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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 3,038
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 395
Gots: 757 | FT: 102
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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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hugely excited for this one due to its high ratings throughout the years. 11.50% ABV confirmed. Distributed by Twelve Percent LLC (which I vastly prefer to the Shelton Bastards). Produced and bottled by Westbrook Brewing Co., Mount Pleasant, SC. Charleston Coffee Roasters coffee was used for this according to the label. Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and brown label served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high.

Served chilled but not refrigerator cold. Allowed to warm to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with a bit of Swiss chocolate.

A: Pours a half finger beautiful rich dark tan colour vibrant silky head of marvelous cream, great thickness, and good reention (2 minutes) considering the high ABV. Head is supple and luscious; quite fantastic for the style and just what I want to see. Light lacing sticks to the side s of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. Not a jet black, but quite dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's not unique, but it's certainly special. Quite appealing; I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Rich smooth coffee/java and accompanying roast. An espresso kick. Quite fresh in terms of coffee. Cream. Chocolate. Milky notes. Very subtle buried light licorice. Caramel, cacao. Maybe light vanilla. The coffee in particular is a delightful aromatic note here, though the baker's chocolate/cacao powder gives it a hell of a run for its money. The subtle roast is exactly what I look for in a great imperial stout. This is shaping up to meet expectations. A complex, subtly executed, moderate strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

T: Wow. Yeah. Subtly masterfully executed coffee/biscotti notes, with a bit of a roasty espresso kick backed by creamy milky notes. Milk chocolate is evocative and luscious throughout. A bit of vanilla and caramel, like the filling when biting into a posh chocolate. It definitely hits the biscotti character it's going for but never comes off too sweet; Southern Tier could learn a lesson from these guys. Dark malts. I don't get the licorice I detected on the aroma. No yeast or alcohol comes through either. All around, it's masterfully balanced and subtly built. I'm falling in love with it. Decadent and enjoyable. Quite rich and delightful. It's a lovely flavour profile for an imperial stout, and the coffee character is incredible. Yet it's different from the bold heavy coffee character of something like Big Bad Baptist; this is roasty and subtle.

As it warms, it begins to flirt with overdone sweetness (I might have to retract my above comment about the sweetness a bit). This is the key factor holding it back from a higher rating.

Mf: Fantastically creamy and smooth, letting its rich flavours really emerge. Never too slick. Wet enough to refresh, but dry enough to support the roast. Perfect carbonation and thickness. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Magnificient.

Dr: Not at all a sipper. Quite drinkable; it's not too filling like many imperial stouts, and I know I'll have little trouble killing it by myself. This beer met expectations and rather impressed me. This is definitely one to buy and cellar if that's your thing. I'd definitely have this again, preferably shared with friends or in a smaller amount on draught. By far one of the best beers I've had from Evil Twin.

Pairs magnificently with good chocolate. One of the better imperial stouts for this purpose I've come across.

High B+

Drank fine from a goblet, but I'd recommend a snifter or teku. Unless it's a unique goblet, like a Guinness goblet - small and narrow.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of orangesol
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to foofaa for bringing this one to ffej of july. I have wanted to try this one for awhile now.

A - Pours dark brown with a nice one finger tall mocha colored head leaving thin streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of coffee, chocolate, almonds, dark fruit, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel and toffee. This one screams desert beer.

T - Starts off with the coffee and chocolate flavors quickly giving way to hints of vanilla, toffee and plenty of dark roast. Not as much almond and dark fruit as the nose, more roasty. Finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast, lingering on the palate long after consumption.

M - Big, rich body and flavors with moderate carbonation. It has a smooth feel that really helps to bring everything together.

O - I knew I would probably like this one before we even opened it and it didn't disappoint. I love all of the flavors that this one packs and the smooth feel really brought it all together. Probably the best beer I have had from Evil Twin.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color and thick/viscous. The beer has a thin very dark tan head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Strong aromas of coffee and milk chocolate along with some lighter notes of almond and dark roasted malts.

T: This beer is very rich in flavor. Strong and dominant flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. Along with these flavors there are some lighter flavors of dark roasted malts and almond. Light alcohol in the finish and some mild bitterness.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth.

O: The alcohol is pretty well hidden in this beer with just the slightest hint in the taste. The smell of this beer is very inviting.Very enjoyable, a great sipping beer and I would love to have this one again.

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to BA smoked for picking this up for me when he saw it on the shelf during a recent beer shopping trip. Bomber in a mikkeller teku glass. The brew is black with a dark mocha head about a finger strong that holds decent. it fades to a ring around the perimeter with strings of lace sticking to the glass.

The smell is roasty with coffee and a touch of tangy alcohol. Raisins, licorice. earth, cocoa, bready to dark biscuit malt. It has a bit of a tangy fusel kick that increases in strength as it increases in temperature.

The taste is bitter with a strong espresso character. Earth. leather, tobacco and ashy burnt grain to char arw also present in the flavor. There is a citrus element that seems to come from coffee bean quality more than hops. The aftertaste is almost like toasted marshmallows which is interestingly enjoyable.

This is a medium bodies brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overwll a solid brew with nice integration of flavor. It is worth checking out for sure but I prefer the base over this imperial version. This one just boasts a stronger abv presence and isnt as well rounded and enjoyable as the toned-down version.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 2015. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, fudge, espresso beans, roasted malt, dark bread, caramel, vanilla, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso beans, roasted malt, fudge, toast, dark bread, caramel, vanilla, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, roast, fudge, toast, dark bread, caramel, vanilla, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding imperial coffee stout. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter color.   Two finger, dark mocha head that has good retention, only slowly settling into a thick, lasting ring.  Splotches of soapy lacing left behind.  Looks great!  

Deeply roasted dark malt aroma with perfectly roasted gourmet coffee beans, lactic cream, silky chocolate malt notes and subtle English biscuit/cookie in there.  Deep roast but not acrid or burnt smelling with hints of charred toast, oatmeal, dark choose and espresso bean followed by bakers chocolate, caramel, toffee, lactic cream and biscuit.

Full bodied and viscous with deeply roasted coffee bean and dark malt flavor.  Dry and pretty bitter but never acrid or harsh wih lots of lactose and silky chocolate malt sweetness countering the roast.  Excellent espresso bean flavor along with burnt toast, oatmeal and dark cacoa powder.  Lactic cream toward the finish smoothing things out along with silky chocolate, fudge, bakers chocolate, toffee and caramel.  Very complex and I can even pick up hints of licorice, English biscuit and dark fruit as it warms.  Decent heat but the ABV is well masked making this beer very easy to drink.   There's a really great  balance of roasted coffee and sweeter dessert-like notes which also help drinkability.  Another impressive beer from Evil Twin.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tan head that sticks around for a bit before fading to a ring. Color is a deep brown nearing black.

Flavors: the biggest thing here is the Belgian/European flavor take on the style. The yeast and malt give it away. There is coffee, Belgian chocolate, cocoa, molasses, vanilla, maple syrup, and some alcohol present. roasted malt profile.

Mouthfeel: roasted with some syrupy sweetness. Full bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, this was a great beer and even more enjoyable than the regular. Just a solid European imperial stout.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer, and one where the abv is unbelievably well hidden. Extraordinarily smooth and silky in the mouth, that is perhaps this beer's best feature. Pours inky black with a caramel colored head that fades to a thin ring fairly quickly. Lovely aromas of very good coffee, molasses, and cream. The taste is equally enticing, with further notes of that excellent coffee from Charleston Coffee Roasters, nice bitter chocolate notes, some roastiness, and a touch of caramel sweetness and cream on the finish along with more of that chocolate and coffee. Very nice. I love the long finish, and the obvious quality of the ingredients, the incredible smoothness, and the deeply flavored and well integrated flavors. Very well done indeed.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike, Matt, and Michael for sharing the Evil Twin Biscotti and Imperial Biscotti beers with me. I heart you guys.

The beer appears dark brown, approaching black, with a beige head. The aroma offers coffee, roast, oak, bread, biscuits. Lots of coffee, with a delicious almond / hazelnut flavor. Wow, fantastic tasting brew. Lightly sweet, with a superb vanilla, coffee, oak. Beautifully balanced. A terrific beer I would love to have again.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue Dog

A- Imperial Biscotti Break looks like black coffee with no brown around the edges. The liquid looks pretty thick with a coating quality. A french vanilla looking foamy cap stood on top and faded into small islands with minimal lace.

S- A bold nose that's coffee rich and sweet malt. The malt is very high with caramel and some toffee. The coffee is big but not as pronounced as it could be and it's probably due to the high ABV and added ingredients. The coffee comes off slightly burnt with a sweet milk like scent. There is dark fruit as well which turns me off.

T- This tastes exactly like it smells, which I don't find often in coffee stouts. Sweet/ creamy milked up coffee with chocolate and some dark fruit in the finish which is pleasant. A little tootsie roll action with a big malt addition leading to more sweetness in the finish. Pretty roasted coffee stout, it's different so that's a plus. A burnt aftertaste

M- Feel is thick bodied with a silky sweet way about itself, this is a big sweet stout IMO with an ashy finish. There is just a touch of bitterness towards the end coming from the fighting hops in this malty ass stout. A slight prick of carbonation and a smoky aftertaste.

D- I think the alcohol could be tamed down a bit as well as the roast slightly. This is a great beer that I hope to find on a nitro tap someday. Hope to come across this one again

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4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ShanePB for this one! I owe you!

A: Pours jet black, rather oily with a small brown head on top, not much retention quickly reducing to a thin cap on top. Some very thin lacing forms on the opposite side that I am drinking from and lasts for a long time.

S: Definitely some coffee, dark chocolate, some caramel and brown sugar. There is a little molasses a bit of a cookie aroma and some nuts.

T: Some nice chocolate and coffee upfront backed by some roasted malt. The middle is rather sweet with more chocolate, some cookie flavored malt, a little vanilla, and some nuts.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation, definitely coats the entire mouth.

O: My first from Evil Twin. Very impressed with it, thought it was going to be a bit heavy in terms of coffee, but it blended nicely with the other flavors.

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of smakawhat
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Comes out quite sludgey and thick, black walnut brown almost black in color, but some brown around the edges for the body. Barely makes any head, and leaves hardly a pencil thin light mocha collar. There's some leg action a bit, but the beer does appear quite a bit lifeless off the pour.

Bouquet is quite varied and impressive. Nice light roasty coffee, with a light anisette and black licorice component to it. Whispy whipped up crispy milk chocolate angle. A real nice balance, and a big thickness as well.

Palate hits with a very large thick and silky body, but a very noticeable sweetness that comes out like a dark roasty caramel. Fruit opens up in the mid palate, some type of red berry fruit indistinguishable. Finishes with a nice charring roasty character. Mouthfeel is rich and large complimenting a berried chocolate sense. Coffee sensations hide a bit. Finish hits with a nice charring malt and dry roast, but a good playful sweetness going on. Palate comes out sensing flat carbonation, but with a large fudge like density.

Overall it's a fun creation, but it does get into dessert beer territory, and really feels like it needs a food pairing. It's a bit large, but a tasty one to be had and enjoy.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
Best before 2015
A- This beer pours a jet black velvety body with a thick dark tan cocoa crema of head that last for much of the beer as a thick ring.

S- The rich espresso black malt is mellow with dark toffee, molasses blended with cookie notes. There is a nice chocolate nougat note that comes into the fold as it opens.

T- The rich cream and slightly inky mellow but rich black malt flavors has some toasted biscotti notes and a roasted molasses finish with some dark graham flavors lingering with a non-bitter inky malt and tootsie roll hint. There is some nice baked vanilla notes as the beer opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle alcohol warmth and a thick tongue coating finish to balance.

O- The rich smooth big stout is mellow with nice biscotti characteristics and the layers of flavor grow as it opens up. This is a very taste beer, and a wonderful sipper.

Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber of Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break

Near chewy body with carbonation that struggles to keep up but is not obviously too low.

Rich flavor, even for style. Features lots of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. A bit too sweet up until the finish.

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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