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Evil Twin Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

200 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%


Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial porter brewed with Charleston Coffee Roasters espresso, vanilla beans, and toasted almonds.

(Beer added by: oline73 on 08-08-2011)
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a Great Lakes snifter showing the darkest brown coloring. It held a one and a half finger head of lighter brown bubbles. Spots of lacing speckled the glass following a decent retention. No haze or sediment was noted, as the carbonation rose slowly in this this, syrupy beverage. The aroma gave big coffee malts alongside sweeter, more chocolatey ones. Red cherry added sweetness, while hints of vanilla and short bread bolstered the malty background. With warmth came massive plastic phenols, much like freshly cut PVC piping, vodka booziness, and port wine sweetness and fruitiness. Our first impression was that the flavoring was very chocolatey and very roasty. The flavoring opened with huge plastics, metallic coffee grain with heavy roast, aromatic cherry sweetness, light flashes of alcohol, and dark chocolate syrups. The middle peaked with genuine dark chocolate bite, souring metallic yeast, white sugar sweetness, and fruitiness of baked pears. Smokey char, black coffee bite, leather, and fusel booze wash came to balance any residual sweetness and finish the sip. The aftertaste breathed of chalky grain, drying chocolate malts, heavy roast, and the plastic bite of magic markers. The body was full, and the carbonation was full. There was big froth to the sip, with nice cream and pop on the back. A chalky dryness was left all around the mouth, with a lightly metallic coating, but no proper astringency was palpated. The abv was fine, and the beer was definitely more of a sipper.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its boldness. Some of the aromas and flavors were absolutely insane if left alone, but worked and blended nicely with the crazy roast and huge coffee flavoring. That said, the plastics were a bit overdone. The feel also lacked superior slurp or silkiness that would put this beer over the top. If you are looking for the ultimate porter turn to this guy’s older brother, the Imperial Biscotti Break.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2012 23:28:11 | More by TheBrewo
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at hawthornes

Pours an opaque, clouded deep brown, nearly black color with a darkly tanned head resting on top. Collar of chestnut brown head retains with patchy lacing left on the glass.

A plethora of roasted nuts and sweetness with touches of almond, hazelnut and cocoa. Plenty of chocolate and dark toasted malts. Light alcohol warmth and a hint of vanilla.

Intense burst of roasted nuts driven by almond and hazelnut. There's almost a smokiness to the nuts, as if they just came off the fire, slightly tempered by a decent dose of cocoa and chocolate. Lightly sweet with dark roasted malts, bread crust and a touch of vanilla with caramel. Smoky nuttiness in the finish with a dash of boozy warmth.

Fuller body, milder carbonation, sticky and creamy on the tongue. This was pretty tasty, but the almonds and nuttiness was almost too much for me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2012 12:58:05 | More by xnicknj
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2012 00:52:16 | More by Knapp85
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2012 13:46:16 | More by rudzud
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Philousa

California

3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed at Harry's Hofbrau on 5/31/12. Reviewed from notes.

Sits nearly pitch black with a brown tinge in the glass. Very little tan head circles the glass. Some anise aroma with chocolatey backbone and a little bit of vanilla. This smells barrel aged to my amateur nose. No alcohol bite nixes the BA suspicion. A good, deep breath yields some dark roast coffee aroma. Bitter and sweet flavors greet the taste buds. I can tell there's not much lactic sugar, if any, but the smooth texture suggests it. Anise again, then vanilla bean and milk chocolate. Some coffee oil lingers on the tongue. A little watery overall, but taste is substantial. The flavors don't slip off the tongue like the beer does. Dry finish.

I feel that despite my disdain for the porter style, I like this beer. Due to my wife's love of the porter, I've had more than my fill of them in the last couple years. Again, despite this, I feel like I would order this again... if the price wasn't so prohibitive. The ABV is very deceptive, so I'm sure my palate psyched out my perceptions a bit. Good beer overall, not great.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 22:38:13 | More by Philousa
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2012 14:44:46 | More by stakem
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap. The color is pitch black with a small tan head.

The aroma is subtle, with some coffe and chocolate.

The taste is rich with sweeb chocolate and vanilla (lots!) being balanced nicely with the coffe bitterness. Yum!

This is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

I really like this one. This is full flavored and balance.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 22:55:04 | More by andrewinski1
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark brown with thin cap of khaki to brown froth. Scent brings brown sugar sweetness, lightly spiced wafers, dark chocolate and coffee, light but distinct nuttyness, some sweet cream. Taste not as bold as scent dictates, roasty with firm chocolate notes, lingering creamy sweetness, solid notes of coffee, faint dark fruit and light nuttyness. Fuller side of medium bodied, some grainyess to the texture with some smoothness. A nice beer with a good nose but a taste more subtle than expected.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 17:09:39 | More by rfgetz
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

About a finger of light brown head, and an oily brown body. Good retention and a bit of lace initially. I noticed that this had been poured into a pitcher first because it was pouring very foamy.

Nose contains black coffee, vanilla, and some almond-- bittersweet.

Rich, full taste with bitter coffee and unctuous vanilla sliding in on the finish. Almond suggests a splash of amaretto in the coffee.

The head is foamy, but underneath, there's not a lot of body. Doesn't support the taste.

Good, but it overreaches itself and ends up too thin. Rarely do I really dock something for lame mouthfeel, but in this instance (and maybe it had something to do with the draft system), the feel could not support the flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 20:47:25 | More by zaphodchak
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brownish body w/ a good one-finger tan head that leaves some lace patches on top of a roasted, musty aroma that has some coffee and hints of caramel and vanilla sweetness - not really picking up any hops or chocolate notes. Medium-bodied, slightly chewey, a smooth beer and now I get some minor chocolate notes, hits hard w/ some vamilla and caramel but mostly a dryer, broaded body for a porter as the coffee and roasted malts make themselves at home. Maybe a little dry/harsh for a porter, but well-balanced and the sweetness is there so a solid brew to me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 20:30:17 | More by clayrock81
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a stemmed tulip

An ink black body with a nearly two finger tan head. Moderate lacing. The head falls to a thin layer of foam and never truly dissipates.

The aroma is of sweet vanilla, almonds, coffee, and some chocolate. Biscotti aroma, for sure.

On the palate, this beer is a little paler that the aroma. The flavors are all there--sweet cookie, vanilla, almonds, chocolate and coffee--but a little milder than the nose. The finish is nutty and sweet with a bit of roast coffee.

Medium body, carbonation is a little high. Not as creamy--smooth as I would have hoped.

Some rich flavors, but they are not overbearing. This is a unique beer that I would welcome in my glass anytime.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 16:49:55 | More by ColForbinBC
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 04:26:20 | More by GarthDanielson
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 01:54:51 | More by ThePorterSorter
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.45/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 04:38:16 | More by trxxpaxxs
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 02:15:15 | More by MasterSki
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 01:49:35 | More by MsRif
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Ralphs66

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 13:58:14 | More by Ralphs66
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2011 23:36:15 | More by Rifugium
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a flared pilsner. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. For this one to be a porter it was actually quite enjoyable. All of the flavors were spot on as far as how they were blended together and their intensity. This made the brew quite enjoyable and easy to drink. The dark chocolate bitterness was a very nice touch here and helped out with some of the roastiness that I got on the flavor. A solid example of the style that I'm glad I got the chance to try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 14:53:32 | More by thagr81us
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 03:23:26 | More by AgentZero
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 22:32:42 | More by ChrisPro
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 18:53:21 | More by Sean9689
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Bung

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 02:36:49 | More by Bung
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ehammond1


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Nearly black pour with a very thin khaki head. Spotted and specking lacing down the glass.

Rich, full aroma of coffee and roasted malt along with some chocolate. A coffee/dessert lover's heaven.

Roasted malt, sweet and burnt chocolate, and lots and lots of rich, authentic coffee flavor along with some mild bitterness. Incredibly well balanced.

Medium to thick bodied. Feels rich and decadent--would make quite a dessert.

A delicious coffee porter I can't wait (and hope!) to have again!

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 22:38:30 | More by ehammond1
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marikoangel

California

4.13/5  rDev +1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 23:24:35 | More by marikoangel
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Evil Twin Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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