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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 432
Hads: 3,460
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 468
Gots: 949 | FT: 129
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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 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. (494 characters)

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. (1,898 characters)

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. (688 characters)

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. (519 characters)

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! (346 characters)

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. (614 characters)

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. (487 characters)

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. (1,067 characters)

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. (842 characters)

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. (1,002 characters)

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. (1,118 characters)

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! (645 characters)

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. (468 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip glass. Pours motor oil black, with a one inch mocha head, that leaves behind beautiful lace, and settles very slowly into a layer of foam, amazing. Smell is roasted expresso, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and twix candy bar. Taste even better than the nose. Its a combination of every thing in the nose, but nothing dominated, an amazing dessert beer. Body is chewy as hell, perfect carbonation, not overly dry, and hard to sip, no alcohol present in the taste and at 11 5% incredible. This is sublime! Wouldn't change anything. The best body ever for the style. (590 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. I like me some biscotti - never have I had it in the company of an Imperial Stout, though.

This beer pours a purely dark, evilly black abyss, with nary a highlight at any edge, and three fingers of sludgy, foamy and thickly creamy tan head, which leaves a decently attractive vista of sea-borne storm cloud lace around the glass as things generally subside.

It smells of roasted caramel and toffee malt, treacle, condensed coffee au lait, bittersweet chocolate pudding, some charred ash, oily Italian nuts, boozy vanilla, and a bit of generic, indistinct whisk(e)y. The taste is sweet chocolate nibs, mildly astringent medium-grind coffee, hazelnut and almond nutbars, edgy vanilla, subdued Irish whiskey, and softly blotted earthy, leafy hops. Wow - I'm looking for barrel notes where there are none.

The carbonation is quite laid-back, and mostly asleep at the wheel, the body a thoroughly solid full and sturdy weight, and incredibly silky smooth, with the attendant unassailed creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the heady cocoa, toasted caramel, vanilla, and well strapped-down booze all well capable of parrying the bitterness of coffee and hop in this particular instance.

A rather pleasantly innocuous imperial stout, with slight Italian dessert qualities, everything kind of muddled, but in a very engaging manner. The coffee just adds to the Etruscan essence, while the alcohol does a hell of a job of keeping its head down, that point can't be stressed enough. Not a drinker, more of a slow sipper, but without any barrel or overt booze astringency, I can see how the former might seem foolishly appealing here. (1,647 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2015

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of dark tan head that fades to nothing in a couple of minutes

S: Lots of roasted and burnt malt with vanilla, coffee, and dark chocolate in the back. A light nutty presence from the almonds is also there. Alcohol is very minimal

T: Starts off with the huge roasted malts and slowly gets more and more complex. Vanilla and coffee are quite present, with dark chocolate and almonds hanging out in the back. Alcohol is there, but is hidden very well for 11.5%. Finishes with a light char and mix of sweetness and bitterness from the vanilla and coffee, respectively

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Nearing chewy, but a little thinner

O: A very nice imperial stout that nicely incorporates both the coffee and vanilla. It is quite complex, especially at room temperature. I'd love to see a BA version of this (893 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black and opaque with a small tan head that quickly moves to the edge of the glass. Poured pretty nice; fits the profile of what it's supposed to be.

Smell: Hazelnut coffee, chocolate, coconut, vanilla, graham cracker, dark fruit.

Taste: Dark chocolate gives way to some malty sweetness. The coffee then creeps in and makes for a bitter ending. There's a little bit of a booze burn at the end, but that's no surprise given the abv; it's hidden fairly well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied for the style. Velvety and smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Definitely a balanced beer. It's not too sweet, though I wouldn't mind it being a bit sweeter(hey, I like Dark Lord...). I think this would benefit from a year or two to let the bitterness die down, but it's still drinking good now. This actually reminds me of pt5, though not as sweet. Not bad at all. (870 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh yes. Got lucky and stumbled across this in NYC. Great texture and feel. Quite smooth. Flavor is great. Great level of malts. Superb tone of coffee. Balance really works. Carbonation is smooth. Way too easy to drink. I wish I had gotten more of this when I had the chance. Nice to be able to get a beer people have been raving about and have it live up to the hype. (367 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Potsdam IGA.

A - Black with a one finger tan head. Good carbonation coming up. No retention, no lace. Sorta to be expected for the ABV.

S - Huge coffee/mocha aroma right away when the bottle is opened. Chocolate becomes alot stronger after a few sniffs, vanilla, whiskey, iced coffee.. Nice.

T - Nice big coffee flavour with vanilla, roast, sweet chocolate. Lot's of different flavours. Great sweetness.

M - Decent carbonation, very dry finish, big old creamy body.

O/D - A nice imperial stout. Hardcore in all departments. Lot's of aggressive elements of chocolate and coffee and far too easy to drink for its strength. Quite nice. (653 characters)

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

A: Inky black, full bodied, dense and creamy dark brown head. Gorgeous beer.

S: Dark chocolate, toasted nuts, espresso. Cocoa, a bit of burnt sugar.

T: Sweet and decadent, dark cocoa and deeply roasted coffee dominate. The aftertaste has vanilla wafers and the perfect amount of toasty-nuttiness. Awesome.

M: Full bodied, very creamy.

This one surprised me, a truly awesome stout. (385 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a Toppling Goliath Snifter

A- Very attractive Imperial Stout. Nice one finger dark brown frothy head, dissipates slowly, really nice lacing sticks to the glass. Color is pitch black, no light is getting through this baby.
S- BIG coffee upfront, some brown sugar comes out, some vanilla as well, the coffee is just awesome, takes over everything. Slight chocolaty aroma as well.
T- Wow so rich, big roast upfront, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, bitter sweetness, vanilla, everything i could ask for in a non barrel aged Imperial Stout, very easy to drink the alcohol is no where to be seen.
M- Big mouthfeel, thick as it goes down, sticky on the palate
O- Really impressed with this beer, allot of taste in this one, love the rich vanilla coffee taste, just lingers in your mouth after every sip. Hard to stop drinking it. Usually i would share a bottle of this with a friend, but right now I'm very glad I'm having this solo. (954 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S: Very sweet, mocha. Some roast, rich maltiness. Lots of milk chocolate.

L: Very thick, black, motor oil consistency. Dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Ring of foam.

T: Sweet, mocha like flavors up front with a prominent maltiness. Low bitterness with loads of freshly roasted coffee with milk chocolate notes. Bold, roasty coffee into the finish. Finishes quite sweet.

M: Big, full bodied. Slick mouthfeel. Medium low carbonation.

Great, really enjoyed the coffee in this. Quite sweet, going solo on a bottle was a little much. (538 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle served in a . Thanks to bentenison for the brew.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film with a slightly thicker collar. Sheets of lace.

S: There's a whole ton going on. Espresso sweetness, almost like a warm chocolate milk. Heavy doughy cookie, roasted malts and big baker's chocolate. Very faint green paper as it warms, but overall it doesn't detract too much from the smell. Very nice.

T: Warming alcohol on the backend, but it's not over or noticeable which is nice. Chocolate covered espresso beans with a roasted malt and soft cookie sweetness. The finish has some bitter roast and some

M: Silky and oily. Medium to heavy bodied with a medium low carbonation. Really nice.

O: Great mouthfeel with a wonderful blend of flavors. Very nice overall and would definitely have again. (859 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. From notes.

A: Pours a pitch black color. There isn't much head, just a small tan-colored film. This has some nice alcohol legs, it must be said.

S: This is really chocolaty, with a pleasant backing of black coffee. I really love all the chocolate in the aroma - while it's simplistic, the way the two notes coalesce is really great. A simple but very effective aroma.

T: There is a ton of strong dark chocolate to open the flavor profile up. This sensation gradually builds up a coffee tone on the back end. Between the two flavors is a notable cookies 'n' cream flavor to balance. Tons of flavor help make this a winner, though it could be a tad more complex. Who cares, though?!

M: This isn't quite as creamy as I'd expect a sweet-ish stout to be. Having said that, it features a good body and some nice viscosity. Poor carbonation means the sweetness sticks around for a while on the palate. Despite that, there's no hint of the 11.5% on either the flavor or feel, and it goes down quite easily.

O: I love how chocolaty this is, and how balanced the coffee come across. Having said that, I don't know if it's quite as good as Founders Breakfast Stout. Certainly, it's an excellent coffee brew, but I'm not sure it's worth its exorbitant price. Even if this were just $10/bottle, I would consume this like water. I'd still buy it again at $18 a bottle, though. (1,401 characters)

Photo of dowen17
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an 18oz snifter.

Pours pitch black with a perfect, tight two finger milk chocolate colored head that shows no signs of disappearing quickly. Huge lacing down the glass.

On the nose is sweet chocolate, raisins, dark fruits, and some biscuit malt. Some rich roast coffee and burnt caramel. Very nice.

Wow. Just... Wow. As soon as the beer hits your tongue it's sweet milk chocolate and perfectly roasted fresh coffee. So inviting. No signs of alcohol at all. On second sip, I pick up some dark fruits, burnt caramel, and the bitterness from the coffee begins to creep across the pallet. As the beer opens up, some alcohol presents itself, but it doesn't overpower the beer at all.

Mouthfeel is rich and chewy. Really coats your mouth. Carbonation is surprisingly nice for a beer this big. It really is huge.

This is really such a great, great beer. Definitely worth seeking out and it's absolutely worth every penny. Definitely a new favorite and I will be drinking this again the next chance I get. (1,038 characters)

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.