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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged | Evil Twin Brewing

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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel AgedImperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged
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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by james582 on 11-07-2013

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours completely pitch-black. However, it doesn't offer as much tan-colored head (hehe) as the non-barreled version. What little head there is tries to leave lacing on the glass, however.

Wowee! This is rich and dessert-like as they come. Though the coffee is a little faded, I'm nonetheless picking up tons of brown sugar, chocolate, molasses, and roasted malt. Additional qualities The bourbon quotient is subtle yet palpably there, offering subtle touches of oak, vanilla, and banana. Yeah...this aroma just works - not just from the intensity of the notes, but the way they all tie together.

I get a little more bourbon qualitiy flavor-wise. There's also a little less sweetness than the nose suggested. It actually starts off with some brown sugar, chocolate, and roasted flavors - the bourbon doesn't appear until the beer's finish. Still, it brings large amounts of oak and vanilla when it appears. Some dark fruits round out the two flavors in the mid-taste. This one is very woody, though. It's not quite as desserty as the base beer, but I'd argue it's more nuanced and complex.

The oak tannins make this a surprisingly dry beer - and a semi-drinkable one, too. It's clear this thick, massive beer wasn't ruined by the barrel. The texture still has a fullness to it that many barrel-aged stouts lack, though it's not motor oil thick. In spite of the oaky qualities, there isn't a hint of 11.5% to be found anywhere.

The flavor profile doesn't quite live up to the aroma (it's not a big step down, thankfully). Nonetheless, it's a top-notch barrel-aged imperial stout that holds its own with the BCBSes of the world. It's big and complex, while remaining dry and (relatively) drinkable. This one costs a lot of cheddar, but considering I had an even more expensive barrel-aged imperial stout before this that was a huge step down, I'd say it's worth it.

4.25/5: Big and rich, but not stupid - everything a barrel-aged beer should be

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Photo of CHickman
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, like black hole black color, with a small foamy brown head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded on the quick side leaving a layer around the ring of the glass as it hissed away and dissipated. Lacing was decent, sliding down slowly after each sip. Kind of what I expected from a barrel aged imperial stout.

Smells of molasses, brown sugar, espresso, dark chocolate, burnt wood, cocoa powder, mocha, coffee beans, roasted malt/grains, Whopper's candy, oaky notes, red wine, vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon aging and addition basically negates some of the cookie sweetness, but pulls in maple syrup, toffee, light piney hops, peat moss, more vanilla like vanilla beans, and booze which seems more sweet than smoky. The alcohol is very light and just part of the complex malty nose which was equally as impressive and enjoyable as the base Imperial Biscotti Break nose from the addition of the bourbon accents.

Flavor picks up right where the aroma left off, with the bourbon jumping out with some minor heat that quickly settles down and let's the rest of the malt base show off. Tastes like it smells, with cocoa powder, espresso, dark chocolate, burnt wood, burnt coffee grinds, molasses, brown sugar, burnt grains, Whopper's candy and real sweet vanilla which seem's like a fresh, crisp Chips Ahoy! cookie. The additions of the vanilla, oak/barrel notes, bourbon and general merlot-like sweetness only make the base beer better for me, as the alcohol provides a little heat and kick as it releases maple syrup, roasted nuts, bread crust, white chocolate and then some dark fruit like raisin, plum or dates. Piney hops, peppery spices, tea leaf and other earthy notes surface at the end to add balance and bring out more rich espresso and cookie dough elements. Smoked grains peek through with more dark chocolate as it warms up, but the bourbon accents made it a different and in some ways better beer that was also like a dessert with the biscotti-like aftertaste. Main difference between this and the base beer is that this is like washing down that delicious biscotti with a glass of bourbon, so you now get the best of both worlds.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth across the tongue considering this is a dense, chewy beer that is thick and heavy in every way possible. It's meaty and just like a meal in a bottle. The aftertaste is lightly bitter, and the booze is present yet pleasant throughout as it manages to make the 11.5% ABV part of the experience to warm you up rather then take your breath away like a shout of bourbon. A masterful balancing act and dance of all the flavors to make this brew this smooth at this stage of the maturity. I don't think this bottle is that old, so the booze would have mellowed if I aged it but it was near perfection at this stage and I loved it. This is up there with all the Bourbon County Brand Stouts, KBS and all the big boys.

As I said with the base beer, it had everything I look for in an imperial stout and it came through with each sip. Add in the bourbon barrel aging and again Jeppe deserves thanks for creating another masterpiece. I highly recommend this beer; even though it is very expensive, to me it was worth the price.

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Photo of Johnct
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really superbly underwhelming. Get Double Barrel Jesus instead. Don't worry about the price. This beer just isn't worth it as long as they're putting out much better brews

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've aged this for a year already....

L: dark black, with the head dissipating quickly. It poured thick from the bottle
S: deep dark rich chocolate, cinnamon (surprised) and slight bourbon
T: a lot of barrel...oaky, slight bourbon. Sweeter dark chocolate. Very good! I can't taste the cinnamon i smelled, maybe it was the oak notes I smelled....
F: thick, coating and very smooth

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black as black can be. The head is straight brown in color and settles after a time. It can be revived though. Small dots of lacing remain as it recedes.

S: Wave of mocha. Coffee pops. Fudge sauce and double chocolate cake. Notes of smoke and char underneath. Very nutty. There's even a marshmallow/vanilla sort of impression. Rocky road ice cream flashes to mind. The barrel is apparent but it takes more of a supporting and complementary role, echoing the malt with some woody char and backing it with a whiff of bourbon. Mouth-watering all in all.

T: Dense and layered chocolate envelopes the palate right away. The coffee addition can't shake the chocolatey malts and ends up coming across as a super rich mocha flavor. Lightly smokey and acidic from the coffee. Chocolate covered almonds. Marshmallows and melted chocolate. The barrel strides step for step with all of this and complements perfectly with some wood and char, decadent bourbon ball candy, nougat, and sweet bourbon. Nuts, marshmallow, chocolate, and lingering woody barrel and bourbon take the finish.

M: Big and thick in body. Very gentle though, with an easy velvety and airy whipped texture. Slightly coating. Little carbonation, but it isn't needed. It's like a chocolate truffle melting slowly in the mouth. Warming bourbon character adds a soothing nature.

O: I'm alone at home, but I stood up and started to slow-clap. This beer is that good. All flavors meld together in a perfect harmony, as happens only in the truly great beers. It tickles all my personal beer G-spots too. In fact, if given the choice between this beer and sex, I'd pick this beer at least some of the time.

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Photo of aleigator
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
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 +10.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/14/2015 at Tree House Tavern & Bistro, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains rich chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, bourbon and dark fruit.

T: The taste starts out with a rich milk chocolate flavor followed by bourbon, dark fruit and coffee flavors. Then a touch of alcohol sting comes in along with a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very faint as expected. The after-taste is slightly bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp, smooth and viscous, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid big stout to sip on for a long time.

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Photo of Topskee
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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 +7.1%
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 +2.7%
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 +3.1%
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 -11.4%
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 -9.4%
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 +0.2%
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 +3.6%
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 -0.4%
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 -4.9%
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 +5.1%
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 +3.6%
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 +11.6%
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 +0.7%
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%
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 +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

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Photo of threeviews
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
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