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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged - Evil Twin Brewing

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

823 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 823
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 290
Gots: 277 | FT: 43
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: james582 on 11-07-2013)
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Photo of ThickNStout
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

ThickNStout, May 17, 2014
Photo of HoppySeb
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

HoppySeb, May 05, 2014
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.

BEERchitect, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of CRJMellor
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

CRJMellor, Today at 04:17 AM
Photo of pants678
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black with brown head.

Bourbon and cookie dough, one of the better noses, really.

Bourbon's more backseat flavor, notes of amaretto and oak. Vanilla? Maybe. Dialed back version of the Doughnut Break and with a cookie twist. Robust but not a shock or punch to the mouth. Could stand to be more forward. Not worth $30, IMO.

Stout, not a porter. Not particularly smooth, has a good edge to it.

pants678, Today at 03:50 AM
Photo of vrbulldog22
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

vrbulldog22, Today at 02:07 AM
Photo of Lunch
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Lunch, Yesterday at 09:26 PM
Photo of KevinZ2301
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

KevinZ2301, Yesterday at 12:10 PM
Photo of eddie5721
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

eddie5721, Yesterday at 02:07 AM
Photo of fenlop54
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

fenlop54, Wednesday at 07:31 PM
Photo of Kmlund
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Kmlund, Wednesday at 03:11 PM
Photo of bram325
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

bram325, Wednesday at 02:52 PM
Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Smelling lots of oak, tobacco, almond, bitter chocolate sweetness. Getting vanilla, chocolate, bourbon with only a whisp of sweetness. Super smooth and dry. Really awesome. Could be a touch thicker.

Davepoolesque, Wednesday at 02:48 PM
Photo of BRoss242
4/5  rDev -11.7%

BRoss242, Wednesday at 02:36 AM
Photo of stevec32
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

stevec32, Wednesday at 01:37 AM
Photo of WeizenGuy
4/5  rDev -11.7%

WeizenGuy, Wednesday at 12:03 AM
Photo of jaydoc
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

jaydoc, Tuesday at 11:19 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

teddyarrowhead, Tuesday at 06:35 PM
Photo of AlexM
5/5  rDev +10.4%

AlexM, Tuesday at 04:18 PM
Photo of Jufu07
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%

Jufu07, Tuesday at 03:11 AM
Photo of ItsMe
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%

ItsMe, Tuesday at 02:21 AM
Photo of warmbier804
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

warmbier804, Monday at 05:53 PM
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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.