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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged | Evil Twin Brewing

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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel AgedImperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews by mynie:
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4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap (!) at the Beer Hall/Lava Lounge in Waterloo, Iowa. They also claimed, inexplicably, to have a keg of Prairie's Bomb! in the back, but I wasn't able to use my massive beer sway to get them to tap it.

Pours dark. Yep.

Smells dark and boozy. Lots of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and cologne. More burny than anything, and while it packs a mighty and enjoyable wallop there's no real defining trait that sets it apart from the approximately 35,000 other high ABV barrel-aged stouts that have recently flooded the market.

Tastes, very near the same. A nicely intense rush of several degrees of blackness. But, again, nothing you can really hang your hat on. It's still very enjoyable and very competently brewed, though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

With the perfection in succulence, decadence, sultry and smoothness of the standard Imperial Biscotti Break, here comes and even more elevated stout to rival the top spots on all the message boards. Simply put, they but more awesomeness into the Bourbon Barrel Aged version!

Opening with even darker hues, this barrel-infused stout is mocha and chocolate even to the eye. The dark ale allows for a patient rise of latte-tan foam to cap the beer confidently and with stubborn retention. The ale trails with a coat of lace, giving an unmistakable milkshake appearance.

Succulent aromas are a balanced medley of chocolate, coffee and sweet bourbon. If not for the bourbon, the beer's scent is straigh-up of coffeehouses. Bold sweetness of burnt caramel, roasted barley, toasted hazelnuts, vanilla and oak all swirl to captivate the olfactory senses.

Decadent cream flavors are dense and full. But its the taste of mocha and bourbon that leads the way. The blend of espresso, bittersweet chocolate and sweet bourbon play out from the initial sip 'til its long and savory finish. All the while, this lavish stout picks up even more wood caramelization, brown sugar, oak spice and vanilla sweetness early on the tongue, then provides a heavy whipping cream and bourbon-soaked middle palate before turning to burnt toast, brownie, fudge and smooth coffee bitterness to finish.

Like silk on the palate, the beer invades every nook and cranny of the mouth with a dense sheet of velvety sweetness. Bourbon warmth eases the dense texture as the dry roasted malt ushers in a malty-dry culmination in its deep aftertaste.

Its a sublime stout that nearly wins the battle with each and every flavor that's common to the style. But without actually taking that award, its balance and high level of perfection is highly acclaimed. To expect Stout to somehow be better is simply unreasonable.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle stored in cellar at 45 degrees , poured into a Teku glass. Pours a beautiful, velvety jet black. A two finger mocha colored head quickly forms, then after a brief moment it slowly starts to sink into the darkness of the beer below it. Ultimately the creamy head disappears in its entirety, save for an elegant ring that forms around the glass. A beautiful beer.

From the moment the bottle was opened, a fiery explosion of vanilla and wild cherries made its way to my nose. It was closely followed by the warming aroma of bourbon and a sweet companion to it that reminds me of maple syrup. Worthy to note – I have not smelled the glass yet – this beer’s scent is so penetrating and far reaching that I’m picking these aromas out having the glass roughly a feet away . Upon smelling the beer in the glass milk chocolate and coffee ice cream flavors surface, making the vanilla and cherries even more appealing. Bourbon is still detected, as is maple syrup but these were not nearly as dominant as I expected them to be. A notably absent aroma is oak/wood. After the first few sips I can say that the taste is so well balanced and the alcohol is so well hidden that it’s almost unbelievable. A chocolaty and warming sensation is the first impression you get after tasting it, soon thereafter a soft and inviting vanilla flavor mixed with cherries takes over, ultimately leading you to a dessert like finish with characteristics of coconut, latte and maple syrup. A blend of spices can be felt in your palate – I would say nutmeg is definitely present.

Mouthfeel is as great as it gets – its rich, velvety and creamy allowing you to almost chew the flavors out of this beer. Almost no carbonation, as expected.

Overall: Every sip is an experience – this beer is phenomenal. The only drawback (and hence my lower overall score) is its price. At $25.99 a bottle – this is a beer to be had in very special occasions if at all. I do consider it unique enough and worthy of its value (no regrets!) – however, I do consider other BBA to be worthy competitors at much lower price points (Parabola, BBPt5, BCBS). Bottom line - wow. Both on your palate and your wallet.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle from Five Points Bottle Shop (Athens, GA). No bottling date. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours jet black with a deep tan quarter finger head. After a brief moment only a thin halo remains, leaving very little lace.

Roasty, sweet, inviting aromas of chocolate, vanilla, almonds, bourbon and mild coffee. Quite nice.

The taste has all of that Imperial Biscotti Break goodness but taken up a notch. Mild yet flavorful bourbon, creamed coffee, amaretto, rich chocolate, oaky vanilla, nutty, caramel, roasted grains and some alcohol. Good and sweet with a roasty coffee bitterness than keeps it in check. Really opens up nicely as it gets a bit warmer. Outstanding.

Creamy, viscous and moderately heavy body with soft carbonation. Bourbony vanilla, mochacino and caramel linger on the tongue in the delicious aftertaste.

This is the total package- earning/ delivering high marks in every catagory. The bourbon really elevates the base beer- and that's really saying something based on how good Imperial Biscotti Break already is. The barrel treatment adds a delicious bourbon glaze to the solid foundation of chocolate, coffee and amaretto. A hunt-worthy gem that, for me, more than lived up to that pesky thing we call hype.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black with mocha colored head. Fluffy, milky, head that hangs around the edge of the glass.

Nose is big vanilla, heavy oak, sweet bourbon. Slight Chocolate. Not a whole lot past the oak and vanilla.

Taste begins milky, vanilla, marshmallowy goodness. Some toasted coconut and creamy sweet chocolate take over. No noticeable bourbon burn until a sllight flash at the end. Oak and caramel and bourbon on the finish. Finishes sweet but doesn't stay very sweet too long, just the right amount of time.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Slightly sticky sweet. But just enough to leave the palate wanting more.

Overall an amazing beer. Absolutely amazing.

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Photo of CHickman
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, like black hole black color, with a small foamy brown head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded on the quick side leaving a layer around the ring of the glass as it hissed away and dissipated. Lacing was decent, sliding down slowly after each sip. Kind of what I expected from a barrel aged imperial stout.

Smells of molasses, brown sugar, espresso, dark chocolate, burnt wood, cocoa powder, mocha, coffee beans, roasted malt/grains, Whopper's candy, oaky notes, red wine, vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon aging and addition basically negates some of the cookie sweetness, but pulls in maple syrup, toffee, light piney hops, peat moss, more vanilla like vanilla beans, and booze which seems more sweet than smoky. The alcohol is very light and just part of the complex malty nose which was equally as impressive and enjoyable as the base Imperial Biscotti Break nose from the addition of the bourbon accents.

Flavor picks up right where the aroma left off, with the bourbon jumping out with some minor heat that quickly settles down and let's the rest of the malt base show off. Tastes like it smells, with cocoa powder, espresso, dark chocolate, burnt wood, burnt coffee grinds, molasses, brown sugar, burnt grains, Whopper's candy and real sweet vanilla which seem's like a fresh, crisp Chips Ahoy! cookie. The additions of the vanilla, oak/barrel notes, bourbon and general merlot-like sweetness only make the base beer better for me, as the alcohol provides a little heat and kick as it releases maple syrup, roasted nuts, bread crust, white chocolate and then some dark fruit like raisin, plum or dates. Piney hops, peppery spices, tea leaf and other earthy notes surface at the end to add balance and bring out more rich espresso and cookie dough elements. Smoked grains peek through with more dark chocolate as it warms up, but the bourbon accents made it a different and in some ways better beer that was also like a dessert with the biscotti-like aftertaste. Main difference between this and the base beer is that this is like washing down that delicious biscotti with a glass of bourbon, so you now get the best of both worlds.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth across the tongue considering this is a dense, chewy beer that is thick and heavy in every way possible. It's meaty and just like a meal in a bottle. The aftertaste is lightly bitter, and the booze is present yet pleasant throughout as it manages to make the 11.5% ABV part of the experience to warm you up rather then take your breath away like a shout of bourbon. A masterful balancing act and dance of all the flavors to make this brew this smooth at this stage of the maturity. I don't think this bottle is that old, so the booze would have mellowed if I aged it but it was near perfection at this stage and I loved it. This is up there with all the Bourbon County Brand Stouts, KBS and all the big boys.

As I said with the base beer, it had everything I look for in an imperial stout and it came through with each sip. Add in the bourbon barrel aging and again Jeppe deserves thanks for creating another masterpiece. I highly recommend this beer; even though it is very expensive, to me it was worth the price.

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Photo of John_M
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a bottle at Belmont Station a few weeks back. The beer was enjoyed at a gathering of friends at an BA impy stout tasting.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The beer looks great, but it smelled and tasted even better. On the nose, there is the textbook imperial biscotti break nose, but with considerable bourbon present as well. The chocolate, vanilla, light licorise, cherry and cookie dough blend perfectly with the bourbon aroma in this beer. On the palate... I thought some of the participants at the tasting were going to swoon when they got this beer. One of the most hedonistic beers I've ever tasted, the flavor profile replicates the nose, but the soft, creamy consistentcy blends the flavors togetther so, so well in this excellent beer. The bourbon is actually more noticeable on the nose than on the palate, but regardless, it makes for a seamless package on the palate with this delicious beer. Mouthfeel is full, soft, creamy, and very, very long with a chocolate and cookie dough kiss on the finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile... you can tell it's certainly up there, but it was far less intrusive than the abv. was in some of the eclipse and BCBS variants we sampled as well.

An absolute tour de force by Evil Twin, this beer is amazing and absolutely delicious. This is a beer I will buy every time I see it on the shelf. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Almost pitch black with great cinnamon brown lacing that lasts.
S: Cinnamon, sugar, bourbon, coffee
T: Coffee, bourbon, roasted malt
F: Solid, not thick, not thin, just right.
O: I'd be happy to find it on the shelf. Solid offering from ET. Nowhere near DBJ though.

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Photo of DrunkyBuddha
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So much better than the non BA version

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black as black can be. The head is straight brown in color and settles after a time. It can be revived though. Small dots of lacing remain as it recedes.

S: Wave of mocha. Coffee pops. Fudge sauce and double chocolate cake. Notes of smoke and char underneath. Very nutty. There's even a marshmallow/vanilla sort of impression. Rocky road ice cream flashes to mind. The barrel is apparent but it takes more of a supporting and complementary role, echoing the malt with some woody char and backing it with a whiff of bourbon. Mouth-watering all in all.

T: Dense and layered chocolate envelopes the palate right away. The coffee addition can't shake the chocolatey malts and ends up coming across as a super rich mocha flavor. Lightly smokey and acidic from the coffee. Chocolate covered almonds. Marshmallows and melted chocolate. The barrel strides step for step with all of this and complements perfectly with some wood and char, decadent bourbon ball candy, nougat, and sweet bourbon. Nuts, marshmallow, chocolate, and lingering woody barrel and bourbon take the finish.

M: Big and thick in body. Very gentle though, with an easy velvety and airy whipped texture. Slightly coating. Little carbonation, but it isn't needed. It's like a chocolate truffle melting slowly in the mouth. Warming bourbon character adds a soothing nature.

O: I'm alone at home, but I stood up and started to slow-clap. This beer is that good. All flavors meld together in a perfect harmony, as happens only in the truly great beers. It tickles all my personal beer G-spots too. In fact, if given the choice between this beer and sex, I'd pick this beer at least some of the time.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber.

This has been a huge want of mine for a long time. Now I got it. Theres nothing negative to say about this brew. Enough chitchat lets describe this brew for you!

First when you pop this top smoke comes out like a barrel of a smoking gun. Then when poured, it is jet black with a dense mocha head. The roasted malts coat the glass while I twirl it around. Very entertaining brew.

Now forth with the aroma! Huge barrel notes with hints of the original Biscotti Break. Huge oak and vanilla notes that make love in your nostrils. The mixture is complete balance with the coffee and chocolate cookie crumble of IBB. This smells phenomenal!

The flavor is just as the aroma details with more malt sweetness. Chocolatey cookie crumble, coffee roast and vanilla is just outstanding to the point I just want to taste this beer forever. The bourbon notes comes together nicely toward the finish, bringing toasted oak to the drinker's taste buds. This brew finishes sweet, syrupy and bitter with a balanced dryness. Lingering bourbon and chocolate in the aftertaste.

The feel on the palate medium bodied and smooth. The carbonation tickles the flavors on the palate just enough to make it interesting and not just cough syrup.

Overall: Bam! This is my favorite variant of the IBB. well, i guess you cant go wrong with the base beer either. The flavors are well balanced, sweet and no booze detected (always a good thing). I am simply wowed by this offering on the depth of flavors coming out of it. No lines no gimmicks, this beer is Recommended!

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3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.4/5  rDev -1.8%

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

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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