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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 1,255
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 27.43%
Wants: 603
Gots: 343 | FT: 47
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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 ThickNStout
4.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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%
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%
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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Photo of HoppySeb
4.79/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of ljthiesse
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to try a generous pour of this one at a bottle share, and it became one of my favorite brews I've ever tasted. Pours a beautiful dark brown. A big, boozy nose full of chocolate and bourbon. Very rich, thick chocolate flavor, light biscuity notes, and bourbon flavor. Some cocoa in the aftertaste. This was a stunning beer - I couldn't get enough.

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Photo of metter98
4.46/5  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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a thick opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and oak over the top of light aromas of roasted malts and hints of milk chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts, coffee, and slightly sweet dark chocolate. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Very well balanced between the complementary flavors from the barrel aging and the base stout. Really enjoyable and hides the alcohol pretty well. Definitely one I'm glad I'm getting a chance to try a second time and makes a very nice dessert beer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of NHbeerguy
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter

A-pours pitch black with with a small mocha head. Leaves decent lacing down the glass.

S-smells of bourbon, oak, chocolate and a tiny hint of vanilla

T-what you smell is what you taste. Great bourbon up front and then in the back is chocolate, vanilla and some slight surgery smoke. Little to no heat.

M-silky smooth and creamy. Very light and easy to drink

O-A very good BB beer. Very well brewed

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Photo of teromous
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark oily black body with a thick dark brown creamy head. Leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Smells very strongly of both bourbon and oak. Nothing else comes across the nose.

T: Right off the bat the bourbon, then a some dark chocolate and espresso without just a hint of bitterness. It tastes wonderful. The bourbon is very strong, but not to the point where it tastes like I'm drinking bourbon. Although the bourbon flavor is there, neither the alcohol from it nor the beer stands out. It has just a hint of bitterness but it is very very light. I get the presence of oak in the beer but only via the bourbon flavor. It doesn't stand out by itself. It's hard to describe what makes this beer taste so good. The best way I can put it, is that every flavor seems to fit into place like puzzle pieces.

M: The mouthfeel is perfect. Nice and creamy, full bodied, coats the mouth elegantly, and finishes clean. No harsh bitterness at any point. Everything right where it should be.

O: After taking the first sip I knew that I liked this beer. It is something I very highly recommend. I would buy it again.

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Photo of spoony
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 to a snifter. (I edited my "rating" based on notes taken during this review).

A-The beer is dark, but not quite black in color. The head is thin and very dark dark brown. Retention is minimal; just a few seconds before it fades to a collar. The beer shimmers in the light and doesn't reveal much carbonation.

S-The aroma is a bit hot and harsh at first, with lots of bourbon heat and fusel alcohol coming through. My schnoz soon adjusts and I sniff hot fudge, drip coffee, raspy oak, caramel, a touch of cream, vanilla, marshmallow, some raisin, and a bit of bitter almond. Complex, but hot.

T-The taste is similar to the smell: lots of bourbon barrel here. I get oak, vanilla, caramel, a touch of cream, some fudge, raisin, fig, as well as bitter coffee grounds and almond on the finish.

M-The feel is thick and slightly syrupy on this older bottle (at least a year in my cellar). Carbonation is lower than average.

O-I had tasted this before and really loved it, but this full review left me a little less blown away. Don't get me wrong, this is a very, very good beer with layers of flavors, but I found it too hot and aggressive to compete with my favorite beers in this style, e.g., Uncle Jacobs. I guess I like my bourbon barrel stouts to have more smooth character and I think that the adjuncts here multiply the bitterness and harshness that the style typically possesses. Anyway, glad I finally pulled the trigger on drinking my bottle.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of NCalement
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split with the lady on her B-day.

A- Black, with a thin cream mocha head that dissipates quickly. Active bubbles.

S- Chocolate brownie batter with bourbon and vanilla. Some leather and toffee.

T- Fudge brownies and bourbon. It's amazing.

M- Chewy and thick. So good. Leaves a nice chocolate flavor in the mouth. No sign of the ABV.

O- A world class beer. Westbrook and Evil Twin are amazing at what they do. This is comparable to the BA Mexican Cakes

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Photo of MDDMD
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown black color with light brown head and decent lacing

S-dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, oak

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak, little dark fruit, vanilla

F-medium to full body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-nice barrel-aged version of the original, enjoyable sipping

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Photo of cjgiant
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed the "regular" Biscotti Break very much, but wondered how the addition of bourbon aging would affect it. I was happy with the results.

A: dark-roasted coffee black, tan/brown sustaining head; minimal lacing
S: chocolate and a light bourbon smell, some coffee taste
T/M: of course, once the beer got to temperature, it peaks with a fruity bitterness (think raspberry or blueberry) tickling the much more prevalent chocolate roasted/vanilla sweetness in the balanced taste. The barrel-aging is subdued in my opinion, and is noticeable mainly, yet lightly, in the end of the taste.
O: very solid, good flavored beer. Maybe a little on the sweet side for some, and not strong on the bourbon battle flavors, but that sits fine with me. The "special" nature of the beer accentuates more so that dominates this variation on the original.

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Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of lmperialChad
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I picked up a bottle of Evil Twin Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Biscotti Break from Mr. B's in Denver. I had been holding on to the bottle for a few months, but I recently broke it out following a delicious homemade Italian dinner. The Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Biscotti Break pours a deep dark brown/black with a thick brown head. The smell was amazing with dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and some nuttiness. The taste includes a remarkably complex assortment of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, hazelnuts, molasses, brown sugar, almonds, creamy vanilla, bourbon, oak, and some dry biscuity malts. The flavors really astounded me on this beer. The mouthfeel was also fantastic, as it was quite thick and creamy. I thought it was very reminiscent of regular BCBS, but I actually strongly prefer Evil Twin's rendition. I thought it had a bit more complexity with its nutty biscuity character. This was one of my favorite new beers that I tried over the past year. I will certainly be seeking this out in the future.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From 02/01/14 notes. Bought a bottle of this at The Jeffrey in NYC. Poured into a tulip-type glass. Love the normal version, been really wanting to try this one.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of bourbon, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, oak, caramel malts, dark chocolate, toasted malts, and light toffee. Awesome nose; lots of swete bourbon and chocolate up front. Love it.

t - Tastes of bourbon, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, toasted malts, coconut, oak, burnt malts, light dark chocolate, cream, light coffee, and caramel malts. A slight step up from the nose; really great.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation; body is somewhat thick. The tiniest bit of heat but not bad at all. Awesome.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic beer; I love the normal version and this is probably a little bit better. The bourbon is fantastic with this beer and it doesn't dominate it too much, though it is there up front. Top notch, hope I can pick up bottles of this sometime.

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Photo of Dope
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

No date but released in the last month or two.

A: Pitch-black pour with a tall and super dense dark brown head. Looks just perfect. Head fades slowly with great retention. Only real downside is that the lacing is minimal to none.

S: Great bourbon aroma. Thick caramel and toasted sugar. A bit of a butterscotch aroma. Mild chocolate and nuttiness but just barely, under the bourbon aroma. Light overtones of oak.

T: Huge sweet bourbon notes. Oh man, this comes together nicely. Loads of caramel, butterscotch, chocolate and vanilla all combine into some delicious syrupy concoction. Oakiness kicks in afterwards with a little bit of dryness to balance. A bit of nuttiness joins chocolate in the aftertaste with just a hint of oak still lingering behind.

M: Big, heavy, syrupy sweet. Low carbonation contributes to the heaviness.

O: Yikes. One of the finest bourbon barrel stouts ever. Flavors are big and sweet. Complex and balanced. Heavy but not cloying (but borderline, very borderline). Little to no booziness despite 11.5% ABV and barrel aging (probably due to the huge sweetness). A serious brew with serious strengths. Well crafted and delicious.

My only real nitpickiness is that it is truly heavy and sweet, almost overly so. I enjoy this type of beer considerably, but I do admit that it taxes the drinkability factor a bit.

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Photo of jlindros
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very nice deep black hue with a half finger mocha head that fades rather quickly to leave nice lacing and nice thin blanket.

S - Aromas of bourbon, so much bourbon, with nice chocolate, vanilla, roast malts, light almonds, faint sweetness. Really pleasant.

T - Taste is really sweet vanilla, barrel, wood, caramel, bourbon richness, light nuttiness. Super rich and decadent, this is a great dessert beer and even with some light toffee. Alcohol is hidden to a certain degree.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, silky, light alcohol notes.

O - Overall this beer was very well executed, the bourbon adds a wonderful richness and roundness to the beer. Well done, worth the price.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bottle into chilled Shaker pint glass. Deep dark color, solid 1-finger head with lots of tiny bubbles, which dissipated relatively quickly. Thick uniform lacing which receded in somewhat short order (i.e., not real sticky). On the nose, enchanting chocolate syrup/licorice scents dominate, with no obvious alcohol present. On the palate, first taste evokes caramel/coffee/dark chocolate sensation, followed by hints of vanilla, cinnamon, and more dark chocolate. Alcohol with bourbon character is present, but not overwhelming -- indeed, rather subtle and deliciously smooth touch. Reminds me of BCBS, but more full/chewy mouthfeel. Speaking of which...the mouthfeel on this is more satisfying than many stouts of similar ilk -- perhaps because the heat of the alcohol is so well balanced with charm of the flavor profile that all of the gustatory and olfactory senses are mesmerized simultaneously, paralyzed by the perception of an entire symphony orchestra of savor bombs exploding on the gums all at the same time. Somebody needs to bottle this shit up and sell it to the huddled masses...oh wait, that is exactly what Evil Twin has done. Fan-tab-u-fucking-licious!!!

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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.