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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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2,841 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,841
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 376
Gots: 687 | FT: 99
Brewed by:
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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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4.9/5  rDev +11.9%

Cycle69, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Cyberkedi, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of FreshHawk
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

FreshHawk, May 20, 2012
Photo of DaByrdman33
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%

DaByrdman33, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%

SenatorSpaceman, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Hesscabob
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

Hesscabob, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of dagubna
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%

dagubna, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of larryi86
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

larryi86, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of BrewHawkeye
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

BrewHawkeye, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of ndepriest
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

ndepriest, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of millertime416
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

millertime416, Jun 07, 2012
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4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

EvilRob, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of facundoCNB
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

facundoCNB, Oct 24, 2012
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4.84/5  rDev +10.5%

LightnerLiquorKS, May 14, 2014
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4.84/5  rDev +10.5%

amaass2, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Gdirt
4.84/5  rDev +10.5%

Gdirt, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of wagenvolks
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

wagenvolks, May 28, 2012
Photo of daledeee
4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

daledeee, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of TedTopfer
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%

TedTopfer, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%

PrendUnVerreDeBiere, Sep 14, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +9.6%

jwgkicks, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of notchucknorris
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

notchucknorris, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Ailishz
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%

Ailishz, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of Rich1818
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%

Rich1818, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of DmanGTR
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

DmanGTR, Jan 25, 2013
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 2,841 ratings.