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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 431
Hads: 3,450
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 468
Gots: 943 | FT: 127
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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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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. (652 characters)

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. (1,040 characters)

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. (477 characters)

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. (687 characters)

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. (587 characters)

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. (193 characters)

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. (1,326 characters)

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. (759 characters)

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. (734 characters)

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! (645 characters)

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! (1,774 characters)

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. (186 characters)

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. (739 characters)

Photo of drmcleod10
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bomber
served in a Widmer Brothers Snifter
A - Jet black with a khaki foamy head with minimal lacing.

S - Coffee, cookie dough, chocolate, almond and vanilla. Essentially a Biscotti

T - Taste is super smooth tasting much like the smell. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Exceedingly sweet and the coffee flavors build as it warms.

M - Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

O - Overall a very solid beer but I would not put it into my top 15-20 in stouts.

Don't think aging will do too much for this one. (522 characters)

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

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

The beer pours a insanely deep jet black color, it's like staring into the abyss. There is a tiny mocha head, tightly packed bubbles, but it recedes quickly leaving behind a modest layer of film and only the most minimal of lacing. The aroma is superb, vanilla, chocolate, roasted coffee, dark pitted fruit and a really interesting nuttiness, almost like a sweeter almond or hazelnut. The flavors are right on queue with the nose, big chocolate profile, almonds, hazelnuts, borderline nutella flavor, great pitted fruit with sweet vanilla and a great backing of roasted coffee and dark malts. They are so perfectly balanced, artfully integrated and executed, each flavor has a chance to shine but also enhances the other aspects. The body is so silky and smooth, rich and creamy that is perfectly drinkable and really helps intensify the rich flavors.

Verdict: Fantastic stout from Evil Twin and by far the best beer I've had from him to date. The flavors are wonderfully balanced and massive enjoyable and the body takes this beer to a new level. The perfect desert beer. (1,110 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a thin finger of chocolate-khaki colored head. Fades normal.

S - Dark chocolate malts, coffee, vanilla, almonds, dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, some roasted character, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, vanilla, coffee, molasses, black licorice, toasted almonds, some roasted flavors, some earthy hops, and some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming, sweet, roasted finish.

D - Fantastic. Great overall balance with the imperial stout base with the vanilla, almonds, and other flavors. (590 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black with a thin covering of tan that pools to a creamy ring at the edge. Heavy, dark aromas of espresso, chocolate cake, candied nuts, maple, mild charcoal, and roasted barley. Increased cookie-like aromas as it warms up along with a whiff of alcohol. Sweet, roasty dark chocolate initially, joined by lots of coffee, vanilla, dark fruit, berries, and a little breadiness. Very, very rich, yet the bold coffee presence keeps the sweetness down a bit. Full, creamy body, oily in texture. Bordering on too-sweet territory, it manages to stay deliciously dessert-like and not a chore to drink. A slow sipper, but one that gets better the longer it sits in the glass. (665 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: pours dark and viscous into a snifter with a small dark tan head that fades slowly to a collar
S: smells of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and burnt marshmallows
T: tastes of coffee, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, a bit of bittersweet chocolate, and roasted malt . not a bit of alcohol in the flavor swallow brings more coffee and chocolate. it's almost like a cafe mocha flavored beer
M: full in the mouth and silky smooth with very soft carbonation slightly drying finish
O: absolutely phenomenal. fantastic flavors, killer looks and very drinkable for such a big beer. (581 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color and thick/viscous. The beer has a thin very dark tan head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Strong aromas of coffee and milk chocolate along with some lighter notes of almond and dark roasted malts.

T: This beer is very rich in flavor. Strong and dominant flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. Along with these flavors there are some lighter flavors of dark roasted malts and almond. Light alcohol in the finish and some mild bitterness.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth.

O: The alcohol is pretty well hidden in this beer with just the slightest hint in the taste. The smell of this beer is very inviting.Very enjoyable, a great sipping beer and I would love to have this one again. (838 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a thick, oily, opaque black with 1 to 2 fingers of fluffy brown head. Good head retention for the high abv. Tight webbed lacing is quickly reduced to nothing but a filmy cling.

N: Espresso, graham crackers and dark chocolate with hints of charcoal and lactose. Smells a lot like a S'more. :)

T: A lot sweeter than the nose lets on. The front of the palate has coffee & cream, raisin and overripe plum & nectarine. This is swiftly followed by milk chocolate, dates and molasses as well as notes of marshmallow and graham cracker. Finishes bitter with dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, espresso and a hint of charcoal.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy, silky, smooth, sticky and warming.

O: Starts sweet with plenty of dark fruits and works its way dry and bitter towards dark chocolate and espresso. Has an excellent complexity and hides the alcohol extremely well. I really couldn't ask for more in an Imperial Stout. (945 characters)

Photo of jaxon53
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Heard so much about this beer that when I saw it, I had to try it. This is the first offering I've had from Evil Twin. Served this at about cellar temperature, in a snifter, from a twenty two ounce bottle. I also love the simple labels....

Appearance: Imperial Biscotti Break pours out black. No other way to describe it, B-L-A-C-K. Not a ray of light passes through, BLACK! A regular pour yields about a finger of dark brown, frothy head. Head didn't seem to linger to long, but did leave some lace behind as I sampled. Did I mention black??

Smell: Wow! Lively nose. Complex and thick aromas. Smells sweet-ish... Cocoa powder stands out for me with a little roasted coffee filling in around the ages. Coffee right out of the grinder that is. A bit of toasted almond and vanilla are also found in the nose.

Taste: Again Wow!! Huge flavors. The coffee is really allowed to shine in the mouth, but not take over. Brown sugar and rich milk chocolate come to mind. I'm getting a bit of char in the background, I'm guessing from the malt. Vanilla kind of rounds out the flavor. The 11.5 percent ABV shows up, but remains hidden behind a wall of flavor. Pretty impressive.

Mouthfeel: Another great characteristic of this beer is it's mouthfeel. Thick and velvety, Smooth. Chewey is a good word for it. Just how a big stout should be!

Overall: What can I say. A great beer indeed. Will have to seek out othe ET offerings (1,419 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich and decadant Belgian Chocolate black! Nice deep brown highlights around the edges and a thick, chewy head that lasts forever. It clings and climbs the sides of the glass leaving ropes of sticky lacing all around. Seriously oily legs that grip and hang onto the sides of my Ithaca Tulip. Beautiful!

S- Rich and robust 86% cacoa, bittersweet and beautiful! Vanilla bean/Almond gelatto, dark roasted coffee. Bits of caramel toffee, marshmallow, slightly roasted nuts, dried figs and creamy milk chocolate. Picking up what seems like bourbon notes, even tho I don't believe this is barrel aged at all. Nice blend of alcohol and sweetness on the nose. I could breathe this in all day!

T- Like the best black coffee you've EVER had, with chocolate liquor and marshmallow cream topping! This is crazy good! Vanilla Bean cream, with subtle touches of almond bark, caramel and dark chocolate covered espresso beans. The 11.5% is barely noticed. Wishing it had just a touch more almond and less coffee. Exceptional!!!

M- Thick and chewy like a brownie! Loving the way it coats your tongue and really clings on all the way down. Makes your lips sticky!

O- I've been wanting to try this for quite some time now, and it doesn't dissapoint at all. Wonderful notes of mocha, vanilla, roasted nuts and slight dried fruit in the finish. Has a touch of bitterness that blends perfectly so that it's not overly sweet. It's a remarkable stout! Bravo! (1,453 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle picked up at CBX for $14, poured into snifter.
A: pours a midnight black, dark khaki one finger foam head, very little foam retention and lacing, shinny
S: coffee, dark fruit, molasses, oak, alcohol
M: thick, stout, silky
T: coffee, oak, tartness, dark fruit, chocolate, chocolate milk, roasted and charred malt, some nuttiness
O: great brew, world class, boozy as it warms up, +4 stars (399 characters)

Photo of Austin32
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had high hopes for this and it exceeded them in the end. Beautiful dark chocolate brown color with coppery head. Sweet, but not overpowering, and smooth, you'd never guess the high abv from taste. Excellent offering from evil twin that I hope to have more of. (262 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look 10/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 91/100

Wave after wave of coffee and chocolate spank the taste buds. A bit rich from the go, 'taste' and 'ABV' take a strong leading role. A bit boozy and hot. Other wise milk chocolate and mocha really shine. Smooth stout notes. Considering its a whopping 11.5... This is an awesome gem to land~ (453 characters)

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.