Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 423
Hads: 3,402
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 463
Gots: 907 | FT: 124
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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 homebrew311
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sered on tap at the Local Option. Pours a thick oily opaque brownish black. Small amount of tan head hangs around with nice bit of lacing. The aroma is rich and chocolatey, bold coffee aroma comes through which is integrated with the chocolate. Nutty notes of almond come through with a touch of vanilla. malt and molasses present as well. Taste features waves of vanilla paired with bold roast coffee and chocolate. Awesome balance I flavors. Somewhat sweet, but does not become overbearing. Mouthfeel is thick and luscious with mild carbonation. Overall, this is a delicious dessert beer with great balance considering its stature. (633 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured Imperial Biscotti Break into a snifter.

A - Black with a tinge of ruby highlights around the edges. A half of finger of dark mocha head.

S - On first sniff, getting sweet carmel, vanilla and some hot alcohol. Some dark roasted coffee comes in on further investigation.

T - Bitter dark chocolates smooth coffee on first sip. Vanilla, toffee, dark roasted malts mid palate. On the aftertaste getting more sweetness from the vanilla and dark chocolates.

M - The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, heavy and sticky. Low carbonation. Very nice for a Imperial Stout.

O - Gonna try to find more of these! Highly Recommended! Cheers! (640 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
Best before 2015
A- This beer pours a jet black velvety body with a thick dark tan cocoa crema of head that last for much of the beer as a thick ring.

S- The rich espresso black malt is mellow with dark toffee, molasses blended with cookie notes. There is a nice chocolate nougat note that comes into the fold as it opens.

T- The rich cream and slightly inky mellow but rich black malt flavors has some toasted biscotti notes and a roasted molasses finish with some dark graham flavors lingering with a non-bitter inky malt and tootsie roll hint. There is some nice baked vanilla notes as the beer opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle alcohol warmth and a thick tongue coating finish to balance.

O- The rich smooth big stout is mellow with nice biscotti characteristics and the layers of flavor grow as it opens up. This is a very taste beer, and a wonderful sipper. (903 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Comes out quite sludgey and thick, black walnut brown almost black in color, but some brown around the edges for the body. Barely makes any head, and leaves hardly a pencil thin light mocha collar. There's some leg action a bit, but the beer does appear quite a bit lifeless off the pour.

Bouquet is quite varied and impressive. Nice light roasty coffee, with a light anisette and black licorice component to it. Whispy whipped up crispy milk chocolate angle. A real nice balance, and a big thickness as well.

Palate hits with a very large thick and silky body, but a very noticeable sweetness that comes out like a dark roasty caramel. Fruit opens up in the mid palate, some type of red berry fruit indistinguishable. Finishes with a nice charring roasty character. Mouthfeel is rich and large complimenting a berried chocolate sense. Coffee sensations hide a bit. Finish hits with a nice charring malt and dry roast, but a good playful sweetness going on. Palate comes out sensing flat carbonation, but with a large fudge like density.

Overall it's a fun creation, but it does get into dessert beer territory, and really feels like it needs a food pairing. It's a bit large, but a tasty one to be had and enjoy. (1,268 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a beautiful IS.
I got this from a local shop who got it through some connections.

Pour: With a somewhat strong pour it yields a dark mahagony body with a chocolatey oatmeal colored frothy head that dissipates leaving a scattering of light foam.

Nose: Very subtle on the outset, coffee roast with slight chocolate malt. But as it warms and settles in the glass these evolve and come on more strongly with a hint of molasses. Really great nose.

Taste: WOW Roast and chocolate as expected, slight coffee bitterness melds well. The balance between the sweet and the bitter is perfect, with the sweet being in the driver's seat. I barely catch a hint of of port. As it warms an ever so slight alcohol warmth adds a pleasing dimension to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: At first I thought the mouthfeel was slightly on the thinner side for this style, but as I had more, I found it just fine. Then again, after getting through this bottle, I found most things fine.

Overall: A beautifully balanced Imperial Stout. More sweet than roasty, but a genuine pleasure to behold. Every aspect of the flavor profile worked well together. I will absolutely seek this out again. (1,167 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2015.

Bomber served chilled into a goblet.

Imperial Biscotti Break is nearly black and very nearly opaque even on the pour. The head is crema colored and about the same thickness as it is on an espresso.

Aroma is malty and rich, roasty but sweet.

Flavor is sweet up front with dark chocolate and caramel. It's a little more roasty in the middle with dark malts and espresso. It finishes with a little more dry with the alcohol coming through slightly.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and perfectly carbonated with great balance and drinkability for such a strong beer.

Overall an excellent strong stout. (614 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle to my FW Snifter glass – 12/07/13

Big thanks to Doppelbockulus for this one! A big want of mine.

A: Blackened brown body that is completely opaque. Looks pretty dark in the glass with an oily sheen on the surface and a few streaming bubbles present. Takes some vigor to conjure up the bubbly head of dark mocha whip. Quickly fades out to a swirl leaving light ribbons of stick strewn down the glass.

S: Barista grade coffee with blackened grains, dark chocolate, molasses, dark caramels, and brown sugar. Smells deliciously sweet with some alcohol presence on the nose. Getting a bit of vanilla spice mixed in as well. Need to let this one warm up as the nose really blossoms.

T: Fudgy brownie and vanilla pudding with brown sugar molasses. Coffee is there but significantly less intense than the nose. Oh this is delicious! Dark caramelized malts with subtle hints of anise spice mixed in. There is a moderate to high level of bitterness that just cuts through all the sweetness and really saves this from being an insulin bomb. The alcohol is warming and present but pretty tame considering the size of this brew. Has hint of smoke and an earthy mineral finish to it. Decadence in a bottle and a solid step up from the nose. My kind of dessert beer. Sweet and flavorful yet balanced by the bitterness.

M: Full bodied with a creamy texture and relatively high amount of bitterness that cuts through the density. Slight warming sensation with a slick oily coating on the finish.

D: Meets expectations. Deliciously balanced with layers of complexity. Will seek out again. (1,593 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to Atomicskis5 for the bottle! Latest 2013 batch, best before 2015.

A - Pours a deep black body with two fingers worth of dense and creamy mocha foam. Crazy levels of lacing and retention here. Swirling the beer gets addictive it looks so damn good.

S - Move over Southern Tier, there's another brewery nailing the aromas of desserts! Roasted coffee beans, delicate french vanilla, and some almond nuttiness. Really digging the end of the nose as everything comes together so well. Smells like a god damn biscotti plus a cup of coffee.

T - Lightly bitter roasted coffee beans. Smooth and rich french vanilla. Cocoa and toasted almonds on the finish. Less direct than the nose but very tasty and satisfying. Rich and decadent but not too overbearing.

M - Rich and creamy. I was expecting something heavier and sweeter, not so. Alcohol sneaks in slightly on the aftertaste.

O - Been waiting to try this beer for a long time, and although I was expecting something much different it did live up to the hype for me. This is a damn solid dessert beer. Just nails the biscotti + coffee motif. (1,137 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and some cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium level of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. There is also a slightly sticky quality in the mouth. Overall, this is a very good beer with some awesome aromas and flavors and is extremely tasty. (631 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Cambridge House: This one pours an opaque, very dark brow color. It has about a finger of a light brown head on it. Suprisingly almost no lacing. The nose is good. Some coffee notes on top. Roasted malts, smokiness and chocolate round out the aroma. The taste is excellent. Coffee, some smokiness, toffee, rich chocolate, hints of dark fruits. Somewhat dry and no real sweetness to it. Extremely nice. (411 characters)

Photo of Ego
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

eyes...
dark cocoa head with micro bubbles rising about one finger and grasping the sides of the glass with an iron .. er... grip? I turned away for a minute and so did the head... man it ran away quicker than that thing you found in your morning bed that ONE time in college, this is as dark as they come, pretty good looking

nose...
bready coffee, dark chocolate, the coffee aroma is very strong, it smells like actual brew, maybe not dark roast but getting there, this almost smells like fresh toll house cookies, there is also a strong sweet note - almost saccharin-ish with a smidge of vanilla, dee-lish

taste etc...
near motor oil thick with just a hint of bite from the carbonation at the end, the flavor is as full as the aroma, this teeters on boozy but does not dive off into the deep end, I am getting more chocolate (dark, bitter) than I am coffee notes but the coffee seems to add a touch too the finish which hangs out a long time, it really coats the mouth, almost feels like drinking hershey's syrup, as I go further into this good dark night I am sensing the coffee more prominently and not as much vanilla/chocolate sweetness, this is a tasty monster and
damn seductive one at that, the ABV is sneaky as all get out, this the jack russel of impy stouts, get out!

verdict?
another home run from evil twin, this one ain't a cheap date though but it is hard to argue with the end product from this purveyor of fermented nectar (1,445 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black and similar to motor oil with sticky lacing and thin layer of light brown foam.

Chocolate, coffee, oak, and vanilla.

HUGE coffee flavor, vanilla/cream, earthy hop bitterness, chocolate, and light oak.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, chewy, bitter, wonderful.

Overall, this certainly lived up to the hype. (330 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a medium size dirty brown color head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt notes with some light caramel with some vanilla and Italian cookie notes. Taste is also dominated by chocolate malt notes with some vanilla and Italian biscuit notes with light dry roasted malt notes. Body is quite full with light creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very impressive amount of complexity while retaining a good level of drinkability. (525 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

Tasted On: 09-14-2014
Freshness: Best before 2015
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Liquor Barn, Bowling Green KY

The label says it was brewed and bottled at Westbrook Brewing in Mount Pleasant, SC

Appearance is a jet black beer with a finger and a half of tan head. Sticky lacing with a good level of retention.

Aromas have coffee, oak woodiness, licorice, vanilla, and dark fruits such as fig. Very impressive in the nose.

The taste is sweet and malty, plus some bitterness of French roast coffee. I also get alcohol warming and some whiskey notes.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy on a heavy body. The finish has semisweet chocolate and light roasted coffee notes.

Big and bold, heavy beer. Very nice melding of coffee and chocolate. Best for slow sipping and sharing. (828 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

easily one of the best imperial stouts ive ever had, bar none. fits the bill on the pour, dark and thick, with only a short mocha head, but with an easily provoked flash of fresh bubbles upon a gentle shake of the glass. no light coming through this one, and an aroma of roasting coffee, satin smooth malt sugar, whole vanilla beans, and a woody spirit I have yet to encounter, but would love to. there is layered complexity in the flavor, but everything is balanced artfully. more chocolate than the nose gives away, both milk and unsweetened dark. heavily roasted but not bitter burnt malt, syrupy vanilla, and fresh tobacco smoke round out the finish. there are bursts of sweetness throughout this beer, coming in for just a second before vanishing back into the darkness. the only bitterness at all is right up front, a pleasing backwardness from convention. the body is as full as it gets, the alcohol is magically disguised, coming out only when it warms up, and the carbonation is surprisingly active, helping this beer evolve and slide down easy. from a pure flavor standpoint, this might be the best imperial stout ive ever encountered. worth every bit of the hype. the only questions that remain for me are how do I get more? and where can I get other evil twin brews? are they all this good? splendid stuff here people. (1,330 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #400, poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with just a trace of foamy light tan head that completely dissapears shortly after the pour

S- wow, I think I can smell this one from a couple of feet away, so many aromas pouring out. Big and raw dark chocolate notes, reminiscent of fudge laced with pecans. Raw coffee bean with some vanilla sweetness, toffee and dark cherries. Heavy cream sweetness with toasted biscotti aromas and a hint of alcohol to finish it out. The complexity of the aroma is rediculous and its only opening up more as it warms

T- heavy-cream sweetness is followed by dark chocolate fudge cake, espresso with hazelnut and vanilla, toasted makt provides toasted biscotti flavors. Dark fruits emerge near the end with some fig and sweet prune juice, chocolaty-yet-somewhat tart on the finish with some booze to close it out

M- medium-heavy somewhat viscous body with low carbonation and a smooth and velvety mouthfeel, warming alcohol on the finish with a linger that lasts forever

O- this one was so complex, I'm still picking out new flavors and aromas. This would make a perfect dessert beer, but may be too sweet to handle a whole bottle alone. Easily top 5 aroma grade for me (1,218 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black oil poured into a flute, producing a two-finger head of darkest foam, leaving but a mote or two of lace on the glass

S: chocolate syrup and bittersweet chocolate over black roasted malts

T: deep, dark syrupy bittersweet chocolate; rich, roasted malts, and am I imagining it? Biscotti dipped into sweet espresso.

M: smooth as silk, full-bodied and slick, no carbonation, just a bittersweet close and a stick to the lips

O: a sublime stout, direct and succinct, full of rich flavor and feel. Worthy of the praise it so often receives. (545 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a mini snifter. Purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a pitch black, opaque oily body with a modest one finger chocolate colored head that doesn't stick around very long - it reduces to nothing in less than a minute. Leaves no lacing.

S- The coffee is definitely present and dominates on the nose - freshly ground coffee, chocolate-mocha, vanilla and maybe a hint of booze. The aroma is subtle and not overly forward but very inviting.

T- Let this one warm up a few degrees to get the best experience. After ~30 minutes, I get some delicious coffee, dark chocolate, nutty notes followed up by a very nice roasty, charred, toasted malt note that lingers for a while.

M- Rich, thick, and full bodied. Minimal carbonation.

Overall I was very impressed with Imperial Biscotti break. The balance of flavors here are superb - it hits all the high points of a world class imperial stout. A little expensive, but worth the price for a nice treat. (997 characters)

Photo of TheFizzinator
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looking like a beautiful dark brown/black pour this beer looks extremely appetizing. Smell is a light mixture of cocoa, roasted malts, hints of toffee and char. Also there's something in there like toasted marshmallows. Powdered and roasted and burnt chocolate is in the taste. The toffee in the nose is there as well but there is definitely a very pleasant burnt and charred note to it, especially in the finish. The mouthfeel is very light and sparsely carbonated. I wish it had just a touch more of the body to balance the beer out slightly more.

Overall, a great beer. Most definitely a pleasure to drink. (610 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a complete black. Absolutely zero light penetration. Head is even viscous; its a very dark tan (actually brown) and it dies away to a frothy milkshake froth. Tons of lacing, too.

S-Bloated notes of mocha, vanilla bean ice cream and liquified milk chocolate. Also darkly fruited; reminds me of flat Dr. Pepper. Kahlua too. Coffee-dipped pastries that have been burnt on the bottom. Also slightly nutty.

T-This flavor is so unique! Chalky dark chocolate and luke-warm French vanilla coffee. Burnt pastry again and a bunch of truly tangible vanilla notes. The flavor is a bittersweet masterpiece. Definitely has that dried biscotti thing going on. Toasted nuts. Very fudgy. There is a lot going on; and all the flavors collapse upon themselves and create a unified Titan of taste.

M-Perhaps the thickest beer I have ever sipped. Nearly flat. Huge body. Creamy and viscous and fudgy and sludgy. Flavor lasts forever. Cinco!

O/D-This was pretty damn awesome. Its an experience in a glass. One of the better Stouts I have come across. It teeters between general awesomeness and greatness for me. It falls a few figurative inches shy of being one of my favorites but I would recommend this to anyone bold enough to try it. (1,228 characters)

Photo of popery
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and thick. Small brown head. A little bit of lacing. Dissipates to swirls of film after a minute. Aroma is big on chocolate. Lots of caramel sweetness and a fruity dose of coffee. Pretty light on the roast but it's there in the background. Very nice sweet, chocolatey stout smell. Mild herbal hop note. The taste adds a bunch more coffee flavor. Big chocolate and caramel sweetness again. It's like a dark chocolate milkshake with a shot of espresso and drizzled with caramel. Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and very full. Works very well with the top flavors. Excellent beer. (584 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, milk chocolate, bread, wood, and subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, bread, coffee, cream, and milk chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma and flavor were really nice on this one if I’m honest. The flavor was the star though as it was very well balanced and coated your palate, leaving it wanting more after each sip. The aroma was very pleasant as well and very inviting. I could see non-craft beer drinkers enjoying the aroma on this one. Probably one of the best brews I’ve had from Evil Twin to-date. Great job on this one guys! (956 characters)

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 22oz Bottle poured into deschutes snifter

- Pours syrupy black with a centimeter of chocolaty foam. Mild lacing present.
- Aromas of bitter coffee and chocolate with hints of toffee and vanilla. I'm happy it's not smelling too sweet or dessert-like.
- Big bitter chocolate and roasted coffee mouthful. Wonderful balance with the toffee and vanilla, stays true to the nose. Medium body for an imperial stout and again well balanced with all the flavors, not too sweet. Hides the 11.5% ABV a little too well.
- Overall a very tasty and balanced imperial stout. Not as complex as other RIS offerings (parabola, abyss, KBS, etc.), but a fun alternative. At $14/bottle, the price is about right, but I won't be rushing out to get more considering the other RIS coming soon. If Evil Twin did a Bourbon BA version of this, it could be amazing. (842 characters)

Photo of jasoncheb
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a a stout glass. Nice light tan head with great lacing.

S - Heavy coffee, sweet malts, hint of the 11.5% alcohol.

T - Started with a temperature around 44 degrees, which kept the coffee more forward, along with the alcohol. Moving towards room temperature, the sweet malts and coffee really masked the alcohol.

M - Really creamy, great acidity from the coffee on the tongue.

O - Really solid offering, which explains the hype around this coveted Imp Stout. Definitely glad a picked up a couple of bottles to try another with a bit more age on it.

Serving type: bottle (588 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Dog during the annual wealth of riches.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is very attractive, as I pick up considerable milk dud aroma, light bourbon, coco powder, light coffee and vanilla. The flavor profile replicatest the nose, though there is a hint of underlying bitterness that helps to balance the moderate sweetness in this excellent stout. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and I really don't get any sense that the abv. is 11.5%. You can tell it's up there, but not that high.

Nice beer... (648 characters)

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