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

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

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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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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 macrosmatic
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -1.7%
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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Photo of jzeilinger
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark black pour with a thick, creamy lacing ring.

S - Light aroma with cherries and chocolate.

T - Bitter bakers chocolate and cherries from start to finish with a lingering bitter chocolate cherry finish. The ABV is incredibly well hidden. There's a little bit of cherry on the back end balanced nicely with sweet bitter chocolate.

M - Medium body, velvety with some subtle prickly carbonation.

O - I'd by this one again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours ebony with a pinky of cocoa colored head, stays effervescent throughout, decent lacing & above average head retention

S: Cocoa, carob,

T: Follows the nose, some black cherry as well up front. Cherry starts to sour as this warms, a little fig & prune as well, some chocolate nibbling at the edges, growing stronger, some biscotti sneaks in late. Finishes dry with chocolate, a little sour cherry, & more biscotti

MF: Fairly thick, slight carbonation

Pretty good, but not world changing by any means, a bit slow to drink, flavor really picked up the warmer it got

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Photo of smanson56
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz Bomber into a snifter glass. Pours dark black with a thin dark tan head. The nose has coffee, cacao, and there is a nice surprise from the tart cherries used in this blend. The taste follows the nose with the tartness of the cherries perhaps cutting the sweetness that is found in the base beer. The mouth feel is smooth and soft. I enjoy this a little bit more than the base beer perhaps due to it being a little less sweet.

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Photo of sphmiel
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Global, Rock Hill. Pours very black, fading mocha head, aromas of chocolate and coffee. Taste is rich, roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. Then the cherry appears, just enough to make this even more awesome. Definitely a sipper, worth looking for.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which leaves some very nice thick small islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some very nice chocolate/toffee notes, with some slight cherry tartness, some vanilla notes. The taste is very nice malty, chocolate/toffee, cherry's, vanilla. Full Body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, this is a very nice brew, the best I've had so far from ET. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Acton Wine
Inky black color with a small frothy tan head that persists. Rich brown sugary chocolate and roast with plenty of tart fruit to go around. Very interesting mingling of flavors, very well done.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Short Review. I liked this beer, it's sweet, but it never crosses the line of being cloying and I think the cherry adds some nice complexity, I think I like it as much as the original. It's good and it does a nice job at living up to it's name.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep black with tinges of amber brown. Sweet malty aroma, very pleasant. Some toasty notes. Thick sweet body, clean finish. Tasty brew! Great winter warmer and or dessert beer

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Photo of stephens101
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pub W.

Black down low and tan up top and let's see what else we got. Smell is subtle with chocolate and dark fruits. Getting some dark chocolate followed by grain and finishing with faint cherry and burnt sugar on the tongue. Lighter in body, thin, and somewhat boozy.

So many times it's better to just leave well enough alone, but never ending experimentation and a panoply of options is what we demand. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. So be it.

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Photo of teromous
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 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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Photo of corby112
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a noticeable ruby red hue and a thin layer of dark brown foam.

Sweet cherries, caramel, vanilla, oak, and molasses.

Subtle vanilla and caramel notes, but the sweet cherry really overpowers over everything.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, sticky, overly sweet.

Overall, while I'm a big fan of others in the series, this was just way too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black-brown with a bubbly reddish head. Smells like molasses, dark fruit, nuts, chocolate. Taste is dense fruitcake, coffee, and dark chocolate. Finishes nutty and bitter. Texture is heavy and slick from start to finish. A great winter holiday beer for sure.

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Photo of Budlum
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep black body was topped with a tan head for only a few seconds before disappearing to a small ring. The nose is pretty awesome - dark chocolates, powerful cherries, dark coffee, a balanced amount of booziness, and sweet cream. The cherry flavors are much more muted than I would have anticipated. Their flavor is always presents, but plenty of vanilla, chocolate, cream, and coconut cookies coat the mouth with each sip. The body is properly viscous and right on for this style.

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Photo of Wasted_Youth
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of ARoman
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

*transferred from old notes - 1/11/2014*
22 oz bomber poured into a shaker. The aroma of cherries comes through immediately and aggressively. Getting past the cherry smell, there are notes of chocolate and toasted bread / cereal, and, deeper down, there’s some nuttiness (pistachio? although maybe I’m hunting for that one) as well as some ashy aromas. It’s a brown head, which almost appears to have some redness to it, which pours nice and fluffy and sits atop a nearly opaque, dark brown beer. There wasn’t too much lacing to note, but it was poured into a shaker. As might be expected, it’s initially a heavy sweet beer, but this gives way to toasty and smokey bitter flavoring - borderline burnt. The smokey flavor lingers for a bit at the finish and is accompanied by some piney / spicy notes. It has a mild carbonation, but mostly oily, syrupy texture. Cherry biscotti is not much of an exaggeration on this one - quite a unique beer, glad I stumbled upon this one.

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Photo of RickS95
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

If the head was thicker, it would be a 5. The pour is thick and dark black. An 8-ball in a glass. Syrupy. The head is brown and forms beautifully, but it's only a finger or so thick and doesn't retain all that well. Despite this, it's quite the looker.

Scent of dark roasty things galore. Reminiscent of chocolate cake. And yes, with that cherry on top. The high booze is very well masked.

This thing is quite the sleeper. 11.5% ABV and it tastes like a chocolate milkshake with some shaved iced coffee on top. Again, not a hint of booze.

It goes Smooth and creamy. Sweet up front before give way to a lingering bitterness in the finish. Slight tartness from the cherry on top. Nothing aggressive, just a milkshake with an amazingly high ABV that you never see coming.

The sum is better than its parts. Can't explain how easy this is to drink. You'd never believe it was a sipper if you didn't read the bottle first. Could easily pass for a drink for kids.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle undated but over a year old.

Thick black pour with shallow tan head reducing to a ring of lacing.

Smells of sweet molasses, dark malts, almond, faint coffee and sour cherry.

Intensely sweet and roasty malt flavor filled with sweet cherry and dark fruits. Notes of chocolate, almond and coffee follow. An aftertaste of burnt sugars, ash and roasted coffee outlast the candied and slightly tart cherry flavor.

Medium to thick bodied with fine, effervescent carbonation. Very nice.

Overall, a very good sweet stout (very sweet!) and a great dessert beer. Since the cherry is a little over-the-top, find someone (or a few people) to share it with.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip during #bottlecherwednesdays at Beachwood BBQ. Nearly black in color with brown highlights at the edges and a tan head. Smell is cocoa, roast coffee, medicinal cherry, and hints of booze. Taste is sweet chocolate and toffee, followed by hop, coffee, and tart cherry bitterness. Medium body, creamy texture, moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

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Photo of OGShotzy
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First review here from a longtime rater! Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

A: looks like a stout. Dark, dark brown; maybe even black. Small 1/4 inch light brown head even after a vigorous twirl and pour. Lacing really grips to the glass.

S: Again, a lot like a stout. Bitter, dark chocolate, with a liiiitle cherry in there.

T: Nice sour cherry aftertaste, as advertised. Lots of flavor you would expect in an imperial stout. Bitterness, a tiny bit of coffee, a lot of chocolate all mixed together.

F: Very smooth. Definitely a tad thinner than a stout, because it's a porter after all.

O: A very, very good beer. Personally not a big fan of the cherry, but would drink again if it were a tad cheaper—I paid $16.99 for this bomber.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lots of bitter chocolate, some cocoa, dark fruits and almonds. Super dry. Not sure if there is supposed to be sour cherries in this but I don't taste any sourness. Very smooth, low carb, short finish. More dark fruit flavor started to come out as it warmed considerably.

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