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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 445
Hads: 3,530
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 472
Gots: 965 | FT: 129
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New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 elNopalero
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a jet black, the color and consistency of used motor oil.

Amazing aroma. It’s big and domineering with all the right notes coming across in the most pleasing of ways. Yum!

Strong yet smooth, with an incredible viscosity that lingers for hours on end. Each sip is a treat! The beer’s flavor is more than the sum of its parts but they’re all there—dark chocolate, coffee/espresso, vanilla, caramel, leather, almond liquor… Decadent and delicious.

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Photo of SawDog505
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip glass. Pours motor oil black, with a one inch mocha head, that leaves behind beautiful lace, and settles very slowly into a layer of foam, amazing. Smell is roasted expresso, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and twix candy bar. Taste even better than the nose. Its a combination of every thing in the nose, but nothing dominated, an amazing dessert beer. Body is chewy as hell, perfect carbonation, not overly dry, and hard to sip, no alcohol present in the taste and at 11 5% incredible. This is sublime! Wouldn't change anything. The best body ever for the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. I like me some biscotti - never have I had it in the company of an Imperial Stout, though.

This beer pours a purely dark, evilly black abyss, with nary a highlight at any edge, and three fingers of sludgy, foamy and thickly creamy tan head, which leaves a decently attractive vista of sea-borne storm cloud lace around the glass as things generally subside.

It smells of roasted caramel and toffee malt, treacle, condensed coffee au lait, bittersweet chocolate pudding, some charred ash, oily Italian nuts, boozy vanilla, and a bit of generic, indistinct whisk(e)y. The taste is sweet chocolate nibs, mildly astringent medium-grind coffee, hazelnut and almond nutbars, edgy vanilla, subdued Irish whiskey, and softly blotted earthy, leafy hops. Wow - I'm looking for barrel notes where there are none.

The carbonation is quite laid-back, and mostly asleep at the wheel, the body a thoroughly solid full and sturdy weight, and incredibly silky smooth, with the attendant unassailed creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the heady cocoa, toasted caramel, vanilla, and well strapped-down booze all well capable of parrying the bitterness of coffee and hop in this particular instance.

A rather pleasantly innocuous imperial stout, with slight Italian dessert qualities, everything kind of muddled, but in a very engaging manner. The coffee just adds to the Etruscan essence, while the alcohol does a hell of a job of keeping its head down, that point can't be stressed enough. Not a drinker, more of a slow sipper, but without any barrel or overt booze astringency, I can see how the former might seem foolishly appealing here.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2015

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of dark tan head that fades to nothing in a couple of minutes

S: Lots of roasted and burnt malt with vanilla, coffee, and dark chocolate in the back. A light nutty presence from the almonds is also there. Alcohol is very minimal

T: Starts off with the huge roasted malts and slowly gets more and more complex. Vanilla and coffee are quite present, with dark chocolate and almonds hanging out in the back. Alcohol is there, but is hidden very well for 11.5%. Finishes with a light char and mix of sweetness and bitterness from the vanilla and coffee, respectively

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Nearing chewy, but a little thinner

O: A very nice imperial stout that nicely incorporates both the coffee and vanilla. It is quite complex, especially at room temperature. I'd love to see a BA version of this

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black and opaque with a small tan head that quickly moves to the edge of the glass. Poured pretty nice; fits the profile of what it's supposed to be.

Smell: Hazelnut coffee, chocolate, coconut, vanilla, graham cracker, dark fruit.

Taste: Dark chocolate gives way to some malty sweetness. The coffee then creeps in and makes for a bitter ending. There's a little bit of a booze burn at the end, but that's no surprise given the abv; it's hidden fairly well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied for the style. Velvety and smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Definitely a balanced beer. It's not too sweet, though I wouldn't mind it being a bit sweeter(hey, I like Dark Lord...). I think this would benefit from a year or two to let the bitterness die down, but it's still drinking good now. This actually reminds me of pt5, though not as sweet. Not bad at all.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh yes. Got lucky and stumbled across this in NYC. Great texture and feel. Quite smooth. Flavor is great. Great level of malts. Superb tone of coffee. Balance really works. Carbonation is smooth. Way too easy to drink. I wish I had gotten more of this when I had the chance. Nice to be able to get a beer people have been raving about and have it live up to the hype.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Potsdam IGA.

A - Black with a one finger tan head. Good carbonation coming up. No retention, no lace. Sorta to be expected for the ABV.

S - Huge coffee/mocha aroma right away when the bottle is opened. Chocolate becomes alot stronger after a few sniffs, vanilla, whiskey, iced coffee.. Nice.

T - Nice big coffee flavour with vanilla, roast, sweet chocolate. Lot's of different flavours. Great sweetness.

M - Decent carbonation, very dry finish, big old creamy body.

O/D - A nice imperial stout. Hardcore in all departments. Lot's of aggressive elements of chocolate and coffee and far too easy to drink for its strength. Quite nice.

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Photo of mattsander
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Inky black, full bodied, dense and creamy dark brown head. Gorgeous beer.

S: Dark chocolate, toasted nuts, espresso. Cocoa, a bit of burnt sugar.

T: Sweet and decadent, dark cocoa and deeply roasted coffee dominate. The aftertaste has vanilla wafers and the perfect amount of toasty-nuttiness. Awesome.

M: Full bodied, very creamy.

This one surprised me, a truly awesome stout.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a Toppling Goliath Snifter

A- Very attractive Imperial Stout. Nice one finger dark brown frothy head, dissipates slowly, really nice lacing sticks to the glass. Color is pitch black, no light is getting through this baby.
S- BIG coffee upfront, some brown sugar comes out, some vanilla as well, the coffee is just awesome, takes over everything. Slight chocolaty aroma as well.
T- Wow so rich, big roast upfront, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, bitter sweetness, vanilla, everything i could ask for in a non barrel aged Imperial Stout, very easy to drink the alcohol is no where to be seen.
M- Big mouthfeel, thick as it goes down, sticky on the palate
O- Really impressed with this beer, allot of taste in this one, love the rich vanilla coffee taste, just lingers in your mouth after every sip. Hard to stop drinking it. Usually i would share a bottle of this with a friend, but right now I'm very glad I'm having this solo.

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Photo of bum732
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S: Very sweet, mocha. Some roast, rich maltiness. Lots of milk chocolate.

L: Very thick, black, motor oil consistency. Dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Ring of foam.

T: Sweet, mocha like flavors up front with a prominent maltiness. Low bitterness with loads of freshly roasted coffee with milk chocolate notes. Bold, roasty coffee into the finish. Finishes quite sweet.

M: Big, full bodied. Slick mouthfeel. Medium low carbonation.

Great, really enjoyed the coffee in this. Quite sweet, going solo on a bottle was a little much.

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Photo of Treebs
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle served in a . Thanks to bentenison for the brew.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film with a slightly thicker collar. Sheets of lace.

S: There's a whole ton going on. Espresso sweetness, almost like a warm chocolate milk. Heavy doughy cookie, roasted malts and big baker's chocolate. Very faint green paper as it warms, but overall it doesn't detract too much from the smell. Very nice.

T: Warming alcohol on the backend, but it's not over or noticeable which is nice. Chocolate covered espresso beans with a roasted malt and soft cookie sweetness. The finish has some bitter roast and some

M: Silky and oily. Medium to heavy bodied with a medium low carbonation. Really nice.

O: Great mouthfeel with a wonderful blend of flavors. Very nice overall and would definitely have again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. From notes.

A: Pours a pitch black color. There isn't much head, just a small tan-colored film. This has some nice alcohol legs, it must be said.

S: This is really chocolaty, with a pleasant backing of black coffee. I really love all the chocolate in the aroma - while it's simplistic, the way the two notes coalesce is really great. A simple but very effective aroma.

T: There is a ton of strong dark chocolate to open the flavor profile up. This sensation gradually builds up a coffee tone on the back end. Between the two flavors is a notable cookies 'n' cream flavor to balance. Tons of flavor help make this a winner, though it could be a tad more complex. Who cares, though?!

M: This isn't quite as creamy as I'd expect a sweet-ish stout to be. Having said that, it features a good body and some nice viscosity. Poor carbonation means the sweetness sticks around for a while on the palate. Despite that, there's no hint of the 11.5% on either the flavor or feel, and it goes down quite easily.

O: I love how chocolaty this is, and how balanced the coffee come across. Having said that, I don't know if it's quite as good as Founders Breakfast Stout. Certainly, it's an excellent coffee brew, but I'm not sure it's worth its exorbitant price. Even if this were just $10/bottle, I would consume this like water. I'd still buy it again at $18 a bottle, though.

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Photo of dowen17
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an 18oz snifter.

Pours pitch black with a perfect, tight two finger milk chocolate colored head that shows no signs of disappearing quickly. Huge lacing down the glass.

On the nose is sweet chocolate, raisins, dark fruits, and some biscuit malt. Some rich roast coffee and burnt caramel. Very nice.

Wow. Just... Wow. As soon as the beer hits your tongue it's sweet milk chocolate and perfectly roasted fresh coffee. So inviting. No signs of alcohol at all. On second sip, I pick up some dark fruits, burnt caramel, and the bitterness from the coffee begins to creep across the pallet. As the beer opens up, some alcohol presents itself, but it doesn't overpower the beer at all.

Mouthfeel is rich and chewy. Really coats your mouth. Carbonation is surprisingly nice for a beer this big. It really is huge.

This is really such a great, great beer. Definitely worth seeking out and it's absolutely worth every penny. Definitely a new favorite and I will be drinking this again the next chance I get.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Solid black body with a muddy brown highlight at the rim. Dark khaki head with ok retention and lace.

S - Clean, relatively straight forward nose. Raw espresso, dry wood, and a touch of booze.

T - Dark roast coffee, touch of cream, bitter char, burnt caramel, soft booze, dark chocolate.

M - Smooth, creamy, with a medium frame.

O - An excellent imperial stout. Great flavor profile and balance.

P - Exceptional (even for imperial stouts) with fudgey brownies.

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Photo of jpro
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from CBX. Having had this one in the fridge for a while, was excited to bust it out... Poured into a snifter...

A: Black-brown; about a half-finger of ecru head that dies down to a faint ring of retention; not much lacing going on here at 11.5%

S: Sweet black malts; light coffee aroma; chocolate cake.

T: Sweet; milk chocolate notes; dark chocolate notes; not much roastiness... I was afraid this one was going to be too sweet, but it isn't and even has a nice, light note of bitterness.

M: Medium feel; lighter carbonation; could use a little more body and carbonation; a very enjoyable imperial stout - I'd definitely have it again!

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.39/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Brouwer’s Back in Black fest. Pours black with a medium finger of tan head, great retention.

Smell is coffee and something yeasty.

Taste is sweet. Watery, dry, medium mouthfeel. Decent.

Revisit from the bottle.

Pour jet black with a dark tan head.

Smell is soft coffee.

Taste is a bit more chocolate than I remember, coffee and a bit of red fruit on the end.

Thick and creamy.

Still say it is a pretty average stout.

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

10 oz draft at the Avenue Pub ($6). Heavy anticipation, high expectations.

A: Completely black. The 1/2-finger head evolves to skim. Prominent mocha-colored lacing. Unbelievable redness emerges when swirled. Impressive.

S: Raisins. Some coffee. Almond. A little vanilla. Maybe amaretto? Not as huge for me as others have described, but the diversity of waves coming here is, again, impressive.

T: Chocolate-covered raisins. Man, this is sweet. Not a ton of coffee bitterness either (although some), so the sweetness really sticks. The dark chocolate opens up nicely as it warms. Overall, not as complex or satisfying as the nose.

M: A little lacking here. I'd prefer a more coating feel from a beer this big.

O: Certainly excellent... and certainly a sweet-tooth bomb, so beware.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black oil poured into a flute, producing a two-finger head of darkest foam, leaving but a mote or two of lace on the glass

S: chocolate syrup and bittersweet chocolate over black roasted malts

T: deep, dark syrupy bittersweet chocolate; rich, roasted malts, and am I imagining it? Biscotti dipped into sweet espresso.

M: smooth as silk, full-bodied and slick, no carbonation, just a bittersweet close and a stick to the lips

O: a sublime stout, direct and succinct, full of rich flavor and feel. Worthy of the praise it so often receives.

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Photo of twizzard
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Read a post that said it smells like Hershey's chocolate syrup....BINGO. And I love Hersheys....Enjoyed the nose on this as much as the taste. Dark as night...nothing will penetrate this stuff. Not my all time favorite Stout but certainly worth the $$.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #400, poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with just a trace of foamy light tan head that completely dissapears shortly after the pour

S- wow, I think I can smell this one from a couple of feet away, so many aromas pouring out. Big and raw dark chocolate notes, reminiscent of fudge laced with pecans. Raw coffee bean with some vanilla sweetness, toffee and dark cherries. Heavy cream sweetness with toasted biscotti aromas and a hint of alcohol to finish it out. The complexity of the aroma is rediculous and its only opening up more as it warms

T- heavy-cream sweetness is followed by dark chocolate fudge cake, espresso with hazelnut and vanilla, toasted makt provides toasted biscotti flavors. Dark fruits emerge near the end with some fig and sweet prune juice, chocolaty-yet-somewhat tart on the finish with some booze to close it out

M- medium-heavy somewhat viscous body with low carbonation and a smooth and velvety mouthfeel, warming alcohol on the finish with a linger that lasts forever

O- this one was so complex, I'm still picking out new flavors and aromas. This would make a perfect dessert beer, but may be too sweet to handle a whole bottle alone. Easily top 5 aroma grade for me

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a motor oil black body. Thick, dark khaki colored head builds up and settles quickly. Thin layer of velvety froth remains on top of brew. Medium lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted java beans strong upfront on the nose. Dark Hershey chocolate. Some sweet vanilla. A bit roasted glazed pecans. Smells like a creme brûlée dessert.

T: More vanilla upfront on the palate than the waft leads on. Hazelnut. Chocolate that tastes like a dark chocolate hershey kiss. Strong black coffee on the finish. Bitterness from the coffee lingers.

M: full body. Creamy. Moderately high carbonation. Booze is unbelievably hidden.

O: my favorite Evil Twin to date. Coffee bitterness balances wonderfully with the dessert-like sweetness. This is a perfect after-dinner drink.

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

22oz. bottle poured into a Bourbon County Snifter. Bottled on 11/05/10. Thanks to Hugonaut13 for the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown with a 1/2" tan head that quickly recedes to a cap and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet almond,vanilla, and chocolate in that exact order of dominance

Taste: Almond up front with sweet chocolate and a whole lot of vanilla flavor. This beer is a flavor bomb with so much depth, so tasty. It pushes the envelope on sweetness but not to far, remarkably good for a beer on the sweet side. It never becomes cloying.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and rich.

Overall: Really a delicious beer, a massive amount of flavor built on the almond, vanilla, & chocolate troika. As I mentioned on the sweeter side but extraordinarily delicious.

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

Bottle from Food and Friends in Philly
Pours jet black with a smallish tan head that had to be coaxed out and dissipated rather quickly. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, coffee, chocolate, almonds, brown bread, light pitted fruit, toffee, molasses, and a touch of alcohol. Really great nose on this one! The flavor is diabetes inducing sweetness. Lots of smokey syrupy molasses caramel and brown sugar up front. The coffee cuts through the sweetness as does the tart fruitiness and a touch of alcohol. Thick body with a minimal amount of carbonation and a sweet sticky syrupy mouthfeel. This is a huge sweet sticky beer, but it really does work for me. The nose is incredible here and Id love if we could shave about 10 points of gravity.

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Photo of MCain04
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer on tap at Map Room in Chicago, reviewing from tasting notes. It is a nice dark huge, poured with minimal head, only rimming of lacing. Smells great, coffee notes and big, and it boasts a toasty, roasty flavor like a Biscotti would. The flavor is along with the nose but is a little overpoweringly sweet. Good mouthfeel. Very easy to drink, glad I have a couple more bottles of this!

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Photo of Jonada
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Best before 2015. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Nearly jet black in color with less than a finger of a dark tan, almost brown head. Head dissipates to a thin film and collar. Body is opaque.

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted coffee, sweet and roasted malt, almonds and molasses.

Taste: Big malt sweetness upfront, but not overpowering or cloying. Big flavors of coffee and vanilla, as well as chocolate, nuts, caramel and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the lower end of medium.

Overall: This one doesn't disappoint. Incredibly complex and well balanced. It's also highly drinkable for 11.5%. One of the best non barrel aged stouts I've had.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.