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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 2,273
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 343
Gots: 515 | FT: 83
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 14:38:17 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and some cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium level of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. There is also a slightly sticky quality in the mouth. Overall, this is a very good beer with some awesome aromas and flavors and is extremely tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 01:01:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3%

03-09-2013 23:44:14 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 20:00:33 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and looked like motor oil coming out of the bottle. It poured with a thin but very dense tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted coffee beans in the nose.
T: There are flavors of roasted espresso beans along with some notes of chocolate and hints of almonds.
M: It feels as smooth as silk and medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of tingling from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The alcohol is incredibly well hidden from the taste considering the strength of this beer. The smell and flavors are really nice; I could easily sip this beer all night long.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 21:32:16 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -3%

07-14-2012 21:41:23 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a medium size dirty brown color head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt notes with some light caramel with some vanilla and Italian cookie notes. Taste is also dominated by chocolate malt notes with some vanilla and Italian biscuit notes with light dry roasted malt notes. Body is quite full with light creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very impressive amount of complexity while retaining a good level of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 12:40:35 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
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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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with an off-white head. Really great nose to this. Vanilla and chocolate along with plenty of roasted malt and coffee. A nice sweetness of caramel, too. A little bit of an oatmeal cookie flavor to go with the rich chocolate, coffee, and heavy roasted malt. A touch of vanilla throughout augments the sweetness. Really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 20:55:48 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.7%

10-27-2012 00:14:52 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

5/5  rDev +14.2%

06-21-2012 23:54:00 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.7%

07-21-2013 06:34:20 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -8.7%

12-14-2013 04:27:02 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-22-2012 14:16:30 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%

01-12-2013 20:02:08 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

09-06-2013 22:03:06 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I missed out on this while it was on tap at Sessions here in Greensboro so I had to pick up a bottle while at Bestway today.Poured into an oversized wine glass jet black with a deep mocha colored head,just deep and rich looking.Deep bitter chocolate,dark fruit,and toasted almonds over top of dark espresso roast coffee notes,as it sits more sweet alcohol comes into play,deep and complex aromas here.Chocolate and dark fruit dominate the palate,obviously it's quite roasted with the mocha java quality to it.It's big complex and sticky,the best Evil Twin brew I have had no question about that,great stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 20:35:48 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-09-2013 22:20:05 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a deep dark black color, there was a nice looking mocha colored head on top. The retention and lacing don't last too long. The smell of the beer is heavily roasted with a subtle sweetness to it also. The taste of the beer starts off with a bit bitter roasted flavor, some burnt sugar in the also. The flavors are chocolatey and sweet and finishes with a dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is oily and silky, it's very smooth with a thick body to it. Overall this beer is quite impressive. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Probably the best Evil Twin available right now.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2012 14:45:30 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quick review from written notes. Small draft our into a mini nonic pint, black with a thin layer of brownish tan velvety foam across the surface. Rich aroma of vanilla, chocolate, almond, and coffee.

Flavors of toasted almonds, vanilla bean, fudgy chocolate, and dark roast coffee. Medium bodied with a surprisingly light feel. Dry roast in the finish, vanilla lingers in the aftertaste also. Rich taste with an exceptionally balanced body. Imagine if Breakfast Stout and Bourbon County had a Danish love child...

2013: Had a bottle of this, the main difference is a pronounced vanilla sweetness, it seemed slightly thinner in body but still very smooth and velvety.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 04:03:31 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bridge, STL.

A - Jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left a sudsy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Very sweet, but a good sweet. It really smelled like dessert.

T - Sweet chocolate goodness dominated the flavor. There is a touch of vanilla, some caramel and toffee, too. Very light bitterness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale.

O - This is a very good imperial stout. It's rare to make a beer that tastes like dessert without overdoing it, but Evil Twin has done it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 12:25:18 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-17-2012 22:49:04 | More by JAHMUR
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. I like me some biscotti - never have I had it in the company of an Imperial Stout, though.

This beer pours a purely dark, evilly black abyss, with nary a highlight at any edge, and three fingers of sludgy, foamy and thickly creamy tan head, which leaves a decently attractive vista of sea-borne storm cloud lace around the glass as things generally subside.

It smells of roasted caramel and toffee malt, treacle, condensed coffee au lait, bittersweet chocolate pudding, some charred ash, oily Italian nuts, boozy vanilla, and a bit of generic, indistinct whisk(e)y. The taste is sweet chocolate nibs, mildly astringent medium-grind coffee, hazelnut and almond nutbars, edgy vanilla, subdued Irish whiskey, and softly blotted earthy, leafy hops. Wow - I'm looking for barrel notes where there are none.

The carbonation is quite laid-back, and mostly asleep at the wheel, the body a thoroughly solid full and sturdy weight, and incredibly silky smooth, with the attendant unassailed creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the heady cocoa, toasted caramel, vanilla, and well strapped-down booze all well capable of parrying the bitterness of coffee and hop in this particular instance.

A rather pleasantly innocuous imperial stout, with slight Italian dessert qualities, everything kind of muddled, but in a very engaging manner. The coffee just adds to the Etruscan essence, while the alcohol does a hell of a job of keeping its head down, that point can't be stressed enough. Not a drinker, more of a slow sipper, but without any barrel or overt booze astringency, I can see how the former might seem foolishly appealing here.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 05:54:28 | More by biboergosum
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largadeer

California

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed at Westbrook, interesting.

Appearance: Pitch black body capped by a thin brown head that quickly settles to a crown.

Nose: Coffee and vanilla - lots of both. Amaretto, cocoa, a pleasant level of roastiness. The coffee and dark malt bring some acidity to the aroma as well.

Palate: Rich, full mouthfeel. Some great flavors here. Coffee is dominant and brings a slight acidity and earthiness that's balanced by a ton of vanilla, almond and dark chocolate. The finish is pleasingly bitter and roasty.

Overall: This exceeded expectations. Really nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 18:58:47 | More by largadeer
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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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