Imperial Petit Four Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Imperial Petit Four BreakImperial Petit Four Break

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This time we go small. First small beer from us, made from the 2nd runnings of Imperial Biscotti Break!

Added by ThatsThatDude on 10-28-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by grumpygerman:
Photo of grumpygerman
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

So I had the entire Imperial Break series and was really looking forward to this one. I wanted it to be a little too sweet, too thick, too complex and what I got was a thin coffee ground stout. Call it porter and give the back story on the label, I don't care, I still greatly overpaid for this.
It is not bad meaning it doesn't have any off flavors or is badly brewed, it is just thin. The Evil Twin should have managed expectations.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cjgiant
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Age or maybe (though not sure) infection affected this.

Foam of the pour was almost uncontrollable. Slow to settle, decent cap when it does.

Nose has a very slight tangy funk to it that seems odd. Behind that is a light roasted malt, coffee in nature.

Light feel with a nice medium roast coffee flavor. The carbonation is soft but there's a bunch of it, lightening the feel.

Coffee roast, straightforward and simple, with a clean bitterness throughout. No real off notes here.

Meant to be a light porter, it works in that sense but is fairly simple.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reminds me of a thin coffee stout. It's pretty good! Don't know why they added "imperial" to the name unless it's just to remind you of the biscotti. But yea, this is basically a toned down Imperial Biscotti Break. Good dessert beer that won't get you drunk after a glass.

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter from bottle- rich dark color with tan head. Hints of coffee and nutty flavor. Taste is not to be compared to smell; coffee in front with hint of bitterness on backside that lingers. A bit light for a porter but the ABV rating sets you up for this. Overall a nice, simple sitting beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Streams of moderately fast rising bubbles fill a bright coffee brown pour withe a small but persistent light tan foam cap.

S: big, fresh coffee bean aroma seasoned with grains and malt aromas with a bit of spice. The coffee aromas are medium to medium low, the grain and malt aromas are medium low to low, hop aromas are low, spice aromas are medium low.

T: It has a mildly sweet coffee chocolate flavor with some fruit notes and spice. It leaves lingering coffee aftertastes. There are traces of biscotti and almond. The coffee flavor is dominant but not over powering.

F: The body is light and the carbonation is above average and mousse-like. There is a faint, drying, grainy astringency on the finish.

O: This is a big, full flavored session beer.

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Photo of acurtis
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, topped with a huge frothy tan head. Active brew. Lacing clumps to the side in thick bunches; retention is very good.

The nose is not particularly revealing: coffee, a metallic twinge, dark fruit, and red grapes.

Flavor checks in right about where you'd expect: coffee and roasted barley, but in light amounts. A very drinkable format for a coffee beer. Slightly metallic twinge on the palate, too; slightly nutty, with a touch of ash.

Extremely fizzy feel, detracting from the ability to really savor it. Either too much carbonation, or too much activity. This takes away what is otherwise a very nice small ABV format coffee stout. Thin wet finish, leaving behind the impression of grains and chocolate malt. The fizzy mouthfeel calms a bit as the brew sits in the glass.

Beautiful beer; subdued nose; decent flavor; poor mouthfeel. My advice: let the brew settle for a bit before you dive in.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fievel
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark walnut brown with a thin khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Light aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa and coffee; mild, but inviting. Flavor follows, with lightly charred dark toasted malt, dark chocolate and drip coffee. Light to medium bodied with active carbonation. The pour is so dark that this appears to be a full bodied porter in the glass. The aroma is mild, but with everything expected from a bigger porter. Flavor is similar, complex and surprisingly full for a light ale. Unlike many other offerings at this ABV, this is deceptively light in flavor, but does not taste watered down or mild. Nice toastiness. I don't drink many session ales anymore, but glad I had this one. Well done.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

1PT. 6 FL.OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color. It is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves some decent lacing.

At first I got a little coffee in the aroma. Then I got roasted malt and burnt popcorn.

The taste went exactly like the smell. I thought it started well with coffee flavor. Then after a few drinks I got some dark roasted malt and burnt toast.

It feels thin for the style

It started out decent but the burnt popcorn flavor eventually overwhelmed my palate.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a nonic pint glass to a black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: smells of coffee, roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate
T: Taste is coffee, roasted malts and bitter chocolate, a little charred wood as well. Swallow is more wood char and coffee and bitter roasted malts
M: Somewhat thin for a porter on the mouth with soft but adequate carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: A decent example of the style but there are better beers out there. The second runnings was an interesting idea and the two beers are vastly different. Not bad and worth a try but a bit expensive at $8.99 a bomber.

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Photo of Sweenz
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into ale glass.

A small beer porter. Evil Twin likes trying stuff out. I like that.

L: Big light tan head with long retention, lots of sticky lacing, cap and ring. Beer is as dark as it gets.

S: Lots of roasted malts and maybe some burned sugar. Not much else and not strong.

T: Watery, roasted malts, some weak coffee. Not much of anything else. I guess an echo of the biscotti, but a very weak one.

F: Light bodied, light to medium carbonation. Too watery. Construction and balance somewhat lacking.

O: Like I said, I always like new ideas, but this:biscotti is not rosso montalcino:brunello montalcino. Needs more flavor.

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Photo of FBGordon
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured on draft.

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown with a frothy tan head that maintains well and laces nicely throughout.

S: Notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate up front, followed by faint roast.

T: I don't know what happened here. All I'm getting is a light malty, milk chocolate flavor, but not much otherwise. Barely anything sticks to the palate and what flavor that does come through is a little thin and middling.

M: Light, smooth and creamy with a tight carbonation.

O: I really had high hopes, but with so little flavor going on, I must admit I'm a little surprised and disappointed, especially coming from Evil Twin. Looks great, smells great, feels great...what happened to the wow factor?

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Photo of CHickman
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black color with brown where the light hits the edges of the glass, leading to a 1-2 finger dark tan head that had brown speckles all over the head, which faded slowly and left good spotty lacing. A good looking porter which hissed and crackled as it went down - a nice audio experience as well.

Smells very nutty up front with burnt peanuts, toasted cashews, smoked malts, cocoa powder, charred wood, coffee grinds, roasted grains, toffee and chocolate. Some herbal and floral hoppy notes come out towards the end, but this is mostly dominated by the smoky and chocolate aspects.

Tastes very similar to the nose with smoked malts, cocoa powder, charred wood, coffee grinds, roasted peanuts, charred wood, smoke, bakers chocolate, biscuit that's not quite a biscotti, grapefruit, floral hops, herbs and faint peppery spices. Tasty and complex, just not as flavorful as I expected from Evil Twin.

Overall it was a good porter and one I'd certainly drink again, but it had only half the flavor of Imperial Biscotti Break. I guess it should be expected since it was made from the used mash of the base beer, yet I was hoping they'd kick in a little bonus flavor for us loyal fans. It was very sessionable with the low ABV and above average for the style.

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Photo of cbutova
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks Emma for sharing this bottle.

A- 22oz bottle into a few pint glasses with an evil pitch black hue and a tall, like two fingers, nutty tan head. The thick creamy crown dies slowly to a pillow dropping plentiful blankets of lace.

S- Roasty and toasty reminding me of a brownie with a lot of vanilla, dark cocoa and nuts. Oh so nutty as slight dark fruits come to mind.

T- Again very much about the blackened grains and heavily toasted ones. Nutty all the way. Chocolate milk feeling comes out as the roasty aspect sides towards that type of cocoa. Something about it comes off as stale or cardboard but not obviously oxidized. Dark roast coffee and raisin come in later.

MF- Medium to thick when the ABV is considered with a creamy and foamy texture. Medium-high carbonation brings that on and it ends with a nutty bitterness persists well after the sip is gone.

A roasty nutty beast that comes in only at 4.2% but something comes out later as stale.

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Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

The beer is dark chocolate black with a khaki head that doesn’t recede or leave much lacing. It smells of raisins, figs, inky oily imperial smells, light coffee.
Tastes like bitter coffee, dark fruit, raisins, smokey flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to light. Overall, it’s an imperial stout with 4.2% ABV, not really into it.

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Photo of Drichard9
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Basically a very light version of Biscotti Break... heavy on the coffee (lacks Biscotti break's chocolate taste) and light on the body, not very carbonated, pours a black with little carbonation. Decent beer, one of Evil Twin's cheaper offerings.

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Imperial Petit Four Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 84 ratings