Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged - Evil Twin Brewing

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100
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978 Ratings
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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 332
Gots: 322 | FT: 52
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Denmark

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: james582 on 11-07-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of metter98
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out with a fudge brown colored liquid; even with a hard pour, not much head is raised and the bubbles quickly pop and fade; quite leggy, however, with streaks of mocha dots line the chalice

Smell: Dark chocolate, coffee, toasted almond, oak, vanilla and Bourbon

Taste: Very roasty, with chocolate and coffee flavors dominant, up front; in the middle, the Bourbon barrel adds another dimension, bringing vanilla and oak; the almond "Biscotti" arrives, after the swallow, bringing with it a sweeter edge that lingers into the finish; boozy and big

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Of the three in this series that I have tried so far, I prefer the lighter bodied cherry version; this one is big and bold and will take some time to mellow out; a good beer but not worth anywhere near the price it commands at the bottle shop

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4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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4.4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

hard to imagine regular imperial biscotti break improving much. its truly one of the better examples of the style around, and unique enough to be picked out of any crowd of beers. this bourbon edition adds another layer or two of flavor to an already insane beer, and makes the mouthfeel as good as any beer out there. the beer seems shinier than i remember it, radiant in a globe glass, with a clean separation between head and beer. in addition to the cookie-like malt character and heavy barley roast of the base beer, this version has quite a bit more vanilla to it, fresh beans, warming. it also has a little higher alcohol presence than i remember in the base beer too, not sloppy or hot, but just more sturdy. the flavor explodes vanilla, chocolate, licorice, cocoa powder, hot tar, birch tea, chocolate covered espresso beans, and even dried figs. its not as messy as it sounds though, each element well integrated with the next. oak and warming alcohols round it out, smooth as they come. so much body, its almost syrupy, but it somehow finishes clean for what it is, slippery rather than sticky, an uncommon and unexpected feature, but a memorable one. a bottle to share for sure, and one to savor, as it certainly opens up with temperature. maybe a bottle to cellar too, but i cant see it improving much, what would you want to change about it? some of evil twins best work here, no doubt about it.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another split with rudzud.

Pours a nice creamy mocha colored 1/2 finger rich thick head that fades at a med pace, little lacing with long legs, pitch black beer with no light getting through.

Nose yeah that's bourbon, tons of bourbon over the top that just blankets the beer, some vanilla barrel notes too, then base beer with big dark choc and cocoa, nice caramel and toffee, buttery biscotti like, very nice vanilla bourbon oak.

Taste is quite nice, big base beer, dark choc and cocoa, creamy milk semi sweet choc, rich and creamy, mild caramel and toffee with hint of nutty buttery biscotti. All that wrapped in a great barrel character, lots of vanilla and bourbon, oak, smooth vanilla. Hint of earthy bitter hops, and hint of warming booze, but both smoothed by nice barrel. Finish is long lingering cocoa dust, dark choc, vanilla barrel and mild bourbon, little booze sticky feel.

Mouth is nice too, fairly thick and heavy, creamy rich, nice creamy, mild booze.

Overall awesome, base beer is mostly intact with great bourbon and vanilla, very smooth, tasty.

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
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