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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 1905
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%


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Denmark

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

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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a medium size dirty brown color head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt notes with some light caramel with some vanilla and Italian cookie notes. Taste is also dominated by chocolate malt notes with some vanilla and Italian biscuit notes with light dry roasted malt notes. Body is quite full with light creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very impressive amount of complexity while retaining a good level of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 12:40:35 | More by Phyl21ca
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SLeffler27

New York

4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 19:48:01 | More by SLeffler27
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Duff27

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Short light mocha head leaves a cap and collar.

Smells like Hershey's syrup.

Big time chocolate notes (cacao nibs), coffee is a little muted at this point present. Hides its ABV very well.

Mouthfeel is great. Super smooth, light on the palate with the carbonation level.

It just about doesn't get any better of a mouthfeel then this one, well integrated. Thanks TATURBO.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 00:50:20 | More by Duff27
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 04:01:58 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 04:01:31 | More by angrybabboon
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fmccormi

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to my Cigar City snifter; no freshness date, but I picked this up a couple of months ago and frankly I’m not too concerned about drinking this withing a couple weeks of bottling.

Appearance (3.75): This pours with half a finger of tight foam the color of cappuccino that doesn’t stick around too long; the body is jet-black and nearly opaque. Not a ton of retention, leaving just a few suds here and there of dark tan head clinging to the sides of the glass. Fits the style, certainly, and looks plenty appetizing if not much better than average.

Smell (4.25): Thick notes of sweetened condensed milk-turned-dulce de leche, some molasses, pumpernickel, marzipan, unsweetened cocoa powder, and a moderate roasted grain character comes through underneath as well—nothing acrid, just like a slightly smoky roasted coffee note. Something almost like chocolate marshmallows. Nice, rich, and well-structured.

Taste (4.25): The nose was good, but it seems there’s a lot more going on in the palate than in the nose: much more of the smoky, roasted coffee character but with a ratcheted-up bitterness making for a moderately strong presence. Surprisingly, not as sweet and syrupy as I thought it might be (though still relatively rich and thick). There’s something nutty towards the backend of the palate which shifts into and gets washed out by a black coffee-kind of roasted bitterness. As it warms, some more of that condensed milk comes out to fill out the body, with a bit less of the dulce de leche than in the nose—but ultimately the beer crests on the palate with a tangy mocha icing flavor blended with a little boozy heat towards the end, before washing out with a mix of that coffee-like roasted bitterness and some heat.

Mouthfeel (4.5): This has a good feel, bordering on milk stout: a subdued carbonation that tingles lightly all over and foams softly but fully. The body has a creamy, full feel, thicker than medium-weight and hefty but not quite syrupy. Finishes moderately rich and smooth, not particularly dry though the booze heat lightens things up in the end. Definitely fits the style, and does it very well.

Overall (4.25): This is a very enjoyable imperial stout, executed well with a lot of character. It’s not so much different from a lot of other excellent examples of the style, but it hits every note with confidence and character. Definitely improves as it warms. Recommended! Apparently Evil Twin does imperial stouts well.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 04:52:45 | More by fmccormi
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TheCuriograph

New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber, poured into snifter. A post-dinner digestive.

A - Well, we have a warm-black impenetrable with a nice dark-taupe head, which sticks around even after it's settled.

S - No big surprise, but this is all dark-roast, dark chocolate, and some sweet-boozy edge that portends the 11.5% ABV.

T - Like chocolate and cherry, melting in your mouth as you have a sip of Irish coffee. The coffee is not as prominent as I'd expect given the bouquet and the billing. The cherry/cream/booze accents perks up the whole business.

M - Thick and oily as you'd expect. Heavy enough to keep you pacing yourself.

O - Well, this works as a fine, playful nighttime treat. I'd put it in the same category as Ten FIDY, Brooklyn Black Chocolate, Peche Mortel or any number of other fine dark, boozy, sweet stouts. That's to say it's tasty without separating from the pack. I'd gladly enjoy from time to time, but with so many great Imperial Stouts out there I don't see myself seeking it out. Nonetheless, would recommend unreservedly.

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Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 00:21:25 | More by TheCuriograph
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kemoarps

Missouri

4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black. Good creamy dark tan head, good retention and lacing.

When I was pouring there was a little soy sauce, which I'm not the hugest fan of, but that fades into a really appealing creamy dark chocolate, with some dark roast, and a touch of rich espresso. Some dark fruit peeks in from the edges as well.

The first hit is very sweet, but this mellows into just a pervading creaminess which works really well. The initial undifferentiated sweet quickly transitions to a rich creamy dark chocolate element, eventually giving way to a bitter black coffee.

Rich and smoothe, this is a beer that is really enjoyable to drink. It doesn't differentiate itself enormously from other high quality Imperial Stouts, but that's not ultimately a terrible thing. It doesn't break new ground, but the ground it treads it treads very well. Certainly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 23:27:27 | More by kemoarps
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barczar

Kentucky

4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque onyx with minimal cappuccino head that lingers as a thin layer of foam.

Coffee and espresso complement booze and slightly charred roast malt in the initial aroma. Chocolate and hints of fruity peppers add complexity.

Chocolate and espresso dominate the flavor, with fruity pepper underlying. The finish is slightly bitter. Tobacco and dark cherry add complexity. Very rich malt profile. Sweet at first, but finishes dry and a bit boozy. Notes of vanilla, caramel, and nutty, toasted malt surface as it warms.

Body is full, smooth, and creamy with nearly no carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Delicious malt profile, with enough booziness to not overwhelm. I'm not a coffee drinker, so there's too much of that for my palate, but it's good quality and other characters dominate. Was hoping for more complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2013 21:48:05 | More by barczar
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a thick oily black, with a beautiful dark brown head that recedes a little over time. It maps well as the glass empties.

S- The strong aroma of coffee is the first smell in this one. Then a faint hint of chocolate followed by the alcohol. Finishes with the smell of gooey prunes.

T- Tastes as black as it looks. The sweetness expected from the smell comes through first, immediately followed by the strong coffee. The %11.5 ABV is obvious. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing is up to you. I enjoyed the boozy taste.

M- Thick and oily, the light carbonation adds to the silky mouthfeel.

O- Overall this brew is a boozy, wonderful, and sweet imperial Stout. It lives up to everything the name says it is. Might be best to share this $16 bomber with friends, and save it for the end of your night.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 22:26:02 | More by xseanprimex
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Evil Twin beers are always expensive....so let's see how good this is.

This one pours out an extremely dark, pitch black with about 2 fingers of a deep roasted, tan head.

The aroma is pretty intense. There is a ton of dark chocolate notes along with fresh roasted coffee. There are big roasted notes with some caramel and toffee sweetness and a hint of vanilla in there too.

The flavor is bittersweet dark chocolate upfront with a good amount of a sweet milk chocolate. There is a huge wave of fresh coffee in there too and you can almost taste the coffee beans. The roasted notes are all throughout the beer, but especially linger on the finish. To balance out all the bitterness there are some toffee and caramel notes too.

The body is pretty light for the style, only medium and the mouthfeel is creamy. The ABV isn't detected on the nose or aroma, but damn there is some heat going down.

This is fantastic stuff. It marriages bitter and sweet so that neither dominate and make this hard to drink and it goes down super smooth for such a high ABV. Worth trying for sure!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 16:32:06 | More by JohnnyMc
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

3.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a syrupy, pitch black color with a dark cinnamon colored, creamy head with fair retention. Head purs at a one finger width and fades slowly to a half finger. Coats the entire glass as I sip and leaves a nice latticework of residual foam.

S-Sweet, fresh baked bread, sweet pastries, syrup and pancakes, bold coffee, slightly boozy, oatmeal raisin cookies.

T-Sweet, sugared bread is overpowering at the front but it fades nicely into a nutty, bold/bitter coffee flavor at the back of the palate. Finishes with a nice balance between the sweetness and bitter coffee

MF-Syrupy as hell. By far the thickest beer I've ever had. Body is thick and chewy, it seems to have the consistency of motor oil. I bought a bomber for my self tonight and there is no way I can drink all 25oz.

O-This is not for the faint of heart. Very, very sweet. Thick as hell. A pretty good imperial, but I think it is just too sweet. Looks better than most imperial's I've seen, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 02:20:11 | More by Jacurdy60
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep brown - near black and leaves a nice 2-fingered brown head. This is a good looking imperial stout.

Smell: Strong coffee, along with some solid vanilla as well as chocolate. The coffee aroma definitely is in the front though.

Taste: The taste begins the smell: strong, strong coffee along with some malts, chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Finishes with just a touch of alcohol which I don't mind at all.

Mouth-feel: Fairly creamy and medium to heavy bodied. Low level of carbonation. This one is surprisingly smooth though.

Overall: A very interesting beer. The coffee flavor, while pleasant, drowns out a lot of the other flavors, but some chocolate, malts, and vanilla manage to get through. Definitely a solid coffee-dominant imperial stout. It looks amazing and the mouth-feel is great. If you're into coffee dominant stouts, this one is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 22:58:06 | More by Resuin
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another share with rudzud.

Forced pour yields a nice thick creamy dense choc milk colored 1/2 fingered head, fades semi slowly with nice lacing, pretty much pitch black color.

Nose is pretty nice, plenty of dark malts and candy like, nice nutty toffee biscuit like cookie, I guess a biscotti, light caramel, faint candy chocolate, some light minerals and dark roasty malts, light fluffy nougat, and faint grassy earthy hops. There's also a nice earthy coffee bean that doesn't get too bitter or acrid, the more I nose the more fresh roasted espresso I get.

Taste starts syrupy, like coffee syrup, light toffee and some nice butterscotch, tons of caramel, like caramel candies, creamed caramel, etc. Coffee is nice, fresh earthy nutty espresso, light bitter cookie like maybe biscotti, and there is a nice nutty quality but not the almond like character I almost expected for "biscotti". creamy smooth nice nutty flavor, fair sweetness and just a touch of booze. Again the minerals are there with light toasted character. Candy like flavors are nice too, and faint grassy hops round off the flavor. Finish is semi bitter, dry, some bitter roast and fresh coffee lingering, plenty of fresh coffee and more candy toffee caramel nutty flavors lingering.

Mouth is fuller bodied, smooth and a bit on the rich side, decent carb, faint warming booze.

Overall quite nice, very tasty. Smooth, rich, quite tasty, nice aroma, well done Imperial stout I would come back to plenty of times. I can see the hype for this one. Booze is hidden pretty well too, nice coffee, caramel, cookie and candy flavors without getting too sweet or undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 13:17:54 | More by jlindros
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 02:52:31 | More by Jimmys
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jasoncheb

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a a stout glass. Nice light tan head with great lacing.

S - Heavy coffee, sweet malts, hint of the 11.5% alcohol.

T - Started with a temperature around 44 degrees, which kept the coffee more forward, along with the alcohol. Moving towards room temperature, the sweet malts and coffee really masked the alcohol.

M - Really creamy, great acidity from the coffee on the tongue.

O - Really solid offering, which explains the hype around this coveted Imp Stout. Definitely glad a picked up a couple of bottles to try another with a bit more age on it.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 23:33:26 | More by jasoncheb
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a deep dark black hue with a quarter inch mocha blanket that leaves light lacing. Not too shabby.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, caramel, toffee, coffee...not bad but its not be all end all.

T - Taste is sweet malts, silky smooth chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee, roast almonds and nuts...so tasty. Really grows on me. A wonderful intermingled brew.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and silky smooth. Velvet on the tongue. So creamy.

O - Overall this beer was very solid and delicious. Super glad I finally cracked this. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 22:58:36 | More by rudzud
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip 29/4/13 cheers Rutager for getting this one into my hands

A shes a black one with just a thumbnail's worth of dark cola edge, finger of dark mocha head has average retention and leaves no lace

S lots of chocolate syrup, sponge toffee and chocolate covered almonds, coffees hard to miss but it already has cream and sugar added, fudge is strong and I have no idea where the 11.5% is hiding, vanilla works well, dose it really smell like biscotti? or is it just in my head? either way this one smells rich and sexy

T sweet chocolate and burnt sugar mix with dark bread and faint Nutella spread, but the hazelnuts extremely faint, the coffees almost like the pre-sweetened little packets you add hot water to while camping, it tastes better then that sounds though I promise

M thick and syrupy, very sticky on the lips and not much for heat considering its 11.5%, silky and thick with a sweet finish

O looks basic but far from basic in every other area, I'm not sure what I like the most about this one but I have plenty to choose from

I can see where the hypes coming from because this ones awesome, great mix of chocolate and coffee and I'm impressed that 11.5% is almost completely concealed. I'm shocked how easy this one is to drink, no issues taking down the bomber even after tackling a few strong beer beforehand. I'm finding that one eye wants to close from the booze and my other eye's wide open from the coffee, this could be a long night

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 05:18:18 | More by wordemupg
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

easily one of the best imperial stouts ive ever had, bar none. fits the bill on the pour, dark and thick, with only a short mocha head, but with an easily provoked flash of fresh bubbles upon a gentle shake of the glass. no light coming through this one, and an aroma of roasting coffee, satin smooth malt sugar, whole vanilla beans, and a woody spirit I have yet to encounter, but would love to. there is layered complexity in the flavor, but everything is balanced artfully. more chocolate than the nose gives away, both milk and unsweetened dark. heavily roasted but not bitter burnt malt, syrupy vanilla, and fresh tobacco smoke round out the finish. there are bursts of sweetness throughout this beer, coming in for just a second before vanishing back into the darkness. the only bitterness at all is right up front, a pleasing backwardness from convention. the body is as full as it gets, the alcohol is magically disguised, coming out only when it warms up, and the carbonation is surprisingly active, helping this beer evolve and slide down easy. from a pure flavor standpoint, this might be the best imperial stout ive ever encountered. worth every bit of the hype. the only questions that remain for me are how do I get more? and where can I get other evil twin brews? are they all this good? splendid stuff here people.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 18:44:42 | More by StonedTrippin
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 15:30:14 | More by rhoadsrage
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Auracom

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Purchase from Binny's, cracked on April 10th, 2013.

A - Fairly deep snakewood coloring, with a thin, yet fluffy, light brown head. Fair lacing and legs.

S - Predominant lighter-roasted coffee and rye grains.

T - Lactose, milk chocolate powder, dark fruit skins.

M - Very short finish, light-medium body (appearance was misleading here).

D - An absolute waste of $15. The coffee takes over and dampens whatever further complexity there could have (and should have) been. Easily one of the most overrated stouts I've come across.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 16:37:16 | More by Auracom
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 03:31:48 | More by PicoPapa
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is quite black and viscous-looking with a nice tan short-lived head. On the nose I get some espresso notes, but not as much as I anticipated. What I get a lot of is molasses, chocolate, rum, and toffee.

Full body and a wonderfully silky, creamy feel. After hearing how sweet this beer is, I was delighted to discover that I didn't find it all that sweet. When chilled, this beer is loaded with flavors of almonds and espresso up front. At mid-palate a little sweet vanilla flavor does kick in, complementing the roasted notes and accentuating the mouthfeel. As it warms, intense flavors of molasses, charred fruit, and roasted malt develop. The charred fruit flavors linger nicely in the mouth along with a nice warm booziness, leaving the impression of rum-soaked fruit cake with rich unsweetened chocolate sauce.

I was led to believe that this was an extremely sweet, coffee-flavored double stout. I found it to be a nicely balanced, very intensely-flavored roasty beverage full of charred fruit notes that I would be hard-pressed to distinguish from a Russian Imperial Stout when consumed at room temperature. Highly recommended, but I would not recommend this beer to a newbie or to those unfamiliar with Imperial Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 11:13:53 | More by deadonhisfeet
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GratefulEdd

Alabama

4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Chose a beer I've been waiting to try to break in my first full review!

Poured from a bomber into stout glass.
Appearance was spot-on black with hints of deep brown on the edges. A small frothy chocolate milk head appeared and dissipated as quickly as it showed up.

The smell, which I had been looking forward to, slightly disappointed. I got vanilla, dark chocolate, roast coffee, and something oaked at the end. It could just be me, but none of the smells really stood out or knocked me out. I would have liked to have seen one take charge.

The taste...wow! This stout brought it all to the tongue. The bitter coffee hits you right away with that great coffee bean acidity, but then the chocolate takes hold at the finish. I had let my bottle sit out for 5-10 minutes after opening to warm slightly and it did the trick. The warm chocolate finish stayed on the tongue and blended perfectly with the strong warming alcohol presence. YUM!

Mouthfeel was great...creamy, smooth, and rich at the same time. My mouth kept tricking me into thinking I had a delicious milkshake. This is how a stout should go down. You only know it's a high ABV by the tiny twang you get at the end.

Overall this is a great Imperial stout and well worth the wait I went through for it. After recently trying Ten Fidy and the Oak Aged Yeti, I put this in roughly the same level, giving the nod to the other two simply on availability.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 05:30:09 | More by GratefulEdd
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SanFranJake

California

3.35/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a major letdown after hearing and reading about it.
Paid $17 for a bomber and poured into a Deschutes snifter.
Looks really good. Wasn't the most aggressive pour but minimal head.
Aroma after a good swirl is pretty good...I get some solid vanilla and maybe some chocolate.
At this point, I'm itching to get into it. And when I finally do...what the hell?
Where did this beer go? I get none of the flavors that I detected in the nose.
Then I put the glass down and it's got good, Carmel lacing. Am I smoking crack?
Next sip, same thing: flat flavor and zero mouthfeel.
Well, I'll finish this bomber on principal alone and I'm glad that I finally pulled the trigger on this, but it's a major letdown, kinda like the hot chick that you finally get in the sack that you and your buddies have long wondered about:
Looks really hot and you've heard great things. She looks and smells awesome but is flat front and back with zero head and mouthfeel. At this point you're already getting some, so you might as well finish the job and share your experiences with your buddies to spare them the same painful fate.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 02:46:08 | More by SanFranJake
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,905 ratings.