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Evil Twin Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 250
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.39%
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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A sweet concoction with much taste akin to a vanilla almod milk off the shelves, sugar, and coffee added. Medium mouthfeel, a little creamy. more roast at the end of the bottle,lots of coffee.Brown, with reddish tinge in the retained head. Peeno’s bottle, we both concur below expectations though very drinkable. (314 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to yourefragile for picking this one up. Served in a cervoise. Pours fairly-dark brown with a short off-white head. Decent retention. The nose carries some normal porter notes of roast and chocolate with a touch of coffee in the background. Not really getting any almond or vanilla. Pretty boring; nothing stands out. Flavor is similar. This is nowhere near the imperial version. Body has too much roast. Nothing to set this apart. A good porter, but nothing too special. (482 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a black color with a half finger of tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Smooth coffee, roast, and dark chocolate.

Taste: Dark chocolate and roasty coffee. Not quite full enough. Nutty with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth with very little carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this one was just alright. The mouthfeel was probably the highlight of the beer. The taste needed a little something more. (549 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  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. (809 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold. <See appearance notes for details of pour>

A: As soon as I cracked the cap it erupted out of the bottle, and I quickly had to catch it with a glass, but lost some. I side-poured what I could, but had to fetch a second glass due to the foam. I'm pretty sure it's overcarbonated, though perhaps this was in anticipation of aging. Pours a five finger beautiful head of dark tan colour, some cream, pretty good thickness, and incredibly retention (at least ten minutes). Extremely foamy. Colour is a solid black. No visible yeast particles.

Sm: Coffee, espresso, cream, vanilla, milk, hints of nuts (I suppose almonds), roast, and vague hints of chocolate. A mild to moderate strength aroma. A bit weak in strength for the appeal of the notes. It should be bolder and stronger.

T: Cream, delightful rich coffee, hints of chocolate, almond notes (only when I search for them), hints of vanilla, caramelized malt, light roasted barley, a milky note, and dark malts as the foundation. Complex, but not as subtle as I'd like. The vanilla in particular is entirely too weak, and would really help the flavour profile with more balance. Decently balanced, but not built ideally. A bit too tame. Not as rich as I'd like.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some nice understated dryness. I do wish it was more dry. Hints of cream, but nowhere near enough. This flirts between a porter and a stout (and I've read their history). A touch too thin.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV - which it hides extraordinarily well. The notes are nice, but they don't flourish enough. I'd love to try this on nitro. I'd prefer this as a stout. Amp up the roasted barley for the foundation, increase the coarseness and dryness, and add some chocolate. A good beer that could be a great one. Another enjoyable brew from Evil Twin. I'm liking this brewery more and more.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (997 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served side by side with the much better Imperial Biscotti Break. Beer served in a snifter. Beer is black with a tan head of small bubbles, some retention, minmal lacing, a fine looking beer.

Aroma is porter-ish, a little ashy though.

Beer is medium to light in body, ashy finish, a little sweetness, no vanilla or coffee really, a very inferior beer. (353 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike, Michael, and Matt for hooking me up with this brew. You guys rock.

The beer is dark brown, approaching black, with a nice beige head. The aroma offers nuts (walnuts, almonds?), roast, sweet malt. Hints of chocolate and vanilla. The flavor is nice. A touch of booze in the finish. Well balanced, with bread, biscuits, vanilla, roast, booze. Not nearly on the level as the imperial version. Still, quite good. I would have this again. (449 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.67/5  rDev +15%
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! (690 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (1,160 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.24.12.

A - Pours a dark brown with a two inch light brown head with good retention.

S - Chocolate and coffee.

T - Lots of chocolate, some coffee and light vanilla.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Good flavors, not sure if they are biscotti, but still good. (292 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of popery
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes 8/11/11. Tap, City Beer Store. Very good strong porter. Pours a very dark brown with a small, dissipating beige head. The aroma has a lot of dark chocolate with coffee, roast and a light touch of vanilla. The vanilla is mild and the coffee is relatively restrained, but both mesh very well and neither tries to take center stage. Taste is mild to medium sweet with a lightly bitter and drying finish. Lots of rich dark chocolate tinged with espresso. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and medium to low carbonation. It’s a pleasure to drink and I'd love to try it again, perhaps at a slightly lower price. (611 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (492 characters)

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Evil Twin Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.