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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 1887
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rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%


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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.

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SHODriver

California

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: pours dark and viscous into a snifter with a small dark tan head that fades slowly to a collar
S: smells of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and burnt marshmallows
T: tastes of coffee, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, a bit of bittersweet chocolate, and roasted malt . not a bit of alcohol in the flavor swallow brings more coffee and chocolate. it's almost like a cafe mocha flavored beer
M: full in the mouth and silky smooth with very soft carbonation slightly drying finish
O: absolutely phenomenal. fantastic flavors, killer looks and very drinkable for such a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 03:39:36 | More by SHODriver
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had essentially given up on trying to find this stuff until inebriatedjoker decided to send me a bottle - thanks man!

Burnt brown body with an edge of coffee clarity... an oily half finger of milky khaki carbonation settles down to form a consistent, thick collar which produces more legging than lacing... sexy as all hell.

Rich, shiny coffee bean explodes from the bottle. Definite dry vanilla characteristics... cocoa powder, dark and bitter chocolates, such an excellent balance of sharp dessert dryness and mild pie crust type sweetness.

This tastes absolutely incredible. A whole fucking twist cone (including the cone itself) playing against those oily bitter coffee grounds, toasted grains and plain old espresso. Just as dry on the palate as the nose would suggest; pure black chocolate, chalky, more coffee... this is crazy good.

Wow... I so wish I could drink this stuff on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 00:56:55 | More by yamar68
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Heard so much about this beer that when I saw it, I had to try it. This is the first offering I've had from Evil Twin. Served this at about cellar temperature, in a snifter, from a twenty two ounce bottle. I also love the simple labels....

Appearance: Imperial Biscotti Break pours out black. No other way to describe it, B-L-A-C-K. Not a ray of light passes through, BLACK! A regular pour yields about a finger of dark brown, frothy head. Head didn't seem to linger to long, but did leave some lace behind as I sampled. Did I mention black??

Smell: Wow! Lively nose. Complex and thick aromas. Smells sweet-ish... Cocoa powder stands out for me with a little roasted coffee filling in around the ages. Coffee right out of the grinder that is. A bit of toasted almond and vanilla are also found in the nose.

Taste: Again Wow!! Huge flavors. The coffee is really allowed to shine in the mouth, but not take over. Brown sugar and rich milk chocolate come to mind. I'm getting a bit of char in the background, I'm guessing from the malt. Vanilla kind of rounds out the flavor. The 11.5 percent ABV shows up, but remains hidden behind a wall of flavor. Pretty impressive.

Mouthfeel: Another great characteristic of this beer is it's mouthfeel. Thick and velvety, Smooth. Chewey is a good word for it. Just how a big stout should be!

Overall: What can I say. A great beer indeed. Will have to seek out othe ET offerings

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 21:53:37 | More by jaxon53
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pitch black with a dark chocolaty foamy head. The head dissipates quickly, but it leaves a syrupy glaze and a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell – A strong scent of coffee, cocoa, powdered sugar, vanilla, and hazelnut.

Taste – Coffee, vanilla cookie, milk chocolate, and malt. Really nice.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, somewhat syrupy, lightly carbonated, kind of sweet with a boozy vanilla coffee aftertaste, but hides the 11.5%abv rather well.

Drinkability – This goes down really easy. Not as big as their Aún Más A Jesús, which is my all time favorite stout as of this review. But this is a very tasty beer and another exceptional stout from Evil Twin!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 04:19:49 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Assured and lush, Evil Twin puts together a massive stout that celebrates all things imperial, and does so with impeccable balance and power. They put a whole lot of extra awesome in this beer!

Opening with the darkest of dark brown hues, the beer nearly allows the color of chocolate to command the appearance, over that of stout. The dark ale allows for a quick rise of light tan foam to cap the beer confidently and withstanding retention. Well laced and ring defined, the heady froth clings to the glass like milkshake.

Deep aromas are an even-keel blend of chocolate and coffee. If not for the bourbony tinge of alcohol, it would have been easy to assume coffeehouse mocha-brewed blends. Bold sweetness of burnt caramel, roasted barley, toasted hazelnuts, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla all swirl to the nose and mesmerize the senses.

Super creamy, dense and full flavored, its the taste of mocha that leads the charge. The melange of espresso and bittersweet chocolates play out from the initial sip 'til the savory finish. All the while, this lavish stout picks up caramel and brown sugar sweetness early on the tongue, then provides a fat heavy cream and vanilla soaked middle palate before turning to burnt toast, brownie batter, and smooth coffee bitterness in closure.

Velvety on the palate, the beer massages every nook and cranny of the mouth with a dense sheet of silky sweetness. Alcohol warmth eases the would-be cloying texture as the dry roast of the beer ushers in a malty-dry culmination in its infinite aftertaste.

It's one of those transcendent stouts that gives you something new to praise at every sip. Just when you have seen it all in Stoutland, Evil Twin offers something more to entice the taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 19:47:06 | More by BEERchitect
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rodkin

Missouri

4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark dark brown, almost no head. Spotty lacing.

Smell is big coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, nuttiness, vanilla, dark bitter roast. The coffee is not super rich, more like coffee grounds. Maybe slightly burnt.

That's more like it. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, almond nuttiness. Bitter upfront, but smooth creamy sweetness follows.

Mouthfeel is medium thickness, light carbonation. Thicker would be nice, but it's still nice and creamy.

Drinkability is hurt a bit by the ABV. I've certainly had more flavorful beers with lower ABV. But, this is a fine dessert stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 18:39:43 | More by rodkin
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shand

Florida

4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Biscotti Break pours out a very dark brown with a pinky worth of head. The aroma has a strong sweetened coffee flavor jumping out, along with some nutty flavors and a bit of roasted malts and dark fruits. The taste brings out the flavor I got as "sweetened coffee" - there's a very solid amount of milk chocolate backing up the coffee, along with some sweet almond. Despite all the sweet flavors, Imperial Biscotti Break somehow manages to not be cloying - in fact, this is one of the most drinkable imperial stouts I've had in a while. The mouthfeel is very luxurious, it's very velvety feeling, with a perfect level of carbonation and a lighter body than most imperial stouts of the ABV. Overall, Imperial Biscotti Break is a fantastic imperial stout that absolutely lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 01:40:38 | More by shand
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 14:38:17 | More by Sammy
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into two snifters. Another great extra from woodsyy, thanks a million again, Landon! I've been trying to land this bad boy for a while.

A - good looking brew. Dark, dark brown out of the bottle, settling almost black. Ombre. The head is dark brown as well, but not quite as dark as an RIS. Hardly any head on the forced pour.

S - wow, right up there with FBS and, more impressively, V @ S. Big coffee on the nose that leaves just a little cocoa on the end. No alcohol, not hot as all. Delicious.

T - not quite as good as the smell, but still delicious. There's less coffee but a whole lot more chocolate, a little chewy because of it, to be honest. The cocoa recedes into dark fruits, ending bittersweet. Very complex.

M - some syrup and chewyness, but it's nothing major. Smooth drinking and completely undetectable alcohol, despite the high content.

O - will definitely get again, I'm sure I won't ever get to try this on tap. Another bottle would be a treat. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 01:38:49 | More by JamesShoemaker
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harrymel

Washington

2.63/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before 2015

So I figured I'd give this a try, as I found it at a "good" price of $16 for the bomber. Black, inky, some rim graham foam. Smells initially like booze, then coffee, then almonds, then dark toasted malts, then some vanilla, almond, sugar, hints of amaretto. If the booze wasn't so strong on the nose, then I'd really enjoy the smell of the beer overall. Flavor is alcohol, then dark fruits, more alcohol and some bitterness. Seriously, the alcohol is too much here for 11.5% ABV, brutal. Medium on full bodied with low carb and a tacky, dry finish. I don't get it.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 06:59:06 | More by harrymel
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Pecan

California

4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and opaque, almost laboring to make it out of the bottle from apparent viscosity. Almost no head beginning the pour, but develops a minimal dark brown head that dissipates everywhere except the edges.

Presents a rich nose, clearly bursting with malt and coffee. Chocolate mixes in with the group and makes for a good experience for my senses.

The taste is also rich, starting sweet with toffee and chocolate. There is coffee flavor initially as well, though this starts small and grows throughout the flavor profile. Nut flavor is subtly present in the first half. Licorice joins the growing coffee flavors toward the end. Surprisingly little alcohol taste.

Coats the mouth and lingers appropriately. Slightly low on carbonation, but nearly expected in a beer this rich.

Overall, I'd say this is top tier. I would purchase this again, even at the expensive price tag.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 06:23:26 | More by Pecan
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle generously shared at a tasting at Cigar City on 3/7/13.

A- Pours black, thick and viscous looking, with a quickly-dissipating mocha head.

S- Smells amazing. Loads of dark chocolate, espresso, almond, and bready malt. The coffee and chocolate aromas are huge and are very nicely accented by the almond and vanilla.

T- Just like the aroma, huge dark chocolate, the espresso is more powerful here and has a nice bitterness, which is complemented by some similarly big roasted grain flavors. There are also vanilla, chocolate and almond flavors in the background. Finishes with subtle vanilla sweetness and lingering chocolate flavors.

M- Full-bodied, thick and creamy with a subtle boozy warmth.

O- A great beer, it's like a liquid dessert, the chocolate, coffee, almond and vanilla are blended together perfectly. Damn delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:56:53 | More by WillCarrera
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours very dark black, oil like... Yada Yada Yada. One finger expresso colored head.

S - Coffee is abundant here & definitely dominates with dark chocolate. Roasted malts are also present & get shoved to the background.

T - Semi-sweet chocolate, bitter coffee & huge roasted malt note. After the initial flavors subsides, it turns a bit sweeter with vanilla bean & marshmallows.

M - Very chewy, velvety & carbed just right.

O - Seriously impressed by this beer. Coffee bombshell.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 23:51:54 | More by cvm4
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JAramini

New York

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best new beer I've had in ages. Lives up to all of the hype for me.

Black, dark dark thin foam cap that persists nicely.

The smell and flavor have a prominent, but not overpowering coffee. The coffee is unmistakable, but doesn't beat down the tremendous RIS character. Sweetness, chocolate, balance.

Super chewy.

Balance is key here. It's not an RIS that has been doctored up with coffee, it's a perfectly integrated, balanced, dynamite beer.

Split my bottle with a buddy, figured it was appropriate for a bomber of something this strong, but it was so delicious I regretted not having every drop for myself.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 01:51:25 | More by JAramini
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Bung

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. $16 to live up to, let's see...used oil looking dirty black pour, just about no head, a few light tan bubbles around the edge.

Aroma, Pretty potent roasty malt and coffee. Some nuttiness, cocoa.

Taste, Big and roasty and chocolatey. Earthy, Peaty, some nut, vanilla. Coffee, light wood, a very faint anise. Damn near a KBS without the bourbon notes.

It is quite coating, but pretty easy to drink. Nearly no alcohol. A big balanced, fine drinking dessert beer. It is not easy to find a beer at this level, enjoy it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 03:16:53 | More by Bung
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: At 11.5% one wouldn't expect to much of a head and this does not surprise on that front; the liquid itself is pitch black and the viscosity leaves some legs

Smell: As the name would suggest, it smells like a biscotti dipped into a cup of black coffee: cookie dough, almond and a hint of chocolate

Taste: Rather sweet from the outset, with cookie dough, sweetened chocolate, vanilla and almond, with coffee flavors building in the middle; much the same, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation

Overall: I wonder how much the name of the beer influences the taste I perceive, but this is an interesting beer, albeit the sweetness makes it something I would not want to drink frequently

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 23:58:50 | More by brentk56
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kojevergas

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hugely excited for this one due to its high ratings throughout the years. 11.50% ABV confirmed. Distributed by Twelve Percent LLC (which I vastly prefer to the Shelton Bastards). Produced and bottled by Westbrook Brewing Co., Mount Pleasant, SC. Charleston Coffee Roasters coffee was used for this according to the label. Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and brown label served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high.

Served chilled but not refrigerator cold. Allowed to warm to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with a bit of Swiss chocolate.

A: Pours a half finger beautiful rich dark tan colour vibrant silky head of marvelous cream, great thickness, and good reention (2 minutes) considering the high ABV. Head is supple and luscious; quite fantastic for the style and just what I want to see. Light lacing sticks to the side s of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. Not a jet black, but quite dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's not unique, but it's certainly special. Quite appealing; I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Rich smooth coffee/java and accompanying roast. An espresso kick. Quite fresh in terms of coffee. Cream. Chocolate. Milky notes. Very subtle buried light licorice. Caramel, cacao. Maybe light vanilla. The coffee in particular is a delightful aromatic note here, though the baker's chocolate/cacao powder gives it a hell of a run for its money. The subtle roast is exactly what I look for in a great imperial stout. This is shaping up to meet expectations. A complex, subtly executed, moderate strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

T: Wow. Yeah. Subtly masterfully executed coffee/biscotti notes, with a bit of a roasty espresso kick backed by creamy milky notes. Milk chocolate is evocative and luscious throughout. A bit of vanilla and caramel, like the filling when biting into a posh chocolate. It definitely hits the biscotti character it's going for but never comes off too sweet; Southern Tier could learn a lesson from these guys. Dark malts. I don't get the licorice I detected on the aroma. No yeast or alcohol comes through either. All around, it's masterfully balanced and subtly built. I'm falling in love with it. Decadent and enjoyable. Quite rich and delightful. It's a lovely flavour profile for an imperial stout, and the coffee character is incredible. Yet it's different from the bold heavy coffee character of something like Big Bad Baptist; this is roasty and subtle.

As it warms, it begins to flirt with overdone sweetness (I might have to retract my above comment about the sweetness a bit). This is the key factor holding it back from a higher rating.

Mf: Fantastically creamy and smooth, letting its rich flavours really emerge. Never too slick. Wet enough to refresh, but dry enough to support the roast. Perfect carbonation and thickness. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Magnificient.

Dr: Not at all a sipper. Quite drinkable; it's not too filling like many imperial stouts, and I know I'll have little trouble killing it by myself. This beer met expectations and rather impressed me. This is definitely one to buy and cellar if that's your thing. I'd definitely have this again, preferably shared with friends or in a smaller amount on draught. By far one of the best beers I've had from Evil Twin.

Pairs magnificently with good chocolate. One of the better imperial stouts for this purpose I've come across.

High B+

Drank fine from a goblet, but I'd recommend a snifter or teku. Unless it's a unique goblet, like a Guinness goblet - small and narrow.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 03:05:32 | More by kojevergas
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srhoadsy

Florida

4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured slightly chilled into a pint glass.

Pours very dark and thick with about half an inch of chocolate brown head that fades to leave a thin light brown surface layer with light lacing.

Aroma reminded me of malted milk balls with spice and boozy aromas in the background.

Tastes of cream, vanilla, chocolate and coffee.

Heavy mouthfeel, but surprisingly drinkable with the alcohol concealed by the other flavors. Lingering aftertaste of bitter coffee and chocolate.

Chocolate stout meets milk stout meets breakfast stout. Overall a complex but very drinkable imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 14:51:58 | More by srhoadsy
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CloudStrife

New York

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark black with a 1/2 finger khaki tan head. Not a whole lot of lacing. Light just barely gets through the edges of the glass.

S: Loads of fresh roasted coffee and a strong backbone of chocolate. Great roasted malt, hints of almost a lactose milk stout quality. A decent hopping in the background.

T: Great balanced flavor here. Certainly some coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet dark fruits round it out with some hops. Vanilla comes in as well as a tasty nuttiness. Very complex brew.

M: Very smooth with a perfect body. For being such a big brew it retains a velvet character that reminds me of a nitro beer. A little hot on the backend.

Overall a very tasty brew, very impressive flavor and through the roof mouthfeel. A must try for any fan of stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 01:45:03 | More by CloudStrife
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Comes out quite sludgey and thick, black walnut brown almost black in color, but some brown around the edges for the body. Barely makes any head, and leaves hardly a pencil thin light mocha collar. There's some leg action a bit, but the beer does appear quite a bit lifeless off the pour.

Bouquet is quite varied and impressive. Nice light roasty coffee, with a light anisette and black licorice component to it. Whispy whipped up crispy milk chocolate angle. A real nice balance, and a big thickness as well.

Palate hits with a very large thick and silky body, but a very noticeable sweetness that comes out like a dark roasty caramel. Fruit opens up in the mid palate, some type of red berry fruit indistinguishable. Finishes with a nice charring roasty character. Mouthfeel is rich and large complimenting a berried chocolate sense. Coffee sensations hide a bit. Finish hits with a nice charring malt and dry roast, but a good playful sweetness going on. Palate comes out sensing flat carbonation, but with a large fudge like density.

Overall it's a fun creation, but it does get into dessert beer territory, and really feels like it needs a food pairing. It's a bit large, but a tasty one to be had and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 00:38:45 | More by smakawhat
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich and decadant Belgian Chocolate black! Nice deep brown highlights around the edges and a thick, chewy head that lasts forever. It clings and climbs the sides of the glass leaving ropes of sticky lacing all around. Seriously oily legs that grip and hang onto the sides of my Ithaca Tulip. Beautiful!

S- Rich and robust 86% cacoa, bittersweet and beautiful! Vanilla bean/Almond gelatto, dark roasted coffee. Bits of caramel toffee, marshmallow, slightly roasted nuts, dried figs and creamy milk chocolate. Picking up what seems like bourbon notes, even tho I don't believe this is barrel aged at all. Nice blend of alcohol and sweetness on the nose. I could breathe this in all day!

T- Like the best black coffee you've EVER had, with chocolate liquor and marshmallow cream topping! This is crazy good! Vanilla Bean cream, with subtle touches of almond bark, caramel and dark chocolate covered espresso beans. The 11.5% is barely noticed. Wishing it had just a touch more almond and less coffee. Exceptional!!!

M- Thick and chewy like a brownie! Loving the way it coats your tongue and really clings on all the way down. Makes your lips sticky!

O- I've been wanting to try this for quite some time now, and it doesn't dissapoint at all. Wonderful notes of mocha, vanilla, roasted nuts and slight dried fruit in the finish. Has a touch of bitterness that blends perfectly so that it's not overly sweet. It's a remarkable stout! Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 21:37:53 | More by Thickfreakness
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 15:20:18 | More by tectactoe
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cavedave

New York

4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as pitch with a thin tan cap.

Roasted grain, toasted bread, burnt sugar, espresso coffee, and bitterrest chocolate perfume.

The taste is just a bit sweeter than the nose, but all the darkness of malt, from dark caramel and light chocolate to charry bitter, bakers chocolate, and coffee are at work here. These flavors create a complex and delicious experience that ends with truly wonderful and lingering bitter. As it warms alcohol and sweet spiciness, even a hint of stone fruit, come into it. Superb.

Low carb., smooth, clean, full bodied, with a finish that is clean, long, and perfectly dry.

Marvel;ous stout, an homage to the dark side of the maltsters craft, and to the genius side of brewing. Highest recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 18:56:51 | More by cavedave
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a snifter

A - pours jet black, with a tan head that reduces quickly but retains a crown throughout.

S - smells really fantastic. Chocolate, sweet malt, a little bit of coffee. Really a phenomenal smelling beer.

T - I have to say, the biscotti concept comes through and the beer actually pulls it off. SUPER sweet, but tolerably so given the flavor elements. Chocolate, coffee, nuts, really does have all the elements of a biscotti. Wouldn't be able to drink a whole bomber myself, glad to try this one in a group.

M - thick, low carb. Fit the style well.

O - like a beer you would buy from a chocolate candy store. Fantastic in its own right. Although it wasn't something I would want a whole bunch of, or very often, it was one of the few beers I've tried that takes on a novel concept and really nails it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 06:27:47 | More by Beerandboards
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jvillefan

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black. Poured like motor oil with no head.

S: The dominate aroma here is heavily roasted coffee. There is subtle chocolate in the background.

T: Coffee is the dominate flavor here. There is a ton of dark malt and coffee.

M: Very thick and viscous but extremely light on the carbonation.

O: Extreamly good beer. Get it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 06:31:18 | More by jvillefan
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