Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 423
Hads: 3,399
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 2.76%
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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

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Photo of dmgeng
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My local shoppe just got a bunch of Evil Twin in and I had to just start trying them all and this is definitely my favorite so far.

A - Rich black with a viscosity that is hallmark of a good imperial stout. The thick fluid won't let the bubbles escape only yielding a small, fine dark brown head but with good lacing.

S - Initially this is what a coffee imperial stout should smell like. There is malt, caramel, dark chocolate, roast, and dark coffee. There is a lot going on in the nose and a sweet, dark roasted coffee is a good starting point.

T - Initially the sweet malt, caramel, and chocolate flavors open you mouth wide. It is smooth and rich allowing the dark roasted coffee and roasted malt to drive it home. It's robust and smooth. The finish is a balance of all the previous flavors but just tilted toward the bitter, roasted side clearing your palate. Very delicious flavor that is smooth and balanced well.

M - High mouth-feel with low carbonation. It's a sticky beer with significant sweetness but enough roasted character to help it clear the tongue.

Overall, this is a very delicious beer. Great flavor that is smooth, rich, and more balanced than some of Evil Twin's beers. It is still slightly sweet with the chocolate and coffee but it's very good flavor. As far as imperial stouts go this is a very good one. There are a few that I would just put above this one but very close.

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Photo of johnwhitleyuab
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rich flavor with great mouth feel. Just a little carbonation. Some chocolate flavor (but not excessive), coffee overtone, and just the right amount of alcohol heat. Competes with Yeti Espresso Aged Stout as my personal favorite, with Evil Twin having the lead. Will certainly reach for it when it's available. Overall, this one is hard to beat. Highly recommended. (364 characters)

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 22oz into a goblet.

A: pours a real nice pitch black velvet with a sharp thin carbonation dissipating quickly. Pretty color on the head but quickly goes to a flat appearance. Not an issue. How I like my stouts.

S: Real nice coffee like fair trade. Bitter chocolate. Real clean. No off putting bitterness.

T: Amazing. Reminds me a lot of brunch weasel. The coffee is so clean and integrates well with the subtle chocolate. A lot of stouts I want bourbon barrel aged to hide some things or enhance. Not this guy.

M: Damn near perfect from start to finish. Long finish leaving u with a refined chocolate lingering non-syrupy feel. No alcohol burn.

Overall: Pretty shocked. Not expecting much thinking this was gonna be another marked up international offering that would rival a stone ris. Not the case here. Going back for more prob not to age though. One of those rare stouts I can't see barrel aging benefiting. (925 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ah, the famous Imperial Biscotti Break.
Poured into 22oz snifter; oily pour, jet black with a thin dark brown head that fades quickly into a ring of bubbles, lots of bubbles working their way up the sides of the glass.
Smell is classic imperial stout; dark roasted malt, bitter coffee and dark chocolate, toffee, sweetness from caramel and milk chocolate. As it warms, complexity reveals new flavors of dark fruit and alcohol.
Taste is even better than the smell; huge roasted malt with loads of dark chocolate and coffee flavor, followed by sweet milk chocolate with an almost peanut-butter finish...dark fruit, toffee, caramel, hint of booze. Very sweet, but well-balanced.
Mouthfeel is AWESOME; creamy, slick, and full. You can practically chew this beer.
Overall, I'm pleasantly impressed with this beer. I was a bit apprehensive because people had compared it to Southern Tier's Creme Brulee, which I found to be far too sweet. But my fears were for naught, as this beer is much more balanced. (1,002 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great tasting beer. Pours black like motor oil. Just the right amount of coffee and alcohol. As it warms some black licorice comes thru. I will buy this again - soon! (168 characters)

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. (567 characters)

Photo of challenja
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle bought at Arrowine in Arlington Va into dogfish head pint glass. I really need to get another tulip damn it!

A: perfect super thick viscous Cambrian black. Looks like 90 percent cocoa melted into a glass. Damn impressive. Gorgeous mocha mouse head. Thin and wispy.

S: dark roast juniper malts, sweet maple syrup, strawberry jam 70 percent madagascar single origin chocolate. Mild Starbucks blended coffee notes.

T: if a Spanish port and a malt driven stout had a child, this would be its bastard. At 12% this is one super strong beer! This beer gets better sip by sip. When I tried it on draft at church key I was blown away by it and went on a three state beer hunt for this bastard. A year later it's found it's way from Denmark into my loving beer hugging arms. This beer tastes very port like and has loads of sweet breads and syrupy juniper malts. You get a nice cashew chew and taste to this brew. I imagine this beer will age very well if kept at the right temperature. It had more coffee bite with biscotti notes on draft. If you leave this beer sitting it gets better and better like chianti. If I was to decant a beer this would be it. If you drink it right away fresh out of the fridge it is super sticky and overly sweet like a port. The alcohol needs to warm to let the beer notes and shuttle nuances to shine forth. It gets buttery as you let it sit.

M: syrup thick sweet port madness. Gorgeous and perfect.

O: a fantastic beer that made me a huge fan of Evil Twin. As stated above let this beet sit and decant and really enjoy how a fantastic beer can be made. The only thing lacking is more coffee smell and taste. This is a huge christmas warmer. A delicious desert beer. (1,715 characters)

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. (851 characters)

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

This beer has lots of complex flavors.

Pours a dark beer. Has no carbonation forming. Aroma is of chocolate, fortified wine. Taste is very complex. Has vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and some yeasty element that makes it taste like a biscotti. It is not a bitter beer, it is a bit sour. Borderline heady. Mouth feel is syrupy. (324 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a really great beer and I hate to make snap judgements, so I make come back and adjust this as I drink a half growler of it all by myself this evening.

I don't think the appearance could be improved. It's gorgeous, black, with a slight foamy head and beautiful traces of bubbles left behind on my glass. The aroma is the only weak link, but it does not detract too much from the sublime experience. It is a little strange bready, dirty sweat socks smelling on top of malts and booze.

That same booze is missing from the taste. It is masked by the great balance of decadence. Malts and roasty chocolate or something with a sublime boozy aftertaste but no burn or anything harsh.

I'm going to drink more of this than I need to just to finish it. It's a dirty job and it's just my lot in life (lucky SOB). (814 characters)

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. (1,417 characters)

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Biscotti Break

Appearance: This costly beer pours an extremely dark brown bordering very closely on black. There is no head whatsoever, save a small ring around the outer rim of the viscous liquid. There is minimal, sticky lacing and definite alcohol legs (and a film that is probably also from the alcohol) from the 11.5% ABV. Put up against other imperial stout it would be hard to tell this one apart from the bunch by look alone. It looks the style, and that is really all that can be asked of any beer.

Aroma: Interestingly, the biscotti is definitely there in sweet malty notes mixing with a dominating blast of caramel, chocolate, and burnt sugar notes, which, in turn, mix with coffee aromas. There is also a certain heat to the nose from the alcohol. This beer is really shaping up to be quite alcohol forward; that could turn out to be a good thing (as with BCBS) or a horrible thing (as with This One Goes to 11). Obviously, here is hoping for the former. This could almost be mistaken for a Southern Tier offering due to how closely the nose aligns to the food it is emulating.

Taste: Bready, biscuity, sweetness is followed up by even more sweetness in the form of caramel and semi-sweet chocolate. Had the beer stopped here, this would have been a cloying malt bomb, but the coffee comes through in the end, cuts off the sweetness entirely, and single-handedly saves the beer. Despite earlier warnings, the alcohol is thankfully nonexistent in the flavor. As with the nose, hops are completely absent, though this is more or less true to the style. This is fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Here, the beer is surprisingly thin for the style. Of course, outside those standards and in the grand scheme of beer in general, it is still quite syrupy. Stickiness is left behind at every place this beer touches. The carbonation is low, but the beer is still reasonably drinkable (not chuggable; this is a sipper for sure). The aftertaste is shockingly dry, given the ridiculously strong flavor of the beer; the drinker can thank the coffee for that. The alcohol leaves a nice, warming finish that is perfect for this chilly Wisconsin evening.

Overall: Before trying this beer, I would have been shocked to hear someone tell me biscotti in a beer could work, and not only work, but edge its way into my top ten beers (and top three stouts). This excellent Evil Twin offering has proved me wrong and then some. The price is a bit steep at $16, which will keep it out of my regular fridge rotation, but if I keep seeing this one around, I will have no choice but to purchase a few more bottles. It is that great. 17.5/20 (2,646 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 hillvt4me
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- pours black w/ a mocha head. Solid lacing around glass.

S - The aroma was overly ripe bananas, chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee.

T -the ripe bananas are prominent with a deep chocolate, cinnamon and coffee finish.

M- Full bodied, not sweet or bitter, thick and balanced. Mild carbonation.

O - Spectacular flavor and mouth-feel. I hope this is consistently good. More to come. (386 characters)

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. (882 characters)

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber. Brown and opaque with no head. Smells like vanilla, oak, sugar, coffee, and fig. Taste is sweet alcohol with a very complex mix of flavors. Am picking up coffee, moss, bread, hops, fruit, and maybe some smoke. Mouth full is dense with little to no carbonation. Finish is very smooth. Overall an exceptional beer which opens up as it warms. (374 characters)

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. (1,038 characters)

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

This is a big, dark, delicious imperial stout.

The appearance is fantastically pitch dark, with a thick looking body and frothy tan head from the draft pour.

It is extremely dessert forward, layers of chocolate and drip coffee open up as this warms. Vanilla and cookies come out to play as well.

A decadent beer, one that leaves you with a sweet and complex aftertaste and a strong satisfaction. (399 characters)

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

A: Beer pours a black as night body with a very thin dark tan head that quickly disappears.

S: A lot going on with the smell of this beer. I am picking up a lot of chocolate, booze, coffee and even a bit of sweet caramel.

T: Very sweet! There is a smooth coffee flavor that I first pickup.. Its actually almost like chocolate covered coffee beans with a sweet cherry type flavor.I am also picking up a tiny bit of roasted malt, but most of that is covered up by the sweetness of the beer.

M: The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect for an Imperial Stout. There is a tiny of carbonation, with an amazing full body.

O: This is one of the best Imperial Stouts that I have ever had. I would say the only problem with it is that its very sweet and I kind of got tired of it the more I drank it. Other than that, its amazing. I would probably do this in a tasting or split a bottle with somebody next time. (901 characters)

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. (799 characters)

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

A: Black thick looking body with 2 finger tan head. Lots of lacing.

S: WOW! huge chocolate, roasty malt, coffee, there is some sour fruit

T: Dark Chocolate, roasty malt, nuts, coffee, dark fruit and some sourness, hop bitterness towards the end, brown sugar. It's excellent. It'll probably also age well, I am guessing.

M: Thick, syrupty, but also well carbonated. Some alcohol burn.

O: This beer is awesome. Totally worth the price tag (I paid freaking $17 for this bottle in Seattle). My top 10 non-barrel aged imperial stout for sure. (543 characters)

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

black chocolate colored with a chocolate milk colored head that is dense, quickly recedes, and laces extremely well.

mocha coffee, milk chocolate, hazelnut coffee, amaretto liqueur, lots of vanilla, candied nuts.

cocoa powder, vanilla bean, amaretto, candied nuts, toffee, caramel, a slight bit of booze. drinks almost like a cordial (amaretto, frangelico, kahlua, etc.) but not as sweet and mixed with tremendous imperial stout/beer flavors. wow.

not quite full-bodied with a nice, low level of carbonation and some booze heat left lingering after the sweetness fades.

oh man. this may be expensive, but it's definitely worth every penny. Perfect dessert beer. I'm just imaging what some age would do to calm the heat, or maybe some barrel aging... (754 characters)

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

22oz poured into my HFS stemware.

A: Poured jet black with about a half-finger of tan head.

S: Notes of roasted coffee, chocolate and toasted almond in the nose.

T: An epic mixture of dark chocolate, vanilla, toasted almonds and bitter coffee. The after taste reminds me of the biscotti that my grandmother makes around Christmas time. This beer lives up to its name, in a literal sense.

M: Slick mouthfeel. Light carbonation and full bodied.

O: A phenomenal Imperial Stout. Complex and balanced. I'd take this over any of Southern Tier's offerings; maybe even BCBCS. (576 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle bought online from CraftBeerCo.. My 1000th beer review so i thought it better be something special

Poured pitch black with no hint of colour even when held up to the light. Burnt brown head poured fairly thick with very small bubbles and a meringue like topping... a good one finger of foam remained throughout.. some thick lacing lines...

Aroma - Lots of roasted sweet chocolate malts backed with caramel and strong coffee, toasted nuts - hazlenuts mainly, quite earthy, some faint citrus notes, light liquorice, lots of brown sugar, honey notes, some light smokiness...

Taste - Tons of dark and milk chocolate up front followed by strong black coffee notes, roasted malts, cocoa powder, vanilla, some light smoke just coming through, dark fruits (raisins and currents), fudge, nut brittle, treacle / molasses, alcohol is not noticeable..

Feel - Smooth and velvety with just a little sharpness underneath... full bodied... pretty drinkable for an 11% brew although becomes quite sweet towards the end...

Overall - A superb example of an imperial stout from Evil Twin although a 650ml bottle would be way too much as the sweetness becomes a little much (i shared this one with my wife) ... definitely recommended though... (1,240 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely dark brown, almost black with a dark tan head that trails the glass as you drink. Can not see through it. The smell was heavy with brown sugar and coffee and chocolate, very appetizing. The taste was heavy on coffee with the biscotti and toffee flavors coming after. Surprisingly not overly sweet though. Really enjoyed this one and will definitely grab again. (375 characters)

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.