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

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 903
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 26.63%
Wants: 69
Gots: 200 | FT: 35
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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 corby112
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black and opaque with a one finger dark mocha head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention, lingering for most of the pour with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

The aroma of this beer is very similar to that of the regular version with just a touch of sweet cherry juice. Deeply roasted dark malt character with robust coffee bean and silky dessert-like malt sweetness. Roasted gourmet coffee along with burnt toast, oatmeal and dark chocolate but not as burnt/acrid smelling as the regular version. More noticeable sweetness in the with silky chocolate, fudge, bakers chocolate and vinous dark fruit sweetness. Coffee is a bit overpowered and the cherry is faint until it warms up to closer to room temperature.

Fuller end of medium body with a really prominent sour cherry juice presence that adds a decent amount of vinous dark fruit flavor to the robust roasted malts and sweeter notes. Slightly smokey and a bit drier than expected wih a somewhat acrid/burnt character. Used coffee grind and burnt toast along with some charcoal, oatmeal and bittersweet dark chocolate. The coffee is faded and it's a bit harsher on the palate. Sweeter malt flavors and tart cherry juice provide some needed balance with some lighter chocolate chocolate, caramel cake. Slightly medicinal and syrupy but adds another dimension of flavor but the. Similar cherry flavor to cherry rye but this beer isn't as complex or flavorful and the notes of the base beers are slightly muted. Coffee comes toward the forefront as it warms up but it's slightly bud tasting resulting in a harsher drink.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a noticeable ruby red hue and a thin layer of dark brown foam.

Sweet cherries, caramel, vanilla, oak, and molasses.

Subtle vanilla and caramel notes, but the sweet cherry really overpowers over everything.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, sticky, overly sweet.

Overall, while I'm a big fan of others in the series, this was just way too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black-brown with a bubbly reddish head. Smells like molasses, dark fruit, nuts, chocolate. Taste is dense fruitcake, coffee, and dark chocolate. Finishes nutty and bitter. Texture is heavy and slick from start to finish. A great winter holiday beer for sure.

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Photo of Budlum
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep black body was topped with a tan head for only a few seconds before disappearing to a small ring. The nose is pretty awesome - dark chocolates, powerful cherries, dark coffee, a balanced amount of booziness, and sweet cream. The cherry flavors are much more muted than I would have anticipated. Their flavor is always presents, but plenty of vanilla, chocolate, cream, and coconut cookies coat the mouth with each sip. The body is properly viscous and right on for this style.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet bready taste with chocolate malts, bitter coffee, and a sour finish from the cherries. The alcohol is well hidden beneath the overwhelmingly good favours this beer has to offer.

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Photo of ARoman
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

*transferred from old notes - 1/11/2014*
22 oz bomber poured into a shaker. The aroma of cherries comes through immediately and aggressively. Getting past the cherry smell, there are notes of chocolate and toasted bread / cereal, and, deeper down, there’s some nuttiness (pistachio? although maybe I’m hunting for that one) as well as some ashy aromas. It’s a brown head, which almost appears to have some redness to it, which pours nice and fluffy and sits atop a nearly opaque, dark brown beer. There wasn’t too much lacing to note, but it was poured into a shaker. As might be expected, it’s initially a heavy sweet beer, but this gives way to toasty and smokey bitter flavoring - borderline burnt. The smokey flavor lingers for a bit at the finish and is accompanied by some piney / spicy notes. It has a mild carbonation, but mostly oily, syrupy texture. Cherry biscotti is not much of an exaggeration on this one - quite a unique beer, glad I stumbled upon this one.

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Photo of RickS95
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle undated but over a year old.

Thick black pour with shallow tan head reducing to a ring of lacing.

Smells of sweet molasses, dark malts, almond, faint coffee and sour cherry.

Intensely sweet and roasty malt flavor filled with sweet cherry and dark fruits. Notes of chocolate, almond and coffee follow. An aftertaste of burnt sugars, ash and roasted coffee outlast the candied and slightly tart cherry flavor.

Medium to thick bodied with fine, effervescent carbonation. Very nice.

Overall, a very good sweet stout (very sweet!) and a great dessert beer. Since the cherry is a little over-the-top, find someone (or a few people) to share it with.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip during #bottlecherwednesdays at Beachwood BBQ. Nearly black in color with brown highlights at the edges and a tan head. Smell is cocoa, roast coffee, medicinal cherry, and hints of booze. Taste is sweet chocolate and toffee, followed by hop, coffee, and tart cherry bitterness. Medium body, creamy texture, moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

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Photo of OGShotzy
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First review here from a longtime rater! Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

A: looks like a stout. Dark, dark brown; maybe even black. Small 1/4 inch light brown head even after a vigorous twirl and pour. Lacing really grips to the glass.

S: Again, a lot like a stout. Bitter, dark chocolate, with a liiiitle cherry in there.

T: Nice sour cherry aftertaste, as advertised. Lots of flavor you would expect in an imperial stout. Bitterness, a tiny bit of coffee, a lot of chocolate all mixed together.

F: Very smooth. Definitely a tad thinner than a stout, because it's a porter after all.

O: A very, very good beer. Personally not a big fan of the cherry, but would drink again if it were a tad cheaper—I paid $16.99 for this bomber.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lots of bitter chocolate, some cocoa, dark fruits and almonds. Super dry. Not sure if there is supposed to be sour cherries in this but I don't taste any sourness. Very smooth, low carb, short finish. More dark fruit flavor started to come out as it warmed considerably.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a snifter to a solid black beer with a half finger of dense tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: smells of coffee, chocolate, a little almond, a slight cherry aroma and some roasted malts
T: taste is coffee, sour cherry, roasted malts, chocolate, almond, slight burnt sugar and charred wood. swallow is roasted malt, charred wood, coffee, bitter dark chocolate and more cherry
M: this beer is full bodied in the mouth, velvety smooth with soft carbonation and a slightly dry finish
O: A nice twist on an already great beer. faantastic flavors and the cherry is subtle instead of being over the top. If you like imperial biscotti break there's no reason you shouldn't enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
2.33/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

APPEARANCE - Dark, opaque, no head, no lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Fruit, coffee, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, nalts, bitter, sweet, nutty, coffee, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar. Boozy.


VALUE - One-pint bottle for $30. Ridiculously overpriced.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - I don't like Evil Twin. They make silly stunt beers. Just not for me.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +15%
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!!

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Photo of pagriley
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours one shade darker than cola with a loose, 1/8th inch mocha-colored head that quickly disperses towards the shoulders. Only spots of lacing are present during the tasting. Nose is roasty and chocolatey with a suggestion of lactose and cherry sucrets and a faint metallic quality. Taste follows nose - fortunately, the cherry notes are less medicinal and the metallic character present in the nose is no longer present. There's also a nice cocoa quality to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild carbonation, a light acidity and a slightly oily texture. Overall, a decent imperial porter, but not worth the price point. Not something I would recommend for extended cellaring.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at BFD Clubhouse in Rochester Hills, MI

I don't know if this keg was mislabeled or something but I am not getting a lot of the flavors other reviewers are getting from this beer. It tastes like just a pretty decent roasty porter with a light sour cherry on the finish. Didn't really get any vanilla or anything resembling a biscotti flavor, glad I didn't buy an expensive bottle of this at a shop somewhere.

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Photo of ghirsh
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 22 oz bottle poured into a Riedel Vinum Zinfandel glass.

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a thick, mocha head; minimal lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, spiced chocolate, and hints of sour cherry.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, spice and tart cherries. Fruity chocolate notes dominate with roasted malt only there as background.

Mouthfeel: Medium to feel with a smooth, creamy body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A good sipper whose alcohol isn't apparent and made more quenching by restrained sweetness and cherry tartness. Typical roasted coffee flavors take a back seat to some interesting chocolate notes.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of spoony
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle to a wine glass.

A-The head is tall, dense, and sticks around for a while. The walnut colored foam leaves some chunks of lacing on my glass as I drink. The beer is very dark and I can see a bubble or two up against the glass. Good looking stuff.

S-The aroma is dense with bitter, dark chocolate flavors, some coffee, and a nutty bitterness that reminds me of almonds. Cherry flavors are more of a light hit of tart fruit than full-on sweet juiciness or jammy flavors.

T-The taste is pretty similar, i.e., semi dry, lightly tart, and big on the dark chocolate/coffee flavors. Bitterness is higher than many stouts with fruit in them and I can even taste what I'm guessing must be some medicinal hops. I suppose that is what makes this a porter. Anyway, the alcohol is well-hidden for a beer with this type of ABV.

M-The body is medium to heavy with an ultra mellow carbonation that provides just a bit of lift on the palate.

O-This is one of those beers that I don't actually like very much, but I have to give high scores because it is well made and tastes like it should taste. The looks and mouthfeel are impressive, in particular, but I just don't really dig the flavors of this beer. I recall have having the same reaction to regular Biscotti Break. The cherries add some complexity, but I don't think they make it better. Oh well.

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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 111 ratings.