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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 444
Hads: 3,523
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 23.96%
Wants: 472
Gots: 963 | FT: 128
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New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012

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Photo of Gusmotel
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sifter from a bottle.

Appearance: Pours pure black with a dark foam, significant lacing, and a head 1.5 finger foam that lasted for a few minutes.

Aroma: Yeast, Chocolate, Soft Cookie (like the Keebler Chocolate Chip ones), and hints of coffee. More flavors appeared as the time passed and the beer continued to warm. The alcohol becomes a bit more known but balances well with the chocolate.

Taste: Like your sitting in Italy, eating a Biscotti and sipping an Espresso. Soft chocolate and sugar tones blend nicely with a suddenly present coffee taste that shouldn't be unexpected in a stout. Remains sweet, cookie like, and keeps yeast flavor after you swallow. The alcohol is noticeable at the finish, as well as a sticky chocolatey sensation that creates an salivating effect. Your mouth is literally watering for another drink.

Mouthfeel: Rich, silky, heavy, sticky, low carbonation.

Overall: Really great for my first foray into EvilTwin beers. The taste is as advertised and the 11.5% ABV is nothing to scoff at. Goes down smooth, predominantly like a dessert with a slight alcohol finish leaving you wanting another sip immediately. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a pinky of tight caramel colored head. Alright lacing & head retention, nice oily sheen to this

S: Dark fruit, carob, molasses , boozey

T: Coffee, carob, prunes & black currants, & dryness up front, some vanilla also. A little dark chocolate blends in, a touch of booze warmth, hints of oakyness, mocha, hazelnut & caramel as this warms. Finishes dry, with caramel, coffee & dark chocolate, definite biscotti in this!

MF: Fairly thick with smooth carbonation, thins out a bit as this warms

A really good take on the style, no one is gonna confuse this with cheap, but one of the few from these guys that's worth the price. Not great in the aesthetics, but damn tasty. I will buy this again

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Photo of Zach136
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Charlie Murphy darkness body and head.

Aroma: Almond and vanilla are definitely present, with background of chocolate syrup and earthy coffee.

Flavor: Tastes almost exactly like I love you stout, with a hint of almonds and espresso. The espresso is there, but its far from overwhelming or sharp. Just a hint.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and velvety.

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Photo of bpasquini
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black, this stout, so far, is the darkest stout I have had, seems darker than the night sky without the moon or stars, cannot see through it at all, poured heavy and left a small, espresso colored head that did not leave lacing, the head looked and feels very creamy, superb look to this brew!

S: I'm getting coffee up front, followed by some light vanilla, chocolate, and every once in awhile I get some dark tart fruit smells, and there's some nutty smells to it as well but it is a little hard to detect, this beer does remind me of biscotti's, the smell is faint to me though, wish it were more prevalent, overall it is very pleasing to the nose!

T: Up front strong coffee presence, then I'm getting the tart dark fruit flavors in the middle, at the end it is followed with some sweet chocolate, slight hint of vanilla and a little hint of bread malts and of course some booze! Overall I think the dark tart fruits are a little too strong, I would have enjoyed this beer more if the sweet chocolate flavor was a little more intense to help compliment the dark fruits in the transition, but overall it is still really tasty

M: Love the way this beer feels on your palate, incredibly creamy, it's almost chewy, definitely thick bodied but it feels incredibly light and it finishes great, very little sticky syrupy feel to it and the beer doesn't linger too long on your palate, superb feel and finish to this beer!

O: This is a great beer, there are some things I think that could use a little improving, but with that said I can also see why this beer is rated so well, definitely a unique flavor profile to it.
Definitely look forward to being able to try this beer again and possibly its' variants, recommend giving it a whirl if you haven't already!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a mini snifter. Purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a pitch black, opaque oily body with a modest one finger chocolate colored head that doesn't stick around very long - it reduces to nothing in less than a minute. Leaves no lacing.

S- The coffee is definitely present and dominates on the nose - freshly ground coffee, chocolate-mocha, vanilla and maybe a hint of booze. The aroma is subtle and not overly forward but very inviting.

T- Let this one warm up a few degrees to get the best experience. After ~30 minutes, I get some delicious coffee, dark chocolate, nutty notes followed up by a very nice roasty, charred, toasted malt note that lingers for a while.

M- Rich, thick, and full bodied. Minimal carbonation.

Overall I was very impressed with Imperial Biscotti break. The balance of flavors here are superb - it hits all the high points of a world class imperial stout. A little expensive, but worth the price for a nice treat.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Pitch black.

S: Raisins. Sweet malt and lots of chocolate.

T: Lots of coffee and chocolate. A bit like hot chocolate.

M: Smooth.

O: Delicious. I just wish I had gotten to compare it with the regular version, but it kicked right before I asked for some.

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Photo of leaddog
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a rich, frothy mocha head. Gorgeous.

Smell - Roasted malts, roasted coffee, dark fruit, almond biscuit, hint of vanilla.

Taste - Roasted flavours of malts and coffee with dark fruit (cherry or plum). Turns a little boozy at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation.

Overall - A beautifully crafted Imperial stout with rich roasted flavours and a nice warming, smooth feel.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, thick with creamy mocha colored head.

Aroma is more subtle than expected. Slight coffee and sweet almond. Roast and chocolate.

Taste is bitter coffee grounds and bakers chocolate with a fair amount of almond sweetness.

Full mouthfeel lower carb.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having tried Olde Hickory Imperial Stout, it was interesting to follow up with this.

Pours a dark black with just a half finger of tan foam covering the sweet nectar.

smells of vanila, coffee, chocolate, sweet smoke, and a slight burnt note.

Taste follows the smell, but in a much more profound, well rounded astounding way. Admittidly, I didn't have high hopes for this beer. I imagined another train wreck like Creme Brulee, where the sweetness takes over and leaves nothing. But no, there are layers of complex flavor and the sweetness is married nicely within the beer, not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is solid, slightly thick, a bit oily, but certainly done well for the style.

Check this out if you get the chance. I found it to be exceptional.

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Photo of spoony
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle (best by 2015) into a snifter.

A-The brew pours heavy and thick and produces the darkest finger of head I have seen on a beer...it is almost walnut brown. The head lasts about a minute before fading away. The beer is nearly black and opaque. No lacing, but there are some legs of alcohol on the glass as I drink.

S-The smell is rich, dark-roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate at first. After a bit of adjustment, I start to pick up some licorice, and a big, sweet hit of creamy/milky chocolate. There is a good dose of caramel and a bourbon-y, vanilla-scented booze, as well. Nice balance.

T-The taste is much like the smell with dark-roasted coffee, creamy milk chocolate, and sweet caramel/vanilla/bourbon booze. Very, very smooth drinking, but not terribly complex. The finish is an interesting transition from milky, chocolatey sweetness to light roasted drying bittnerness.

M-The feel is medium to full heft with incredible smoothness from the mild, fine carbonation. Despite the heavy presence and big sweetness, the higher ABV keeps if from getting cloying.

O-This is a great beer, but the biggest weakness is the taste!?! It is really nice look, smells pretty good, and feels wonderful, but I could not help but wonder if I was missing something on my palate. The booze was always in the background, which gave a nice bit of balance, but I could have used a little more intrigue to put this thing in big leagues of this style. Anyway, it would make a wonderful dessert beer with the big sweetness, thick feel, and balanced (rather than insanely bitter) coffee flavors.

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Photo of BA_Berto
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Woodshop Classix 2011 tasting glass. Only a "best before 2015", sure it was this years edition. Acquired in trade, thanks beerbyrd.

A - Pitch black. Dark mocha colored head a little retention.

S - Milk chocolate (chocolate milk), almonds, a little coffee.

T - Sweet figs and dark fruits up front, then goes to cafe mocha w/ a real bitter coffee finish. Can taste a hint of almond also in the finish. Alcohol is pretty prevalent. On the edge of detracting from the beer.

M - Very full bodied, but only slightly creamy. Actually has a slightly watery finish (for the style, by no means is it watery). Carbonation is soft and light, fits the style.

O - Really good beer. A little boozy and strange mouthfeel hold it back from being great, especially for the high price.

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Photo of denver10
2.76/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a mocha head. Aroma is waaay too alcoholic; strong alcoholic fumes on top of some caramel, wafers, milk chocolate, nutty and a little roasty coffee. Alcohol shows up in the flavor way too strongly along with some caramel, nutty, wafers, chocolate, and a little coffee. Cloyingly sweet and and alcoholic. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and dead flat. Overall, drain poured my 8 ounces of this, gave the rest of the bomber to my roommate. This one is not for me, won't drink again.

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Photo of Pahn
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a red wine glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a big frothy dark tan head. Some light brown lacing mixes with the huge legs. Looks like a big stout.

Smell: That beautiful, boozy aroma of undercooked pastry with marzipan that you sometimes get in huge RISs. Not as full of aroma or complex as some, but the booziness really amplifies that one intoxicating pastry note. I'd give it under a 4 for being simplistic if it weren't so booming and inviting. A little cocoa comes out with time.

Taste: Sweet and slick up front, with a muddled malty character to it. Long, thick caramel finish that airs out with butty roasted malt. Lingering smokey, roasted malt aftertaste. Some chest warmth, but no solvent-like flavor from the extreme ABV.

The next sip brings some cherry and cola flavor. Not quite as deep or good as the aroma. Deeper into the glass the sweetness really builds up, but it's adequately controlled by the heavy roasted malt influence (the sort of nutty, effervescent roasted malt flavor generally permeates every element).

To be honest, it's a little sweet for me, and while it's eminently complex and well put together, the total package doesn't wow me. I can't give it below a 4 because it's a complex and refined "big RIS" among a nation of unbalanced, overdone alcohol bombs, but I'd still rather drink Alesmith Speedway Stout or Stone IRS for the same kind of thing done better.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Slick when it should be creamy. Spot on attenuation; dry, but not very. Perfect carbonation as well (not much, but just enough; great with a big stout).

Overall: Good, even great RIS. Lacks something (a couple flavor elements, a better mouthfeel) to take it into the repeat buy category, but definitely a worthy beer.

Wouldn't recommend going out of your way to hunt this beer down, but definitely give it a try if you happen upon it and like big stouts.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Jet black in appearance with a dark khaki head that receded quickly.

Great aroma of cinnamon, mocha, caramel, and a little butterscotch.

Its flavor starts out with chocolate and charcoal, but is then followed by sweet butterscotch, cinnamon, and some noticeable heat that has a trace of cherry.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dense and oily at first but as it warms it taste thinner. I wish it was a little chewier but only a minor detail.

Very enjoyable dessert stout. Its aroma is its best asset. I wish it had a bit more resemblance to the flavor of a biscotti cookie, but I'm not positive that was the intended goal by the brewer. If you like big sweet stouts, definitely check this out.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at La Margarita, Fountain Square, Indianapolis on 11/01/2013.

A: SRM is black. Opaque. Light tan head dissipates to top of beer. Medium carbonation. Medium/heavy lacing.

S: Dark roast malt, chocolate, almond.

T: Chocolate, almond, coffee/dark roast malt. Just a touch boozy. A sweet stout. Aftertaste is main flavors, but the almond is more pronounced and quite nice.

M: Medium/full body. Very easy to drink and nice feel. Wet finish.

O: Great beer. Would live to try the variants. A treat to have on tap.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. snifter.

pitch black, very slight head. smell is extremely chocolatey with hints of coffee as well. taste starts off with the chocolate and then you get the roasted malts and coffee on the end. real great flavor, wow. very full bodied with almost no carbonation.

overall wow. an amazing non BA imp stout!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Beeranator
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a Bomber into a Snifter glass at cellar temp.

Appearance: Used car oil, deep black with a half inch caramel head. that dissipated to a ring.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, caramel.

Taste: Lots of coffee, some caramel and the obvious roasted malts, sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thin, I'd like it if it was a little thicker not BCBS thick but a little thicker.

Overall: I liked it, like drinking a nice cold coffee with some caramel. Definitely drink this again and I'll put one away.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.

Pours a very deep, dark black, with a one inch mocha/tan head, and a little bit of lacing. Looks quite thick.

Smells like coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, and a lot of creamy sugar.

The tastes gives off the impression of sugary vanilla creamer dropped into the blackest coffee in the world, with hot chocolate poured in. The flavors are intense, and generally well done. It tastes great. However, it is at times cloyingly sweet. It is hard to put down a large amount of this stuff, 6-8 oz seems to be the sweet spot for me. Additional flavors include hazelnut, and a tiny bit of roasted malt. Any roasty bitterness is lost in the sea of sweet flavors.

Thick bodied, syrupy, sweet, sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation. A definite slow sipper.

Basically all of the variants of Imperial Biscotti Break are better than this original version, because using the additional adjuncts or barrel-aging it tempers some of the sweetness. However, the flavors here are incredibly well-done, and it's very tasty in small amounts.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 22oz Bottle poured into deschutes snifter

- Pours syrupy black with a centimeter of chocolaty foam. Mild lacing present.
- Aromas of bitter coffee and chocolate with hints of toffee and vanilla. I'm happy it's not smelling too sweet or dessert-like.
- Big bitter chocolate and roasted coffee mouthful. Wonderful balance with the toffee and vanilla, stays true to the nose. Medium body for an imperial stout and again well balanced with all the flavors, not too sweet. Hides the 11.5% ABV a little too well.
- Overall a very tasty and balanced imperial stout. Not as complex as other RIS offerings (parabola, abyss, KBS, etc.), but a fun alternative. At $14/bottle, the price is about right, but I won't be rushing out to get more considering the other RIS coming soon. If Evil Twin did a Bourbon BA version of this, it could be amazing.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ah, the famous Imperial Biscotti Break.
Poured into 22oz snifter; oily pour, jet black with a thin dark brown head that fades quickly into a ring of bubbles, lots of bubbles working their way up the sides of the glass.
Smell is classic imperial stout; dark roasted malt, bitter coffee and dark chocolate, toffee, sweetness from caramel and milk chocolate. As it warms, complexity reveals new flavors of dark fruit and alcohol.
Taste is even better than the smell; huge roasted malt with loads of dark chocolate and coffee flavor, followed by sweet milk chocolate with an almost peanut-butter finish...dark fruit, toffee, caramel, hint of booze. Very sweet, but well-balanced.
Mouthfeel is AWESOME; creamy, slick, and full. You can practically chew this beer.
Overall, I'm pleasantly impressed with this beer. I was a bit apprehensive because people had compared it to Southern Tier's Creme Brulee, which I found to be far too sweet. But my fears were for naught, as this beer is much more balanced.

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Photo of MarkJBurch
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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 williamjbauer
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in FFF teku, thanks to jkv96 for this awesome extra!!!

Pours motor oil black with a rim of cappuccino colored head with poor retention and moderate bubbly lacing.

Smells of fresh roasted coffee, vanilla wafer, a touch of warm bourbon coconut and alcohol notes. Strong fresh coffee bean notes hit hard with roasty malts, espresso, a hint of dark cocoa nibs, and quite a bit of warning alcohol, nice bitter finish. Full body, low carbonation, pretty warm, creamy, chewy, great mouthfeel.

What a great extra, wanted to try this for a while, a fantastic coffee forward imperial stout, the wife like this as well, much appreciated!

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Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a jet black, the color and consistency of used motor oil.

Amazing aroma. It’s big and domineering with all the right notes coming across in the most pleasing of ways. Yum!

Strong yet smooth, with an incredible viscosity that lingers for hours on end. Each sip is a treat! The beer’s flavor is more than the sum of its parts but they’re all there—dark chocolate, coffee/espresso, vanilla, caramel, leather, almond liquor… Decadent and delicious.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.