Imperial Biscotti Bourbon Maple Syrup Barrel-Aged | Evil Twin Brewing

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137 Ratings
Imperial Biscotti Bourbon Maple Syrup Barrel-AgedImperial Biscotti Bourbon Maple Syrup Barrel-Aged
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WCKDVBZ on 08-08-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#879
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
137
pDev:
6.67%
 
 
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Photo of AllHopsMatter
3.61/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbdpsu82
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rojapa
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black with slight ruby tones when held to the light. Thin dark brown head and minimal lacing. Aroma is heavenly, dark roasted chocolate malt, bourbon, maple, vanilla. Flavor follows the nose and almonds join in. Feel is thick and creamy. Easily one of the nicest beers I've ever drank, but one I cannot afford to make a regular.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rich, sweet dark chocolates, vanilla, oaky, nice maple syrup, bourbony taste, almonds, coffee aftertaste

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Photo of RichD
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of caahare
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevBot89
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a tulip

Viscous, motor oil-like appearance. The pitch black body was capped by a small, frothy, saddle brown head that fell to a thick, lasting collar. With a swirl of the liquid, a sticky yellow film coated the glass. Dots of lacing could be seen as well.

The aroma was insanely bourbon forward. This might have smelled more like actual bourbon than beer. Super fragrant and smooth. Moderately boozy. Big fresh vanilla bean presence. Roasted malts were also noticeable. Dark fruits came through as well. Plums and raisins specifically. This had an almost Port wine-like quality to it. Fairly sweet but not overly so. Some maple was detectable but not as much as I anticipated. As the beer sat, the bourbon mellowed and the Port wine, dark fruit and maple notes intensified.

The flavor profile was just as spectacular as the aroma. Really rich, malty and robust. Enormous bourbon presence. Like the nose, the bourbon was front and center, but the booze was surprisingly restrained. Chocolate fudge came through in the center. Strong vanilla notes as well. Dark fruits were again noticeable. Big raisin presence. A touch of Port too. Hint of oxidation. Moderate amount of sweetness. More roasted malts on the back end and the finish. Fair amount of lingering booze. The raisin and Port-like notes really intensified as the beer warmed.

Terrific full bodied mouthfeel. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a moderate, fairly aggressice effervescence that frothed up beautifully. Really soft and fluffy.

Imperial Biscotti Bourbon Maple Syrup Barrel-Aged is another outstanding pastry stout by the pastry stout masters at Evil Twin. Though rich and sweet, this beer was far from being excessively syrupy or cloying. Frankly, I think it could have used even a bit more maple. The only real downside of this beer is the price point. At $29 a bottle, these Biscotti Break variants really put a dent in my wallet and probably will continue to do so in the future.

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Photo of xdtfx
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

expensive but awesome beer, a standout from maple night this weekend, which featured some real heavy hitters across a range of styles, all of course featuring maple syrup. its easier to appreciate how good this is in that context, where some of the more subtle differences can be appreciated in a side by side situation. we all expected this to be cloyingly and diabetically sweet, but it really isnt. i still get a lot of maple from this, but its also big and bold and bitter enough on the malt side of things, and has enough char from the barrels, to be balanced even as intense as this is. its obsidian black and viscous with long legs in the glass, a short lived ring of mocha head, but a heck of a shine. bourbon on the nose, plenty of vanilla and cakey chocolate character, maple behind whiskey and dark malt which is a little to my surprise, these guys have a knack for the absurd sometimes when it comes to adjuncts, but here its nice, part of the mix but not a forced leader. heavy to drink even after i swallow it stays with me a long time, and its hard to move past, i feel like i am holding it in my mouth even after its gone, until the booze heat sort of regurgitates and cleanses some of the heavy. its not all sugar though, some nice earthy wood and roast here, coffee and dark chocolate and cigar tones all the way though. maybe not quite as maple driven as id like, but i appreciate the balance a lot, especially in a beer this huge overall. smooth and a little hot, but superemly well refined, big time next to some more amateur stuff in the same style. awesome beer, probably worth the price if this is your sort of thing, and for me superior to the maple barrel mexican one they did with westbrook, at least as a beer i would want to drink again...

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Photo of rkarimi
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of Duncian
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet maple, integrated bourbon, dark chocolate, roasty malt, vanilla, brown sugar

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CHickman
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this in March 2017 and aged this bottle for over a year, it pours as black as spent motor oil with a 1 finger brown foamy head that was full of tiny bubbles and made crackling sounds as it dissipated in average time, leaving minimal spotty lacing. The lacing would be sub-par for a BA imperial stout, but for a BA imperial porter I guess it's not too bad.

Smells of molasses, maple syrup, dark chocolate, soy sauce, bourbon, cocoa powder, smoked grains, fudge, chocolate milk, almond, brown sugar, toffee and toasted coconut shell or oaky notes. It's not overly sweet smelling as the earthy aromas mix with the bourbon and molasses for real nice complexities. The roasted malts, coffee, almond and bourbon barrel elements give off vanilla as well. As nice to inhale as I expected.

Taste picks up right where the nose left off: maple syrup, dark chocolate, soy sauce, bourbon, molasses, cocoa powder, smoked grains, oaky/woody notes, fudge, vanilla, faint black licorice, almond, brown sugar, toffee, charred wood, espresso and very mild toasted coconut. Trailing dark fruit and a resemblance of piney hops appear before the finish fades with bourbon, vanilla and maple syrup. The bitterness cuts the sweetness for a very smooth and well balanced brew that hides the 11.5% ABV quite well. Once again Evil Twin uses the barrels at the Westbrook facilities to create an extremely tasty product.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rudzud
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, caramel chips, light light biscuit notes, very nice chocolate as well. Decent bourbon notes to.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice caramel sauce, decent chocolate, really faint maple, nice light nuttiness, little biscuit notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this was a solid stout, however, the maple and bourbon really over power the base beer.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with rudzud,
Light fizzy head fades quickly, nice thicker legs, super black color

Nose some biscotti, toasted biscotti little nutty, thick fudgey dark chocolate cocoa, a bit of caramel and butterscotch, thick syrupy like with a hint of maple syrup, some vanilla barrel notes, touch or bourbon notes,

Taste brings sweet milky stout, creamy milk chocolate, caramel and toffee notes, biscotti notes but not a lot, a little fudgey cocoa powdered cocoa, a bit of maple but not much, a little bourbony, fair bitterness with a touch of roast, a little coffee dust, finishes drier not too sticky, a hint of alcohol, lingering bitterness, little cocoa and caramel

Mouth is med bod but feels a bit thin, decent fluffy carb, very little booze

Overall a bit of a letdown, very little biscotti left and very little maple and barrel brought to the table, wasn't that great.

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Photo of Ri0
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 22oz bottle into snifter after letting it warm for 20 min. Color is a nice , dark black color with a 1 finger tan head and minimal lacing. The smell has a nice and moderate bourbon aroma that blends with the maple syrup and creamy chocolate. A very rich stout smell with roasted malt, molasses, vanilla and plenty of maple syrup goodness. The taste is fantastic. It's a nice combination of sweet maple syrup with strong cocoa and dark chocolate, some vanilla, caramel and marshmallow. The feel is very good. It's a heavy bodied beer with a very silky feel to it. The creaminess adds quite a bit to the beer's character. At $27 a bottle I decided to splurge and it was worth it for one.

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Photo of BrewNoob1
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Imperial Biscotti Bourbon Maple Syrup Barrel-Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 137 ratings