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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 hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a small dark tan head which fades quickly to a small disc of foam. The aroma has dark chocolate, almonds, and tart cherries.

Has a nice balance of sweetness and tartness with dark chocolate, roasted malt, almonds, and tart cherries. The tartness of the cherries is not very tart, it is fairly mild for both the aroma and the taste, but it does add a nice complexity to this beer.

Medium to full bodied with mild carbonation. I can't believe the beer is 11.5 % abv. There is no detectable alcohol in the taste or the aroma. That is a sign of a well made beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a nice twist on the original biscotti break, with the cherries added. they do a nice job of picking up on the dark chocolate notes in the malt, and of giving the finish a little tang. very michigan cherry, tart and sweet at the same time, dark red, and perfect for the richness of this brew. nutty and dark like it always is, the cherries add a little fruitiness to the nose that makes this distinct. the booze seems a little more exposed aromatically than i remember it being in the base beer, but it seems appropriate this time of year. the cherries are an accent in the flavor, still well behind the memorable almond milky dark chocolate roasty boozy viscous semisweet base beer, but they add quite a bit to the finish, where the body of the beer seems to get a little thinner (which i welcome), and which seems to get more amplified as the beer warms up. definitely appropriate for the holidays, but share this one, there is a lot of beer in this bottle!

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%

Let's be real here; this is a good beer. But at the end of the day, some people are black coffee drinkers while others are a teaspoon of sugar and a liter of cream. And in the perfectly fine bad boy that is Biscotti Break, someone poured in a heavy dose of Paula Dean shitty creamer. Again, Raul knows that there is a good beer here, and for those that like sweet Porters, Raul says, hooray! But for the main man, meh.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

November 22, 2014

22 oz bomber, snifter

A – Dark, jet black. Thick and viscous. A beautiful brown head, only a centimeter or so thick and dissipating immediately, leaving only a rim of brown bubbles atop the beer.

S – Light coffee with half and half, mostly roasted malts, with sweet chocolate and a touch of vanilla.

T – Vanilla is the first thing I get, followed with roasted malt, light coffee, and perhaps some hazelnut or light almond. A bit of sweetness with a biscuity note. Cherry is barely noticeable but becomes more present as the beer warms, still very, very minor.

M – Fairly bitter, a bitof slickness, then a mildly dry finish. Bitterness on the aftertaste, with just the tiniest tart bite.

O – Good, but I wish it kept the more forward almond, biscuity flavors of the base Imperial Biscotti Break. I also would like more of the cherry flavor present, since that is the namesake of the beer. Still, a solid Evil Twin stout, and that means it’s pretty good.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Let us call it black. The creamy, dark head leaves a fine coating of lace.

A - Just as one might imagine Christmas pudding, this beer delivers. Rich chocolate fudge, roasted coffee, dark dried fruit, and yes cherries.

F- Follows the nose, rearranging the order of prominence to highlight the chocolate and malt. Some pumpernickel bread with warmth and in a long finish.

M - Almost full body, creamy texture with modest carbonation and controlled alcohol.

O - Another stellar offering for the cold holiday season. Would pair well with a cigar, or as an after dinner settler.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep dark brown. Beautiful mocha head. She just looks decadent.
Smell: Full, rich chocolate milkshake with a cherry on top.
taste: Cherry not as pronounced here. A little vanilla thrown in the mix.
overall: Smooth and rich like it's "base" sibling. Fantastic brew, but still prefer the good ol original.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Pours a pitch black color with very little head. Some lacing. A lot going on in the aroma here. Coffee, chocolate, dark cherries, caramel, roasted malts, and cookies. Sweet and boozey. The taste is chocolate and coffee at first followed by dark cherries and some sweet cookies. Cocoa powder, roasted malts, and a touch of nuts. Very sweet, as expected. Finishes with the coffee and cherry flavor with some nutty cookies. Fairly big alcohol presence. Very little carbonation. I liked Imperial Biscotti Break alot and Doughnut Break not as much. This one lies somewhere in between the two. Overall, sweet and boozey Imperial Porter who's price tag may stop me from buying it again.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.76/5  rDev +15.3%
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~

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Photo of GJ40
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Tasty with lots of cherry. I regret not having had the regular Biscotti Break for comparison. The cherry seems to hide most of the base flavor. But I certainly enjoyed it The alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of CHickman
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.46/5  rDev +8%

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

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep dark brown, nearing black, with an oily beige head that clings to the walls of the snifter. Aromas of roast, chocolate, coffee, cherry, fudge, dark fruit. Less of the biscotti comes through in this version. Cherry character with a robust malt profile. Thick and rich with a healthy amount of chocolate. Cherry sweetness with chocolates, like a gourmet candy bar. Not up to the level of Imperial Biscotti Break. Still, tasty.

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

Very nice beer, even if the flavors are a little different. My overall take here is of dry Scandanavian licorice complemented by cherries- which my wife thinks is a bit like cough syrup, but I like. Don't get her wrong, she doesn't mean overly sweet and medicinal, just that the licorice and cherry combo reminds her of those flavors. Not me, and everything mellows and harmonizes a bit as the beer opens up as it breathes. It ends up becoming downright silky, with a persistent fruity cherry background and roasty licorice and malt notes throughout. Quite pleasant.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, tart cherry, toast, dark bread, fudge, vanilla, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and light-moderate tart cherry notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, fudge, toast, dark bread, vanilla, light nuttiness, light tart cherry, and roasted earthiness. Light cherry tartness/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, fudge, toast, dark bread, vanilla, light nuttiness, light tart cherry, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and light-moderate tart cherry flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial coffee porter! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and light-moderate cherry flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

A: Opaque black with just over 1 fingers width of mocha colored head, which dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves zero lacing.

S: Chocolate, boozy, cherries, nutty, coffee, roasty.

T: Cherry is prominent, but it tastes like an artificial cherry flavor. I then get roasted malt and coffee, a bit of heavy cream, a nutty character, chocolate syrup, a bit of booze.

M/D: Full bodied but not thick, carbonation on the lower end of the spectrum which is appropriate, ABV is well masked, drinkability is good.

O: Overall, its good, but it doesnt have that magical perfect combination of flavors that the regular IBB has. If anything the cherry takes away from the other components. This is one case in which I certainly prefer the base beer over the variant. Still very much worth a try though.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was okay. I had been sitting on it for awhile because I don't particularly go out of my way to drink cherry stouts/porters but with local favorite Central Waters Cherry Stout dropping, I figured this was a good time to drink another cherry beer for comparison.

Although this beer was good, it was a little too sweet for me. The cherry flavor was noticeable and was nice and tart but there was an underlying sweetness that was too much and almost "artificial" tasting. I liked this beer but wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 5/20/14

Appearance: Deep, dark brown, heavy - pours with a thick, medium-sized tan head - fades to a wispy cap, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Dark, cooked malts, chocolate, and some cooked cherries - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and some semisweet chocolate - some cherry skin, cherry flesh, and some chocolate-covered cherries - some caramel and some nuttiness - roasty and lightly burnt malts - definitely smells different than Imperial Biscotti Break, with the cherry flavors interacting in weird ways

Taste: Chocolate, caramel, cherries, and some cooked malts - interesting malt profile, not particularly reminiscent of biscotti (like the base beer), kind of more like a cooked cherry pastry... thing - chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel sweetness, cooked malts, roasted malts, nuts, and lots of cherries - very prominent cherry flavor, adds some sweetness, adds some fleshy, fruity flavor, works well with the other flavors - alcohol is oddly hidden and this is unexpectedly easy to drink

Mouthfeel: On the light side of full body, smooth, nicely carbonated, finishes lightly sticky but not harsh given the high ABV

Overall: Cherries are on top, and underneath, and throughout

I thought adding cherries to Imperial Biscotti Break would make it even more of a beast, but this variation is surprisingly easy to drink. Rich malts, with chocolate, and lots of cherry. But as much as I enjoy cherry, I think the original is more remarkable.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Pours almost straight black withsome deep rich browns when held to direct light. Head is dark khaki with a slight red tinge. Decent head retention leaves a small creamy cap for the duration.

Smell: Tart cherry skin over a big sweet malt base. Deeply roasted with some burnt notes. Cholate in all its varieties. Milk, dark, cocoa, and some bitter nibs. A small hint of vanilla. Sweet but not cloying. Cherry is mainly tannic skin coupled with some juicy tart edges. Super caramelized malts with some leather and tobacco leaf thrown in for good measure.

Taste: Deeply roasted with some burnt malts and some serious backing char. Deeply caramelized sugars throw some caramel and toffee. Dark chocolate and cocoa in abundance. Some sweeter milk chocolate. Slightly tart cherry flesh with some cherry juice. A touch of vanilla and bitter nib. Something almost woody. Bitter roasted edges balance the big sweetness, but then the tart cherry cuts through it all and throws a distraction.

Mouthfeel: Full creamy body with a moderate carbonation. Relatively clean for the style. Almostbsyrupy on the initial sip.

Overall: Leave my beer alone.

The tart cherry addition distracts from a great base beer.

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Photo of barczar
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a tan head that dissipates into a thin ring of foam.

Dark chocolate, dark fruit, roast malt, and a hint of cherry form the aroma.

There's a strong cherry note underlying the flavor profile, which finishes fairly roasty and bitter. Chocolate is overwhelmed by cherry. There's a vanilla note in the finish.

Body is full, with minimal carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

The vanilla and cherry and off-balanced bitter roast notes put this is my least fave of the biscotti I've tried. Great beer, but great competition.

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Photo of bleeps
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jet black, with a small ring of bubbles that doesn't cover the entire beer.

Aroma is coffee with a hint of vanilla.

Taste is a strong coffee stout, with a cherry aftertaste. A small amount of spiciness or tingling lingers on afterwards. Alcohol is definitely there, but not overwhelming.

Carbonation is just right, this beer 'feels' really good as you drink it.

Overall this is outstanding. The base coffee stout is already delicious, and the added cherry is there just enough to add to the brew. Cherry can be a tricky flavor, but this is nicely done and not overwhelming.

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of sleepyteacher
2.09/5  rDev -49.4%
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.

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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.