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Evil Twin / Westbrook - Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake BreakEvil Twin / Westbrook - Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

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.

Added by WCKDVBZ on 03-09-2016

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Reviews by stortore:
Photo of stortore
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Omisco
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

*Short Review*

I'll preface this by saying I've never had the original Mexican Cake, but I do enjoy IBB on the regular and think it's a fine beer when it's fresh. This beer is jet black, with absolutely no light passing through. A hard pour resulted in a decent head, about one finger. The head a was a cinnamon brown color, much akin to a nice browned piece of toast. The smell seems to be mostly chili, followed by chocolate, and then the overall sweetness of IBB comes through. I don't get much coffee or any of the other adjuncts on the nose. The taste of this beer is amazing. It could be one of the best chili beers I've had yet. The chili hits first, followed by strong coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and the rest of the adjuncts kind of intermingle into this delicious amalgamation of flavor. It is hard to identify the cinnamon, and almonds but in a beer with this much flavor and with my palate not being the most sophisticated yet I'm okay with that. This is an amazing dessert beer, esp if you chili in your brews! I can't wait to try regular mexican cake now! FIND THIS BEER AND BUY IT!

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Look: This beer is literally the darkest, blackest beer I’ve ever seen, and it truly does look like dirty motor oil, not being hyperbolic. The head is a light gingerbread color that recedes to a collar with minimal or no lacing.

Aroma: Nutty almonds and vanilla at the front end while dark chocolate, cocoa, bitter rich coffee, and faint alcohol reside on the back.

Taste: Very rich and dark chocolate like a melted bittersweet bakers chocolate bar start off, with subtle habanero blending with alcohol to sing an angelic hymn of heat through to a nutty, cocoa powdery finish.

Mouthfeel: Extremely thick, rich, decadent.

Overall: The individual parts combine rather nicely, the habanero is minimal, but probably perfect mixed with the ABV. Extremely rich and decadent, a beer made for a special dessert or a lovely sipper on a cold dark night.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz. Brown glass. Brown label design with white label name. Silver colour pry-off crown cap.

Served chilled into a nonic.

10.5% ABV. "Imperial stout ale with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs. Vanilla and habaneor peppers added."

Pours a dark tan colour head - soft, creamy, thick, frothy. Nice consistency and complexion. ~5-7 minute retention.

Body colour is an opaque black. I see no yeast or sediment within.

AROMA: Cinnamon spice, some mild chili heat (maybe a 2/10 in terms of heat), chocolate malts, dark malt sweetness. I detect no vanilla nor almonds nor genuine cocoa nibs. Aromatic intensity is rather mild for an imperial stout. I detect no hoppy or yeasty notes. No off notes.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Slightly powdery and soft. Some burnt sugars/charred sugar bitterness. Dark malt sweetness throughout with some specialty chocolate malt in there too. Cinnamon spice. I find no coffee, vanilla, or almonds whatsoever. Very mild chili heat (maybe a 1-2/10 in terms of heat, tempered by a vinegary note); I definitely expected more heat from habanero peppers.

Balanced if a bit sweet. Very rich; definitely a dessert stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth and wet with some mild coarseness from the cinnamon and char. Medium-bodied. A bit overcarbonated. Filling, heavy, sludgy, and thick on the palate. Unrefreshing (to style).

There's no natural harmony of texture and taste. This mouthfeel fails to elevate the beer as a whole. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

OVERALL: It's a sipper; not real drinkable. Not a great imperial stout by any means, and many of the advertised notes fail to come through. I wouldn't recommend it to others - particularly at its high price. But it's not a bad brew - just an underwhelming one. I hoped for better given how much I adore some of the imperial biscotti break variants as well as Westbrook's own Mexican Cake, and it will be something of a chore to take down the whole bottle; if they're going to keep brewing these monstrous imperial stouts, Evil Twin ought to consider bottling in a

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

The love affair between Westbrook and Evil Twin come to a head as their collaboative efforts hit crescendo of taste with what's best about Westbrook's Mexican Cake and Evil Twin's Imperial Biscotti Break.

Their Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break is as incestuous as the beer industry gets as the famed beers of Mexican Cake and Imperial Biscotti Break round into a devious dark brown color, but not quite black. Its depths release a short but creamy froth and a roasty bouquet of aromatics. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, herb, and spice roll onto the nose while its taste is sulty, roasty and sweet all at once.

But then the flavors unfold on the middle palate with a full saturation of caramel, toffee and maple. While the sweetness slowly drifts, the beer's roasty character garners a toasty, roasty, almost smoky campfire smores character while undertones of vanilla, cream, caramel and coconut tuck closely behind the roast. Spicy with peppers and cinnamon, a mole type of taste rounds the late palate and ushers in an oddly comfortable drinkability that a beer of this stature should not allow.

Full, lavish and sweet, the dessert beer lives up to its namesake in the same way that tiramisu provides a robust taste on a light texture. Reading like cappuccino, the beer's spice and booze suggest something otherwise, but its spicy lightness is a calming sensation while its taste on the middle palate lays a foundation of aggression.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while ago and finally got around to it tonight, now that the recent heat wave has become a memory. This beer was quite interesting and reminded me of the Stone Xocoveza in that it combined the head and spice of pepper with darker flavors and chocolate, to my delight. It took a bit of adjusting to this beer but as it warmed up, it turned out to be worth the wait!

To no one's surprise, the pour to this beer was coffee brown with just a hint of light seeping in around the edges and topped off with a massive, bubbly head of mousse-like foam. Tons of peppers, coffee, cake frosting, and cocoa nibs in the nose though all of them were a bit muted and took a little while to pick out after multiple sniffs. The subtle heat, spice, and strength of this beer came out in the taste and boy, did it pack a soft but solid punch! Spice from the cinnamon and bitterness from the vanilla beans really gave this nice depth and there was plenty of body to "chew" on as others have noted. Apparently, Evil Twin's offerings are quite malty and full-bodied, which helped in offsetting the burn that I felt down my pipe after each sip! Almost felt like chocolate or dark malt here though the residue left on my teeth was quite slick, as if I had a french-pressed cup of joe...

I never had the original version of this but that was even stronger than this was...and there was more than enough alcohol in this to be tasted, felt, and discerned once my glass was empty. It complemented the cocoa and spice nicely as all of them warmed me up and held their own for the duration. A bittersweet beer if there ever was one, this tasted like a chocolate dessert with lots of icing on top, with habanero peppers thrown in for some pizazz. This one's worth one taste - for the sensations, if nothing else. Nice job all-around!

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Photo of bob_roberts
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've never had Mexican Cake, but I have had plenty of Biscotti Break. Compared to IBB, the head is much darker and it pours just a bit thicker/ has a better mouth feel. Flavor was pretty similar to the IBB but with a little spice to it.

Personally, I really liked this one and would definitely get again if I saw it.

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

stellar beer, really great stout, but honestly not an improvement over either beer that it draws from, and sort of a gimmick if it didnt taste so good. the color is amazing, black as it gets, with a lighter ashy brown head from the tap, almost nitro looking on the head, creamy and lasting, shaving cream textured. i appreciate there being less peppers in this, i remember a huge pepper heat from mexican cake, and its scaled back but not absent here. tons of dark chocolate and earthy bitter chocolate elements, not sweet in this respect at all, but really flavorful and super compatible with the dark grain, which has to include some high amount of specialty dark malts. i get plenty of coffee too, thats probably the next most forward additive. vanilla is subtle, which i think helps keep the sweetness down, and the almonds are almost entirely absent, im not sure this would be much different if they werent there, but as the beer warms up, i notice a cool nutty body to this, which may be a result of the almonds, but it also may not be perfectly correlated. i dislike the overly spiced stouts, and this avoids that range despite all the ingredients. tons of body, silky smooth though, and a bit of exposed alcohol, but it fits here. this is special occasion sharing beer, i cant really see a situation where someone would be interested in this as a regular daily drink, but i appreciate its boldness and balance at the same time. worth a try, pricey as it is...

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Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours ink black,I mean opaque as night with a one finger deep mocha colored head that is gone pretty quickly.Fudge-like aromas with underlying pepper earth and burn,mild cinnamon is detected as well.A slick feel in the body,maybe not quite as full as I was hoping for but nice none the less.Alot going on flavor-wise,chocolate and roasted coffee melds into a spicy but not overly so pepper smolder in the finish,as I drink more I get more vanilla notes.Very good but not great,still a joy to drink.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cwarwick812
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchipper
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

On tap at York River Landing.
Black with a tan head and some delicate lace.
Roasted malt and spice aroma.
Taste improved on the nose. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon. The cinnamon lingers on, giving a little burn in the aftertaste.
Light to medium bodied.

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Photo of heddar33
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, no date. Pours jet black with a medium sized brown head. Smells of coffee, earthy hops, cocoa, roasted malt, dark fruit, peppers, and cinnamon; below average intensity. The taste follows closely with roasted malt, coffee, earthy hops, dark fruit, peppers, nuts, vanilla, and cinnamon; fairly complex. Better after it warmed up. Medium bitterness and sweetness. Average body and carbonation for the style. Overall, it's got a great flavor profile but comes across as muted. Worth a try.

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Photo of Wolvmar
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ledouge
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Meyers1023
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown with a small amount of reddish brown head. The nose has a good amount of vanilla and chocolate, with coffee and cinnamon, and just a hint of chili. The flavor starts with cinnamon and a bit of spice before coffee and chocolate take over. The feel is thick with a medium amount of carbonation. This is an outstanding collaboration. Two great breweries and two great beers! The sum of the parts could be better than both individually.

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Evil Twin / Westbrook - Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 684 ratings