Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing
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4.4/5 rDev +0.5%
A-Pours a complete black. Absolutely zero light penetration. Head is even viscous; its a very dark tan (actually brown) and it dies away to a frothy milkshake froth. Tons of lacing, too.
S-Bloated notes of mocha, vanilla bean ice cream and liquified milk chocolate. Also darkly fruited; reminds me of flat Dr. Pepper. Kahlua too. Coffee-dipped pastries that have been burnt on the bottom. Also slightly nutty.
T-This flavor is so unique! Chalky dark chocolate and luke-warm French vanilla coffee. Burnt pastry again and a bunch of truly tangible vanilla notes. The flavor is a bittersweet masterpiece. Definitely has that dried biscotti thing going on. Toasted nuts. Very fudgy. There is a lot going on; and all the flavors collapse upon themselves and create a unified Titan of taste.
M-Perhaps the thickest beer I have ever sipped. Nearly flat. Huge body. Creamy and viscous and fudgy and sludgy. Flavor lasts forever. Cinco!
O/D-This was pretty damn awesome. Its an experience in a glass. One of the better Stouts I have come across. It teeters between general awesomeness and greatness for me. It falls a few figurative inches shy of being one of my favorites but I would recommend this to anyone bold enough to try it.
03-23-2013 23:26:49 | More by VelvetExtract
4.3/5 rDev -1.8%
Another brew I've been looking forwards to and pours a dark black hue with a creamy three finger chocolate laced head and lacing everywhere,the smell is strong mocha with biscuity malts and also strong Milo,the mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carbonated which massively suits and the taste is strong dark chocolate mixed with Milo and strong expresso and overall it's a very nice dessert drop and I could drink alot of and would buy again cheers.
11-24-2013 13:41:44 | More by ADZA
4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
Thanks to da_bulls for this bottle!
A: dark black, thick, and a one finger head that leaves nice lacing.
S: coffee, chocolate, roasted malt
T: same flavors as the smell, but I'm impressed with the blend of the flavors. Tastes like it was brewed with a lot of chocolate since OI'm able to taste the chocolate even with the strong coffee and malt flavors.
M: creamy, rich, full body, and still has good carbonation
O: right up there with Breakfast Stout for my favorite coffee stout. Would love to compare side by side, bu
09-22-2012 01:22:04 | More by Holland
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
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
03-19-2013 21:53:37 | More by jaxon53
3.83/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
06-24-2012 02:47:53 | More by kscaldef
3.83/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
04-27-2014 18:03:31 | More by morimech
4.48/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
07-31-2012 17:46:36 | More by DavoleBomb
4.23/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
06-23-2012 15:30:14 | More by Sean9689
4.48/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
08-25-2012 01:45:03 | More by warnerry
4.78/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
07-12-2012 00:40:36 | More by ehammond1
2.63/5 rDev -40%
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.
03-11-2013 06:59:06 | More by harrymel
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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