Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing
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Reviews by kojevergas:
3.73/5 rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Hugely excited for this one due to its high ratings throughout the years. 11.50% ABV confirmed. Distributed by Twelve Percent LLC (which I vastly prefer to the Shelton Bastards). Produced and bottled by Westbrook Brewing Co., Mount Pleasant, SC. Charleston Coffee Roasters coffee was used for this according to the label. Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and brown label served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high.
Served chilled but not refrigerator cold. Allowed to warm to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Paired with a bit of Swiss chocolate.
A: Pours a half finger beautiful rich dark tan colour vibrant silky head of marvelous cream, great thickness, and good reention (2 minutes) considering the high ABV. Head is supple and luscious; quite fantastic for the style and just what I want to see. Light lacing sticks to the side s of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. Not a jet black, but quite dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's not unique, but it's certainly special. Quite appealing; I can't wait to try it.
Sm: Rich smooth coffee/java and accompanying roast. An espresso kick. Quite fresh in terms of coffee. Cream. Chocolate. Milky notes. Very subtle buried light licorice. Caramel, cacao. Maybe light vanilla. The coffee in particular is a delightful aromatic note here, though the baker's chocolate/cacao powder gives it a hell of a run for its money. The subtle roast is exactly what I look for in a great imperial stout. This is shaping up to meet expectations. A complex, subtly executed, moderate strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.
T: Wow. Yeah. Subtly masterfully executed coffee/biscotti notes, with a bit of a roasty espresso kick backed by creamy milky notes. Milk chocolate is evocative and luscious throughout. A bit of vanilla and caramel, like the filling when biting into a posh chocolate. It definitely hits the biscotti character it's going for but never comes off too sweet; Southern Tier could learn a lesson from these guys. Dark malts. I don't get the licorice I detected on the aroma. No yeast or alcohol comes through either. All around, it's masterfully balanced and subtly built. I'm falling in love with it. Decadent and enjoyable. Quite rich and delightful. It's a lovely flavour profile for an imperial stout, and the coffee character is incredible. Yet it's different from the bold heavy coffee character of something like Big Bad Baptist; this is roasty and subtle.
As it warms, it begins to flirt with overdone sweetness (I might have to retract my above comment about the sweetness a bit). This is the key factor holding it back from a higher rating.
Mf: Fantastically creamy and smooth, letting its rich flavours really emerge. Never too slick. Wet enough to refresh, but dry enough to support the roast. Perfect carbonation and thickness. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Magnificient.
Dr: Not at all a sipper. Quite drinkable; it's not too filling like many imperial stouts, and I know I'll have little trouble killing it by myself. This beer met expectations and rather impressed me. This is definitely one to buy and cellar if that's your thing. I'd definitely have this again, preferably shared with friends or in a smaller amount on draught. By far one of the best beers I've had from Evil Twin.
Pairs magnificently with good chocolate. One of the better imperial stouts for this purpose I've come across.
Drank fine from a goblet, but I'd recommend a snifter or teku. Unless it's a unique goblet, like a Guinness goblet - small and narrow.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2013 03:05:32 | More by kojevergas
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4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep viscous black w/ a reddish brown head. Beautiful.
Aroma is dark roasted malt, espresso, bitter chocolate. Rich, earthy, inviting.
Taste is big and robust; strong coffee, chocolate. Some caramel, vanilla and molasses.
Mouthfeel is thick and coating, slick. Not syrupy. Nice dry finish.
Overall an outstanding imperial stout, hits on all cylijnders.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 03:36:01 | More by draheim
4.2/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
In a snifter.
A- beautiful mocha-colored head, pillowlike, quickly dissipating head. No visible lace. Pitchblack liquid. 4.25
S- donuts and coffee. Vanilla, lactose, a bit of spice, booze. Clove. 4
T- caramel and chocolate. Tastes like a Rolo. Sweet and creamy coffee with a stiff finish. 4.25
M- sweet and malty initially, then very bitter and dry. Thick and creamy with only a light carbonation. Excellent beer. 4.25
O- delicious as fuck.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 04:11:53 | More by ONovoMexicano
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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