Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing
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4.68/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Biscotti Break
Appearance: This costly beer pours an extremely dark brown bordering very closely on black. There is no head whatsoever, save a small ring around the outer rim of the viscous liquid. There is minimal, sticky lacing and definite alcohol legs (and a film that is probably also from the alcohol) from the 11.5% ABV. Put up against other imperial stout it would be hard to tell this one apart from the bunch by look alone. It looks the style, and that is really all that can be asked of any beer.
Aroma: Interestingly, the biscotti is definitely there in sweet malty notes mixing with a dominating blast of caramel, chocolate, and burnt sugar notes, which, in turn, mix with coffee aromas. There is also a certain heat to the nose from the alcohol. This beer is really shaping up to be quite alcohol forward; that could turn out to be a good thing (as with BCBS) or a horrible thing (as with This One Goes to 11). Obviously, here is hoping for the former. This could almost be mistaken for a Southern Tier offering due to how closely the nose aligns to the food it is emulating.
Taste: Bready, biscuity, sweetness is followed up by even more sweetness in the form of caramel and semi-sweet chocolate. Had the beer stopped here, this would have been a cloying malt bomb, but the coffee comes through in the end, cuts off the sweetness entirely, and single-handedly saves the beer. Despite earlier warnings, the alcohol is thankfully nonexistent in the flavor. As with the nose, hops are completely absent, though this is more or less true to the style. This is fantastic.
Mouthfeel: Here, the beer is surprisingly thin for the style. Of course, outside those standards and in the grand scheme of beer in general, it is still quite syrupy. Stickiness is left behind at every place this beer touches. The carbonation is low, but the beer is still reasonably drinkable (not chuggable; this is a sipper for sure). The aftertaste is shockingly dry, given the ridiculously strong flavor of the beer; the drinker can thank the coffee for that. The alcohol leaves a nice, warming finish that is perfect for this chilly Wisconsin evening.
Overall: Before trying this beer, I would have been shocked to hear someone tell me biscotti in a beer could work, and not only work, but edge its way into my top ten beers (and top three stouts). This excellent Evil Twin offering has proved me wrong and then some. The price is a bit steep at $16, which will keep it out of my regular fridge rotation, but if I keep seeing this one around, I will have no choice but to purchase a few more bottles. It is that great. 17.5/20
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2012 07:42:03 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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