Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Roman Empire had a certain "je ne sais quoi" - festive food culture, extravagant architecture, and spectacular live entertainment. Some might argue the Emperors were brutal, mad, and hungry for power, and the people vain when taking baths and working out all day. Listen - that's still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient - keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant, and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.

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Photo of Shippy
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber: deep, oily black with a dusting of a beige head. Aromas are strong with molasses, currant, cinnamon, raspberry, brown sugar, a little coffee. Flavor is intensely dark and sweet. Lots of chocolate with cherry, raspberry, and some breadiness. Tastes like a rich piece of flourless chocolate cake with a raspberry syrup. Feel is pretty heavy, somewhat syrupy, but has a lightness to it as well. Overall this is a deep, rich, sweet, roasty beer with lots of depth. It hasn't warmed up yet but I'm already noticing it change, with the smell more chocolatey, and the flavor smoothing slightly. A great beer to be enjoyed on a quiet evening.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black like motor oil. Thin, tan head which clings to the sides.
Smells of toasted Carmel and chocolate. Molasses and malt smell rounds it out...terrific.
Taste follows the nose followed up with the hop. Also some licorice. A little ash, and toasted coconut.
A big mouthfeel. A very complex one this is.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours your typical Imperial stout color, that deep, rich motor-oil black, with hardly any head.The nose is very complex, starting with milk chocolate and leading into a bouquet of fruit scents - blackberry, plum, raisin, fig, peach and cranberry. I also get some spice, some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, like ginger bread really. The flavor starts by tasting like hersheys syrup, but quickly moves into rich notes of raisin, fig, and plum, and a strong finish of fresh blueberry. The amazing thing is with all this fruit and chocolate, there is very little sweetness here. The mouthfeel is full but not thick or syrupy. It really has just the right amount of weight. Overall this was much more fruit forward than I was expecting, but this was not a bad thing. Endlessly complex, even sharing I sat through a whole movie sipping on this. I understand the buzz on it.

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Photo of Omnium
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Pitch black with a nice two finger tan head, thick walls of lacing.
S - Mild coffee, rich deep malt, caramel, milk chocolate, some light burnt woodiness, very roasty.
T - Delicious, sweet and creamy rich malt, very mild coffee, rich silky milk and dark chocolate, almond nuttiness, light smoke.
M - So smooth and creamy, deep and rich, very balanced and hides the abv well.
O - Excellent imperial stout, very creamy, so smooth and deep, very well balanced.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inky black with khaki head

Vanilla, prunes, plums in the nose.

Taste surprised me on first sip...wasn't what I expected from the nose. Lots of rasberry.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, but still light....drinks easy for 11.5%

Unique and enjoyable. The fruit is what I'll remember most.

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Photo of gatheredwaters
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 bottle.

Pours a medium thick milk chocolate colored head with light lacing.

Overripe fig. Burnt white sugar.

Heavy blackstrap molasses flavor. Alcohol heat builds, but is not very present in the overall taste. Roast, roast, roast. Even with this older bottle the coffee bitterness comes through strongly.

Creamier mouthfeel than expected.

Overall I am enjoying this much more than expected. The roastiness is perfectly balanced with the fruit. Not sure what a fresh bottle tastes, like, but this is certainly super tame and balanced.

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Photo of babaracas
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch very dark brown with thin but dense and creamy medium brown head, rings of fine lace struggle to stick to the glass. Smell: faded earthy espresso, caramel, fig, currants, chocolate liquor, waffle cone. Taste: bite of vanilla ice cream in chocolate dipped waffle cone, currants, caramel, note of earthy espresso, mostly clean but slightly spicy hopping provides some degree of balance. Full bodied with exceptionally creamy feel. Good but would rather have a 4-pack of Lil' B.

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Photo of k8kruk
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque and ebony. Abundant warm, dark brown head.

S: Sweet, dried fruits. Molasses. Something much lighter and almost floral, too.

T: Rich and creamy with a little coffee and cacao nibs at the fore, rounded out by the flavors of raw cane sugar and something that reminds me of fresh apple cider. I guess maybe that's the biscotti/doughnut flavor.

M: Thick, sumptuous and silky. Even and tightly structured carbonation.

O: Really an excellent imperial stout. As rich and sophisticated as many of its bourbon aged counterparts without the intense booziness and mash flavors (which i think often overpower all else). Quite excellent, especially given that it's not super hard to find.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black with little to no head.

Something about the biscotti direction has me smelling and tasting hints of raspberries in this brew. I like it. There is a bready kick as well, but not much roasty flavor.

Biscotti Break is actually quite creamy.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

ppearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a nice dark tan head. The head lasted a long time, and left a little film on the glass, but not a lot.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee and chocolate aromas. Some hops in the aroma, as well as a sweetness from the oatmeal as well. Nice combination and balance between the various flavors.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness and chocolate flavors that may be due to the malts, but it has an excellent taste. There is also a very slight vanilla flavor with this.The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy. Strong alcohol which matches with the 11.5% on the label.

Overall: Overall this is an excellent stout. I will definitely look for this and buy it again.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black color with a small mocha colored head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, caramel and faint licorice. Lovely.

Taste mimics the nose. Very complex. Waves of flavors hit the palate. Everything blends well. Very impressive. No booze detected.

Mouthfeel is vicious and slick. Medium body and somewhat creamy. Low carbonation and smooth.

I am impressed with this one. Well integrated and enjoyable. Very flavorful and drinks nicely. Highly recommended.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2016-03-05
22oz bottle served in a large snifter. I don't see an obvious date.

Pours black with no head. Little or no carbonation. Smell is maple bourbon, vanilla and smoke. Roasty. Chocolate. Smells very nice.

Taste is sweet, syrupy, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, but surprisingly mild.

Mouthfeel is silky, smooth, but a little flat. Overall, not bad, but not exceptional.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into a Prairie Artisan Ales snifter L: pitch black with a thick creamy brown head and spotty lacing A: mild sour cherry note with coffee and bitter chocolate scents T: flavor follows the nose; sour and bitter with sweet milky overtones M: medium and creamy with a coating residue O: a little overrated in the scarcity and price, but an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of CoreyC
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice deep brown and strong head
S - light sweetness (too light though)
T - completely hides alcohol heat, but chocolate and coffee flavor is very light
M - nice thickness
O - nice, but too light in flavor for me - needs stronger something to distingush it

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown/black with light carbonation.

S - Roasted milk chocolate,m vanilla, cream, chocolate Espresso.

T - Coffee beans, vanilla, dark roasted chocolate, light coffee bitterness, lingering coffee bitterness.

M - Heavy medium body, viscous, silky smooth.

O - Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet, light-evading black, with a medium-thin sized, dark creme/motor oil head. A far bit of dark lacing is left after taking a sip. It smells dark, with an aroma composed of roasted malts, sweet pastries, toffee, caramel, and espresso. The taste extravagance opens with a dark chocolate flavor, before fading into dark fruits, espresso, and toffee. Mouth feel is mouth coating, while still being smooth and creamy. If anything is missing here, maybe boldness. It feels a bit thin, albeit, fantastic. Overall, an absolutely marvelous beer. So many flavors and aromas going on, while still being manageable and not overwhelming.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Damasen
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a mocha head with a slight red tinge. Smell is amazing, almost like a dunkaccino with roasted malt. First taste is dark chocolate that transitions into a type of dark fruit in the middle of the tongue then ends with big roasted malt flavors. Mouth feel is medium, expected a bit fuller mouth feel but not too thin. Overall it is a great imperial stout of something that I was looking for, something dunkaccino-esque. So if you like those you'll love this.

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Photo of GregA135
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this back on Thanksgiving, just forgot to log it

Poured a dark brown/black color with a tan head

Smelled of coffee, sweet cream and a bit of chocolate

Tasted like a biscotti with coffee and chocolate, an excellent dessert beer. Definitely paired well with the Thanksgiving dinner.

Low carbonation and smooth

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Photo of buschbeer
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1 PT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
2013 vintage

This beer pours black with an inch of mocha head that leaves a little lacing.

I get a little coffee aroma but more chocolate. There is also a hint of anise.

The taste is more chocolaty than anything. The coffee is faded, and there is some anise and roasted malt.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation

I prefer this to the last fresh one that I had. The fresh one tasted of anise. This one has a lot of chocolate character and is quite good.

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Photo of ebin6
4.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tasted this blind for the first time against 5 other well-known, heavy hitter imperial coffee stouts and Biscotti Break blew them all away. It is so deep, and fun to drink that I can't imagine a better representation of the style. I don't know how to be more objective than a blind taste and it delivers on every level

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Photo of sjdevel
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look:
It did not seem to start to generate a head with a moderate pour, so I then poured hard. It did generate a nice dark tan 1 finger head. This beer is as black as you can get with no light being able to penetrate through. Head disappeared very quickly and only a hint of a foam ring from there on. No lacing/bubble replenishment to speak of. Pours like a syrup.

Smell:
Smells chocolaty and sweet. Only a hint of coffee in there. Smells like dessert for sure. A slight roasted malt smell as well.

Taste:
No real hop bitterness to speak of. Hits you quickly with coffee, chocolate, and charred wood. It is very very sweet. The alcohol is not as apparent as I originally braced myself for (seeing that it is a 11.5% brew). It isn't as "beer-y" as I had hoped for. It tastes like a decent Baltic Porter with some Creme De Cocoa and Kahlua mixed in. It is really creamy tasting, but seems to be really flat once you drink it. When I think of Stouts, I think of a dark brew that is dryer than this (hence my reference to a Baltic Porter instead). As the sweetness fades, there are some notes of roasted nuts, wood, and caramel.

Feel:
This one feels really flat. Quite disappointing actually. Light bodied surprisingly. Would have gotten a better score if a better mouthfeel and effervescence.

Overall:
It does seem like you are drinking a mixed drink of some sort (like a Black Russian). Just doesn't seem to fit into a beer category with me. It does have a great flavor though and packs a punch with the 11.5% ABV (even though it isn't that apparent, it hit me pretty hard mid-bottle). I recommend trying this one, but it wouldn't be a regular purchase for me.

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Photo of LouZ
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour - black with a thin head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is very roasty malt with coffee. Taste was a perfect match, with hints of graham cracker emerging as it warmed. Feel was a bit thin, more like a porter, but smooth and easy to drink with light carbonation. Alcohol content is adeptly hidden. Not bad overall.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled December 2015 from 22oz bottle in pint glass. I did not see a bottled or use-by date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a nice dark tan head. The head lasted a long time, and left a little film on the glass, but not a lot.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee and chocolate aromas. Some hops in the aroma, as well as a sweetness from the oatmeal as well. Nice combination and balance between the various flavors.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness and chocolate flavors that may be due to the malts, but it has an excellent taste. There is also a very slight vanilla flavor with this.The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy. Strong alcohol which matches with the 11.5% on the label.

Overall: Overall this is an excellent stout. I will definitely look for this and buy it again.

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Photo of smanson56
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark black color into my snifter glass. The nose is fairly mild with hints of coffee and chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is smooth with nice coffee and chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a very small amount of carbonation. A good drinking stout.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black thick tan head that takes forever to recede and once it does you still have about 1/8" and good lacing.
Smell coffee notes dark chocolate slight alcohol smell.
Taste good coffee and chocolate flavor slight vanilla the alcohol is not noticeable at all you get a little taste but not much burn for a 11.5%
Feel is good smooth and thick coats the tongue once it warms you get a little boozy burn on the back end.
Overall a really solid stout I would have again.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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