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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 432
Hads: 3,457
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 2.76%
Wants: 469
Gots: 947 | FT: 128
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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

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Photo of Austin32
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had high hopes for this and it exceeded them in the end. Beautiful dark chocolate brown color with coppery head. Sweet, but not overpowering, and smooth, you'd never guess the high abv from taste. Excellent offering from evil twin that I hope to have more of. (262 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours midnight black with a one-finger tan head. Nice soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and coffee.

T - The taste follows the aroma perfectly. Dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, vanilla, and dark roasted malts throughout. The finish has a strong coffee flavor that produces a nice lingering bitterness.

M- Full bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The finish has a lingering alcohol warmth.

O - A fantastic imperial stout. The flavors are very bold and strong. Outstanding. (540 characters)

Photo of docoman
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoyed this stout. Right from smell (almost had a BA smell to it) and flavor was excellent. Super smooth great aftertaste highly recommend trying. (158 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage 22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of chocolate-colored head that immediately dissolved away into an extremely thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Strong notes of roasted malt, imparting notes of espresso, vanilla, caramel, and dark chocolate.

Taste: Exactly, I mean EXACTLY, like the aroma. Massively strong flavors of roasted malt and coffee up front, like a triple espresso with a cappuccino chaser, drunk with toasted pumpernickel. I also get a lot of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar-like sweetness and some dark chocolate-like bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as silk, as there is absolutely no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 11.5%, there’s a hint of alcohol warmth on the palate, but I’m surprised that there’s not more of it present.

Overall: Damn! This is a damn great, no awesome, imperial stout! Extremely strong flavors of toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate. Fantastic! (1,102 characters)

Photo of Beersnake1
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp to snifter. Pours jet black with almost no carbonation.

Smell - wow. Can't stop smelling it. Huge coffee and vanilla. Also getting a good amount of roasted malts and chocolate. Quite amazing.

Taste - Very smooth at first with a nice mellow coffee flavor. A bit of a bitter bite in the aftertaste, but the chocolate, coffee, and vanilla mix is so good! Love it. Feel is very nice - rich and creamy. Overall, this is a splendid offering. I will seek more! (489 characters)

Photo of chrismattlin
3.43/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer had, really, not much of a smell to mention.
The taste of the beer got worse as I drank it; I found myself dropping the taste rating in my head with each sip.
The mouthfeel was above average- there was some real substance, I'm just not sure what it was.
Overall, this isn't a bad brew. I just don't understand why it's received by others as "world-class". I love my stouts, just not this one. To each his own. (422 characters)

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

Sexy black. Smells like dessert. Tastes like chocolate and expresso, with a kick. Great mouthfeel. Might be my new favorite non-barrel aged stout. Now I need to find the BA variety. (186 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a voluminous, dark tan head and a sleek black body, this one looks as good as they get.

Has a soothing, rich milk chocolate, plum, ripened dark grape, brown bread and spice aroma.

Tastes of chocolate cake and subtle dark fruits. A little cherry syrup stickiness lingers on the lips. Exceptionally smooth until the very end when an earthy bitterness is noticed.

Heavy in body but thins as it warms. A slight alcohol heat exists.

Biscotti Break is everything an Imperial Stout should be. (501 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Most excellent. This fine imperial stout pours from the 22 oz bottle thick, rich and decadently black with a dark tan had that dissipates to a thin ring and thin layer of foam with light lacing. Nose of rich roasted almonds, rich roasted coffee, toffee, crème brulee, and strong booze. Flavors of sweet almonds coat the taste to all sides with rich espresso flavors. Toffee, brown sugar, and strong alcohol power through the back with a lingering coating wet finish. Slick oily mouth feel with a super sweet aftertaste that lingers rounds this beast out. Astounding sipper.

Cheers (590 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating that I can find anywhere on the bottle. Poured into a small (8 oz) Teku glass.

Appearance (4.5) - A promising start, with an inky, oily black liquid with a nice amount of viscosity as it cascades into the glass. A moderate pour reveals a solid finger and a half of creamy raw umber colored head mostly microbubbles with just a few slightly larger bubbles breaking up the uniformity of the foam. Retention is excellent, remaining for several minutes before slowly slinking away to leave an uneven swath of film across the top of the liquid. Bits of sticky lace line the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.0) - Honestly, I'm a little disappointed at how subdued the coffee characteristic seems here. It's entirely possible that I've got an old bottle, but without a date to confirm one way or another, I have to score as if the bottle is reasonably fresh and should have a measure of coffee pungency. I do get a fair amount of roasted malt, but like the coffee component, it lacks any of that punch that suggests a nice amount of bitterness will be coming with the taste. It's polite, but the beer suffers for it. There are some hints of sweeter elements as well, cocoa, and maybe some almond nuttiness.

Taste (4.0) - Perhaps unsurprisingly, the taste is similarly lackluster to the aroma. All of the elements are here--coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, but lacking in any sense of bittering to contrast the sweeter notes. There is again a pleasant almond sweetness to salvage an otherwise rather boring beer, but it still just lacking in my opinion. I've had imperial coffee stouts that were so much more interesting.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Full-bodied and moderate carbonation with a nice thick viscosity that gives it plenty of staying power and a lingering coating on the mouth after the liquid is gone.

Overall (4.0), this is a beer that I came into with pretty high expectations, but in spite of it being a very good beer, it just didn't meet those expectations. Perhaps that's not fair to the beer, but there are just so many other coffee-infused imperial stouts that I'd buy before this one--especially at the price point. (2,185 characters)

Photo of arlo19
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Pours almost tar black, not much head. Aroma is syrupy and some biscuit of course.

The tasteis dry chocolate, with not too much booze.

Overall, this is very good, but won't be a regular buy for me because of the high cost. (224 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%

Pour is jet black with a tight dark mahogany head. Nose is rich, dark roasted malts with chocolate cake batter, anise, cooked brown sugar, and a bit of residual sugar. Taste is also big, not overly sugary for the richness. Deeply roasted dark malts with rich cake batter and brown sugar. Full bodied, light bitterness lingers through a softly carbonated finish. (365 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

On tap at Ganley's.
Has a black as nigjt body with a tan head.
Aroma has rich vanilla and coffee aroma.
Taste is almond, vanilla and chocolate. With a hint of cookie.
mouthfeel is smooth and overall a great beer (217 characters)

Photo of mitch3114
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- A great looking bold stout with a nice light brown head

S- Very delightful aromas of cocoa, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts

T- Taste was very complex, rich, bold and flavorful. Lots of tasty chocolate. Would pair well with a chocolate dessert. I drank it alone however. The beer upfront was sweet and delicious, however I am not a huge fan of coffee in my beers...I actually despise it (sorry, but that goes for Founders Breakfast Stout too...a great stout but can't get past the coffee taste). The rich, bitter taste of the coffee started to really pick up after the finish. Sweet, chocolate upfront, bitter coffee on the finish.

M- Not quite as thick as I would have guessed but still thick enough. Smooth with very little carbonation

O- This was given to me over the summer as a gift for my 30th birthday. I held on to it and got a sudden craving for something like this on this cool snowy late fall night. The night before Thanksgiving. Like I said, the coffee taste came through on the finish and really started creeping and staying on the palette the more I drank it. I had the whole 22 oz. bottle but would have been much more satisfied with just an 8 oz. pour. The first few sips were actually very pleasant. I rated this a bit higher as it was very good, minus the coffee...I guess I was hoping for something different but really, that coffee taste was inevitable... it was brewed with it! (1,406 characters)

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

Pours dark as midnight with a mocha/milk chocolate colored head. Great head retention and lacing.

Smells is upfront with a huge, bitter chocolate. Some vanilla notes and slight anise. As the beer warms up...in short "holy crap". A big espresso nose mingle with bitter dark, and creamy sweet milk chocolates. Vanilla becomes more present but takes a backseat to the chocolatey espresso. Roasted nut smell is also there mingling in. I feel like I'm about to take a sip of an alcoholic chocolate hazelnut espresso.

Taste is exactly what you might expect. Begins with a nutty espresso bitterness. Mellows into a creamy, malty sweet milk chocolate that lingers for quite awhile. Vanilla becomes more present on the finish. Mid palate has a nutty quality. Hazelnut? Almond? I can't tell. Maybe both. But it's awesome. Warming up a little, the alcohol becomes more noticeable, but so does the vanilla.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Almost smooth enough for me to think that oats might be in the malt bill. Great creaminess.

Overall, I am amazed. I was very very impressed by this beer. Was looking forward to trying this one, but man did it beat my expectations. (1,161 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look 10/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 91/100

Wave after wave of coffee and chocolate spank the taste buds. A bit rich from the go, 'taste' and 'ABV' take a strong leading role. A bit boozy and hot. Other wise milk chocolate and mocha really shine. Smooth stout notes. Considering its a whopping 11.5... This is an awesome gem to land~ (453 characters)

Photo of CaseyMays
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Beer is nothing short of delicious. Dark pour into a snifter, one finger head. Creamy, deep with chocolate, gingerbread and coffee. Puts glazed doughnut to shame. So delicious! (176 characters)

Photo of sanzenapocalypz
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Draft. Pours a very dark pretty much opaque color. Dark toffe colored head, subsided after a couple minutes with a thin layer remaining. Looks tasty. Aromas of roasty caramel, chocolate, and hints of vanilla. Roasted heavy malts smell as well. I taste a boozy, roasted dark chocolate at the front, hints of vanilla and coffee are in there too. Overall, it tastes just like what i would think dunking a biscotti stick in coffe would taste like. Malty and caramel slight hints as well. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Its fairly boozy. Mice smooth finish with a good lingering taste that's not too overpowering. (610 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter. “Best before 2015” on label. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a very dark brown, near black, with a large, fuzzy, dense, and foamy dark brownish-copper head. The head took its time fading into a thin, bubbly collar.
S: Roasty and toasty nose with scents of deep roasted malts, iced-coffee, and a touch of bitter dark chocolate. There’s a decent amount of vanilla in there too as the beer warms, and maybe some caramel.
T: Rich and semi-sweet notes of chocolate-caramel brownie up front, followed by mild notes of coffee, a touch of vanilla, and a good dose of roast in the finish. The aftertaste is full of linger flavors of toasted malt, nutty coffee, and a hint of sweet brown sugar. I get a hint or two of toasted coconut as the beer reaches room temp.
M: Very thick body, viscous and slick, with lower than expected carbonation that creates a thick yet flat moutfeel. Could be chewier with a bit of carb, but the extra thick body makes this a pleasure to sip.
O: A very solid imperial stout. Great flavors, not overpowering, boozing, or cloying, with a nice heavy body. Carbonation could have been a touch chewier, but it really doesn’t hurt the drinkability in the end. (1,210 characters)

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

Appearance - Pitch black, viscous, with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly to a thin ring. Not much lacing.

Aroma - Almond, chocolate, vanilla, expresso. The vanilla combined with the roasted malt gives it an almost barrel like quality. Outstanding smell.

Taste - I get sweet vanilla up front with roasted nuts, followed by chocolate, then some coffee. Fairly bitter and ashy finish.

Feel - Near perfect. Silky, and slightly above avg body.

Overall - Easily one of the best stouts I have had. Alcohol is well hidden, not too heavy, wonderful blend of flavors. If you like FBS, this is a must try. Just a hair lighter on the coffee front, but in the same class. "World class" (692 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured Imperial Biscotti Break into a snifter.

A - Black with a tinge of ruby highlights around the edges. A half of finger of dark mocha head.

S - On first sniff, getting sweet carmel, vanilla and some hot alcohol. Some dark roasted coffee comes in on further investigation.

T - Bitter dark chocolates smooth coffee on first sip. Vanilla, toffee, dark roasted malts mid palate. On the aftertaste getting more sweetness from the vanilla and dark chocolates.

M - The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, heavy and sticky. Low carbonation. Very nice for a Imperial Stout.

O - Gonna try to find more of these! Highly Recommended! Cheers! (640 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque and black as night with a very large amount of sudsy, tan, head. The aroma is of cappuccino, milk chocolate, biscuit, and a hint of booze. The flavor is rich and complex, upfront is a milky coffee, like espresso with a cream, there is also a hint of smooth chocolate, burned sugar, and sweet roll. The overall flavor is incredibly smooth and the booze is not noticeable at all. The beer is full bodied, oily, creamy, and very low carbonation, which is appropriate for the texture and the flavor.
overall this beer was filling, complex, warming and delicious. will buy again during the fall and /or winter for sure. (627 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.72/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Jet black ooze, dark coffee and dense, but low, head, some sticky lacing. Bottle art is pretty lame and uninspired, though.

S: Milk chocolate, some roasted malt but a lingering sweetness as well, almost like marshmallows.

T: Heavy handed chocolate, some sweet some bitter, mild smoke/alcohol. Too much cloyingly sweet chocolate, it's just not interesting.

F: Dry and chunky, heavy, creamy. Somehow drinks like eating a chocolate bar.

O: Chocolate is the concept, but there are no details, nuances, or worthwhile deviations from it. By no means a bad beer, there is nothing off-putting (at least for a little while, before the flavors start beating you over the head), but it isn't compelling to return to it. (715 characters)

Photo of BrownNut
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Main smell is woody with a bit of coffee roast. Later it opens up a bit to include a sweet chocolate liquor. Surprisingly thin compared to what I was expecting from a big Imperial Stout. First taste is that woody note from the aroma, a little green. Flavors that come after are more typical of an imperial stout, ending with a sort of char and chocolate aftertaste, though the midpalate on the way there is curiously empty and clean. If there is supposed to be any of the namesake biscotti flavour in this, I'm not getting any of it at all. No baked goods or bready toasty anything at all, no almond anything. I had heard this was a real standout stout so this is very surprising and disappointing. If I had never heard anything about it at all I would say it is an OK imperial with a bit of odd green wood flavor. (814 characters)

Photo of ttroha
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Bottle from Maltitude. Pours dark black with tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma of roasted coffee and caramel. Tastes of espresso, caramel and booze. As a slow boozy burn that lingers on my throat and tongue after each sip. Delicious (238 characters)

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.