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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 467
Hads: 3,677
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 23.5%
Wants: 501
Gots: 1,017 | FT: 124
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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 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 ndepriest
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours black as oil with a thin dark tan head. The aromas has a bit of alcohol on the nose followed by lots of sweetness. This thing really smells like fresh baked biscotti. The taste is similar to the smell but so much more complex. Lots of sweetness - vanilla, almonds, cocoa, and sweet bread. It finishes with some roasted malts and a bit of alcohol. I would never guess this brew to be over 10%. The mouthfeel is incredible, maybe the best part of the beer. It's so wonderfully creamy. Evil Twin really created a masterpiece here and I'm glad to have tried it. It's a bit expensive but certainly not overpriced. If you see it, buy it, and then buy some more. I can't wait to try this on draught in a couple of weeks.

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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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Photo of jegross2
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing out of Denmark.
Score: 93

10 oz tap pour served in a chalice glass at the Local Option and enjoyed on 06/20/12.

Appearance: Black coffee color with thin bubbly tan layer of head that settles into a bubbly ring around the glass. Poor lacing, above average cling/lacing. 4/5

Smell: Smooth raisiny bourbon, sweet chocolate, brown sugar. Almond bread, vanilla, and muffins. Dark fruit and roasted malt. 4.5/5

Taste: Malty brown sugar and boozy bourbon upfront. Bakers chocolate towards the finish. Sweet bourbon, almond, vanilla and dry fig/prune throughout. Tastes less sweet than it smells, not that the nose is all that sweet. Less chocolate flavor than the nose led on too. Residual coffee aftertaste. I am surprised by how little coffee flavor this beer has given its namesake. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel. Bitter/bittersweet, mildly acidic. 4.5/5

Overall: An excellent beer with some well deserved hype. Hopefully this won't just be a one-off for Evil Twin because this stuff was delicious.

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this out if you get the chance, though it has already come-and-gone through the retail circuit.

Pairings: Fried plantains.

Cost: $10 for a 10 oz snifter pour.

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

Served from a Bomber into a Snifter glass at cellar temp.

Appearance: Used car oil, deep black with a half inch caramel head. that dissipated to a ring.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, caramel.

Taste: Lots of coffee, some caramel and the obvious roasted malts, sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thin, I'd like it if it was a little thicker not BCBS thick but a little thicker.

Overall: I liked it, like drinking a nice cold coffee with some caramel. Definitely drink this again and I'll put one away.

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Photo of Ri0
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz bottle into chalice.

A - Coal black with a thin dark brown chocolate head. No lacing.

S - I pick up strong notes of milk and dark chocolate. Maybe a bit of caramel noguat and a sweet nut aroma.

T - Starts with roasted sweet malts with milk chocolate and caramel noguat. Bakers chocolate and weak coffee fill in the middle. Notes of faint dark, sweet fruit finish it off.

M - Nice full body, smooth and creamy. Carbonation is low, but okay for the style.

O - A very nice Imperial Stout that is more sweet than bitter. Definitely worth trying at least once.

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Photo of BradC
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jest black, not much head. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, booze. Sweet, with a slight burn, chocolate, vanilla and coffee are all there. Kind of thin bodied, but it works. Overall, a good beer, the chocolate flavor tastes kind of fake, but still a nice after dinner treat.

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

WOW!! The price tag is steep on this one ($16.99 for a bomber). Strong boozy notes with a roasted malt backbone. A hint of coffee aftertaste and some raisin and dark candied fruit flavors as well. Not bad, but for the price this is a one time purchase.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that stays at a thin level forever
S: Melted chocolate, cream/vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, caramel
T: Chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, a bit of coffee/malt/caramel, a bit of booze. Tasty but definitely dessert
M: Full-bodied, fairly sweet, a bit of alcohol
O: This is certainly tasty but I actually think I'd like it better if it were a bit less sweet. The amount of sugar/abv make it hard to finish the bottle. I'd still recommend trying 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 tsauce2
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at La Margarita, Fountain Square, Indianapolis on 11/01/2013.

A: SRM is black. Opaque. Light tan head dissipates to top of beer. Medium carbonation. Medium/heavy lacing.

S: Dark roast malt, chocolate, almond.

T: Chocolate, almond, coffee/dark roast malt. Just a touch boozy. A sweet stout. Aftertaste is main flavors, but the almond is more pronounced and quite nice.

M: Medium/full body. Very easy to drink and nice feel. Wet finish.

O: Great beer. Would live to try the variants. A treat to have on tap.

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a pinky of tight caramel colored head. Alright lacing & head retention, nice oily sheen to this

S: Dark fruit, carob, molasses , boozey

T: Coffee, carob, prunes & black currants, & dryness up front, some vanilla also. A little dark chocolate blends in, a touch of booze warmth, hints of oakyness, mocha, hazelnut & caramel as this warms. Finishes dry, with caramel, coffee & dark chocolate, definite biscotti in this!

MF: Fairly thick with smooth carbonation, thins out a bit as this warms

A really good take on the style, no one is gonna confuse this with cheap, but one of the few from these guys that's worth the price. Not great in the aesthetics, but damn tasty. I will buy this again

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Photo of buschbeer
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1 PT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
2013 vintage

This beer pours black with an inch of mocha head that leaves a little lacing.

I get a little coffee aroma but more chocolate. There is also a hint of anise.

The taste is more chocolaty than anything. The coffee is faded, and there is some anise and roasted malt.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation

I prefer this to the last fresh one that I had. The fresh one tasted of anise. This one has a lot of chocolate character and is quite good.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle I received from my brother. Poured into a snifter...

A - Pours a thick and viscous black color with a rich mahogany head that is about one-half of a finger thick. The head recedes to a cap of the same rich mahogany, chocolate color. Really inviting look and definitely what I wanted this one to look like.

S - Decadent, warm, and sweet. Aromas of rich dark chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruits like dates and figs come out front. Sweet flavors of hazelnuts and almonds mixed with vanilla come through along with marshmallow notes and carmelized sugars. Theres a slight licorice aroma showing itself along with a very faint honey note.

T - Really rich flavors of dark chocolate and milk chocolate come first followed by roasted coffee beans - more espresso than your normal coffee notes. Vanilla comes next along with cocoa powder, honey, and a slight nuttiness to it reminding me of almonds or hazelnuts. There are some faint hits of dark fruits like dates and raisins, but the other flavors really take the stage.

M - Very smooth and velvety, full bodied beer. It is a sweeter, richer beer, but with the alcohol hidden the way it is, it is still easy to drink.

O - While some might think this is too sweet of a beer to drink by yourself, I had no issue getting through this bottle, although I did share a little bit. Great mix of flavors and definitely a beer that met the hype for me. Thanks, Matt!

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Photo of tewaris
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks bucky10!

Dark with a ring of foam for head. Smells dark, fruity and chocolaty.

Dark fruit, chocolate, some acidity and roast towards the end. Obscure smoke. Medium-good body with appropriate carbonation.

It's a good and rich stout; worth seeking out.

4.5, 4, 4.5, 4.5, 4

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Photo of Walshwi
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is quite the rich, coffee imperial beer. I recommend anyone to try it because it's a solid imperial coffee stout. Compared to some of the best imperial coffee stouts, this example isn't quite as good, but still up there in quality.

LSTFO (A):

Look: Dark, thick and syrupy. minimal head.

Smell: Coffee, carmel, sugar, yeast.

Taste: Strong coffee, but well balanced with sweetness - though it felt artificial at times.

Feel: Very nice mouth feel. Syrupy (much like its looks), but not overwhelming.

Overall: Great imperial stout. Not the best in the world, but certainly something remarkable and better than the majority of coffee stouts. A little disappointed by the artificial taste of the beer... almost as if flavors were added. Also a little confused over who actually makes this beer... it appears Eviltwin contracts this beer out. Not a huge deal because the beer is still good - but what's with the copacker?

Aftertaste: Syrupy flavor lingers but is wonderfully complemented by the coffee aftertastes.

Aftertaste:

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Black on the pour with a dark brown head. Retention is good, and a quarter inch cap stays. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Simply put, this really does smell like a biscotti dunked in coffee. Layered chocolate and coffee aromas. Semi sweet dark chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla bean, Coffee with cream and sugar. Somewhat cake-y. Slight acrid roasted malt component is buried deeply within. Wafts of raspberry ester are likewise hidden. Only the slightest hint of alcohol. Great.

T: Coffee with cream and sugar. Semi sweet dark chocolate. Nutty. Brown cocoa. Dry cake. Hints of wood and char. Vanilla bean. Berry esters come out a bit more than the nose let on, but they are still tightly contained within the more robust malt flavors. Very long finish of cake, chocolate, coffee beans, and a kiss of smoke.

M: Thick body. Very velvety and creamy. Low carbonation creates only a mild prickling sensation. Some soothing alcohol warmth.

O: Excellent stuff. This beer is right in my wheelhouse. Big, bold, and complex. Seamless integration of complementary flavors. Supremely easy to drink for a beer of its size. Do not hesitate to snag a bottle should it cross your path.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10 oz draft at the Avenue Pub ($6). Heavy anticipation, high expectations.

A: Completely black. The 1/2-finger head evolves to skim. Prominent mocha-colored lacing. Unbelievable redness emerges when swirled. Impressive.

S: Raisins. Some coffee. Almond. A little vanilla. Maybe amaretto? Not as huge for me as others have described, but the diversity of waves coming here is, again, impressive.

T: Chocolate-covered raisins. Man, this is sweet. Not a ton of coffee bitterness either (although some), so the sweetness really sticks. The dark chocolate opens up nicely as it warms. Overall, not as complex or satisfying as the nose.

M: A little lacking here. I'd prefer a more coating feel from a beer this big.

O: Certainly excellent... and certainly a sweet-tooth bomb, so beware.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.