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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti BreakEvil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
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Brewed by:
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 inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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 ThickNStout
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 16.00. Served in a Sweetwater snifter. 

Pours black as night with a gorgeous 1.5 finger deep mocha head. Very little lacing, with most of those dark islands of near-brown bubbles slowly creeping back down to join the brew from whence they came. 

Interesting sweet nose. Creamed coffee, amaretto, caramel, cocoa, vanilla. Very inviting!

Taste follows the nose well. Bittersweet coffee leads. Nice blend of mild vanilla, almond and cocoa flavors creep in behind. Also some char (in a good malty stout way), faint dark fruits, creamer and burnt sugar. Every now and then there is a reminder that this packs over 11% abv but the many excellent flavors do a great job hiding the alcohol. 

Medium full feel with moderate sharp carbonation. Long pleasing bitter coffee aftertaste. 

A pleasantly different angle on a favorite style of mine- the coffee stout. There is something reminiscent of Westbrook's Mexican Cake- perhaps that great chocolatey background. This is well worth the fairly hefty price and I really must find another of these to try again in 12-18 months when the flavors will be blended even better and the feel will be even creamier. I highly recommend buying this if you find it- and then sending it to me!

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of Ohiovania
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweeet! It's definitely dessert time when you're about to drink this one and I definitely couldn't drink it every day but I think it deserves such a high score for it's boldness and layering of flavors. I was also able to just sip on this for about an hour or so at the bar so it was great for a casual drinking beer. THis one is worth every penny though and I'm glad I picked up a bottle in the city last weekend.

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Photo of Damian
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pt 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a thick and viscous motor oil brown and was topped by a resilient, one-finger tall cap of saddle brown froth. Sheets of lacing coated the glass with every sip. The head slowly faded to clingy, bubbly ring.

Potent espresso notes dominated the nose. Good dose of roasted malts. Loads of vanilla. Touch of dark chocolate. The aroma was quite straightforward and, in this case, I definitely thought it worked well. If it were slightly more intense, however, I would have bumped the score up to a perfect "5."

While the flavor profile was similar in many ways to the nose, it was definitely more abrasive. The melding of heavily roasted coffee beans and roasted malts on the front was a bit too bitter for my palate. Bakers chocolate notes came through in the center. The finish was roasty and dry to the point of being acrid. Some earthy and piney hops made the beer even more bitter. On a positive note, the 11.5% ABV was remarkably well hidden.

The mouthfeel was disappointingly thin for the style. The liquid contained a fine, spritzy effervescence that was quite distracting.

I had high hopes for Evil Twin's Imperial Biscotti Break but was really let down by it. While aging this might lessen the coffee character, it could also smooth out its rough edges. I would be curious to see what some time in a bourbon barrel might do to this.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Pours a viscous pitch black with very little head. No lacing. A lot going on in the nose. Nutty and chocolatey with some coffee, sweet cookies and hints of vanilla. The taste mirrors the aroma. Dark chocolate and nutty at first. Sweet almonds and cookies followed by a bitter coffee finish and some heat. Big alcohol presence but not overwhelming. Hints of vanilla, almost like vanilla frosting. Thick, heavy mouthfeel. I am thoroughly impressed by this one. Definitely a fitting name. Overall, a tad pricey but I will still be seeking out another bottle for certain.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass form a bomber during a nice late March snow storm.

Pours a gorgeous dark dark black color held to the light lets nothing through. The head is nice and creamy and dense and rises to about 1 inch tall. Very very dense bubbles. The color is nice espresso and cappuccino tan. Gorgeous.

Wow. Aroma is impressive. Some nice espresso roast that is balanced out by delicious and bright vanilla bean notes. It is not cloyingly sweet though. Amazing nose. There is then some delicious cocoa powder and milk chocolate notes in the aroma. They mix so well with the vanilla and espresso from the front end. The cocoa notes also have some great almond notes and even some hazelnut to it.

Flavor is amazing! Wow. Follows the nose but is more intense and full and complex. Starts off with the perfect blend of espresso roast with some great nutty and almond balance. The chocolate sweetness milds out the coffee some more and it finishes with some slight vanilla bean deliciousness. The nice espresso bitterness also lingers towards the back end of the brew and plays so well with the vanilla and cocoa. Impressive brew. Mouthfeel is near if not perfect. Slick and smooth and slightly oily but not too thick to overwhelm.

Amazing brew that was under the radar for me. Very nice coffee notes that take the lead but play so well with some vanilla and nice coca. Very good brew. I will seek this out more.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with 1/4 of brown head that quickly fades to absolutely nothing.

Smell is of the darkest, most decadent chocolate, black coffee with a hint of vanilla. Like a big, chewy, sticky, black, fudge brownie.

Taste is black coffee up front with dark chocolate and some vanilla on the back end. Just a hint of alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy bodied with almost no carbonation.

As advertised: a delicious chocolatey coffee break with some pop. Impressive.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark. Rich. Terra cotta head. Packs a ton of dark, decadent flavor: chocolate, almond, fudge, dried fig, dates. A wonderful stout. I've had it both on tap and from the bottle. It's smooth as silk going down, with very little alcohol burn. Top notch.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured bottle best before 2015 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a deep black motor oil like with a thick tan head. Some lacing.

S-Aroma of vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate and hint of coffee roast.

T-Taste is dark chocolate with a strong bitterness, vanilla, hazelnut and roast coffee with a slight boozy aftertaste.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced oily at first with some stickiness at the end.

O-Overall I enjoyed this beer and it met my expeditions great job evil twin.

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Photo of garuda
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black, tan head has decent retention with good lace.

S/T/M - Similar, with smooth roasted creamed coffee and milk chocolate sweetness. Taste more bold than aroma. Full, thick, chewy body. Finishes with a cookie dough sweetness and chocolate syrup.

O - Spectacular for what its meant to be. I found it very similar to Founders Breakfast Stout (a good thing), with added bready, cookie malts in the finish. I'd definitely get this again, and seek out the variants.

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Photo of bmwats
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a slight, bubbly, dark brown head. Settles quickly, leaving a beer ring only. No real lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and booze.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate is prominent, a little roasted coffee, a touch of black licorice, and some plum and fig.

M: Thick, hearty, syrupy, and a little boozy. A bit of sweetness in the front, and a touch of bitterness in the finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really nice. Dark and intimidating, not real head or lacing. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate are really prominent in the nose, and a bit of booze. Dark chocolate is a big part of the flavor profile as well, some bitter roasted espresso beans, and savory sweet earthy fruit. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of bum732
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S: Very sweet, mocha. Some roast, rich maltiness. Lots of milk chocolate.

L: Very thick, black, motor oil consistency. Dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Ring of foam.

T: Sweet, mocha like flavors up front with a prominent maltiness. Low bitterness with loads of freshly roasted coffee with milk chocolate notes. Bold, roasty coffee into the finish. Finishes quite sweet.

M: Big, full bodied. Slick mouthfeel. Medium low carbonation.

Great, really enjoyed the coffee in this. Quite sweet, going solo on a bottle was a little much.

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Photo of BB1313
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours pitch black with a small mocha head that leaves little retention and little lacing. The aromas are great and my favorite part. Tons of dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Lots of fudge. It's like a chocolate bomb. Nice amount of vanilla. The coffee is actually subtle and almost non-existent. I'm not sure when this was bottled, so that could be why the coffee seems dull. Smells great nonetheless. The flavors are very solid. Very rich. More milk chocolate. Some caramel and butterscotch in the mix. More vanilla. Very subtle warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with lower carbonation. It's not as thick as I was expecting, but it's still smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a great stout. Possibly over hyped imho, but it's still good stuff nonetheless. I guess I was just expecting more due to the hype over the years.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/8/13

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Dark, dark, dark - pours like oil, thicker than anything I've poured in recent memory - very viscous - still manages to form a head - not much, and it fades quickly to a brown ring that leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Despite the big, bad, burly appearance, it actually smells pretty charming - rich, decadent malts - burnt and roasty notes, but the emphasis is more on a range of aromas - I know the name of this beer is biasing me, but I must admit that this kind of smells like biscotti and coffee - dark, rich coffee - caramel malts, caramel, toffee, cookies - some sugar, some booze - nicely roasty and dry overall

Taste: Adequately ridiculous - very reminiscent of biscotti blended with rich, roasty, dark, bitter coffee - big coffee notes - burnt, roasty malts - chewy caramel, dry cookies - lightly sweet overall, with a touch of booze - a lot of chocolate, as well, which I didn't quite notice in the aroma - cocoa, dark chocolate, and baker's chocolate - decadent, rich, and very interesting

Mouthfeel: Full, but not as heavy as it looks, extremely smooth, finishes dry, a lovely sipper

Overall: Ah, yes... I was wondering what would break first... Your spirit, or your biscotti?

This is a treat. It's not the best beer I've ever had, but it is quite a top tier coffee stout. Or imperial stout. Or whatever the hell you want to label it. It's very interesting and very tasty. I hate to say it, but it's almost worth the high price point!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Black as espresso beans, with a dark tan sponge-like head that recedes slowly to a wisp. Spots of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet cookie dough, biscotti, coffee, vanilla, alcohol.

Taste: Really sweet decadent coffee and cookies, with a lactose and sugar finish. But not cloying!

Mouthfeel: Silky, smooth, considering the ABV.

Overall: Absolutely delicious, goes down smooth and has amazing flavor and aroma.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color, almost black. There's no head whatsoever, even from an aggressive pour. There's only a thin ring of minor carbonation around the rim.

The aroma is really heavy on the coffee and almonds. There's a pleasant aroma of bakers chocolate and touch of vanilla.

No shit. This stuff really tastes like biscotti and a cup of coffee. It's really uncanny. Almonds, coffee, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and chocolate all pop out. It has a long finish of bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The body is heavy but I never would have guessed it was over 11% abv because the alcohol is nearly undetectable.

This was a fantastic beer. It kind of reminded me of some of Southern Tier's offerings like Creme Brulee, Mokah, etc, but much more modest and I mean that in a very good way.

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Photo of Phelps
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the beer has a wicked appearance -- syrupy, completely black, and boozy. A thin layer of cinnamon-colored bubbles sits between my face and the imposing liquid, while a quick swirl showcases nice, alcoholic legs.

Imperial Biscotti Break was brewed with Charleston Coffee Roasters espresso, vanilla beans, and toasted almonds and the result is an absolutely diabolical aroma stuffed with freshly roasted coffee beans. This one dimension would be enough, but backing it up are notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, oats and snicker-doodle. With just a bit of toast in the back, it smells exactly like a coffee-dipped biscotti stick.

In the flavor, coffee coats the tongue with roasted bitterness and alcohol contributes in a nearly equal amount. I'm surprised by the amount of dark fruits I get-- prunes, mostly, though there are raisins and figs as well -- that weren't apparent in the aroma but add a sweetness that make this far more drinkable than it should be. If it smelled like the biscotti was dipped in coffee, it tastes like someone stuffed it into a jar of grape jelly. Vanilla beans show up after the swallow and bitter, scorched coffee lingers on the tongue after each sip.

Jarnit-Bjergsø has fun with his brews, giving them sinful names like Soft Dookie and Even More Jesus. Imperial Biscotti Break has a rather tame moniker, but its menace is in its alcohol content -- sneaky at nearly 12 percent and barely noticeable beneath the mound of flavor. A tricky evil twin, that Jeppe, and one who successfully shows that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.

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Photo of denver10
2.76/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a mocha head. Aroma is waaay too alcoholic; strong alcoholic fumes on top of some caramel, wafers, milk chocolate, nutty and a little roasty coffee. Alcohol shows up in the flavor way too strongly along with some caramel, nutty, wafers, chocolate, and a little coffee. Cloyingly sweet and and alcoholic. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and dead flat. Overall, drain poured my 8 ounces of this, gave the rest of the bomber to my roommate. This one is not for me, won't drink again.

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Photo of stephens101
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a voluminous, dark tan head and a sleek black body, this one looks as good as they get.

Has a soothing, rich milk chocolate, plum, ripened dark grape, brown bread and spice aroma.

Tastes of chocolate cake and subtle dark fruits. A little cherry syrup stickiness lingers on the lips. Exceptionally smooth until the very end when an earthy bitterness is noticed.

Heavy in body but thins as it warms. A slight alcohol heat exists.

Biscotti Break is everything an Imperial Stout should be.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to trxxpaxxs for sharing!

22oz bottle, fridge temp, poured into a snifter.

a nice opaque black, the slightest bit of brown noticable when held to the light. frothy mocha colored head. good retention, good lace.

milk and dark chocolate, a nice almond like nuttiness, a touch of vanilla, cookie, and roast. a little coffee comes in as it warms.

the flavors follow the aroma, but come in way more intense. it definatly has a biscotti like flavor. a nice almond cookie flavor, caramel, sweet toasty roasted malt, vanilla, hints of chocolate and coffee.

overall, a pretty sweet beer. medium to heavy bodied. smooth and somewhat creamy.

definatly one of the better desert like stouts ive had, a very pronounced biscotti flavor. its worth the steep price tag.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black oil poured into a flute, producing a two-finger head of darkest foam, leaving but a mote or two of lace on the glass

S: chocolate syrup and bittersweet chocolate over black roasted malts

T: deep, dark syrupy bittersweet chocolate; rich, roasted malts, and am I imagining it? Biscotti dipped into sweet espresso.

M: smooth as silk, full-bodied and slick, no carbonation, just a bittersweet close and a stick to the lips

O: a sublime stout, direct and succinct, full of rich flavor and feel. Worthy of the praise it so often receives.

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Photo of chrismattlin
3.43/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer had, really, not much of a smell to mention.
The taste of the beer got worse as I drank it; I found myself dropping the taste rating in my head with each sip.
The mouthfeel was above average- there was some real substance, I'm just not sure what it was.
Overall, this isn't a bad brew. I just don't understand why it's received by others as "world-class". I love my stouts, just not this one. To each his own.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that stays at a thin level forever
S: Melted chocolate, cream/vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, caramel
T: Chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, a bit of coffee/malt/caramel, a bit of booze. Tasty but definitely dessert
M: Full-bodied, fairly sweet, a bit of alcohol
O: This is certainly tasty but I actually think I'd like it better if it were a bit less sweet. The amount of sugar/abv make it hard to finish the bottle. I'd still recommend trying it

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Photo of Sabtos
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black with little to no head.

Something about the biscotti direction has me smelling and tasting hints of raspberries in this brew. I like it. There is a bready kick as well, but not much roasty flavor.

Biscotti Break is actually quite creamy.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.