Imperial Biscotti Break - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #39
Ranked #140
4.52 | pDev: 7.3%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Imperial Biscotti Break - Bourbon Barrel-AgedImperial Biscotti Break - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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unclekeith from Alaska

4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2015, consumed April 2021

Bomber into a tulip served at about 63°. Small tan head that quickly dissipated. Dark as cola, some amber when held to the light.

Fudge and bourbon on the nose. Vanilla too. Pre-pastry pastry. Just lovely drawing you in.

Very bourbon forward on the palate. Not much roast. Still super hot. Can’t imagine this fresh. Smooth coffee on the back end. Full bodied to style but not nearly as thick as modern counterparts.

Very satisfying. Great beer worthy of the old money hype.

Apr 18, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Spring 2014 vintage; drank 6/21/14 @ the Yarchives.

Inky midnight black color.

Big dark khaki head with a few swaths of mocha; almost no lace.

Rain-soaked oak, caramel, fig, raisin & creamy milk chocolate nose. Whoa!

Thick creamy mouthfeel.

Smooth caramel, oak, chocolate syrup, figs & bitter baker's chocolate. Booze heat emerges as this warms.

Practically an old ale; viscous, flavorful & delicious. This was a superior to a bottle drank just a few days prior...interesting.

Apr 15, 2019
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. Thanks Ray for the share.

Pours a deep brown body with a pretty big, frothy brown head that leaves nice retention and lacing.

Aromas are fudgy with lots of cocoa and bourbon. Taste is fudgy as well, chocolate brownies with bourbon syrup, vanilla, and a bit of spiciness on the backend. Medium-heavy body.

Jan 29, 2018
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ragnar3 from Iowa

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage, poured into a tulip. Mellow barrel, chocolate, vanilla and almond. A little thin and on the sweet side but still very enjoyable and a considerable step up from the base beer.

Aug 23, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large shared bottle.
Smells very good and tastes even better, with a clear but not overdone contribution from the bourbon barrel aging, good balance and complexity.
Sweet full body.

Apr 02, 2017
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I don't think it pours as dark as everyone says. I certainly don't think that light disappears into it like a black hole, and there even seems to be a slight purple/reddish ting around the edges.

The nose is bourbon and dark malts. Sort of like what I wish my wife smelled like after work. Some caramel notes.

Taste is bourbon and dark malts. Sort of like what I wish my wife tasted like after work. A little oaky, touch of cake.

Feel is smooth and silky, not to thick, not to thin. Sort of like what I wish my wife felt like after work.

Mar 24, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours blacker than the midnight sky with a one finger, super fizzy chocolate milkshake colored head. Retention is low and there are sparse chunks of sticky lacing left on the glass.

Smell is very strong bourbon and sweet milk chocolate, along with some caramel, vanilla and oak.

Taste is the same. Starts off with a huge helping of sweet chocolate cake that transitions to the caramel and vanilla mid sip with a bourbon and oak finish. The bourbon flavor is huge, but somehow this beer is in no way boozy.

Feel is full side of medium, slick, oily and really coats the whole palate. Carbonation is right on the money.

Overall this beer is excellent. The body could be a little more thick, but the booze is so well hidden. The bourbon and chocolate also go together wonderfully. The bourbon adds complexity and cuts through the sweetness of the base beer. Fantastic!

Mar 15, 2017
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Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really looking forward to this one. Pours black with a coffee-and - cream colored head. Huge Bourbon on the nose. Toffee, molasses and a little char in the taste. Been holding on to this for a while, woeth the wait.

Dec 26, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"Italy has a certain 'je ne sais quoi' - fab food culture, highly decadent history of art and cool countryside. Some might argue the people are loud and flamboyant, they steal our women, the succer players melodramatically flop on the pitch. Listen - that's all part of the secret Italian ingredient - keep it cool, confident, arrogant and extravagant. Forza Italia." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout, brewed with natural flavor and aged in Bourbon Barrels. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited annual release draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a rich, dark chocolate head of a crisp frothy consistency over a jet black, moderately viscous body. Retention is below average and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Chocolate wafers, light caramel malt body and a delicate roast with overtones of Bourbon notes and a touch of sharp alcohol heat. The aroma of the body is perceptibly light yet appealing. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Velvety, nutty chocolate forward with smooth caramel and vanilla undertones, finishing on a smooth transition to a slick, strongly flavored back end of bourbon flavor and soft heat. Nicely flavored in all the right places- surprisingly light drinking with a deceptively high ABV. The bourbon is very well integrated into this beer. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately oily, lightly chewy, smooth, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to earthy roast bitterness and bourbon alcohol. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 4.5

(Overall) Integrating bourbon into an already thoroughly enjoyable Imperial Stout does help complicate (for the better) the drinkability of this otherwise highly drinkable and nicely balanced Imperial Stout, graduating it to a more graceful, slower sipping beer, expected of a quality Imperial Stout. The subtleties of this beer are widespread, with the focus remaining equally on the chocolate and bourbon, this beer does not lose any of its focus. One of the prized annual releases in EvilTwin's lineup and worthy of seeking out whenever it comes into town. A marked and welcome improvement over Imperial Biscotti Break standard and certainly worth the extra couple of bucks. 4.25

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Nov 17, 2016
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Meyers1023 from New York

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a thick black almost like oil with very little brown head, Smell is maple, bourbon, coffee, and chocolate with some booze. The flavor is more of the same with a smooth feel. An amazing beer!

Oct 22, 2016
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wulfie85 from California

4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely excellent beer. Opened a 2014 vintage that had been properly cellared since purchase. Poured nice and dark. Lighter aroma of oak and bourbon. Flavors had dropped a slight bit, but came together perfectly. Nothing overly prominent, just a delicious mixture of all the flavors. Could drink this all day

Jul 13, 2016
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jjdc from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Evil Twin is a perennial goat for me when it comes to breweries (overpriced, under good), but this is an unqualified winner. Great barrel character. Seek out.

Jun 28, 2016
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njcraftguy from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my fav style's of beer and I was very much looking forward to this one after stumbling upon a bottle while looking for something else. I had heard the hype and was excited to try it. I'm not going to say it disappointed me but it certainly did not live up to the hype. Again , not a bad brew but not worth the price point and not up to the talk. Nice aroma and coffee/chocolate are there but kinda weak IMO. Being in Jersey maybe I'm spoiled by Kane's Porters/Stouts - which are clearly superior - but this one didn't do it for me.

Jun 15, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Pours black with thin tan head, fades to a ring that lasts. Incredible aroma, vanilla and bourbon and coffee. Bourbon vanilla chocolate shake taste, with some more bourbon. Flavors blend together seamlessly. While boozy, this brew has a ton of flavor, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla finishes it off. Medium slick feel. This one lives up to the hype, well done.

May 21, 2016
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Cbonifati from New York

4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was a fantastic beer. Best enjoyed as a dessert beer after a fine dinner. The hazelnut flavor rings through and walks hand-in-hand with the coffee flavors. Light hints of chocolate in the after taste remind me of nutella. The feel is perfect, it is smooth like a creamy cappuccino. This beer is perfect for rapping up a fine evening.

May 06, 2016
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Trevor11 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is another super rich imperial stout. Incredibly thick, black brew with minimal head/carbonation. Smells of bourbon and the wood flavor really comes through more than most RIS. It has this strong coating and chewiness as well. Absolutely spectacular among stiff competition.

May 02, 2016
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glass_house from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tons of dark chocolate and bourbon in the nose. Also a little vanilla, leather, and faint coffee. The taste starts off with more of the big chewy chocolate, accompanied by some nice bourbon heat. Unfortunately around mid-palate, there is a noticeable drop-off in the flavor profile. Subtle notes of vanilla and oak can be found, but the overall complexity (or lack thereof) keeps this just outside elite status in my opinion. Although the heavy fudgy chocolate on the front end gives a nice impression of viscous creaminess, it seems to finish a bit thin for the style. I will say I was quite impressed by the abundance of bourbon character, without feeling boozy or overwhelming. Overall, it's very very good, and I'd happily drink another.

Apr 26, 2016
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like a typical imperial stout. Smell and flavor are both really heavy on the bourbon, hiding most of the biscotti flavor of the original. Definitely a bit thin. All in all a nice barrel flavor but much like the non-BB version I just don't seem to like this beer nearly as much as others.

Apr 11, 2016
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tywhite from California

4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Met expectations almost exactly. Lovely flavors, but a touch artificially sweet. Not much character to it, but it goes deep on that chocolate cake flavor, so it winds up being rather enjoyable. Worth buying if you see it, not really worth seeking out.

Apr 09, 2016
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danh53 from Florida

4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a significant improvement on the base beer. Like the base, it tastes of licorice, raisins, and almonds. Some chocolate comes through as well. Its very rich on the nose and flavor. The base tastes course and artificial to me, but the bourbon barrel helps to smooth that out. I get a little vanilla from the barrel and I really like how the bourbon integrates with the base beer. The bourbon flavor is pleasant without excess booziness. The mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium and there is a little chalkiness that detracts from the feel. Overall, its a very good beer with a few flaws.

Apr 03, 2016
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Boccu from New York

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark with a nice head. Chocolate aroma. Nice chocolate start to a nice light licorice middle to a bourbon finish. Exceptional stout. One of my favorite stout breweries.

Feb 28, 2016
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LAp from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into two pint glasses. Pours a viscous motor-oil black forming a thin sliver of dense head dark mocha head. The head is finely dotted with thin bubbles, recedes exceedingly slowly, and has excellent retention, leaving moderate lacing. The nose on this beer is bourbon through and through. Chocolate notes are unmistakeable, along with a sweet-biscuit - almost cookie - element that is decidedly unique. The palate follows the nose, opening with boozy bourbon, milk and dark chocolate, and an almost chocolate-chip-cookie-like flavor. Mouthfeel is chewy and creamy - not quite on par with the best-of-the-best BB Imp Stouts, but solid. If you had told me that this beer was a slightly more subtle and bourbon barrel aged part of the Southern Tier Blackwater series, I'd hardly be surprised - there's the faintest hint of artificial in the flavoring here: not enough to ruin what is otherwise a very good beer, but enough to be noticed. Ultimately, the various elements of this beer come together to make a very well done Imp Stout. Top of its class? No. Overpriced and overhyped? Without a doubt. But another solid brew from Evil Twin? Most definitely.

Feb 21, 2016
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wellsnb from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is hands down three or four times better than non barrel aged imperial biscotti break. The bourbon adds a nice complexity that also dulls what I would call the "fake" flavors of regular biscotti break.

Feb 20, 2016
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Sir_Whats-his-face from Oregon

4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer looks appropriately awesome, pouring blacker than any beer ought to and with a gorgeous, chocolate brown head. As for taste and texture, there's nothing wrong with it; it certainly checks off all the boxes of what a BBA stout ought to be, so I can't call it a disappointment by any measure. That said, when you charge $25 a bottle, I expect a little something extra to set itself apart, and I can't say this fits that bill. If this were, say, $16 a bottle, I'd highly recommend it. As it stands, I'd still recommend it, but it's far from a must-have.

Feb 12, 2016
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bobv from Vermont

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Semi-vigorous pour yields a 3/4 inch mocha-colored head.
Smell: Dark and bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit, Black Forest Cake!
Taste: Good Humor's Original Ice Cream on a Stick (dipped in bourbon!)
Feel: Very good.
Overall: Yes! Yes! Yes! I'll have what I'm having!

Feb 10, 2016
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