Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 423
Hads: 3,400
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 2.76%
Wants: 463
Gots: 906 | FT: 124
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012

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 teromous
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Oil black body with a creamy dark brown head that levels out smooth and flat. It is a good looking beer.

Aroma: I'm not picking a whole lot on the nose here. I get a mellow cola-like note and a roasted toffee aroma but it is faint.

Taste: I get a nice chocolate flavor. It's extremely mellowed out. There is no alcohol flavor. It is fantastic. It doesn't have a strong chocolate flavor but it is undeniably there, along with hints of coffee and possibly even a bit of cream. There are subtle flavors that I can't quite put my finger on...similar to flavors you might pick up in a candy bar or chocolate ice cream...nutty perhaps. The part I want to emphasize is how mellow this beer is but that goes more into the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this beer is utterly fantastic. It is perfect. It is so smooth and thick without being too milky. The beer coats and just rolls over the palate coating it without being sticky. It is unbelievably easy to drink.

Overall: This is a great Imperial Stout. It is just so easy to drink with such a pronounced and simple flavor that it gives me what I want and leaves me to enjoy it without any spoil of overly thick/thin body or alcohol presence. The drinking experience for this beer is just great. It's a smooth easy drinking beer. (1,297 characters)

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black as a stout should be. Barely any head.
S: Chocolate Fudge and undertones of coffee.
T: More chocolate fudge with a subtle finish of coffee. Pure Dessert!
M: About average for an imperial stout. Would like it to drink a tad thicker but overall, it's good.
O: Fantastic beer. Very decadent and fudgy. Glad this is readily available as I'll be grabbing more. (371 characters)

Photo of eifster82
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - DARK. Very dark. Little foam head, which breaks up quickly.

S - Cocoa, seemed like all it was.

T - Lots of chocolate and sweet tasting. Not being a chocolate fan, this is just too much chocolate for my liking.

F - Better after taste than initial. Not as intense as the chocolate upfront.

O - Not being a chocolate fan, it really hurts my overall score of this beer. I will say though, that as it warmed and I drank the 22oz bottle, it did get progressively better. (477 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a big, dark, delicious imperial stout.

The appearance is fantastically pitch dark, with a thick looking body and frothy tan head from the draft pour.

It is extremely dessert forward, layers of chocolate and drip coffee open up as this warms. Vanilla and cookies come out to play as well.

A decadent beer, one that leaves you with a sweet and complex aftertaste and a strong satisfaction. (399 characters)

Photo of brandonwnw
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drink by 2015 on the side, let's see if it's right. L - Black as night and flat as a board. S - Sugar in the raw and dried fruit. There is chocolate and coffee in the back end and overall extremely sweet. T - Chocolate and coffee up front here with booze at the finish. It's nearly overpoweing and has a bit of harsh finish like coffee with 2 sugars and no cream. Still very good as the scent lingers after the harsh finish. F - A bit lighter than the smell and taste led me to expect. O - Very good beer, and the best I've had from from Eviltwin, but the finish is too harsh to bump into elite status and the price of admission at roughly $20 for a bomber takes it down a further notch. There are far better beers in the $10 - 18 range but this was worth a trip. Cheers (771 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely dark black brew, topped by a dark brown head. Decent head size; bit of fizz; nice retention; some lacing.

Strong aroma, with cola, a touch of chocolate and coffee, and dark fruits and red grapes. Sweet, smooth chocolate really starts to come out as it warms.

Rich, flavorful, dark, hot, big, balanced; these all come to mind. There's no real masking the high ABV on this one; it's up front and proud. Insane amounts of smooth, sweet chocolate; lasting roasted bitterness on the back-end; coffee up front and throughout the first half (before being supplanted by chocolate); a touch of sour fruit quickly overwhelmed by the darker flavors.

Fairly thick feel; slightly hot; long finish. Not quite chewy. (714 characters)

Photo of sittinggc
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A really exceptional brew! Once it warms, tastes of sweet coffee and glazed almonds. The only problem I have with this beer is it's price point. Picked it up for 17.99 a bottle. Yikes! (184 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty awesome, chocolate brown tinged black. Head is about a finger and it is tan in color. Head leaves quickly and leaves very minimal lacing that chases the beer to the bottom of the glass...Aroma is bold, with notes of coffee, alcohol and semi-bitter chocolate (burns the nose ever so slightly). This beer coats the tongue and lingers for awhile before eventually heading down the gullet to its eventual demise.. Taste is big and bold, with notes of semi-bitter coffee, some chocolate and a little candy and malt. Also some fresh crystallized sugar is also present. Mouthfeel is good, thick and leaves a nice coating of a great blend of malt, sugar, coffee and chocolate. Overall, this one is a sipper, but balances quite well and has only minimal alcohol burn.. (774 characters)

Photo of ljbonadonna92
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black and thin look to it. Alcohol and coffee jump into your nose, tastes very sweet with subtle roast character but nothing that really reminds me of biscotti. Over all its a good beer, nothing amazing...just good. (221 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black and similar to motor oil with sticky lacing and thin layer of light brown foam.

Chocolate, coffee, oak, and vanilla.

HUGE coffee flavor, vanilla/cream, earthy hop bitterness, chocolate, and light oak.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, chewy, bitter, wonderful.

Overall, this certainly lived up to the hype. (330 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Evil Twin tap takeover at Oak & Oar in OKC to celebrate Oklahoma distribution. Pours opaque dark brown with a mocha head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and oaky vanilla. Tastes of chocolate and brewed coffee, some dark fruit in the background. It's sweet without being cloying. Creamy mouthfeel without being overly thick. It's a solid stout. (341 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely dark brown, almost black with a dark tan head that trails the glass as you drink. Can not see through it. The smell was heavy with brown sugar and coffee and chocolate, very appetizing. The taste was heavy on coffee with the biscotti and toffee flavors coming after. Surprisingly not overly sweet though. Really enjoyed this one and will definitely grab again. (375 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

WOW!! The price tag is steep on this one ($16.99 for a bomber). Strong boozy notes with a roasted malt backbone. A hint of coffee aftertaste and some raisin and dark candied fruit flavors as well. Not bad, but for the price this is a one time purchase. (253 characters)

Photo of running3dogs
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with no highlights. Smells of dark fruits, roasted malt, and coffee. Fairly complex. Raisin and fig flavors hold their own against a heavy wash of roasted malt and coffee flavors. The beer feels soft and smooth with a low level of carbonation. A spicy, roasty finish helps temper the high alcohol. A richly flavored sipper with above average complexity. (365 characters)

Photo of danh53
2.72/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours dark brown with a finger head and good lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, chocolate, and coffee, but everything was downhill after that. This was a malty, syrupy, cloying mess of a beer. Milk chocolate and vanilla are present with copious amounts of malt, but its out of balance. I get liquorice and dark fruit as it warms. I had high expectations and was very disappointed. No need to try this one again. (405 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that stays at a thin level forever
S: Melted chocolate, cream/vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, caramel
T: Chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, a bit of coffee/malt/caramel, a bit of booze. Tasty but definitely dessert
M: Full-bodied, fairly sweet, a bit of alcohol
O: This is certainly tasty but I actually think I'd like it better if it were a bit less sweet. The amount of sugar/abv make it hard to finish the bottle. I'd still recommend trying it (532 characters)

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass

APPEARANCE: Pitch black with a thin tan head that lingers surprisingly long. Sheets of tan lacing are left behind.

AROMA: Very sweet. Rich roasted malts and cake. Some chocolate and faint booze.

FLAVOR: Chocolate cake, roasted barley, caramel, coffee, almond milk, gingerbread and a hint of earthiness.

TEXTURE: Thick, slick, and creamy with very light carbonation. The ideal feel for a beer of this style and magnitude.

OVERALL: Top-notch imperial stout. I can understand why this is so highly sought after. If big, rich stouts are your thing, get your hands on this if you can. (629 characters)

Photo of khoff5
3.34/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Way too sweet, I like my coffee black so this was not a bonus. Otherwise good coffee flavor, mouth feel and surprisingly no booziness...but won't buy again. (157 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.52/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 2015... no idea when it might have been bottled.

Appearance: Jet black body with a generous finger of dark tan froth.

Aroma: Dark malts with a bit of a soy sauce edge. Maybe past its prime?

Taste: Definitely on the sweeter side but with a fair amount of bitterness on the back end. Quite boozy as well. Lots of black coffee essence and some harder flavors to discern (dark chocolate, almond, vanilla extract?) that all add up to an odd experience. Still it has a certain liqueur quality that is nice in the finish. Bitter dark chocolate/black coffee aftertaste. It's growing on me.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than molasses in the dead of winter. Just the right amount of minimal carbonation. Low drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Maybe past it's prime but still decent. The copious amount of flaky sediment coming out of the bottle when rinsing it had me worried. Would I drink it again? Maybe, but not before trying more of Evil Twin's lineup. (949 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Black as night. No head, just a thin tan lace.

S - Chocolate, coffee, heat, hints of dark fruit and vanilla.

T - Follows the nose, with black licorice and almond.

M - Smooth, silky, a low level carbonation, not too heavy, and gets a touch sticky as it warms.

O - A nice change of pace from IPA over saturation. Very drinkable given the heat. A sipper for sure, one of the better non barrel aged IS's I have had. (471 characters)

Photo of jancona
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter straight from the fridge. Sugary and sticky look. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, some coffee grinds, dried dark fruit and molasses - taste followed with a touch of booze. As it warms to the peak temperature - wow! A chocolatey, slick mouthful followed by a brief touch of roared malt and hop. No booze at all. (331 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My local shoppe just got a bunch of Evil Twin in and I had to just start trying them all and this is definitely my favorite so far.

A - Rich black with a viscosity that is hallmark of a good imperial stout. The thick fluid won't let the bubbles escape only yielding a small, fine dark brown head but with good lacing.

S - Initially this is what a coffee imperial stout should smell like. There is malt, caramel, dark chocolate, roast, and dark coffee. There is a lot going on in the nose and a sweet, dark roasted coffee is a good starting point.

T - Initially the sweet malt, caramel, and chocolate flavors open you mouth wide. It is smooth and rich allowing the dark roasted coffee and roasted malt to drive it home. It's robust and smooth. The finish is a balance of all the previous flavors but just tilted toward the bitter, roasted side clearing your palate. Very delicious flavor that is smooth and balanced well.

M - High mouth-feel with low carbonation. It's a sticky beer with significant sweetness but enough roasted character to help it clear the tongue.

Overall, this is a very delicious beer. Great flavor that is smooth, rich, and more balanced than some of Evil Twin's beers. It is still slightly sweet with the chocolate and coffee but it's very good flavor. As far as imperial stouts go this is a very good one. There are a few that I would just put above this one but very close.

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Photo of Walshwi
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is quite the rich, coffee imperial beer. I recommend anyone to try it because it's a solid imperial coffee stout. Compared to some of the best imperial coffee stouts, this example isn't quite as good, but still up there in quality.

LSTFO (A):

Look: Dark, thick and syrupy. minimal head.

Smell: Coffee, carmel, sugar, yeast.

Taste: Strong coffee, but well balanced with sweetness - though it felt artificial at times.

Feel: Very nice mouth feel. Syrupy (much like its looks), but not overwhelming.

Overall: Great imperial stout. Not the best in the world, but certainly something remarkable and better than the majority of coffee stouts. A little disappointed by the artificial taste of the beer... almost as if flavors were added. Also a little confused over who actually makes this beer... it appears Eviltwin contracts this beer out. Not a huge deal because the beer is still good - but what's with the copacker?

Aftertaste: Syrupy flavor lingers but is wonderfully complemented by the coffee aftertastes.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black appearance. Had it on draft and had a small head.
Aromas was great. Slight coffee but mostly sweet(brown sugar sweet).
Taste was very similar to the smell. Sweet brown sugar, molasses, with coffee and vanilla.
Mouthfeel was very nice. Smooth and creamy. (267 characters)

Photo of khmel
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark, oily black. Deep tan, creamy head, low retention.

S: Chocolate, dark fruits, slight bourbon smell.

T: Surprising amount of hops up front, chocolatey, a little vanilla. Peaty finish.

M: Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation. Fabulous.

O: Really great beer. Hoppier than most imperial stouts which threw me off, but still smooth and enjoyable. Would drink again! (370 characters)

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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