Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing
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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
4.76/5 rDev +8.7%
22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid falls out of the bottle dark fudgey chocolate brown. Gets lighter brown at the slimmer parts. As it pools together in the glass it's basically black in color with almost no highlights. Dark brown colored head with small bubbles at the base of the liquid and makes its way to large bubbles at the top. A large head erupts after a hard pour, and you need to take your time pouring this one if that's your speed. Decent lacing to it, the head eventually leaves a ring for the whole session.
Smell is really good, just the right amount of sweet for a big stout. I've had this both fresh and with some age and it does transform slightly, this particular bottle has a little over a year on it. Fresh you can smell more of what the title suggests with sweet hints of almond followed by some chocolate and coffee. This the almond fades a bit, but still there. Huge malt backbone here and there's generous aromas of bitter chocolate fudge and espresso, a little nutty and some lingering vanilla.
Taste is equally excellent. Large malt backbone again, and a bit nutty again. Tastes like a biscotti stick generously coated with dark chocolate then dipped in a hot cup of dark roasted black coffee. It's phenomenal, it's got a perfect blend of sweet and bitter, it ends with a slight earthy hop flavor, just great.
Mouthfeel is perfect, like much of what Evil Twin does. Nice long lingering flavored full bodied beer. Great carbonation level, super smooth and no heat from the alcohol. Really well balanced, nice sweet start with an appropriate bitter finish, covers the appropriate taste buds when consuming a nice stout. Really drinkable, can go quick if you're not paying attention, it should be savored. Like this beer a lot.
10-04-2012 20:59:55 | More by AndyAvalanche
4.75/5 rDev +8.4%
Evil Twin's Imperial Biscotti Break, poured into my Beer Geek Nation tulip. I've been waiting a long time to get my hands on a bottle of this to review it.
Appearance (4.25/5): Jet black with a minimal head.ega alcohol legs. Creamy tan head.
Smell (4.75/5): Tons of espresso, cocoa, milk chocolate, a light amount of alcohol heat. Extremely pungent.
Taste (4.75/5): Little bitterness for a coffee infused stout; smooth and round flavors of espresso bean and creamy milk chocolate. Almond, vanilla, biscotti. Unusual for a stout. Miraculously, no alcohol presence to remark on. Not overly sweet or roasty, though it definitely leans toward the sweet side of the stout flavor spectrum; extremely well-balanced despite the strength of the beer and the intense ingredients. Extremely consistent flavor. Not highly complex. But the flavor I am getting is unique to this beer. Just EPIC. And the flavor gets better as it warms.
Mouthfeel (5/5): You look up "smooth" in the dictionary and you'll find a picture of Imperial Biscotti Break right next to it. This beer is velvety smooth, despite its thick, full-bodied mouthfeel. Light carbonation as expected for a beer this big. Absolutely perfect feel for a massive imperial stout. Surprisingly easy to drink.
Overall (4.75): This is one of those epic stouts that has to had to be believed. It packs tons of chocolate and coffee goodness with unique almond/vanilla biscotti bar undertones. It isn't the most aggressive stout; nor is it the most coffee-forward stout. But it might be the most well-balanced sweet stout I've ever had. A great stout that I think cracks my top 5–behind Founders KBS and Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, but ahead of Founders Breakfast Stout and Southern Tier Creme Brulee. Great stuff. See it, buy it. It's worth the $15-plus you'll likely have to pay for a 22 ounce bottle.
11-12-2013 15:43:31 | More by hagbergl
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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