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

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 888
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 69
Gots: 196 | FT: 36
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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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Photo of JMScowcroft
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Evil Twin Brewing - Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a thick jet oil black and settles with a thin mocha head that retains a thin layer. Splotchy lacing all over.

Smell - Aroma is roasted malts, sour cherry, almonds, and dark chocolate. Super complex even when cold but this is one that you should at least let half of it warm up to fully experience.

Taste - Thick and creamy with chocolate complemented by almond and a touch of cherry sweetness. Settles roasted malt. The taste was perfect in my book, any sweeter would have been too much, they did this perfectly.

Mouthfeel - Heaviest of heavy-bodied. Remarkable lack of booziness. Carbonation level adds character and some zip. Exceptional drinkability.

Overall - Utterly amazing... I love how the cherry complements but doesn't override this brew. This is one of those brews that perfectly matches everything I want or expect from this style. For that, I give it a 5 and I HIGHLY recommend this brew.

On a side note, the regular IBB is also amazing, but this had the twist that made it a 5/5 for me and that one was missing that extra added bonus to it. (1,195 characters)

Photo of ubenumber2
4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into tulip , pitch black dark beer with a nice 3 finger head , small amounts of lacing , very nice looking beer

When I swish this beer around and take a big whiff I pick up on two things , Chocolate and Cherries and it smells delicious

Dark chocolate , rich maltiness and cherries and booze in the aftertaste of this beer , tastes wonderful

This beer is heavy and thick and pefect for an Imperial Stout , just perfect

All in all this one caught me off guard , I was up in the air if I was going to like it or not and I fell in love with it , I can't wait to try one a year from now (605 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I didn't know what to expect but this was good. Buddy of mine poured from a larger bottle. I always forget the size - just never large enough generally. This poured a nice dark color with small head and medium carbonation. The chocolate lay malt smell hits you right away and the taste follows through. But it is the cherries that work- it is mild and not overwhelming and makes this stand out. This was a surprise as I generally hate cherries but it works here - perhaps they are only meant to mix with beer. I also have that in common. Two thumbs up for a unique beer that is very good (587 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
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~ (605 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
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!! (1,149 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a thick black color with a mocha colored head.

The aroma has tons of coffee, chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, and a nuttiness.

The flavor follows dark chocolate covered cherry. Vanilla, a hazelnut/almond nuttiness. A bit of coffee flavor. The cherry note is bright, but hidden in there and not too forward. There's a bit of that liqueur chocolate cherry.

There's a thick creamy mouthfeel.

This really is an exceptional beer. It actually is better than the regular version. The cherry is a beautiful compliment to this sweet and luscious beer. (568 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Pitch black with a two finger dark tan head

S- Roasted coffee, milk chocolate, some cherries, almonds, very rich.

T- Rich roasted bitter coffee, milk chocolate, tart cherries, almonds, cherries become more noticeable as I drink this.

M- Smooth, silky, creamy, full body.

O- Just as big and awesome as Imperial Biscotti Break. Pricey but worth the money. (394 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (995 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (1,344 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours massively black with a dense brown head.
S-A lot of coffee, wood, some chocolate and cocoa. Not too bold but a very nice smelling stout.
T- Doesnt have a bold flavor at first. The beer starts of subtle with hints of aromatic coffee. The large roasted malt load takes over. A not too bitter or sweet stout, an excellent balance. There is a woodlike dry aftertaste from the roasted malt and a hint of dark chocolate. Not too much cherry taste assuming there is some/
M- Thick, well carbonated and perfectly balanced.
O- A great stout. (576 characters)

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - IBB Natale is toffee-black with some very faint top-sided reddish-hues that I can't figure out if I'm imagining because of the cherry presence or if it's really there; a consistent half-inch bubbly head remains throughout consumption, with plenty of effervescent carbonation active.

S - the nose is pretty subtle and not tremendously different than regular IBB: milk chocolate, cocoa, a little bit of alcohol, cola, and maybe a pinch of charred butterscotch/caramel. Just a faint bit of cherry lingers with a deep snort.

T - Again, very similar to regular IBB, but that cherry comes through a bit more here; I actually was looking for more cherry, but it's pleasantly present and certainly not too sweet; there's plenty of roasted nuts, cocoa, vanilla, biscotti, biscuit, and malty notes; the coffee and caramel are there, as is the traditional IBB sweetness.

M - I love the smooth, velvety finish of this beer; the roasted malty-ness is extremely well-balanced with the sweet flavors; this beer is sweet without being cloying; it's creamy and delicious and with the coffee still dominating the cherry, not something I'd consider as a 'dessert beer'...the sugars are easy to consume.

O - I'm a pretty big fan of IBB and love the moderate sweet with the coffee bitter. I opened this at about 51 degrees, so it wasn't like I needed it to warm up to get those cherries: ultimately, I actually had hoped it was just a bit sweeter and a bit more cherry-forward; what I'll do in the future is a side-by-side with regular IBB: that might ultimately help to discern that cherry flavor a bit more. It's a damn good beer nonetheless. (1,632 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%

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 (1,388 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (949 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
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 (206 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was on tap at Hunger N Thirst, served chilled in a snifter during the Christmas event.

The color is black opaque with thin tan cap. The smell is very fragrant with dark roast coffee and slight fruity yeast with a moderate amount of alcohol, gentle dried fruit sweetness in the smell. The texture is rich with malt and full with mild spice and moderately high in carbonation for the style with relatively high alcohol but not excessive considering its strength it is pretty gentle on the palate for being so big.

The taste is great is is thick but not syrupy it has a fruity and roasty combination of malt and cherry with light almond-like nuttiness and subtle cocoa with mild burnt malt and light alcohol in the finish. Overall I was pleased to try this and would recommend it to those who enjoy a big malty roasty ale, it is sweet but the cherry adds more in the way of acidity than pure sweet fruit it is drinkable, almost dangerously drinkable. (958 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick solid dark black. Head is about a quarter finger, tan, smooth and retains nicely leaving a sold tan ring around the glass.

Smell is great, lots of nutty aromas forward with notable almond aromas. Cocoa aromas follow along with roasted chocolaty malt and a very faint dark cherry aroma near the tail end. Dark rich cherry aromas come out more as it warms.

Taste is great and follows the nose. Great cocoa and chocolate malt are forward. Nutty flavor is present however mild and a light hint of black cherries come in near the end with a very light tartness.

Mouthfeel is great. Creamy heavy body works well with mild carbonation to give this a smooth rich feel. (675 characters)

Photo of KForlino
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A- Espresso color, thin tan head which goes away quickly

S- Coffee, toasted malts

T- Wow. Nice complexity going here. Very subtle cherry note, some coffee, tobacco. Almost like a black & mild cigar with a cherry wood tip. Another sip and now some vanilla coming through. I am shocked that this beer is 11.5 abv, the heat on this beer is hidden quite well.

M- Nice and smooth, relatively low carbonation. It could only be better on tap with nitro.

O- Man, these guys have outdone themselves with this one. Very nice. Great example of everything you want with this particular style of beer, then adding their own little twist on it. Would be really cool to put one of these away for a couple years and see what it's like. (723 characters)

Photo of ghirsh
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (214 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured Imperial Biscotti Break Natale into a Belgian Tulip.

A - The brew is black as midnight with a full finger of mocha head.

S - The aroma is of heavy roasted malts, smooth coffee, and bitter chocolates.

T - Delicious, this one has heavy roasted malts, bitter chocolates. Mid palate getting smooth coffee with tangy sour cherries on the finish.

M - Smooth medium to full mouthfeel, with medium to low carbonation. Just about a perfect mouthfeel for a Imperial Stout.

O - A very nice beer to have around the holidays. Recommended! Cheers! (545 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a sinister looking black dark brown color with sizable chunks of sediment floating around in the brew like a snowglobe, and a creamy 2 finger chocolate shake brown color head that faded average to slowly, leaving decent spotty foamy lacing.

Smells of coffee, vanilla beans, espresso, charred wood, dark chocolate, caramel, fudge, cocoa powder, roasted grains or burnt toast, lemon zest and some fruit. Rich and roasty, this nose is very similar to the Imperial Biscotti Break and really complex with a lot of coffee and chocolate notes.

Tastes similar to how it smells, but with more coffee bitterness and a combo of cocoa powder, espresso, coffee, vanilla beans, charred wood, dark chocolate, roasted grains or burnt toast, caramel, hot fudge, tiramisu, lemon zest, toffee, oats, chocolate covered cherry, roasted nuts, and some other dark fruits like anything dipped in dark chocolate. The burnt malts and chocolate completely hide the alcohol, and while the bitterness seems to be from the coffee additions or perhaps the hops, the tart cherry flavor sneaks in after each swallow to let you know the cherry was on top of the chocolate whipped cream, piled onto the tiramisu. A perfect desert beer, the genius of this brew is that each sip brings out something different with more complexities as it warms. The sweetness was not overpowering, the bitterness was in check, the ABV was hidden and the rich deep malty flavors added earthy notes, smoky notes and chocolate flavor that made me want to swirl the glass to stir up more taste.

Mouthfeel was thin and watery, with mild carbonation, a chewy, thick body and a slightly bitter sweet finish that had a light tart nip. It trails off more like a burnt coffee than a porter or stout and overall was a great beer, a sipper to savor to try to maximize the flavors. (1,827 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (960 characters)

Photo of pagriley
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (749 characters)

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Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top from Evil Twin Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.