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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

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.

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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 Brew_42
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a barely existent tan head

Smells like milk chocolate and coffee with hints of vanilla.

Taste follows the nose and I am happy to,report there is no unpleasant boozy taste.

MF- Smooth and thick. A little warmth from the high abv too.

Overall-Not surprisinly, given the brewery, this is a great stout. Love the dessert flavors without the bourbon/whiskey booziness that is common in imperial stouts. Glad they offer this as is before they age it in rum barrels. Pick it up and drink it.

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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 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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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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