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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 1,255
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 27.43%
Wants: 601
Gots: 343 | FT: 47
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: james582 on 11-07-2013

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Photo of aleigator
4.09/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a viscous, motor oil black color, with a small mohagony head, fading to a small lacing at the edge of the glass. The head yields huge bubbles, turning to decadent alcohol legs after swirling.

Smells of moldy bitter chocolate, tons of fudge, a whiff of caramel and tobacco, tied together by a huge amount of roasted malts and bourbon soaked wood bark. While the Bourbon doubtlessly has a hot sting to it, it is well entangled into the beers soothing, rich malt qualities, creating a nutella like creaminess, as for a subtle hazelnuts layer on top.

Has a low carbonation, leaving the spotlight on the beers full body, revealing a stunning creaminess, creating a silk mouthfeel, despite the hot Bourbon burn during the finish.

While it begins earthy, with a profound roastiness to it, the beer develops a pungent, bitter dark chocolate character, mellowed by whipped cream and marshmellows. This balanced impression helps toffee, fudge and wooden vanilla to come up, while a tongue numbing sharpness follows immediately, once matured, dry oak hits the tastebuds. Profound Bourbon punches at the back of the throat for a short glance, producing a dry peak, balanced by mellow toffee, molasses and fresh brewed espresso. Leaves the palate as silk as during its beginning, while finishing way sweeter, to tame the very prominent, spicy Bourbon.

There is a bit of an ambivalence going on in this for me. The beer produces a fantastic, utmost smooth mouthfeel, finding its antagonist in the equally profound Bourbon, which almost creates a certain harshness, numbing my palate. The same is true for a nutella like sweetness on the one hand, and dark bitter chocolate on the other. This beer is extreme. I find it astonishing that it is still able to exhibit a convincing balance, resulting in a sipper you can wrap your head around the whole evening.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Vintage 2015 was able to share this bottle with my friend on his 30th birthday recently and it was amazing! Wonderful bourbon and caramel nose and then once you taste it...even better!!!! Slight roast, lots of caramel sweetness but well balanced with a solid bourbon finish!

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Photo of Topskee
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

great tasting beer. pours thin (which is fine by me) with a rich dark color. smells as it tastes (delicious). no alcohol presence (dangerous for the ABV of 11.50%). I reccommend this to any one that likes a dark yet sweet stout.

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Photo of RJIV
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice bold black.
Smells of roasted notes with a hint of vanilla and sweetness.
The beer is full bodied, creamy and coats the palette.
The roastiness comes through up front followed by sweetness and vanilla flavors.
No heat or burn on the finishes, just smoothness.

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Photo of sittinggc
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into teku glass:

Look: Pours a thick black. Nice brown head with surprising retention.
Smell: Lots of bourbon at first. Then transitions to vanilla flavors and then into sweet coffee.
Taste: the bourbon is not as strong in the flavor, though there is still an apparent bourbon sweetness. Also get vanilla and some more sweet coffee. Alcohol is very well masked.
Feel: The beer is very thick. At the same time it has a silky mouthfeel. Really nice.

Overall: Really great beer! Initially thought it would be too hot....but it was just right. Nice and sweet, just like I like my stouts. Hope I get to drink this again some time soon. Cheers!

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: a thick black, oily beer. A little head that fades quickly. S: bourbon, some vanilla, dark chocolate. T: a ton of chocolate, some vanilla, a hint of bourbon. M: oily, thick, a typical ET stout. O: just amazing, so glad I had a chance to drink this

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Photo of jws6w7
3.97/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

one of the most overrated beers ive had yet. it was solid, but nothing special. there are many, many stouts, regular and ba, that are better than this.

Good beer, I am glad I got to try once. Ridiculously over priced however, for such an underwhelming beer.

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Photo of timc100
4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice barrel aged imperial stout. The coffee, chocolate and bourbon work well together but lacks richness compared to many others on the shelf. Very smooth, medium bodied not very viscous or heavy, rounded flavors and a medium finish.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to UncleJazz for sharing the bottle!

An absolutely delicious beer starting with its deep, dark brown color and khaki head. The nose and flavor are heavy in dark chocolate, boozy bourbon and sweet roasted grain. The body is smooth and round with nice soft carbonation. Really nice.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A - Black but able to see through it a bit as I poured it. Minimal head that dissipated quickly.
S - Sweet bourbon aroma...some vanilla there as well. This smells heavenly.
T - Same as the aroma. Bourbon, vanilla and then wham....some super fudginess. Gets even more prominent as it warms.
M - Good....semi viscous. Would like it to be a little thicker but overall, I thought it was good.
O - Fantastic BA stout. This is up there with some of the best that I've had. Wasn't easy to track down but well worth it.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A great treatment of the original. Excellent balance of bourbon notes, a nuttiness, and roasty goodness. Great medium-heavy body, soft pleasant carbonation. Yum.

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Photo of cbutova
4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stoutfest IV reviews dump.

Thanks for holding this bottle for me Kimbozz. Probably like 8 months old; 2014 most likely.

A- Pitch black pour from the bomber into six glasses for Stoutfest IV. A nutty light brown, foamy head rises up to a finger with decent retention. Small-ish ring drops spotty lacing.

S- Rich and dessert forward like the original but with a medium Bourbon barrel influence. Toasted almonds, deep fudgey chocolate, slight cherry-truffle, deep roast coffee and the barrel. The wooden vessel leaves a peppery whiskey, light vanilla and deep toast wooden feel.

T- Chocolate, biscotti, Bourbon and big malts combine to make some sort of truffley dessert brew. The whiskey and barrel flavors really get strong at this juncture with hot Bourbon, caramel, vanilla sweets and old wood. Buttery toasted almonds, cherry dessert, deep bitter cocoa powder, charred barley, slight whiskey sour and fudge.

MF- Big body but actually somewhat thinner than I would imagine probably due to the massive ABV and the added barrel whiskey. Medium high carbonation and a slick frothy texture. Finishes rather warm.

The classic dessert-esque Biscotti Break flavor with large portion of whiskey at least in the flavor. To me the combination is very well done and it almost tops the original.

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Photo of schris
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Well, this beer is incredible. I have a sweet tooth, so the Biscotti Break and Doughnut Break are already right up my alley. This variant introduces the aroma and flavor of rich dark chocolate, deep fruity sweetness, and some mild charred oak. A real triumph; I won't pass on this one if I see it again.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black with mocha colored head. Fluffy, milky, head that hangs around the edge of the glass.

Nose is big vanilla, heavy oak, sweet bourbon. Slight Chocolate. Not a whole lot past the oak and vanilla.

Taste begins milky, vanilla, marshmallowy goodness. Some toasted coconut and creamy sweet chocolate take over. No noticeable bourbon burn until a sllight flash at the end. Oak and caramel and bourbon on the finish. Finishes sweet but doesn't stay very sweet too long, just the right amount of time.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Slightly sticky sweet. But just enough to leave the palate wanting more.

Overall an amazing beer. Absolutely amazing.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's as delicious and decadent as the name implies. Thick and viscous and chewy. Pours dark as obsidian, very little head. Pricey, but worth the money you spend.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 4/1/15, big cheers towards kumatmebrew for the bottle

A black right out of the bottle, a dark noisy head fizzes out quickly leaving no laced, I'm guessing this one picked up some booze in the barrel because shes got legs

S heaps of barrel, vanilla, burnt marshmallow, some sweetened coffee, nutella, booze, chocolate, smells like something I want to eat, smells like cake topping

T somehow there's even more barrel, char, burnt malt, bourbon and booze, cream added to the sweet coffee, nutty but not nutella I was smelling, a little different from the nose but still awesome

M not as thick as expect but far from thin, some heat not doubt but nothing crazy, a little oily on the palate but sticky on the lips, lots of char on the finish

O with a world class base beer this one had a great chance for success, a little boozy and perhaps it could use some cellar time to be out of this world but I'm stoked to be drinking this today

I really want one of these to age but what can you do? amazing base beer and the barrel just adds to the mix, this would be one of the best beers I've ever had after it mellows out, seek it out!!

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Photo of zac16125
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz pour on draft at Westbrook

A: pitch black, small sliver of tan head, little to no lacing 4.25

S: huge bourbon notes, scotch like peat, short bread, nutty, excellent 4.5

T: lots of barrel notes with oak and bourbony vanilla, vase beer flavors of chocolate and an almond like nutty character, very good but the barrel notes seem to mute instead of compliment the base beer 4.25

M/D: full bodied, a bit chewy, carbonation appropriate, ABV very well masked, drinkability is very good 4.5

O: excellent beer, to be honest I'm not sure I like it more than the regular IBB, cause like I said I feel at times the barrel notes mute some of the wonderful base beer characters. That being said I absolutely love regular IBB so that's not really a slight on this one at all 4.5

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Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love the normal IBB, and this is an improvement. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, even a hint of coconut on the finish. Beautiful mouthfeel like normal IBB. World class brew - Cheers

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Photo of threeviews
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle with no visible freshness date poured into a Rastal Teku 2.0 stemmed glass (about 14oz decanted on first pour). I know this is relatively fresh since it showed up at my local liquor store about one week ago.

A- Although technically an Imperial Porter, the appearance is as menacing as the boldest Imperial Stout...thick, viscous, used motor-oil black with 1/2-finger worth of a mocha head with no retention. (4.75)*

S- The aroma is crazy and really embraces everything you smell when opening a tin of chocolate-dipped biscotti foodstuffs. Almond, Hazelnut, Vanilla, Chocolate, (slight) bourbon and alcohol are all represented. (5.0)

T- Milk Chocolate/Nutty/Vanilla sweetness consumes the palate with the same flavors as detected in the nose. These must have been wet barrels because sweet Bourbon is the next flavor to come to the fore. An oily, Dark Chocolate-covered Espresso Bean bitter finish leaves the palate dry and more than keeps the sweetness in check. The alcohol warmth rises well after the sip. The heat from the bourbon (and what I guess to be some almond and hazelnut extracts) might be distracting for some, but it just adds to the 'extreme' nature of this beer. As it elevates to room temperature, the bourbon barrel comes out in spades...outrageous! (5.0)

M- This is a creamy, silky, full bodied and palate coating libation with spot-on carbonation. The flavor and alcohol warmth lingers which demands slow consumption and contemplation. (5.0)

O- With regards to the initial pour, IBB-BBA is one of the most unique beers I have ever experienced and squarely deserves recognition alongside with other BBA beers in the same class (BCBS, KBS, Backwoods Bastard, BBA Plead The 5th, BBA Narwhal, etc.)...they really nail the "Liquid Biscotti" character. Although I have never had the non-BBA version, the bourbon barrel character is definitely present and amplifies the intensity.

*Unfortunately, the second pour was not as remarkable as the first as it seemed to lose that 'Liquid Biscotti' character and resembled more of a non-adjunct, BBA Imperial Stout. Couple that with the hefty price point (I've seen sell for upwards of $25/bottle), it makes it hard to justify the cost. However, if you have an excuse to celebrate with beer and a couple of extra dollars, this is one is worthy. (4.75)

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Photo of Hesscabob
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Wonderful Thanksgiving beer to enjoy during the annual stuffing of my face.

Jet black in appearance, mocha tan head. Roasted, chocolatey goodness oozing out of this bad boy. Big fan of the Regular Imperial Biscotti and this adds a welcomed amount of booziness from the barrels used. Not overly sweet for a relatively high ABV roasted malt backbone type of brew. Definitely worth seeking out, one to enjoy now and one to enjoy later.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Many thank yous to mendvicdog for the share. Dark brown, near black body with an inch or so of foamy, dark beige cap. Lush aroma of roast and chocolate, oak and bourbon. A touch of vanilla. Incredible balance and simply beautiful flavors. A memorable beer. I would love to have this one again sometime.

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Photo of Rutager
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours thick and black with half a finger of light brown head.

Smell. Sweet vanilla and bourbon with toasted oak, dark chocolate, a touch of toasted coconut. Smells like desert.

Taste. Huge sweet chocolate and dark coffee, smooth bourbon in a complimentary amount, big oak, some nice vanilla and a touch of coconut.

Mouthfeel. Big body, a little warm in the throat. Low smooth carbonation.

Overall. Decadent, sweet, and tasty stuff.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz poured into a shaker pint

A: nice pour super dark with a rich mocha head that disappears immediately

S: soft bourbon, toffee, tobacco , coffee 

T: very rich and smooth get coffee and chocolate with very mellow bourbon sweet toffee Carmel vanilla

M: it's nice full bodied but the alcohol keeps it from being too thick

O: it's an amazing beer smooth flavors with a rich dark complex beautiful beer underneath however I think the bourbon barrel hides some of the flavors That make IBB stand out

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 39/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 93/100

Amazing BA stout, only knock is that it's HUGE... Which is awesome! It's just crushing on the Palette, that said... It really has some serious taste and complexity. Is like a bone crushing chocolate milk with booze and heavy notes of dark Chocolate and Bourbon. Really nothing but delightful~

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Photo of FFreak
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulips and shared. Pure black with a decent light-roasted coffee-colored head. Aromas of coffee, bourbon, roast malt, and brown sugar/caramel. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, whiskey, some dried fruit, caramel, and vanilla. Rich and full mouthfeel with little to no carbonation. Definitely a sipping beer, you're not going to pound this. Its a meal in a glass. Overall, an enjoyable dessert stout, but not something I'd want to drink all the time. Definitely worth the $19 I spent on it.

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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
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