Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break
Evil Twin Brewing

Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake BreakImperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #275
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,088
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 6.32%
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
710
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Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake BreakImperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break
Notes: Brewed in collaboration with Westbrook Brewing.

Imperial stout brewed with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and habañero peppers.
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josanguapo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De Hopt. En copa Teku. Viendo Sex Education 2x06-07. Perfil a canela y chiles suave, que no desagrada. El alcohol se sube bastante a la cabeza . La experiencia sensorial que aporta no compensa para nada su elevado coste

Feb 01, 2020
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SB2017 from Iowa

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, thin head. The beer is a beautifully opaque black. Fruity and chocolatey on the nose. This rich, heavy beer goes down easy. While there is a slightly burnt, metallic note on some sips, overall the notes of spice and dried fruit, along with an ample, sweet smack of chocolate overwhelm any unpleasantness.

Jan 28, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch-black coloration with a medium, creamy, dark brown head that disappears quickly. Smell is dominated by sweeter notes of almond extract and vanilla, with cinnamon standing out as well and lighter notes of roasted, caramel malt, dark chocolate, coffee and chili peppers. Taste is a decent balance of roasted, caramel malt, strong notes of cinnamon and almond extract, some vanilla, dark, bitter chocolate, coffee and lighter notes of chili peppers and marzipan. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some almond, vanilla, chocolate and chili peppers lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and light/medium carbonation.

I absolutely love a good Mexican Chocolate Stout, but the balance is absolute key here and although this grew on me as it warmed, I'm still not sure on where exactly I stand with this one. On the one hand, there are some quite nice, roasted, dark, bitter chocolate and coffee notes to this, as well as a good, mellow chili heat, but on the other hand the cinnamon and sweet vanilla and almond notes are bit too pronounced for my personal taste, with the sort of artificial almond extract note being especially marring. While this is enjoyable enough at the end of the day, it's a bit of a typical case of 'too many adjuncts' and I'm quite looking forward to the bottle of Westbrook Mexican Cake I got in my fridge without the Evil Twin influence of almond extract and coffee.

Dec 15, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour... nearly black. No light gets through the glass. Thin tannish head... nice ring of lacing.

S: Roasted grains... espresso and burned sugars. Dark chocolate.

T.F: Bittersweet to start. Rich and roasty... dark cocoa and cold brew coffee. Some smoke from the peppers mixed with vanilla and cinnamon spice. Medium bodied... a bit of warmth at the finish from the habañero . Well carbonated... better/richer as it warms.

O: A rich melange of flavors hooking up in an Imperial Stout. Complex and tasty... and one I'd seek out again.

Aug 15, 2019
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break pours a black color, with not much head. Big strong creamy aroma, hints of cinnamon and pepper. Flavor is creamy, great full malty base, noticeable cinnamon, and coffee, with a creamy almond middle, and a smokey pepper like finish, with just a small touch of head. Great body and feel. Overall, amazing how everything came together, complex beer, lots going on, but all the flavors and touches are enjoyable.

Mar 23, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. No bottling date information found.
Black colored body, with a thin garnet colored back lit edge. One finger of brown head, which recedes to a partial cap and ring. Lacing after each sip slips back down into body.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, joined by coffee, cocoa, vanilla, and peppers. Cinnamon is faint.
Dense taste of dark roasted malts, hot pepper, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. The almonds are faint but present, along with the cinnamon.
Medium plus mouth feel. The peppers present heat to the tongue, but it does not go so far as the lower throat. Good carbonation.
This stout is packed with smells and flavors from all the ingredients. Good mellow burn from the peppers. Some sweetness from the cocoa and vanilla. The coffee mixes in with all. Smoothness from the vanilla and almonds. Bitterness is not part of this brew. Best when close to room temperature.

Jan 02, 2019
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jopezu from Georgia

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

pours an oil slick with a thin head that poofs. nose; light roasted coffee, vanilla, & chocolate. taste; chocolate malt, vanilla, cocoa, light fudge, cinnamon, light mocha, & very mellow hops. the listed peppers aren’t really heavy at all in the mix; maybe some light spiciness, very subtle. some cashew/almond nuttiness peeks out with some warmth. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. abv% is expertly tucked in. a tasty variation on the biscotti break! :)

Nov 20, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger of dark tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of cinnamon and chili peppers with some chocolate and coffee. Slight nutty vanilla note as well.
T: Taste is cinnamon spice and peppery heat followed by chocolate and coffee with some nice almonds with a little vanilla. Slight roasty notes as well. On the swallow this beer is more coffee, cinnamon, and peppery heat with some lingering bitter chocolate, charred wood and a little vanilla.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a fairly smooth feel on the palate. Carbonation is low but there is some prickly sensation provided by the peppers. Carb is low but adequate. This beer has a drying finish which is expected from the style and abv.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. It has some great flavors and an insane amount of complexity. It's really interesting how everything plays so well together instead of one flavor note totally dominating. It's definitely worth a try if you can find it.

Oct 17, 2018
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npolachek from New York

4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very decent beer. I thought the taste was a bit weak, and didn't feel the chillis come through as expected. Defiantely a good beer, but no comparison to a Prarie Bomb or KBS or other similar higher calibers.

Sep 26, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous jet black color with a thick tan head. Nose has coffee and cinnamon in Position A, with the vanilla and habanero in the background.

The taste has the cinnamon and habanero up front, with the coffee in the background, and the vanilla smoothing things out. An excellent, well-balanced beer, IMHO.

Jul 26, 2018
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 2016
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The color is that super-dark brown that's clear on the pour yet doesn't let any light through. Fine, dark brown head. Slight lacing.

The first scent I get is peppers. There's a little dark chocolate. I hope I didn't let this sit in the fridge too long because I remember sampling something much nicer a few months ago.

Taste is one of the stronger coffee-in-brew flavors I've had. Everything is going to be connected to the hub of this coffee flavor. Chocolate? With the coffee. Peppers? With the coffee. Dates? With the coffee. It's pretty good overall, but I just wish the coffee were dialed back a little.

Heavy weight, even for the type. And the aftertaste is (shockingly) coffee. Medium carbonation, and only a little alcohol detectable. I almost think this would go well with vanilla ice cream.

Jul 01, 2018
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours one shade shy of black with a khaki-band around the shoulders. Nose expresses cocoa, cinnamon and a hint of spice. Taste follows nose - flavor profile is fairly subdued for being of the "Biscotti" lineage. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to medium) with a pleasant, even carbonation and just the merest trace of heat. Overall, a nice beer - just enough spice/heat without being overpowering.

May 11, 2018
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown but sits black in the glass.

Strong roastiness, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of zesty pepper.

Coffee comes out extremely well in flavor while the other additions mainly display chocolate, there is a slight heat at the end from the peppers, but overall the other additions don't really make themselves known very well.

Full-bodied, low-medium carbonation, sweet, spicy.

Overall, a tasty dessert brew, but I feel like there's too much going on in this brew and the chocolate, coffee, and peppers overpower everything else.

Apr 15, 2018
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A really well made stout. Alot going on here both in the aroma and taste. Overall, the evenly blend the various flavors listed on the bottle to nearly equal balance. Only exception is the habernero is very subtle in the background which is good. Only complaint is that its a touch thin in body. Very well done brew.

Mar 31, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Pours that same motor-oil black as Imperial Biscotti Break, with a small brown head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention and spotty lacing
S -- Milk chocolate, almond, cinnamon, nutmeg, smoke, vanilla, hint of stone fruit
T -- Nice chili and cinnamon heat throughout. Good amount of lactose sweetness alongside rich chocolate, medium roast coffee, nougat, and amaretto. Touch of smokiness. Not really getting any vanilla
F -- Very smooth and drinkable given the ABV. Not too much char, nor too much hop bitterness, nor too much sweetness. The lingering heat from the habaneros is nice. Not particularly fluffy or velvety, though
O -- Nice collab that takes some of the best elements from both brews. High price compared to the non-collab versions of both. It's too bad, but I get it....

86/100

Mar 07, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler into pint glass. Pours a thick, viscous, inky black with a milk-chocolate-colored head that dissipates rapidly. Initial impression is chocolate, coffee, and cinnnamon, gradually morphing to an expresso-like bite. Alcohol is reasonably well hidden. Mouthfeel is nice and thick - perfect for the style. Carbonation is low and serves to bring out the taste. Finish is initially sweet, but there is a lingering offee bitterness which is a nice counterpoint to the major theme of semi-sweet milk chocolate.
I paid $24 for a 32-oz growler (note to self: maybe inquire as to pricing BEFORE the fill next time), but I can honestly say it was almost worth it. Excellent offering!

Mar 04, 2018
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Pontzie from Florida

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bought bottles at my local shop. Having it to celebrate a good week.

L: viscous inky pour. A lot like other good Westbrook imperial stouts. A dense head that left lacing in the prettiest way through out the glass.

S: More coffee notes here that dominate. Otherwise a thick scent of the Mexican Cake' s peppers and spices.

F: surprisingly light considering how rich and heavy this could be. I have to say that this was a very enjoyable aspect to this one. However, the coffee came to a dominate note on the aftertaste. I would have enjoyed just a slight bit more of the habanero bite that makes the Mexican cake so great.

T: phenomenal balance to this. The coffee notes are a great addition and bump to the spicy notes that are still present. Somehow this tasted incredibly balanced in spite of the dominating flavors being mixed.

O: A fantastic beer that surprised and delighted. Really worth giving a try especially if you live stouts and well balanced well brewed beers that highlight coffee and spiciness.

Mar 02, 2018
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: pours thick, pitch black with no head
S: coffee, almonds, vanilla and cinnamon dominate the aroma
T: the almonds really shine through, big chocolate throughout. The finish presents cinnamon and chilies.
F: medium thickness, slight chili heat on the finish.

Feb 18, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 6/30/17.

Pours near black and opaque, thick looking, with a one and a half inch head of darker foam and some soapy cling. Aromas of malt, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, peppers, some cinnamon, a light nuttiness. The taste is pretty much the same as the nose- malt, cocoa, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee. The peppers are light, but stronger in the aftertaste. Smooth, a good medium to full body, well carbonated.

Not as biscotti as the original, but bursting with aromas and great flavors. All the add- ins come through clearly. Very enjoyable.

Feb 18, 2018
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woodchipper from Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber without dating to a diagonal cut snifter.
Dark brown hint of red on the periphery. Thin, quickly fading head.
Alcohol smell is strong with this one, but some notes of coffee, caramel and cinnamon.
Taste, chocolate hit in the front, turns to sharp alcohol bite in the back.
Its too bad this bottle is not dated. I think its quite old. Almost a barrel aged effect without the wood.
The chocolate hit is the best part of this, otherwise, too much for me on the back end.

Feb 11, 2018
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Wolvmar from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Approx Nov 2017 vintage. Served in a pint glass.

Pour: deep black with a nice one to two finger tan head. Some lacing through but always leaves a trail. Really nice.

Nose: the glass choice didn’t help here. Chocolate and coffee with subtle habeneros spice. Not at all overpowering but he glass my Be the issue.

Taste: chocolate, coffee, roasted malt upfront, some bitterness and spice from habeneros and maybe cinnamon on the back end. Better as it warms with the chocolate becoming richer and the spice lingering, pleasantly, in the throat. Well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: substantial, not a milkshake but plenty of viscosity. Slightly oily, coats the tongue and linger in the throat.

Overall: might not seek it out again but would buybif I saw it on the shelf. Well balanced nose and taste with well hidden ABV.

Feb 10, 2018
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, for the purpose of this review, in a tulip glass.

Pours an opaque pure black in color with no change or highlights when held against light. There's a modest, in size, mud-brown colored head that winds to a thick film and leaves minimal spot and streak lacing.

The aroma is of chocolate, cinnamon, some coffee, and peppery heat. Some Amaretto-soaked angel food cake as it warms.

Dark chocolate with smoky pepper. Mild coffee and spice, cinnamon. Then there's the almond and white cake to finish and give nod to the beer's name.

The feel is tingly from the touch of heat and some bright carbonation. Full body and clearly Imperial, yet an enjoyable drink.

Truly a beer that makes this reviewing process a labor of love.

Feb 04, 2018
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Bstoeckel from Wisconsin

4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a tough review for me. I appreciate what they were doing here with an interesting blend of coffee and heavy chocolate. Just enough spice to know it was there. I think they succeeded in what they were trying to do here but it was so heavy it was hard to get through and I don’t have much interest in drinking it again.

Jan 27, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a bright dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with black chocolate notes with some coffee notes and quite a bit of residual sugar notes. Taste is a mix of roasted malt notes with some rich sweet black chocolate notes some coffee, light cinnamon with subtle habaneros notes and quite a bit of residual sugar notes. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Not as spicy as expected but nice imperial stout with quite the complexity though maybe a tad too sweet.

Jan 23, 2018
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours and looks deceptively black but it isn't. Holding it up to the light, it is about as dark a brown as you can get before black, and it is certainly opaque. You can only see through it if you tilt the glass and catch an edge. Brief tan head that vanishes in a blink. No lacing, but the liquid clings tenaciously to the glass.

The smell is chocolatey, mildly coffee, sweet vanilla, vegetal fruity pepper way in the background. It opens up more as it warms and the cinnamon shows up, but just a touch.

The taste is definitely muted when this is cold, so no need to talk about that. After getting to a bit below room temp, this beer is wide open. Coffee remains in the background, blending with but not dominated by chocolate. Vanilla and sweetness. A bright vegetal note that morphs into a building tingle of fruity habanero pepper. There is some almond and cinnamon flavor, but it is hard to pick out. The chocolate is on the bitter side, but not quite baker's chocolate bitter. The overall effect is of restraint and excellent blending of flavors. For me the habanero is there but it is in the background and shows up more as a lingering aftertaste - captures what's great about the habanero when used well (in my opinion), which is the bright, fruity pepper with a slow-building heat. Not a scorcher.

This is a thick beer by the look which is very oily, but not so much on the tongue. It is no lightweight, but it is not as syrupy as it looks.

Overall, a well-made and well crafted beer in the sense that the flavors are harmonious and not overpowering. Some of the basic stout character is lacking, but it is an enjoyable beer all round. Can't see drinking it on the regular, but as an occasional treat this beer fits the bill. Recommended.

Jan 22, 2018
Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 710 ratings