Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top | Evil Twin Brewing

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Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On TopImperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BlastBeats on 10-12-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,153
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
985
pDev:
9.18%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black as night with a brown head that settles out after a time. Spotty lacing.

S: Thick fudge, chocolate sauce, dark chocolate, roast, mocha, hints of nougat and chocolate covered almonds. Whiff of tart cherry too.

T: Follows the nose with a lot of rich and layered chocolatey flavors, nut-based confections, mocha, nougat, confectioners sugar, marshmallow, woody roast, and all topped off with tart cherry.

M: Thick, rich, creamy, and fluffy to a point. There is some heft, but overall it's very light on its feet for such a big beer. Moderately carbonated.

O: As advertised, it's a big and complex sipper that showcases a sweet confectionery base with layers of coffee, chocolate, and tart cherry. The cherry brings a heavy contrast, which clashes a bit. But I guess that's to be expected. I happen to like some of the other variants better, but there's nothing to hate here.

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4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and an opaque consistency. There was a small amount of creamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. No lacing to speak of.

S: An enticing aroma of cherries, roasted malt, chocolate, and a little hops.

T: Tasted of a hint of hops (mostly in the finish), a fair shot of cherries (they don't overdo it), a good amount of chocolate, roasted malt, and a tinge of coffee. The flavor is dominated by the chocolate and cherries, but this isn't a bad thing. It's a good combination and makes for an interesting flavor.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: This is a thoroughly enjoyable imperial porter. Very much worth a look.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

very tasty

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from a Belgian snifter.
Pours dark red-brown, looking near black and opaque in the glass. Ruby edges with lighting. Minimal head but some spotty lacing.

Aroma: cherry syrup and black bread with a hint of hops.

Flavor: bittersweet with fairly high levels of both balancing each other but nonetheless separable. Mildly tart too. Moderate cherry flavor. Loads of dark roasted grains and black bread.

Feel: full and smooth. Light carbonation.

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Photo of TooGood
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aaronyoung01
2.85/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Cycle Brewery goblet.

A: Black and opaque, with no real visible carbonation after it settles from the pour. A half-finger of tan head with good retention.

S: Chocolate and roasted malts, less coffee, and that toasted sugary sweetness that seems to be part of the Imperial Biscotti series. I’m not really getting cherries…but it’s still pretty nice.

T: Roasted malts and chocolate. Ahhh…here’s the sweet cherry flavor - almost a maraschino cherry flavor, but not in a bad way. Again, that Necco wafer/toasted sugar sweetness, but it doesn’t strike me as a particularly sweet beer overall. Bitter coffee and bitter roasted malts take a step forward after the swallow. A little ethanol heat bubbles up and adds to the chocolate–covered cherry aspect of the beer.

M: Full-bodied but not terribly thick for an imperial stout. Low carbonation sensation. The alcohol is very well-masked for over 11%.

O: Enjoyable, but I don't think the cherry adds anything; it may even detract from a very good imperial stout. Glad to have tried it, but I don’t think I’d actively seek it out again…or pick it over the base beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
2013-14 vintage. I bought it is April of 2014, so I assume it is a 2013, but not 100% sure.

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves virtually no lacing.

The first thing I smelled was anise which is what I got from the regular Biscotti Break. I also get some chocolate and faint cherry.

The taste is chocolate, anise, roasted malt, and some cherry in the finish.

Full mouthfeel

I'm not a fan of anise flavor. That being said, it is a solid beer that is good for a try. The chocolate and cherry carried the beer for me. I doubt I rush out and buy another bottle, but I would try it on draft.

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Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 985 ratings