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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 3,102
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 416
Gots: 779 | FT: 106
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Denmark

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a red wine glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a big frothy dark tan head. Some light brown lacing mixes with the huge legs. Looks like a big stout.

Smell: That beautiful, boozy aroma of undercooked pastry with marzipan that you sometimes get in huge RISs. Not as full of aroma or complex as some, but the booziness really amplifies that one intoxicating pastry note. I'd give it under a 4 for being simplistic if it weren't so booming and inviting. A little cocoa comes out with time.

Taste: Sweet and slick up front, with a muddled malty character to it. Long, thick caramel finish that airs out with butty roasted malt. Lingering smokey, roasted malt aftertaste. Some chest warmth, but no solvent-like flavor from the extreme ABV.

The next sip brings some cherry and cola flavor. Not quite as deep or good as the aroma. Deeper into the glass the sweetness really builds up, but it's adequately controlled by the heavy roasted malt influence (the sort of nutty, effervescent roasted malt flavor generally permeates every element).

To be honest, it's a little sweet for me, and while it's eminently complex and well put together, the total package doesn't wow me. I can't give it below a 4 because it's a complex and refined "big RIS" among a nation of unbalanced, overdone alcohol bombs, but I'd still rather drink Alesmith Speedway Stout or Stone IRS for the same kind of thing done better.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Slick when it should be creamy. Spot on attenuation; dry, but not very. Perfect carbonation as well (not much, but just enough; great with a big stout).

Overall: Good, even great RIS. Lacks something (a couple flavor elements, a better mouthfeel) to take it into the repeat buy category, but definitely a worthy beer.

Wouldn't recommend going out of your way to hunt this beer down, but definitely give it a try if you happen upon it and like big stouts.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Jet black in appearance with a dark khaki head that receded quickly.

Great aroma of cinnamon, mocha, caramel, and a little butterscotch.

Its flavor starts out with chocolate and charcoal, but is then followed by sweet butterscotch, cinnamon, and some noticeable heat that has a trace of cherry.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dense and oily at first but as it warms it taste thinner. I wish it was a little chewier but only a minor detail.

Very enjoyable dessert stout. Its aroma is its best asset. I wish it had a bit more resemblance to the flavor of a biscotti cookie, but I'm not positive that was the intended goal by the brewer. If you like big sweet stouts, definitely check this out.

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A: SRM is black. Opaque. Light tan head dissipates to top of beer. Medium carbonation. Medium/heavy lacing.

S: Dark roast malt, chocolate, almond.

T: Chocolate, almond, coffee/dark roast malt. Just a touch boozy. A sweet stout. Aftertaste is main flavors, but the almond is more pronounced and quite nice.

M: Medium/full body. Very easy to drink and nice feel. Wet finish.

O: Great beer. Would live to try the variants. A treat to have on tap.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 3,102 ratings.