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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 2,283
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 344
Gots: 518 | FT: 84
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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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Griffith

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-17-2014 03:51:34 | More by Griffith
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twelveinches

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-07-2012 05:52:08 | More by twelveinches
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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

Poured into a snifter. Best before 2015.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy medium brown head. Retention is decent for a beer this big and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Completely unique and wonderful. Chocolate fudge and vanilla to start things off. Lots of almonds behind that with an additional hazelnut influence. Well roasted coffee, supple roastiness, and a hefty balancing caramel lead sweetness. Rich dessert type nose that is both complex and with complementary aromas.

4.5 T: The taste manages to live up to the power and integration found in the nose. Chocolate fudge, vanilla, almond, hazelnut, caramel. Moderate roastiness. Coffee is a lot stronger than in the nose and it works incredibly well with the rest of the flavors. There's just something preventing this from being outstanding and it thinks it's that this could use a touch more power.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess. Great here.

4.5 D: Easy to drink, complex, and delicious beer. It's a little unlike anything I've had, which is always a bonus if it's also this tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 17:46:36 | More by DavoleBomb
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%

05-25-2013 20:48:59 | More by smartassboiler
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strongaf

Washington

5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-21-2012 08:09:57 | More by strongaf
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Sean9689

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Village Tap.

A - Pours black, mocha head, wisps, thin film on top.

S - Molasses, hazelnut, chocolate, roast, light dark fruit. Lots of sweetness, but a nice mix of roast/sweetness. The booze is really hidden well for 11.5%, impressive.

T - Similar to the nose. Rich, decadent, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, burnt sugars, some tobacco. Not quite as sweet as the nose, which I like. Little to no alcohol burn...so nice. Finish is a mix of chocolate and roast.

M - Full body, rich and smooth, creamy sweet finish.

O - My favorite Evil Twin beer, but a long-shot. Westbrook is making the best Jeppe beers out there, no doubt. I can drink this all day/everyday and will go for this whenever it's available to me. Recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 15:30:14 | More by Sean9689
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morimech

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

No date on the bottle just Best before 2015 on the label. Produced and bottled by Westbrook Brewing. Pours black and slightly thick viscosity. An attractive chocolate colored two finger head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Sheets of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of bitter chocolate and roasted malt. A little disappointed that I cannot pick out much for coffee. No sign of alcohol.

Slightly improved flavor. Very heavy with the chocolate but some coffee hints finally makes an appearance. Bitterness seems to come from the roasted malt but this stout is on the sweeter side. Slight alcohol flavor and warmth.

Thick and rich body. Really nice carbonation gives the body a smooth, gentle texture that is well suited for a big stout.

Got the beer at a considerable discount and I am happy about that. I was hoping for a lot more coffee. More of a sweet chocolate stout that turns out to be slightly disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 18:03:31 | More by morimech
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

07-24-2012 22:00:07 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.7%

08-24-2013 14:08:18 | More by outoffocus
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ehammond1


4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Best Damn Beer Shop (in Super Jr. Market)
San Diego, CA

Black with a small dark brown head that leaves irregular spiderwebs of lacing down the glass.

Incredibly expressive, bold aroma of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. It's relatively simple, but the rich, morning coffee and dark, bold chocolate aromas are so incredibly full and inciting, it doesn't need much more than this bold simplicity.

This is truly what I wish for and dream about when I imagine the perfect imperial coffee stout. The dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee notes reminds me of dessert and freshly baked brownies more than they do any sort of beer. The lingering dark chocolate and coffee flavors are astounding, lasting forever between sips. The alcohol is absolutely, fantastically, gone. This is dangerous stuff.

Medium bodied with low carbonation, though very, very creamy. This is a decadent dessert, or a perfect after-work beer. It all works.

Evil Twin is making some incredible imperial stouts right now, and this is one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 00:40:36 | More by ehammond1
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

08-15-2013 02:42:32 | More by ShemRahBoo
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Exiled

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3%

07-19-2012 03:21:00 | More by Exiled
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-29-2014 04:54:29 | More by ZEB89
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harrymel

Washington

2.63/5  rDev -40%
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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AlexFields

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -8.7%

01-26-2013 04:05:22 | More by AlexFields
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Absolutely black, dark mocha head with medium retention

S: Roasted notes and chocolate. Mild dark fruit.

T: Lightly sweet, toasty, very chocolatey

M: Medium carbonation. Medium-heavy body, moderately sweet, but finishes dry

O: Definite sipper. 25cl glass took 2 hours to finish. Wouldn't want more than that.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 02:47:53 | More by kscaldef
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-03-2014 00:44:34 | More by mattmarka1
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ngeunit1

California

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a thin finger of chocolate-khaki colored head. Fades normal.

S - Dark chocolate malts, coffee, vanilla, almonds, dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, some roasted character, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, vanilla, coffee, molasses, black licorice, toasted almonds, some roasted flavors, some earthy hops, and some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming, sweet, roasted finish.

D - Fantastic. Great overall balance with the imperial stout base with the vanilla, almonds, and other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 07:07:42 | More by ngeunit1
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warnerry

Michigan

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

A - Pours a slick black liquid with one finger of brown head. head has pretty good retention and leaves some spots of lacing. Maintains a thin cap of foam throughout.

S - Wow! Smells like coffee and a slightly boozy chocolate chip cookie more than biscotti, although I do get some amaretto presence, but I think they pretty much got what they were going for here. Big coffee and chocolate aromas, with a bit of milk chocolate but mostly bittersweet, some cookie dough, a bit of almond, some vanilla and faint fruits.

T - Taste is similar to the aroma, but with more bitterness, which nicely counters the sweet components of the taste. Lots of coffee and bitter chocolate, roasted malts, just a bit of brown sugar. Some vanilla, raisin and cherry. Very tasty, with almost no alcohol presence.

M - Full but not heavy. Initially on the sweet side, but gets more bitter and dry.

O - I was pretty excited when I saw a lone bottle of this on my trip to OH in July, as I figured it was long gone, and it didn't disappoint. A nice twist on the traditional coffee and chocolate-dominated imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:45:03 | More by warnerry
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argock

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No obvious freshness date. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Opaque black with a pretty substantial (at first) chocolate cookie batter colored 1/2-1 finger head which recedes quickly and leaves a few bubbles of lace.

S: Massive caramel blast which settles into black coffee and a bit of nutty, figgy dark maltiness. There is chocolate and it does exude a bit of a chemical, artificial tones to it. There are some doughy, malty aromas like cookies as well.

T: The flavor is out of this world with a subdued but up front sweetness followed by burnt caramel, bitter espresso, brownies, and some nutty maybe hazelnut coming through and lingering in the finish. There is barely any alcohol heat also mainly in the finish as it warms. The only bitterness is from the coffee flavors. It is a deeply satisfying beer, until you remember how much you paid for it ($15.99 in this case), yet still I am really glad I tried this -- it is a very artfully done beer.

M: Silky smooth and low in carbonation with a full body. Alcohol is well-hidden.

O: Evil Twin has a masterpiece on its hands. It is a delicious dessert beer with minimal alcohol presence, which is impressive at 11.5%, with a luscious mouthfeel and stellar palette of flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 04:32:18 | More by argock
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

05-13-2013 16:33:25 | More by BMart
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-17-2014 19:07:56 | More by Whiskeydeez
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

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

Bottled served in FFF teku, thanks to jkv96 for this awesome extra!!!

Pours motor oil black with a rim of cappuccino colored head with poor retention and moderate bubbly lacing.

Smells of fresh roasted coffee, vanilla wafer, a touch of warm bourbon coconut and alcohol notes. Strong fresh coffee bean notes hit hard with roasty malts, espresso, a hint of dark cocoa nibs, and quite a bit of warning alcohol, nice bitter finish. Full body, low carbonation, pretty warm, creamy, chewy, great mouthfeel.

What a great extra, wanted to try this for a while, a fantastic coffee forward imperial stout, the wife like this as well, much appreciated!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 15:30:02 | More by williamjbauer
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gtermi

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Beer pours a black as night body with a very thin dark tan head that quickly disappears.

S: A lot going on with the smell of this beer. I am picking up a lot of chocolate, booze, coffee and even a bit of sweet caramel.

T: Very sweet! There is a smooth coffee flavor that I first pickup.. Its actually almost like chocolate covered coffee beans with a sweet cherry type flavor.I am also picking up a tiny bit of roasted malt, but most of that is covered up by the sweetness of the beer.

M: The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect for an Imperial Stout. There is a tiny of carbonation, with an amazing full body.

O: This is one of the best Imperial Stouts that I have ever had. I would say the only problem with it is that its very sweet and I kind of got tired of it the more I drank it. Other than that, its amazing. I would probably do this in a tasting or split a bottle with somebody next time.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 04:07:50 | More by gtermi
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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