Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing
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4.95/5 rDev +13%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass on 7/25/2012.
Appearance: Jet black with a 0.5 inch dark tan head.
Smell: The aroma is predominantly almond, cocoa, espresso, and, perhaps, a light milk/dairy smell.
Taste: Imperial Biscotti Break tastes, amazingly, just like a chocolate and almond biscotti smells. The initial taste is dark chocolate, followed by roasted almond, and finishing with a semi-sweet chocolate and espresso note. There isn’t as much sweetness as I’d expected for a cookie themed beer.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very viscous and full bodied.
Overall: Imperial Biscotti Break is one of those beers that stands out as world-class from the first sip. A friend I shared it with declared it to be “Dessert in a glass” and I’d have to agree.
07-30-2012 20:05:34 | More by TheEarl
4.95/5 rDev +13%
22oz bomber poured into duvel glass
A- jet black pour reveal a mocha colored head, 2 fingers thick.. decent retention... minimal lacing to the glass
S- holy sh*t.... big whiffs of milk chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted barely.... I get a fruity fig in the back.... very roasted sugary smell... crazy
T- sweet milk chocolate up front, roasted coffee, bitter sweet chocolate, sweet raisins... roasted chocolate coffee lingering after taste
M- thinner body for what the label implies... this reminds me more of a milk stout... super sweet but in a good way. Creamy and oily with a roasted bitterness.
O- overly impressive beer... way ahead of the class... this was a gift from my gf and I know this is pricey... but I still believe this bottle is worth the tag... find it and drink it
11-13-2012 00:42:21 | More by warrenout330
4.94/5 rDev +12.8%
A- Pours very thick and black as black can be. One of the darkest pours I can remember, this beer isn't just black, light struggles to escape it like a black hole. Small, half a finger head forms and sticks around a good long while until turning into a thin coating on top of the beer. Head is not quite to chocolate brown, but very close. Lacing is very good.
S- Lots of strong, dark coffee here. Some hints of burnt malts make it through the coffee roasts. Maybe a hint of vanilla sweetness mixes in there. Frankly, it smells delicious.
T- Dark, roasty, burnt, and tons of coffee. At first, this reminds me a ton of Bourbon County Coffee without the barrel. Coffee starts it off with a strong bang. Some burnt malts come through along providing a little more dark bitterness to go with the coffee. None of the flavors are overly bitter. No sweet vanilla profile from the scent, just all coffee and dark malt.
M- Tick, smooth, low carbonation, and just plain smooth again. Alcohol is no where to be found in the taste or feel except a slight, and I mean very slight, warming sensation going down.
Overall, this is a phenomenal imperial coffee stout. It literally is BCBCS without the barrel, and I love it. Great coffee, great feel, and hides the alcohol well. This is a great stout for winter nights.
01-10-2014 03:03:15 | More by boilermakerbrew
4.93/5 rDev +12.6%
A: Pitch Black w/ half inch and medium lacing
S: Smells roasted barley and toasted nuts, reminiscent of fresh ground barley. Almost like a fresh baked chocolate bread
T: Milk chocolate brownie covered in candied and toasted almonds w/ a dark fruit compote. Also the vanilla is present but not overpowering or artificial, balancing with the espresso, almonds and chocolate.
M: Rich dessert stout that is silky and smooth
O: I would not change anything about this beer. Evil Twin really shows that not every stout needs to be barrel aged to be world class.
08-10-2012 01:35:37 | More by Mbrown44
4.9/5 rDev +11.9%
Evil Twin Brewing - Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.
Look - Pours a dark brown-black oil with a one inch mocha almost ruby-tinged head that dissipates quickly. Great lacing.
Smell - Coffee, cola, and rich chocolate over gently roasted malts.
Taste - Rich, velvety, and creamy chocolate. Coffee and roasted malt. Ends slightly bitter roasted malt. Delicious.
Mouthfeel - Sits roasted malt and throat warm boozy. Full-bodied with medium carbonation. Great drinkability.
Overall - This brew is amazing, the cherry one was perfect but not everyone would agree, some wanted it sweeter. This one is a little hotter but still I would 100% recommend this brew and Evil Twin in general, I'm liking their thinking so far!
11-12-2013 17:39:48 | More by JMScowcroft
4.9/5 rDev +11.9%
Be careful when you open the bottle - the sample I got fizzed like nobody’s business! Strong aroma has a firm and mouth-watering overtone of quality coffee with hints of unsweet chocolate and molasses. It pours a rich opaque sable just a flea’s eyebrow above black. Flavor is just simply sublime - quality coffee, roast malt, licorice, hints of molasses and chocolate. Could it get any better? Full, smooth texture has a good fizz to it and leaves a finish rich in roast coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and licorice.
06-03-2012 18:53:26 | More by Cyberkedi
4.88/5 rDev +11.4%
A - Dark black pour with a small, tight, creamy, smooth, dark tan head. Disappears fairly fast leaving just a whisper of lacing.
S - Coffee, dark and bittersweet chocolate, and mocha dominate the nose. There is a hint of almond and vainilla sweetness with a caramel, toffee, and cream sweetness that emphasizes those notes.
T - Wow! (I could leave it at that, but I'll expound) Chocolate and coffee are the dominate flavors here as well but this is a very deep beer. Starts out with a mocha and bittersweet chocolate flavor. Mid sip it sweetens up a bit with the vainilla coming out more which gives this a sweet chocolate cake/fudge aspect. Hints of coffee (with only a slight, albeit nice, astringency). Almond sweetness starts to creep in on the finish leading to a strong coffee showing on the finish. All these flavors then linger on your tongue enticing you to drink more.
M - Medium to full body. Average carbonation for the style. Very smooth, creamy, and velvety which adds to that sweet chocolate flavor. Alcohol is non-existent in the taste; it is the bold flavors that make me want to just sip this.
D - Was definitely a sipper, but it was extremely easy to sip. The layers of flavor had me wanting to drink more, especially when the taste lingers that long.
Notes: A really good "flavored" Imperial Stout. Coffee and chocolate dominated as expected, but the vainilla and to a lesser extent the almonds had their time to shine. All the flavors complimented each other wonderfully (the vainilla and chocolate together especially). I would love to have this in the morning or for dessert any day in lieu of coffee. Delicious.
05-20-2012 00:23:29 | More by FreshHawk
4.88/5 rDev +11.4%
Received via trade, along with cherry natale I will wait until Christmas to have.
A - Dark as night with a dark mocha head. Lacing around glass advises this will be a sticky pungent stout. Perfect.
S - The aroma was fantastic, chocolate, chocolate marshmallow, roasted malt, smelled a bit boozy but yes its 11.5% so I'll allow it.
T - Only one peg down from BCBS, smooth, chocolate takes over, tastes like im eating a smore without the ashes from the campfire, bliss. Straight forward with not alot of complexity but it didnt need to be complex to be as great as it was.
M- Full bodied, not sweet not bitter, used the perfect amount of everything. Bit overly carbonated but fantastic.
O - Was told not to age this beer so I bought 2 just in case they were wrong and glad I saved another because I think the booziness might settle along with the carbonation levels.
07-03-2014 13:30:27 | More by Hesscabob
4.88/5 rDev +11.4%
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip
A- Black with a three finger brown head.
S- Very rich, creamy bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, some dark fruits, touch of alcohol, hint of toasted almonds.
T- Great coffee flavors really standout and has a nice bitter bite, creamy chocolate, touch of vanilla, hints of dark fruit, hints of toasted almond. The bitterness of the coffee is balances out with the sweetness of everything else. Alcohol with slightly noticeable, but still well hidden for the ABV.
M- Thick, full body, silky, creamy.
O- This is a great beer that is worth the high price. Very rich and very tasty. This is one of those dangerously drinkable beer at 11.5%. As much as I love Péché Mortel this is now my new favor coffee stout.
06-15-2012 22:51:30 | More by larryi86
4.88/5 rDev +11.4%
Purchased from Jon's Grocery in Iowa City. A big shoutout to the beer guy there who suggested this gem. Thanks!
A - Deep brown with chocolate colored lacing.
S - Bread. Coffee. Chocolate.
T - Wow. Amazing. So complex. Although the smell is good, the taste blew me away. Dark Chocolate, bread, coffee, chocolate, carmel...incredibly well balanced. The high ABV is EXTREMELY well hidden....probably the best hidden ABV I have ever tasted.
M - Incredibly smooth. Perfect with the taste here, barely any carbonation, just enough to enhance and not detract from the wonderful flavors.
O - This is without a doubt the best imperial stout I have ever tasted. Magnificent. Worth every penny.
07-04-2012 02:34:39 | More by BrewHawkeye
4.88/5 rDev +11.4%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours black as oil with a thin dark tan head. The aromas has a bit of alcohol on the nose followed by lots of sweetness. This thing really smells like fresh baked biscotti. The taste is similar to the smell but so much more complex. Lots of sweetness - vanilla, almonds, cocoa, and sweet bread. It finishes with some roasted malts and a bit of alcohol. I would never guess this brew to be over 10%. The mouthfeel is incredible, maybe the best part of the beer. It's so wonderfully creamy. Evil Twin really created a masterpiece here and I'm glad to have tried it. It's a bit expensive but certainly not overpriced. If you see it, buy it, and then buy some more. I can't wait to try this on draught in a couple of weeks.
06-12-2012 03:41:01 | More by ndepriest
4.88/5 rDev +11.4%
One of the best beers i've had in a long time. Been following BA for a few years but this beer inspired me to finally write my first review. Flavor and aroma are simply amazing; chocolate, coffee, espresso, vanilla, almonds...it's all here. As a home brewer, I'm amazed they got all these flavors in a beer so well balanced (not as sweet as most in this category). The alcohol seems almost none existent.
You could drink this for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but if makes a killer dessert. If I could get more of this I'd make it into an ice cream. Definitely one to savor; It took me over an hour to finish a 9oz pour of this. Almost cried when it was gone. Luckily I've got a couple bottles at home. Seek this out, you won't be disappointed.
06-07-2012 05:21:23 | More by millertime416
4.85/5 rDev +10.7%
a brown dark almost black pour with a finger of dark tan head.
smells of rich sweet chocolate, floral hops, almond, sweet latte coffee flavor.. Sugary, milky sweet
oh my lord. This is a very well balanced stout. Puckery sweet up front wih lots of caramel and milk chocolate flavors, sweet pecans.. Followed by the toasty coffee/dark roasted grains and grassy buttering hops. This can't get any better.
full body, medium carbonation.. Coats the roof of your mouth. An excellent beer.
soooo glad I changed my mind about trading this. Been saving it for months and damn am I glad I held onto it. An excellent stout, best flavor, perfect feel.
10-24-2012 00:38:28 | More by facundoCNB
4.83/5 rDev +10.3%
22oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip.
Pours with a thick, deep brownish black body. Head is gorgeous and thick with a dark tan color--excellent retention. Aroma packs a lot of bakery-like sweets. Caramel, vanilla, almond nuttiness. Somewhat reminiscent of a Southern Tier beer (thinking Chocklat + Creme Brulee, but thankfully less artificial-smelling).
The flavor literally made me go weak in the knees for a split second. Thick, chewy dark chocolate brownies blend perfectly with a rich espresso note, vanilla beans, and a hint of almond and booze in the finish. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and lightly carbonated. Chewy, but drinkable, and the 11.5% is hardly detected on the palate. Overall, a superb example of a flavored imperial stout. So glad I happened to run across this bottle!
05-28-2012 04:25:03 | More by wagenvolks
4.81/5 rDev +9.8%
A 12 oz bottle. It is fairly easy to get around here. Had it on tap a couple times.
Pours a viscous black with dark tan head.
Nose is powerful. Caramel, wood, vanilla(a little).
Taste: Well this is a desert beer. Syrupy, sweet, chocolate, malt, caramel and hints of bitterness. This is actually easy and fun to drink but strong at the same time.
Mouth feel is thick and creamy
Overall, I go back to this beer. It is one of the best I have had lately.
04-20-2013 22:16:27 | More by daledeee
4.8/5 rDev +9.6%
A: Pours like motor oil with a dark, dark brown head that forms slowly as the carbonation crawls up the glass. Pretty crazy to watch.
S: Some heavy roasted malt with some chocolate covered raisin, sugar cookie, espresso, molasses and straight dark chocolate. A bit of a bourbon note to it as well.
T: This stuff is really bomb. Opens with a rich mix of roasted malt and molasses with a heavy coffee hard candy undertone. Then moves through some flavors of chocolate cake, chocolate covered black cherry and vanilla. Finish brings some mocha and milk chocolate. Sweet and chewy throughout. The mouthfeel is velvety and mouth-coating, leaving just a trace of warmness. An awesome dessert beer and one of the better stouts I've ever had.
10-30-2012 19:15:06 | More by notchucknorris
4.79/5 rDev +9.4%
On tap at the Tap & Table. Review from notes
Inky black, absolutely no light comes through. Beige head that lasts. Lots of complexity here, from a malt sweetness to a dark fruity sweetness, from chocolate and carob to vanilla and toast. It's a fairly sweet stout so do not expect too much ashy or black patent flavors. Paired well with a hearty burger.
01-25-2013 03:28:56 | More by DmanGTR
4.79/5 rDev +9.4%
Evil twin Imperial biscotti break
Smell; chocolate malt coffee, booze
Taste: taste is very similar to smell hints of coffee, malt , chocolate , marshmallow and toffee.
Appearance; pitch black no light passing through it with one finger head quickly dissipating.
Mouth feel; this Stout has the mouth feel that you would expect from parabola KBS and Bourbon County coffee. It is thick and as a stout should be in my opinion!
Overall: this is a fantastic stout. I am hoping to find more at the store because it was that enjoyable!!! I wish it had just a little more coffee prensent in the flavor and aroma.
10-13-2013 05:51:22 | More by BA_Berto
4.79/5 rDev +9.4%
A- Pours a thick oily black, with a beautiful dark brown head that recedes a little over time. It maps well as the glass empties.
S- The strong aroma of coffee is the first smell in this one. Then a faint hint of chocolate followed by the alcohol. Finishes with the smell of gooey prunes.
T- Tastes as black as it looks. The sweetness expected from the smell comes through first, immediately followed by the strong coffee. The %11.5 ABV is obvious. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing is up to you. I enjoyed the boozy taste.
M- Thick and oily, the light carbonation adds to the silky mouthfeel.
O- Overall this brew is a boozy, wonderful, and sweet imperial Stout. It lives up to everything the name says it is. Might be best to share this $16 bomber with friends, and save it for the end of your night.
05-22-2013 22:26:02 | More by xseanprimex
4.78/5 rDev +9.1%
Best Damn Beer Shop (in Super Jr. Market)
San Diego, CA
Black with a small dark brown head that leaves irregular spiderwebs of lacing down the glass.
Incredibly expressive, bold aroma of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. It's relatively simple, but the rich, morning coffee and dark, bold chocolate aromas are so incredibly full and inciting, it doesn't need much more than this bold simplicity.
This is truly what I wish for and dream about when I imagine the perfect imperial coffee stout. The dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee notes reminds me of dessert and freshly baked brownies more than they do any sort of beer. The lingering dark chocolate and coffee flavors are astounding, lasting forever between sips. The alcohol is absolutely, fantastically, gone. This is dangerous stuff.
Medium bodied with low carbonation, though very, very creamy. This is a decadent dessert, or a perfect after-work beer. It all works.
Evil Twin is making some incredible imperial stouts right now, and this is one of the best.
07-12-2012 00:40:36 | More by ehammond1
4.78/5 rDev +9.1%
Picked this up in Ohio, split with dogfishandi...
A: Pours a super slick, pitch black, with a half finger of frothy mocha head that just loves to linger around. Tons of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.
S: The nose is coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, and nuts. Smells amazing.
T: Starts out sweet with huge chocolate notes right up front. The creaminess of the beer makes the chocolate linger for awhile as it mixes with nuts ans vanilla. I suppose that is where the almond comes into play. The coffee is there, but never dominating. This is just a really solid brew.
M: Fully bodied beer. Super creamy, amazing flavors, lingers forever.
O: Amazing. Love this beer.
06-29-2012 23:13:42 | More by trxxpaxxs
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,432 ratings.