Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 444
Hads: 3,521
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 471
Gots: 964 | 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

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 jvillefan
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black. Poured like motor oil with no head.

S: The dominate aroma here is heavily roasted coffee. There is subtle chocolate in the background.

T: Coffee is the dominate flavor here. There is a ton of dark malt and coffee.

M: Very thick and viscous but extremely light on the carbonation.

O: Extreamly good beer. Get it if you can.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Tap & Table. Review from notes

Inky black, absolutely no light comes through. Beige head that lasts. Lots of complexity here, from a malt sweetness to a dark fruity sweetness, from chocolate and carob to vanilla and toast. It's a fairly sweet stout so do not expect too much ashy or black patent flavors. Paired well with a hearty burger.

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Photo of Rutager
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Expensive bottle, $18.

Appearance. Pours thick and black with a finger of thick espresso foam head.

Smell. Big chocolate, vanilla and cake with some roasty coffee, molasses and chocolate liquer.

Taste. Huge espresso with dark chocolate and some honey, vanilla, roasted nuts and a drop of molasses. Sweet but delicious.

Mouthfeel. Thick and a bit syrupy, low carbonation. Some warmth, but nothing off-putting.

Overall. A very tasty stout and makes a great desert.

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

Awesome bomber from dope (thanks man!) split with my brother, with my portion poured into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Dense, opaque black with thin brown head and decent lacing & alcohol legs.

S: Sweet alcohol; vanilla and almond really dominate, with some coffee and caramel mixed in for good measure. Decent roasted malt presence with plenty of sugary sweetness.

T: Sweeter here, as well; vanilla and caramel upfront. Less alcohol is tasted here than smelled. Decent amount of chocolate and coffee as well.

MF: Medium-to-full body, viscous and creamy. Carbonation was pretty low on this thing but didn't distract at all (though I would have preferred a little more to cut through the sweetness).

O: Really good, and way too easy to drink for how big it is (and even how much felt alcohol there is). Would have preferred a touch more coffee as well, to balance the sweetness, but my complaints are minor.

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Photo of aasher
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of brewerb in a box that arrived today. Thanks Brian!

This one pours a full bodied dark chocolate brown in clor with a slight khaki lacing around my glass. The nose is full on candy bar. Chocolate, chocolate everywhere. I don't get much roast, just pure milk chocolate. The flavors too, almost pure chocolate with just a touch of roast. Its truffle like. It's sweet but not cloying. It is incredibly smooth, which is definitely where this beer shines. The body is perfect, perfect. Tis is a great dessert but but not overly complex. I can see why everyone likes it but its a little sweet.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of Kmccabe33 pours a mostly black color with a dark brown head. Creamy with spotty lacing gives it a pretty rich appearance overall.

Nose is chocolaty with a ton of roast coffee. Moderate sweetness and graham cracker maltiness. Smells good...and rich.

Taste is sweet and decadent with lots of coffee and brown sugar. It kind of tastes like a latte with an extra shot of espresso and gingerbread cookies. It kind of seems to emulate some of the Southern Tier brews with the high residual sugar and thick body, but not quite on the same level. This has sat in my fridge for about 4 months and it tastes like it might be better fresh, some of the coffee flavors are starting to become slightly vegetal, which I have noticed before in old(er) coffee beers. It is still quite tasty, but not quite as much as the last time I had a fresher sample.

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

Dark brown color, almost black. There's no head whatsoever, even from an aggressive pour. There's only a thin ring of minor carbonation around the rim.

The aroma is really heavy on the coffee and almonds. There's a pleasant aroma of bakers chocolate and touch of vanilla.

No shit. This stuff really tastes like biscotti and a cup of coffee. It's really uncanny. Almonds, coffee, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and chocolate all pop out. It has a long finish of bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The body is heavy but I never would have guessed it was over 11% abv because the alcohol is nearly undetectable.

This was a fantastic beer. It kind of reminded me of some of Southern Tier's offerings like Creme Brulee, Mokah, etc, but much more modest and I mean that in a very good way.

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

Pours deep brown to black with a tiny mocha brown head. Sweet licorice and chocolate aroma almost like a chocolate liquer. Some bready notes. Very nice. Thick viscous mouthfeel opens up a wealth of flavor. Very sweet vanilla licorice up front, with a bit of chocolate, almond and dark fruits. Some lactose it seems here. A candy dessert beer here, but plenty drinkable. The bomber is a bit much, so probably want to share this one. Not really any alcohol notes, which is impressive at 11.5%. Nice brew with a super creamy body.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a thin finger of chocolate-khaki colored head. Fades normal.

S - Dark chocolate malts, coffee, vanilla, almonds, dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, some roasted character, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, vanilla, coffee, molasses, black licorice, toasted almonds, some roasted flavors, some earthy hops, and some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming, sweet, roasted finish.

D - Fantastic. Great overall balance with the imperial stout base with the vanilla, almonds, and other flavors.

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

Thanks to Matrix64015 for this one.

Poured from a bottle

Appearance. Oily black with a dark amber hue in the light. A frothy reddish brown head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving a halo around the glass. No residual lacing to speak of.

Smell. Strong bittersweet chocolate aroma, faint roasty espresso note, bold pure cocoa finish.

Taste. Chocolate. Sweet chocolate chips, bold dry 70% cacao bar, roasty cold coffee, sweet creamy milk chocolate finish. YUM. Not boozy at all considering the 11.5 ABV. Sweet enough to be a dessert beer. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy like the finest hot chocolate you've ever had. Silky and oily, but enjoyable. Not cloying at all for how sweet it is.

Overall. A great beer. Excited that I finally got one of these. A bit sweet for my normal liking, but I like it a lot. I would liken it to CBS with how well the sweetness works without being overpowering. I would drink this one again anytime if I can get my hands on another.


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Photo of Fanhitter
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cellar temp bottle poured into a goblet

This pours a murky dark brown, looks like motor oil with a thick creamy tan head.

The aroma is a pungent bittersweet chocolate. There's also a boozy aroma; slightly Irish-creamy and nutty. The sweetness is very robust.

The taste is a malty vanilla bomb. The pallette is otherwise stained with a sweet cocoa note after a nice sweet, tart and syrupy draw. This is a dessert beer without a doubt.

Mouthfeel at room temperature is exceptionally smooth. I typically like imperial stouts a bit chilly, but this one goes down easy warm.

Overall, this is a good beer and could go down easy as a breakfast beer or for a late night sweet tooth. I was not familiar with this beer prior to trying it, but am glad I got to taste it. If EvilTwin has other beers of this caliber, if be eager to try them.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours an opaque jet black with a very thin creamy mocha head that recedes to a flat top. Minimal lacing that fades fast, mostly alcohol legs, fairly low carbonation.

S- Fresh baker's chocolate, some milk chocolate, coffee, bit of bread, some booze thats well integrated. Aromas are well balanced and fairly aromatic, however I could do with a little bit less booze in the aroma.

T- Creamy dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee with a hint of bitterness, light malts, a bit of booze, finishes with smooth creamy chocolate. Nicely balanced and very tasty.

M- Creamy, abv very well hidden for 11.5%, finishes very smooth, fairly low carbonation but appropriate for style, extremely drinkable.

O- This was a fantastic imperial coffee stout from Evil Twin although it probably isn't my favorite from them (I liked Even More Jesus slightly more) or coffee stout in general. Personally for coffee stouts I think the only one that beats this is Peche Mortel. The only thing I disliked in this beer was that it could have been slightly less boozey (maybe 9-10% instead of 11.5%). That being said this beer was excellent and I would definitely drink it again even with the $17 price tag.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a 22 oz bottle. Pours thick sludgy black with a small dark brown creamy head that receded and coated the glass nicely on the way down.

Lots of roasted malt and espresso in the nose. Dark chocolate and vanilla as well but the coffee/espresso notes were the strongest.

Taste was a letdown. The espresso came through a bit, but not as much as in the nose. Dominated by cocoa/chocolate with a little earthy bitterness. By the time it warmed to room temperature was incredibly sweet with nothing but chocolate in the flavor.

Creamy mouthfeel although felt a bit thin at times. Alcohol is very well hidden as I would have guessed this is around 7-8% based off alcohol taste. Got very cloying as it warmed.

Was let down by this one even more so after the great appearance and aroma. A little too one note and sweet for my taste. I struggled to put down 11 oz and didn't finish what my girlfriend didn't drink either which almost never happens. That said, I'd love to see a barrel aged version of this. Adding some booze to balance the sweetness would seem to work well.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle I received from my brother. Poured into a snifter...

A - Pours a thick and viscous black color with a rich mahogany head that is about one-half of a finger thick. The head recedes to a cap of the same rich mahogany, chocolate color. Really inviting look and definitely what I wanted this one to look like.

S - Decadent, warm, and sweet. Aromas of rich dark chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruits like dates and figs come out front. Sweet flavors of hazelnuts and almonds mixed with vanilla come through along with marshmallow notes and carmelized sugars. Theres a slight licorice aroma showing itself along with a very faint honey note.

T - Really rich flavors of dark chocolate and milk chocolate come first followed by roasted coffee beans - more espresso than your normal coffee notes. Vanilla comes next along with cocoa powder, honey, and a slight nuttiness to it reminding me of almonds or hazelnuts. There are some faint hits of dark fruits like dates and raisins, but the other flavors really take the stage.

M - Very smooth and velvety, full bodied beer. It is a sweeter, richer beer, but with the alcohol hidden the way it is, it is still easy to drink.

O - While some might think this is too sweet of a beer to drink by yourself, I had no issue getting through this bottle, although I did share a little bit. Great mix of flavors and definitely a beer that met the hype for me. Thanks, Matt!

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Photo of nataku00
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours pitch black with almost no head, maybe a thin collar of dark brown. Looks thick and viscous like motor oil, with plenty of alcohol legs.

Nose is rich bittersweet chocolate, sweet and fruity coffee, almonds, roasted and toasted malt, and graham crackers. Even more coffee as the beer warms a bit.

Taste pretty much follows the nose, very rich chocolate and coffee flavors, mellowing into sweet nutty flavors and toasted malt and biscuits.

Full body, rich and creamy with just mild carbonation. Taking small sips, the beer coats the tongue and lingers nicely. Alcohol is well hidden, a beer to slowly savor.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to yourefragile for picking this one up. Served in a cervoise. Pours a very dark brown with a decent tan head. The nose starts off with a bang. Where the regular Biscotti was lacking, this one is over the top. There’s plenty of vanilla with almond underneath. Coffee and cream. Nice backing chocolate. As it warms, it seems just a touch artificial, but otherwise, this is quite nice. Flavor falls off a bit, but is still quite nice. Vanilla and chocolate stand out. Full body and smooth feel. Very easy to drink. Excellent work.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black body, faint tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Chocolate, caramel, a lot of sweetness, a touch of vanilla.

T - Tons of vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, coffee, very sweet.

M - Very smooth, medium to full mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation

Great stuff.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip.

A: Thick deep black oil slick appearance. Aggressive center pour leads to a slowly building hot cocoa colored head. Fades slowly and big thick heavy lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Cocoa, smooth coffee smell. ABV is well hidden. Very nice, yet simple aroma.

T: Such a nice mix of cocoa, coffee, fig, caramel and a hint of a bite at the end.

M: Huge, smooth bodied beer. Smooth toned down carbonation.

O: A wonderful big stout that's smooth and a nice easy drinker. ABV is really no where to be found which is dangerous and beautiful.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to worthy sniffer

A: black as night pours like motor oil with literally no head at all small tan mocha head

S:lots of alcohol at first but that kinda goes away but there is almost a roasted bourbon scent maybe some coffee but not much

T: the taste is super sweet that fades into like a chocolate expresso liquor that fits the title perfectly tastes like biscotti but there is a little too much alcohol in the taste definitely a dessert treat

M:super thick almost syrupy very heavy as well has a bite but no carbonation definitely a sipper with alcoholic taste

O:it's a deliciously Tasty beer but its so heavy it was hard to drink the whole bomber definitely something to share as an after dinner treat with friends but taste as advertise so I give credit for that

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a thick, black as night liquid with practically no head. Fizzles of what seems to be brown beach sand appear and then quickly vanish. A nice looking stout! A thin ring of lacing remains.

S - dark chocolate malty explosion! Some fig in there along with a pleasant earth tone.

T- dark chocolate yet again with some light malts. Some very light coffee in there with some vanilla bean as well.

M - thick and coats the mouth very well.

O - very nice brew here. Pick it up if you can.

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Photo of brewdude1982
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a bomber poured into a snifter.

A: 5.0 very dark and nice dark brown head
S: 4.5 smells sweet with coffee notes
T: 4.0 very sweet and a little fuity upfront almost like a barley wine and them dissipating into a very dark malt finish.
MF:4.0  nice and full
O:4.0 good beer and since it comes in at over 11% they hid the alcohol well

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Photo of Rifugium
3.56/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from...er...Pinocchio's?

Only in comparing this with the regular Biscotti Break did I realize that that one is much more rare than this one. Interesting. I also found the regular version to be much better than the imperial. Also interesting is that the regular is a porter and this is a stout, yet the porter was much more full-bodied. But anyway.

Decanted into a Surly Darkness goblet, this beer was an impenetrable obsidian color, though brown edges became apparent towards the end; a small cap of tannish-mocha head on top retained as a ringlet, yielding minimal lacing, more oily streaking. Appropriate for the style / ABV. Aroma was fairly roasty, notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Taste was quite disappointing compared to the regular BB, roasty malts, semi-sweet chocolate, light notes of vanilla and almond, with quite a bit of intrusive booze that really thinned out the body quite a bit. I tried letting this come down closer to room temperature, but even with that, things didn't improve much. About medium-bodied, watered-down booze-like mouthfeel, not at all rich and creamy. Still decent overall, but lacking in many ways. This was a mess compared to its porter counterpart which was much more balanced and tasty.

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Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – black with a short, brown head

S – roasted malts, faint spice, a hint of coffee

T – creamy, rich, roasted malts, faint coffee—dessert, much like a biscotti

M – smooth, full bodied, perfectly carbonated

This is a deliciously balanced beer. It’s rich, complex, and smooth. It accomplishes exactly what the name indicates – a biscotti. This would make a perfect after dinner beer or a great cold weather beer. Either way it is well worth a try.

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Photo of claaark13
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks kingkong, I think this was on my wants for 3 days? I'd feel bad drinking it if I didn't already have most of your bottles ready. Poured into a HF tulip at a shade under 50 degrees.

A - Pours a dark brown with a mocha, thin head. Head goes to minimal lacing. Legs are nice.

S - Cocoa and coffee. Coffee is smooth, really melds well with the cocoa. My wife thinks it smells like Frank's. I disagree. The aroma of cocoa sorta reminds me of Nesquick mix.

T - Chocolate malt mix, sweet coffee, cocoa, more malt mix. The coffee bites the tongue with light bitterness in the back half of the flavor. The chocolate and slight bitterness stick around after each sip. I find much more chocolate than coffee for most of the flavor. The chocolate malt flavor could be described as a nuttiness as well.

M - Fuller side of medium. Based on my other reviews, this is closer to a 4.5 than 4.0.

O - I enjoyed this more than most non-BA stouts I've had. I really enjoyed it. I can't think of one thing I'd change, aside from a thicker mouthfeel. I think putting it in a barrel would do harm, although I can't say I wouldn't try it. Then again, it makes me think of how BCBCS would taste without the barrel.

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Photo of portia99
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter. Been looking for this for a while, glad to grab some before it left the shelves this time around.

A - Pours an opaque, oily black in color...looks thick and viscous. A short cap of dense cappuccino cap of foam lingers for a minute or so and falls to a loose collar and skim coat on the surface.

S - Dark roasted coffee up front, hints of light caramel and brown sugar. Licorice and some char/ash. A touch of creaminess, some maple and maybe even a bit of chili pepper on the fringes.

T - Not at all what I was expecting...rather sweet up front. Sugar, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, vanilla, sweet cream, maple...very complex sugar profile. Backed up by coffee, burnt toast, charcoal, alcohol. Rather interesting interpretation of the style that is carried out quite well.

M - Medium bodied...not quite as the appearance initially indicated. Carbonation is on the light side, just creating a tingle and some life on the tongue and buoying the body just a bit. Overall sweet and leaves a persistant coating of sugar on the lips with each sip.

O - Overall, a bit of a different take on the imperial stout style. Has the requisite raostiness and coffee base, but the dominant flavors are of the sweet variety and almost in a candy-like way. A light syrupy-ness in feel that further impresses the candy aspects of the beer. Different but well done.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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