Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing
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4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
11-09-2013 03:20:23 | More by corby112
4.48/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
07-27-2012 21:18:04 | More by orangesol
4.1/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
08-23-2012 15:06:36 | More by stakem
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
10-27-2012 21:33:49 | More by Georgiabeer
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
06-24-2012 17:11:34 | More by dbrauneis
4.4/5 rDev +0.5%
(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.
04-30-2013 15:30:14 | More by rhoadsrage
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.05/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
03-23-2014 22:35:45 | More by mothman
4.13/5 rDev -5.7%
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
09-29-2012 23:33:00 | More by BARFLYB
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
05-28-2014 03:43:55 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
4.48/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
07-07-2012 20:43:54 | More by Huhzubendah
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
On tap at Blue Dog during the annual wealth of riches.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is very attractive, as I pick up considerable milk dud aroma, light bourbon, coco powder, light coffee and vanilla. The flavor profile replicatest the nose, though there is a hint of underlying bitterness that helps to balance the moderate sweetness in this excellent stout. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and I really don't get any sense that the abv. is 11.5%. You can tell it's up there, but not that high.
10-01-2012 00:29:03 | More by John_M
4.39/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
02-12-2013 00:38:45 | More by smakawhat
4.38/5 rDev 0%
A – black with a short, brown head
S – roasted malts, faint spice, a hint of coffee
T – creamy, rich, roasted malts, faint coffee—dessert, much like a biscotti
M – smooth, full bodied, perfectly carbonated
This is a deliciously balanced beer. It’s rich, complex, and smooth. It accomplishes exactly what the name indicates – a biscotti. This would make a perfect after dinner beer or a great cold weather beer. Either way it is well worth a try.
11-21-2012 02:08:14 | More by tdm168
4.48/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
08-02-2012 01:30:29 | More by mdaschaf
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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