Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 1,236
Avg: 4.53
pDev: 27.59%
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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 pants678
4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almonds, toffee, caramel, amaretto, bourbon, and oak. Very warming, but not hot. Vanilla. Chocolate and cocoa. Coffee and roast in the finish. Very solid offering.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The first batch that I had of this beer was overly barrel heavy and strong on the soy sauce nose and flavor.

The second batch was far better, integrating the sweetness of the base beer with the positive characteristics of the barrels it aged in.

The most recent bottling was a much better beer. Fortunately, this was the batch I purchased additional bottles of during a local sale.

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

A - Nice and dark.

S - Massive, milky coffee notes up front. A modicum of nuttiness mid-palate followed by a hint of vanilla bean ice-cream to finish. Marzipan and maple as it warms.

T - Coffee-forward, following the nose. Bourbon is there, although I'd like more. Finishes fairly dry. Plain chocolate flavours grow as it warms.

M - Quite smooth, medium-full in body.

O - This is certainly a very competent imperial stout. At $25 it certainly doesn't come cheap, and it is not clear to me that it's worth the mark-up over other highly-rated options. It is absolutely essential that you let this warm for its secrets to become unlocked should you choose to dabble.

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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!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%

Bottle in trade. Excited for this one. Pours thick, viscous pitch black with a little more than a finger of dark brown head that settles creamy espresso colored. Beautiful aroma of anise, roast, chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, caramel. Flavor is very sweet as expected, with a surprising amount of anise/licorice up front, chocolate covered raisins, some coffee roastiness, bourbon, molasses, light vanilla, and some definite oxidized metallic flavors. Bourbon is very smooth, and the booze here is extremely smooth. Huge body, beefed up even from the base version, with medium low carbonation. Everything about this is really nice, but the metallic note is more present than most any other beer I've tried, and that makes me sad because it does take away from the rich dessert flavor that is in here. Don't get me wrong, it's really good, but I would like to try this again some time, hopefully with a bottle that doesn't have these qualities. I think it would push up the score a good .4-.5 points and putting it in the truly world class category for me.

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Photo of Flight317
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

After having the original and bourbon versions they are both pretty tasty. Both sweet as can be to mask a high ABV. When it's out of the refrigerator you get a lot of the sweet flavors like some vanilla, chocolate, coffee like flavors. As it warms SOME bourbon comes out with some dark fruit flavors and a bit more of a booze flavor. This one goes down very easy but I wish I got a bit more from the barrel. I don't like bourbon by itself but I've come to appreciate it in my stouts and this one doesn't deliver as much as I'd like. I'd drink it again but not going to make my top 5 by any means.

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Photo of dar482
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%

The beer comes in a jet black color with a wonderful dark coffee head.

The aroma offers chunky chocolate, lots of sweetness and vanilla, dark caramel. A touch of umami and sweet bourbon character.

The beer hits first of lots of bourbon character that takes over the sides of the palate. Lots of chunky sweet chocolate, almost like big chocolate chips. A bit of roasted coffee. Lots of vanilla on the finish along with some amaretto liqueur.

A sweet dessert bourbon barrel aged stout that in the end tastes like a liqueur chocolate cake.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.8/5  rDev -16.1%

Similar to the non barreled one, the smell is woody with a bit of coffee roast, only more coffee and chocolate this time. A hint of bready unlike the other, but just a hint. When I do a really aggressive pour to get some head, I get a milky garbage smell on the end of that woody smell. When the head is gone, so is that smell. Milky garbage?! WTF! Later it smooths out into an almost clean fruity smell along with a kind of malty sugar syrup Sugar Smacks cereal smell

Thinner than expected but a bit thicker than the non barreled one.

First taste is balanced between a the woody note from the aroma, a little bready something, a little chocolate, and a hint of nickel. Later it's more coffee and chocolate.

I get zero bourbon and no more wood than with the unbarreled one, which wasn't supposed to have any in the first place, and not a good wood but a weird green one. If there is supposed to be any of the namesake biscotti flavour in this, I'm not getting anything recognizable, though unlike the unbarreled version there's at least a hint of breadiness.

I almost never pour anything out, but given that this was a bummer and given that it had some really odd things about it and given that I was otherwise just bored with it, I just wasn't motivated to finish it and poured out about the last quarter of it. That's the absolute last result I expected from this beer of all beers. I've looked forward to this for so long.

I had heard wonderful things about this but it's really nothing special as imperials go. Disappointing. Had I not had any idea what to expect, I'd have said it was "OK ". It has some basic positives going on, but it is memorable more for its flaws.

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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.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%

22 oz bottle released in 2014 poured into Teku

Appearance: Pours dark black, as expected, with a nice finger of khaki head. The head collars after a few minutes.

Smell: Rich fudge, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, molasses. The fudge really stands out, this is like sticking your nose in freshly whipped brownie batter. This has less Bourbon and more chocolate on the nose than BCBS. Amazing smelling stuff.

Taste: Huge chocolate up front, followed by Bourbon, caramel, coffee and then some vanilla with rich roast on the finish. This really hides the booze well...drinks like it's under 10% for sure.

Mouthfeel: Not BCBS thick, but thicker than KBS. It's certainly not lacking in the mouthfeel dept.

Overall: I wasn't the biggest fan of the base beer, and I liked Doughnut Break the best, before this. However, when a beer is good, it needs to get credit. This is just an outstanding barrel aged Imperial Stout, and it tastes remarkably similar to BCBS, which I just had last night (2012). The only difference is, this beer was bottled about 6 months ago and drinks pretty smooth. Even at 6 months, Bourbon County was still pretty hot and needed about 2 years of age to get as smooth as this, imo. Although you can age Bourbon County for quite a while, this brew has to be given credit for its smoothness at a young age...although I don't believe it will age as gracefully as BCBS. Would definitely drink again, although I'd personally rather spend $25 on a 4 pack of BCBS and get 2x the awesome barrel aged stout for the same amount of cash.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown colour; tan head, bit listless. Lacing also a bit listless. Looks heavy, and a bit unnuanced somehow.

Smells hugely, hugely chocolatey. In the best possible way. Smells sweet, but rich and cocoa-heavy, with tinges around the edge of sugary rum, spiced brandy, currants, raisins, cinnamon. This is fucking magic in a glass. The best aroma I can remember getting from a beer in years.

Taste doesn't quite reach the heights of the smell, but then what could? Rich, sticky and chocolatey there, with notes of brandied cherries, currants, port wine and just rich gooey chocolate fondant. Boozey upfront, has a mild cocoa-tinged roasted bitterness late, but just huge, rich, sticky chocolatey stout. Fantastic.

Bit sharp from alcohol upfront, but it doesn't last throughout. Gets more mellow just due to sheer density late. Very pleasant.

If there's ever been chocolate in a glass, this beer is it. But it's a rich, complex, interesting chocolate with loads of character. It would rate off the scale as a chocolate. In beer form it's phenomenal.

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Photo of lewzer99
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: pours pitch black, with a thin short lived head
S: some chocolate, a lot of bourbon
T: delicious, chocolate, a lot of caramel, oak notes, some pitted fruits and some bourbony booze. Complex, but drinkable
M: medium bodied, and a little syrupy
Overall: terrific, a truelly great stout. Only not incredible part is the nose.

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Photo of superspak
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark fudge, vanilla, toast, toffee, molasses, bourbon, oak, nuttiness, light dark fruits, and roast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark fudge, molasses, vanilla, toast, toffee, bourbon, oak, nuttiness, light dark fruit, and roast/oak earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark fudge, vanilla, toast, toffee, molasses, bourbon, oak, nuttiness, light dark fruit, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Absolutely insane complexity and perfect balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice roast bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, smooth, and luscious mouthfeel that is insane. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely world class barrel aged imperial coffee stout. All around insane complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An absolutely sublime offering.

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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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing this beer because of the new format. This beer was the best beer I've ever had.
Shared a bottle with my brother Jim (I should say he shared a bottle with me.).
The aroma was heavenly, the taste was better (how is that possible?).
Could almost taste a little butter on the Biscotti.
Overall the best I've had.

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Photo of stakem
4.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head that is quick to fade leaving some spotty lace on the glass. A swirl revives a few bubbles.

The smell is tangy with bourbon. More whiffs reveal licorice, oak, caramel, toffee and roasted grain to char like earth. Overall a pleasantly complex aroma with the bourbon being bold but not dominating.

The taste includes plenty of roast and some tangy bourbon forward alcohol. Mid-palate are flavors of oak, licorice, coffee and dark raisony alcohol. A touch of toasted coconut is present in the finish which is really nice.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is nice and I appreciate the opportunity to try it but I really believe I actually prefer the base beer more.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz brown bomber purchased from Ales Unlimited in San Francisco, CA. Brought back to Australia where I cracked it open on a brewday with Sam and Chris.

Pours a lovely sinewy black, with a deep brown head of slightly frothy foam that settles out into a firm ring. Some patchy lace, but that's not what you're looking at in a beer this heavy. Body is thick and silky. Carbonation is powdery. Looks the business.

Nose is wonderful. All of the bleeding-edge oak-aged vanilla and bourbon characters you would expect, laced with a foundation of extreme sweetness and twists of tomato and cinnamon. It's really excellent. There is something of the sweet biscotti to it as well, possibly entirely suggested by the name—but the naming is genius either way. I either taste it because of the name, or the name brilliantly describes the characteristics. I don't care which, I still love it.

Taste is also really excellent. Sublime even. Smooth entry leaves silky vanilla and sweetness through the centre of the palate, with leavened, slightly bulbous tones of vanilla custard and butter biscuits. Roast is bittersweet, and always coated with those lovely bourbon vanilla characters, but it leaves a fragrant, slightly aromatic bitterness towards the back. Mostly, though, it's just sweet, luscious, vanilla-potent and gorgeous. A truly phenomenal oak-aged stout.

Feel is perfect. Smooth, glossy, rich and beautifully full. It accentuates the flavours and deepens their development.

Yep—no kidding, this is a truly phenomenal beer. This is beer at its highest peak. The richness, the smoothness, the complexity—they make this beer into something absolutely sublime. Truly, one of the best beers I've ever tasted.

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Photo of Tele
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: 4.75 Looks very thick on the pour. Pitch black with a very attractive reddish-brown head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: 4.75 Smells sweet. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted nuts. The barrel is pretty strong, but a bit more restrained than BCBS. There’s also some dark fruit on the nose and a little bit of coffee in there too.

T: 4.5 Starts off rather sweet with similar characteristics as the nose. Big chocolate, nuts, vanilla, and bourbon. Unlike the nose, the roasted malt comes through more leaving a bit of bitterness at the end. The additives and the base beer are very well balanced. The biscotti flavor is very impressive, but the stout is done so well that the biscotti isn’t stealing the show.

M: 4.75 The beer is pretty thick, but it looked like it would be thicker from the pour. In this case, I think it’s good thing because it’s a very rich beer and there’s so much going on. Having the mouthfeel on the (slightly) lighter side is nice.

O: 4.75 This is an excellent beer. There is so much flavor and a lot going on, but it’s very well balanced. The barrel and the added flavors compliment the base beer rather than dominate.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev -4%
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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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.

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

1788th Review on BA
Bottle to Torst Glass

2013 release
Purchased at Cork & Barrel Liquor, Lawrence, KS

App- A huge thick and creamy crimson black pour. Similar to liquid chocolate and garnet mixed with a small 1" darker brown head with a puddle of bubbles. Once thats fades, its pure flat stout and sexiness.

Smell- Holy hell batman. (Is what I said about the base version) This is x5 of that with bourbon!!!! I wanna bath in the aroma. Very similar to BCBVS but with this time the vanilla and bourbon. Creamy, malty, rich and syrupy thick on the nose. Coffee is very mellow and only touches of bitter.

Taste- Okay so this is a bad ass beer. Its big, rich and creamy. The base version was pretty good and this really takes it up a notch. I like the bourbon notes to it, more vanilla. More chocolate, more everything. The richness of the base beer is there but the barrel doesnt overpower at all. I have a respect for the fine touches on this one. The barrel lends well to the graham cracker crust of the previous beer with more refinement.

Mouth- A very creamy and almost thick body. Not oily or that filling but a substantial body. The carbonation is straddling the line between and a low and medium body. A good residual grainy coffee and chcocolate flavor with a bit of cracker.

Drink- I could go into this big thing about the base vs. BA version. I will just OUT F N Standing.

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Photo of draheim
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a tulip. Pours a viscous thick black like motor oil with a 1-finger reddish-brown head. This is what imperial stouts should look like.

Aroma is huge dark chocolate, caramel, bourbon and vanilla. Rich and decadent, the aroma drips off this beer. Nutty and earthy on the swirl.

Taste is rich and complex. Warm bourbon, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla. Both bitter and sweet. Simply delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, sticky. There's no mistaking, this is a big sipper of a dessert beer.

Overall this is among the better bourbon barrel stouts I've had. Great balance, decadent mouthfeel, excellent body. For some reason I wasn't particularly excited about this one, but I'll be grabbing more next time I see it.

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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
99 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.