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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 432
Hads: 3,457
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 2.76%
Wants: 468
Gots: 948 | FT: 128
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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 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)

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

Poured into snifter straight from the fridge. Sugary and sticky look. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, some coffee grinds, dried dark fruit and molasses - taste followed with a touch of booze. As it warms to the peak temperature - wow! A chocolatey, slick mouthful followed by a brief touch of roared malt and hop. No booze at all. (331 characters)

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
A-Pours as black as they come with a large khaki head.
S- A little bitter coffee roast but on the sweeter side, A hint of dark fruit and a silky smooth caramel.
T- A perfect balance of bitter roasted malt and sweet caramel malt. A lingering roast flavor. A touch of char and ash. The sweetness helps keep it from being too dry and ads a lot of toffee and caramel flavor. No alcohol flavor to speak of. Really well balanced and easy to drink spite its size.
M- Very thick and heavy but balanced and drinkable.
O- A very, very awesome stout. One I would love to see in a barrel. (612 characters)

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

Bomber courtesy of the uber-generous kingkong, shared at a tasting and poured into a 25cl Duvel tulip. This beer wasn't on my radar at all when I received it as a surprise extra, and now it'll be my 74th tick on the current Top 100. How cool is that?

A: Pitch black body, 1/2" of dark brown head that settles into a fine ring and leaves spotty lace. Pretty good for being 11.5%.

S: Wow, that's rich. Huge almond, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, and speculoos. I love it.

T: Sweet and roasty up front, with lots of coffee and dark chocolate leading in to some almond biscotti goodness. Light boozy bitterness on the finish. Big, rich, and oh-so-tasty.

M: Thick, lively, and a bit sticky. Nice.

O: I honestly wasn't totally sold on this one, despite its exciting name and description, given the vile disappointment that was Soft DK. Happily, my fears were entirely unwarranted: this beer was absolutely delicious, and an all-around hit at the tasting. I'm not sure I'd be able to down an entire bottle by myself, but in small doses this was a serious treat. Thanks again, Patrick!

Cheers! (1,093 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. There is no dating information. Purchased in June 2012. Poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: Pours JET black. Completely clack color. I don't see any red or any color getting through there. Initially I got about a half finger of dark tan head. That faded into a nice ring around the edges. Definitely getting some alcohol feet and this is leaving some lacing sheeting on the glass as i swirl.

S: Tons of coffee and dark chocolate on the nose. Smells amazing. Also getting some of that cookie character: vanilla, hazelnut, almond, etc. Really pronounced flavors all coming out.

T: Right up front I get dark chocolate and mocha. Roasted espresso beans. Rich blends of dark and milk chocolate. Then you do get some of that hazelnut and almond cookie flavor. Really quite pleasant. It's ABV is nicely hidden. It's so smooth, you don't taste it at all, but you feel it towards the end.

M: Full bodied, thick viscous stout. (931 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

220z bottle into a tasting glass. Pitch black in color with a dark chocolate lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma shows some bold dark chocolate and coffee flavors to it. There is some biscuity, cookie like flavors in there as well giving it a little bit of a chocolate covered cookie flavor. Really nice aroma, The chocolate and coffee flavors were great together.

Very chocolaty with more roasted malts and coffee towards the finish. The chocolate is dark and bittersweet. It's got a little caramel sweetness as well. Very good chocolate and coffee flavors in it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. Very nice beer overall, I loved the dark chocolate and coffee flavors. It had a really interesting chocolate covered cookie twist to it that I really liked. Really enjoyable beer overall. (839 characters)

Photo of fgmiele
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle directly into torst wine glass. Pours opaque deep cocoa black with a two finger fluffy caramel head. Head dissipates quickly..nose is sweet dark cocoa, caramelly mocha and overall sweetness. Taste follows the nose...starting with a definitive chocolate foreground that develops effortlessly into big chocolate, booze, cream, and light smokiness. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy like a milkshake..overall another win for evil twin stouts. (454 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Charlie Murphy darkness body and head.

Aroma: Almond and vanilla are definitely present, with background of chocolate syrup and earthy coffee.

Flavor: Tastes almost exactly like I love you stout, with a hint of almonds and espresso. The espresso is there, but its far from overwhelming or sharp. Just a hint.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and velvety. (362 characters)

Photo of ESPNman
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Stone IRS snifter.

A - Black. Pure pitch black darkness, even at the edges of the glass when tilted. Virtually no head, even after a vigorous pour, which is surprising, given the carbonation.

S - Burnt malt, sweet caramel, and toffee dominate the nose. Virtually no hops at all to speak of. Smells delicious, but a little sweeter than I would have expected.

T - Heavenly. The caramel and toffee notes dominate, with a strong backbone of coffee and burnt malt. No hops to speak of, but that's fine by me for the style.

M - Thick, heavy, syrupy, and a surprising amount of carbonation. It doesn't seem possible to be syrupy and well-carbonated, but this beer pulls it off.

O - Definitely a must-try stout if you get the chance. It's not "well balanced", but it's exactly what is expected out of the style. It's an extreme beer that is extremely well-made.

I picked this one up in Seattle and shipped it back to CA... so I'm not really sure where else it's available. (998 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark espresso- black color. There is a small tan head that fades quickly to almost nothing. Little in the way of lacing.

S: A sharp coffee aroma is followed quickly by milk chocolate. Vanilla and some booziness as the beer warms.

T: A lot sweeter upfront than the aroma would suggest. All chocolate, caramel and vanilla on the attack. The mid-palate reminds me of creme brulee. As I savor the coffee flavor comes to the forefront with a but of nuttiness. The finish is lingering chocolate-espresso with a very mild touch of alcohol and some smoke.

M: Medium-thick bodied with an incredibly creamy texture. The carbonation is high for the style by still foamy and pleasant.

O: An amazing beer. The combination of flavors is standard for an imperial stout, but somehow different than any other stout I've had. (872 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How can a beer with so much abv taste so smooth and balanced? Answer: Evil Twin just does it better. I just love the look, smell, feel, and taste of this beer. The only thing that could make it better is heated leather seats. It may not have the bourbon stout taste of others, but it gives you an enjoyment that makes you fall in love with the style. Never watery, never unbalanced, never boring, this beer just delivers every time. My favorite from a great brewery. (466 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque and black as night with a very large amount of sudsy, tan, head. The aroma is of cappuccino, milk chocolate, biscuit, and a hint of booze. The flavor is rich and complex, upfront is a milky coffee, like espresso with a cream, there is also a hint of smooth chocolate, burned sugar, and sweet roll. The overall flavor is incredibly smooth and the booze is not noticeable at all. The beer is full bodied, oily, creamy, and very low carbonation, which is appropriate for the texture and the flavor.
overall this beer was filling, complex, warming and delicious. will buy again during the fall and /or winter for sure. (627 characters)

Photo of argock
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No obvious freshness date. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Opaque black with a pretty substantial (at first) chocolate cookie batter colored 1/2-1 finger head which recedes quickly and leaves a few bubbles of lace.

S: Massive caramel blast which settles into black coffee and a bit of nutty, figgy dark maltiness. There is chocolate and it does exude a bit of a chemical, artificial tones to it. There are some doughy, malty aromas like cookies as well.

T: The flavor is out of this world with a subdued but up front sweetness followed by burnt caramel, bitter espresso, brownies, and some nutty maybe hazelnut coming through and lingering in the finish. There is barely any alcohol heat also mainly in the finish as it warms. The only bitterness is from the coffee flavors. It is a deeply satisfying beer, until you remember how much you paid for it ($15.99 in this case), yet still I am really glad I tried this -- it is a very artfully done beer.

M: Silky smooth and low in carbonation with a full body. Alcohol is well-hidden.

O: Evil Twin has a masterpiece on its hands. It is a delicious dessert beer with minimal alcohol presence, which is impressive at 11.5%, with a luscious mouthfeel and stellar palette of flavors and aromas. (1,338 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. snifter.

pitch black, very slight head. smell is extremely chocolatey with hints of coffee as well. taste starts off with the chocolate and then you get the roasted malts and coffee on the end. real great flavor, wow. very full bodied with almost no carbonation.

overall wow. an amazing non BA imp stout! (346 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- As black as it gets, some tan bubbles on top.

S- Strong coffee aroma with some sweet sugary notes. Some chocolate malt too.

T- Coffee comes through first, with a hint of sweetness. Very malty, with roasted malts and chocolate malt both coming through.

M- Very thick and heavy, definitely a sipper, but not a strong presence of alcohol.

O- Excellent beer. Embraces the name well and reminds you of coffee and shortbread. (427 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I missed out on this while it was on tap at Sessions here in Greensboro so I had to pick up a bottle while at Bestway today.Poured into an oversized wine glass jet black with a deep mocha colored head,just deep and rich looking.Deep bitter chocolate,dark fruit,and toasted almonds over top of dark espresso roast coffee notes,as it sits more sweet alcohol comes into play,deep and complex aromas here.Chocolate and dark fruit dominate the palate,obviously it's quite roasted with the mocha java quality to it.It's big complex and sticky,the best Evil Twin brew I have had no question about that,great stuff here. (612 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A roasty, sweet, and earthy dark malt forward aroma with big hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malts with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla, milk, caramel, toast, biscuit, grains, nuts, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses. Hints of anise licorice spicing. Subtle dark fruit hints of cherry and raisin. Subtle earthy hints of hops in the background. A very good stout aroma.

Taste: Like the nose, a roasty, sweet, and fairly earthy dark malt driven taste with a big presence of dark chocolate and coffee. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with good notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla, caramel, milk, dough, biscuit, nuts, toast, grains, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and sugar. Notes of anise licorice. Fairly earthy with some background notes of hops. Light dark fruit undertones of raisin and cherry. A very good imperial stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and slick. Alcohol presence is noticeable but not overwhelming.

Overall: A very good take on an imperial stout. On the sweeter side but far from cloying. Very good chocolate and coffee presence. (1,387 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep ebony. Decadent mocha head. She's a beaut.
Smell: Like a smooth chocolate malt mocha milkshake with just a bit of that charred smell that can add just the right touch or dominate the flavor. This was has the touch. Very nice.
Taste: oh yes. All the flavors of the nose with some vanilla thrown in, and all balanced quite well.
overall: very well done. This one goes down like a session milk chocolate. Bravo. (425 characters)

Photo of MimDIPA
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

A- dark black, viscous pour with a 1/2 inch, tan cappacino head.
S- some roasted malt and dark raisin-like fruits, but mostly delicious dark chocolate. Almost like chocolate covered raisins.
T- follows the nose,bit more fruit, same roasty malts, and tons of dark chocolate. Finishes with a lightly bitter coffee. Smack you lips and you get perfectly roasted coffee
MF - thick but not too thick, coats the mouth and doesn't quit
O- one of my favorite nonBA imp stouts. Would put this right up there with tenfidy. Not much of a coffee stout fan, at least so far--lagunitas cappuccino was mediocre at best and big bad baptist is too overpowering w the coffee. But this does it just subtle enough-almost would like more coffee! Excellent beer; made me happy after a 10.5 hour workday on a Friday (794 characters)

Photo of brandonwnw
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drink by 2015 on the side, let's see if it's right. L - Black as night and flat as a board. S - Sugar in the raw and dried fruit. There is chocolate and coffee in the back end and overall extremely sweet. T - Chocolate and coffee up front here with booze at the finish. It's nearly overpoweing and has a bit of harsh finish like coffee with 2 sugars and no cream. Still very good as the scent lingers after the harsh finish. F - A bit lighter than the smell and taste led me to expect. O - Very good beer, and the best I've had from from Eviltwin, but the finish is too harsh to bump into elite status and the price of admission at roughly $20 for a bomber takes it down a further notch. There are far better beers in the $10 - 18 range but this was worth a trip. Cheers (771 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2015

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of dark tan head that fades to nothing in a couple of minutes

S: Lots of roasted and burnt malt with vanilla, coffee, and dark chocolate in the back. A light nutty presence from the almonds is also there. Alcohol is very minimal

T: Starts off with the huge roasted malts and slowly gets more and more complex. Vanilla and coffee are quite present, with dark chocolate and almonds hanging out in the back. Alcohol is there, but is hidden very well for 11.5%. Finishes with a light char and mix of sweetness and bitterness from the vanilla and coffee, respectively

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Nearing chewy, but a little thinner

O: A very nice imperial stout that nicely incorporates both the coffee and vanilla. It is quite complex, especially at room temperature. I'd love to see a BA version of this (893 characters)

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.