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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 06/28/12 notes. Was very excited to be able to pick a few bottles of this up at Stateline in MD last night. Shared with my brother, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two fingers of dark brown head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about three minutes and leaves some light, spotty lacing. One inch of retention throughout drinking. Looks perfect for a big stout.

s - Smells of coffee, espresso, sweet chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, cream, and bready malts. Smell is awesome; a wonderful mix of espresso and chocolate. I love it.

t - Tastes of coffee, cocoa, espresso, sweet chocolate, vanilla. Little bit less chocolate than the nose, though the coffee is still strong again. Very nice, though I liked the nose better.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and creamy body. Wonderful mouthfeel; can't believe it is 11.5% ABV. Pretty perfect here.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic beer; I was blown away by how good it was considering I have been underwhelmed by pretty much every Evil Twin beer I've had. It looks and feels fantastic, and has a great chocolate/espresso nose. One of the best coffee stouts I've had, and certainly doesn't feel like 11.5%. Very glad I picked up a second bottle of this as I'll love to have it again. Will try and hold off until the fall when it is cooler to drink my other bottle, but is drinking wonderful now. A world class coffee stout.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp to snifter. Pours jet black with almost no carbonation.

Smell - wow. Can't stop smelling it. Huge coffee and vanilla. Also getting a good amount of roasted malts and chocolate. Quite amazing.

Taste - Very smooth at first with a nice mellow coffee flavor. A bit of a bitter bite in the aftertaste, but the chocolate, coffee, and vanilla mix is so good! Love it. Feel is very nice - rich and creamy. Overall, this is a splendid offering. I will seek more!

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Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slick black liquid with one finger of brown head. head has pretty good retention and leaves some spots of lacing. Maintains a thin cap of foam throughout.

S - Wow! Smells like coffee and a slightly boozy chocolate chip cookie more than biscotti, although I do get some amaretto presence, but I think they pretty much got what they were going for here. Big coffee and chocolate aromas, with a bit of milk chocolate but mostly bittersweet, some cookie dough, a bit of almond, some vanilla and faint fruits.

T - Taste is similar to the aroma, but with more bitterness, which nicely counters the sweet components of the taste. Lots of coffee and bitter chocolate, roasted malts, just a bit of brown sugar. Some vanilla, raisin and cherry. Very tasty, with almost no alcohol presence.

M - Full but not heavy. Initially on the sweet side, but gets more bitter and dry.

O - I was pretty excited when I saw a lone bottle of this on my trip to OH in July, as I figured it was long gone, and it didn't disappoint. A nice twist on the traditional coffee and chocolate-dominated imperial stouts.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ShanePB for this one! I owe you!

A: Pours jet black, rather oily with a small brown head on top, not much retention quickly reducing to a thin cap on top. Some very thin lacing forms on the opposite side that I am drinking from and lasts for a long time.

S: Definitely some coffee, dark chocolate, some caramel and brown sugar. There is a little molasses a bit of a cookie aroma and some nuts.

T: Some nice chocolate and coffee upfront backed by some roasted malt. The middle is rather sweet with more chocolate, some cookie flavored malt, a little vanilla, and some nuts.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation, definitely coats the entire mouth.

O: My first from Evil Twin. Very impressed with it, thought it was going to be a bit heavy in terms of coffee, but it blended nicely with the other flavors.

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Photo of claaark13
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks kingkong, I think this was on my wants for 3 days? I'd feel bad drinking it if I didn't already have most of your bottles ready. Poured into a HF tulip at a shade under 50 degrees.

A - Pours a dark brown with a mocha, thin head. Head goes to minimal lacing. Legs are nice.

S - Cocoa and coffee. Coffee is smooth, really melds well with the cocoa. My wife thinks it smells like Frank's. I disagree. The aroma of cocoa sorta reminds me of Nesquick mix.

T - Chocolate malt mix, sweet coffee, cocoa, more malt mix. The coffee bites the tongue with light bitterness in the back half of the flavor. The chocolate and slight bitterness stick around after each sip. I find much more chocolate than coffee for most of the flavor. The chocolate malt flavor could be described as a nuttiness as well.

M - Fuller side of medium. Based on my other reviews, this is closer to a 4.5 than 4.0.

O - I enjoyed this more than most non-BA stouts I've had. I really enjoyed it. I can't think of one thing I'd change, aside from a thicker mouthfeel. I think putting it in a barrel would do harm, although I can't say I wouldn't try it. Then again, it makes me think of how BCBCS would taste without the barrel.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The aroma is very nice, the brew smells like coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, dark fruit and some vanilla. The taste is mostly like the aroma, there's coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, burnt/charred malt, caramel, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, nuts, and a little bit of licorice is noticeable. Nice mix with the sweet and bitter flavors in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew overall, it's certainly one of the best I've had lately. $12.99 a bottle is a deal for this, I'll be buying another bottle the next time I see it.

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Photo of yamar68
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had essentially given up on trying to find this stuff until inebriatedjoker decided to send me a bottle - thanks man!

Burnt brown body with an edge of coffee clarity... an oily half finger of milky khaki carbonation settles down to form a consistent, thick collar which produces more legging than lacing... sexy as all hell.

Rich, shiny coffee bean explodes from the bottle. Definite dry vanilla characteristics... cocoa powder, dark and bitter chocolates, such an excellent balance of sharp dessert dryness and mild pie crust type sweetness.

This tastes absolutely incredible. A whole fucking twist cone (including the cone itself) playing against those oily bitter coffee grounds, toasted grains and plain old espresso. Just as dry on the palate as the nose would suggest; pure black chocolate, chalky, more coffee... this is crazy good.

Wow... I so wish I could drink this stuff on a regular basis.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says best before 2015.

A- Pours a jet black color with a 1/4 inch brown head that retains a bit before falling to a thick ring around the edge of the surface and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves jagged streaks behind on the glass.

S- Boozy aroma of chocolate, caramel, vanilla and burnt cookie. Also some molasses and oatmeal amidst the very dark roast.

T- Initial sweet flavor of milk chocolate, caramel and a bit of coffee. The roastiness comes through more on the second sip displaying more depth and bringing cookie dough to the table. Very smooth for the ABV even after multiple sips are taken. Char aftertaste with more molasses notes and a hint of raisin. The heat starts to come through as it warms but it only adds to the complexity as it mimics tastes of bourbon.

M- Decadently creamy and silky with a thick, borderline chewy, body and medium-low carbonation.

O- I had this on tap and it was not nearly as smooth and enjoyable as it is in the bottle. The sweetness is also a lot more pronounced which I like. Overall, an excellent beer. I'm starting to think Evil Twin may actually have the chops to compete with his brother.

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed at Westbrook, interesting.

Appearance: Pitch black body capped by a thin brown head that quickly settles to a crown.

Nose: Coffee and vanilla - lots of both. Amaretto, cocoa, a pleasant level of roastiness. The coffee and dark malt bring some acidity to the aroma as well.

Palate: Rich, full mouthfeel. Some great flavors here. Coffee is dominant and brings a slight acidity and earthiness that's balanced by a ton of vanilla, almond and dark chocolate. The finish is pleasingly bitter and roasty.

Overall: This exceeded expectations. Really nice stuff.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Best before 2015.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy medium brown head. Retention is decent for a beer this big and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Completely unique and wonderful. Chocolate fudge and vanilla to start things off. Lots of almonds behind that with an additional hazelnut influence. Well roasted coffee, supple roastiness, and a hefty balancing caramel lead sweetness. Rich dessert type nose that is both complex and with complementary aromas.

4.5 T: The taste manages to live up to the power and integration found in the nose. Chocolate fudge, vanilla, almond, hazelnut, caramel. Moderate roastiness. Coffee is a lot stronger than in the nose and it works incredibly well with the rest of the flavors. There's just something preventing this from being outstanding and it thinks it's that this could use a touch more power.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess. Great here.

4.5 D: Easy to drink, complex, and delicious beer. It's a little unlike anything I've had, which is always a bonus if it's also this tasty.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle generously shared at a tasting at Cigar City on 3/7/13.

A- Pours black, thick and viscous looking, with a quickly-dissipating mocha head.

S- Smells amazing. Loads of dark chocolate, espresso, almond, and bready malt. The coffee and chocolate aromas are huge and are very nicely accented by the almond and vanilla.

T- Just like the aroma, huge dark chocolate, the espresso is more powerful here and has a nice bitterness, which is complemented by some similarly big roasted grain flavors. There are also vanilla, chocolate and almond flavors in the background. Finishes with subtle vanilla sweetness and lingering chocolate flavors.

M- Full-bodied, thick and creamy with a subtle boozy warmth.

O- A great beer, it's like a liquid dessert, the chocolate, coffee, almond and vanilla are blended together perfectly. Damn delicious.

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Photo of orangesol
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to foofaa for bringing this one to ffej of july. I have wanted to try this one for awhile now.

A - Pours dark brown with a nice one finger tall mocha colored head leaving thin streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of coffee, chocolate, almonds, dark fruit, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel and toffee. This one screams desert beer.

T - Starts off with the coffee and chocolate flavors quickly giving way to hints of vanilla, toffee and plenty of dark roast. Not as much almond and dark fruit as the nose, more roasty. Finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast, lingering on the palate long after consumption.

M - Big, rich body and flavors with moderate carbonation. It has a smooth feel that really helps to bring everything together.

O - I knew I would probably like this one before we even opened it and it didn't disappoint. I love all of the flavors that this one packs and the smooth feel really brought it all together. Probably the best beer I have had from Evil Twin.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a dark as night black with a thin dark brown head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could definitely detect the booze on the first whiff but had chocolate toastiness, char smoke character, caramel, lactic notes, and faint molasses.

T: the smokey char flavor was more apparent on the palate alongside caramel sweetness, molasses, roasty chocolate malts, hoppy accents and good amount of booze coming thru with a touch of vanilla.

M: the brew was full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, chocolatey, smokey, boozy, creamy and mild bitter finish.

O: it was solid pretty much all the way around, however I was not really digging the char character too much. Besides that it was delicious.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours pitch black with a surprisingly dark head, mocha brown specifically, which recedes quickly and leaves little lacing.

Whoa, lots of stuff blending together in the nose. Toasted almonds, milk chocolate, roasted coffee and a little bit of vanilla.

Taste is just as complex with sweet cream, bitter chocolate, nuts, espresso, vanilla and definitely some almond milk. Roasty finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with soft carbonation.

This is an excellent impy stout and probably the best beer I've had from Evil Twin. Dessert and breakfast rolled into one and bottled. Loved it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike, Matt, and Michael for sharing the Evil Twin Biscotti and Imperial Biscotti beers with me. I heart you guys.

The beer appears dark brown, approaching black, with a beige head. The aroma offers coffee, roast, oak, bread, biscuits. Lots of coffee, with a delicious almond / hazelnut flavor. Wow, fantastic tasting brew. Lightly sweet, with a superb vanilla, coffee, oak. Beautifully balanced. A terrific beer I would love to have again.

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Photo of dustydolittle
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the City Beer Store on tap. I then purchased it in the botlle from their retail case. This beer is similar to Mikeller's Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, but has more chocolate than coffee. chocolate, vanilla and cherries. Extremely well balanced.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, 6oz pour into snifter. This years brew, but no dating.

Opaque, black elixir, brownie-colored rim of foam, nice lacing.

Wonderful chocolate, hazelnut, mild burnt malt and vanilla. Nice chocolate malt aroma.

The chocolate malt hits first, mixed hazelnut and sweet vanilla. Wow!

Medium to heavy mouthfeel, nicely carbonated.

Wonderful IS with the chocolate really coming through. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Tilley4
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little thinner than I was hoping but that's about the only negative... Delicious beer... The coffee is done perfectly.. Not over the top at all... Glad I got to try this...

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Photo of hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a one finger mocha head, with nice retention and lacing for an 11.5 % abv beer. the aroma has dark roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa, chocolate, biscotti, and caramel.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells with dark roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa, chocolate, biscotti, and caramel. Has a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. There is also some noticeable alcohol, but it is not intrusive.

Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and easy to drink. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark black with a 1/2 finger khaki tan head. Not a whole lot of lacing. Light just barely gets through the edges of the glass.

S: Loads of fresh roasted coffee and a strong backbone of chocolate. Great roasted malt, hints of almost a lactose milk stout quality. A decent hopping in the background.

T: Great balanced flavor here. Certainly some coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet dark fruits round it out with some hops. Vanilla comes in as well as a tasty nuttiness. Very complex brew.

M: Very smooth with a perfect body. For being such a big brew it retains a velvet character that reminds me of a nitro beer. A little hot on the backend.

Overall a very tasty brew, very impressive flavor and through the roof mouthfeel. A must try for any fan of stouts.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my first time trying one of the big beers from Evil Twin and it does not disappoint. The flavor is front forward with a nice back hint of the vanilla and almond. I've stayed away due to the price tags, but with the 4 pack of pint cans, this will be in my rotation permanently.

For all you stout drinkers our there, this is great.

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Photo of stephens101
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a voluminous, dark tan head and a sleek black body, this one looks as good as they get.

Has a soothing, rich milk chocolate, plum, ripened dark grape, brown bread and spice aroma.

Tastes of chocolate cake and subtle dark fruits. A little cherry syrup stickiness lingers on the lips. Exceptionally smooth until the very end when an earthy bitterness is noticed.

Heavy in body but thins as it warms. A slight alcohol heat exists.

Biscotti Break is everything an Imperial Stout should be.

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Photo of jpro
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from CBX. Having had this one in the fridge for a while, was excited to bust it out... Poured into a snifter...

A: Black-brown; about a half-finger of ecru head that dies down to a faint ring of retention; not much lacing going on here at 11.5%

S: Sweet black malts; light coffee aroma; chocolate cake.

T: Sweet; milk chocolate notes; dark chocolate notes; not much roastiness... I was afraid this one was going to be too sweet, but it isn't and even has a nice, light note of bitterness.

M: Medium feel; lighter carbonation; could use a little more body and carbonation; a very enjoyable imperial stout - I'd definitely have it again!

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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 MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A roasty, sweet, and earthy dark malt forward aroma with big hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malts with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla, milk, caramel, toast, biscuit, grains, nuts, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses. Hints of anise licorice spicing. Subtle dark fruit hints of cherry and raisin. Subtle earthy hints of hops in the background. A very good stout aroma.

Taste: Like the nose, a roasty, sweet, and fairly earthy dark malt driven taste with a big presence of dark chocolate and coffee. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with good notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla, caramel, milk, dough, biscuit, nuts, toast, grains, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and sugar. Notes of anise licorice. Fairly earthy with some background notes of hops. Light dark fruit undertones of raisin and cherry. A very good imperial stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and slick. Alcohol presence is noticeable but not overwhelming.

Overall: A very good take on an imperial stout. On the sweeter side but far from cloying. Very good chocolate and coffee presence.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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