Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing
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Reviews by Damian:
3.43/5 rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Drank from a 1 pt 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter
The beer poured a thick and viscous motor oil brown and was topped by a resilient, one-finger tall cap of saddle brown froth. Sheets of lacing coated the glass with every sip. The head slowly faded to clingy, bubbly ring.
Potent espresso notes dominated the nose. Good dose of roasted malts. Loads of vanilla. Touch of dark chocolate. The aroma was quite straightforward and, in this case, I definitely thought it worked well. If it were slightly more intense, however, I would have bumped the score up to a perfect "5."
While the flavor profile was similar in many ways to the nose, it was definitely more abrasive. The melding of heavily roasted coffee beans and roasted malts on the front was a bit too bitter for my palate. Bakers chocolate notes came through in the center. The finish was roasty and dry to the point of being acrid. Some earthy and piney hops made the beer even more bitter. On a positive note, the 11.5% ABV was remarkably well hidden.
The mouthfeel was disappointingly thin for the style. The liquid contained a fine, spritzy effervescence that was quite distracting.
I had high hopes for Evil Twin's Imperial Biscotti Break but was really let down by it. While aging this might lessen the coffee character, it could also smooth out its rough edges. I would be curious to see what some time in a bourbon barrel might do to this.
Serving type: bottle
08-26-2012 03:17:21 | More by Damian
More User Reviews:
4.16/5 rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A very nice looking pour. Pours dark brown. Has nice desert taste. Alcohol gives it a nice pungency but not overpowering. Sweetness and the alcohol balance very nicely. Would like to try again during cold winter months. Had it in June and really not the right season for it.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 16:49:39 | More by beer456
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,204 ratings.