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 Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BlastBeats on 10-12-2013

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Ratings:
978
Reviews:
126
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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82
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208
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2.09/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Hey All,

I am willing to admit that I picked up this bottle late in the season (way after other stores had sold out). That being said, this was a poor experience. The cherry had completely died off and what it left was the oak taste of the barrels this beer was never aged in. Very disappointing.

My hope: That the beer got skunky some how, some way. I have had this beer on tap and I remember the cherries being flavor forward and still getting a slight taste of biscotti. I thought this beer aged might find its happy place, but now I regret having two more bottles in my cellar.

Smell: First-time homebrew
Taste: If I close my eyes and imagine, I can maybe taste cherry, but really it is bitter and tastes like the deck of a warship.
Appearance: Perfect head that died off in a timely fashion. Can't see through the brew with a flashlight on the other side.
Mouthfeel: There are some layers here. Towards the back of the tongue, you can taste some sweetness.
Overall: Very disappointed.

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2.32/5  rDev -43.7%

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2.33/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

APPEARANCE - Dark, opaque, no head, no lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Fruit, coffee, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, nalts, bitter, sweet, nutty, coffee, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar. Boozy.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Crisp, acidic.

VALUE - One-pint bottle for $30. Ridiculously overpriced.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - I don't like Evil Twin. They make silly stunt beers. Just not for me.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.85/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.07/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger dark mocha colored head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is stringy, spotty and sparse with good stick and thick, luscious legs. Nice.

Nose is rubbing alcohol, booze, chocolate, cocoa, and smoke. Hot but not very deep or complex.

Opens slightly tart and sweet cherry. Chocolate, fudge, roast, and smoke. Cherry stem and pit bitterness in the middle mixed with hints of mocha, roasted malt and cocoa powder. Boozy with an awkward fruit presence. Ends sweet cherry, roast and smoke with a boozy, bittersweet pit finish. The cherry actually takes a bit away from this brew.

Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Foamy and frothy in the mouth and goes down prickly and boozy. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste. A touch thin.

I'm not really sure what was done with this beer, but the cherry infusion really takes away from the taste, body, and overall togetherness of the beer. This just isn't a very good version of this beer.

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3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I don't see any bottle date listed.

Appearance: Black body with a fizzy yet creamy short head that has a dark khaki appearance. Not much retention and it leaves only spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma: I get a bit of charcoal but it is very faint. A bit of alcohol comes through. No cherry aroma.

Taste: I get roasted grain with a touch of charcoal. A hint of alcohol flavor but not really noticeable while drinking. There is a pleasant chocolate flavor which is common in Imperial Biscotti Break. Not even a hint of cherry at all...no matter how much the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and smooth. It is full bodied but not really thick.

Overall: I feel robbed, as if this was just relabeled Imperial Biscotti Break. I got no cherry flavor, sourness, or tartness out of this beer no matter how it warmed up. The alcohol becomes more present and the bitterness amplifies somewhat but I am still left wanting that cherry flavor. I wouldn't recommend buying it unless you want regular Imperial Biscotti Break and this is the only thing available. The beer itself is good but it just lacks that cherry flavor! It's like buying a delicious black forest cake only to find out that the baker left out all of the cherries.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Dark chocolate brown with a light milk chocolate head

S - Roasted espresso, milk chocolate, light vanilla and a slight metallic twinge as well

T - Dark roasted espresso and a slight milk chocolate, vanilla with a slight tartness to it from the cherry. There is also a slight roasted malt. This reminds me of Imperial Biscotti Break with a sour cherry that doesn't fit in well

M - Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a slight astringent and metallic finish

O - Overall, I like regular biscotti break way better than this one as the cherry makes this slightly metallic and tart. The cherry just doesn't seem to fit in here well at all.

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3.3/5  rDev -19.9%

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3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Now that its warmed a bit I'm smelling mostly black coffee, anise, a little sourness, and alcohol. My first sip had some pretty noticeable cherry, but since then its been kind of off and on, and still never really as strong as that first taste. I'm getting some coconut now that its warmed up, more alcohol, tiny bit of tartness, some dark fruit, hint of smoke. Pretty ashy/roasty finish with a touch of bitterness that's gone quickly. I think this is one of the few strong dark beers that is better colder.

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Imperial Biscotti Break Natale - Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top from Evil Twin Brewing
4.12 out of 5 based on 978 ratings.
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