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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BlastBeats on 10-12-2013

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
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 +5.6%
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 -2.4%
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 +7%
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 -4.6%
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 +2.2%
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 -14.6%
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 +6.8%
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 +1.5%
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 +5.8%
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%
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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Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -0.5%
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 -6.3%

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 -3.4%
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 +3.4%
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 +2.9%
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 -3.6%
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
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | 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 -5.3%

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 +6.1%

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 +8.3%

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 -2.9%
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 +3.2%
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 -0.5%
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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Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top from Evil Twin Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.