Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing
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3.83/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
03-12-2013 14:38:17 | More by Sammy
4.4/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
06-26-2012 01:01:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.88/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
12-15-2012 20:00:33 | More by Thorpe429
4.55/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
06-23-2012 21:32:16 | More by metter98
4.21/5 rDev -3.9%
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
02-22-2013 23:58:50 | More by brentk56
4.61/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
03-16-2013 19:47:06 | More by BEERchitect
4.4/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
06-18-2013 12:40:35 | More by Phyl21ca
4.1/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
08-04-2012 20:55:48 | More by womencantsail
4.25/5 rDev -3%
22 ounce bottle - $15.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Chugs out an onyx black body with a thickish, slowly receding, dark tan-hued head.
Smell: IB is marked by its unmistakable almond-scented nose that literally jumps out of the glass, followed fast by robust, just-roasted coffee, melty sweet chocolate, subtle vanilla beans, steeped prunes, and a splash of clean alcohol.
Taste: A double-chocolate almond cookie dunked in rich morning-fresh coffee generously dosed with sweetened vanilla-flavored almond milk and even a drip of Amaretto. A dark fruitiness shortly creeps in, as does a (very) little roasty bitterness, maybe a snippet of restrained leafy, tobacco-laced hops. The various flavors, some nutty, and the dessert-like sweetness just roll back and forth over the tongue, progressing beyond the smooth, slightly warming, slightly drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Silky mouthfeel.
Overall: Listen, if you can't get excited about this beer, you don't deserve coffee, vanilla beans OR almonds.
07-29-2014 20:46:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.35/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
09-30-2012 14:45:30 | More by Knapp85
4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
04-30-2012 20:35:48 | More by oberon
4.25/5 rDev -3%
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.
07-29-2012 04:03:31 | More by emerge077
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
07-02-2012 12:25:18 | More by zeff80
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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