Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 427
Hads: 3,408
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 463
Gots: 907 | FT: 123
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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

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 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 LiquidAmber
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black, totally opaque in the glass with a thin dark brown head with light lacing. Aroma of sweet toasted malt, quality coffee and sweet cookie dough notes. Flavor is dense sweet dark malt, coffee, vanilla and a bit of cookie dough, very well melded into a rich coffee chocolate flavor. A nice hop bitterness with mild char in the finish. Great creamy body. More like a liqueur enhanced chocolate coffee shake than a beer, slightly on the sweet side, but flavorful enough that it was not a detractor. Dangerously drinkable. The high ABV was totally covered and this invited repeated tastes requiring pacing. A classic. (666 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber, best before 2015.

Thick and black as night into the glass. Head is only shades lighter than the body itself. 1-2 fingers max worth of foam. Aroma is mostly rich espresso coffee. Flavor is very strong coffee, velvety with mild bitterness. I honestly find that the flavor is not very expansive. Feel isn't right up there for an Imperial stout.

Honestly disappointed by this one. Expected more given the brewer but it falls short of what it could be. (471 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Thick and viscous. Deep bark color with a dark caramel head that doesn't hang around too long before settling into a soft ring. Impressive looking to say the least.

S- Coffee leads the way. Roasted malts and nuts, sweet cookies, and a hint of chocolate.

T- Abundance of sweet notes that weren't apparent with the nose. Borders on cloying, but slides back just before going over the edge. The biscotti cookie really comes through and complements the coffee character well. Warms up nicely with mocha, whipped cream, and slight charred caramel flavors.

M- Full bodied no doubt. Creamy, smooth, and alcohol with a kick.

O- a terrific breakfast or desert beer. Would be fantastically paired with a biscotti cookie or cream donut. Not sure that I would have again on its own, but would be sought out on the right pairing occasion.

$15.99 for 22 oz bomber. (860 characters)

Photo of argock
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No obvious freshness date. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Opaque black with a pretty substantial (at first) chocolate cookie batter colored 1/2-1 finger head which recedes quickly and leaves a few bubbles of lace.

S: Massive caramel blast which settles into black coffee and a bit of nutty, figgy dark maltiness. There is chocolate and it does exude a bit of a chemical, artificial tones to it. There are some doughy, malty aromas like cookies as well.

T: The flavor is out of this world with a subdued but up front sweetness followed by burnt caramel, bitter espresso, brownies, and some nutty maybe hazelnut coming through and lingering in the finish. There is barely any alcohol heat also mainly in the finish as it warms. The only bitterness is from the coffee flavors. It is a deeply satisfying beer, until you remember how much you paid for it ($15.99 in this case), yet still I am really glad I tried this -- it is a very artfully done beer.

M: Silky smooth and low in carbonation with a full body. Alcohol is well-hidden.

O: Evil Twin has a masterpiece on its hands. It is a delicious dessert beer with minimal alcohol presence, which is impressive at 11.5%, with a luscious mouthfeel and stellar palette of flavors and aromas. (1,338 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours very thick and black as black can be. One of the darkest pours I can remember, this beer isn't just black, light struggles to escape it like a black hole. Small, half a finger head forms and sticks around a good long while until turning into a thin coating on top of the beer. Head is not quite to chocolate brown, but very close. Lacing is very good.

S- Lots of strong, dark coffee here. Some hints of burnt malts make it through the coffee roasts. Maybe a hint of vanilla sweetness mixes in there. Frankly, it smells delicious.

T- Dark, roasty, burnt, and tons of coffee. At first, this reminds me a ton of Bourbon County Coffee without the barrel. Coffee starts it off with a strong bang. Some burnt malts come through along providing a little more dark bitterness to go with the coffee. None of the flavors are overly bitter. No sweet vanilla profile from the scent, just all coffee and dark malt.

M- Tick, smooth, low carbonation, and just plain smooth again. Alcohol is no where to be found in the taste or feel except a slight, and I mean very slight, warming sensation going down.

Overall, this is a phenomenal imperial coffee stout. It literally is BCBCS without the barrel, and I love it. Great coffee, great feel, and hides the alcohol well. This is a great stout for winter nights. (1,306 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No access to this beer on this side of the pond, so cheers to claaark13 for sending one over.

From a bomber into a snifter
Imperial coffee stout

APPEARANCE: Started to foam up the neck upon opening, but slowly settled. Pours out thick black and yields a 1+ finger, looser, fizzy, mocha colored head with lousy retention. Fizzes down to a ring only. Black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Looks mostly flat by the end with no real lacing or ring. Good color again, but lousy head.

SMELL: Roasted grain, coffee, vanilla cream and chocolate on the nose. Sweet cream and milk notes as well. Pretty nice really.

TASTE: Roasted coffee beans and sweet milky cream up front. Vanilla and caramel sweetness through the middle into the swallow as well. Bold finish of sweet cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, caramel, with some roasted grains and bitter coffee for sure. Very flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating. Enough weight and creamy as well. Good.

OVERALL: Was a little worried when it started to foam upon opening, but this one turned out solid. Wasn't as impressed with it as I was with Even More Jesus, but certainly one I would have again if offered. Lots of sweet milky and caramel flavors here, working well with the roasted and bitter coffee flavors. Thanks again Claaark13. Recommended. (1,434 characters)

Photo of KTeamLSU
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A: Just like most stouts dark black with a thin ring of mocha head.

S: Could smell the malt characters and coffee

T: Sweat... very very very sweet. Over-powering to my palate. I love coffee forward but the sweetness in this was off putting.

M: Smooth but a bit thin.

O: Great to try but too sweet for my tastes. (363 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 jdb288
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with thick head. Aromas is vanilla, coffee, caramel. Taste is heavy on the vanilla, the coffee fades to a background note. Nicely balanced sweetness (marzipan?) in a heavy stout. Balances sweetness with the bitter coffee notes just perfectly.

Can’t wait to try the BA version. (300 characters)

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. (483 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle to my FW Snifter glass – 12/07/13

Big thanks to Doppelbockulus for this one! A big want of mine.

A: Blackened brown body that is completely opaque. Looks pretty dark in the glass with an oily sheen on the surface and a few streaming bubbles present. Takes some vigor to conjure up the bubbly head of dark mocha whip. Quickly fades out to a swirl leaving light ribbons of stick strewn down the glass.

S: Barista grade coffee with blackened grains, dark chocolate, molasses, dark caramels, and brown sugar. Smells deliciously sweet with some alcohol presence on the nose. Getting a bit of vanilla spice mixed in as well. Need to let this one warm up as the nose really blossoms.

T: Fudgy brownie and vanilla pudding with brown sugar molasses. Coffee is there but significantly less intense than the nose. Oh this is delicious! Dark caramelized malts with subtle hints of anise spice mixed in. There is a moderate to high level of bitterness that just cuts through all the sweetness and really saves this from being an insulin bomb. The alcohol is warming and present but pretty tame considering the size of this brew. Has hint of smoke and an earthy mineral finish to it. Decadence in a bottle and a solid step up from the nose. My kind of dessert beer. Sweet and flavorful yet balanced by the bitterness.

M: Full bodied with a creamy texture and relatively high amount of bitterness that cuts through the density. Slight warming sensation with a slick oily coating on the finish.

D: Meets expectations. Deliciously balanced with layers of complexity. Will seek out again. (1,593 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz BOMB

When I bought this it was a whale, but then the variants came out so who even cares about this anymore? As I first stuck my nose towards the avery snifter that held this diabetes bomb, huge whiffs of brownie batter and fudge punched me in the face. It's pretty decadent and certainly one of the better Evil Twin beers I've had - gooey chocolate fudge, a little dose of smoke, medium rare brownie, sugar. I killed the last 6oz with a hearty scoop of snoqualmie french vanilla. (486 characters)

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

Appearance - Jet black with a medium viscosity and a thick 1/4 inch head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation bubbles coat the glass.

Smell - sweet, slightly roasted, milk chocolate, fresh baked bread (wheat), a hint of vanilla, and touch of a marzipan.

Taste - Immediately, an almond milk chocolate candy bar combined with vanilla wafers. The nutty, marzipan flavor comes through. Dark roasted malt flavors, but not overly so. Finishes with a dark salted chocolate, espresso-like flavor with just a hint of bitterness. I think chocolate dipped almond biscotti (given the name) is an excellent adjective to describe this beer. This is a sweeter style stout but even at 11.5%, the alcohol flavor is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as its deep color suggests. Smooth with medium carbonation. Slightly chewy.

Overall - I tried this about a month ago and immediately bought another bottle. It's delicious, sweet, and surprisingly easy to drink. More of an after-dinner beer. Some may find this too sweet but it suits my palate. Well worth $15 and worth seeking out. (1,071 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a totally opaque black with thick dark tan head. Beautiful.
S: It smelled like fresh roasted coffee and rich dark chocolate, with some vanilla bean and molasses.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and dry roasted coffee, with some toasted bread and vanilla bean. It had a clean mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. Excellent huge body.
D: This was a great stout, with delicious scent and taste, and fantastic body. The finish was really smooth with incredibly well hidden alcohol. So it was too easy to drink, given the ABV. No need to age, this brew is good to go fresh. For a non-barrel aged stout, this is top tier. Recommended. (690 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with light tan head that dissipates quickly in TEKU glass.

Smell is toasted malts, chocolate and a hint of cherry in the background.

Taste is dark chocolate, toasted malts, oats and a hint of ripe fruit. Good bitterness balances out the malts.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Light carbonation.

Overall this was a very good imperial stout. (355 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Evil Twin Brewing 'Imperial Biscotti Break' @ 11.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $16 , becomes my 500th beer had / 300th review

A-pour is black from bottle to glass with a big frothy tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-big boozey 'Imperial' stout , lots of smoke & roasted coffee

T-some smoothness , big bitter swallow

MF-ok/good carbonation , big full body

Ov-big beer , good beer , (share it with a friend type of beer)

prost LampertLand (473 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a small dark brown head. No lacing. Complex aroma, redolent of chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, coffee. Sweetness initially on the palate, but not cloyingly so. Loads of chocolate up front that gives way to dark fruit with hints of coffee. Finishes dry. Full bodied with very little carbonation. Overall, an outstanding Imperial Stout that is best served with dessert. (392 characters)

Photo of johnwhitleyuab
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rich flavor with great mouth feel. Just a little carbonation. Some chocolate flavor (but not excessive), coffee overtone, and just the right amount of alcohol heat. Competes with Yeti Espresso Aged Stout as my personal favorite, with Evil Twin having the lead. Will certainly reach for it when it's available. Overall, this one is hard to beat. Highly recommended. (364 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bcolton for sharing this. I've been wanting to try this beer for quite a while. Pours an inky black with no head. Nose expresses dark cocoa, a bit of char and perhaps coffee and hazelnuts. Taste consistent with nose - the flavor profile is very much reminiscent of a confection. The coffee presence and hazelnuts are much more intensified here. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slight chalkiness to the texture. Overall, an excellent American Double Imperial Stout that just falls a little short in the mouthfeel department. (571 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew I've been looking forwards to and pours a dark black hue with a creamy three finger chocolate laced head and lacing everywhere,the smell is strong mocha with biscuity malts and also strong Milo,the mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carbonated which massively suits and the taste is strong dark chocolate mixed with Milo and strong expresso and overall it's a very nice dessert drop and I could drink alot of and would buy again cheers. (451 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break

Appearance: dark dark brown, very little lacing, and no head.

Smell: sweet rich lovely coffee.

Taste: pure wonderful coffee with a faint biscuit flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy and slightly chewy.

Overall:
This is wonderful. The flavors of coffee are dead on and extremely pleasing. It feels just like black coffee except easier to drink quickly. (389 characters)

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

Bomber, 6oz pour into snifter. This years brew, but no dating.

Opaque, black elixir, brownie-colored rim of foam, nice lacing.

Wonderful chocolate, hazelnut, mild burnt malt and vanilla. Nice chocolate malt aroma.

The chocolate malt hits first, mixed hazelnut and sweet vanilla. Wow!

Medium to heavy mouthfeel, nicely carbonated.

Wonderful IS with the chocolate really coming through. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle (419 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz bottle into chalice.

A - Coal black with a thin dark brown chocolate head. No lacing.

S - I pick up strong notes of milk and dark chocolate. Maybe a bit of caramel noguat and a sweet nut aroma.

T - Starts with roasted sweet malts with milk chocolate and caramel noguat. Bakers chocolate and weak coffee fill in the middle. Notes of faint dark, sweet fruit finish it off.

M - Nice full body, smooth and creamy. Carbonation is low, but okay for the style.

O - A very nice Imperial Stout that is more sweet than bitter. Definitely worth trying at least once. (576 characters)

Photo of GarthT
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Plum black, dark chocolate head, like pouring a glass of Bordeaux

S: Intense molten chocolate, currants, decadent boozy whiff. Tempting without being overpowering.

T: Chocolate nut and raisin, rather than biscuity. Incredibly long finish. Who needs dessert?

M: Smooth but coats the entire mouth, alcohol not entirely subdued.

O: Competes with your best port. Would love to try this with a cigar. To be sipped slowly, in fact you can leave this in the glass for 30 min and still go back to it. (499 characters)

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.