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

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785 Ratings
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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 50
Gots: 172 | FT: 26
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Denmark

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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of vfgccp
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - nice dark body, trace highlights. Creamy, dark khaki head. Nice retention, low lace.

S - hot chocolate mix, touch of cherry, soft bourbon booze, toast. Surprisingly light.

T - booze, cocoa nibs, cherry cordials. The cherry flavor and the sharp booze come off a little like Dimetapp. Roasted malts as it warms; toast, bread crust and a touch of bitter char.

M - smooth, medium-light frame.

O - not a bad porter. Shade boozy for the style, but nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Photo of facesnorth
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Phobicsquirrel
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  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

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick black color with a one finger tan head. Not good retention, but this is looking nice.

S: At first, I smelled pretty much nothing, but then I let it warm up a bit and it really opened up. Coffee and almond meal galore with a nice ripe red cherry note that feels a touch liquor-ish. Not better than the original, but I kind of liked this once it warmed up.

T: Coffee and rich dark chocolate notes meld with a sweet and almost sticky cherry note. Hints of nuttiness, baking chocolate, just a hint of booze and a lot of cherry. Finish has some burnt brownies and intensely dark chocolate bitterness. I enjoyed this one, but to me, it's nowhere near as good as the original.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of PatRNixon
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a lovely beer -- very smooth. It was beautiful in the glass -- dark, with a rich, light brown head. I smelled the cherries, and tasted them too at first. However, I wouldn't characterize them as "sour" cherries. They weren't sweet either -- they were just "there." Overall, the taste/smell of the cherries was very subtle -- just enough to counteract the beer's roasty bitterness (an excellent quality for someone like me who has a low bitterness tolerance). Very enjoyable. That said, as I progressed through the beer, the cherry taste diminished (almost entirely by the end), and the roasty bitterness took over. It was very good, but I let RichardMNixon have the last sip.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a thick black color with a mocha colored head.

The aroma has tons of coffee, chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, and a nuttiness.

The flavor follows dark chocolate covered cherry. Vanilla, a hazelnut/almond nuttiness. A bit of coffee flavor. The cherry note is bright, but hidden in there and not too forward. There's a bit of that liqueur chocolate cherry.

There's a thick creamy mouthfeel.

This really is an exceptional beer. It actually is better than the regular version. The cherry is a beautiful compliment to this sweet and luscious beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top from Evil Twin Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.