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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 456
Hads: 3,572
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 23.73%
Wants: 471
Gots: 978 | FT: 128
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012

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Photo of hops202
3.95/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown with a pastry-like sweetness on the nose. There is a trace of coffee in the flavor profile but the roasted malts are not particularly strong.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep black with a nice thick, creamy tan head. good retention with excellent lacing. especially considering 11.5%

S: boozy roasted malts, chocolate, coffee

T: big roasted malt. chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hop bitterness on the finish. booze

M: thick

O: delicoius

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Photo of LampertLand
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
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

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of ljbonadonna92
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black and thin look to it. Alcohol and coffee jump into your nose, tastes very sweet with subtle roast character but nothing that really reminds me of biscotti. Over all its a good beer, nothing amazing...just good.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful, pitch black beer with a frothy tan head. Smell is mild with strong hints of coffee and slight hints of chocolate and cocoa. The taste is pretty similar with the coffee even more prominent but not overwhelming To me, many coffee stouts have too much coffee and not enough beer, but this is among the most balanced I've had. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, though a bit thinner than many imperials. Oddly, I enjoyed this beer more when it was really cold and felt it didn't improve with warming.

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

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Pitch black.

S: Raisins. Sweet malt and lots of chocolate.

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

M: Smooth.

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

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Photo of ttroha
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Bottle from Maltitude. Pours dark black with tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma of roasted coffee and caramel. Tastes of espresso, caramel and booze. As a slow boozy burn that lingers on my throat and tongue after each sip. Delicious

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

Bottle opened on 7.23.12.

A - Pours a motor oil dark brown with a one inch dark brown head that lasts surprisingly long.

S - Coffee, chocolate, and a little cookie-like.

T - Lots of coffee, some bitter chocolate and a touch of vanilla and cookie.

D - Good carbonation and a heavy body. A little bitter finish.

O - More biscottie but still not blown away.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with light tan head that dissipates quickly in TEKU glass.

Smell is toasted malts, chocolate and a hint of cherry in the background.

Taste is dark chocolate, toasted malts, oats and a hint of ripe fruit. Good bitterness balances out the malts.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Light carbonation.

Overall this was a very good imperial stout.

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Photo of arlo19
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Pours almost tar black, not much head. Aroma is syrupy and some biscuit of course.

The tasteis dry chocolate, with not too much booze.

Overall, this is very good, but won't be a regular buy for me because of the high cost.

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

Hmmm....I'm struggling to find biscotti here. It's a good chocolate stout with slight coffee flavor. It IS a smooth 11.5% with thin carbonation. The taste is smoother than the nose. The aftertaste is all chocolate for me. It's not overly complex, but I would drink this again.

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

22oz bottle into a red wine glass.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of mitch3114
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- A great looking bold stout with a nice light brown head

S- Very delightful aromas of cocoa, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts

T- Taste was very complex, rich, bold and flavorful. Lots of tasty chocolate. Would pair well with a chocolate dessert. I drank it alone however. The beer upfront was sweet and delicious, however I am not a huge fan of coffee in my beers...I actually despise it (sorry, but that goes for Founders Breakfast Stout too...a great stout but can't get past the coffee taste). The rich, bitter taste of the coffee started to really pick up after the finish. Sweet, chocolate upfront, bitter coffee on the finish.

M- Not quite as thick as I would have guessed but still thick enough. Smooth with very little carbonation

O- This was given to me over the summer as a gift for my 30th birthday. I held on to it and got a sudden craving for something like this on this cool snowy late fall night. The night before Thanksgiving. Like I said, the coffee taste came through on the finish and really started creeping and staying on the palette the more I drank it. I had the whole 22 oz. bottle but would have been much more satisfied with just an 8 oz. pour. The first few sips were actually very pleasant. I rated this a bit higher as it was very good, minus the coffee...I guess I was hoping for something different but really, that coffee taste was inevitable... it was brewed with it!

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Photo of teromous
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Oil black body with a creamy dark brown head that levels out smooth and flat. It is a good looking beer.

Aroma: I'm not picking a whole lot on the nose here. I get a mellow cola-like note and a roasted toffee aroma but it is faint.

Taste: I get a nice chocolate flavor. It's extremely mellowed out. There is no alcohol flavor. It is fantastic. It doesn't have a strong chocolate flavor but it is undeniably there, along with hints of coffee and possibly even a bit of cream. There are subtle flavors that I can't quite put my finger on...similar to flavors you might pick up in a candy bar or chocolate ice cream...nutty perhaps. The part I want to emphasize is how mellow this beer is but that goes more into the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this beer is utterly fantastic. It is perfect. It is so smooth and thick without being too milky. The beer coats and just rolls over the palate coating it without being sticky. It is unbelievably easy to drink.

Overall: This is a great Imperial Stout. It is just so easy to drink with such a pronounced and simple flavor that it gives me what I want and leaves me to enjoy it without any spoil of overly thick/thin body or alcohol presence. The drinking experience for this beer is just great. It's a smooth easy drinking beer.

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

Pours black, thick with creamy mocha colored head.

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

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

Full mouthfeel lower carb.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jet black color. Poured like flat Coke. No lacing at all. Nose is vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate. Fantastic. Taste is not as nearly complex as I had expected. Finish is subtle bitter coffee and a touch of oak. Feel, to me, is a little thin for such a big beer. Overall, a very good, but not great, imperial stout.

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Photo of gcasher
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Great creamy body with base of outstanding stout with rich roasted malt. Alcohol is hard to perceive.

Not crazy about cream and sugar latte flavor. Taste improves ad beer warms.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore beer week.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a half finger of light tan head that fades slowly to a thick ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet with lots of dark fruit, caramel, and brown sugar. I'm getting a nutty undertone along with some vanilla.

Taste: The flavor is just as sweet as the smell indicated. Rather nutty with some vanilla and dark fruit notes. There is a caramel note throughout the sip. The finish is just as sweet as the rest of the taste.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the syrupy side of medium with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I would say this is quite good, but I'm not sure it quite lived up to the hype for me. I'd definitely have more given the chance. The theme with this beer is sweetness.

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Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tan head that sticks around for a bit before fading to a ring. Color is a deep brown nearing black.

Flavors: the biggest thing here is the Belgian/European flavor take on the style. The yeast and malt give it away. There is coffee, Belgian chocolate, cocoa, molasses, vanilla, maple syrup, and some alcohol present. roasted malt profile.

Mouthfeel: roasted with some syrupy sweetness. Full bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, this was a great beer and even more enjoyable than the regular. Just a solid European imperial stout.

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Photo of running3dogs
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with no highlights. Smells of dark fruits, roasted malt, and coffee. Fairly complex. Raisin and fig flavors hold their own against a heavy wash of roasted malt and coffee flavors. The beer feels soft and smooth with a low level of carbonation. A spicy, roasty finish helps temper the high alcohol. A richly flavored sipper with above average complexity.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a half finger of extremely dense, unmoving head. Looks quite viscous.

S: Roasted malts dominate the aroma with toffee and light nuttiness in the background. As the beer warms, I get more caramel and nutty aromas.

T: Intensely burnt malts are balanced by caramel and milk chocolate sweetness. The burnt flavor of the malts is a bit much in my opinion and lingers in your mouth for the entire beer, but allowing the beer to sit certainly lets more toffee and nuttiness come through keeping the burnt malts in check. A good amount of dark chocolate is also present. Kind of reminds me of peanut brittle. ABV is certainly apparent, but the beer is not overly boozy.

M: Very thick mouthfeel and a tad strong on the carbonation, but still very creamy.

O: The burnt malt flavor is a bit much on this beer, but the sweetness in the way of toffee and caramel and the nuttiness that comes through is extremely nice.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.