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Evil Twin Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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250 Ratings
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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 59
Gots: 32 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 250 | Reviews: 49
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

B

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was brewed and bottled in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, right next door to Charleston. As such the Charleston Beer Exchange was chosen to be the debut location for bottles of this beer and I happened to be there when the first cases arrived in early January 2012. This is the first bottle pulled out of the first box.

I waited to enjoy it with a few friends.

The fizz potential on this beer is dangerous. This beer has more head and bubble over than any other beer I have seen. I poured just a bit into a glass carefully and it still overflowed and the bottle also started bubbling over onto the counter and continued to produce a stream of head out the top for the next 10 to 15 minutes. By the way it pours almost black.

Smells like coffee and dark chocolate covered raisins.

It tastes like sweet and sour coffee with bitterness from the coffee. It is almost sweet but past the tip of the tongue it is gone.

The texture is smooth with a medium tingle.

Photo of flannelman808
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: opens under a good deal of pressure, and pours with an obscene amount of perfect; tan, Styrofoam, Well retained, but poorly laced head. The beers actual color is very light blocking and deep something like a dark red brick/brown color.

T: Almond chocolate Biscotti just about sums it up, but... The biscotti part is most notable. Biscotti in the way it is muted in flavor in part due to it's insane level of carbonation. As it warms up some fruit driven flavors of rasin and ripe plum. In the end this finishes with a sort of very dark chocolate sensation confusing the palate between bitter, sweet, and sour. and ager for sure.

M: SELTZA

O: Really cool stuff and I'm thinking it will get better for 6 years or so... has some potential with time. more to come.

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Swentzel
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of ferrari29
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Evil Twin Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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