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Evil Twin Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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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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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:35:03 | More by Doppelbockulus
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flannelman808

California

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 10:23:36 | More by flannelman808
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Swentzel

California

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 04:56:24 | More by Swentzel
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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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ferrari29

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 02:34:25 | More by ferrari29
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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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ngeunit1

California

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 06:26:35 | More by ngeunit1
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popery

California

4.08/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 22:57:07 | More by popery
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 17:46:29 | More by womencantsail
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oline73

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 00:40:39 | More by oline73
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