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Evil Twin Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 250
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 59
Gots: 29 | FT: 5
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Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oline73 on 08-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial porter brewed with Charleston Coffee Roasters espresso, vanilla beans, and toasted almonds.
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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a solid, dark brown color with chestnut highlights and a frothy, foamy, dark beige head. Slow stream of carbonation bubbles throughout the brew. The nose is rich and creamy sweet, with a blend of coffee, biscuit, vanilla, cream, and an overall roasted quality. Flavors are amazing, with milk chocolate and rum characteristics first and foremost. Coffee mocha and creamy background flavors enhance the palate. Light cling on the glass from a smooth, creamy body. The aftertaste is roast coffee and chocolate, with a smooth, velvety finish that kicks a slight bitter coffee to clean it all up. One of the better Porters I have ever had!

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Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review taken from notes courtesy of Stout Fest at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured an oily black with a nice one finger mocha head that leaves ALOT of thick, sticky side lacing and a great thin blanket. Very well done.

S - Huge amounts of roasty nut (almond), big coffee, TONS of vanilla, and some sweet caramel. Nice malt presence as well.

T - Boom, just like the nose this delivers on the flavour. Loads of sweet chocolate cookies, roasty almonds, sweet caramel, vanilla, and bakers chocolate. Tastes like a chocolate biscotti!

M - Velvety creme and silk. No ABV noticeable at all.

O - Overall this is a spectacular beer and was my favourite of the weekend. Smooth and silky with an awesome aroma and flavour profile. Just delicious.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, pitch black color with a quarter of a finger of dark caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Roasted malt and tons of dark chocolate. Notes of vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, brownies, floral hops.

Taste: Amazing! Malty up front, quickly followed by tons of chocolate, vanilla and caramel. Finally, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smoooooooth! Virtually no carbonation, but that could be because it was poured out of a growler. With an ABV of 8.4%, there is a definite presence of alcohol on the palate. A very pleasant alcohol warmth.

Overall: Damn, this is an awesome beer! Tasty as hell, and very comforting (as far as a beer can be comforting). Probably a bit too much on the sweet side for those who mind that, but I don’t so I love it! I’m definitely getting several bottles of this again!

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Photo of Ralphs66
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THIS is a great beer. Looked like candy sitting in the snifter on the beer bar at the DeCicco's in Brewster, NY. Gorgeous brown head floating on a black sea of goodness. Smell was complex with everything a good porter should have....and more. Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, smokiness, sweetness, booze...damn. Taste followed nose, and the smoothness was outstanding. Booze at 7.5 is not heavy, but what is there is fairly well hidden. Nice chewiness on the mouth feel, but not overdone. I would have bought a growler for an upcoming holiday party, but at $35 a pop, I decided the masses would not appreciate it enough.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Absolutely volcanoed out of bottle, I quickly tried to pour a glass and got 80% foam. Recorked the bottle to clean up and scoop foam out of my glass. Filled another glass completely with foam. Reopened the bottle which sprayed over a three foot area, left bottle to foam out in the sink. This is a Vesuvius of carbonation. If there was a category for carbonation this would get a 10 out of 5. Afterwards things got a bit better. Pours an opaque black, with massive head plus some to spare. Aroma is good and fills the room (probably because beer fills the room...); dark roasted and caramel malt dominating, toffee, hints of chocolate and coffee; I do detect some biscotti here too. Flavor follows, nice sweet roasted and caramel malt, hints of char, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla. Delicious. Thick creamy body. How do I rate this? It's like an otherwise fabulous house guest who cooks you a gourmet meal and then trashes your house for no obvious reason. I'll knock points off from look since spatters of beer on the wall and floor are not attractive. Otherwise a really superb porter. Intensely enjoyed the aroma and taste.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at The Blue Monk (Buffalo, NY)

A: Pours a deep black with two fingers of a puffy, deep mocha colored head. There is a decent amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: The smell is sweet malt and vanilla. I'm also picking up some notes of coffee and chocolate. It's really nice.

T: The taste is awesome! This beer is super creamy. It starts off sweet with hints of vanilla, almond, and subtle roast. The finish is perfection. What a great stout.

M: Full bodied beer. Smooth and creamy from the start. The flavors coat, but nothing lingers for more than it is supposed to.

O: This is a great beer. If you like stouts, you need to try this.

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Photo of Swentzel
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sniffed the bottle after opening and got a nose full of gushing foam... sad to see good beer absorbed in a paper towel.. decanted to let carbonation to settle.

dark, dark brown, if not black, color with mocha head..

tastes and smells amazing. like a biscotti.. toasted malts and nutty coffee.. vanilla beans blended perfectly...like the icing on your beer.. smooth mouthfeel and virtually no bitter or alcohol presence.. a good breakfast beer...

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Broad Axe Tavern, Ambler, PA

Wow, what an unexpected treat! Served in a snifter, this beer poured a dark black color, vaguely brown around the edges, with a milk chocolate cap of head that started fizzling out but never completely dissipated; nice lacing left on the glass. Rich aroma of cocoa, coffee, roasted nuts, and a mild fruit character. Taste of dark roasted malts up front, with smooth coffee notes; mid-palate brought in an obvious almond profile, with touches of peach; finished off smooth and chocolaty, with this quality coming out more as the beer approached room temperature. Also a floral, somewhat tea-like quality detected, possibly a hop contribution (Willamette?). On the fuller side of medium-bodied, and excellent to savor. I hope to see this one around more often.

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Photo of Durge
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is an opaque black-brown with an unwavering light brown thin head, like a proper carpet. The aroma brings big time tobacco, dark chocolate and roasted coffee bean bitterness. Awesome. The flavor comes on with intense expresso and Hershey syrup. I get sweet caramel and a touch of cigar peat. Very nice. Pretty thick feel with near full body. Minor carbonation. Delicious.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a dark black-brown color with a thin ring of tan-chocolate head around the glass. The head fades quickly but leaves behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of strong burnt chocolate malts and coffee with some sweet vanilla in the background and just a tough of toasted almonds. Really nice aroma.

T - Starts off with strong espresso bitterness that transitions into lots of burnt chocolate flavors. Through the middle, the sweet vanilla flavor comes through with some toasted almond flavor as well. Very nicely balanced. The finish is a mix of espresso, burnt chocolate, and vanilla that linger nicely.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth and dry from all of the burnt and coffee flavor.

D - Very drinkable. There were a lot of flavors contributing to this beer, but everything really seemed to come together nicely and balance out. Love the vanilla and toasted almonds.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up @ Stein's in NOLA.

When opened, it let out a violent hiss. I feared it would spew forth, but alas, it did not. A very careful pour still resulted in a 3 finger head that still grew a bit minutes later. It definitely seems as if it's got some carbonation issues.

The aroma was very roasted, with plenty of rich coffee and espresso notes. sweet vanilla, and surprisingly, you can get a bit of toasted nuttiness, presumably from the Almonds, which adds another layer to the complexity. This reminds me in a way of Vic@Sea...

You get plenty of dark, roasted coffee and an intense espresso up front. The vanilla adds a nice balancing sweetness, along with some sweet milk chocolate notes.

Despite the foaming issues, the carbonation isn't actually much of an issue. It's a hair spiked, but for the most part, it has a nice creamy, full bodied feel despite the carbonation.

Overall, I think I made the perfect choice by cracking this at 8:30 in the AM...

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Photo of ferrari29
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a very carbonated looking body; forms a very frothy and foamy looking head; good amount of lacing forms around the edge of the glass; no visible carbonation, body is very dark

S - Nuts, almonds; thick burnt, charred, malt taste; vanilla ice cream; back-end has a light coffee nose; anise; traditional biscotti-sugar-ginger taste; clean, crisp and refreshing

T - Domineering dark chocolate taste; dark; rough espresso coffee; almond and nut taste; rich porter taste; there is a touch of vanilla but its on the tip of your tongue, look for it; hop taste is absolutely non-existent; brown sugar and fig

M - Carbonated; very thick and creamy, like a porter should be; coffee lingering aftertaste

D - Great biscotti taste; reminds me of the fantastic biscotti Nonna used to make; very enjoyable; if more porters were made like this, with the wholesome goodness that Nonna made her cookies with, I would definitely buy more

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Local Option. Served in a chalice of some sort.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Body is black, although the lighting was fairly low.

S - Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, a bit of dark fruit, and a touch of fruity coffee bean acidity. Potent aroma and well-hidden alcohol. Very rich and decadent.

T - The taste definitely has a sweet almond/marzipan flavor, particularly at the back of the palate. Lots of vanilla, biscuit, chocolate, and some fairly potent espresso bitterness in the finish. Closer to a 4.25, so I've inflated the overall mark a tad.

M - Dry, smokey, and lightly sticky in the finish. Zesty moderate carbonation, medium body, and well-hidden booze. Does drink more like a porter than a stout.

D - The best Evil Twin beer I've had by a significant margin. Really easy drink, although it gets a tad sweet and rich by the end of the glass. Would definitely have this again, and am looking forward to trying the bottled version.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer takes some time to pour...and is presented as a deep black with a foamy tan head. The nose is a strong biscuit/breadiness followed by a biting alcohol and intense sweetness. There are bold notes of both caramel and coffee. The taste...pure biscotti...incredible accuracy in its naming. The aftertaste is sweet and is carried through by a bitter/roastiness. Excellent body thickness for a porter. I would definitely love to get some of this beer in bottles!

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at local option

A - jet black with a finger of tan head. Decent retention.

S - almond, coffee and vanilla. Literally smells like biscotti dipped in coffee

T - light caramel and coffee then a solid bitter coffee finish. Pretty solid.

M - medium carb and bodied. Very dry finish and can't taste any heat at all.

O - incredible aroma and the beer is exactly what it claims to be. Thus is the best evil twin beer to date. Very drinkable.

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Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft offering at Monks served in a tulip. The brew appears black in color with a frothy tan cap that holds fairly well. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass as sips are taken. A swirl revives the cap.

The smell is tangy with suggestions of alcohol inclusion. Lots of cocoa and coffee quality presents some familiar aromatics but with a solid accent if burnt caramel-like sugar quality.

The taste upfront is all cocoa and coffee with an undertone of some nutty quality, toast and burnt sugars. Some alcohol tang is evident that breaks things up a bit. The bitterness of the beer comes seemingly solely from the roast of grain/coffee and I hardly pick up on any hop inclusion.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a creamy, modest level of carbonation. At $8 a tulip, I could not help myself, I ended up drinking 2 glasses of this. This was a highlight and real hidden gem. I hope to have this again sometime or maybe get a chance ti snag a bottle somewhere.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really nice deep black color. The head was tan and creamy looking. The lacing was sticky and had a good retention. The smell of the beer has a great aroma of coffee and chocolate with some roasted sweet malts. The taste of the beer is full of sweet roasted flavors that are well balanced with the bitter finish. The mouthfeel is creamy, lightly carbonated and slick feeling. Overall this beer was really quite good. I found it to be really enjoyable.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Local Option.

A - Pours black, tan head, thin ring, no lace or cap.

S - Nice level of roast, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. There's a nice chocolate roasty sweetness that keeps me coming back for me.

T - Dark chocolate, roast, coffee beans, oak, burnt sugars. The chocolate and roast once again have me in love with this one. The coffee notes are nice as well with a touch of vanilla.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, smooth, rich, creamy finish.

D - A really nice porter...I had to get another after my initial pour. Would def have again if it's floating around town...would probably even seek out just to have it again.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black beer with a tan head that faded to a little bit of a ring with nothing else going on.

S - This beer smells awesome. It really smells like a biscotti, it's like I can actually smell wafers. Nice coffee, nuts, vanilla and chocolate.

T - Taste is not quite as good as the smell, it's a little bit flatter, but still nice. Sweet chocolate, little bit of coffee, vanilla, oatmeal, touch of cinnamon maybe.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, pretty smooth.

O - Really liked what this beer tried to pull off and did successfully. Smell alone makes this worth trying.

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Photo of Bung
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Poor Phils Oyster bar in Chicago.
Dirty oil black pour. Nice layer of fine carb tan head.

Significant roast in the aroma. Malt, espresso, dark chocolate.

Taste, nice roastiness here as well. Malt and peat and a faint cardboard that was the only negative in this one for me. Cardboard quickly disappeared to a nice dry roast with heavy dark chocolate and cocoa.

Nearly creamy but also a bit dry. Drinks very easy for the size. Up there with the Yin as my favorite from these guys so far.

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Photo of MsRif
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at The Broad Axe Tavern in Ambler, PA. Poured a opaque black color with a chocolate head that receded slowly, leaving a thin ring that left spotty and sticky lacing throughout the session. Had an aroma of coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate and yes...biscotti! Taste was unfortunately a bit thin in terms of flavor, but all the elements that were on the nose are still there in the taste. Milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, sweet malts, spices, caramel...really tasted like biscotti.

Medium bodied. I would have liked this better with a thicker mouthfeel but it was a tad "watery." Moderate carbonation. Smooth. Definitely a treat!

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Photo of marikoangel
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of enjoying a few glasses of this beer at Toronado, then again at City Beer store, where I had the opportunity to chat with the brewer, Jeppe, who is a really cool guy! I also got to meet Brain from Stillwater, who is also really nice...it was a good birthday :)

A: This beer pours a thick opaque black with just a hint of a brown head in the very full glass. There was some spotty lacing, but not much. It looks rich and deep.

S: Dark roasted malts, roasted coffee, anise, chocolate, some nutty notes, vanilla, with a nice sweetness in there.

T: Bitter dark roasted espresso. the coffee flavors really linger in this one. The nice bitter coffee flavors really run through this beer, it reminds me of biting into a chalky coffee bean. Burnt malts, dark chocolate, and some vanilla also accompany this one

M&O: The mouthfeel is medium-full and a little oily with a dry finish. Overall it's a really nice coffee porter. It's absolutely and completely drinkable with the coffee covering any boozy notes. This one might be a little too easy to put down, it's so tasty!

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Photo of mverity
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop. Black in color with nice dark chocolaty colored head. Head dissipated fairly quickly into a thin collar. Aroma is of hazelnut and a little bit of chestnut as well. Dark roasted malt and some sweet molasses too. Taste is nice and nutty as well. Sweet for a stout without being overly sweet. Nice molasses flavor along with the nuttiness. Silty mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: This one pours a dark brown, nearly black, color with a finger of tan head.

S: A big chocolate aroma as well as lots of oatmeal cookie kind of notes. This really does have some biscotti character to it. A little bit of coffee and some cocoa, too.

T: Sweet chocolate and slightly bitter cocoa. There is a very nice oatmeal cookie flavor to it with a bit of coffee and dark chocolate. Slight toffee sweetness with a hint of molasses.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.

O: This was a really nice beer. Excellent sweetness and balance with a really nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at DBGB Kitchen & Bar, New York, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a ½ finger high dense beige head that has good retention properties and never faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but a little more complex with notes of vanilla and hints of almonds.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some warming sensations from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is very flavorful and rather easy to drink considering the alcohol content. I would have no problem knocking off a 750 mL bottle of this myself.

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