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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged - Evil Twin Brewing

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

705 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 705
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 269
Gots: 225 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
Denmark

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: james582 on 11-07-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

bleeps, Jan 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

jzeilinger, Jan 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Knapp85, Jan 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

mrgabe, Jan 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

mportnoy, Jan 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

lonewolfcry, Jan 10, 2014
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4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

John_M, Jan 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

gonzowestwood, Jan 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

twelveinches, Jan 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

starrdogg, Jan 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

kodt, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

TechBrew, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

facesnorth, Jan 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Jordy777, Jan 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

DanGeo, Jan 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

jroberts8811, Jan 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

ari32, Jan 03, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Damian, Jan 03, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

HuskyinPDX, Jan 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

-NESTO-, Jan 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Abbbp, Jan 02, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

oldmankoch, Jan 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

dbc5, Jan 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

weeare138, Jan 01, 2014
Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 705 ratings.