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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 467
Hads: 3,674
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 23.5%
Wants: 500
Gots: 1,015 | FT: 123
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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

Availability: Rotating

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

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 THANAT0PSIS
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Assured and lush, Evil Twin puts together a massive stout that celebrates all things imperial, and does so with impeccable balance and power. They put a whole lot of extra awesome in this beer!

Opening with the darkest of dark brown hues, the beer nearly allows the color of chocolate to command the appearance, over that of stout. The dark ale allows for a quick rise of light tan foam to cap the beer confidently and withstanding retention. Well laced and ring defined, the heady froth clings to the glass like milkshake.

Deep aromas are an even-keel blend of chocolate and coffee. If not for the bourbony tinge of alcohol, it would have been easy to assume coffeehouse mocha-brewed blends. Bold sweetness of burnt caramel, roasted barley, toasted hazelnuts, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla all swirl to the nose and mesmerize the senses.

Super creamy, dense and full flavored, its the taste of mocha that leads the charge. The melange of espresso and bittersweet chocolates play out from the initial sip 'til the savory finish. All the while, this lavish stout picks up caramel and brown sugar sweetness early on the tongue, then provides a fat heavy cream and vanilla soaked middle palate before turning to burnt toast, brownie batter, and smooth coffee bitterness in closure.

Velvety on the palate, the beer massages every nook and cranny of the mouth with a dense sheet of silky sweetness. Alcohol warmth eases the would-be cloying texture as the dry roast of the beer ushers in a malty-dry culmination in its infinite aftertaste.

It's one of those transcendent stouts that gives you something new to praise at every sip. Just when you have seen it all in Stoutland, Evil Twin offers something more to entice the taste buds.

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Photo of marieli
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Started at 57 degrees. Label said "Best before 2015". What's that about? A cheap shot at Deschutes? Anyways, this does pour very black and exciting. Aroma is sweet, maybe some oak but don't think is barrel aged? Maybe it's the cookie. As it warmed in the glass I got a sweet molasses-like smell, very nice. First flavor impression is bitterness; it gives way to smooth flavor, but that bitterness is always there with each drink from start to finish. I did not get distinct coffee or chocolate, but rather roasted malt and some kind of welcomed melded sweetness. Sorry, my palate just can't pick out 7 kinds of distinct fruits and grains like some of our more insightful members! Mouthfeel was nice medium, but I wish a little creamier, say more like Founders Breakfast Stout or Goose Island Bourbon County or Prairie Bomb! Overall a very well crafted stout, but that front end bitterness is a bit of an issue for me.

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Photo of evilpenguin9000
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is delicious, but too sweet to drink a lot of. Great beer to share.

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

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.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.52/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 2015... no idea when it might have been bottled.

Appearance: Jet black body with a generous finger of dark tan froth.

Aroma: Dark malts with a bit of a soy sauce edge. Maybe past its prime?

Taste: Definitely on the sweeter side but with a fair amount of bitterness on the back end. Quite boozy as well. Lots of black coffee essence and some harder flavors to discern (dark chocolate, almond, vanilla extract?) that all add up to an odd experience. Still it has a certain liqueur quality that is nice in the finish. Bitter dark chocolate/black coffee aftertaste. It's growing on me.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than molasses in the dead of winter. Just the right amount of minimal carbonation. Low drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Maybe past it's prime but still decent. The copious amount of flaky sediment coming out of the bottle when rinsing it had me worried. Would I drink it again? Maybe, but not before trying more of Evil Twin's lineup.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%

Pour is jet black with a tight dark mahogany head. Nose is rich, dark roasted malts with chocolate cake batter, anise, cooked brown sugar, and a bit of residual sugar. Taste is also big, not overly sugary for the richness. Deeply roasted dark malts with rich cake batter and brown sugar. Full bodied, light bitterness lingers through a softly carbonated finish.

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Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep deep dark black with a coffee head that rapidly dissipates and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate notes dominate.

Taste: ok, now the name makes sense. Tastes appropriate for its name. Lots of coffee notes as well. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: cleaner than Even More Jesus for sure. Lot less sticky than many others in its class.

Overall: I'm quite impressed.

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Photo of khoff5
3.34/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Way too sweet, I like my coffee black so this was not a bonus. Otherwise good coffee flavor, mouth feel and surprisingly no booziness...but won't buy again.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Smokesnotes
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of brownbeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Brent_B
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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