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

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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 49
Gots: 112 | FT: 24
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BlastBeats on 10-12-2013)
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acurtis, Jun 23, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev -1%
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.

metter98, Apr 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Texasfan549, Nov 14, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a sturdy, though modest, mocha head; plenty of lacing is left behind

Smell: Dark chocolate, almonds, caramel and a cherry on top

Taste: The chocolate flavors arrive at the outset and set the tone throughout with the cherry flavor building quickly and lingering throughout; the caramel and almond flavors develop, after the swallow, with the almond, in particular, adding complexity; the cherry flavor, that is so prominent, is neither sweet nor tart but really tastes natural; the alcohol is particularly well hidden

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Having just re-visited the IBB last night, I am amazed at how different this beer tastes (and I note that it is called an Imperial Porter rather than an Imperial Stout); this beer hides the alcohol much better, has more complexity and I just love the cherry on top

brentk56, Dec 08, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When "incredible" isn't enough, just add fruit! Riding on the coattails of lush and lavish Imperial Biscotti Break, its chocolaty taste and rich malty body isn't only balanced by coffee-type bitterness and roast, but now also that of cherry tartness.

But much like the regular Imperial Stout, Natale opens with the darkest of dark brown hues, the beer nearly allows its mocha color to command the appearance, over that of stout. The dark ale allows for a quick rise of light tan foam to cap the beer confidently and withstanding retention. Well laced and ring defined, the heady froth clings to the glass like milkshake.

Its depth of aromas are a seamless medley of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee and a sideswipe of tart cherry. While its burnt caramel, vanilla and heavy cream scent wraps around the roast contributions, its fruit infusion takes on the proportion of chocolate covered cherries, glaze and all. Finishing with a touch of hazelnut and bourbon-tinged alcohol, its scent is complex and irresistible.

Its dense and full flavor leads with all-things-mocha: bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee and all the vanilla and "cookies-and-cream" notes to pull the stout to the dessert side of the table. But its middle palate introduces the cherry flavor that provides extra acidity to balance its sweetness for greater complexity and counter-taste. Again, the taste of chocolate covered cherries are further reinforced as the dark ale dives deep into a bourbon and chocolate infusion that's common in Kentucky bourbon ball candies.

The beer's texture plays on the palate like velvet. Dense, rich and certainly full bodied, its middle is marshmallow and its finish is bourbony-warm and malty-dry with coffee-type bitterness and the acidic pang of tart cherry.

Can there be such thing as too much complexity? While the standard Biscotti is flawless in its simplicity, the addition of cherry to the mix adds balance but it also distracts from the purity of the stout. Its a great variation that's certainly welcome in my glass, its a shame that the standard version came along first.

BEERchitect, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

kjkinsey, Nov 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

zeff80, Jun 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

nickfl, May 30, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Slatetank, Dec 15, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with rudzud.

Nice super dark cocoa colored creamy thick 1/2 finger head but fades pretty quickly, little lacing long legs, pitch black beer thick with no legs.

Nose is nice but lacking cherry, dark malts all over the place, super dark malts, choc and dark cocoa, little caramel, mild toffee and nutty like biscotti, mild vanilla, there but not a lot, even looking for it I still get no cherry.

Taste starts heavy, dark malts galore, luscious choc, creamy with heavy thick choc, little nutty note, little toffee, and even a little vanilla. Little warming booze comes through, then finally a cherry flavor, fleshy plump cherry with juicy fruity flavor, but again not a ton. Cocoa flakes come back in with mild roast and coffee, chewy malts and little fudgey. Hint of bitterness, with touch of hops. Long sticky finish with more bitterness, more dark choc and chewy malts, no more cherry.

Mouth is fuller bod, creamy rich chewy, nice creamy carb, just a bit of warming booze.

Overall good but not great, very little cherry, even seems to have detracted from the original.

jlindros, Jan 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

oline73, May 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appeared much like its counterparts, dark brown-black with a half inch of chocolaty brown head that retained as a thick ringlet, lacing the glass sporadically. Dark roasty malts in the aroma, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, lighter notes of dark fruits / cherries. More malty goodness in the taste, roasty, slightly charred, ground coffee, mid-palate bringing in flavors of almond and maraschino cherry, with a tamed sweetness. Tasty. Medium-full body, with the higher ABV well-hidden, making drinkability quite easy.

I liked this much better than the regular Imperial Biscotti Break, but not as much as the regular, which may be my favorite Evil Twin brew.

Rifugium, Nov 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

mendvicdog, Nov 15, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/25/13 notes. 8 oz. pour of this on tap at The Jeffrey in NYC, served in a flute-like glass.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Less head and doesn't look at thick as the normal IBB, but looks very good.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, toasted malts, cream, light coffee, light burnt malts, and light dark fruits. Cherries are extremely light in the end. Less coffee than the normal IBB. Very good, but not as good as the IBB smell IMO.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, cream, vanilla, cherries and sweet dark fruity malts, oak, bready malts, toasted malts, burnt malts, and light coffee. The taste definitely has a little more cherries and fruit to it as it warms, though it still isn't a ton. I actually like the taste slightly better than the taste of the IBB as it is very similar, with a little cherry to it.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Body hides the alcohol well and is pretty smooth, though a little thinner and a little less creamy than the body of IBB.

o - Overall I compared this a lot to IBB as that is easy to find and cheaper and honestly, it is also better. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer, but IMO it doesn't smell as good and the mouthfeel is not as great as the IBB. Splitting hairs on two great beers here, but considering the money I dished out for this, I would definitely go with the normal IBB next time.

mdfb79, Nov 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 01, 2014
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Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top from Evil Twin Brewing
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