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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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3,111 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,111
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 417
Gots: 783 | FT: 106
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Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
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

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3.76/5  rDev -14%

Photo of jdb288
3.77/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with thick head. Aromas is vanilla, coffee, caramel. Taste is heavy on the vanilla, the coffee fades to a background note. Nicely balanced sweetness (marzipan?) in a heavy stout. Balances sweetness with the bitter coffee notes just perfectly.

Can’t wait to try the BA version.

Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -13%

Photo of bryanbullock
3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours solid black, with a frothy brown head and dissipates after a few minutes leaving a consistent light lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

Smell is amazing, chocolate and coffee, sweetness leaves you floating sky high waiting for that first sip. Lives ups to its namesake, smells like a chocolate cookie.

Taste leaves you wanting, coffee taste is not well done, taste like pourly made bitter expresso. As you progress though the drink the bitterness fades but the taste left is more like an oatmeal stout or milk stout and does not have the viscosity one looks for in a top notch imperial.

flat smooth mouth feel.

Overall the beer is not bad but does not live up to the hype.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.82/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at room temperature.

L - Jet black color with ruby-tinged edges and with a 1 and a half finger bubbly brown head. Head fades pretty fast and leaves a wispy ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing.

S - Nice roasted aromas. Biscotti, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruits like raisins. The slightest hint of alcohol present but it almost brings out the rich tartness of the dark fruits more. Smells like dessert.

T - Interesting taste that doesn’t quite match the aroma as much as I’d hoped. Starts with a very sweet but also tart taste with notes of biscotti, plums, and lots of vanilla. A bitter-sweet dark chocolate taste follows with the bitterness lingering for a little while. Not as much roasted flavor or coffee as the nose suggested. If you look for it, there is maybe a slight taste of coffee and also some chocolate left on your tongue in the aftertaste. Alcohol is apparent but not as much as you would think with an 11.5% ABV beer.

F - Medium bodied, more carbonation than expected, and a slightly bitter but very dry finish. There is almost a chewy mouthfeel to it, as well as a mouth-coating stickiness. Bitterness lingers for a fair amount of time in the back of the throat and tongue. There's a definite throat-warming effect from the alcohol.

O - I’ve got to say, I was a little disappointed by this beer. It looked pretty good and smelled terrific, but the taste left me looking for more. There was a lot going on but it wasn’t necessarily well-layered or balanced. This had far too much sweetness and not enough roasted bitterness for my liking in an imperial stout. This beer does hide the alcohol pretty well. Overall, it's a decent imperial stout, but I'm not sure I would get it again.

Photo of maximum12
3.82/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a few bottles of Evil Twin when they showed up in town & haven't been overwhelmed yet, hoping this one will do the trick. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is lively & a deep, mordor black. Nose is a step up, with gently roasted coffee beans cut with a whole lotta dark chocolate, which results in a more even, sweeter coffee-like aroma. Nice balance.

Biscotti Break has that X-factor that I can't quite put my tongue on. In a photocopy of the nose, the roast is cut perfectly with a nice dark chocolate & a slapdash of liquid black licorice - enough to taunt the taste buds but not enough to be offensive, since I hate black licorice, but it's nice here. Mouthfeel is gorgeous: thick, rich, decadent. End is big, sweet malts. My quibble with the beer is in the drinkability. I could have been one-and-done with a two or three ounces taster. Half a bomber is beginning to wear a bit.

Very good, but the licorice cuts into my enjoyment somewhat. Easily the best beer from this brewery I've had to date.

Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

No date on the bottle just Best before 2015 on the label. Produced and bottled by Westbrook Brewing. Pours black and slightly thick viscosity. An attractive chocolate colored two finger head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Sheets of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of bitter chocolate and roasted malt. A little disappointed that I cannot pick out much for coffee. No sign of alcohol.

Slightly improved flavor. Very heavy with the chocolate but some coffee hints finally makes an appearance. Bitterness seems to come from the roasted malt but this stout is on the sweeter side. Slight alcohol flavor and warmth.

Thick and rich body. Really nice carbonation gives the body a smooth, gentle texture that is well suited for a big stout.

Got the beer at a considerable discount and I am happy about that. I was hoping for a lot more coffee. More of a sweet chocolate stout that turns out to be slightly disappointing.

Photo of n2185
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with very little tan head that quickly recedes to a thin ring with no lacing. Looks nearly flat.

S: Roasted malts up front with rich dark chocolate and vanilla following suit. Robust coffee aromas bring up the finish with slight char notes.

T: Holy chocolate, Batman. Rich dark chocolate explodes on the palate like drinking a liquid truffle. Roasted malts with robust and slightly bitter coffee flavors follow along with a decent bit of vanilla. The finish has a light alcohol presence for its abv.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer is a bit sticky in the mouth rather than being creamy.

O: A good beer, overall. It's a bit too sweet and difficult to drink more than a few ounces of at a time (especially an entire bomber), but still tasty before the diabetes kicks in.

Photo of kscaldef
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Absolutely black, dark mocha head with medium retention

S: Roasted notes and chocolate. Mild dark fruit.

T: Lightly sweet, toasty, very chocolatey

M: Medium carbonation. Medium-heavy body, moderately sweet, but finishes dry

O: Definite sipper. 25cl glass took 2 hours to finish. Wouldn't want more than that.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.84/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate head with a 1-2cm mocha head. Decent retention and spotty lace.

Smells of very bitter dark chocolate, bitter coffee and a bit hot.

Flavor Is great. Caramel, robust coffee, a touch hot and nice bitter chocolate.

Mouth is dry and medium bodied with low carb.

Overall a real nice beer. Not a very good nose but excellent flavor.

Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whiskey in the aroma. Little head on very dark brown. Medium mouthfeel. Rich looking, rich in mocha flavour. Good coffee, more of an imperial stout, though a tad thin for an IS. Lots of roast and coffee, much less sweet than the regular Biscotti break.Bottle from Premier.

Photo of akttr
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mad3air
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
3.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No access to this beer on this side of the pond, so cheers to claaark13 for sending one over.

From a bomber into a snifter
Imperial coffee stout

APPEARANCE: Started to foam up the neck upon opening, but slowly settled. Pours out thick black and yields a 1+ finger, looser, fizzy, mocha colored head with lousy retention. Fizzes down to a ring only. Black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Looks mostly flat by the end with no real lacing or ring. Good color again, but lousy head.

SMELL: Roasted grain, coffee, vanilla cream and chocolate on the nose. Sweet cream and milk notes as well. Pretty nice really.

TASTE: Roasted coffee beans and sweet milky cream up front. Vanilla and caramel sweetness through the middle into the swallow as well. Bold finish of sweet cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, caramel, with some roasted grains and bitter coffee for sure. Very flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating. Enough weight and creamy as well. Good.

OVERALL: Was a little worried when it started to foam upon opening, but this one turned out solid. Wasn't as impressed with it as I was with Even More Jesus, but certainly one I would have again if offered. Lots of sweet milky and caramel flavors here, working well with the roasted and bitter coffee flavors. Thanks again Claaark13. Recommended.

Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick and black. Nearly no head, and what's there settles to only rim bubbles. Some spotty lace, but it doesn't last. No light shines through.

Plenty of chocolate milk aroma. Lightly sweet and mildly chalky.

Think powdered cocoa added to a porter. There's some definitive lactose sweetness. The aftertaste is more of the same. The body is rich; the carbonation low. The alcohol is hidden behind the strong flavors--there's no way I would think this beer has 10+% abv.

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 3,111 ratings.