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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 444
Hads: 3,523
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 23.96%
Wants: 472
Gots: 963 | 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

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 deadonhisfeet
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is quite black and viscous-looking with a nice tan short-lived head. On the nose I get some espresso notes, but not as much as I anticipated. What I get a lot of is molasses, chocolate, rum, and toffee.

Full body and a wonderfully silky, creamy feel. After hearing how sweet this beer is, I was delighted to discover that I didn't find it all that sweet. When chilled, this beer is loaded with flavors of almonds and espresso up front. At mid-palate a little sweet vanilla flavor does kick in, complementing the roasted notes and accentuating the mouthfeel. As it warms, intense flavors of molasses, charred fruit, and roasted malt develop. The charred fruit flavors linger nicely in the mouth along with a nice warm booziness, leaving the impression of rum-soaked fruit cake with rich unsweetened chocolate sauce.

I was led to believe that this was an extremely sweet, coffee-flavored double stout. I found it to be a nicely balanced, very intensely-flavored roasty beverage full of charred fruit notes that I would be hard-pressed to distinguish from a Russian Imperial Stout when consumed at room temperature. Highly recommended, but I would not recommend this beer to a newbie or to those unfamiliar with Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a motor oil black body. Thick, dark khaki colored head builds up and settles quickly. Thin layer of velvety froth remains on top of brew. Medium lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted java beans strong upfront on the nose. Dark Hershey chocolate. Some sweet vanilla. A bit roasted glazed pecans. Smells like a creme brûlée dessert.

T: More vanilla upfront on the palate than the waft leads on. Hazelnut. Chocolate that tastes like a dark chocolate hershey kiss. Strong black coffee on the finish. Bitterness from the coffee lingers.

M: full body. Creamy. Moderately high carbonation. Booze is unbelievably hidden.

O: my favorite Evil Twin to date. Coffee bitterness balances wonderfully with the dessert-like sweetness. This is a perfect after-dinner drink.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Thanks to Matt for sharing. 

A: Black with a finger of light brown foam.

S: Nutty toffee and chocolate. Strong earthy coffee aroma with some brown sugar. Lots of roast and a touch of molasses. There's a little coconut but I'm not sure where that's coming from.

T: Roasted and nutty with caramel and chocolate. Brown sugar with a little molasses and vanilla. Pervasive earthy coffee presence. Lower moderate bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Full body with creamy moderate carbonation. Smooth and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: A really nice beer. Recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: At 11.5% one wouldn't expect to much of a head and this does not surprise on that front; the liquid itself is pitch black and the viscosity leaves some legs

Smell: As the name would suggest, it smells like a biscotti dipped into a cup of black coffee: cookie dough, almond and a hint of chocolate

Taste: Rather sweet from the outset, with cookie dough, sweetened chocolate, vanilla and almond, with coffee flavors building in the middle; much the same, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation

Overall: I wonder how much the name of the beer influences the taste I perceive, but this is an interesting beer, albeit the sweetness makes it something I would not want to drink frequently

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Photo of jbertsch
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Jet black in appearance with a dark khaki head that receded quickly.

Great aroma of cinnamon, mocha, caramel, and a little butterscotch.

Its flavor starts out with chocolate and charcoal, but is then followed by sweet butterscotch, cinnamon, and some noticeable heat that has a trace of cherry.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dense and oily at first but as it warms it taste thinner. I wish it was a little chewier but only a minor detail.

Very enjoyable dessert stout. Its aroma is its best asset. I wish it had a bit more resemblance to the flavor of a biscotti cookie, but I'm not positive that was the intended goal by the brewer. If you like big sweet stouts, definitely check this out.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black and opaque with a small tan head that quickly moves to the edge of the glass. Poured pretty nice; fits the profile of what it's supposed to be.

Smell: Hazelnut coffee, chocolate, coconut, vanilla, graham cracker, dark fruit.

Taste: Dark chocolate gives way to some malty sweetness. The coffee then creeps in and makes for a bitter ending. There's a little bit of a booze burn at the end, but that's no surprise given the abv; it's hidden fairly well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied for the style. Velvety and smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Definitely a balanced beer. It's not too sweet, though I wouldn't mind it being a bit sweeter(hey, I like Dark Lord...). I think this would benefit from a year or two to let the bitterness die down, but it's still drinking good now. This actually reminds me of pt5, though not as sweet. Not bad at all.

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Photo of unklemike
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very subtle vanilla and creamy sort of chocolate finish. Not much of a head and also disappears fast.a little thin bodied to me with Mild smooth finish for 11.5% abv. Overall not bad

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Photo of kemoarps
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black. Good creamy dark tan head, good retention and lacing.

When I was pouring there was a little soy sauce, which I'm not the hugest fan of, but that fades into a really appealing creamy dark chocolate, with some dark roast, and a touch of rich espresso. Some dark fruit peeks in from the edges as well.

The first hit is very sweet, but this mellows into just a pervading creaminess which works really well. The initial undifferentiated sweet quickly transitions to a rich creamy dark chocolate element, eventually giving way to a bitter black coffee.

Rich and smoothe, this is a beer that is really enjoyable to drink. It doesn't differentiate itself enormously from other high quality Imperial Stouts, but that's not ultimately a terrible thing. It doesn't break new ground, but the ground it treads it treads very well. Certainly recommended.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, 1/2 inch head, no lace.

The smell is banana bread, coffee and earth.

The taste really outdoes the smell. Chocolate, coffee, bready sweetness and a hint of bitterness from the hops. Goes down very smooth.

Not overly sweet, but very well balanced and worth a try.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black with slight creamy chestnut head that passes no light. Patches of creamy lace and a viscous film cling to the snifter glass.

Lots of chocolate syrup, and some sweet black coffee not much else, but simplicity is a good thing here.

Sweet with a little bit of bitterness, while the alcohol is quite present long into the lingering finish. Chocolate and some background of roasted coffee. Chocolate returns in the finish. Warmth is a good friend of this beer.

Very high alcohol, yet smooth texture and little heat. There is little to know carbonation in this dense almost syrupy beer.

Truly one of those savored experiences. Biscotti is a surprisingly and dangerously easy drinking dessert beer good for watching people and sipping slowly.

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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.

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Photo of hophugger
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty awesome, chocolate brown tinged black. Head is about a finger and it is tan in color. Head leaves quickly and leaves very minimal lacing that chases the beer to the bottom of the glass...Aroma is bold, with notes of coffee, alcohol and semi-bitter chocolate (burns the nose ever so slightly). This beer coats the tongue and lingers for awhile before eventually heading down the gullet to its eventual demise.. Taste is big and bold, with notes of semi-bitter coffee, some chocolate and a little candy and malt. Also some fresh crystallized sugar is also present. Mouthfeel is good, thick and leaves a nice coating of a great blend of malt, sugar, coffee and chocolate. Overall, this one is a sipper, but balances quite well and has only minimal alcohol burn..

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Photo of fmccormi
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to my Cigar City snifter; no freshness date, but I picked this up a couple of months ago and frankly I’m not too concerned about drinking this withing a couple weeks of bottling.

Appearance (3.75): This pours with half a finger of tight foam the color of cappuccino that doesn’t stick around too long; the body is jet-black and nearly opaque. Not a ton of retention, leaving just a few suds here and there of dark tan head clinging to the sides of the glass. Fits the style, certainly, and looks plenty appetizing if not much better than average.

Smell (4.25): Thick notes of sweetened condensed milk-turned-dulce de leche, some molasses, pumpernickel, marzipan, unsweetened cocoa powder, and a moderate roasted grain character comes through underneath as well—nothing acrid, just like a slightly smoky roasted coffee note. Something almost like chocolate marshmallows. Nice, rich, and well-structured.

Taste (4.25): The nose was good, but it seems there’s a lot more going on in the palate than in the nose: much more of the smoky, roasted coffee character but with a ratcheted-up bitterness making for a moderately strong presence. Surprisingly, not as sweet and syrupy as I thought it might be (though still relatively rich and thick). There’s something nutty towards the backend of the palate which shifts into and gets washed out by a black coffee-kind of roasted bitterness. As it warms, some more of that condensed milk comes out to fill out the body, with a bit less of the dulce de leche than in the nose—but ultimately the beer crests on the palate with a tangy mocha icing flavor blended with a little boozy heat towards the end, before washing out with a mix of that coffee-like roasted bitterness and some heat.

Mouthfeel (4.5): This has a good feel, bordering on milk stout: a subdued carbonation that tingles lightly all over and foams softly but fully. The body has a creamy, full feel, thicker than medium-weight and hefty but not quite syrupy. Finishes moderately rich and smooth, not particularly dry though the booze heat lightens things up in the end. Definitely fits the style, and does it very well.

Overall (4.25): This is a very enjoyable imperial stout, executed well with a lot of character. It’s not so much different from a lot of other excellent examples of the style, but it hits every note with confidence and character. Definitely improves as it warms. Recommended! Apparently Evil Twin does imperial stouts well.

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Photo of captainkrad
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark and intriguing. The nose is inviting- coffee, toffee, hints of the sweet things to come. Beautiful caramel malt and coffee, chocolate, toffee, toasted butter cookies.... Smooth, creamy, delicious.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Black as night. No head, just a thin tan lace.

S - Chocolate, coffee, heat, hints of dark fruit and vanilla.

T - Follows the nose, with black licorice and almond.

M - Smooth, silky, a low level carbonation, not too heavy, and gets a touch sticky as it warms.

O - A nice change of pace from IPA over saturation. Very drinkable given the heat. A sipper for sure, one of the better non barrel aged IS's I have had.

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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

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let's do this. At the time of this review, this is the ONLY beer I have not reviewed on the "Top Beers - Popular" list, it is somewhere in the 70s. Bottle shared at a recent tasting, had to take this guy out. Served in a snifter and served side by side with the regular one. This one was much much better than the regular version.

Beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, low retention, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is roasty, sweet, vanilla, and cookie. Smells nice.

Beer tastes miles ahead of non-imperial verison of the beer. It is sweet with a medium body, a nice creamy finish with vanilla and mild coffee / roast. I really enjoyed it and would have it again although as hard as this was to get I don't think I will have it again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle - $15.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Chugs out an onyx black body with a thickish, slowly receding, dark tan-hued head.

Smell: IB is marked by its unmistakable almond-scented nose that literally jumps out of the glass, followed fast by robust, just-roasted coffee, melty sweet chocolate, subtle vanilla beans, steeped prunes, and a splash of clean alcohol.

Taste: A double-chocolate almond cookie dunked in rich morning-fresh coffee generously dosed with sweetened vanilla-flavored almond milk and even a drip of Amaretto. A dark fruitiness shortly creeps in, as does a (very) little roasty bitterness, maybe a snippet of restrained leafy, tobacco-laced hops. The various flavors, some nutty, and the dessert-like sweetness just roll back and forth over the tongue, progressing beyond the smooth, slightly warming, slightly drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Silky mouthfeel.

Overall: Listen, if you can't get excited about this beer, you don't deserve coffee, vanilla beans OR almonds.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black as a stout should be. Barely any head.
S: Chocolate Fudge and undertones of coffee.
T: More chocolate fudge with a subtle finish of coffee. Pure Dessert!
M: About average for an imperial stout. Would like it to drink a tad thicker but overall, it's good.
O: Fantastic beer. Very decadent and fudgy. Glad this is readily available as I'll be grabbing more.

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Photo of emerge077
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quick review from written notes. Small draft our into a mini nonic pint, black with a thin layer of brownish tan velvety foam across the surface. Rich aroma of vanilla, chocolate, almond, and coffee.

Flavors of toasted almonds, vanilla bean, fudgy chocolate, and dark roast coffee. Medium bodied with a surprisingly light feel. Dry roast in the finish, vanilla lingers in the aftertaste also. Rich taste with an exceptionally balanced body. Imagine if Breakfast Stout and Bourbon County had a Danish love child...

2013: Had a bottle of this, the main difference is a pronounced vanilla sweetness, it seemed slightly thinner in body but still very smooth and velvety.

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Photo of Duff27
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Short light mocha head leaves a cap and collar.

Smells like Hershey's syrup.

Big time chocolate notes (cacao nibs), coffee is a little muted at this point present. Hides its ABV very well.

Mouthfeel is great. Super smooth, light on the palate with the carbonation level.

It just about doesn't get any better of a mouthfeel then this one, well integrated. Thanks TATURBO.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bcolton for sharing this. I've been wanting to try this beer for quite a while. Pours an inky black with no head. Nose expresses dark cocoa, a bit of char and perhaps coffee and hazelnuts. Taste consistent with nose - the flavor profile is very much reminiscent of a confection. The coffee presence and hazelnuts are much more intensified here. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slight chalkiness to the texture. Overall, an excellent American Double Imperial Stout that just falls a little short in the mouthfeel department.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF snifter

A - It pours jet black with a frothy, foamy mocha colored head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Clean and reflective looking that makes it look extra dark. Nice looking beer with an impressive head for a high ABV stout

S - Great smelling beer. I get vanilla, almond, sweet cream, espresso, dark chocolate, and the sweet fragrance of fresh biscotti that reminds me of my best friend's house as he made fresh biscotti around Christmas. Great and complex nose that makes it one of the best noses I've smelled.

T - Sweet vanilla and slight marzipan hit initally. As the beer moves along, you get roasted espresso and dark chocolate that provide the beer with more bitterness than I'd expect from the nose. The finish is bitter and slightly astringent that leaves a roasted coffee taste that lingers well on.

MF - Lots of carbonation that make it have a bit of a zing to it that leaves a strong tingle on the tongue. The roasted aspect leaves a slight astringency in the finish.

O - A good take on a coffee stout with one of the best noses I've smelled in awhile. The bitter coffee is a bit strong for my taste as it leaves a strong, bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black appearance. Had it on draft and had a small head.
Aromas was great. Slight coffee but mostly sweet(brown sugar sweet).
Taste was very similar to the smell. Sweet brown sugar, molasses, with coffee and vanilla.
Mouthfeel was very nice. Smooth and creamy.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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