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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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2,574 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,574
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 356
Gots: 620 | FT: 98
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Denmark

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

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.

(Beer added by: BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012)
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tubeman, Feb 14, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2014-02-14 in Columbia, PA. A nice Valentine's Day treat.

A - Opaque dark brown with a 1-finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving a bit of lace.

S - Tons of chocolate; both milk and dark. Reminds me of a fudge brownie. There's some medium-dark roasted grain and a hint of coffee and spice. Smells very nice although it is 90% chocolate and not very multi-dimensional.

T - A big chocolate bomb leaning more to the dark than milk chocolate; perfect for Valentine's Day! There is some char for balance as well as a hint of earthy spice. There's a nice amount of roasted and hop bitterness. The alcohol is apparent but lends a helping hand to the overall taste. Finish is dark chocolate

M - Medium-thick body and light carbonation. Nice feel.

O - Darn fine beer. Digging it a lot.

Tucquan, Feb 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

TickleMeTony, Feb 13, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

When I tried this, I wasn't expecting much, as I figured it would be too sweet. However this is a well balanced beer where the coffee plays the larger role.

A: dark brown-to-black, head collecting on the side of the glass, with some fairly quickly dissipating lacing
S: coffee and maybe a little chocolate covered cherry. Reminds me of Kahlua a bit, also.
T: again, coffe, sweetened; malty and nicely roasted, with just a hint of the vanilla and chocolate. There's also a slight almost tart flavor when the beer is chilled, which mellows to not noticeable as he beer warms.
M: the sweetness/chocolate taste lingers, with a coffee bitterness ending the taste and leaving a light oily feel.
O: pleasantly surprised that this was a bit more balanced than sweet, although it does have the dessert-like flavors

cjgiant, Feb 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another brew I picked up while in Singapore (not that it isn't available elsewhere, but it certainly isn't available where I've been living). I guess EvilTwin is a relatively new addition to "the scene" that I've been out of for a few years, so when this one was recommended to me by the store clerk, I did one of those "heh, ok, yeah, I'll check that out" sort of things. But I did check it out (on BA first, of course), saw the rave reviews, and figured it was worth a try. Poured in to an inappropriate piece of glassware.

Appearance: Perhaps this beer's weakest aspect. A moderate pour yielded an opaque (save for at the edges, where bits of smoky garnet light creep through when held to direct light) chocolate-hued brew with an initial burst of frothy head about one finger high, burnt fawn in color. The head retention was fairly disappointing though, and it faded in to a thin collar of large bubbles within 30 seconds. The lacing is similarly minimal, with only faint traces and wisps of foam clinging in desperation to the sides of the glass, runny and oily. I admit that the glassware I have here might not be quite up to the task (I know, I know, never review a beer with bad glassware), but it shouldn't make this big of a difference. Probably a combination of some oily additive (I don't look up the additives until after I've reviews a beer), maybe chocolate, minimal hopping, and high alcohol content. It's not unappealing, but it lacks that certain "je ne sais quoi" the label asserts that its inspiration had.

Aroma: A marked improvement. Chocolate is at the front, strong and authentic. It reminds me a great deal of Choklat on the nose, as a matter of fact; sweet, with an oily and estery presence reminiscent of white chocolate or vanilla. The more I think about it, the white chocolate comparison is particularly apt on the nose, suggesting the presence again of lactose oils (or more likely cocoa or coffee oils). Probably coffee is a better description of the note, as it does have a few lighter, grassy notes that shine through. The warm nuttiness that one associates with good biscotti is also present, particularly as it warms and the heavier, aromatic nut oils begin to vaporize, though it's initially fairly well buried under the avalanche of warm vanilla sugar and roasted goodness. Actual nuts being used to brew this one would explain both the nose and the poor head retention.

Taste: Jackpot. The sweetness in the nose is still present and pleasant, but it's not nearly as potent as I was fearing. Fat roastiness is still the predominant flavor note, but it's balanced with a healthy amount of bitterness and roasted, non-saccharine malt character that makes for a really well-rounded and drinkable flavor profile. The nutty notes are even more prominent here, dancing over a sea of caramel cream, toffee, hints of bitter char, warm vanilla sugar, and warm, robust espresso. Nothing too flashy or over the top here, and balance is the word that really epitomizes this brew - intense, bold, but balanced.

Mouthfeel: A little more lift than I like out of a beer this sweet. On the scale of "flat, oily, milkshake-like" to "buoyant, bright, effervescent," I know a lot of folks like their sweeter, malt-heavy beers to showcase characteristics trending towards the latter, if only so the beer isn't fat and cloying.

Drinkability: As someone who's brewed nut beers before, I know it's hard to do (pulverize, slurry, separate, rinse, repeat six times). I know it messes with your head retention, and makes your mouthfeel slippery and eel-like. But--given how those additions make a beer taste--a brew that had those flavor/aroma components and had great retention and a perfect mouthfeel would be a contender for most badass brew of all time. Particularly impressive at 11.5% with no hint of alcohol in the mouth or nose until this one comes dangerously close to room temperature.

CrellMoset, Feb 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Black as espresso beans, with a dark tan sponge-like head that recedes slowly to a wisp. Spots of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet cookie dough, biscotti, coffee, vanilla, alcohol.

Taste: Really sweet decadent coffee and cookies, with a lactose and sugar finish. But not cloying!

Mouthfeel: Silky, smooth, considering the ABV.

Overall: Absolutely delicious, goes down smooth and has amazing flavor and aroma.

JuicesFlowing, Feb 08, 2014
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,574 ratings.