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Evil Twin / Westbrook - Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Westbrook Brewing

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,494
Reviews:
165
Ratings:
694
pDev:
6.34%
 
 
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22
Gots:
163
Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liquorpig
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rammed96
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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! :)

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4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Evil Twin / Westbrook - Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 694 ratings