Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged - Evil Twin Brewing
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Reviews by BigPlay1824:
3.33/5 rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3
First review I've done in well over a year so I'm sure I'll be a little rusty but here goes nothing
Served in a snifter at about 60 degrees. Purchased the bottle for $45 at Grand Central
A: pours out a motor oil completely opaque black. Pours with a rather vigorous head that is milk chocolate in color and is comprised of very fine bubbles which begin to fizz away and dissipate rapidly. Leaves scattered lacing around the glass
S: the smell is very multidimensional. It begins with a deep sweetness like that of real maple syrup but just a little deeper. Then comes in the expected bourbon notes of woods and mainly booze. There is an underlying sweetness that is reminiscent of dr. Pepper. Pretty minimal on malt sweetness just because it is such a big beer
T: the first thing you get in the taste is the sweetness I had mentioned before. The bourbon comes in next where is is backed up pretty strongly by woody and slightly smoky flavors. There is a lingering taste in the mouth of bourbon, not necessarily bourbon of the highest quality but I would almost equate it to the aftertaste from a shot of Jameson.
M: this is where I feel this beer falls short. It's an overall slick mouthfeel with a bit of substance. I know with beers this high in ABV mouthfeel sometimes falls by the wayside but I've had plenty of imperial stouts with more substance to them than this. I would like a bit of a creamier and thicker mouthfeel. There is absolutely no alcohol burn which, I must admit, is nice.
O: it's a decent enough beer but, after all the hype I've heard surrounding the original biscotti break, I had much higher expectations. Would I pay $45 for this again? Not a chance in hell. Would I pay $15? Yes, and that's about as high as I would go. If you've got the pocketbook to buy a beer like this, pass it up and buy multiple $15 bottles instead, you'll be much happier.
Serving type: bottle
12-14-2013 20:57:36 | More by BigPlay1824
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4.69/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Thick tar like pour, this jet black stout oozed into the snifter. The head was a thick brown pillow of dense foam that left curtains of lacing.
The nose is full and rich with vanilla, coconut, lots of coconut, chocolate, caramel malt, oak, bourbon cream and some dark fruit.
The flavor is luscious creamy chocolate, coconut, vanilla, a mid palate of yet more chocolate and a fudge like finish. Throughout, there's a subtle bourbon creaminess that is never intrusive but simply amplifies the flavors.
The feel is thick, smooth and velvety; masking any and all alcohols yet never being too sweet.
Double Barrel Hunahpu and King Henry are the only two that may beat this out otherwise this is the new Gold Standard.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 01:29:57 | More by KYGunner
4.5/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Joel for breaking this one out.
Viscous pour, thick brown-black, with a solid brown head that sank to a collar and held there, lacing the glass nicely. Lots of chocolate and dark malty goodness in the nose, notes of licorice, almond, vanilla, bourbon. Flavor profile started out much like the regular version of the beer, or the regular/imperial version, but quickly gave way to a huge wall of brownie batter, fudge soaked in bourbon--salivating--lesser notes of almond and vanilla, caramel. All things good and stouty. Robust mouthfeel, smooth and creamy, full body. Excellent overall. This could stand and hold its ground right alongside any BCBS variant, and other big boys of the style.
This was quite a surprise. I mean, all the other versions of this beer have been pretty good, but this was easily the best that I've tried, and I'd say most likely the best Evil Twin beer I've had to date. Must get more.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 03:30:35 | More by Rifugium
Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
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