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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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BA SCORE
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2,697 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,697
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 355
Gots: 646 | 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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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
Photo of EvilRob
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
Photo of amaass2
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 PrendUnVerreDeBiere
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%

PrendUnVerreDeBiere, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of jwgkicks
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 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
Photo of BA_Berto
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

BA_Berto, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of xseanprimex
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

xseanprimex, May 22, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

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.

ehammond1, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

trxxpaxxs, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

AndyAvalanche, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Jlshort87
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%

Jlshort87, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of MikesnoHSL
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%

MikesnoHSL, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

tbryan5, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of bulldogg915
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

bulldogg915, Apr 14, 2013
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,697 ratings.