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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 444
Hads: 3,522
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 23.96%
Wants: 472
Gots: 963 | FT: 128
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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 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Alright, so Raul finally got this Italian Russian and he is doin' it well. Raul poured it and he looked. Raul raised the glass to his nose and he sniffed. And like Raul in the 8th grade - it passed. But there are more dogs in this fight, my children. Taste? Mouthfeel? Yeah, kind of like getting your paycheck, but not hitting your bonus. Kind of like going out with that girl that you always wanted to, but not hitting her bonus. You feel me, my children?

Good, but a bit sweet. A bit lighter than Raul would have liked. But would I do it again? Yep!

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle picked up at CBX for $14, poured into snifter.
A: pours a midnight black, dark khaki one finger foam head, very little foam retention and lacing, shinny
S: coffee, dark fruit, molasses, oak, alcohol
M: thick, stout, silky
T: coffee, oak, tartness, dark fruit, chocolate, chocolate milk, roasted and charred malt, some nuttiness
O: great brew, world class, boozy as it warms up, +4 stars

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Evil Twin Brewing - Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a dark brown-black oil with a one inch mocha almost ruby-tinged head that dissipates quickly. Great lacing.

Smell - Coffee, cola, and rich chocolate over gently roasted malts.

Taste - Rich, velvety, and creamy chocolate. Coffee and roasted malt. Ends slightly bitter roasted malt. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Sits roasted malt and throat warm boozy. Full-bodied with medium carbonation. Great drinkability.

Overall - This brew is amazing, the cherry one was perfect but not everyone would agree, some wanted it sweeter. This one is a little hotter but still I would 100% recommend this brew and Evil Twin in general, I'm liking their thinking so far!

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Photo of hagbergl
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Evil Twin's Imperial Biscotti Break, poured into my Beer Geek Nation tulip. I've been waiting a long time to get my hands on a bottle of this to review it.

Appearance (4.25/5): Jet black with a minimal head.ega alcohol legs. Creamy tan head.

Smell (4.75/5): Tons of espresso, cocoa, milk chocolate, a light amount of alcohol heat. Extremely pungent.

Taste (4.75/5): Little bitterness for a coffee infused stout; smooth and round flavors of espresso bean and creamy milk chocolate. Almond, vanilla, biscotti. Unusual for a stout. Miraculously, no alcohol presence to remark on. Not overly sweet or roasty, though it definitely leans toward the sweet side of the stout flavor spectrum; extremely well-balanced despite the strength of the beer and the intense ingredients. Extremely consistent flavor. Not highly complex. But the flavor I am getting is unique to this beer. Just EPIC. And the flavor gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel (5/5): You look up "smooth" in the dictionary and you'll find a picture of Imperial Biscotti Break right next to it. This beer is velvety smooth, despite its thick, full-bodied mouthfeel. Light carbonation as expected for a beer this big. Absolutely perfect feel for a massive imperial stout. Surprisingly easy to drink.

Overall (4.75): This is one of those epic stouts that has to had to be believed. It packs tons of chocolate and coffee goodness with unique almond/vanilla biscotti bar undertones. It isn't the most aggressive stout; nor is it the most coffee-forward stout. But it might be the most well-balanced sweet stout I've ever had. A great stout that I think cracks my top 5–behind Founders KBS and Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, but ahead of Founders Breakfast Stout and Southern Tier Creme Brulee. Great stuff. See it, buy it. It's worth the $15-plus you'll likely have to pay for a 22 ounce bottle.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Black on the pour with a dark brown head. Retention is good, and a quarter inch cap stays. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Simply put, this really does smell like a biscotti dunked in coffee. Layered chocolate and coffee aromas. Semi sweet dark chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla bean, Coffee with cream and sugar. Somewhat cake-y. Slight acrid roasted malt component is buried deeply within. Wafts of raspberry ester are likewise hidden. Only the slightest hint of alcohol. Great.

T: Coffee with cream and sugar. Semi sweet dark chocolate. Nutty. Brown cocoa. Dry cake. Hints of wood and char. Vanilla bean. Berry esters come out a bit more than the nose let on, but they are still tightly contained within the more robust malt flavors. Very long finish of cake, chocolate, coffee beans, and a kiss of smoke.

M: Thick body. Very velvety and creamy. Low carbonation creates only a mild prickling sensation. Some soothing alcohol warmth.

O: Excellent stuff. This beer is right in my wheelhouse. Big, bold, and complex. Seamless integration of complementary flavors. Supremely easy to drink for a beer of its size. Do not hesitate to snag a bottle should it cross your path.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bomber
served in a Widmer Brothers Snifter
A - Jet black with a khaki foamy head with minimal lacing.

S - Coffee, cookie dough, chocolate, almond and vanilla. Essentially a Biscotti

T - Taste is super smooth tasting much like the smell. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Exceedingly sweet and the coffee flavors build as it warms.

M - Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

O - Overall a very solid beer but I would not put it into my top 15-20 in stouts.

Don't think aging will do too much for this one.

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Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opaque motor oil color with no visible light shining through, brief rust colored fizz after the pour. Little in the way of lacing but not expected.

Aroma is an enticing mix of chocolate, a touch of booze, roasted almonds blended nicely with the malt.

Taste is spot on, great chocolate flavors with a touch of vanilla and roasted nuts, some moderate roastiness on the palate.11.5% nicely obscured.

Mouthfeel is medium for an Imperial Stout, super creamy and very round.

Evil Twin is on to something with new cutting edge stouts, and I can't wait to try the cherry Natale version now that I have a baseline for the original recipe.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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