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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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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1,486
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4.48
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Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love the normal IBB, and this is an improvement. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, even a hint of coconut on the finish. Beautiful mouthfeel like normal IBB. World class brew - Cheers

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

22oz bottle with no visible freshness date poured into a Rastal Teku 2.0 stemmed glass (about 14oz decanted on first pour). I know this is relatively fresh since it showed up at my local liquor store about one week ago.

A- Although technically an Imperial Porter, the appearance is as menacing as the boldest Imperial Stout...thick, viscous, used motor-oil black with 1/2-finger worth of a mocha head with no retention. (4.75)*

S- The aroma is crazy and really embraces everything you smell when opening a tin of chocolate-dipped biscotti foodstuffs. Almond, Hazelnut, Vanilla, Chocolate, (slight) bourbon and alcohol are all represented. (5.0)

T- Milk Chocolate/Nutty/Vanilla sweetness consumes the palate with the same flavors as detected in the nose. These must have been wet barrels because sweet Bourbon is the next flavor to come to the fore. An oily, Dark Chocolate-covered Espresso Bean bitter finish leaves the palate dry and more than keeps the sweetness in check. The alcohol warmth rises well after the sip. The heat from the bourbon (and what I guess to be some almond and hazelnut extracts) might be distracting for some, but it just adds to the 'extreme' nature of this beer. As it elevates to room temperature, the bourbon barrel comes out in spades...outrageous! (5.0)

M- This is a creamy, silky, full bodied and palate coating libation with spot-on carbonation. The flavor and alcohol warmth lingers which demands slow consumption and contemplation. (5.0)

O- With regards to the initial pour, IBB-BBA is one of the most unique beers I have ever experienced and squarely deserves recognition alongside with other BBA beers in the same class (BCBS, KBS, Backwoods Bastard, BBA Plead The 5th, BBA Narwhal, etc.)...they really nail the "Liquid Biscotti" character. Although I have never had the non-BBA version, the bourbon barrel character is definitely present and amplifies the intensity.

*Unfortunately, the second pour was not as remarkable as the first as it seemed to lose that 'Liquid Biscotti' character and resembled more of a non-adjunct, BBA Imperial Stout. Couple that with the hefty price point (I've seen sell for upwards of $25/bottle), it makes it hard to justify the cost. However, if you have an excuse to celebrate with beer and a couple of extra dollars, this is one is worthy. (4.75)

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Photo of Hesscabob
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Wonderful Thanksgiving beer to enjoy during the annual stuffing of my face.

Jet black in appearance, mocha tan head. Roasted, chocolatey goodness oozing out of this bad boy. Big fan of the Regular Imperial Biscotti and this adds a welcomed amount of booziness from the barrels used. Not overly sweet for a relatively high ABV roasted malt backbone type of brew. Definitely worth seeking out, one to enjoy now and one to enjoy later.

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

Many thank yous to mendvicdog for the share. Dark brown, near black body with an inch or so of foamy, dark beige cap. Lush aroma of roast and chocolate, oak and bourbon. A touch of vanilla. Incredible balance and simply beautiful flavors. A memorable beer. I would love to have this one again sometime.

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Photo of Rutager
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours thick and black with half a finger of light brown head.

Smell. Sweet vanilla and bourbon with toasted oak, dark chocolate, a touch of toasted coconut. Smells like desert.

Taste. Huge sweet chocolate and dark coffee, smooth bourbon in a complimentary amount, big oak, some nice vanilla and a touch of coconut.

Mouthfeel. Big body, a little warm in the throat. Low smooth carbonation.

Overall. Decadent, sweet, and tasty stuff.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz poured into a shaker pint


A: nice pour super dark with a rich mocha head that disappears immediately


S: soft bourbon, toffee, tobacco , coffee 


T: very rich and smooth get coffee and chocolate with very mellow bourbon sweet toffee Carmel vanilla


M: it's nice full bodied but the alcohol keeps it from being too thick


O: it's an amazing beer smooth flavors with a rich dark complex beautiful beer underneath however I think the bourbon barrel hides some of the flavors That make IBB stand out

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 39/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 93/100

Amazing BA stout, only knock is that it's HUGE... Which is awesome! It's just crushing on the Palette, that said... It really has some serious taste and complexity. Is like a bone crushing chocolate milk with booze and heavy notes of dark Chocolate and Bourbon. Really nothing but delightful~

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Photo of FFreak
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulips and shared. Pure black with a decent light-roasted coffee-colored head. Aromas of coffee, bourbon, roast malt, and brown sugar/caramel. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, whiskey, some dried fruit, caramel, and vanilla. Rich and full mouthfeel with little to no carbonation. Definitely a sipping beer, you're not going to pound this. Its a meal in a glass. Overall, an enjoyable dessert stout, but not something I'd want to drink all the time. Definitely worth the $19 I spent on it.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a thick near black color with a finger of ruddy dark brown head that quickly faded into a faint bubbly collar.
S: Rich and decadent scents of toffee, caramel, and leather beneath dominating notes of sweet bourbon, buttery oak and greasy chocolate syrup. I get a hint of dark fruits and spice as well.
T: Rich and potent like the nose. I get huge flavors of chocolate brownie, chocolate syrup, sweet and buttery bourbon barrel, and brown sugar. I get a touch of candied fruits, vanilla, and roast in the finish. I get a touch of bitter coffee as well. The aftertaste is spicy and has lingering notes of chocolate and roast. The booze is very mellow and buttery with no trace of heat at all.
M: Very thick and chewy body, viscous mouthfeel, tight and velvety carbonation. There's a decent bitterness in the finish as well.
O: An underrated barrel aged stout. This drinks exceptionally well with potent flavors and a smooth and full mouthfeel. Delicious.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours jet black, little to no head.
Smells of light bourbon and deep dark roasted malts.
Tastes like coffee a touch of chocolate and a lot of roast.
Finishes velvety and smooth.
A drinkable big Imperial Stout. Delicious!

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Photo of gatornation
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a black opaque color with a khaki head that reveals spotty lacing
S-roasted malts and dark fruit with bourbon and wood hints of vanilla and coffee
T flows nose with a more pronounced mellow bourbon taste that compliments this stout so many layers of taste as it warms
M-smooth and mellow BA on the sweet side it coates the palate
O- delicious BA Stout one of the best ive had only detractor is the price of $26 and its limited availability worth a try even at the high price and i would buy it again

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Photo of pants678
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black with brown head.

Bourbon and cookie dough, one of the better noses, really.

Bourbon's more backseat flavor, notes of amaretto and oak. Vanilla? Maybe. Dialed back version of the Doughnut Break and with a cookie twist. Robust but not a shock or punch to the mouth. Could stand to be more forward. Not worth $30, IMO.

Stout, not a porter. Not particularly smooth, has a good edge to it.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Smelling lots of oak, tobacco, almond, bitter chocolate sweetness. Getting vanilla, chocolate, bourbon with only a whisp of sweetness. Super smooth and dry. Really awesome. Could be a touch thicker.

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Photo of mothman
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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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The first batch that I had of this beer was overly barrel heavy and strong on the soy sauce nose and flavor.

The second batch was far better, integrating the sweetness of the base beer with the positive characteristics of the barrels it aged in.

The most recent bottling was a much better beer. Fortunately, this was the batch I purchased additional bottles of during a local sale.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice and dark.

S - Massive, milky coffee notes up front. A modicum of nuttiness mid-palate followed by a hint of vanilla bean ice-cream to finish. Marzipan and maple as it warms.

T - Coffee-forward, following the nose. Bourbon is there, although I'd like more. Finishes fairly dry. Plain chocolate flavours grow as it warms.

M - Quite smooth, medium-full in body.

O - This is certainly a very competent imperial stout. At $25 it certainly doesn't come cheap, and it is not clear to me that it's worth the mark-up over other highly-rated options. It is absolutely essential that you let this warm for its secrets to become unlocked should you choose to dabble.

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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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Photo of BMMillsy
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%

Bottle in trade. Excited for this one. Pours thick, viscous pitch black with a little more than a finger of dark brown head that settles creamy espresso colored. Beautiful aroma of anise, roast, chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, caramel. Flavor is very sweet as expected, with a surprising amount of anise/licorice up front, chocolate covered raisins, some coffee roastiness, bourbon, molasses, light vanilla, and some definite oxidized metallic flavors. Bourbon is very smooth, and the booze here is extremely smooth. Huge body, beefed up even from the base version, with medium low carbonation. Everything about this is really nice, but the metallic note is more present than most any other beer I've tried, and that makes me sad because it does take away from the rich dessert flavor that is in here. Don't get me wrong, it's really good, but I would like to try this again some time, hopefully with a bottle that doesn't have these qualities. I think it would push up the score a good .4-.5 points and putting it in the truly world class category for me.

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Photo of Flight317
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

After having the original and bourbon versions they are both pretty tasty. Both sweet as can be to mask a high ABV. When it's out of the refrigerator you get a lot of the sweet flavors like some vanilla, chocolate, coffee like flavors. As it warms SOME bourbon comes out with some dark fruit flavors and a bit more of a booze flavor. This one goes down very easy but I wish I got a bit more from the barrel. I don't like bourbon by itself but I've come to appreciate it in my stouts and this one doesn't deliver as much as I'd like. I'd drink it again but not going to make my top 5 by any means.

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Photo of dar482
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%

The beer comes in a jet black color with a wonderful dark coffee head.

The aroma offers chunky chocolate, lots of sweetness and vanilla, dark caramel. A touch of umami and sweet bourbon character.

The beer hits first of lots of bourbon character that takes over the sides of the palate. Lots of chunky sweet chocolate, almost like big chocolate chips. A bit of roasted coffee. Lots of vanilla on the finish along with some amaretto liqueur.

A sweet dessert bourbon barrel aged stout that in the end tastes like a liqueur chocolate cake.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.8/5  rDev -15.2%

Similar to the non barreled one, the smell is woody with a bit of coffee roast, only more coffee and chocolate this time. A hint of bready unlike the other, but just a hint. When I do a really aggressive pour to get some head, I get a milky garbage smell on the end of that woody smell. When the head is gone, so is that smell. Milky garbage?! WTF! Later it smooths out into an almost clean fruity smell along with a kind of malty sugar syrup Sugar Smacks cereal smell

Thinner than expected but a bit thicker than the non barreled one.

First taste is balanced between a the woody note from the aroma, a little bready something, a little chocolate, and a hint of nickel. Later it's more coffee and chocolate.

I get zero bourbon and no more wood than with the unbarreled one, which wasn't supposed to have any in the first place, and not a good wood but a weird green one. If there is supposed to be any of the namesake biscotti flavour in this, I'm not getting anything recognizable, though unlike the unbarreled version there's at least a hint of breadiness.

I almost never pour anything out, but given that this was a bummer and given that it had some really odd things about it and given that I was otherwise just bored with it, I just wasn't motivated to finish it and poured out about the last quarter of it. That's the absolute last result I expected from this beer of all beers. I've looked forward to this for so long.

I had heard wonderful things about this but it's really nothing special as imperials go. Disappointing. Had I not had any idea what to expect, I'd have said it was "OK ". It has some basic positives going on, but it is memorable more for its flaws.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass.

Appeared a thick, oily black color with a light brown head that disappeared quickly.

Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate and alcohol.

Tastes like a melted Hershey's special dark. One of the most chocolate dominant beers I have had. Quite delicious and very rich.

Mouthfeel is thick and velvety. A bit of heat on the backend.

Overall this is a delicious dessert stout. Awesome.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

22 oz bottle released in 2014 poured into Teku

Appearance: Pours dark black, as expected, with a nice finger of khaki head. The head collars after a few minutes.

Smell: Rich fudge, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, molasses. The fudge really stands out, this is like sticking your nose in freshly whipped brownie batter. This has less Bourbon and more chocolate on the nose than BCBS. Amazing smelling stuff.

Taste: Huge chocolate up front, followed by Bourbon, caramel, coffee and then some vanilla with rich roast on the finish. This really hides the booze well...drinks like it's under 10% for sure.

Mouthfeel: Not BCBS thick, but thicker than KBS. It's certainly not lacking in the mouthfeel dept.

Overall: I wasn't the biggest fan of the base beer, and I liked Doughnut Break the best, before this. However, when a beer is good, it needs to get credit. This is just an outstanding barrel aged Imperial Stout, and it tastes remarkably similar to BCBS, which I just had last night (2012). The only difference is, this beer was bottled about 6 months ago and drinks pretty smooth. Even at 6 months, Bourbon County was still pretty hot and needed about 2 years of age to get as smooth as this, imo. Although you can age Bourbon County for quite a while, this brew has to be given credit for its smoothness at a young age...although I don't believe it will age as gracefully as BCBS. Would definitely drink again, although I'd personally rather spend $25 on a 4 pack of BCBS and get 2x the awesome barrel aged stout for the same amount of cash.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown colour; tan head, bit listless. Lacing also a bit listless. Looks heavy, and a bit unnuanced somehow.

Smells hugely, hugely chocolatey. In the best possible way. Smells sweet, but rich and cocoa-heavy, with tinges around the edge of sugary rum, spiced brandy, currants, raisins, cinnamon. This is fucking magic in a glass. The best aroma I can remember getting from a beer in years.

Taste doesn't quite reach the heights of the smell, but then what could? Rich, sticky and chocolatey there, with notes of brandied cherries, currants, port wine and just rich gooey chocolate fondant. Boozey upfront, has a mild cocoa-tinged roasted bitterness late, but just huge, rich, sticky chocolatey stout. Fantastic.

Bit sharp from alcohol upfront, but it doesn't last throughout. Gets more mellow just due to sheer density late. Very pleasant.

If there's ever been chocolate in a glass, this beer is it. But it's a rich, complex, interesting chocolate with loads of character. It would rate off the scale as a chocolate. In beer form it's phenomenal.

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Photo of lewzer99
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: pours pitch black, with a thin short lived head
S: some chocolate, a lot of bourbon
T: delicious, chocolate, a lot of caramel, oak notes, some pitted fruits and some bourbony booze. Complex, but drinkable
M: medium bodied, and a little syrupy
Overall: terrific, a truelly great stout. Only not incredible part is the nose.

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Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.
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