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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 456
Hads: 3,575
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 23.73%
Wants: 471
Gots: 981 | FT: 127
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, no date. Pours black with a small-sized brown head. Smells strongly of coffee and cocoa. Tastes of coffee, cocoa, almonds, and roasted malt. Medium body and above average carbonation. Overall, it's a pretty straightforward stout but the coffee and nuttiness is well done.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate color with a mocha head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and booze. Flavor is smooth with a bit of sweetness. You get notes of chocolate, roasted malts, a slight booziness and a biscotti like bready cookie flavor. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste of mocha. Overall really good beer

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white almost tan foamy head. A light spider web lacing roams in and around the glass nicely as the head dissipates.
The smell had a crisp cocoa bean revolving around light coffee tones. Light vanilla and warming boozy notes balance it out nicely.
The taste was mainly sweet backed up by a delicate roasty coffee effect. Vanilla seems to make a subtle presence and slides into the aftertaste along with the roasty coffee tones along in the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice degree of sipping ability to it. Carbonation seems to run nice and low but hits enough to not let the feel become too syrupy (almost but not so).
Overall, for the most part, this is a pretty well made Double/Imperial Stout, the only thing that gets me is the price. $18? Whoah, wha, wha, wha, wha, whaaaauuuut? Really? Yeah, I don't think it's worth that much. Nice to try but most likely not coming back to.

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
3.64/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a good beer but,holy shit is it overrated.im getting no coffee on aroma,maybe my bottle was cellared and more chocolate forward but it's a very boozy chocolate muffled smell.its an attractive beer in the glass but I was really disappointing.i was hoping for a big coffee aroma with hints of chocolate.and an absolute waste of money 16.99 a bomber?too many better options out there than this.ill only be drinking this if its gifted to me

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Photo of frasergrove
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: very dark - jet black, medium bodied brown head, dissipates relatively quick

S: ganache cake, pure cocoa, hints of biscuit

T: bittersweet chocolate, some bitterness and astringent undertones

F: medium thin body, some cocoa based bitterness

O: solid imperial stout, not terribly complex, a good beer float beer!

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Photo of BradC
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jest black, not much head. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, booze. Sweet, with a slight burn, chocolate, vanilla and coffee are all there. Kind of thin bodied, but it works. Overall, a good beer, the chocolate flavor tastes kind of fake, but still a nice after dinner treat.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

holy crap! this beer is a mouthful!
22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass
pours very dark brown to black with very small tan head
smell is complex smells sweet, cocoa, coffee smoky and very strong alcohol almost like a bourbon
taste sweet coffee again alcohol like bourbon and chocolate as well
feel is warming, viscous and slightly carbonated on the tongue
this is a strong beer to be sipped and enjoyed over a long period of time
almost too much but not quite

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was brownish black with a tan head.

Smell - The nose makes me think of boozy malts. There are hints of chocolate nose.

Taste - My initial thought was thick boozy malts with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and nuts. The chocolate seems a little thin and perhaps watered down. The malts and burnt sugar take over toward the back. The malts cling to the roof of the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Initially, it seems thick but seems to thin. While it seems bubbly, the carbonation fades.

Overall - IBB is an interesting beer, but not one I would seek again.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a barely existent tan head

Smells like milk chocolate and coffee with hints of vanilla.

Taste follows the nose and I am happy to,report there is no unpleasant boozy taste.

MF- Smooth and thick. A little warmth from the high abv too.

Overall-Not surprisinly, given the brewery, this is a great stout. Love the dessert flavors without the bourbon/whiskey booziness that is common in imperial stouts. Glad they offer this as is before they age it in rum barrels. Pick it up and drink it.

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Photo of Boccu
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice and dark with a light head. Great aroma chocolate and Carmel tones. Great flavor from start to finish. Chocolate to a Carmel with a nice booze finish. Another great stout from evil twin. One of my favor stout breweries.

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Photo of Topskee
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

great tasting beer. pours thin (which is fine by me) with a rich dark color. smells as it tastes (delicious). no alcohol presence (dangerous for the ABV of 11.50%). I reccommend this to any one that likes a dark yet sweet stout.

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Photo of do_ob
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a tulip. Intense dark choclate and candied sugar on the nose along with notes of vanilla, honey, and syrup. Medium weight, and a touch more watery than I expected. The taste pretty much follows the smell, unfolding flavors of sweet chocolate, maple syrup, oaky vanilla, and sweet, roasted malt. Not much complexity, but damn tasty. Alcohol is hidden very well.

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Photo of PhillyJ
3.66/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Sweet thin and boozey in a good way. I was expecting a little more but satisfied. Poured thin with minimal head from a hard pour no lacing. Smell sugar cookies taste sweetness think coffee and glazed donuts not much else, complexity is absent just varying stages of sweetness no attempt to hide the alcohol but that adds to it's flavor character. Even though I just slightly bashed it .it is really enjoyable, tastes better as it warms definitely a sweet dessert stout . I would say try it if you see it. I would love to try a barrel aged version and will buy this again for a nice change of pace.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours black, with no head. carbonation is decent and agitation produces lots of very fine bubble lacing. nose; toasted malt, fudge, milk chocolate, chocolate icing, slight coffee & creamer, and mild woodsy notes. taste; chocolate fudge/cake, doughnut, chocolate icing, light mocha & toffee, vanilla and bitter hops. very mellow milk chocolate and bitter hop on the aftertaste. as it warms, a dark cherry syrup emerges. at 11.5% abv, some light bite on the end is expected, but it's remarkably tame for those numbers. mouthfeel is a little thin, but creamy. probably the most "dessert-y" stout i've ever had - the chocolate & fudge qualities are not overstated here. a bit too indulgent for more than a "one and done", but delicious all the same.

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Photo of BB1313
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours pitch black with a small mocha head that leaves little retention and little lacing. The aromas are great and my favorite part. Tons of dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Lots of fudge. It's like a chocolate bomb. Nice amount of vanilla. The coffee is actually subtle and almost non-existent. I'm not sure when this was bottled, so that could be why the coffee seems dull. Smells great nonetheless. The flavors are very solid. Very rich. More milk chocolate. Some caramel and butterscotch in the mix. More vanilla. Very subtle warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with lower carbonation. It's not as thick as I was expecting, but it's still smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a great stout. Possibly over hyped imho, but it's still good stuff nonetheless. I guess I was just expecting more due to the hype over the years.

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Photo of MTKATL
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm....I'm struggling to find biscotti here. It's a good chocolate stout with slight coffee flavor. It IS a smooth 11.5% with thin carbonation. The taste is smoother than the nose. The aftertaste is all chocolate for me. It's not overly complex, but I would drink this again.

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Photo of mlockman
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark with minimal head, perhaps due to low carbonation as the mouthfeel is rather stagnant as well. In terms of flavor, I detected nothing that even hinted at the taste of biscotti, so biscotti-lovers who are considering snagging this beer simply because of the name/label beware. Overall, the palate followed the aroma: semi-sweet malts with a bitter undertone that for me, personally, did not impress. A decent imperial stout, in my opinion, but far from world class. One would be much better to try any of Evil Twins other imperial stouts or porters.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jet black color. Poured like flat Coke. No lacing at all. Nose is vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate. Fantastic. Taste is not as nearly complex as I had expected. Finish is subtle bitter coffee and a touch of oak. Feel, to me, is a little thin for such a big beer. Overall, a very good, but not great, imperial stout.

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Photo of captainkrad
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark and intriguing. The nose is inviting- coffee, toffee, hints of the sweet things to come. Beautiful caramel malt and coffee, chocolate, toffee, toasted butter cookies.... Smooth, creamy, delicious.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber served in a Teku.

Overall, this beer is very heavy on the chocolate notes. I was expected a lot of coffee based on the label, but didn't really get any. There is a bit on the nose and a touch of espresso in the finish but you really have to look for it. It is dominated by sweet milk chocolate on the nose and in the taste. It really is dessert in a glass. It is a tasty beer, but just not as advertised in my opinion.

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Photo of Beervana
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick black with a slow moving mocha head. Smell is full blown dessert; milk chocolate, fudgey brownie, maybe a touch of raisin (though really more like chocolate covered raisin). Taste brings on a new dimension, much more roasty, a hit of bitterness. Some espresso, some nuttiness, less milk... more of a dark chocolate flavour here. Feel is thick and syrupy, carbonation is mild, but present.

Overall, a delicious dessert (or breakfast) beer, certainly accomplishes what it set out to be. I found that the flavours integrate much better as the beer warms.

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Photo of aoampm
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one is a little bit disappointing to me. I rarely have eaten actual biscotti so maybe that's why I am not in love with this stout. It pours midnight with a lovely rich tan head. The head disappears incredibly quickly and there's almost no lacing whatsoever. The smell is very mild, some chocolate and slight cinnamon aroma along with roasted malt and a sweet maple syrup aroma. The taste is pretty solid! Roasted malt and wood flavors with sweet lactose and, well, straight up biscotti. The feel of this beer is very nice also. It isn't very thick yet makes up for it with a smooth sweet finish and is a quintessential dessert beer. Not worth the $18 I spent on it but still glad I was able to try it!

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Photo of gcasher
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Great creamy body with base of outstanding stout with rich roasted malt. Alcohol is hard to perceive.

Not crazy about cream and sugar latte flavor. Taste improves ad beer warms.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really dark and viscous beer with mocha color head. Aroma reminds me cookies and vanilla. Taste is more bitter with coffee notes. Body is smooth and heavy and alcohol is really well hidden. Easy drinking and tasty imperial stout.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 7/2/15.

Finally pulled the trigger and bought this. Haven’t really been a fan of Evil Twin yet. This beer was good, but sort of a let down too. Poured kind of thin, with a nice coffee aroma. Very sweet tasting, but lacking in the mouthfeel. The sweetness was more reminiscent of a mocha than that of coffee.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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