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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 444
Hads: 3,523
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 23.96%
Wants: 472
Gots: 963 | 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

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 JamesShoemaker
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into two snifters. Another great extra from woodsyy, thanks a million again, Landon! I've been trying to land this bad boy for a while.

A - good looking brew. Dark, dark brown out of the bottle, settling almost black. Ombre. The head is dark brown as well, but not quite as dark as an RIS. Hardly any head on the forced pour.

S - wow, right up there with FBS and, more impressively, V @ S. Big coffee on the nose that leaves just a little cocoa on the end. No alcohol, not hot as all. Delicious.

T - not quite as good as the smell, but still delicious. There's less coffee but a whole lot more chocolate, a little chewy because of it, to be honest. The cocoa recedes into dark fruits, ending bittersweet. Very complex.

M - some syrup and chewyness, but it's nothing major. Smooth drinking and completely undetectable alcohol, despite the high content.

O - will definitely get again, I'm sure I won't ever get to try this on tap. Another bottle would be a treat. Highly recommend.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours black, with no head. carbonation is decent and agitation produces lots of very fine bubble lacing. nose; toasted malt, fudge, milk chocolate, chocolate icing, slight coffee & creamer, and mild woodsy notes. taste; chocolate fudge/cake, doughnut, chocolate icing, light mocha & toffee, vanilla and bitter hops. very mellow milk chocolate and bitter hop on the aftertaste. as it warms, a dark cherry syrup emerges. at 11.5% abv, some light bite on the end is expected, but it's remarkably tame for those numbers. mouthfeel is a little thin, but creamy. probably the most "dessert-y" stout i've ever had - the chocolate & fudge qualities are not overstated here. a bit too indulgent for more than a "one and done", but delicious all the same.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A jet black beer with a small, brown cappuccino-colored head that settles to a thin band rather quickly. Nice creamy lacing on the glass. Big roasty aroma with noticeable sweetness, lots of espresso, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, toasted nuts, caramel.

Great tasting dessert stout; some bitterness from substantial roastiness is offset by sweetness of vanilla, chocolate, caramel flavors. Again there’s a nutty, toasty almond cookie note and a fine espresso flavor making this a complex and delicious after dinner treat. Body is medium full, stopping shy of total viscosity, still somewhat chewy and sticky, creamy feel, carbonation a bit on the lower side. Very smooth overall. Booze totally hidden underneath all that flavor.

A top notch imperial stout falling firmly on the sweet side of the ledger. Phenomenal late night sipper. I’d buy this often if it wasn’t so expensive. Also can’t be good for my already burgeoning waistline.

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Photo of draheim
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep viscous black w/ a reddish brown head. Beautiful.

Aroma is dark roasted malt, espresso, bitter chocolate. Rich, earthy, inviting.

Taste is big and robust; strong coffee, chocolate. Some caramel, vanilla and molasses.

Mouthfeel is thick and coating, slick. Not syrupy. Nice dry finish.

Overall an outstanding imperial stout, hits on all cylijnders.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh yes. Got lucky and stumbled across this in NYC. Great texture and feel. Quite smooth. Flavor is great. Great level of malts. Superb tone of coffee. Balance really works. Carbonation is smooth. Way too easy to drink. I wish I had gotten more of this when I had the chance. Nice to be able to get a beer people have been raving about and have it live up to the hype.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark. Rich. Terra cotta head. Packs a ton of dark, decadent flavor: chocolate, almond, fudge, dried fig, dates. A wonderful stout. I've had it both on tap and from the bottle. It's smooth as silk going down, with very little alcohol burn. Top notch.

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Photo of sanzenapocalypz
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Draft. Pours a very dark pretty much opaque color. Dark toffe colored head, subsided after a couple minutes with a thin layer remaining. Looks tasty. Aromas of roasty caramel, chocolate, and hints of vanilla. Roasted heavy malts smell as well. I taste a boozy, roasted dark chocolate at the front, hints of vanilla and coffee are in there too. Overall, it tastes just like what i would think dunking a biscotti stick in coffe would taste like. Malty and caramel slight hints as well. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Its fairly boozy. Mice smooth finish with a good lingering taste that's not too overpowering.

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Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter color.   Two finger, dark mocha head that has good retention, only slowly settling into a thick, lasting ring.  Splotches of soapy lacing left behind.  Looks great!  

Deeply roasted dark malt aroma with perfectly roasted gourmet coffee beans, lactic cream, silky chocolate malt notes and subtle English biscuit/cookie in there.  Deep roast but not acrid or burnt smelling with hints of charred toast, oatmeal, dark choose and espresso bean followed by bakers chocolate, caramel, toffee, lactic cream and biscuit.

Full bodied and viscous with deeply roasted coffee bean and dark malt flavor.  Dry and pretty bitter but never acrid or harsh wih lots of lactose and silky chocolate malt sweetness countering the roast.  Excellent espresso bean flavor along with burnt toast, oatmeal and dark cacoa powder.  Lactic cream toward the finish smoothing things out along with silky chocolate, fudge, bakers chocolate, toffee and caramel.  Very complex and I can even pick up hints of licorice, English biscuit and dark fruit as it warms.  Decent heat but the ABV is well masked making this beer very easy to drink.   There's a really great  balance of roasted coffee and sweeter dessert-like notes which also help drinkability.  Another impressive beer from Evil Twin.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a thick, jet black with just a crust of brown head. Minimal to no lacing.

S- amazing coffee, dark chocolate and maple syrup.

T- sweet maple syrup, slight molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, with some bitterness at the finish.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Thick, syrupy with some heat from the abv as it warms.

O- very good coffee RIS. Amazing coffee and chocolate flavors and the heat is hidden pretty well at 11.5%.

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Photo of Holland
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to da_bulls for this bottle!

A: dark black, thick, and a one finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S: coffee, chocolate, roasted malt

T: same flavors as the smell, but I'm impressed with the blend of the flavors. Tastes like it was brewed with a lot of chocolate since OI'm able to taste the chocolate even with the strong coffee and malt flavors.

M: creamy, rich, full body, and still has good carbonation

O: right up there with Breakfast Stout for my favorite coffee stout. Would love to compare side by side, bu

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Photo of Jonada
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Best before 2015. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Nearly jet black in color with less than a finger of a dark tan, almost brown head. Head dissipates to a thin film and collar. Body is opaque.

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted coffee, sweet and roasted malt, almonds and molasses.

Taste: Big malt sweetness upfront, but not overpowering or cloying. Big flavors of coffee and vanilla, as well as chocolate, nuts, caramel and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the lower end of medium.

Overall: This one doesn't disappoint. Incredibly complex and well balanced. It's also highly drinkable for 11.5%. One of the best non barrel aged stouts I've had.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (does it come any other way but maybe a keg ;-) into a DFH chalice. No "bottled on" date. It was a bit too cold, but I let it warm up.

A - Poured a viscous opaque black, healthy pour produced only a half finger of brown mocha-like rocky head that quickly dissipates. A few swrils bring the head back. Almost no lacing.

S - Big coffee and vanilla notes, sweetness.

T - Vanilla (but not overwhelming like some beers), coffee, roasted malt, hints of licorice, some bitterness in the finish.

MF - Smooth with just a bit of alcohol bite.

O - Excellent beer, unique in that it does not over do the vanilla. Relatively balanced, but sweet leaning. A rich beer so make plans to have someone available to share your bomber. Make sure the beer is at the right temp. Stating the obvious, but as the beer warms the flavors intensify.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a thick, viscous black with a thin film of medium brown head, generous ring. Pretty good retention and some spots of lace.

S: Dark coffee, graham cracker, cream, milk chocolate, vanilla extract, cherry. Smells like an IRS.

T: Thick chocolate like syrup, dark coffee, maybe some cinnamon, hoppy undertone lends a little grip, cherry, ultra smooth and no bitterness. Delicious.

M: Full bodied, very lightly carbed. Thick, almost like syrup, but velvety smooth.

O: Really delicious, well crafted beer. Superb balance and decent complexity. The alcohol is completely well hidden. This is like an adult version of chocolate milk.

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Photo of spacebear09
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Appearance- Jet black, but there appears to be some dark brown sediment in this beer. An extravagant, frothy head sits atop the brew. It looks almost as if someone tried to float a chocolate milkshake on top of a glass of motor oil.

Smell- Espresso, almonds, vanilla, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies

Taste- Espresso > hazelnuts > dark chocolate > repeat. Delicious taste shifts linger for minutes after taking a sip thanks to some extremely chewy malts. This beer washes over you with such massive waves of flavor that you could drown in it. A hint of tobacco spiciness up front and lingering cacao/espresso bitterness in the finish. I was expecting this to be overly sweet but it's not. This beer is just right.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy carbonation, this beer is luxuriously creamy.

Overall- A very delicious RIS. Much better than the Imperial Doughnut Break, in my opinion. Quite hard to justify at the price point ($18 per bomber) but still delicious and a welcome occasional change of pace from the always amazing Old Rasputin.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured bottle best before 2015 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a deep black motor oil like with a thick tan head. Some lacing.

S-Aroma of vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate and hint of coffee roast.

T-Taste is dark chocolate with a strong bitterness, vanilla, hazelnut and roast coffee with a slight boozy aftertaste.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced oily at first with some stickiness at the end.

O-Overall I enjoyed this beer and it met my expeditions great job evil twin.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer kicks a lot of ass.

A: About as dark opaque brown as it gets. Head is medium chocolatey brown in color, not very large but nicely swirly on the surface. Lace is thinly sticky and I suspect it will change a lot as I drink this.

S: Chocolate brownies, sticky dark chocolate, heavy cream, lactose, soft coffee. A delicious smelling desserty treat.

T: Fields of chocolate and sweet coffee rivers. Very engaging beer experience.

M: Super coating and velvety. My mouth is sticking together as I drink this beer.

D: I'm enjoying this at what feels like a speedy pace however the nature of this beer preventing me from doing that. Very yummy. It's like a extra pleasant dessert.

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Photo of brewtus
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter. Pours jet black with a deep dark brown head that dicipates quickly. Smell is a lot of chocolate, cinnimon, some coffee, sweet cookie. Taste startes with a smooth marshmallow, lots of dark chocolate, lots of cappuccino coffee, milky, some vanilla. The texture is amazing and it tastes like cappuccino ice cream, alcohol is undetectable. This has a unique coffee flavor for a stout because it isn't a bitter black coffee flavor, it's subtle but obvious in the cappuccino like flavor. This is delicious. Very thick but very drinkable and a real treat.

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Photo of brianlmoon
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For such high gravity, this beer tastes and feels wonderful. Many high gravity beers are overpowering with alcohol. Not this one. Semi-sweet and creamy. I have had it with meals and standalone.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A wonderfully silky smooth texture being poured into the glass. A true heavy darkness that produced a burnt tan colored head. The head retained very lightly along the edge of the glass. Zero lacing, this beer is too heavy to stick onto the glass.

Smell: Dark chocolate, heavy hops, molasses, vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, and a slightly burnt oak aroma. The aroma is very subdued but has a lot going on when you dip for it. A slight alcohol sting makes this aroma interesting.

Taste: The front is an outstanding touch of smooth vanilla. The smooth vanilla just keeps going and going then it transitions into a darker more traditional imperial stout taste. Some dark hop flavors, heavy molasses, roast coffee beans, and dark chocolate. Chalky heavy malt finishes this brew out and has a wonderful balance of the sweetness found earlier in the beer.

Mouthfeel: A perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness creates a roller coaster for the palette that is outstanding. The palette is challenged to its full capacity. The sweetness is felt throughout, wow incredible.

Overall: Everything that an imperial stout should be. The complexity of this beer is on a level with any other beer out there. This stout is heavy but found the perfect balance of not being overly filling. Deliciously drinkable, a true treat.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having tried Olde Hickory Imperial Stout, it was interesting to follow up with this.

Pours a dark black with just a half finger of tan foam covering the sweet nectar.

smells of vanila, coffee, chocolate, sweet smoke, and a slight burnt note.

Taste follows the smell, but in a much more profound, well rounded astounding way. Admittidly, I didn't have high hopes for this beer. I imagined another train wreck like Creme Brulee, where the sweetness takes over and leaves nothing. But no, there are layers of complex flavor and the sweetness is married nicely within the beer, not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is solid, slightly thick, a bit oily, but certainly done well for the style.

Check this out if you get the chance. I found it to be exceptional.

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Photo of cavedave
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as pitch with a thin tan cap.

Roasted grain, toasted bread, burnt sugar, espresso coffee, and bitterrest chocolate perfume.

The taste is just a bit sweeter than the nose, but all the darkness of malt, from dark caramel and light chocolate to charry bitter, bakers chocolate, and coffee are at work here. These flavors create a complex and delicious experience that ends with truly wonderful and lingering bitter. As it warms alcohol and sweet spiciness, even a hint of stone fruit, come into it. Superb.

Low carb., smooth, clean, full bodied, with a finish that is clean, long, and perfectly dry.

Marvel;ous stout, an homage to the dark side of the maltsters craft, and to the genius side of brewing. Highest recommendation.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in FFF teku, thanks to jkv96 for this awesome extra!!!

Pours motor oil black with a rim of cappuccino colored head with poor retention and moderate bubbly lacing.

Smells of fresh roasted coffee, vanilla wafer, a touch of warm bourbon coconut and alcohol notes. Strong fresh coffee bean notes hit hard with roasty malts, espresso, a hint of dark cocoa nibs, and quite a bit of warning alcohol, nice bitter finish. Full body, low carbonation, pretty warm, creamy, chewy, great mouthfeel.

What a great extra, wanted to try this for a while, a fantastic coffee forward imperial stout, the wife like this as well, much appreciated!

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Photo of bpasquini
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black, this stout, so far, is the darkest stout I have had, seems darker than the night sky without the moon or stars, cannot see through it at all, poured heavy and left a small, espresso colored head that did not leave lacing, the head looked and feels very creamy, superb look to this brew!

S: I'm getting coffee up front, followed by some light vanilla, chocolate, and every once in awhile I get some dark tart fruit smells, and there's some nutty smells to it as well but it is a little hard to detect, this beer does remind me of biscotti's, the smell is faint to me though, wish it were more prevalent, overall it is very pleasing to the nose!

T: Up front strong coffee presence, then I'm getting the tart dark fruit flavors in the middle, at the end it is followed with some sweet chocolate, slight hint of vanilla and a little hint of bread malts and of course some booze! Overall I think the dark tart fruits are a little too strong, I would have enjoyed this beer more if the sweet chocolate flavor was a little more intense to help compliment the dark fruits in the transition, but overall it is still really tasty

M: Love the way this beer feels on your palate, incredibly creamy, it's almost chewy, definitely thick bodied but it feels incredibly light and it finishes great, very little sticky syrupy feel to it and the beer doesn't linger too long on your palate, superb feel and finish to this beer!

O: This is a great beer, there are some things I think that could use a little improving, but with that said I can also see why this beer is rated so well, definitely a unique flavor profile to it.
Definitely look forward to being able to try this beer again and possibly its' variants, recommend giving it a whirl if you haven't already!

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sexy black. Smells like dessert. Tastes like chocolate and expresso, with a kick. Great mouthfeel. Might be my new favorite non-barrel aged stout. Now I need to find the BA variety.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer, and one where the abv is unbelievably well hidden. Extraordinarily smooth and silky in the mouth, that is perhaps this beer's best feature. Pours inky black with a caramel colored head that fades to a thin ring fairly quickly. Lovely aromas of very good coffee, molasses, and cream. The taste is equally enticing, with further notes of that excellent coffee from Charleston Coffee Roasters, nice bitter chocolate notes, some roastiness, and a touch of caramel sweetness and cream on the finish along with more of that chocolate and coffee. Very nice. I love the long finish, and the obvious quality of the ingredients, the incredible smoothness, and the deeply flavored and well integrated flavors. Very well done indeed.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.