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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged - Evil Twin Brewing

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rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 5.76%
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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 NHbeerguy
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
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 (443 characters)

Photo of teromous
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.24/5  rDev -6%
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. (1,462 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.69/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,477 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.42/5  rDev -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. (788 characters)

Photo of NCalement
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
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 (456 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
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 (336 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (840 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev -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 (797 characters)

Photo of lmperialChad
4.69/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,032 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,100 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
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. (1,341 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,072 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,033 characters)

Photo of JohnParadee
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
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!!! (1,188 characters)

Photo of smitty4657
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great pour - little thick with a light brown foam. Nose is even better - chocolate, a bit of bourbon, mocha. Taste is fantastic. Rich and thick, the alcohol is masked well and the chocolate, vanilla, cookie dough flavors are delicious. One of the best beers I had in 2013. (272 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a bottle at Belmont Station a few weeks back. The beer was enjoyed at a gathering of friends at an BA impy stout tasting.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The beer looks great, but it smelled and tasted even better. On the nose, there is the textbook imperial biscotti break nose, but with considerable bourbon present as well. The chocolate, vanilla, light licorise, cherry and cookie dough blend perfectly with the bourbon aroma in this beer. On the palate... I thought some of the participants at the tasting were going to swoon when they got this beer. One of the most hedonistic beers I've ever tasted, the flavor profile replicates the nose, but the soft, creamy consistentcy blends the flavors togetther so, so well in this excellent beer. The bourbon is actually more noticeable on the nose than on the palate, but regardless, it makes for a seamless package on the palate with this delicious beer. Mouthfeel is full, soft, creamy, and very, very long with a chocolate and cookie dough kiss on the finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile... you can tell it's certainly up there, but it was far less intrusive than the abv. was in some of the eclipse and BCBS variants we sampled as well.

An absolute tour de force by Evil Twin, this beer is amazing and absolutely delicious. This is a beer I will buy every time I see it on the shelf. Excellent stuff. (1,456 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Harvest Wines & Spirits, West Hartford, CT
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a dark brown/black. Thick but not super viscous. A dense, creamy, saddle brown crown topped the liquid and quickly dissolved to a lasting collar. Spotty streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was outstanding. Rich, chocolate fudge-like notes leapt from the glass. Tons of fresh vanilla bean. Sweet and rich with indications of brown sugar. Loads of freshly brewed coffee and and bourbon came through as well. Strong dark fruit notes. Raisins and plums were most apparent. As the beer warmed, the vanilla notes really took over. Amazingly sweet and fragrant.
All in all, phenomenal.

The flavor profile was nearly as intense as the aroma. Roasted and caramel malts appeared on the front end. There was a rich, brown sugar-like sweetness as well. Tons of vanilla. Lots of dark roast coffee, dark fruits and powdered cocoa. Again, rich raisiny notes came through strong. Good amount of bourbon - just enough to keep from overwhelming all the other subtle flavors in the beer. The finish was roasty, oaky, and somewhat tannic and contained a welcomed amount of alcohol heat. With time, the beer became substantially boozier.

The beer was full bodied on the palate. Super creamy, frothy and slick. Almost oily. The liquid contained a fine, tongue blanketing effervescence.

I remember trying the original Imperial Biscotti Break last year and not being too impressed with it. Even though the bourbon barrel aging only played a moderate role in this beer, it seemed to contribute a lot of complexity and ton of vanilla notes. Despite the significantly higher price tag (I paid $25 for my bottle), this beer was well worth it. (1,764 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle opened on 12.27.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a small dark brown head that fades and lightens.

S - Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, grahm cracker.

T - Chocolate, vanilla, grahm cracker, bourbon. Awesome!

D - Lower carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Biscotti coookie dipped in Bourbon. Awesome beer! (312 characters)

Photo of oldmankoch
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From my tasting notes:

Color- Motor Oil Black

Head- Roughly 1.5 Fingers of espresso colored foam with rapid thinning

Aroma- Sweet Malt, Milk Chocolate, Caramel, Butter Scotch, with a faint Booze Backbone

Body- Full, Thick, Slick, Creamy, Goes down rather smoothly

Taste- Quite Similar to the Aroma.

Overall- The best BBA Imperial Stout I've enjoyed to date. As a comparison I personally rate this slightly higher than GI BCB Coffee Stout. I feel this beer blends the added element of Bourbon Booze a hint better than any other BBA offering out there. Definitely worth the $26 at the local bottle shop. Will eagerly seek out again next year if released. (658 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,879 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bomber into a snifter .

pours a pitch black with a terrific head. smell is the best part of this beer...chocolate fudge and brownies. wow!! taste is incredibly smooth and creamy. bourbon is very light and the chocolate is huge. mouthfeel is amazing too...full bodied, perfect carbonation. creamy.

overall a superb beer. love it. (331 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.9/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded pressure cap acquired from a local bottle shop and served into a Guinness stem-goblet glass in me parents’ gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado during my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high; I loved imperial biscotti break. 11.5% ABV confirmed. 2013 vintage. Reviewed as an imperial stout because the label clearly identifies it as such.

Served cold – straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with biscotti.

A: No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of gorgeous khaki colour. Good thickness and creaminess. Smooth consistency. Soft complexion.

Body colour is an opaque dark solid black. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it’s a very respectable appearance for the style. I’m really looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Coffee/java/espresso, chocolate malt, dark malts, dark chocolate, light cream, caramel, cream, chocolate milk, and faint roasted barley.

No alcohol, hop character, or yeast character comes through.

T: Dark malts, caramel, chocolate malts, dark chocolate, luscious milk chocolate, vague light coffee/espresso, bourbon (great vanilla and oak), biscotti - sure, and light wood.

Alcohol is buried. No yeast character or hop character.

Extremely balanced. Build is gestalt, with few flaws. Great depth of flavour. Ideal duration and intensity of flavour. Fantastic complexity and subtlety. A nuanced and intricate brew. Incredibly tasty.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and creamy. Great presence and body. Perfect weight on the palate. Very soft. Almost delicate. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: I'd definitely get it again. Great stuff from Evil Twin - maybe his best work. Incredible execution. As McDonald's would say, I'm lovin' it. I'm very impressed. He's giving Mikkel a run for his money in classic Evil Twin fashion. Very drinkable stuff. I could easily kill a bottle of this alone.

B+ (2,169 characters)

Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.