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

Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On TopImperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top
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Style:
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #53
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,381
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 8.89%
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
992
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Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  202
SCORE
93
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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
Notes: The Holidays brings out the best in some people. However if the Holidays also is a tough one for you, this beer will definitely sweeten dark times of endless caroling and difficult domestic obligations. Did Imperial Biscotti Break also make your sugar levels rise and the bitter sweet flavors of coffee, almonds and chocolate very sentimental - this one has a sour cherry cherry on top. Forza Imperiale.
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black and opaque with a one finger dark mocha head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention, lingering for most of the pour with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

The aroma of this beer is very similar to that of the regular version with just a touch of sweet cherry juice. Deeply roasted dark malt character with robust coffee bean and silky dessert-like malt sweetness. Roasted gourmet coffee along with burnt toast, oatmeal and dark chocolate but not as burnt/acrid smelling as the regular version. More noticeable sweetness in the with silky chocolate, fudge, bakers chocolate and vinous dark fruit sweetness. Coffee is a bit overpowered and the cherry is faint until it warms up to closer to room temperature.

Fuller end of medium body with a really prominent sour cherry juice presence that adds a decent amount of vinous dark fruit flavor to the robust roasted malts and sweeter notes. Slightly smokey and a bit drier than expected wih a somewhat acrid/burnt character. Used coffee grind and burnt toast along with some charcoal, oatmeal and bittersweet dark chocolate. The coffee is faded and it's a bit harsher on the palate. Sweeter malt flavors and tart cherry juice provide some needed balance with some lighter chocolate chocolate, caramel cake. Slightly medicinal and syrupy but adds another dimension of flavor but the. Similar cherry flavor to cherry rye but this beer isn't as complex or flavorful and the notes of the base beers are slightly muted. Coffee comes toward the forefront as it warms up but it's slightly bud tasting resulting in a harsher drink.

Nov 22, 2015
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Xenoreactive from Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you ThisWangsChung!

A delicious variant of one of the best imperial porters around. Tastes like an IBB with sour cherry juice blended into it. Nothing artificial coming out of the nose or taste: balanced.

Feb 07, 2016
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metter98 from New York

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a half finger high dark tan head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark bittersweet chocolate are present in the nose along with some hints of sour cherries.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of bitter chocolates along with notes of roasted malts and hints of sour cherries. Only faint bits of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer drinks a little more than an American Double/Imperial Stout compared to an American Porter given its fuller body and richness of the flavors but is still extremely easy to drink considering its strength as it hides its alcohol very well.

Apr 07, 2014
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Duff27 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Jan 30, 2014
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Sarge3130 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Dec 12, 2013
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dsm45 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 27, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is pretty great. Tons of great flavor and nice cherry on the finish. It is a little thinner than I thought it would be, but still delicious.

Jun 21, 2015
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danwho from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Nov 18, 2013
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Zimm from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Nov 12, 2013
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RaggaD from Florida

3/5  rDev -27.9%

Dec 30, 2013
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Philipsl from Kentucky

4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 20, 2015
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kdown from California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Dec 03, 2013
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CalbeDacks from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 27, 2014
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jrizzo5710 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Feb 18, 2014
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SkaJack from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 06, 2015
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jsanford from Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Nov 22, 2013
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Jonada from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber with no freshness date. Served in a friggin awesome 22oz snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with <1 finger of a dark tan head that settles into a thin ring. Body is completely opaque.

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a light sour cherry which gets stronger as the beer warms

Taste: Combination of malt sweetness and a slight tartness upfront followed by roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla. Other than the previously mentioned tartness, I'm not really getting any cherry character.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Medium fine carbonation. Booze is masked well.

Overall: A good beer, but falls way short of the regular Imperial Biscotti Break. Worth a try if you see it, but not worth seeking out.

Feb 09, 2014
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TechBrew from New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Nov 21, 2013
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Zazzi82 from Tennessee

4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mar 04, 2016
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mtpHokie from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Nov 16, 2013
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cyrushire from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jul 24, 2014
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Averwo from Iowa

5/5  rDev +20.2%

Sep 27, 2014
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Wasted_Youth from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet bready taste with chocolate malts, bitter coffee, and a sour finish from the cherries. The alcohol is well hidden beneath the overwhelmingly good favours this beer has to offer.

Jun 29, 2015
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trxxpaxxs from New York

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aug 23, 2015
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Lovely85 from Florida

4/5  rDev -3.8%

May 30, 2014
Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 992 ratings