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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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2,473 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,473
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 349
Gots: 573 | FT: 93
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Denmark

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

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.

(Beer added by: BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012)
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JoninVT

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-09-2013 23:44:17 | More by JoninVT
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -3.9%

Appearance: At 11.5% one wouldn't expect to much of a head and this does not surprise on that front; the liquid itself is pitch black and the viscosity leaves some legs

Smell: As the name would suggest, it smells like a biscotti dipped into a cup of black coffee: cookie dough, almond and a hint of chocolate

Taste: Rather sweet from the outset, with cookie dough, sweetened chocolate, vanilla and almond, with coffee flavors building in the middle; much the same, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation

Overall: I wonder how much the name of the beer influences the taste I perceive, but this is an interesting beer, albeit the sweetness makes it something I would not want to drink frequently

02-22-2013 23:58:50 | More by brentk56
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -3%

22 ounce bottle - $15.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Chugs out an onyx black body with a thickish, slowly receding, dark tan-hued head.

Smell: IB is marked by its unmistakable almond-scented nose that literally jumps out of the glass, followed fast by robust, just-roasted coffee, melty sweet chocolate, subtle vanilla beans, steeped prunes, and a splash of clean alcohol.

Taste: A double-chocolate almond cookie dunked in rich morning-fresh coffee generously dosed with sweetened vanilla-flavored almond milk and even a drip of Amaretto. A dark fruitiness shortly creeps in, as does a (very) little roasty bitterness, maybe a snippet of restrained leafy, tobacco-laced hops. The various flavors, some nutty, and the dessert-like sweetness just roll back and forth over the tongue, progressing beyond the smooth, slightly warming, slightly drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Silky mouthfeel.

Overall: Listen, if you can't get excited about this beer, you don't deserve coffee, vanilla beans OR almonds.

07-29-2014 20:46:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

I missed out on this while it was on tap at Sessions here in Greensboro so I had to pick up a bottle while at Bestway today.Poured into an oversized wine glass jet black with a deep mocha colored head,just deep and rich looking.Deep bitter chocolate,dark fruit,and toasted almonds over top of dark espresso roast coffee notes,as it sits more sweet alcohol comes into play,deep and complex aromas here.Chocolate and dark fruit dominate the palate,obviously it's quite roasted with the mocha java quality to it.It's big complex and sticky,the best Evil Twin brew I have had no question about that,great stuff here.

04-30-2012 20:35:48 | More by oberon
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-29-2013 21:52:15 | More by aszatk01
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-15-2013 23:48:16 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

Thanks to whomever broke this one out for the tasting... Pours a deep, dark black with only little bits of dark-ass ruby red along the edges. Small tan head forms for a moment, then lapses into a small ring around the glass; not much lacing left behind.

The nose starts off with a thick and heavy, deeply roasted espresso aroma - coffee beans left and right. A bit of nuttiness and creamy sweetness round things out. Overall, this one is pretty straightforward on the nose, but it's one of the best "coffee" aromas I've had the pleasure of smelling. Very raw, pure, and robust - this is how coffee should smell when it's introduced to a beer.

The first flavor to pop is a super sweet coffee/espresso combination - there is a deep, roasted quality in the background, but a bit more noticeable is the "cream and sugar" aspect of it, raising the drinkability without being too sweet or cloying. Intense creaminess leads into a milky brown sugar flavor, followed by burnt syrup and mild molasses. Vanilla and hazelnut play small parts in the background, but are definitely noticeable.

I'm sensing a bit of underlying dark fruits and a slight touch of anise. The alcohol is warming and adds to the robustness without being too scary or demanding. Aftertaste is full of a deep java and mocha flavor, with a bittersweet chocolate element that coats the mouth even after swallowing. This one feels a bit thinner than expected; medium bodied with medium carbonation, still carrying a pretty creamy and silky mouthfeel.

Wow! What a damn good beer. This was one of my favorites from the tasting. So tasty and drinkable for being such a bold and heavy beer. Beautiful coffee and espresso notes with little hints of cocoa, vanilla, and sugar. An absolute pleasure to drink.

02-11-2013 15:20:18 | More by tectactoe
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-16-2013 21:19:11 | More by OhioBobcat
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-27-2013 19:39:34 | More by jono0101
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-14-2014 01:42:51 | More by brownbeer
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

12-30-2012 00:04:01 | More by Schlais
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

07-28-2014 00:31:28 | More by tbryan5
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SanFranJake

California

3.35/5  rDev -23.5%

This is a major letdown after hearing and reading about it.
Paid $17 for a bomber and poured into a Deschutes snifter.
Looks really good. Wasn't the most aggressive pour but minimal head.
Aroma after a good swirl is pretty good...I get some solid vanilla and maybe some chocolate.
At this point, I'm itching to get into it. And when I finally do...what the hell?
Where did this beer go? I get none of the flavors that I detected in the nose.
Then I put the glass down and it's got good, Carmel lacing. Am I smoking crack?
Next sip, same thing: flat flavor and zero mouthfeel.
Well, I'll finish this bomber on principal alone and I'm glad that I finally pulled the trigger on this, but it's a major letdown, kinda like the hot chick that you finally get in the sack that you and your buddies have long wondered about:
Looks really hot and you've heard great things. She looks and smells awesome but is flat front and back with zero head and mouthfeel. At this point you're already getting some, so you might as well finish the job and share your experiences with your buddies to spare them the same painful fate.

04-21-2013 02:46:08 | More by SanFranJake
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SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

A - As black as it gets, some nice tan bubbles on top about 1/2 fingers worth.

S - Huge coffee aroma, vanilla, almonds and hints of chocolate. The coffee is definitely the main player here.

T - Follows the nose, massive coffee, roasted malt and chocolate flavors to start. Nice vanilla and nuts to finish.

M - The mouthfeel is thick, and almost oily. Medium carbonation.

O - This is the surprise beer of the year for me. I went into this not expecting it to live up the the high rating it already has. This is a great beer that is well worth the high price tag. Glad I got a few bottles as this seems like it could also improve with age.

05-21-2012 00:52:22 | More by SkiBum22
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RebeccaMB

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3%

04-24-2014 02:50:11 | More by RebeccaMB
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-30-2014 06:43:22 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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dimitrov

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -3%

08-03-2014 07:31:22 | More by dimitrov
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sabitu

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-01-2014 00:54:18 | More by sabitu
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-14-2013 15:47:41 | More by bulldogg915
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Kjanisch7

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.2%

07-15-2013 18:21:53 | More by Kjanisch7
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oteixeira

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.7%

11-29-2012 22:19:40 | More by oteixeira
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NWer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

12-10-2013 23:40:02 | More by NWer
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coxxx616

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-15-2014 00:31:56 | More by coxxx616
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3%

03-20-2014 04:30:50 | More by DaftPatrick
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warnerry

Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%

A - Pours a slick black liquid with one finger of brown head. head has pretty good retention and leaves some spots of lacing. Maintains a thin cap of foam throughout.

S - Wow! Smells like coffee and a slightly boozy chocolate chip cookie more than biscotti, although I do get some amaretto presence, but I think they pretty much got what they were going for here. Big coffee and chocolate aromas, with a bit of milk chocolate but mostly bittersweet, some cookie dough, a bit of almond, some vanilla and faint fruits.

T - Taste is similar to the aroma, but with more bitterness, which nicely counters the sweet components of the taste. Lots of coffee and bitter chocolate, roasted malts, just a bit of brown sugar. Some vanilla, raisin and cherry. Very tasty, with almost no alcohol presence.

M - Full but not heavy. Initially on the sweet side, but gets more bitter and dry.

O - I was pretty excited when I saw a lone bottle of this on my trip to OH in July, as I figured it was long gone, and it didn't disappoint. A nice twist on the traditional coffee and chocolate-dominated imperial stouts.

08-25-2012 01:45:03 | More by warnerry
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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,473 ratings.