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 Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a nice twist on the original biscotti break, with the cherries added. they do a nice job of picking up on the dark chocolate notes in the malt, and of giving the finish a little tang. very michigan cherry, tart and sweet at the same time, dark red, and perfect for the richness of this brew. nutty and dark like it always is, the cherries add a little fruitiness to the nose that makes this distinct. the booze seems a little more exposed aromatically than i remember it being in the base beer, but it seems appropriate this time of year. the cherries are an accent in the flavor, still well behind the memorable almond milky dark chocolate roasty boozy viscous semisweet base beer, but they add quite a bit to the finish, where the body of the beer seems to get a little thinner (which i welcome), and which seems to get more amplified as the beer warms up. definitely appropriate for the holidays, but share this one, there is a lot of beer in this bottle!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a deep black color with a tan head on top. The smell of the beer is roasted and chocolaty with a subtle cherry nose on the nose. The taste is sweet with some cherry and some roasted bitterness in the finish. The feel of the beer felt a little on the thin side. Overall this beer is good, not my favorite from the Biscotti line but not bad.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When "incredible" isn't enough, just add fruit! Riding on the coattails of lush and lavish Imperial Biscotti Break, its chocolaty taste and rich malty body isn't only balanced by coffee-type bitterness and roast, but now also that of cherry tartness.

But much like the regular Imperial Stout, Natale opens with the darkest of dark brown hues, the beer nearly allows its mocha color to command the appearance, over that of stout. The dark ale allows for a quick rise of light tan foam to cap the beer confidently and withstanding retention. Well laced and ring defined, the heady froth clings to the glass like milkshake.

Its depth of aromas are a seamless medley of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee and a sideswipe of tart cherry. While its burnt caramel, vanilla and heavy cream scent wraps around the roast contributions, its fruit infusion takes on the proportion of chocolate covered cherries, glaze and all. Finishing with a touch of hazelnut and bourbon-tinged alcohol, its scent is complex and irresistible.

Its dense and full flavor leads with all-things-mocha: bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee and all the vanilla and "cookies-and-cream" notes to pull the stout to the dessert side of the table. But its middle palate introduces the cherry flavor that provides extra acidity to balance its sweetness for greater complexity and counter-taste. Again, the taste of chocolate covered cherries are further reinforced as the dark ale dives deep into a bourbon and chocolate infusion that's common in Kentucky bourbon ball candies.

The beer's texture plays on the palate like velvet. Dense, rich and certainly full bodied, its middle is marshmallow and its finish is bourbony-warm and malty-dry with coffee-type bitterness and the acidic pang of tart cherry.

Can there be such thing as too much complexity? While the standard Biscotti is flawless in its simplicity, the addition of cherry to the mix adds balance but it also distracts from the purity of the stout. Its a great variation that's certainly welcome in my glass, its a shame that the standard version came along first.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, tart cherry, toast, dark bread, fudge, vanilla, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and light-moderate tart cherry notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, fudge, toast, dark bread, vanilla, light nuttiness, light tart cherry, and roasted earthiness. Light cherry tartness/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, fudge, toast, dark bread, vanilla, light nuttiness, light tart cherry, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and light-moderate tart cherry flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial coffee porter! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and light-moderate cherry flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a sturdy, though modest, mocha head; plenty of lacing is left behind

Smell: Dark chocolate, almonds, caramel and a cherry on top

Taste: The chocolate flavors arrive at the outset and set the tone throughout with the cherry flavor building quickly and lingering throughout; the caramel and almond flavors develop, after the swallow, with the almond, in particular, adding complexity; the cherry flavor, that is so prominent, is neither sweet nor tart but really tastes natural; the alcohol is particularly well hidden

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Having just re-visited the IBB last night, I am amazed at how different this beer tastes (and I note that it is called an Imperial Porter rather than an Imperial Stout); this beer hides the alcohol much better, has more complexity and I just love the cherry on top

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4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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