Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break
Evil Twin Brewing

Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake BreakImperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #723
Ranked #2,011
4.25 | pDev: 6.35%
Jan 28, 2022
Mar 09, 2016
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 habaƱero peppers.
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Photo of HardTarget
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by HardTarget from Texas

Appearance: Black as night, a thin halo of dark brown foam.

Aroma: Complicated! A bit of the cinnamon, lots of malt.

Taste: Big and boozy, with a lot going on. Little pepper smoke, vanilla sweetness, slap of coffee bitter, all fighting for a moment in the spotlight.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, little to no carbonation, viscous, slight oil in the finish.

Overall: Big ole beer. Almost too much going on, but I like all of it. A slow sipper for sure.

Jan 28, 2022
4.21 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 30, 2021
4.25 by Dovers from Wisconsin on Nov 27, 2021
4.14 by mltobin from Connecticut on Oct 08, 2021
Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

22 ounce bomber - so not fresh as I suspect now in 16 ounce cans. Had few times before but never reviewed.
Slightly oily black pour with scant fine bubbly reddish brown head - reddish highlights at edge.
Aroma dark malts - notes of coffee, cinnamon, and slight hint of peppers - certainly a chocolate aroma at back.
Tastes of sweet malt, a bit of caramel, coffee and dark chocolate - there is a distinct note of cinnamon spice, minimal heat but frankly I am a hot pepper lover and would not consider this spicy - but I am sure many would - a bit of dark chocolate bitterness at back.
Rich full mouthfeel - decent carbonation - leaving sweet and spicy.

May 08, 2021
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Sigmund from Norway

650 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.5%. Pitch black colour, moderate brown head. Intense aroma of roast malts, coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa, vanilla and chili. Rich mouthfeel. Medium sweet flavour with the same elements as the aroma (they are all actual ingredients), moderate hops. The habanero chilies leave a very subtle burn in the finish. Impressive beer.

May 08, 2021
4.06 by broadway848 from New York on Jan 30, 2021
3.83 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Dec 06, 2020
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jdhilt from New Hampshire

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Smoky, caramel nose and flavor follows with chocolate, caramel and hints of habanero pepper. High ABV, 10.5%, is hidden. $15.69 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT

Oct 05, 2020
3.82 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Sep 01, 2020
3.9 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Jul 28, 2020
4.25 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on May 17, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by josanguapo from Spain

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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4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by SB2017 from Iowa

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
4.27 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut on Jan 13, 2020
3.82 by bylerteck from Canada (ON) on Jan 02, 2020
3.98 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Dec 22, 2019
4.06 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Dec 22, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

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
4.5 by Purp1eOne from Illinois on Oct 18, 2019
4.25 by AleHunter805 from California on Oct 01, 2019
4.2 by desint from Belgium on Aug 20, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EMV from Pennsylvania

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 habaƱero . 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
3.74 by Hop_God from California on May 06, 2019
4.18 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Mar 24, 2019
4.34 by Kdouble from Tennessee on Mar 24, 2019
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4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

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
4.25 by RMW66 from Australia on Mar 20, 2019
4.46 by mholdefer from Alabama on Jan 31, 2019
4.05 by impending from California on Jan 25, 2019
4.1 by AD17 from New Jersey on Jan 21, 2019
4.27 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Jan 14, 2019
4.21 by TheBrewsky from California on Jan 07, 2019
4.06 by Rammed96 from Maryland on Jan 04, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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
4.25 by Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia on Dec 29, 2018
4.68 by JonathanStrunk from Georgia on Dec 27, 2018
3.85 by NathanBeets from South Dakota on Dec 16, 2018
4.27 by philbe311 from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2018
Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 722 ratings