evil Twin. It's not a Bourbon County Cherry killer, but it's a much easier drinking one for sure.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look 8/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 39/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 94/100

Nice big robust stout, chock full of good flavors... Cherry and Coffee play leaf roles as nut and chocolate support the cast. It never gets too sweet and finishes just great at 11.5%. Really I don't gloat to often for any one thing. I would be doing a dis service to not drive home how easy it is to drink at such a huge ABV. Very light and velvety feel. Only real knock is the bitterness which is a tad excessive. Otherwise a danm fine brew~

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a deep, dark brown, almost and basically black. Half inch head settles quickly to a film on top of the beer. The lacing clings to the glass well.

Smells like dark, strong chocolate, a little bit of coffee, and an unmistakable tart fruit scent that must be cherries.

Tastes include dark chocolate, molasses, bitter espresso, tart, juicy cherries, and vanilla. Decadent. Wish the cherries were a bit more at the forefront but this is still quite good.

Full, thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Gloopy. Low carbonation.

A most excellent IBB variation.

Photo of wedge
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

@ Ridgewood

Black with a small creamy head on top. Rich roast, an air of cherry underneath, dark chocolate, burnt sugars, and faint biscotti cookie notes. Huge, thick malty flavor: espresso, dense chocolate cake with cherry drizzle, some vanilla. The cherry is never too much, it seems more of an accent, which I appreciate very much. Pretty heavy in body, moderately carbonated, and slightly drying. No booziness to speak of. Good in small doses.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: ink black in the glass off a translucent dark brown pour; a fluffy finger of mocha foam slimmed to a thin collar that persisted

S: roasted malt aromas, suggesting char, espresso, and dry cocoa, with just a bit of fruitiness

T: dark roasted bittersweet chocolate and cold espresso, hints of tang from the cherry, slight medicinal element; chocolaty and smoothing as it warmed; mellow roast with a tart cherry zing

M: smooth, medium bodied, no palpable carbonation, just a touch of stickiness; smooth

O: a well-done stout, not as similar to Imperial Biscotti Break as I'd expected. Had a lighter feel and the cherry character is quite distinct. The cherry flavor was more tart than sweet, and added an intriguing element to the beer. Worth a buy.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark, nearly opaque mahogany brown with a half finger fine light brown head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of toasted malt and chocolate with hints of vanilla, very similar to the regular Biscotti Break. Flavor is sweet toasted malt, mild chocolate, vanilla and a perfect light touch of cherry juice in the finish with has a slight hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess; nice mouth feel. The Biscotti Break family of porter/stouts has been consistently great tasting and this one keep up the tradition. I had some trepidation with this variant because I'm not a fan of sour flavors in stouts or porters, but other than a mild and well supported tartness, the cherry in this was well balanced by the chocolate flavors. Impossibly well covered ABV, requiring careful sipping because this is as tasty, but not as cloying as a chocolate covered cherry.

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