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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 Phyl21ca
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a medium size dirty brown color head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt notes with some light caramel with some vanilla and Italian cookie notes. Taste is also dominated by chocolate malt notes with some vanilla and Italian biscuit notes with light dry roasted malt notes. Body is quite full with light creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very impressive amount of complexity while retaining a good level of drinkability.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 22oz bomber poured into a snifter

A: Dark on the pour – not quite jet black, but as close to black as a dark brown could get; dark khaki colored head, but it does not remain for long, as it disappears to a swirl of fine bubbles that settle as a small patch on the surface; coats the inner surface of the glass, leaving a sticky sheen in its wake on the drink-down.

S: Dark roast coffee on first impression; bittersweet baker’s chocolate, followed by a lighter sweeter scent – like vanilla-flavored almond milk; really, the nose is starting to take on an iced coffee profile to me – the roasted overtones of coffee blended with chocolate and a splash of almond milk to moderate.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans blending with lighter, sweeter hints of milk chocolate at the start; creamy vanilla and the unmistakable flavor of almond press through the middle; lingering coffee and chocolate bitterness on the finish, when a slight kiss of alcohol warmth appears; conceptually, you do get the impression that Evil Twin used biscotti cookies somewhere in the brewing process (Akin to dry hopping? Or just aging the beer on biscotti? Is it that far-fetched?) But regardless of how Evil Twin has accomplished this imitation of flavor, what is most impressive is how it feels true to form – the light vanilla-almond sweetness pleasingly breaks through the richer coffee flavors as one might dip/stir a biscotti in their post-meal coffee.

M: Sufficiently thick with a nice creaminess that eases upon the palate.

O: Wonderful. I have never had an Evil Twin stout (or Imperial Porter, as the case may be) that has let me down. The flavors are really nailed here, all while the 11.5% ABV remains firmly behind the scene, letting you know it is there without taking away from the star of the show – the vanilla and almond biscotti sweetness. Definitely worth dropping the extra couple of dollars to try a bottle – you won’t be disappointed.

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Photo of sommersb
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

Tasted On: 09-14-2014
Freshness: Best before 2015
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Liquor Barn, Bowling Green KY

The label says it was brewed and bottled at Westbrook Brewing in Mount Pleasant, SC

Appearance is a jet black beer with a finger and a half of tan head. Sticky lacing with a good level of retention.

Aromas have coffee, oak woodiness, licorice, vanilla, and dark fruits such as fig. Very impressive in the nose.

The taste is sweet and malty, plus some bitterness of French roast coffee. I also get alcohol warming and some whiskey notes.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy on a heavy body. The finish has semisweet chocolate and light roasted coffee notes.

Big and bold, heavy beer. Very nice melding of coffee and chocolate. Best for slow sipping and sharing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

easily one of the best imperial stouts ive ever had, bar none. fits the bill on the pour, dark and thick, with only a short mocha head, but with an easily provoked flash of fresh bubbles upon a gentle shake of the glass. no light coming through this one, and an aroma of roasting coffee, satin smooth malt sugar, whole vanilla beans, and a woody spirit I have yet to encounter, but would love to. there is layered complexity in the flavor, but everything is balanced artfully. more chocolate than the nose gives away, both milk and unsweetened dark. heavily roasted but not bitter burnt malt, syrupy vanilla, and fresh tobacco smoke round out the finish. there are bursts of sweetness throughout this beer, coming in for just a second before vanishing back into the darkness. the only bitterness at all is right up front, a pleasing backwardness from convention. the body is as full as it gets, the alcohol is magically disguised, coming out only when it warms up, and the carbonation is surprisingly active, helping this beer evolve and slide down easy. from a pure flavor standpoint, this might be the best imperial stout ive ever encountered. worth every bit of the hype. the only questions that remain for me are how do I get more? and where can I get other evil twin brews? are they all this good? splendid stuff here people.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2015.

Bomber served chilled into a goblet.

Imperial Biscotti Break is nearly black and very nearly opaque even on the pour. The head is crema colored and about the same thickness as it is on an espresso.

Aroma is malty and rich, roasty but sweet.

Flavor is sweet up front with dark chocolate and caramel. It's a little more roasty in the middle with dark malts and espresso. It finishes with a little more dry with the alcohol coming through slightly.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and perfectly carbonated with great balance and drinkability for such a strong beer.

Overall an excellent strong stout.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle to my FW Snifter glass – 12/07/13

Big thanks to Doppelbockulus for this one! A big want of mine.

A: Blackened brown body that is completely opaque. Looks pretty dark in the glass with an oily sheen on the surface and a few streaming bubbles present. Takes some vigor to conjure up the bubbly head of dark mocha whip. Quickly fades out to a swirl leaving light ribbons of stick strewn down the glass.

S: Barista grade coffee with blackened grains, dark chocolate, molasses, dark caramels, and brown sugar. Smells deliciously sweet with some alcohol presence on the nose. Getting a bit of vanilla spice mixed in as well. Need to let this one warm up as the nose really blossoms.

T: Fudgy brownie and vanilla pudding with brown sugar molasses. Coffee is there but significantly less intense than the nose. Oh this is delicious! Dark caramelized malts with subtle hints of anise spice mixed in. There is a moderate to high level of bitterness that just cuts through all the sweetness and really saves this from being an insulin bomb. The alcohol is warming and present but pretty tame considering the size of this brew. Has hint of smoke and an earthy mineral finish to it. Decadence in a bottle and a solid step up from the nose. My kind of dessert beer. Sweet and flavorful yet balanced by the bitterness.

M: Full bodied with a creamy texture and relatively high amount of bitterness that cuts through the density. Slight warming sensation with a slick oily coating on the finish.

D: Meets expectations. Deliciously balanced with layers of complexity. Will seek out again.

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Photo of davey101
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to Atomicskis5 for the bottle! Latest 2013 batch, best before 2015.

A - Pours a deep black body with two fingers worth of dense and creamy mocha foam. Crazy levels of lacing and retention here. Swirling the beer gets addictive it looks so damn good.

S - Move over Southern Tier, there's another brewery nailing the aromas of desserts! Roasted coffee beans, delicate french vanilla, and some almond nuttiness. Really digging the end of the nose as everything comes together so well. Smells like a god damn biscotti plus a cup of coffee.

T - Lightly bitter roasted coffee beans. Smooth and rich french vanilla. Cocoa and toasted almonds on the finish. Less direct than the nose but very tasty and satisfying. Rich and decadent but not too overbearing.

M - Rich and creamy. I was expecting something heavier and sweeter, not so. Alcohol sneaks in slightly on the aftertaste.

O - Been waiting to try this beer for a long time, and although I was expecting something much different it did live up to the hype for me. This is a damn solid dessert beer. Just nails the biscotti + coffee motif.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and some cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium level of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. There is also a slightly sticky quality in the mouth. Overall, this is a very good beer with some awesome aromas and flavors and is extremely tasty.

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Photo of Boto
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Cambridge House: This one pours an opaque, very dark brow color. It has about a finger of a light brown head on it. Suprisingly almost no lacing. The nose is good. Some coffee notes on top. Roasted malts, smokiness and chocolate round out the aroma. The taste is excellent. Coffee, some smokiness, toffee, rich chocolate, hints of dark fruits. Somewhat dry and no real sweetness to it. Extremely nice.

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Photo of Ego
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

eyes...
dark cocoa head with micro bubbles rising about one finger and grasping the sides of the glass with an iron .. er... grip? I turned away for a minute and so did the head... man it ran away quicker than that thing you found in your morning bed that ONE time in college, this is as dark as they come, pretty good looking

nose...
bready coffee, dark chocolate, the coffee aroma is very strong, it smells like actual brew, maybe not dark roast but getting there, this almost smells like fresh toll house cookies, there is also a strong sweet note - almost saccharin-ish with a smidge of vanilla, dee-lish

taste etc...
near motor oil thick with just a hint of bite from the carbonation at the end, the flavor is as full as the aroma, this teeters on boozy but does not dive off into the deep end, I am getting more chocolate (dark, bitter) than I am coffee notes but the coffee seems to add a touch too the finish which hangs out a long time, it really coats the mouth, almost feels like drinking hershey's syrup, as I go further into this good dark night I am sensing the coffee more prominently and not as much vanilla/chocolate sweetness, this is a tasty monster and
damn seductive one at that, the ABV is sneaky as all get out, this the jack russel of impy stouts, get out!

verdict?
another home run from evil twin, this one ain't a cheap date though but it is hard to argue with the end product from this purveyor of fermented nectar

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Photo of smb
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Total darkness, no light shines through. Maintains a tiny 1mm thick mocha head. Smell is a light bean coffee roast with subdued almond aromas. Taste is chocolate malt, almonds and a maple syrup-esque flavor, has a bready sweetness that finishes very clean for 11.5%.

In a word... scrumtralescent.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
Best before 2015
A- This beer pours a jet black velvety body with a thick dark tan cocoa crema of head that last for much of the beer as a thick ring.

S- The rich espresso black malt is mellow with dark toffee, molasses blended with cookie notes. There is a nice chocolate nougat note that comes into the fold as it opens.

T- The rich cream and slightly inky mellow but rich black malt flavors has some toasted biscotti notes and a roasted molasses finish with some dark graham flavors lingering with a non-bitter inky malt and tootsie roll hint. There is some nice baked vanilla notes as the beer opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle alcohol warmth and a thick tongue coating finish to balance.

O- The rich smooth big stout is mellow with nice biscotti characteristics and the layers of flavor grow as it opens up. This is a very taste beer, and a wonderful sipper.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Comes out quite sludgey and thick, black walnut brown almost black in color, but some brown around the edges for the body. Barely makes any head, and leaves hardly a pencil thin light mocha collar. There's some leg action a bit, but the beer does appear quite a bit lifeless off the pour.

Bouquet is quite varied and impressive. Nice light roasty coffee, with a light anisette and black licorice component to it. Whispy whipped up crispy milk chocolate angle. A real nice balance, and a big thickness as well.

Palate hits with a very large thick and silky body, but a very noticeable sweetness that comes out like a dark roasty caramel. Fruit opens up in the mid palate, some type of red berry fruit indistinguishable. Finishes with a nice charring roasty character. Mouthfeel is rich and large complimenting a berried chocolate sense. Coffee sensations hide a bit. Finish hits with a nice charring malt and dry roast, but a good playful sweetness going on. Palate comes out sensing flat carbonation, but with a large fudge like density.

Overall it's a fun creation, but it does get into dessert beer territory, and really feels like it needs a food pairing. It's a bit large, but a tasty one to be had and enjoy.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a beautiful IS.
I got this from a local shop who got it through some connections.

Pour: With a somewhat strong pour it yields a dark mahagony body with a chocolatey oatmeal colored frothy head that dissipates leaving a scattering of light foam.

Nose: Very subtle on the outset, coffee roast with slight chocolate malt. But as it warms and settles in the glass these evolve and come on more strongly with a hint of molasses. Really great nose.

Taste: WOW Roast and chocolate as expected, slight coffee bitterness melds well. The balance between the sweet and the bitter is perfect, with the sweet being in the driver's seat. I barely catch a hint of of port. As it warms an ever so slight alcohol warmth adds a pleasing dimension to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: At first I thought the mouthfeel was slightly on the thinner side for this style, but as I had more, I found it just fine. Then again, after getting through this bottle, I found most things fine.

Overall: A beautifully balanced Imperial Stout. More sweet than roasty, but a genuine pleasure to behold. Every aspect of the flavor profile worked well together. I will absolutely seek this out again.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, no date. Pours black with a small-sized brown head. Smells strongly of coffee and cocoa. Tastes of coffee, cocoa, almonds, and roasted malt. Medium body and above average carbonation. Overall, it's a pretty straightforward stout but the coffee and nuttiness is well done.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Ok foam and lacing for a stout. Color is ink black...superb.

Smell: Hits all the right notes for a stout: dark fruit, coffee, toffee, and chocolate. Extremely boozy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: See smell. Quite bitter also. Very clean for the level of alcohol in this. Maybe a bit too smooth.

Overall: This stuff can get you drunk quick.

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Photo of Rutager
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Expensive bottle, $18.

Appearance. Pours thick and black with a finger of thick espresso foam head.

Smell. Big chocolate, vanilla and cake with some roasty coffee, molasses and chocolate liquer.

Taste. Huge espresso with dark chocolate and some honey, vanilla, roasted nuts and a drop of molasses. Sweet but delicious.

Mouthfeel. Thick and a bit syrupy, low carbonation. Some warmth, but nothing off-putting.

Overall. A very tasty stout and makes a great desert.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sered on tap at the Local Option. Pours a thick oily opaque brownish black. Small amount of tan head hangs around with nice bit of lacing. The aroma is rich and chocolatey, bold coffee aroma comes through which is integrated with the chocolate. Nutty notes of almond come through with a touch of vanilla. malt and molasses present as well. Taste features waves of vanilla paired with bold roast coffee and chocolate. Awesome balance I flavors. Somewhat sweet, but does not become overbearing. Mouthfeel is thick and luscious with mild carbonation. Overall, this is a delicious dessert beer with great balance considering its stature.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured Imperial Biscotti Break into a snifter.

A - Black with a tinge of ruby highlights around the edges. A half of finger of dark mocha head.

S - On first sniff, getting sweet carmel, vanilla and some hot alcohol. Some dark roasted coffee comes in on further investigation.

T - Bitter dark chocolates smooth coffee on first sip. Vanilla, toffee, dark roasted malts mid palate. On the aftertaste getting more sweetness from the vanilla and dark chocolates.

M - The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, heavy and sticky. Low carbonation. Very nice for a Imperial Stout.

O - Gonna try to find more of these! Highly Recommended! Cheers!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I tried this, I wasn't expecting much, as I figured it would be too sweet. However this is a well balanced beer where the coffee plays the larger role.

A: dark brown-to-black, head collecting on the side of the glass, with some fairly quickly dissipating lacing
S: sweetened coffee and maybe a little chocolate covered cherry. Reminds me of Kahlua a bit, also. Some dark fruit notes (raisin), and a light cake-like bread note

T: again, coffe, sweetened; malty and nicely roasted, with just a hint of the vanilla and chocolate. There's also a slight almost tart flavor when the beer is chilled, which mellows to not noticeable as he beer warms. This note is sort of raisin in nature, but there is a candied note in there as well.

M: the carbonation is subdued, and prickly enough to give a cola-like feel, especially with the sweeter notes. With warmth, the ending leaves a light oily feel.

O: pleasantly surprised that this was a bit more balanced than sweet, although it does have the dessert-like flavors

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Photo of aoampm
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one is a little bit disappointing to me. I rarely have eaten actual biscotti so maybe that's why I am not in love with this stout. It pours midnight with a lovely rich tan head. The head disappears incredibly quickly and there's almost no lacing whatsoever. The smell is very mild, some chocolate and slight cinnamon aroma along with roasted malt and a sweet maple syrup aroma. The taste is pretty solid! Roasted malt and wood flavors with sweet lactose and, well, straight up biscotti. The feel of this beer is very nice also. It isn't very thick yet makes up for it with a smooth sweet finish and is a quintessential dessert beer. Not worth the $18 I spent on it but still glad I was able to try it!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz BOMB

When I bought this it was a whale, but then the variants came out so who even cares about this anymore? As I first stuck my nose towards the avery snifter that held this diabetes bomb, huge whiffs of brownie batter and fudge punched me in the face. It's pretty decadent and certainly one of the better Evil Twin beers I've had - gooey chocolate fudge, a little dose of smoke, medium rare brownie, sugar. I killed the last 6oz with a hearty scoop of snoqualmie french vanilla.

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Photo of MarkJBurch
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served at fifty degrees in a clean snifter glass. Slight vigor in my pour produced a one centimeter mocha colored head that slowly subsides to reveal the dark abysmal awaiting beneath.

Black malt, coffee, Kentucky burley, bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit make up the complex nose.

Chocolate malt and fruit sweetness, currant perhaps, lead to bitter stale coffee. Burnt, dry roasted aftertaste, light booze.

Low degree of carbonation, slightly viscous, easy to drink. Again, aftertaste is quite dry.

Overall this is a solid beer. I enjoy most offerings from Evil Twin despite the sometimes exuberant pricing. Even More Jesus, another imperial offering from Evil Twin, is quite nice, and there is a coffee version available. Given the success of Biscotti Break, I might seek it out. Regardless, give this a shot, give it two shots, it's good. You'll like it, you might even love it. Recommended food pairings: red velvet cake, dark chocolate, or anything that goes well with coffee really. Me? I'll be enjoying the other half of this bomber after dinner, alongside some premium dark hand rolling tobacco. Cheers.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle
Served into a tulip

A: Dark black body with a fluffy, rich dark brown head. Very impressive lacing down the sides of the glass, as well as a thick cap of foam left behind. This is what I like my big Imperial Stouts to look like, really nicely done.

S: Huge coffee beans, lots of toasted barley, vanilla, pumpernickel bread, almonds and hints of chocolate. This is just a massive smelling beer and the coffee certainly seems to be the centerpiece of the aroma.

T: As with the nose, massive coffee, roasted malt and bitter chocolate flavors coat the palate. Vanilla, bread and nuts come through towards the back end. There is definitely some noticeable alcohol heat but it's not too detracting from the actual flavor profile.

M: Wow, this is just straight up thick. Full-bodied, chewy and completely coating all over the mouth. Absolutely stellar feel here, this is what all Imperial Stouts should be like.

I went into this only reading the label which set my expectations up somewhat for what I was getting into. Having had only one other beer from Evil Twin (to my recollection), this was wonderful. Big coffee notes played extremely well with the aggressive roasted malt backbone this beer had. Tone down the alcohol notes a bit, but still this is one to try.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, nice carbonation, with a very quick tan head, which leaves an oil slick. The nose is pretty nice, malty, with lots of chocolate, toffee, and coffee, with some vanilla, slightly roasty. The taste is very nice, malty, lots of dark stuff, nice touch of vanilla. Full body, ABV is hidden pretty well. Overall, this is a very nice brew, would recommend.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.