Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 423
Hads: 3,398
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 2.76%
Wants: 462
Gots: 908 | FT: 125
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012

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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. (580 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Handsome black pour sporting brown head and beady lace. Tons of vanilla in the nose, followed by more breadyness than any other stout I've encountered.

Taste opens up with bread and deeply roasted malt. Mild bourbon and toffee sweetness aren't far behind. Tastes like a loaf of sweetbreads soaked in a top-notch stout. Deserves a 4.25/5 on taste, rounding down here and up elsewhere.

Booze character is plentiful but integrates well with the other flavors. Silky, creamy, viscous body approaches perfection.

Best beer I've had from Evil Twin or Mikkeller, hands down. (570 characters)

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. (805 characters)

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

22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep viscous black w/ a reddish brown head. Beautiful.

Aroma is dark roasted malt, espresso, bitter chocolate. Rich, earthy, inviting.

Taste is big and robust; strong coffee, chocolate. Some caramel, vanilla and molasses.

Mouthfeel is thick and coating, slick. Not syrupy. Nice dry finish.

Overall an outstanding imperial stout, hits on all cylijnders. (383 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Pitch black.

S: Raisins. Sweet malt and lots of chocolate.

T: Lots of coffee and chocolate. A bit like hot chocolate.

M: Smooth.

O: Delicious. I just wish I had gotten to compare it with the regular version, but it kicked right before I asked for some. (289 characters)

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. (436 characters)

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
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 (278 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a half finger of extremely dense, unmoving head. Looks quite viscous.

S: Roasted malts dominate the aroma with toffee and light nuttiness in the background. As the beer warms, I get more caramel and nutty aromas.

T: Intensely burnt malts are balanced by caramel and milk chocolate sweetness. The burnt flavor of the malts is a bit much in my opinion and lingers in your mouth for the entire beer, but allowing the beer to sit certainly lets more toffee and nuttiness come through keeping the burnt malts in check. A good amount of dark chocolate is also present. Kind of reminds me of peanut brittle. ABV is certainly apparent, but the beer is not overly boozy.

M: Very thick mouthfeel and a tad strong on the carbonation, but still very creamy.

O: The burnt malt flavor is a bit much on this beer, but the sweetness in the way of toffee and caramel and the nuttiness that comes through is extremely nice. (963 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a super thick black. Minimal red-tinged tan collar. What head manages to pull from the beer doesn't last. Still with a slight oily sheen.

Smell: A lot more pleasant than expected. Rich roasted malts. Some marshmallow and vanilla. Chocolate runs the full range, milk chocolate, dark, and cocoa. Big sweetness builds as it warms. Dark cherry. Toasted nuts. Legit cookie and marshmallow cream. Big backing alcohol. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Fresh roasted coffee. A true kitchen sink approach.

Taste: Sharp slightly burnt cookies. Marshmallow and deeply roasted malts. Screams of bitter cocoa and baker's chocolate. Some.malt sweetness, but not nearly as much as I would expect from the nose. Almond/marzipan. Burnt coffee. Caramel and toffee. Some cherry and straight up vanilla bean. Rich and roasty. Cake batter.

Mouthfeel: Full and smooth. Roasted character adds some.dry elements. minimal carbonation. Not quite as full as I would have expected from the pour.

Overall: Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar.

A big but ultimately balanced big ass beer. I dig the marshmallow almond thing. Solid. (1,217 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a thick, jet black with just a crust of brown head. Minimal to no lacing.

S- amazing coffee, dark chocolate and maple syrup.

T- sweet maple syrup, slight molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, with some bitterness at the finish.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Thick, syrupy with some heat from the abv as it warms.

O- very good coffee RIS. Amazing coffee and chocolate flavors and the heat is hidden pretty well at 11.5%. (484 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Jet black in appearance with a dark khaki head that receded quickly.

Great aroma of cinnamon, mocha, caramel, and a little butterscotch.

Its flavor starts out with chocolate and charcoal, but is then followed by sweet butterscotch, cinnamon, and some noticeable heat that has a trace of cherry.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dense and oily at first but as it warms it taste thinner. I wish it was a little chewier but only a minor detail.

Very enjoyable dessert stout. Its aroma is its best asset. I wish it had a bit more resemblance to the flavor of a biscotti cookie, but I'm not positive that was the intended goal by the brewer. If you like big sweet stouts, definitely check this out. (688 characters)

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (641 characters)

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! (1,513 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black with slight creamy chestnut head that passes no light. Patches of creamy lace and a viscous film cling to the snifter glass.

Lots of chocolate syrup, and some sweet black coffee not much else, but simplicity is a good thing here.

Sweet with a little bit of bitterness, while the alcohol is quite present long into the lingering finish. Chocolate and some background of roasted coffee. Chocolate returns in the finish. Warmth is a good friend of this beer.

Very high alcohol, yet smooth texture and little heat. There is little to know carbonation in this dense almost syrupy beer.

Truly one of those savored experiences. Biscotti is a surprisingly and dangerously easy drinking dessert beer good for watching people and sipping slowly. (751 characters)

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

Pours black with a thin tan head and some nice lacing. Smell is very nice - a great mix of coffee and chocolate. Taste is quite nice - it's very roasty, but there is a great mix of flavors going on here. It's a little sweet, and the coffee and chocolate come through very nicely here. It's quite drinkable for as big and bold of a stout as this is. Mouthfeel is thick and a bit oily, but quite nice. Overall, this is pretty impressive - best beer I've had from Evil Twin and the first one I'd go out of my way to seek out. (522 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty awesome, chocolate brown tinged black. Head is about a finger and it is tan in color. Head leaves quickly and leaves very minimal lacing that chases the beer to the bottom of the glass...Aroma is bold, with notes of coffee, alcohol and semi-bitter chocolate (burns the nose ever so slightly). This beer coats the tongue and lingers for awhile before eventually heading down the gullet to its eventual demise.. Taste is big and bold, with notes of semi-bitter coffee, some chocolate and a little candy and malt. Also some fresh crystallized sugar is also present. Mouthfeel is good, thick and leaves a nice coating of a great blend of malt, sugar, coffee and chocolate. Overall, this one is a sipper, but balances quite well and has only minimal alcohol burn.. (774 characters)

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. (501 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little thinner than I was hoping but that's about the only negative... Delicious beer... The coffee is done perfectly.. Not over the top at all... Glad I got to try this... (178 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep black color. Creamy and oily. Forms a small and very creamy and thin bubbled beige to brown head. Small retention and some spotty lacings formed and left in the glass. Some brown chunks can be see floating on the bottom of the glass, mainly in the last pours

S: Traditional Imperial Stout in the nose: Strong notes of roasted malts, chocolate malts, coffee beans, licorice, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla and oak. Some notes of alcohol in the very end. Sweet and balanced

T: Follows the notes: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of roasted malts, chocolate malts, dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, brown bread. Yeasts are quite bready. Hops are grassy. Good bitterness in the end (roasted and hoppy). In overall, a smooth and balanced bittersweet taste

M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Sweet and bready upfront. Bitter roasted aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Excellent Imperial Stout. Smooth and pleasant. Masterpiece (982 characters)

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

22oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a brown-hued black with a large chocolate milk-colored head. The head is thick and sticks around for a while.

S: Mild coffee and some notes of toasted grain and almond, vanilla sweetness.

T: Lots of sugary vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of nuttiness to it. Mostly sweet.

M: Relatively thick with a creamy consistency.

O: This is very good - very sweet, but very good - a perfect dessert beer. (432 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

bomber into 2012 SAVOR tulip. not sure of the bottling date, however there is a 'best by 2015' on the label.

A: pours a shade under pitch black. head is a solid brown hue. frothy. retention isn't great, nor the lacing. but I do like that initial pour hue...

S: roast and a bunch of unfermentables are the first things to jump out at me. cigar ash. a decent amount of smokiness on the nose. dark chocolate.

T: a vanilla sweetness warms the body and welcomes the first sip. the bitterness is strong, but manageable. definitely from the coffee as its flavor comes out after the bitterness and lingers long after the drink is gone. virtually no alcohol heat.

M: mellow carb on a BIG body. let the palate do the talking, that's what I like.

D: unsure of the difference between bottled-on and best-by here, I have to assume this is relatively fresh. regardless, just a super drinkable, super rich stout. I could sip on this thing all night. (941 characters)

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. (494 characters)

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. (545 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing beer!

Dark, black oil change with a thick two finger brown head, great retention, sea foam lace and some alcohol legs. Rich and thick.

The aroma is sweet! Brown sugar, toffee, espresso, cream, vanilla, dark fruit, milk chocolate, cocoa, and almond. Fruity esters with earth tones and biscuit notes. Toasted hints and faint charcoal roast.

Much more balanced than the smell. Cocoa, rich espresso, vanilla, and nutty almond notes. Follows the nose, but not as cloying as the nose would lead one to think. Very balanced. Dessert, brownies. Awesome!

The mouthfeel is rich, thick, and creamy.

An absolutely awesome stout! I wanted more and was sad to see the bottle end. It was addicting. (701 characters)

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! (1,274 characters)

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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