Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 3,354
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
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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 Scotchboy
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome bomber from dope (thanks man!) split with my brother, with my portion poured into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Dense, opaque black with thin brown head and decent lacing & alcohol legs.

S: Sweet alcohol; vanilla and almond really dominate, with some coffee and caramel mixed in for good measure. Decent roasted malt presence with plenty of sugary sweetness.

T: Sweeter here, as well; vanilla and caramel upfront. Less alcohol is tasted here than smelled. Decent amount of chocolate and coffee as well.

MF: Medium-to-full body, viscous and creamy. Carbonation was pretty low on this thing but didn't distract at all (though I would have preferred a little more to cut through the sweetness).

O: Really good, and way too easy to drink for how big it is (and even how much felt alcohol there is). Would have preferred a touch more coffee as well, to balance the sweetness, but my complaints are minor.

Photo of cjgiant
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

When I tried this, I wasn't expecting much, as I figured it would be too sweet. However this is a well balanced beer where the coffee plays the larger role.

A: dark brown-to-black, head collecting on the side of the glass, with some fairly quickly dissipating lacing
S: coffee and maybe a little chocolate covered cherry. Reminds me of Kahlua a bit, also.
T: again, coffe, sweetened; malty and nicely roasted, with just a hint of the vanilla and chocolate. There's also a slight almost tart flavor when the beer is chilled, which mellows to not noticeable as he beer warms.
M: the sweetness/chocolate taste lingers, with a coffee bitterness ending the taste and leaving a light oily feel.
O: pleasantly surprised that this was a bit more balanced than sweet, although it does have the dessert-like flavors

Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whomever broke this one out for the tasting... Pours a deep, dark black with only little bits of dark-ass ruby red along the edges. Small tan head forms for a moment, then lapses into a small ring around the glass; not much lacing left behind.

The nose starts off with a thick and heavy, deeply roasted espresso aroma - coffee beans left and right. A bit of nuttiness and creamy sweetness round things out. Overall, this one is pretty straightforward on the nose, but it's one of the best "coffee" aromas I've had the pleasure of smelling. Very raw, pure, and robust - this is how coffee should smell when it's introduced to a beer.

The first flavor to pop is a super sweet coffee/espresso combination - there is a deep, roasted quality in the background, but a bit more noticeable is the "cream and sugar" aspect of it, raising the drinkability without being too sweet or cloying. Intense creaminess leads into a milky brown sugar flavor, followed by burnt syrup and mild molasses. Vanilla and hazelnut play small parts in the background, but are definitely noticeable.

I'm sensing a bit of underlying dark fruits and a slight touch of anise. The alcohol is warming and adds to the robustness without being too scary or demanding. Aftertaste is full of a deep java and mocha flavor, with a bittersweet chocolate element that coats the mouth even after swallowing. This one feels a bit thinner than expected; medium bodied with medium carbonation, still carrying a pretty creamy and silky mouthfeel.

Wow! What a damn good beer. This was one of my favorites from the tasting. So tasty and drinkable for being such a bold and heavy beer. Beautiful coffee and espresso notes with little hints of cocoa, vanilla, and sugar. An absolute pleasure to drink.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color, almost black. There's no head whatsoever, even from an aggressive pour. There's only a thin ring of minor carbonation around the rim.

The aroma is really heavy on the coffee and almonds. There's a pleasant aroma of bakers chocolate and touch of vanilla.

No shit. This stuff really tastes like biscotti and a cup of coffee. It's really uncanny. Almonds, coffee, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and chocolate all pop out. It has a long finish of bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The body is heavy but I never would have guessed it was over 11% abv because the alcohol is nearly undetectable.

This was a fantastic beer. It kind of reminded me of some of Southern Tier's offerings like Creme Brulee, Mokah, etc, but much more modest and I mean that in a very good way.

Photo of Spattastic
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Jet black with a medium viscosity and a thick 1/4 inch head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation bubbles coat the glass.

Smell - sweet, slightly roasted, milk chocolate, fresh baked bread (wheat), a hint of vanilla, and touch of a marzipan.

Taste - Immediately, an almond milk chocolate candy bar combined with vanilla wafers. The nutty, marzipan flavor comes through. Dark roasted malt flavors, but not overly so. Finishes with a dark salted chocolate, espresso-like flavor with just a hint of bitterness. I think chocolate dipped almond biscotti (given the name) is an excellent adjective to describe this beer. This is a sweeter style stout but even at 11.5%, the alcohol flavor is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as its deep color suggests. Smooth with medium carbonation. Slightly chewy.

Overall - I tried this about a month ago and immediately bought another bottle. It's delicious, sweet, and surprisingly easy to drink. More of an after-dinner beer. Some may find this too sweet but it suits my palate. Well worth $15 and worth seeking out.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sample pour
Black with good lacings

Aroma of sweet coffee

Sweet dark fruits, raisins, coffee, vanilla

Smooth almost syrupy

Great beer

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of TheCuriograph
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber, poured into snifter. A post-dinner digestive.

A - Well, we have a warm-black impenetrable with a nice dark-taupe head, which sticks around even after it's settled.

S - No big surprise, but this is all dark-roast, dark chocolate, and some sweet-boozy edge that portends the 11.5% ABV.

T - Like chocolate and cherry, melting in your mouth as you have a sip of Irish coffee. The coffee is not as prominent as I'd expect given the bouquet and the billing. The cherry/cream/booze accents perks up the whole business.

M - Thick and oily as you'd expect. Heavy enough to keep you pacing yourself.

O - Well, this works as a fine, playful nighttime treat. I'd put it in the same category as Ten FIDY, Brooklyn Black Chocolate, Peche Mortel or any number of other fine dark, boozy, sweet stouts. That's to say it's tasty without separating from the pack. I'd gladly enjoy from time to time, but with so many great Imperial Stouts out there I don't see myself seeking it out. Nonetheless, would recommend unreservedly.

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Photo of BobZ
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle poured into a Bourbon County Snifter. Bottled on 11/05/10. Thanks to Hugonaut13 for the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown with a 1/2" tan head that quickly recedes to a cap and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet almond,vanilla, and chocolate in that exact order of dominance

Taste: Almond up front with sweet chocolate and a whole lot of vanilla flavor. This beer is a flavor bomb with so much depth, so tasty. It pushes the envelope on sweetness but not to far, remarkably good for a beer on the sweet side. It never becomes cloying.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and rich.

Overall: Really a delicious beer, a massive amount of flavor built on the almond, vanilla, & chocolate troika. As I mentioned on the sweeter side but extraordinarily delicious.

Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – black with a short, brown head

S – roasted malts, faint spice, a hint of coffee

T – creamy, rich, roasted malts, faint coffee—dessert, much like a biscotti

M – smooth, full bodied, perfectly carbonated

This is a deliciously balanced beer. It’s rich, complex, and smooth. It accomplishes exactly what the name indicates – a biscotti. This would make a perfect after dinner beer or a great cold weather beer. Either way it is well worth a try.

Photo of jimmy82063
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This finally hit the NYC area in bottles, Pours a very nice black and with a swirl of the glass you get a nice brown hue. Little carbonation noted. The taste is really great. Outstanding balance between coffee, chocolate, vanilla and anise. Such a desert beer. Don't age this, drink it fresh if you can! Well done!

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Most excellent. This fine imperial stout pours from the 22 oz bottle thick, rich and decadently black with a dark tan had that dissipates to a thin ring and thin layer of foam with light lacing. Nose of rich roasted almonds, rich roasted coffee, toffee, crème brulee, and strong booze. Flavors of sweet almonds coat the taste to all sides with rich espresso flavors. Toffee, brown sugar, and strong alcohol power through the back with a lingering coating wet finish. Slick oily mouth feel with a super sweet aftertaste that lingers rounds this beast out. Astounding sipper.

Cheers

Photo of angrybabboon
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/8/13

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Dark, dark, dark - pours like oil, thicker than anything I've poured in recent memory - very viscous - still manages to form a head - not much, and it fades quickly to a brown ring that leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Despite the big, bad, burly appearance, it actually smells pretty charming - rich, decadent malts - burnt and roasty notes, but the emphasis is more on a range of aromas - I know the name of this beer is biasing me, but I must admit that this kind of smells like biscotti and coffee - dark, rich coffee - caramel malts, caramel, toffee, cookies - some sugar, some booze - nicely roasty and dry overall

Taste: Adequately ridiculous - very reminiscent of biscotti blended with rich, roasty, dark, bitter coffee - big coffee notes - burnt, roasty malts - chewy caramel, dry cookies - lightly sweet overall, with a touch of booze - a lot of chocolate, as well, which I didn't quite notice in the aroma - cocoa, dark chocolate, and baker's chocolate - decadent, rich, and very interesting

Mouthfeel: Full, but not as heavy as it looks, extremely smooth, finishes dry, a lovely sipper

Overall: Ah, yes... I was wondering what would break first... Your spirit, or your biscotti?

This is a treat. It's not the best beer I've ever had, but it is quite a top tier coffee stout. Or imperial stout. Or whatever the hell you want to label it. It's very interesting and very tasty. I hate to say it, but it's almost worth the high price point!

Photo of bmwats
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a slight, bubbly, dark brown head. Settles quickly, leaving a beer ring only. No real lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and booze.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate is prominent, a little roasted coffee, a touch of black licorice, and some plum and fig.

M: Thick, hearty, syrupy, and a little boozy. A bit of sweetness in the front, and a touch of bitterness in the finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really nice. Dark and intimidating, not real head or lacing. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate are really prominent in the nose, and a bit of booze. Dark chocolate is a big part of the flavor profile as well, some bitter roasted espresso beans, and savory sweet earthy fruit. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1519th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

2012 release
Thanks to ShanePB for this one.

App- A huge thick and creamy crimson brown pour. Similar to chocolate and garnet mixed with a small 1/2" off tan head with a puddle of bubbles on edges. Maybe a couple dots.

Smell- holy hell batman. I wanna bath in the aroma. Very similar to BCBVS without the vanilla and bourbon. Creamy, malty, rich and syrupy thick on the nose. Coffee is very mellow and only touches of bitter.

Taste- What a good stout. Lots going on in the glass. A super creamy stout with a bit of a grainular cracker thing and then the melted chocolate comes in with a thick malt. Again the coffee is hidden but after you sip, the crushed bean flavor comes out. Can anyone else find a small quad note? Cherries on the finish?

Mouth- A very creamy and almost thick body. Not oily or that filling but a substantial body. The carbonation is straddling the line between and a low and medium body. A good residual grainy coffee and chcocolate flavor with a bit of cracker.

Drink- Hot damn that was good! A lot going on and not overly boozy, grainular or sweet? Super well balanced and a great flavorful and fuller stout. Not sure how old this is but hot damn

Photo of uvachief
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a dark rich chocolate.color with a full finger of head. Draft. Hints of chocolate, brown sugar and cream. Traditional imperial stout. very smooth and light in the mouth. After tastes of sugar, maybe cinnamon. Easy to consume. No burn of course.

Photo of leaddog
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Dope
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black. Good sized and very dense dark brown head. Very slowly fades away, top notch head retention. Almost solid wall of lacing.

S: Fresh roasted coffee beans. Wonderful. Has a nutty, maybe hazelnut, almost well - biscotti-like aroma (duh?). Sweet vanilla and lots of it. Creamy and rich.

T: Thick and creamy with lots of vanilla up front with that hazelnut. Bitter coffee bean kicks in the middle with some chocolate. Get a little anise in the finish as well. Very sweet from start to finish. Long lasting lingering coffee bean and milk chocolate between sips.

M: Heavy, thick, creamy, slick and syrupy. In a word: big. Like drinking hershey's syrup. Great mouthfeel.

O: A very unique and tasty imperial stout. Great complexity with excellent balance of flavors. Unique nutty taste with lots of vanilla really puts it over the top. I have no complaints, this one was an excellently executed unique beer. Not something you find very often.

Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Village Tap. Served in a snifter.

A - Dark mocha foam settles to a near-complete cap, tiny spots of lace. Body is pitch black.

S - Loads of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, almonds, and fruity dark cherry notes.

T - The taste is significantly less fruity and more roasty, with dark breads and espresso flavors. Still, this is quite sweet, with tons of vanilla and chocolate flavor.

M - Smooth texture, active carbonation, medium-full body, melted chocolate and dry roasty texture. Mildly sticky finish, and well-hidden alcohol.

D - A definite sipper, and probably too rich to have more than one in an evening, perhaps two. Just as good as Biscotti Break and delivers exactly as promised - it's a bigger version of the original.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.
A: Almost black with a mahogany rim. A tan half finger head that whittles down to a bubble ring. Thick, viscous. Curtainy lacing.

S: Heavenly. Coffee and chocolate dominate. Vanilla, lactose, sugar, marshmallows.

T: Wow, sip and be awed. Cascades of dark chocolate, followed by coffee notes. Vanilla and malts slide in. You don't really notice the alcohol, but it creeps in later to sooth the savage beast. Very smooth, semi-sweet. Decadent.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: Worth all the hype. A great after dinner drink to share with friends. Terrific with a brownie.

Photo of Pencible
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a totally opaque black with thick dark tan head. Beautiful.
S: It smelled like fresh roasted coffee and rich dark chocolate, with some vanilla bean and molasses.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and dry roasted coffee, with some toasted bread and vanilla bean. It had a clean mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. Excellent huge body.
D: This was a great stout, with delicious scent and taste, and fantastic body. The finish was really smooth with incredibly well hidden alcohol. So it was too easy to drink, given the ABV. No need to age, this brew is good to go fresh. For a non-barrel aged stout, this is top tier. Recommended.

Photo of dirtylou
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz BOMB

When I bought this it was a whale, but then the variants came out so who even cares about this anymore? As I first stuck my nose towards the avery snifter that held this diabetes bomb, huge whiffs of brownie batter and fudge punched me in the face. It's pretty decadent and certainly one of the better Evil Twin beers I've had - gooey chocolate fudge, a little dose of smoke, medium rare brownie, sugar. I killed the last 6oz with a hearty scoop of snoqualmie french vanilla.

Photo of MarkJBurch
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle
Served into a tulip

A: Dark black body with a fluffy, rich dark brown head. Very impressive lacing down the sides of the glass, as well as a thick cap of foam left behind. This is what I like my big Imperial Stouts to look like, really nicely done.

S: Huge coffee beans, lots of toasted barley, vanilla, pumpernickel bread, almonds and hints of chocolate. This is just a massive smelling beer and the coffee certainly seems to be the centerpiece of the aroma.

T: As with the nose, massive coffee, roasted malt and bitter chocolate flavors coat the palate. Vanilla, bread and nuts come through towards the back end. There is definitely some noticeable alcohol heat but it's not too detracting from the actual flavor profile.

M: Wow, this is just straight up thick. Full-bodied, chewy and completely coating all over the mouth. Absolutely stellar feel here, this is what all Imperial Stouts should be like.

I went into this only reading the label which set my expectations up somewhat for what I was getting into. Having had only one other beer from Evil Twin (to my recollection), this was wonderful. Big coffee notes played extremely well with the aggressive roasted malt backbone this beer had. Tone down the alcohol notes a bit, but still this is one to try.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another brew I picked up while in Singapore (not that it isn't available elsewhere, but it certainly isn't available where I've been living). I guess EvilTwin is a relatively new addition to "the scene" that I've been out of for a few years, so when this one was recommended to me by the store clerk, I did one of those "heh, ok, yeah, I'll check that out" sort of things. But I did check it out (on BA first, of course), saw the rave reviews, and figured it was worth a try. Poured in to an inappropriate piece of glassware.

Appearance: Perhaps this beer's weakest aspect. A moderate pour yielded an opaque (save for at the edges, where bits of smoky garnet light creep through when held to direct light) chocolate-hued brew with an initial burst of frothy head about one finger high, burnt fawn in color. The head retention was fairly disappointing though, and it faded in to a thin collar of large bubbles within 30 seconds. The lacing is similarly minimal, with only faint traces and wisps of foam clinging in desperation to the sides of the glass, runny and oily. I admit that the glassware I have here might not be quite up to the task (I know, I know, never review a beer with bad glassware), but it shouldn't make this big of a difference. Probably a combination of some oily additive (I don't look up the additives until after I've reviews a beer), maybe chocolate, minimal hopping, and high alcohol content. It's not unappealing, but it lacks that certain "je ne sais quoi" the label asserts that its inspiration had.

Aroma: A marked improvement. Chocolate is at the front, strong and authentic. It reminds me a great deal of Choklat on the nose, as a matter of fact; sweet, with an oily and estery presence reminiscent of white chocolate or vanilla. The more I think about it, the white chocolate comparison is particularly apt on the nose, suggesting the presence again of lactose oils (or more likely cocoa or coffee oils). Probably coffee is a better description of the note, as it does have a few lighter, grassy notes that shine through. The warm nuttiness that one associates with good biscotti is also present, particularly as it warms and the heavier, aromatic nut oils begin to vaporize, though it's initially fairly well buried under the avalanche of warm vanilla sugar and roasted goodness. Actual nuts being used to brew this one would explain both the nose and the poor head retention.

Taste: Jackpot. The sweetness in the nose is still present and pleasant, but it's not nearly as potent as I was fearing. Fat roastiness is still the predominant flavor note, but it's balanced with a healthy amount of bitterness and roasted, non-saccharine malt character that makes for a really well-rounded and drinkable flavor profile. The nutty notes are even more prominent here, dancing over a sea of caramel cream, toffee, hints of bitter char, warm vanilla sugar, and warm, robust espresso. Nothing too flashy or over the top here, and balance is the word that really epitomizes this brew - intense, bold, but balanced.

Mouthfeel: A little more lift than I like out of a beer this sweet. On the scale of "flat, oily, milkshake-like" to "buoyant, bright, effervescent," I know a lot of folks like their sweeter, malt-heavy beers to showcase characteristics trending towards the latter, if only so the beer isn't fat and cloying.

Drinkability: As someone who's brewed nut beers before, I know it's hard to do (pulverize, slurry, separate, rinse, repeat six times). I know it messes with your head retention, and makes your mouthfeel slippery and eel-like. But--given how those additions make a beer taste--a brew that had those flavor/aroma components and had great retention and a perfect mouthfeel would be a contender for most badass brew of all time. Particularly impressive at 11.5% with no hint of alcohol in the mouth or nose until this one comes dangerously close to room temperature.

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 3,354 ratings.