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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A big thanks to Bill for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Dense pour yields an opaque, pitch black brew with a slight dark mocha head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is patchy and stringy with decent stick and thick, oily legs. Solid.

Nose is booze, lactose, coffee, chocolate, and fudge. Moderately aromatic and unmistakably decadent. Nice.

Opens sweet milk chocolate, lactose and roasted malt. Some sweet espresso and coffee beans in the middle with fudge brownie, more chocolate, and some dark fruit at the end. Finishes chocolate, mocha, and sweet roast with the same aftertaste. A rich, luxurious, over-the-top experience for sure. Real nice.

Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Silky smooth and rich in the mouth and goes down warm and thick. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Fits perfectly.

I've heard a lot about this beer and the praise is well deserved beer. This is truly one of the ultimate desert beers. Complex, thick, rich, and very decadent. This one's a sipper for sure and one that'll slowly reveal itself throughout the experience. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark black pour with a small, tight, creamy, smooth, dark tan head. Disappears fairly fast leaving just a whisper of lacing.

S - Coffee, dark and bittersweet chocolate, and mocha dominate the nose. There is a hint of almond and vainilla sweetness with a caramel, toffee, and cream sweetness that emphasizes those notes.

T - Wow! (I could leave it at that, but I'll expound) Chocolate and coffee are the dominate flavors here as well but this is a very deep beer. Starts out with a mocha and bittersweet chocolate flavor. Mid sip it sweetens up a bit with the vainilla coming out more which gives this a sweet chocolate cake/fudge aspect. Hints of coffee (with only a slight, albeit nice, astringency). Almond sweetness starts to creep in on the finish leading to a strong coffee showing on the finish. All these flavors then linger on your tongue enticing you to drink more.

M - Medium to full body. Average carbonation for the style. Very smooth, creamy, and velvety which adds to that sweet chocolate flavor. Alcohol is non-existent in the taste; it is the bold flavors that make me want to just sip this.

D - Was definitely a sipper, but it was extremely easy to sip. The layers of flavor had me wanting to drink more, especially when the taste lingers that long.

Notes: A really good "flavored" Imperial Stout. Coffee and chocolate dominated as expected, but the vainilla and to a lesser extent the almonds had their time to shine. All the flavors complimented each other wonderfully (the vainilla and chocolate together especially). I would love to have this in the morning or for dessert any day in lieu of coffee. Delicious.

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Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is black - thick, black, motor-oil-like pour with a small (half-finger) but tight chocolate-brown head that settles fairly quickly. Some splotchy lacing.

S: Quite a bit going on in the nose - first impression is molasses and dark fruits, but then I get more chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee.

T: Also a lot going on, not surprisingly. Coffee is definitely big here - I get it mid-sip and then lingering on the aftertaste as well. Also a vinuous characteristic that reminds me of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout with about 2-3 years on it. Chocolate is there too, but it's not nearly as strong as the coffee. Molasses from the nose is here too, as is some toasted almond (or maybe toasted coconut?), which sneaks up somewhere. Also some fruitiness - black cherries, I think. . . . The bottle and this site claim this is 11.5% ABV, but I'll be damned if I can taste it. A touch of heat down the gulley and then in the belly is about all I get of the alcohol.

M: A little lighter in body than expected, and more oily and slick than creamy. I don't love the feel on this one - a richer, creamier experience would make this beer great instead of just good.

O: Good stuff. The mouthfeel takes away from this one, but it's still a quite-enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Beervana
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick black with a slow moving mocha head. Smell is full blown dessert; milk chocolate, fudgey brownie, maybe a touch of raisin (though really more like chocolate covered raisin). Taste brings on a new dimension, much more roasty, a hit of bitterness. Some espresso, some nuttiness, less milk... more of a dark chocolate flavour here. Feel is thick and syrupy, carbonation is mild, but present.

Overall, a delicious dessert (or breakfast) beer, certainly accomplishes what it set out to be. I found that the flavours integrate much better as the beer warms.

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Photo of portia99
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter. Been looking for this for a while, glad to grab some before it left the shelves this time around.

A - Pours an opaque, oily black in color...looks thick and viscous. A short cap of dense cappuccino cap of foam lingers for a minute or so and falls to a loose collar and skim coat on the surface.

S - Dark roasted coffee up front, hints of light caramel and brown sugar. Licorice and some char/ash. A touch of creaminess, some maple and maybe even a bit of chili pepper on the fringes.

T - Not at all what I was expecting...rather sweet up front. Sugar, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, vanilla, sweet cream, maple...very complex sugar profile. Backed up by coffee, burnt toast, charcoal, alcohol. Rather interesting interpretation of the style that is carried out quite well.

M - Medium bodied...not quite as the appearance initially indicated. Carbonation is on the light side, just creating a tingle and some life on the tongue and buoying the body just a bit. Overall sweet and leaves a persistant coating of sugar on the lips with each sip.

O - Overall, a bit of a different take on the imperial stout style. Has the requisite raostiness and coffee base, but the dominant flavors are of the sweet variety and almost in a candy-like way. A light syrupy-ness in feel that further impresses the candy aspects of the beer. Different but well done.

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Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely dark black brew, topped by a dark brown head. Decent head size; bit of fizz; nice retention; some lacing.

Strong aroma, with cola, a touch of chocolate and coffee, and dark fruits and red grapes. Sweet, smooth chocolate really starts to come out as it warms.

Rich, flavorful, dark, hot, big, balanced; these all come to mind. There's no real masking the high ABV on this one; it's up front and proud. Insane amounts of smooth, sweet chocolate; lasting roasted bitterness on the back-end; coffee up front and throughout the first half (before being supplanted by chocolate); a touch of sour fruit quickly overwhelmed by the darker flavors.

Fairly thick feel; slightly hot; long finish. Not quite chewy.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2015.

Bomber served chilled into a goblet.

Imperial Biscotti Break is nearly black and very nearly opaque even on the pour. The head is crema colored and about the same thickness as it is on an espresso.

Aroma is malty and rich, roasty but sweet.

Flavor is sweet up front with dark chocolate and caramel. It's a little more roasty in the middle with dark malts and espresso. It finishes with a little more dry with the alcohol coming through slightly.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and perfectly carbonated with great balance and drinkability for such a strong beer.

Overall an excellent strong stout.

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Photo of spoony
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle (best by 2015) into a snifter.

A-The brew pours heavy and thick and produces the darkest finger of head I have seen on a beer...it is almost walnut brown. The head lasts about a minute before fading away. The beer is nearly black and opaque. No lacing, but there are some legs of alcohol on the glass as I drink.

S-The smell is rich, dark-roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate at first. After a bit of adjustment, I start to pick up some licorice, and a big, sweet hit of creamy/milky chocolate. There is a good dose of caramel and a bourbon-y, vanilla-scented booze, as well. Nice balance.

T-The taste is much like the smell with dark-roasted coffee, creamy milk chocolate, and sweet caramel/vanilla/bourbon booze. Very, very smooth drinking, but not terribly complex. The finish is an interesting transition from milky, chocolatey sweetness to light roasted drying bittnerness.

M-The feel is medium to full heft with incredible smoothness from the mild, fine carbonation. Despite the heavy presence and big sweetness, the higher ABV keeps if from getting cloying.

O-This is a great beer, but the biggest weakness is the taste!?! It is really nice look, smells pretty good, and feels wonderful, but I could not help but wonder if I was missing something on my palate. The booze was always in the background, which gave a nice bit of balance, but I could have used a little more intrigue to put this thing in big leagues of this style. Anyway, it would make a wonderful dessert beer with the big sweetness, thick feel, and balanced (rather than insanely bitter) coffee flavors.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a really great beer and I hate to make snap judgements, so I make come back and adjust this as I drink a half growler of it all by myself this evening.

I don't think the appearance could be improved. It's gorgeous, black, with a slight foamy head and beautiful traces of bubbles left behind on my glass. The aroma is the only weak link, but it does not detract too much from the sublime experience. It is a little strange bready, dirty sweat socks smelling on top of malts and booze.

That same booze is missing from the taste. It is masked by the great balance of decadence. Malts and roasty chocolate or something with a sublime boozy aftertaste but no burn or anything harsh.

I'm going to drink more of this than I need to just to finish it. It's a dirty job and it's just my lot in life (lucky SOB).

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dujayhawk for this particular bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter.

A: Very dark brown, opaque, with a tan thin ring of foam and low visible carbonation.

S: Sweet roasted malts, coffee, lactose creaminess, pipe tobacco and cacao.

T: Follows the nose well - flavors of coffee and lactose, with dark roasted malts with less bitterness than expected, sweet leather, a touch of vanilla, some tobacco, and maybe some almond nuttiness (though that could be the power of suggestion). Hang is mostly residual sweetness from the malt bill.

M: Full-bodied but not really thick. Sticky mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation sensation, and the fairly hefty ABV is well-hidden.

O: I thought this was pretty good, and a surprisingly easy drinking beer for a big stout. Not perhaps a personal favorite, but still definitely worth a try.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2016-03-05
22oz bottle served in a large snifter. I don't see an obvious date.

Pours black with no head. Little or no carbonation. Smell is maple bourbon, vanilla and smoke. Roasty. Chocolate. Smells very nice.

Taste is sweet, syrupy, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, but surprisingly mild.

Mouthfeel is silky, smooth, but a little flat. Overall, not bad, but not exceptional.

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Photo of jegross2
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing out of Denmark.
Score: 93

10 oz tap pour served in a chalice glass at the Local Option and enjoyed on 06/20/12.

Appearance: Black coffee color with thin bubbly tan layer of head that settles into a bubbly ring around the glass. Poor lacing, above average cling/lacing. 4/5

Smell: Smooth raisiny bourbon, sweet chocolate, brown sugar. Almond bread, vanilla, and muffins. Dark fruit and roasted malt. 4.5/5

Taste: Malty brown sugar and boozy bourbon upfront. Bakers chocolate towards the finish. Sweet bourbon, almond, vanilla and dry fig/prune throughout. Tastes less sweet than it smells, not that the nose is all that sweet. Less chocolate flavor than the nose led on too. Residual coffee aftertaste. I am surprised by how little coffee flavor this beer has given its namesake. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel. Bitter/bittersweet, mildly acidic. 4.5/5

Overall: An excellent beer with some well deserved hype. Hopefully this won't just be a one-off for Evil Twin because this stuff was delicious.

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this out if you get the chance, though it has already come-and-gone through the retail circuit.

Pairings: Fried plantains.

Cost: $10 for a 10 oz snifter pour.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Black on the pour with a dark brown head. Retention is good, and a quarter inch cap stays. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Simply put, this really does smell like a biscotti dunked in coffee. Layered chocolate and coffee aromas. Semi sweet dark chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla bean, Coffee with cream and sugar. Somewhat cake-y. Slight acrid roasted malt component is buried deeply within. Wafts of raspberry ester are likewise hidden. Only the slightest hint of alcohol. Great.

T: Coffee with cream and sugar. Semi sweet dark chocolate. Nutty. Brown cocoa. Dry cake. Hints of wood and char. Vanilla bean. Berry esters come out a bit more than the nose let on, but they are still tightly contained within the more robust malt flavors. Very long finish of cake, chocolate, coffee beans, and a kiss of smoke.

M: Thick body. Very velvety and creamy. Low carbonation creates only a mild prickling sensation. Some soothing alcohol warmth.

O: Excellent stuff. This beer is right in my wheelhouse. Big, bold, and complex. Seamless integration of complementary flavors. Supremely easy to drink for a beer of its size. Do not hesitate to snag a bottle should it cross your path.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.56/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Too artificial tasting....like an unnatural weird mall coffee drink. Full bodied, oily, with an unpleasant aftertaste...again, artificial tasting. Just didn't get this.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - As black as it gets, some nice tan bubbles on top about 1/2 fingers worth.

S - Huge coffee aroma, vanilla, almonds and hints of chocolate. The coffee is definitely the main player here.

T - Follows the nose, massive coffee, roasted malt and chocolate flavors to start. Nice vanilla and nuts to finish.

M - The mouthfeel is thick, and almost oily. Medium carbonation.

O - This is the surprise beer of the year for me. I went into this not expecting it to live up the the high rating it already has. This is a great beer that is well worth the high price tag. Glad I got a few bottles as this seems like it could also improve with age.

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Photo of hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a one finger mocha head, with nice retention and lacing for an 11.5 % abv beer. the aroma has dark roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa, chocolate, biscotti, and caramel.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells with dark roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa, chocolate, biscotti, and caramel. Has a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. There is also some noticeable alcohol, but it is not intrusive.

Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and easy to drink. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of babaracas
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch very dark brown with thin but dense and creamy medium brown head, rings of fine lace struggle to stick to the glass. Smell: faded earthy espresso, caramel, fig, currants, chocolate liquor, waffle cone. Taste: bite of vanilla ice cream in chocolate dipped waffle cone, currants, caramel, note of earthy espresso, mostly clean but slightly spicy hopping provides some degree of balance. Full bodied with exceptionally creamy feel. Good but would rather have a 4-pack of Lil' B.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours an opaque jet black with a very thin creamy mocha head that recedes to a flat top. Minimal lacing that fades fast, mostly alcohol legs, fairly low carbonation.

S- Fresh baker's chocolate, some milk chocolate, coffee, bit of bread, some booze thats well integrated. Aromas are well balanced and fairly aromatic, however I could do with a little bit less booze in the aroma.

T- Creamy dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee with a hint of bitterness, light malts, a bit of booze, finishes with smooth creamy chocolate. Nicely balanced and very tasty.

M- Creamy, abv very well hidden for 11.5%, finishes very smooth, fairly low carbonation but appropriate for style, extremely drinkable.

O- This was a fantastic imperial coffee stout from Evil Twin although it probably isn't my favorite from them (I liked Even More Jesus slightly more) or coffee stout in general. Personally for coffee stouts I think the only one that beats this is Peche Mortel. The only thing I disliked in this beer was that it could have been slightly less boozey (maybe 9-10% instead of 11.5%). That being said this beer was excellent and I would definitely drink it again even with the $17 price tag.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic white wine glass. The coloring was jet black, and a dark brown one finger head held watch over the brew. Retention was fantastic, leaving creamy lacing in thick and spotty patches around the glass. An ephemeral sheet was left over the top of the liquid by the very end of the tasting. Carbonation appeared medium, and no sediment was noted. The aroma burned of char blackened malts, with notes of steely coffee bean and raw dark chocolate nibs. Anise, licorice, dirty jalapenos, minerals, and steely vanilla bean also came through. With warmth came more brown sugar sweetness. Our first impression was that this beer was sweet but well balanced with an insanely robust coffee flavoring. As we sipped, big coffee malts, vegetable metallics, and the heat of spicy peppers came first. The malts both sweetened and bittered, with raw coffee bean and creamy sugars. Through the peak café au lait sweetness pops, as this is the sweetest part of the tasting. More coffee and mild come through to the finish, with mild medicinals and a renewed chocolatey sweetness. The aftertaste breathed of bitter chocolate, white sugar sweetness, thick char, and milk chocolate. The body is fuller, and the carbonation is medium. The feel is silky smooth, with a thick coating giving a chalky drying finish to the beer. Each sip shows beautiful slurp, smack, cream, and pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very easily, but you hate to see it go.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the flavoring. The mix of the most robust bitter char, with sweeter malts, great coffee, and great chocolate makes for an amazing drink. It seems simple at first, but the malts show great complexity, with the mixing sweetness and bitter so expertly blended. Another remarkable fact is that the alcohol is almost never apparent, despite the big tag. The flavors are just that good. If there was one complaint it would have to be that the nose was a little light in comparison to how robust everything else was. This beer is truly a must have.

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Photo of Omnium
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Pitch black with a nice two finger tan head, thick walls of lacing.
S - Mild coffee, rich deep malt, caramel, milk chocolate, some light burnt woodiness, very roasty.
T - Delicious, sweet and creamy rich malt, very mild coffee, rich silky milk and dark chocolate, almond nuttiness, light smoke.
M - So smooth and creamy, deep and rich, very balanced and hides the abv well.
O - Excellent imperial stout, very creamy, so smooth and deep, very well balanced.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
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 CrellMoset
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another brew I picked up while in Singapore (not that it isn't available elsewhere, but it certainly isn't available where I've been living). I guess EvilTwin is a relatively new addition to "the scene" that I've been out of for a few years, so when this one was recommended to me by the store clerk, I did one of those "heh, ok, yeah, I'll check that out" sort of things. But I did check it out (on BA first, of course), saw the rave reviews, and figured it was worth a try. Poured in to an inappropriate piece of glassware.

Appearance: Perhaps this beer's weakest aspect. A moderate pour yielded an opaque (save for at the edges, where bits of smoky garnet light creep through when held to direct light) chocolate-hued brew with an initial burst of frothy head about one finger high, burnt fawn in color. The head retention was fairly disappointing though, and it faded in to a thin collar of large bubbles within 30 seconds. The lacing is similarly minimal, with only faint traces and wisps of foam clinging in desperation to the sides of the glass, runny and oily. I admit that the glassware I have here might not be quite up to the task (I know, I know, never review a beer with bad glassware), but it shouldn't make this big of a difference. Probably a combination of some oily additive (I don't look up the additives until after I've reviews a beer), maybe chocolate, minimal hopping, and high alcohol content. It's not unappealing, but it lacks that certain "je ne sais quoi" the label asserts that its inspiration had.

Aroma: A marked improvement. Chocolate is at the front, strong and authentic. It reminds me a great deal of Choklat on the nose, as a matter of fact; sweet, with an oily and estery presence reminiscent of white chocolate or vanilla. The more I think about it, the white chocolate comparison is particularly apt on the nose, suggesting the presence again of lactose oils (or more likely cocoa or coffee oils). Probably coffee is a better description of the note, as it does have a few lighter, grassy notes that shine through. The warm nuttiness that one associates with good biscotti is also present, particularly as it warms and the heavier, aromatic nut oils begin to vaporize, though it's initially fairly well buried under the avalanche of warm vanilla sugar and roasted goodness. Actual nuts being used to brew this one would explain both the nose and the poor head retention.

Taste: Jackpot. The sweetness in the nose is still present and pleasant, but it's not nearly as potent as I was fearing. Fat roastiness is still the predominant flavor note, but it's balanced with a healthy amount of bitterness and roasted, non-saccharine malt character that makes for a really well-rounded and drinkable flavor profile. The nutty notes are even more prominent here, dancing over a sea of caramel cream, toffee, hints of bitter char, warm vanilla sugar, and warm, robust espresso. Nothing too flashy or over the top here, and balance is the word that really epitomizes this brew - intense, bold, but balanced.

Mouthfeel: A little more lift than I like out of a beer this sweet. On the scale of "flat, oily, milkshake-like" to "buoyant, bright, effervescent," I know a lot of folks like their sweeter, malt-heavy beers to showcase characteristics trending towards the latter, if only so the beer isn't fat and cloying.

Drinkability: As someone who's brewed nut beers before, I know it's hard to do (pulverize, slurry, separate, rinse, repeat six times). I know it messes with your head retention, and makes your mouthfeel slippery and eel-like. But--given how those additions make a beer taste--a brew that had those flavor/aroma components and had great retention and a perfect mouthfeel would be a contender for most badass brew of all time. Particularly impressive at 11.5% with no hint of alcohol in the mouth or nose until this one comes dangerously close to room temperature.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. There is no dating information. Purchased in June 2012. Poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: Pours JET black. Completely clack color. I don't see any red or any color getting through there. Initially I got about a half finger of dark tan head. That faded into a nice ring around the edges. Definitely getting some alcohol feet and this is leaving some lacing sheeting on the glass as i swirl.

S: Tons of coffee and dark chocolate on the nose. Smells amazing. Also getting some of that cookie character: vanilla, hazelnut, almond, etc. Really pronounced flavors all coming out.

T: Right up front I get dark chocolate and mocha. Roasted espresso beans. Rich blends of dark and milk chocolate. Then you do get some of that hazelnut and almond cookie flavor. Really quite pleasant. It's ABV is nicely hidden. It's so smooth, you don't taste it at all, but you feel it towards the end.

M: Full bodied, thick viscous stout.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a thick, viscous black with a thin film of medium brown head, generous ring. Pretty good retention and some spots of lace.

S: Dark coffee, graham cracker, cream, milk chocolate, vanilla extract, cherry. Smells like an IRS.

T: Thick chocolate like syrup, dark coffee, maybe some cinnamon, hoppy undertone lends a little grip, cherry, ultra smooth and no bitterness. Delicious.

M: Full bodied, very lightly carbed. Thick, almost like syrup, but velvety smooth.

O: Really delicious, well crafted beer. Superb balance and decent complexity. The alcohol is completely well hidden. This is like an adult version of chocolate milk.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.