Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by james582 on 11-07-2013

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1,592
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Avg:
4.48
pDev:
7.59%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

hard to imagine regular imperial biscotti break improving much. its truly one of the better examples of the style around, and unique enough to be picked out of any crowd of beers. this bourbon edition adds another layer or two of flavor to an already insane beer, and makes the mouthfeel as good as any beer out there. the beer seems shinier than i remember it, radiant in a globe glass, with a clean separation between head and beer. in addition to the cookie-like malt character and heavy barley roast of the base beer, this version has quite a bit more vanilla to it, fresh beans, warming. it also has a little higher alcohol presence than i remember in the base beer too, not sloppy or hot, but just more sturdy. the flavor explodes vanilla, chocolate, licorice, cocoa powder, hot tar, birch tea, chocolate covered espresso beans, and even dried figs. its not as messy as it sounds though, each element well integrated with the next. oak and warming alcohols round it out, smooth as they come. so much body, its almost syrupy, but it somehow finishes clean for what it is, slippery rather than sticky, an uncommon and unexpected feature, but a memorable one. a bottle to share for sure, and one to savor, as it certainly opens up with temperature. maybe a bottle to cellar too, but i cant see it improving much, what would you want to change about it? some of evil twins best work here, no doubt about it.

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4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high mocha colored head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose. These become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of bourbon from the barrel aging along with notes of dark chocolate and bits of coffee and sweetness. Except for the bourbon, no alcohol is present in the taste.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a well balanced barrel aged beer as the bourbon doesn't overpower the beer and you still can taste the flavors of the underlying stout. This would make for a really good dessert beer to sip and savor.

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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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3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded pressure cap acquired from a local bottle shop and served into a Guinness stem-goblet glass in me parents’ gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado during my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high; I loved imperial biscotti break. 11.5% ABV confirmed. 2013 vintage. Reviewed as an imperial stout because the label clearly identifies it as such.

Served cold – straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with biscotti.

A: No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of gorgeous khaki colour. Good thickness and creaminess. Smooth consistency. Soft complexion.

Body colour is an opaque dark solid black. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it’s a very respectable appearance for the style. I’m really looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Coffee/java/espresso, chocolate malt, dark malts, dark chocolate, light cream, caramel, cream, chocolate milk, and faint roasted barley.

No alcohol, hop character, or yeast character comes through.

T: Dark malts, caramel, chocolate malts, dark chocolate, luscious milk chocolate, vague light coffee/espresso, bourbon (great vanilla and oak), biscotti - sure, and light wood.

Alcohol is buried. No yeast character or hop character.

Extremely balanced. Build is gestalt, with few flaws. Great depth of flavour. Ideal duration and intensity of flavour. Fantastic complexity and subtlety. A nuanced and intricate brew. Incredibly tasty.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and creamy. Great presence and body. Perfect weight on the palate. Very soft. Almost delicate. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: I'd definitely get it again. Great stuff from Evil Twin - maybe his best work. Incredible execution. As McDonald's would say, I'm lovin' it. I'm very impressed. He's giving Mikkel a run for his money in classic Evil Twin fashion. Very drinkable stuff. I could easily kill a bottle of this alone.

B+

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out with a fudge brown colored liquid; even with a hard pour, not much head is raised and the bubbles quickly pop and fade; quite leggy, however, with streaks of mocha dots line the chalice

Smell: Dark chocolate, coffee, toasted almond, oak, vanilla and Bourbon

Taste: Very roasty, with chocolate and coffee flavors dominant, up front; in the middle, the Bourbon barrel adds another dimension, bringing vanilla and oak; the almond "Biscotti" arrives, after the swallow, bringing with it a sweeter edge that lingers into the finish; boozy and big

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Of the three in this series that I have tried so far, I prefer the lighter bodied cherry version; this one is big and bold and will take some time to mellow out; a good beer but not worth anywhere near the price it commands at the bottle shop

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark fudge, vanilla, toast, toffee, molasses, bourbon, oak, nuttiness, light dark fruits, and roast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark fudge, molasses, vanilla, toast, toffee, bourbon, oak, nuttiness, light dark fruit, and roast/oak earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark fudge, vanilla, toast, toffee, molasses, bourbon, oak, nuttiness, light dark fruit, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Absolutely insane complexity and perfect balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice roast bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, smooth, and luscious mouthfeel that is insane. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely world class barrel aged imperial coffee stout. All around insane complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An absolutely sublime offering.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almonds, toffee, caramel, amaretto, bourbon, and oak. Very warming, but not hot. Vanilla. Chocolate and cocoa. Coffee and roast in the finish. Very solid offering.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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