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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged - Evil Twin Brewing

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BA SCORE
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1,127 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,127
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 463
Gots: 332 | FT: 53
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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 BEERchitect
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

With the perfection in succulence, decadence, sultry and smoothness of the standard Imperial Biscotti Break, here comes and even more elevated stout to rival the top spots on all the message boards. Simply put, they but more awesomeness into the Bourbon Barrel Aged version!

Opening with even darker hues, this barrel-infused stout is mocha and chocolate even to the eye. The dark ale allows for a patient rise of latte-tan foam to cap the beer confidently and with stubborn retention. The ale trails with a coat of lace, giving an unmistakable milkshake appearance.

Succulent aromas are a balanced medley of chocolate, coffee and sweet bourbon. If not for the bourbon, the beer's scent is straigh-up of coffeehouses. Bold sweetness of burnt caramel, roasted barley, toasted hazelnuts, vanilla and oak all swirl to captivate the olfactory senses.

Decadent cream flavors are dense and full. But its the taste of mocha and bourbon that leads the way. The blend of espresso, bittersweet chocolate and sweet bourbon play out from the initial sip 'til its long and savory finish. All the while, this lavish stout picks up even more wood caramelization, brown sugar, oak spice and vanilla sweetness early on the tongue, then provides a heavy whipping cream and bourbon-soaked middle palate before turning to burnt toast, brownie, fudge and smooth coffee bitterness to finish.

Like silk on the palate, the beer invades every nook and cranny of the mouth with a dense sheet of velvety sweetness. Bourbon warmth eases the dense texture as the dry roasted malt ushers in a malty-dry culmination in its deep aftertaste.

Its a sublime stout that nearly wins the battle with each and every flavor that's common to the style. But without actually taking that award, its balance and high level of perfection is highly acclaimed. To expect Stout to somehow be better is simply unreasonable.

Photo of HoppySeb
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle stored in cellar at 45 degrees , poured into a Teku glass. Pours a beautiful, velvety jet black. A two finger mocha colored head quickly forms, then after a brief moment it slowly starts to sink into the darkness of the beer below it. Ultimately the creamy head disappears in its entirety, save for an elegant ring that forms around the glass. A beautiful beer.

From the moment the bottle was opened, a fiery explosion of vanilla and wild cherries made its way to my nose. It was closely followed by the warming aroma of bourbon and a sweet companion to it that reminds me of maple syrup. Worthy to note – I have not smelled the glass yet – this beer’s scent is so penetrating and far reaching that I’m picking these aromas out having the glass roughly a feet away . Upon smelling the beer in the glass milk chocolate and coffee ice cream flavors surface, making the vanilla and cherries even more appealing. Bourbon is still detected, as is maple syrup but these were not nearly as dominant as I expected them to be. A notably absent aroma is oak/wood. After the first few sips I can say that the taste is so well balanced and the alcohol is so well hidden that it’s almost unbelievable. A chocolaty and warming sensation is the first impression you get after tasting it, soon thereafter a soft and inviting vanilla flavor mixed with cherries takes over, ultimately leading you to a dessert like finish with characteristics of coconut, latte and maple syrup. A blend of spices can be felt in your palate – I would say nutmeg is definitely present.

Mouthfeel is as great as it gets – its rich, velvety and creamy allowing you to almost chew the flavors out of this beer. Almost no carbonation, as expected.

Overall: Every sip is an experience – this beer is phenomenal. The only drawback (and hence my lower overall score) is its price. At $25.99 a bottle – this is a beer to be had in very special occasions if at all. I do consider it unique enough and worthy of its value (no regrets!) – however, I do consider other BBA to be worthy competitors at much lower price points (Parabola, BBPt5, BCBS). Bottom line - wow. Both on your palate and your wallet.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle from Five Points Bottle Shop (Athens, GA). No bottling date. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours jet black with a deep tan quarter finger head. After a brief moment only a thin halo remains, leaving very little lace.

Roasty, sweet, inviting aromas of chocolate, vanilla, almonds, bourbon and mild coffee. Quite nice.

The taste has all of that Imperial Biscotti Break goodness but taken up a notch. Mild yet flavorful bourbon, creamed coffee, amaretto, rich chocolate, oaky vanilla, nutty, caramel, roasted grains and some alcohol. Good and sweet with a roasty coffee bitterness than keeps it in check. Really opens up nicely as it gets a bit warmer. Outstanding.

Creamy, viscous and moderately heavy body with soft carbonation. Bourbony vanilla, mochacino and caramel linger on the tongue in the delicious aftertaste.

This is the total package- earning/ delivering high marks in every catagory. The bourbon really elevates the base beer- and that's really saying something based on how good Imperial Biscotti Break already is. The barrel treatment adds a delicious bourbon glaze to the solid foundation of chocolate, coffee and amaretto. A hunt-worthy gem that, for me, more than lived up to that pesky thing we call hype.

Photo of BigRedDog
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber.

This has been a huge want of mine for a long time. Now I got it. Theres nothing negative to say about this brew. Enough chitchat lets describe this brew for you!

First when you pop this top smoke comes out like a barrel of a smoking gun. Then when poured, it is jet black with a dense mocha head. The roasted malts coat the glass while I twirl it around. Very entertaining brew.

Now forth with the aroma! Huge barrel notes with hints of the original Biscotti Break. Huge oak and vanilla notes that make love in your nostrils. The mixture is complete balance with the coffee and chocolate cookie crumble of IBB. This smells phenomenal!

The flavor is just as the aroma details with more malt sweetness. Chocolatey cookie crumble, coffee roast and vanilla is just outstanding to the point I just want to taste this beer forever. The bourbon notes comes together nicely toward the finish, bringing toasted oak to the drinker's taste buds. This brew finishes sweet, syrupy and bitter with a balanced dryness. Lingering bourbon and chocolate in the aftertaste.

The feel on the palate medium bodied and smooth. The carbonation tickles the flavors on the palate just enough to make it interesting and not just cough syrup.

Overall: Bam! This is my favorite variant of the IBB. well, i guess you cant go wrong with the base beer either. The flavors are well balanced, sweet and no booze detected (always a good thing). I am simply wowed by this offering on the depth of flavors coming out of it. No lines no gimmicks, this beer is Recommended!

Photo of RobertClevenger
4.91/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yeah. It's as good as the reviews.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz. bottle into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a dense pitch black. 2 finger dark, thick mocha colored head with great retention. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. Huge, oily legs too. Quite the looker.

Nose is chocolate, cocoa, fudge, brownie, vanilla, molasses and booze. A slight hazelnut sweetness too. Deep and robust. Outstanding.

Opens chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa powder, fudge and brownie. Molasses, hazelnut and a hint of booze and leather in the middle. Ends more molasses and fudge with a sweet, syrupy aftertaste. Huge sweetness with a booze presence that lingers smoothly in the background. Awesome!

Full bodied with low carbonation. Slick, chewy, and oily in the mouth and warm and hot going down. Messy finish with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Fantastic and hides the ABVs very well.

This is the one variant of Imperial Biscotti Break that I can confidently say is better than the original. An almost perfect beer. Definitely worth the price and well worth seeking out.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Most I've ever spent on a bottle but so worth- pours a jet black into my tulip with less than a finger of mocha colored head, little retention or lacing.

Smell is delicious-smells like breakfast or desert I can't decide which. Maple, coffee, roasted malt, caramel. Lots of stuff going on but well blended and intoxicating.

Tastes ridiculously good- same stuff going on as the nose, a little more vanilla and a hint of bourbon. I wouldn't call it boozy but you know you're not drinking Guinness. Rich, complex, masterfully balanced. Perfect.

Mouthfeel is smooth rich full-bodied, slightly carbonated. This is a fucking amazing beer- so glad I got the last bottle at whole foods. This is not a balls to the wall huge dark beastly imperial stout. This is a cultured, refined, royal imperial stout. BAs- buy it if you can!

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Reddish tinge at the edges.

Smell - Light bourbon, but nice. Oak. Lots of chocolate. Coffee.

Taste - Coffee is stronger. Lots of chocolate. Bourbon blends nicely. Bitter and roasty in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Bitter and roasty. Medium body.

Overall - Really nice. The bourbon barrel, to its credit, doesn't mask the great flavors of the base.

Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black with a finger of caramel colored head. Viscious, no head retention or lacing, period

S: Bourbon, caramel, booze

T: Follows the nose, rich Bourbon & caramel notes, a touch of woody hops & oakyness up front. Chocolate, vanilla & oak as this warms. Finishes with a warming Bourbon flourish, caramel sweetness & a touch of oaky dryness

MF: Chewy with slight carbonation, warming,

Not the best I've had, but up there. Very pricey, better options for less money, but this would be one to buy & stock up on it money isn't a problem ( one bottle for me & that's it). ABV is felt more than tasted, they way I like it. This really makes me want to try stuff from Westbrook, they seem to be the real talent in play...

Evil Twin= Pricey, but some times; they knock it outta the park

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Photo of smitty4657
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great pour - little thick with a light brown foam. Nose is even better - chocolate, a bit of bourbon, mocha. Taste is fantastic. Rich and thick, the alcohol is masked well and the chocolate, vanilla, cookie dough flavors are delicious. One of the best beers I had in 2013.

Photo of KYGunner
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of TWStandley
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass.

Appeared a thick, oily black color with a light brown head that disappeared quickly.

Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate and alcohol.

Tastes like a melted Hershey's special dark. One of the most chocolate dominant beers I have had. Quite delicious and very rich.

Mouthfeel is thick and velvety. A bit of heat on the backend.

Overall this is a delicious dessert stout. Awesome.

Photo of Rutager
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of VeganUndead
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

My favorite beer from Evil Twin

Photo of smakawhat
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A very dark brew, nearly jet black coming out of the bottle, but hits with dark black walnut body colors, and produces a half finger of very dark mocha brown head. It manages to stay even a little, bit but settles to a VERY dark thin collar, and whispy thin top. Very impressive looking beer, one of the darkest heads I've ever seen as well.

Nice bouquet. Fruit forward a bit, quite a good hint of soft molasses, reminds me a lot of bourbon county actually. Some mild soft acid and sourness but not off putting at all. Good soft roasting char as well, with some bitter tobacco leaf hanging out also. Very impressive.

Palate brings the good in spades. A light but silky and rich feeling mouth, but the acidity brings it down slightly in wetness. There's also just a tip of fizz on the tongue at first sip. Dark chocolate washes over with a small raspberry faint fruit which comes out neither sweet nor sour, but sort of neutral. The aftertaste is the most impressive, some chewy dough and cookie like aromas come out almost bakers chocolate. Dark chocolate cookie and fudge finish. Not even boozy warm, but with large milkshake like qualities. Sweetness comes out like glycerin after time, woah that's impressive.

This is real impressive, and extremely dangerous. This drinks so easily, and while not all the parts are perfect or laid out in a nice row, I am going to be missing this when I finish this bottle. Gone far too fast.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
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~

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the tasting at la casa de dirtinabottle.

Outshadowed by DBD and AB Mex Cake earlier in the night, was still quite nice.

Pours a DARK black, with a one inch mocha-colored head, and good lacing down the glass.

Smells include bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.

The same decadent aromas translate to the taste. The bourbon is up front, but folded nicely into everything else. Tons of vanilla, burnt sugar, chocolate, coffee, hazelnuts, caramel. Decadently sweet.

Silky smooth mouthfeel, full body. Very drinkable despite the ABV.

Probably my favorite IBB variant, this was nice.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: ink poured into a snifter; center-pour barely produced a pinkie of mocha head which quickly slipped away; oily-looking sheen inside the glass

S: roasty dark malts calling out notes of chocolate syrup and cocoa over which wafted airs of oak wood and bourbon whiskey, bringing vanilla and caramel notes along with it

T: rich but mellow bittersweet chocolaty malt body; some hints at musky herbs and black coffee; smooth and airy bourbon caresses the palate with vanilla caramel and lighter notes of wood and whiskey

M: slick, sticky, smooth; wet up front, drying finish; not syrupy but full-bodied; bourbon vapors graze the roof of the mouth

O: another well-done bourbon barrel stout - it seems fair to say that if the base beer is any good, as far as stouts go at least, a bourbon-ization of it will only improve the ale - this is not as sweet or syrupy as a BCBS, for example, but a more subdued and drier interpretation of the style. Not a beer to be passed up on, and possibly soon to be a "whale" for those that crave such beers.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin brown film of a head and ring around the glass. Aroma of plenty of bourbon, dark sweet malt with a hint of toastiness and vanilla. Flavor is dominated by bourbon and dark sweet toasted malt, hints of vanilla, chocolate and oak, nicely integrated. Finishes with bourbon and warming alcohol. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A nice bourbon barrel aged stout. The great Biscotti stout base is less complex than the original, or overwhelmed by the barrel influence, but it hardly matters. It is a great stout that supports the bourbon very well. The alcohol is well covered, but leaves a warming, boozy finish. I have greatly enjoyed all versions of this stout and love bourbon aged flavors, so this is a total pleasure.

Photo of metter98
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high mocha colored head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose. These become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of bourbon from the barrel aging along with notes of dark chocolate and bits of coffee and sweetness. Except for the bourbon, no alcohol is present in the taste.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a well balanced barrel aged beer as the bourbon doesn't overpower the beer and you still can taste the flavors of the underlying stout. This would make for a really good dessert beer to sip and savor.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a MadTree snifter. The pour is very black and viscous with about a finger of light brown head that quickly gets swallowed up by the rest of the beer. I get lots of rich malt and bourbon notes on the nose. They complement other aromas of dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla.

The beer has a full body, a slick, oily feel, and an exquisite flavor. Loads of sweet malt, milk chocolate, and toffee flavors greet you up front. I find that the oak notes from the barrel seem to arrive before the bourbon notes do, lending some vanilla and caramel-like flavors to the hodgepodge of sweetness before the bourbon does its thing. It charges in (like it does), but never gets out of control. It blends with all the sweet notes and provides alcohol warmth and boozy richness to the flavor, bringing to mind an after-dinner liqueur. A hint of dark fruit tinges the flavor (possibly also a hint of coconut) and joins the bourbon and chocolate on the finish. Not what I would call dangerously drinkable. It's more of a sipper. Oddly, the feel seems thin under all that sweetness, but it's still fairly creamy.

I was always under the impression that the standard Imperial Biscotti Break was a very sweet, coffee-flavored imperial stout. I found that beer to be quite well-balanced and not intensely sweet at all. Now THIS beer (the Bourbon barrel aged version), is very sweet indeed. I don't get any coffee out of it at all, but I do get loads of toffee, chocolate, and bourbon and those flavors play very nicely on my palate. I'm not going to drink this whole bottle in one night. I'm going to enjoy it over a few nights and evaluate it each time. I hope Evil Twin makes this stuff again (and again and again!). Definitely worth seeking out. Pick this up if you find it.

Photo of gatornation
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a black opaque color with a khaki head that reveals spotty lacing
S-roasted malts and dark fruit with bourbon and wood hints of vanilla and coffee
T flows nose with a more pronounced mellow bourbon taste that compliments this stout so many layers of taste as it warms
M-smooth and mellow BA on the sweet side it coates the palate
O- delicious BA Stout one of the best ive had only detractor is the price of $26 and its limited availability worth a try even at the high price and i would buy it again

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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
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