1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Evil Twin Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

Not Rated.
Evil Twin Biscotti BreakEvil Twin Biscotti Break

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

227 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 227
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 65
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 227 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.28/5  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!

ThePorterSorter, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of s1ckboy
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

s1ckboy, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of jak
4/5  rDev -2.4%

jak, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

trxxpaxxs, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -2.4%

virinow, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

MasterSki, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of MareInfinitus
4/5  rDev -2.4%

MareInfinitus, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev -2.4%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4/5  rDev -2.4%

yeahnatenelson, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of tclapper
3/5  rDev -26.8%

tclapper, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of MsRif
4.18/5  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!

MsRif, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev -2.4%

jrohrbacher, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Ralphs66
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Ralphs66, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of asparkoflife
5/5  rDev +22%

asparkoflife, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of WarnerJC8
5/5  rDev +22%

WarnerJC8, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Rifugium, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

thagr81us, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

AgentZero, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of ChrisPro
4.18/5  rDev +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.

ChrisPro, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Sean9689, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of Bung
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Bung, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

ehammond1, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of marikoangel
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

marikoangel, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

ngeunit1, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of popery
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

popery, Aug 15, 2011
Evil Twin Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.