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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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97
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2,619 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,619
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 356
Gots: 625 | FT: 99
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Denmark

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

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.

(Beer added by: BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012)
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Photo of jonesa711
3.76/5  rDev -14.2%

jonesa711, Tuesday at 12:18 AM
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at room temperature.

L - Jet black color with ruby-tinged edges and with a 1 and a half finger bubbly brown head. Head fades pretty fast and leaves a wispy ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing.

S - Nice roasted aromas. Biscotti, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruits like raisins. The slightest hint of alcohol present but it almost brings out the rich tartness of the dark fruits more. Smells like dessert.

T - Interesting taste that doesn’t quite match the aroma as much as I’d hoped. Starts with a very sweet but also tart taste with notes of biscotti, plums, and lots of vanilla. A bitter-sweet dark chocolate taste follows with the bitterness lingering for a little while. Not as much roasted flavor or coffee as the nose suggested. If you look for it, there is maybe a slight taste of coffee and also some chocolate left on your tongue in the aftertaste. Alcohol is apparent but not as much as you would think with an 11.5% ABV beer.

F - Medium bodied, more carbonation than expected, and a slightly bitter but very dry finish. There is almost a chewy mouthfeel to it, as well as a mouth-coating stickiness. Bitterness lingers for a fair amount of time in the back of the throat and tongue. There's a definite throat-warming effect from the alcohol.

O - I’ve got to say, I was a little disappointed by this beer. It looked pretty good and smelled terrific, but the taste left me looking for more. There was a lot going on but it wasn’t necessarily well-layered or balanced. This had far too much sweetness and not enough roasted bitterness for my liking in an imperial stout. This beer does hide the alcohol pretty well. Overall, it's a decent imperial stout, but I'm not sure I would get it again.

BlackBelt5112203, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of dankjohn
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%

dankjohn, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of jdb288
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with thick head. Aromas is vanilla, coffee, caramel. Taste is heavy on the vanilla, the coffee fades to a background note. Nicely balanced sweetness (marzipan?) in a heavy stout. Balances sweetness with the bitter coffee notes just perfectly.

Can’t wait to try the BA version.

jdb288, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whiskey in the aroma. Little head on very dark brown. Medium mouthfeel. Rich looking, rich in mocha flavour. Good coffee, more of an imperial stout, though a tad thin for an IS. Lots of roast and coffee, much less sweet than the regular Biscotti break.Bottle from Premier.

Sammy, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

No date on the bottle just Best before 2015 on the label. Produced and bottled by Westbrook Brewing. Pours black and slightly thick viscosity. An attractive chocolate colored two finger head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Sheets of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of bitter chocolate and roasted malt. A little disappointed that I cannot pick out much for coffee. No sign of alcohol.

Slightly improved flavor. Very heavy with the chocolate but some coffee hints finally makes an appearance. Bitterness seems to come from the roasted malt but this stout is on the sweeter side. Slight alcohol flavor and warmth.

Thick and rich body. Really nice carbonation gives the body a smooth, gentle texture that is well suited for a big stout.

Got the beer at a considerable discount and I am happy about that. I was hoping for a lot more coffee. More of a sweet chocolate stout that turns out to be slightly disappointing.

morimech, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a few bottles of Evil Twin when they showed up in town & haven't been overwhelmed yet, hoping this one will do the trick. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is lively & a deep, mordor black. Nose is a step up, with gently roasted coffee beans cut with a whole lotta dark chocolate, which results in a more even, sweeter coffee-like aroma. Nice balance.

Biscotti Break has that X-factor that I can't quite put my tongue on. In a photocopy of the nose, the roast is cut perfectly with a nice dark chocolate & a slapdash of liquid black licorice - enough to taunt the taste buds but not enough to be offensive, since I hate black licorice, but it's nice here. Mouthfeel is gorgeous: thick, rich, decadent. End is big, sweet malts. My quibble with the beer is in the drinkability. I could have been one-and-done with a two or three ounces taster. Half a bomber is beginning to wear a bit.

Very good, but the licorice cuts into my enjoyment somewhat. Easily the best beer from this brewery I've had to date.

maximum12, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of kscaldef
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Absolutely black, dark mocha head with medium retention

S: Roasted notes and chocolate. Mild dark fruit.

T: Lightly sweet, toasty, very chocolatey

M: Medium carbonation. Medium-heavy body, moderately sweet, but finishes dry

O: Definite sipper. 25cl glass took 2 hours to finish. Wouldn't want more than that.

kscaldef, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of n2185
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with very little tan head that quickly recedes to a thin ring with no lacing. Looks nearly flat.

S: Roasted malts up front with rich dark chocolate and vanilla following suit. Robust coffee aromas bring up the finish with slight char notes.

T: Holy chocolate, Batman. Rich dark chocolate explodes on the palate like drinking a liquid truffle. Roasted malts with robust and slightly bitter coffee flavors follow along with a decent bit of vanilla. The finish has a light alcohol presence for its abv.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer is a bit sticky in the mouth rather than being creamy.

O: A good beer, overall. It's a bit too sweet and difficult to drink more than a few ounces of at a time (especially an entire bomber), but still tasty before the diabetes kicks in.

n2185, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Fanhitter
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cellar temp bottle poured into a goblet

This pours a murky dark brown, looks like motor oil with a thick creamy tan head.

The aroma is a pungent bittersweet chocolate. There's also a boozy aroma; slightly Irish-creamy and nutty. The sweetness is very robust.

The taste is a malty vanilla bomb. The pallette is otherwise stained with a sweet cocoa note after a nice sweet, tart and syrupy draw. This is a dessert beer without a doubt.

Mouthfeel at room temperature is exceptionally smooth. I typically like imperial stouts a bit chilly, but this one goes down easy warm.

Overall, this is a good beer and could go down easy as a breakfast beer or for a late night sweet tooth. I was not familiar with this beer prior to trying it, but am glad I got to taste it. If EvilTwin has other beers of this caliber, if be eager to try them.

Fanhitter, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick and black. Nearly no head, and what's there settles to only rim bubbles. Some spotty lace, but it doesn't last. No light shines through.

Plenty of chocolate milk aroma. Lightly sweet and mildly chalky.

Think powdered cocoa added to a porter. There's some definitive lactose sweetness. The aftertaste is more of the same. The body is rich; the carbonation low. The alcohol is hidden behind the strong flavors--there's no way I would think this beer has 10+% abv.

smcolw, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to yourefragile for picking this one up. Served in a cervoise. Pours a very dark brown with a decent tan head. The nose starts off with a bang. Where the regular Biscotti was lacking, this one is over the top. There’s plenty of vanilla with almond underneath. Coffee and cream. Nice backing chocolate. As it warms, it seems just a touch artificial, but otherwise, this is quite nice. Flavor falls off a bit, but is still quite nice. Vanilla and chocolate stand out. Full body and smooth feel. Very easy to drink. Excellent work.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No access to this beer on this side of the pond, so cheers to claaark13 for sending one over.

From a bomber into a snifter
Imperial coffee stout

APPEARANCE: Started to foam up the neck upon opening, but slowly settled. Pours out thick black and yields a 1+ finger, looser, fizzy, mocha colored head with lousy retention. Fizzes down to a ring only. Black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Looks mostly flat by the end with no real lacing or ring. Good color again, but lousy head.

SMELL: Roasted grain, coffee, vanilla cream and chocolate on the nose. Sweet cream and milk notes as well. Pretty nice really.

TASTE: Roasted coffee beans and sweet milky cream up front. Vanilla and caramel sweetness through the middle into the swallow as well. Bold finish of sweet cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, caramel, with some roasted grains and bitter coffee for sure. Very flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating. Enough weight and creamy as well. Good.

OVERALL: Was a little worried when it started to foam upon opening, but this one turned out solid. Wasn't as impressed with it as I was with Even More Jesus, but certainly one I would have again if offered. Lots of sweet milky and caramel flavors here, working well with the roasted and bitter coffee flavors. Thanks again Claaark13. Recommended.

Jeffo, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of barhoc11
3.89/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very nice color and head retention

S: The strong suit of the beer, very sweet aroma

T: This is a little too sweet for my tastes and the aftertaste lingers a bit too long.

M: Average for this style

O: This was kind of a let down for me, I was expecting more biscotti taste but this seemed to taste just like other sweet imperial stouts. For the price, I will not buy this again.

barhoc11, May 09, 2014
Photo of sleuthdog
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into FFF tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured with not head to speak of. Head could be forced by a vigorous swirl of the glass. This is pitch black and as I poured it the guys in the room all said "wow" because of the viscosity and the complete blackness.

Smell: Coffee and a dark chocolate with molasses. There is some toasted notes also. There is a bitter coffee ground smell, too.

Taste: This is like drinking a chocolate brownie! Coffee and sweet molasses show up and something that makes my pucker.

Mouthfeel: This is one chewy beer. I feel like I need to chew instead of just swallow when I drink this one. It coates every corner of my mouth with thickness that lingers between sips. No carbonation on this at all.

Overall: This is definitaly a beer that must be shared IMO because of how big it is. Although I did enjoy this it is one that is very bold and a HUGE beer.

sleuthdog, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Bradaplast
3.9/5  rDev -11%

Bradaplast, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber of Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break

Near chewy body with carbonation that struggles to keep up but is not obviously too low.

Rich flavor, even for style. Features lots of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. A bit too sweet up until the finish.

chinchill, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate head with a 1-2cm mocha head. Decent retention and spotty lace.

Smells of very bitter dark chocolate, bitter coffee and a bit hot.

Flavor Is great. Caramel, robust coffee, a touch hot and nice bitter chocolate.

Mouth is dry and medium bodied with low carb.

Overall a real nice beer. Not a very good nose but excellent flavor.

MrVonzipper, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of hops202
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter.

Great appearence after the first pour. Looks like a great imperial stout. Smell was incredible out of the bottle, but has changed slightly as it warms up. Lots of chocolate bar flavor in the taste, but there is something I just can't put my finger on. Almost like some sort of salty taste - like a soy sauce soaked oyster. Still tastes very good, but not as good as I was expecting.

hops202, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Food and Friends in Philly
Pours jet black with a smallish tan head that had to be coaxed out and dissipated rather quickly. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, coffee, chocolate, almonds, brown bread, light pitted fruit, toffee, molasses, and a touch of alcohol. Really great nose on this one! The flavor is diabetes inducing sweetness. Lots of smokey syrupy molasses caramel and brown sugar up front. The coffee cuts through the sweetness as does the tart fruitiness and a touch of alcohol. Thick body with a minimal amount of carbonation and a sweet sticky syrupy mouthfeel. This is a huge sweet sticky beer, but it really does work for me. The nose is incredible here and Id love if we could shave about 10 points of gravity.

johnnnniee, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Dragon_Slayer-Slayer
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%

Dragon_Slayer-Slayer, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of BrkfstOfChmpns
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%

BrkfstOfChmpns, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of Kmccabe33 pours a mostly black color with a dark brown head. Creamy with spotty lacing gives it a pretty rich appearance overall.

Nose is chocolaty with a ton of roast coffee. Moderate sweetness and graham cracker maltiness. Smells good...and rich.

Taste is sweet and decadent with lots of coffee and brown sugar. It kind of tastes like a latte with an extra shot of espresso and gingerbread cookies. It kind of seems to emulate some of the Southern Tier brews with the high residual sugar and thick body, but not quite on the same level. This has sat in my fridge for about 4 months and it tastes like it might be better fresh, some of the coffee flavors are starting to become slightly vegetal, which I have noticed before in old(er) coffee beers. It is still quite tasty, but not quite as much as the last time I had a fresher sample.

twiggamortis420, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Evil Twin Brewing 'Imperial Biscotti Break' @ 11.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $16 , becomes my 500th beer had / 300th review

A-pour is black from bottle to glass with a big frothy tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-big boozey 'Imperial' stout , lots of smoke & roasted coffee

T-some smoothness , big bitter swallow

MF-ok/good carbonation , big full body

Ov-big beer , good beer , (share it with a friend type of beer)

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

jeff1973, Oct 13, 2013
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,619 ratings.