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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 467
Hads: 3,676
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 23.5%
Wants: 501
Gots: 1,018 | FT: 124
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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 hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a one finger mocha head, with nice retention and lacing for an 11.5 % abv beer. the aroma has dark roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa, chocolate, biscotti, and caramel.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells with dark roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa, chocolate, biscotti, and caramel. Has a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. There is also some noticeable alcohol, but it is not intrusive.

Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and easy to drink. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep deep dark black with a coffee head that rapidly dissipates and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate notes dominate.

Taste: ok, now the name makes sense. Tastes appropriate for its name. Lots of coffee notes as well. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: cleaner than Even More Jesus for sure. Lot less sticky than many others in its class.

Overall: I'm quite impressed.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A big thanks to Bill for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Dense pour yields an opaque, pitch black brew with a slight dark mocha head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is patchy and stringy with decent stick and thick, oily legs. Solid.

Nose is booze, lactose, coffee, chocolate, and fudge. Moderately aromatic and unmistakably decadent. Nice.

Opens sweet milk chocolate, lactose and roasted malt. Some sweet espresso and coffee beans in the middle with fudge brownie, more chocolate, and some dark fruit at the end. Finishes chocolate, mocha, and sweet roast with the same aftertaste. A rich, luxurious, over-the-top experience for sure. Real nice.

Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Silky smooth and rich in the mouth and goes down warm and thick. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Fits perfectly.

I've heard a lot about this beer and the praise is well deserved beer. This is truly one of the ultimate desert beers. Complex, thick, rich, and very decadent. This one's a sipper for sure and one that'll slowly reveal itself throughout the experience. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip 29/4/13 cheers Rutager for getting this one into my hands

A shes a black one with just a thumbnail's worth of dark cola edge, finger of dark mocha head has average retention and leaves no lace

S lots of chocolate syrup, sponge toffee and chocolate covered almonds, coffees hard to miss but it already has cream and sugar added, fudge is strong and I have no idea where the 11.5% is hiding, vanilla works well, dose it really smell like biscotti? or is it just in my head? either way this one smells rich and sexy

T sweet chocolate and burnt sugar mix with dark bread and faint Nutella spread, but the hazelnuts extremely faint, the coffees almost like the pre-sweetened little packets you add hot water to while camping, it tastes better then that sounds though I promise

M thick and syrupy, very sticky on the lips and not much for heat considering its 11.5%, silky and thick with a sweet finish

O looks basic but far from basic in every other area, I'm not sure what I like the most about this one but I have plenty to choose from

I can see where the hypes coming from because this ones awesome, great mix of chocolate and coffee and I'm impressed that 11.5% is almost completely concealed. I'm shocked how easy this one is to drink, no issues taking down the bomber even after tackling a few strong beer beforehand. I'm finding that one eye wants to close from the booze and my other eye's wide open from the coffee, this could be a long night

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Photo of vfgccp
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Solid black body with a muddy brown highlight at the rim. Dark khaki head with ok retention and lace.

S - Clean, relatively straight forward nose. Raw espresso, dry wood, and a touch of booze.

T - Dark roast coffee, touch of cream, bitter char, burnt caramel, soft booze, dark chocolate.

M - Smooth, creamy, with a medium frame.

O - An excellent imperial stout. Great flavor profile and balance.

P - Exceptional (even for imperial stouts) with fudgey brownies.

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Photo of treznor
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, silky, black, asking you to just have one more. It certainly doesn't drink like its 11.5% ABV, but don't let it fool you.

Pours solid black with a nice dark tan head and slight lacing.

Smell is slighlty sweet with just a hint of what is to come. after warming up a bit the almond started to come through stronger.

The taste is where it's really at for me. The slight sweetness balances the slight bitterness and everything just comes together to get that biscotti flavor Evil Twin was going for.

Overall a very solid beer!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 06/28/12 notes. Was very excited to be able to pick a few bottles of this up at Stateline in MD last night. Shared with my brother, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two fingers of dark brown head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about three minutes and leaves some light, spotty lacing. One inch of retention throughout drinking. Looks perfect for a big stout.

s - Smells of coffee, espresso, sweet chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, cream, and bready malts. Smell is awesome; a wonderful mix of espresso and chocolate. I love it.

t - Tastes of coffee, cocoa, espresso, sweet chocolate, vanilla. Little bit less chocolate than the nose, though the coffee is still strong again. Very nice, though I liked the nose better.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and creamy body. Wonderful mouthfeel; can't believe it is 11.5% ABV. Pretty perfect here.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic beer; I was blown away by how good it was considering I have been underwhelmed by pretty much every Evil Twin beer I've had. It looks and feels fantastic, and has a great chocolate/espresso nose. One of the best coffee stouts I've had, and certainly doesn't feel like 11.5%. Very glad I picked up a second bottle of this as I'll love to have it again. Will try and hold off until the fall when it is cooler to drink my other bottle, but is drinking wonderful now. A world class coffee stout.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp to snifter. Pours jet black with almost no carbonation.

Smell - wow. Can't stop smelling it. Huge coffee and vanilla. Also getting a good amount of roasted malts and chocolate. Quite amazing.

Taste - Very smooth at first with a nice mellow coffee flavor. A bit of a bitter bite in the aftertaste, but the chocolate, coffee, and vanilla mix is so good! Love it. Feel is very nice - rich and creamy. Overall, this is a splendid offering. I will seek more!

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Photo of jlindros
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another share with rudzud.

Forced pour yields a nice thick creamy dense choc milk colored 1/2 fingered head, fades semi slowly with nice lacing, pretty much pitch black color.

Nose is pretty nice, plenty of dark malts and candy like, nice nutty toffee biscuit like cookie, I guess a biscotti, light caramel, faint candy chocolate, some light minerals and dark roasty malts, light fluffy nougat, and faint grassy earthy hops. There's also a nice earthy coffee bean that doesn't get too bitter or acrid, the more I nose the more fresh roasted espresso I get.

Taste starts syrupy, like coffee syrup, light toffee and some nice butterscotch, tons of caramel, like caramel candies, creamed caramel, etc. Coffee is nice, fresh earthy nutty espresso, light bitter cookie like maybe biscotti, and there is a nice nutty quality but not the almond like character I almost expected for "biscotti". creamy smooth nice nutty flavor, fair sweetness and just a touch of booze. Again the minerals are there with light toasted character. Candy like flavors are nice too, and faint grassy hops round off the flavor. Finish is semi bitter, dry, some bitter roast and fresh coffee lingering, plenty of fresh coffee and more candy toffee caramel nutty flavors lingering.

Mouth is fuller bodied, smooth and a bit on the rich side, decent carb, faint warming booze.

Overall quite nice, very tasty. Smooth, rich, quite tasty, nice aroma, well done Imperial stout I would come back to plenty of times. I can see the hype for this one. Booze is hidden pretty well too, nice coffee, caramel, cookie and candy flavors without getting too sweet or undrinkable.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black. Creamy brown head. No lacing that I can see.

Smell: Rich and delicious. Biscotti, I suppose. Coffee and chocolate laden. So much it's ridiculous. I don't get the alcohol one bit.

Taste/feel: To be honest, reminds me quite a lot of their Imperial Doughnut Break, as it has that same sort of doughiness (though not quite to the same extent), but with more and better flavor. Great creamy feel with a mild/moderate mouthfeel. Quite sweet, but also a deep roasted flavor with some bitterness on the finish. A lot of alcohol warmth here that dries the mouth right up. The alcohol can't be tasted at all, but certainly felt.

Incredibly good beer. $18 for a 22oz bottle is definitely a pretty hefty price, but it's also one hell of a hefty brew. A fantastic biscotti/dough/coffee/sweet nose that tastes almost just as good. A big beer that's well worth trying. One of the best beers I've ever had, for sure. A bit on the sweeter side, but that's to be expected from this beer, I think... but that's just a nitpick. BUY THIS BEER.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black. Poured like motor oil with no head.

S: The dominate aroma here is heavily roasted coffee. There is subtle chocolate in the background.

T: Coffee is the dominate flavor here. There is a ton of dark malt and coffee.

M: Very thick and viscous but extremely light on the carbonation.

O: Extreamly good beer. Get it if you can.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - As black as it gets, some nice tan bubbles on top about 1/2 fingers worth.

S - Huge coffee aroma, vanilla, almonds and hints of chocolate. The coffee is definitely the main player here.

T - Follows the nose, massive coffee, roasted malt and chocolate flavors to start. Nice vanilla and nuts to finish.

M - The mouthfeel is thick, and almost oily. Medium carbonation.

O - This is the surprise beer of the year for me. I went into this not expecting it to live up the the high rating it already has. This is a great beer that is well worth the high price tag. Glad I got a few bottles as this seems like it could also improve with age.

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

Really dark and viscous beer with mocha color head. Aroma reminds me cookies and vanilla. Taste is more bitter with coffee notes. Body is smooth and heavy and alcohol is really well hidden. Easy drinking and tasty imperial stout.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass

APPEARANCE: Pitch black with a thin tan head that lingers surprisingly long. Sheets of tan lacing are left behind.

AROMA: Very sweet. Rich roasted malts and cake. Some chocolate and faint booze.

FLAVOR: Chocolate cake, roasted barley, caramel, coffee, almond milk, gingerbread and a hint of earthiness.

TEXTURE: Thick, slick, and creamy with very light carbonation. The ideal feel for a beer of this style and magnitude.

OVERALL: Top-notch imperial stout. I can understand why this is so highly sought after. If big, rich stouts are your thing, get your hands on this if you can.

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

The profile is a stack of carbonation bubbles that stand as an inch thick head. The top of the head is so thick and creamy that it moves as one unit. This khaki colored head then sits atop an ocean of jet black opaqueness.

The scent is varied and balanced. Earth tones mix with milk chocolate, caramel and roasted coffee. Sweet molasses or sorghum and vanilla are lost in a aromatic creaminess that adds feel to the scent.

Strong chocolate tones hit the tongue first than earth and graham cracker maltiness. Dry coffee and toffee end the taste with a hint of metallic alcohol the lingers slightly. Alcohol warmth fills the body but there's no harshness.

This is a phenomenal stout but even more a fabulous beer.

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Photo of Bung
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. $16 to live up to, let's see...used oil looking dirty black pour, just about no head, a few light tan bubbles around the edge.

Aroma, Pretty potent roasty malt and coffee. Some nuttiness, cocoa.

Taste, Big and roasty and chocolatey. Earthy, Peaty, some nut, vanilla. Coffee, light wood, a very faint anise. Damn near a KBS without the bourbon notes.

It is quite coating, but pretty easy to drink. Nearly no alcohol. A big balanced, fine drinking dessert beer. It is not easy to find a beer at this level, enjoy it if you can.

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Photo of nataku00
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours pitch black with almost no head, maybe a thin collar of dark brown. Looks thick and viscous like motor oil, with plenty of alcohol legs.

Nose is rich bittersweet chocolate, sweet and fruity coffee, almonds, roasted and toasted malt, and graham crackers. Even more coffee as the beer warms a bit.

Taste pretty much follows the nose, very rich chocolate and coffee flavors, mellowing into sweet nutty flavors and toasted malt and biscuits.

Full body, rich and creamy with just mild carbonation. Taking small sips, the beer coats the tongue and lingers nicely. Alcohol is well hidden, a beer to slowly savor.

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

Pours dark as midnight with a mocha/milk chocolate colored head. Great head retention and lacing.

Smells is upfront with a huge, bitter chocolate. Some vanilla notes and slight anise. As the beer warms up...in short "holy crap". A big espresso nose mingle with bitter dark, and creamy sweet milk chocolates. Vanilla becomes more present but takes a backseat to the chocolatey espresso. Roasted nut smell is also there mingling in. I feel like I'm about to take a sip of an alcoholic chocolate hazelnut espresso.

Taste is exactly what you might expect. Begins with a nutty espresso bitterness. Mellows into a creamy, malty sweet milk chocolate that lingers for quite awhile. Vanilla becomes more present on the finish. Mid palate has a nutty quality. Hazelnut? Almond? I can't tell. Maybe both. But it's awesome. Warming up a little, the alcohol becomes more noticeable, but so does the vanilla.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Almost smooth enough for me to think that oats might be in the malt bill. Great creaminess.

Overall, I am amazed. I was very very impressed by this beer. Was looking forward to trying this one, but man did it beat my expectations.

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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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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.