Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged | Evil Twin Brewing

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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel AgedImperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of vfgccp
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed fresh.

A - Cola black body with a finger and half of mocha head. Nice retention and low lace.

S - Soft, silky nose of vanilla, amaretto, warm shortbread, almond, and caramel.

T - Warm toffee, vanilla, caramel, sugar cookie dough, molasses, and toasted bread crust. Oak, toast, vanilla and bourbon through the finish.

M - Smooth, medium body.

O - Delicious and well balanced with a great barrel character.

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Photo of maximum12
2.48/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I hear good things. My hearing’s not always so good, neither is the advice I hear. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife. I hear she’s cute. Wait. Yup.

The pour is a black denser than twilight in Mirkwood, if the whole forest were bubbling a bit. The aroma is a step back from the base, it’s hard to even make a single nose hair perk up. Mild vanilla, mild roast, mild mild. Pretty mild.

Imperial Biscotti Break - Bourbon Barrel Aged is one of those beers that’s been downgraded through its contact with the barrel. Gone are the nice subtleties of the base beer - all I get off of this is weirdly earthy vanilla, roast mixed with a finger of black licorice dipped in smoked meat. And that hangar Rocky’s beaten on really sticks around. The mouthfeel is on, but half a bomber? Looking a bit daunting right now.

I just glanced down several reviews - what the fuck? Did I get a re-capped beer? Because this isn’t in the same galaxy as what I’m seeing described. Dense, weird, clashing, with only a faint lick of barrel. Big disappointment, & not even on the right side of mediocre; not very good.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you ThisWangsChung!

Preliminary: Fresh bottle.

Look: Pours dark and tar-like. No head, no retention. This is ready for prime drinking.

Smell: Has an odd saucy smell to it which reminds me of tamari (Japanese dark soy sauce). I I pick up savory meat, coffee, sea salt, dark chocolate, oak and light caramel.

Taste: Initial taste is dark chocolate, soy sauce, peat, wood, salted caramel, Tahitian vanilla and a light bourbon upbringing. As the beer warms up, there is certainly a lingering bourbon and wooden flavor.

Feel: Medium. This definitely has an oily texture to it that lingers only because of the boozy bourbon characteristic that is added to the flavoring.

Overall: An interesting variant of IBB. Oddly enough, a 1 year aged IBB tastes very similar to this. I know this, due to having a couple for Thanksgiving. The soy sauce/tamari + wooden flavor definitely develops with some time on your typical IBB (as it loses coffee flavor).

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Photo of pagriley
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz into a snifter. Not bottle date - guessing at least a year or 2 old

Pours inky black and thick with not much head and zero lacing
Bourbon and sherry on the nose - this is definitely an aged bottle, but in a good way
Milk chocolate, a bit of booze and a touch of umame / soy sauce. Drying and ashy finish not my favorite
Medium body for the style, very drinkable

Overall a very nicely done stout. Bourbon influence has faded, but a smooth sipper none the less. One to drink fresh I suspect.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with one finger tan head. Caramel, toffee, figs, wood and booze all hit me in the aroma. Fuller body with strong notes of both wood smooth and well-balanced with different notes of chocolate, little bit of vanilla/bourbon sweetness and possible toffee and even prunes (some type of dark fruit). Easy passing, mellow body makes this dangerous sipper and finishes dry with notes of roasted coffee and booze and overall just a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeah yeah, this is a pretty awesome dessert beer. One of the best I guess. I'm a bit of an evil twin lover, so perhaps a bit biased.

I remember having this on my birthday in 2014 and had the privilege to compare it to a 2013 goose island bcbs on tap. Safe to say this was a sure winner. Now that I think about it, this may have been older, or at least aged better than the bcbs. Full disclosure - I would have given it a perfect 5 at the time. It seems consistency is the issue here.

This bottle I've got here seems a little rough around the edges, which makes sense because I picked it up the same day it hit my bottle shop. A bit of age could do wonders to this beer. Or maybe it was just a better batch the first time I had it? In any case, its still a world class imperial stout, probably only topped by double barrel jesus, which is a much more intense experience.

Dbj has a bit more of a savory and alcoholic character, where this has a pleasant nuttiness, a bit of berry tartness, plenty of spice and tannin from the barrel, and that oh-so-delightful vanilla. OH YEAH the fudge. Who could forget the fudge? And yeah, you can taste almond.

The scent is ever so slightly better than the taste, but with a bit of time, the flavor will balance itself more, and this beer will become next-level.

In conclusion, great job! Great beer! Let me have another!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle that cost $24.99. This beer is completely overpriced for the quality. It is not on the level of Bourbon Country or Parabola by a long shot. Typical stout appearance with almost no head. Aroma is mild bourbon and malts. Flavor is decent but I expect a heck of a lot from a bourbon barrel aged stout, especially one that costs $25. The few Evil Twin beers I've had have been underwhelming and overpriced. Save your money and buy something from Firestone Walker instead. Reminds me of when I had a 50/50 Eclipse, what a let down.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours motor oil thick and jet black with a small foamy khaki colored head that eventually disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- initial impression is of fresh mocha fudge brownies; tons of dark chocolate, caramel, walnuts, brown sugar, coffee, hints of vanilla & hazelnut. Plenty of bourbon and oak on the nose as well, adding some spicy woodsy notes on the end

T- bold dark chocolate fudge mixes with strong herbal coffee up front, quickly giving way to burnt caramel, toasted walnuts & heavy vanilla cream. Bourbon kicks in mid-palate, providing some flavors of barrel juice and spicy wood. The biscotti part doesn't really kick in until the linger, leaving traces of hazelnut & sweet vanilla

M- heavy body with low carbonation leads to an oily mouthfeel that coates the tongue and finishes slightly creamy

O- in true ET, this is another bold and savory stout, with plenty of barrel notes and a sweetness of mocha fudge that makes this a spectacular sipper

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours completely pitch-black. However, it doesn't offer as much tan-colored head (hehe) as the non-barreled version. What little head there is tries to leave lacing on the glass, however.

Wowee! This is rich and dessert-like as they come. Though the coffee is a little faded, I'm nonetheless picking up tons of brown sugar, chocolate, molasses, and roasted malt. Additional qualities The bourbon quotient is subtle yet palpably there, offering subtle touches of oak, vanilla, and banana. Yeah...this aroma just works - not just from the intensity of the notes, but the way they all tie together.

I get a little more bourbon qualitiy flavor-wise. There's also a little less sweetness than the nose suggested. It actually starts off with some brown sugar, chocolate, and roasted flavors - the bourbon doesn't appear until the beer's finish. Still, it brings large amounts of oak and vanilla when it appears. Some dark fruits round out the two flavors in the mid-taste. This one is very woody, though. It's not quite as desserty as the base beer, but I'd argue it's more nuanced and complex.

The oak tannins make this a surprisingly dry beer - and a semi-drinkable one, too. It's clear this thick, massive beer wasn't ruined by the barrel. The texture still has a fullness to it that many barrel-aged stouts lack, though it's not motor oil thick. In spite of the oaky qualities, there isn't a hint of 11.5% to be found anywhere.

The flavor profile doesn't quite live up to the aroma (it's not a big step down, thankfully). Nonetheless, it's a top-notch barrel-aged imperial stout that holds its own with the BCBSes of the world. It's big and complex, while remaining dry and (relatively) drinkable. This one costs a lot of cheddar, but considering I had an even more expensive barrel-aged imperial stout before this that was a huge step down, I'd say it's worth it.

4.25/5: Big and rich, but not stupid - everything a barrel-aged beer should be

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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 Johnct
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really superbly underwhelming. Get Double Barrel Jesus instead. Don't worry about the price. This beer just isn't worth it as long as they're putting out much better brews

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

I've aged this for a year already....

L: dark black, with the head dissipating quickly. It poured thick from the bottle
S: deep dark rich chocolate, cinnamon (surprised) and slight bourbon
T: a lot of barrel...oaky, slight bourbon. Sweeter dark chocolate. Very good! I can't taste the cinnamon i smelled, maybe it was the oak notes I smelled....
F: thick, coating and very smooth

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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 aleigator
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a viscous, motor oil black color, with a small mohagony head, fading to a small lacing at the edge of the glass. The head yields huge bubbles, turning to decadent alcohol legs after swirling.

Smells of moldy bitter chocolate, tons of fudge, a whiff of caramel and tobacco, tied together by a huge amount of roasted malts and bourbon soaked wood bark. While the Bourbon doubtlessly has a hot sting to it, it is well entangled into the beers soothing, rich malt qualities, creating a nutella like creaminess, as for a subtle hazelnuts layer on top.

Has a low carbonation, leaving the spotlight on the beers full body, revealing a stunning creaminess, creating a silk mouthfeel, despite the hot Bourbon burn during the finish.

While it begins earthy, with a profound roastiness to it, the beer develops a pungent, bitter dark chocolate character, mellowed by whipped cream and marshmellows. This balanced impression helps toffee, fudge and wooden vanilla to come up, while a tongue numbing sharpness follows immediately, once matured, dry oak hits the tastebuds. Profound Bourbon punches at the back of the throat for a short glance, producing a dry peak, balanced by mellow toffee, molasses and fresh brewed espresso. Leaves the palate as silk as during its beginning, while finishing way sweeter, to tame the very prominent, spicy Bourbon.

There is a bit of an ambivalence going on in this for me. The beer produces a fantastic, utmost smooth mouthfeel, finding its antagonist in the equally profound Bourbon, which almost creates a certain harshness, numbing my palate. The same is true for a nutella like sweetness on the one hand, and dark bitter chocolate on the other. This beer is extreme. I find it astonishing that it is still able to exhibit a convincing balance, resulting in a sipper you can wrap your head around the whole evening.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Vintage 2015 was able to share this bottle with my friend on his 30th birthday recently and it was amazing! Wonderful bourbon and caramel nose and then once you taste it...even better!!!! Slight roast, lots of caramel sweetness but well balanced with a solid bourbon finish!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/14/2015 at Tree House Tavern & Bistro, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains rich chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, bourbon and dark fruit.

T: The taste starts out with a rich milk chocolate flavor followed by bourbon, dark fruit and coffee flavors. Then a touch of alcohol sting comes in along with a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very faint as expected. The after-taste is slightly bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp, smooth and viscous, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid big stout to sip on for a long time.

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

great tasting beer. pours thin (which is fine by me) with a rich dark color. smells as it tastes (delicious). no alcohol presence (dangerous for the ABV of 11.50%). I reccommend this to any one that likes a dark yet sweet stout.

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Photo of RJIV
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice bold black.
Smells of roasted notes with a hint of vanilla and sweetness.
The beer is full bodied, creamy and coats the palette.
The roastiness comes through up front followed by sweetness and vanilla flavors.
No heat or burn on the finishes, just smoothness.

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Photo of sittinggc
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into teku glass:

Look: Pours a thick black. Nice brown head with surprising retention.
Smell: Lots of bourbon at first. Then transitions to vanilla flavors and then into sweet coffee.
Taste: the bourbon is not as strong in the flavor, though there is still an apparent bourbon sweetness. Also get vanilla and some more sweet coffee. Alcohol is very well masked.
Feel: The beer is very thick. At the same time it has a silky mouthfeel. Really nice.

Overall: Really great beer! Initially thought it would be too hot....but it was just right. Nice and sweet, just like I like my stouts. Hope I get to drink this again some time soon. Cheers!

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: a thick black, oily beer. A little head that fades quickly. S: bourbon, some vanilla, dark chocolate. T: a ton of chocolate, some vanilla, a hint of bourbon. M: oily, thick, a typical ET stout. O: just amazing, so glad I had a chance to drink this

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Photo of jws6w7
3.97/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

one of the most overrated beers ive had yet. it was solid, but nothing special. there are many, many stouts, regular and ba, that are better than this.

Good beer, I am glad I got to try once. Ridiculously over priced however, for such an underwhelming beer.

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Photo of timc100
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice barrel aged imperial stout. The coffee, chocolate and bourbon work well together but lacks richness compared to many others on the shelf. Very smooth, medium bodied not very viscous or heavy, rounded flavors and a medium finish.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to UncleJazz for sharing the bottle!

An absolutely delicious beer starting with its deep, dark brown color and khaki head. The nose and flavor are heavy in dark chocolate, boozy bourbon and sweet roasted grain. The body is smooth and round with nice soft carbonation. Really nice.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A - Black but able to see through it a bit as I poured it. Minimal head that dissipated quickly.
S - Sweet bourbon aroma...some vanilla there as well. This smells heavenly.
T - Same as the aroma. Bourbon, vanilla and then wham....some super fudginess. Gets even more prominent as it warms.
M - Good....semi viscous. Would like it to be a little thicker but overall, I thought it was good.
O - Fantastic BA stout. This is up there with some of the best that I've had. Wasn't easy to track down but well worth it.

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

A great treatment of the original. Excellent balance of bourbon notes, a nuttiness, and roasty goodness. Great medium-heavy body, soft pleasant carbonation. Yum.

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