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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti BreakEvil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 jrenihan
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Torst.

Black in colour, IBB has a small tan head that fades quickly. Good lacing.

The nose contains coffee, almond and chocolate. Biscotti indeed! You can really smell it.

Flavour-wise, there is almond, coffee, vanilla and roasted malt. Quite sweet. A dessert beer for sure.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Slick and smooth.

Overall, quite good. Did not quite live up to its reputation for me, but quite tasty.

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Photo of ElSid
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: Possible date code on bottom

A: Thick, midnight black with a cocoa powder brown head, which leaves behind a ring of thin, micro bubbles on the glass.

S: Cocoa and espresso topped off with vanilla and wood. There is a burnt grain, caramel and brown bread center.

T: The sweetness hits with cocoa, marshmallows and brown sugar hand-in-hand with rich espresso. Then comes raisin, dark berry and brown sugar spread on a bready, biscuity middle. The finish breaks the palate with oaky, earthy bitterness that builds to a somewhat dry and warm bourbon finish.

M: Thick and chewy; this brew feels substantial. There is a light to moderate amount of carbonation along with a coating linger.

O: The coffee is mostly muddled in the sweetness and bourbon. Overall this remains a significant coffee Imperial Stout. With it's ~$18 price tag out here in Southern California, I would happily reach over and grab some local brews such as Ale Smith's Speedway Stout and the younger Cismontane's Black Dawn instead.

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Photo of dar482
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It comes in a dark black color with almost no head, with a brown mocha bubbling and ring.

The aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts, sweetness, a bit of coffee.

The flavor is of chocolate and a bit of coffee. It's an extremely heavy and sweet beer. It's almost like that thick sugary chocolate milkshake texture or Nesquick. There's also some nuttiness in there too, like almond amaretto.

The mouthfeel is velvety and creamy.

A wonderful dessert beer. Just big and sweet. I personally prefer the Decicco's version as the spice in that beer cleans up the sweetness.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Got this recently from MegDuf32, thank you very much. Typical imperial stout appearance. Aroma is yeast, dough, slight coffee and biscotti or some type of cookie? Flavor is pretty close to the nose and good. My only complaint regarding this beer is that it is too sweet. The alcohol is hidden but its a sugary beer and I'm not sure I'll finish the entire bottle (though I likely will)

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Photo of alexgash
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle.

Midnight dark brown. Viscous and oily looking. Small, filmy, bright cocoa brown head. Some lacing over time. Deep, rich roasted coffee and espresso aromas. Very fresh seeming (as in I just ground some wonderful, recently-roasted beans). After the wall of fresh black Italian roast, notes of caramel, vanilla, almond, and chocolate. Wow! I just want to sit and sniff this.

Italian roast coffee/espresso flavors right off the bat. Smooth, wonderfully roasty, with increasing bitterness. As the bitterness picks up, the palate fills up with dark chocolate, molasses, figs, and licorice. Woody, tannic bitterness toward the finish. Hints of vanilla and almond. Finish features more coffee roastiness and bitterness. Lingering caramel, molasses, and chocolate. Full-bodied, with a thick, slightly oily feel. One of the best coffee beers I've had!

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle from Ridgewood Beer and Wine-- $12.99.

Appearance: Pours super thick, viscous, and black as hell. WIth a hard pour, a tight, dark brown head forms, but doesn't last. Just spots of lacing.

Smell: Cold coffee, chocolate chip cookie, brownies, tiny whiff of chewing tobacco, dark toast. Damn it smells good.

Taste: Rich, cakelike malt flavors with chocolate cookies and delicious coffee flavor. Roasted malt flavor is not overpowering, but rounds out the sweetness. Alcohol is not undetectable, but adds to the overall flavor. The finish is like you just finished a rich chocolate dessert and a cup of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth and soft. Slick, viscous, and thick.

Overall: This is just one of those beers that succeeds in every way, and really nails its goal. Wouldn't want it ever day, but when in the mood, this is perfect.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass form a bomber during a nice late March snow storm.

Pours a gorgeous dark dark black color held to the light lets nothing through. The head is nice and creamy and dense and rises to about 1 inch tall. Very very dense bubbles. The color is nice espresso and cappuccino tan. Gorgeous.

Wow. Aroma is impressive. Some nice espresso roast that is balanced out by delicious and bright vanilla bean notes. It is not cloyingly sweet though. Amazing nose. There is then some delicious cocoa powder and milk chocolate notes in the aroma. They mix so well with the vanilla and espresso from the front end. The cocoa notes also have some great almond notes and even some hazelnut to it.

Flavor is amazing! Wow. Follows the nose but is more intense and full and complex. Starts off with the perfect blend of espresso roast with some great nutty and almond balance. The chocolate sweetness milds out the coffee some more and it finishes with some slight vanilla bean deliciousness. The nice espresso bitterness also lingers towards the back end of the brew and plays so well with the vanilla and cocoa. Impressive brew. Mouthfeel is near if not perfect. Slick and smooth and slightly oily but not too thick to overwhelm.

Amazing brew that was under the radar for me. Very nice coffee notes that take the lead but play so well with some vanilla and nice coca. Very good brew. I will seek this out more.

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Photo of davey101
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to Atomicskis5 for the bottle! Latest 2013 batch, best before 2015.

A - Pours a deep black body with two fingers worth of dense and creamy mocha foam. Crazy levels of lacing and retention here. Swirling the beer gets addictive it looks so damn good.

S - Move over Southern Tier, there's another brewery nailing the aromas of desserts! Roasted coffee beans, delicate french vanilla, and some almond nuttiness. Really digging the end of the nose as everything comes together so well. Smells like a god damn biscotti plus a cup of coffee.

T - Lightly bitter roasted coffee beans. Smooth and rich french vanilla. Cocoa and toasted almonds on the finish. Less direct than the nose but very tasty and satisfying. Rich and decadent but not too overbearing.

M - Rich and creamy. I was expecting something heavier and sweeter, not so. Alcohol sneaks in slightly on the aftertaste.

O - Been waiting to try this beer for a long time, and although I was expecting something much different it did live up to the hype for me. This is a damn solid dessert beer. Just nails the biscotti + coffee motif.

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Photo of brewtus
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter. Pours jet black with a deep dark brown head that dicipates quickly. Smell is a lot of chocolate, cinnimon, some coffee, sweet cookie. Taste startes with a smooth marshmallow, lots of dark chocolate, lots of cappuccino coffee, milky, some vanilla. The texture is amazing and it tastes like cappuccino ice cream, alcohol is undetectable. This has a unique coffee flavor for a stout because it isn't a bitter black coffee flavor, it's subtle but obvious in the cappuccino like flavor. This is delicious. Very thick but very drinkable and a real treat.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a complete black. Absolutely zero light penetration. Head is even viscous; its a very dark tan (actually brown) and it dies away to a frothy milkshake froth. Tons of lacing, too.

S-Bloated notes of mocha, vanilla bean ice cream and liquified milk chocolate. Also darkly fruited; reminds me of flat Dr. Pepper. Kahlua too. Coffee-dipped pastries that have been burnt on the bottom. Also slightly nutty.

T-This flavor is so unique! Chalky dark chocolate and luke-warm French vanilla coffee. Burnt pastry again and a bunch of truly tangible vanilla notes. The flavor is a bittersweet masterpiece. Definitely has that dried biscotti thing going on. Toasted nuts. Very fudgy. There is a lot going on; and all the flavors collapse upon themselves and create a unified Titan of taste.

M-Perhaps the thickest beer I have ever sipped. Nearly flat. Huge body. Creamy and viscous and fudgy and sludgy. Flavor lasts forever. Cinco!

O/D-This was pretty damn awesome. Its an experience in a glass. One of the better Stouts I have come across. It teeters between general awesomeness and greatness for me. It falls a few figurative inches shy of being one of my favorites but I would recommend this to anyone bold enough to try it.

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Photo of peensteen
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Sammy

Jet black, ring of tan coloured head, no lace to speak of here. Smell is quite vanilla forward, coffee and quite a great deal of roast as well, milk chocolate along with some bittersweet points as well. Taste follows the nose, vanilla and roast, lots of bitter coffee, chocolate, some sweet vanilla sugar flavours, lingering coffee bitterness, big vanilla-chocolate-coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a little thin at points but medium bodied throughout. Really good stuff here, much more enjoyable than the regular Biscotti Break, very drinkable for ABV and doesn't feel overly sweet.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dense black with almost no head. Just a slight ring around the edges of the glass. Completely opaque.
Smells of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. The almond is present might might not be noticeable if I didn't know what was in the beer. Smells like a wonderful dessert, and is surprisingly strong smelling despite the lack of foam.
Very rich on the palate, but not overwhelming. Sweet, but not overly so. Imperial Biscotti Break strikes a fine balance between bitter roasted stout characters and a dessert like sweetness. Coffee, vanilla, and almonds are all present in the flavor, each playing its role and contributing a distinct flavor that adds complexity to this beverage.

This is one of those times where I have a beer and I am immediately impressed on the first sip. This is truly remarkable. The perfect dessert beer.

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

A: pours dark and viscous into a snifter with a small dark tan head that fades slowly to a collar
S: smells of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and burnt marshmallows
T: tastes of coffee, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, a bit of bittersweet chocolate, and roasted malt . not a bit of alcohol in the flavor swallow brings more coffee and chocolate. it's almost like a cafe mocha flavored beer
M: full in the mouth and silky smooth with very soft carbonation slightly drying finish
O: absolutely phenomenal. fantastic flavors, killer looks and very drinkable for such a big beer.

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Photo of yamar68
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had essentially given up on trying to find this stuff until inebriatedjoker decided to send me a bottle - thanks man!

Burnt brown body with an edge of coffee clarity... an oily half finger of milky khaki carbonation settles down to form a consistent, thick collar which produces more legging than lacing... sexy as all hell.

Rich, shiny coffee bean explodes from the bottle. Definite dry vanilla characteristics... cocoa powder, dark and bitter chocolates, such an excellent balance of sharp dessert dryness and mild pie crust type sweetness.

This tastes absolutely incredible. A whole fucking twist cone (including the cone itself) playing against those oily bitter coffee grounds, toasted grains and plain old espresso. Just as dry on the palate as the nose would suggest; pure black chocolate, chalky, more coffee... this is crazy good.

Wow... I so wish I could drink this stuff on a regular basis.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Heard so much about this beer that when I saw it, I had to try it. This is the first offering I've had from Evil Twin. Served this at about cellar temperature, in a snifter, from a twenty two ounce bottle. I also love the simple labels....

Appearance: Imperial Biscotti Break pours out black. No other way to describe it, B-L-A-C-K. Not a ray of light passes through, BLACK! A regular pour yields about a finger of dark brown, frothy head. Head didn't seem to linger to long, but did leave some lace behind as I sampled. Did I mention black??

Smell: Wow! Lively nose. Complex and thick aromas. Smells sweet-ish... Cocoa powder stands out for me with a little roasted coffee filling in around the ages. Coffee right out of the grinder that is. A bit of toasted almond and vanilla are also found in the nose.

Taste: Again Wow!! Huge flavors. The coffee is really allowed to shine in the mouth, but not take over. Brown sugar and rich milk chocolate come to mind. I'm getting a bit of char in the background, I'm guessing from the malt. Vanilla kind of rounds out the flavor. The 11.5 percent ABV shows up, but remains hidden behind a wall of flavor. Pretty impressive.

Mouthfeel: Another great characteristic of this beer is it's mouthfeel. Thick and velvety, Smooth. Chewey is a good word for it. Just how a big stout should be!

Overall: What can I say. A great beer indeed. Will have to seek out othe ET offerings

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pitch black with a dark chocolaty foamy head. The head dissipates quickly, but it leaves a syrupy glaze and a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell – A strong scent of cocoa, coffee, powdered sugar, vanilla, and hazelnut.

Taste – Coffee, vanilla cookie, milk chocolate, and malt .

Mouthfeel – Creamy, somewhat syrupy, lightly carbonated, kind of sweet with a boozy vanilla coffee aftertaste, and also a light touch of bitterness.

Drinkability – This is very good. Another exceptional stout from Evil Twin!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Assured and lush, Evil Twin puts together a massive stout that celebrates all things imperial, and does so with impeccable balance and power. They put a whole lot of extra awesome in this beer!

Opening with the darkest of dark brown hues, the beer nearly allows the color of chocolate to command the appearance, over that of stout. The dark ale allows for a quick rise of light tan foam to cap the beer confidently and withstanding retention. Well laced and ring defined, the heady froth clings to the glass like milkshake.

Deep aromas are an even-keel blend of chocolate and coffee. If not for the bourbony tinge of alcohol, it would have been easy to assume coffeehouse mocha-brewed blends. Bold sweetness of burnt caramel, roasted barley, toasted hazelnuts, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla all swirl to the nose and mesmerize the senses.

Super creamy, dense and full flavored, its the taste of mocha that leads the charge. The melange of espresso and bittersweet chocolates play out from the initial sip 'til the savory finish. All the while, this lavish stout picks up caramel and brown sugar sweetness early on the tongue, then provides a fat heavy cream and vanilla soaked middle palate before turning to burnt toast, brownie batter, and smooth coffee bitterness in closure.

Velvety on the palate, the beer massages every nook and cranny of the mouth with a dense sheet of silky sweetness. Alcohol warmth eases the would-be cloying texture as the dry roast of the beer ushers in a malty-dry culmination in its infinite aftertaste.

It's one of those transcendent stouts that gives you something new to praise at every sip. Just when you have seen it all in Stoutland, Evil Twin offers something more to entice the taste buds.

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Photo of rodkin
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark dark brown, almost no head. Spotty lacing.

Smell is big coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, nuttiness, vanilla, dark bitter roast. The coffee is not super rich, more like coffee grounds. Maybe slightly burnt.

That's more like it. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, almond nuttiness. Bitter upfront, but smooth creamy sweetness follows.

Mouthfeel is medium thickness, light carbonation. Thicker would be nice, but it's still nice and creamy.

Drinkability is hurt a bit by the ABV. I've certainly had more flavorful beers with lower ABV. But, this is a fine dessert stout.

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Photo of shand
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Biscotti Break pours out a very dark brown with a pinky worth of head. The aroma has a strong sweetened coffee flavor jumping out, along with some nutty flavors and a bit of roasted malts and dark fruits. The taste brings out the flavor I got as "sweetened coffee" - there's a very solid amount of milk chocolate backing up the coffee, along with some sweet almond. Despite all the sweet flavors, Imperial Biscotti Break somehow manages to not be cloying - in fact, this is one of the most drinkable imperial stouts I've had in a while. The mouthfeel is very luxurious, it's very velvety feeling, with a perfect level of carbonation and a lighter body than most imperial stouts of the ABV. Overall, Imperial Biscotti Break is a fantastic imperial stout that absolutely lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whiskey in the aroma. Little head on very dark brown. Medium mouthfeel. Rich looking, rich in mocha flavour. Good coffee, more of an imperial stout, though a tad thin for an IS. Lots of roast and coffee, much less sweet than the regular Biscotti break.Bottle from Premier.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into two snifters. Another great extra from woodsyy, thanks a million again, Landon! I've been trying to land this bad boy for a while.

A - good looking brew. Dark, dark brown out of the bottle, settling almost black. Ombre. The head is dark brown as well, but not quite as dark as an RIS. Hardly any head on the forced pour.

S - wow, right up there with FBS and, more impressively, V @ S. Big coffee on the nose that leaves just a little cocoa on the end. No alcohol, not hot as all. Delicious.

T - not quite as good as the smell, but still delicious. There's less coffee but a whole lot more chocolate, a little chewy because of it, to be honest. The cocoa recedes into dark fruits, ending bittersweet. Very complex.

M - some syrup and chewyness, but it's nothing major. Smooth drinking and completely undetectable alcohol, despite the high content.

O - will definitely get again, I'm sure I won't ever get to try this on tap. Another bottle would be a treat. Highly recommend.

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Photo of harrymel
2.63/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before 2015

So I figured I'd give this a try, as I found it at a "good" price of $16 for the bomber. Black, inky, some rim graham foam. Smells initially like booze, then coffee, then almonds, then dark toasted malts, then some vanilla, almond, sugar, hints of amaretto. If the booze wasn't so strong on the nose, then I'd really enjoy the smell of the beer overall. Flavor is alcohol, then dark fruits, more alcohol and some bitterness. Seriously, the alcohol is too much here for 11.5% ABV, brutal. Medium on full bodied with low carb and a tacky, dry finish. I don't get it.

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Photo of Pecan
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and opaque, almost laboring to make it out of the bottle from apparent viscosity. Almost no head beginning the pour, but develops a minimal dark brown head that dissipates everywhere except the edges.

Presents a rich nose, clearly bursting with malt and coffee. Chocolate mixes in with the group and makes for a good experience for my senses.

The taste is also rich, starting sweet with toffee and chocolate. There is coffee flavor initially as well, though this starts small and grows throughout the flavor profile. Nut flavor is subtly present in the first half. Licorice joins the growing coffee flavors toward the end. Surprisingly little alcohol taste.

Coats the mouth and lingers appropriately. Slightly low on carbonation, but nearly expected in a beer this rich.

Overall, I'd say this is top tier. I would purchase this again, even at the expensive price tag.

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

22 oz bottle generously shared at a tasting at Cigar City on 3/7/13.

A- Pours black, thick and viscous looking, with a quickly-dissipating mocha head.

S- Smells amazing. Loads of dark chocolate, espresso, almond, and bready malt. The coffee and chocolate aromas are huge and are very nicely accented by the almond and vanilla.

T- Just like the aroma, huge dark chocolate, the espresso is more powerful here and has a nice bitterness, which is complemented by some similarly big roasted grain flavors. There are also vanilla, chocolate and almond flavors in the background. Finishes with subtle vanilla sweetness and lingering chocolate flavors.

M- Full-bodied, thick and creamy with a subtle boozy warmth.

O- A great beer, it's like a liquid dessert, the chocolate, coffee, almond and vanilla are blended together perfectly. Damn delicious.

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Photo of cvm4
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours very dark black, oil like... Yada Yada Yada. One finger expresso colored head.

S - Coffee is abundant here & definitely dominates with dark chocolate. Roasted malts are also present & get shoved to the background.

T - Semi-sweet chocolate, bitter coffee & huge roasted malt note. After the initial flavors subsides, it turns a bit sweeter with vanilla bean & marshmallows.

M - Very chewy, velvety & carbed just right.

O - Seriously impressed by this beer. Coffee bombshell.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.