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

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Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On TopImperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

597 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 47
Gots: 109 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BlastBeats on 10-12-2013)
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1/5  rDev -75.9%

Phil_H, Jan 21, 2014
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2/5  rDev -51.8%

chippo33, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of sleepyteacher
2.06/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Hey All,

I am willing to admit that I picked up this bottle late in the season (way after other stores had sold out). That being said, this was a poor experience. The cherry had completely died off and what it left was the oak taste of the barrels this beer was never aged in. Very disappointing.

My hope: That the beer got skunky some how, some way. I have had this beer on tap and I remember the cherries being flavor forward and still getting a slight taste of biscotti. I thought this beer aged might find its happy place, but now I regret having two more bottles in my cellar.

Smell: First-time homebrew
Taste: If I close my eyes and imagine, I can maybe taste cherry, but really it is bitter and tastes like the deck of a warship.
Appearance: Perfect head that died off in a timely fashion. Can't see through the brew with a flashlight on the other side.
Mouthfeel: There are some layers here. Towards the back of the tongue, you can taste some sweetness.
Overall: Very disappointed.

sleepyteacher, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Hugonaut13
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Hugonaut13, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Lanstrum, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Danimal25
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Danimal25, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of josephwa
3/5  rDev -27.7%

josephwa, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of RaggaD
3/5  rDev -27.7%

RaggaD, Dec 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Anvilfarm, Jan 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Nichols33, Sep 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

HugeBulge, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.09/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

jeonseh, Dec 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

DoubleSimcoe, Dec 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Mikeypnh, Mar 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

brother_kenneth, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Now that its warmed a bit I'm smelling mostly black coffee, anise, a little sourness, and alcohol. My first sip had some pretty noticeable cherry, but since then its been kind of off and on, and still never really as strong as that first taste. I'm getting some coconut now that its warmed up, more alcohol, tiny bit of tartness, some dark fruit, hint of smoke. Pretty ashy/roasty finish with a touch of bitterness that's gone quickly. I think this is one of the few strong dark beers that is better colder.

Mikeluzzjr, Mar 21, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of KFBR392
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours with a heavy body which produced half a finger of rich, dark brown head. Above average active carbonation for how big this beer is.

Smell: Syrupy subtle cherry sweetness on the front. Vanilla and milk chocolate smooth out on the body. Roasted malt and medium bodied coffee notes really make it smell like an imperial porter. The back end opens up with some more vanilla and oak.

Taste: Vanilla, oak, and some mossy hops on the front. Cherry sweetness really opens up on the body, then takes a slight funky artificial turn toward the back end. Untamed roasted malts and earthy coffee grounds join force with the cherries and create an odd finish. Love the front half of this taste, but the finish is undesirable.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, rich front yields to an off balanced, heavy malt, burnt finish. Carbonation is light which doesn't allow any flaws to be hidden.

Overall: Man really disappointed here. Is Imperial Biscotti Break even the base beer here? My expectations were a rich sweet dessert beer which the front delivered, but the finish killed.

KFBR392, Jun 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Jul 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Gonzoillini, Nov 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

mdvatab, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Alieniloquium, Nov 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

sunofneurot, Dec 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

crosenkrantz, Feb 13, 2014
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Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top from Evil Twin Brewing
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