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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 peensteen
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Sammy

Jet black, ring of tan coloured head, no lace to speak of here. Smell is quite vanilla forward, coffee and quite a great deal of roast as well, milk chocolate along with some bittersweet points as well. Taste follows the nose, vanilla and roast, lots of bitter coffee, chocolate, some sweet vanilla sugar flavours, lingering coffee bitterness, big vanilla-chocolate-coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a little thin at points but medium bodied throughout. Really good stuff here, much more enjoyable than the regular Biscotti Break, very drinkable for ABV and doesn't feel overly sweet.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
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 russpowell
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
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 buschbeer
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1 PT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
2013 vintage

This beer pours black with an inch of mocha head that leaves a little lacing.

I get a little coffee aroma but more chocolate. There is also a hint of anise.

The taste is more chocolaty than anything. The coffee is faded, and there is some anise and roasted malt.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation

I prefer this to the last fresh one that I had. The fresh one tasted of anise. This one has a lot of chocolate character and is quite good.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle I received from my brother. Poured into a snifter...

A - Pours a thick and viscous black color with a rich mahogany head that is about one-half of a finger thick. The head recedes to a cap of the same rich mahogany, chocolate color. Really inviting look and definitely what I wanted this one to look like.

S - Decadent, warm, and sweet. Aromas of rich dark chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruits like dates and figs come out front. Sweet flavors of hazelnuts and almonds mixed with vanilla come through along with marshmallow notes and carmelized sugars. Theres a slight licorice aroma showing itself along with a very faint honey note.

T - Really rich flavors of dark chocolate and milk chocolate come first followed by roasted coffee beans - more espresso than your normal coffee notes. Vanilla comes next along with cocoa powder, honey, and a slight nuttiness to it reminding me of almonds or hazelnuts. There are some faint hits of dark fruits like dates and raisins, but the other flavors really take the stage.

M - Very smooth and velvety, full bodied beer. It is a sweeter, richer beer, but with the alcohol hidden the way it is, it is still easy to drink.

O - While some might think this is too sweet of a beer to drink by yourself, I had no issue getting through this bottle, although I did share a little bit. Great mix of flavors and definitely a beer that met the hype for me. Thanks, Matt!

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Photo of tewaris
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks bucky10!

Dark with a ring of foam for head. Smells dark, fruity and chocolaty.

Dark fruit, chocolate, some acidity and roast towards the end. Obscure smoke. Medium-good body with appropriate carbonation.

It's a good and rich stout; worth seeking out.

4.5, 4, 4.5, 4.5, 4

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Photo of Walshwi
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Aftertaste:

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Black on the pour with a dark brown head. Retention is good, and a quarter inch cap stays. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Simply put, this really does smell like a biscotti dunked in coffee. Layered chocolate and coffee aromas. Semi sweet dark chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla bean, Coffee with cream and sugar. Somewhat cake-y. Slight acrid roasted malt component is buried deeply within. Wafts of raspberry ester are likewise hidden. Only the slightest hint of alcohol. Great.

T: Coffee with cream and sugar. Semi sweet dark chocolate. Nutty. Brown cocoa. Dry cake. Hints of wood and char. Vanilla bean. Berry esters come out a bit more than the nose let on, but they are still tightly contained within the more robust malt flavors. Very long finish of cake, chocolate, coffee beans, and a kiss of smoke.

M: Thick body. Very velvety and creamy. Low carbonation creates only a mild prickling sensation. Some soothing alcohol warmth.

O: Excellent stuff. This beer is right in my wheelhouse. Big, bold, and complex. Seamless integration of complementary flavors. Supremely easy to drink for a beer of its size. Do not hesitate to snag a bottle should it cross your path.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10 oz draft at the Avenue Pub ($6). Heavy anticipation, high expectations.

A: Completely black. The 1/2-finger head evolves to skim. Prominent mocha-colored lacing. Unbelievable redness emerges when swirled. Impressive.

S: Raisins. Some coffee. Almond. A little vanilla. Maybe amaretto? Not as huge for me as others have described, but the diversity of waves coming here is, again, impressive.

T: Chocolate-covered raisins. Man, this is sweet. Not a ton of coffee bitterness either (although some), so the sweetness really sticks. The dark chocolate opens up nicely as it warms. Overall, not as complex or satisfying as the nose.

M: A little lacking here. I'd prefer a more coating feel from a beer this big.

O: Certainly excellent... and certainly a sweet-tooth bomb, so beware.

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Photo of ADZA
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew I've been looking forwards to and pours a dark black hue with a creamy three finger chocolate laced head and lacing everywhere,the smell is strong mocha with biscuity malts and also strong Milo,the mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carbonated which massively suits and the taste is strong dark chocolate mixed with Milo and strong expresso and overall it's a very nice dessert drop and I could drink alot of and would buy again cheers.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Etan
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a brown-hued black with a large chocolate milk-colored head. The head is thick and sticks around for a while.

S: Mild coffee and some notes of toasted grain and almond, vanilla sweetness.

T: Lots of sugary vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of nuttiness to it. Mostly sweet.

M: Relatively thick with a creamy consistency.

O: This is very good - very sweet, but very good - a perfect dessert beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Pours a viscous pitch black with very little head. No lacing. A lot going on in the nose. Nutty and chocolatey with some coffee, sweet cookies and hints of vanilla. The taste mirrors the aroma. Dark chocolate and nutty at first. Sweet almonds and cookies followed by a bitter coffee finish and some heat. Big alcohol presence but not overwhelming. Hints of vanilla, almost like vanilla frosting. Thick, heavy mouthfeel. I am thoroughly impressed by this one. Definitely a fitting name. Overall, a tad pricey but I will still be seeking out another bottle for certain.

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Photo of MCain04
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer on tap at Map Room in Chicago, reviewing from tasting notes. It is a nice dark huge, poured with minimal head, only rimming of lacing. Smells great, coffee notes and big, and it boasts a toasty, roasty flavor like a Biscotti would. The flavor is along with the nose but is a little overpoweringly sweet. Good mouthfeel. Very easy to drink, glad I have a couple more bottles of this!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending this beer my way! Thanks Hollis!

poured into a snifter.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with a small mocha colored head that drops to a ring. Spotty lace.

Smell: Nice roasty coffee notes and creamer. Little bit of vanilla too.

Taste: This one starts off roasty and gets sweeter as it warms. The fresh roasted coffee is moderately bitter. Next I am getting a vanilla wafer note and also has that lacto sweetness of a milk stout.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. This beer is so smooth and the 12% is redicously hidden...not even a hint of booze. This beer is very silky and velvety. The carbonation really about perfect and actually makes the beer seem soft and delicate even though it such a big beer.

Overall: It lives the claim of dessert in a glass and has a killer mouthfeel on this beer. Its a fantastic drink; seek it out! One of the better non BA Imperial Stouts that I have drank in a while! (Bumped the overall score from 4.5 to a 5 because I would rate the taste at a 4.25)

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours midnight black with a one-finger tan head. Nice soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and coffee.

T - The taste follows the aroma perfectly. Dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, vanilla, and dark roasted malts throughout. The finish has a strong coffee flavor that produces a nice lingering bitterness.

M- Full bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The finish has a lingering alcohol warmth.

O - A fantastic imperial stout. The flavors are very bold and strong. Outstanding.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle I to a duvel glass

A: dark as night black with two finger of mocha chocolate after a semi aggressive pour.... Man this looks superbly delicious.... A wonderful looking beer. The only thing keeping this brews appearance from a 4.5 is that I wish it had heavier lacing... .

S: the smell reminds me of the milk left over after a bowl of coco puffs, Tina of milk chocolate and vanilla, a light roast in the background, which must be the coffee beans, becoming a bit more prevelant as the brew warms, deffinatly a touch of dark malty sweetness in there as well, the chocolate aroma also reminds me
Of hot coco. Hints of light nuttiness are also starting
To poke through, and a almost dark chocolate cherry aroma... It seems to just be getting more and more complex

T: much like the nose.... Loads of milk chocolate with strong notes of vanilla, over more subtle notes of roasted coffe witha touch of dark fruit and malt sweetness on the finish, very well rounded and delicious, I feel like the 11.5 abv on this beer is very well hidden. A bit on the deserty sweet side of things. As this beer the beer warms more and more.... Becoming more and more mocha-y. With light nutty and dark cherry notes. A bit of caramel in the tastes as well... I could go on and on.

M: medium to heavy in the body, nice and creamy, with a nice thickness and velvety drunkability very well rounded, a touch of dryness on the finish reminding me of the beers name. Deffinatly seems to be a dessert beer to me. Medium carbonation. A sippe for sure, couldn't see myself drinkin more then one of these in a night.

O: a very tasty and delicious brew, glad I got my hands on this one, unique and delectable, I'd recommend this one in a heart beat. More and more layers off developing complexity. I love it. Wish ingot to try the original, anyone got one? Let me know if you do!!!

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Photo of tbeckett
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque onyx with minimal cappuccino head that lingers as a thin layer of foam.

Coffee and espresso complement booze and slightly charred roast malt in the initial aroma. Chocolate and hints of fruity peppers add complexity.

Chocolate and espresso dominate the flavor, with fruity pepper underlying. The finish is slightly bitter. Tobacco and dark cherry add complexity. Very rich malt profile. Sweet at first, but finishes dry and a bit boozy. Notes of vanilla, caramel, and nutty, toasted malt surface as it warms.

Body is full, smooth, and creamy with nearly no carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Delicious malt profile, with enough booziness to not overwhelm. I'm not a coffee drinker, so there's too much of that for my palate, but it's good quality and other characters dominate. Was hoping for more complexity.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin tan head and some nice lacing. Smell is very nice - a great mix of coffee and chocolate. Taste is quite nice - it's very roasty, but there is a great mix of flavors going on here. It's a little sweet, and the coffee and chocolate come through very nicely here. It's quite drinkable for as big and bold of a stout as this is. Mouthfeel is thick and a bit oily, but quite nice. Overall, this is pretty impressive - best beer I've had from Evil Twin and the first one I'd go out of my way to seek out.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours an opaque jet black with a very thin creamy mocha head that recedes to a flat top. Minimal lacing that fades fast, mostly alcohol legs, fairly low carbonation.

S- Fresh baker's chocolate, some milk chocolate, coffee, bit of bread, some booze thats well integrated. Aromas are well balanced and fairly aromatic, however I could do with a little bit less booze in the aroma.

T- Creamy dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee with a hint of bitterness, light malts, a bit of booze, finishes with smooth creamy chocolate. Nicely balanced and very tasty.

M- Creamy, abv very well hidden for 11.5%, finishes very smooth, fairly low carbonation but appropriate for style, extremely drinkable.

O- This was a fantastic imperial coffee stout from Evil Twin although it probably isn't my favorite from them (I liked Even More Jesus slightly more) or coffee stout in general. Personally for coffee stouts I think the only one that beats this is Peche Mortel. The only thing I disliked in this beer was that it could have been slightly less boozey (maybe 9-10% instead of 11.5%). That being said this beer was excellent and I would definitely drink it again even with the $17 price tag.

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Photo of GratefulEdd
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Chose a beer I've been waiting to try to break in my first full review!

Poured from a bomber into stout glass.
Appearance was spot-on black with hints of deep brown on the edges. A small frothy chocolate milk head appeared and dissipated as quickly as it showed up.

The smell, which I had been looking forward to, slightly disappointed. I got vanilla, dark chocolate, roast coffee, and something oaked at the end. It could just be me, but none of the smells really stood out or knocked me out. I would have liked to have seen one take charge.

The taste...wow! This stout brought it all to the tongue. The bitter coffee hits you right away with that great coffee bean acidity, but then the chocolate takes hold at the finish. I had let my bottle sit out for 5-10 minutes after opening to warm slightly and it did the trick. The warm chocolate finish stayed on the tongue and blended perfectly with the strong warming alcohol presence. YUM!

Mouthfeel was great...creamy, smooth, and rich at the same time. My mouth kept tricking me into thinking I had a delicious milkshake. This is how a stout should go down. You only know it's a high ABV by the tiny twang you get at the end.

Overall this is a great Imperial stout and well worth the wait I went through for it. After recently trying Ten Fidy and the Oak Aged Yeti, I put this in roughly the same level, giving the nod to the other two simply on availability.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown/black with light carbonation.

S - Roasted milk chocolate,m vanilla, cream, chocolate Espresso.

T - Coffee beans, vanilla, dark roasted chocolate, light coffee bitterness, lingering coffee bitterness.

M - Heavy medium body, viscous, silky smooth.

O - Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The growler I had a pour from was a bit under carbonated, but here we go. Thanks David Rosen!

The pour is pitch black with a thin head. I cant tell the color its that thing.

The smell, is wow. Biscuit malt everywhere, with a hint of chocolate and a nice dose of malt flavors. Very sweet, but in a good way.

ok I need to move on to the taste. This thing tastes amazing. The sweet flavors really dominate the bitterness from anywhere. Theres a nice hint of almond that adds a nice bit of complexity that makes it amazing.

it feels sticky sweet, but the bitterness from the stout base balances that out. But lets be honest here, the biscotti flavors take over.

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Photo of brystmar
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Handsome black pour sporting brown head and beady lace. Tons of vanilla in the nose, followed by more breadyness than any other stout I've encountered.

Taste opens up with bread and deeply roasted malt. Mild bourbon and toffee sweetness aren't far behind. Tastes like a loaf of sweetbreads soaked in a top-notch stout. Deserves a 4.25/5 on taste, rounding down here and up elsewhere.

Booze character is plentiful but integrates well with the other flavors. Silky, creamy, viscous body approaches perfection.

Best beer I've had from Evil Twin or Mikkeller, hands down.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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