Imperial Biscotti Bourbon Maple Syrup Barrel-Aged
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #199
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #978
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 6.64%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
146
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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Inky black with one finger of brown head. Retention is decent, lacing exists in the form of broken rings and small spots.

S: Big fudge and chocolate cake pull. Lots of roast and char. Woody, marshmallow. Earthy. Spike of bourbon.

T: Follows the nose. German chocolate cake and fudge up front. Glazed chocolate donuts. Big roast/char layer with a little bit of an acrid edge. Nutty. S’mores. Smokey and marshmallowy. Tight berry flavor at its core. Maple syrup and woody, earthy flavors. Corny sweet bourbon swells on the back end. Long whiskey, maple, and wood finish.

M: Heavy, round, creamy, chewy. Somewhat coating. Some firmly scrubbing carbonation keeps the stickier textures from settling in. Alcohol warmth.

O: Outstanding. Pretty barrel driven and plenty of maple, though it never goes overboard. It feels balanced enough to stay relatively drinkable for its size. This is still a slow sipper of course, but it won’t leave you feeling as though you’ve contracted diabetes like a lot of pastry stouts do. For the (considerably high) price tag, I do prefer the “regular” bourbon barrel aged version and consider it to be a personal favorite. That said, this one is still able to scratch an itch. I am not disappointed. I will also note that this bottle is a good 3 to 5 years old in my estimation, and probably would have fared better if I had consumed it earlier. If there was much coffee in this one to begin with, it has certainly faded out and lost some dimension.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black color with a one-finger khaki colored head that eventually reduces to a ring around the glass

S- the aroma is dominated by sweet maple, bourbon & wet oak. The barrel notes really come through. Undertones of molasses, brown sugar, roasted almonds, amaretto, vanilla, coffee & booze soaked raisins

T- sweet maple hits the palate immediately up front, followed by notes of vanilla cream, chocolate, rum soaked raisins, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate fudge & toffee. The finish brings out bourbon and wet oak, along with more vanilla, dark cherries, almond & a hint of coffee. More maple sweetness on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- the barrel treatment really comes through, produces an incredibly complex, fantastic beer

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet with purple trails; vanilla, slick ash, + blackberries; big deep brown sugar, a ton of vanilla, some more (mapley) sugar, prune juice, raisin + a ton of blackberry.

4 4.25 4 4 4

Too sweet! Where’s the bourbon? Maple, OK, but needs something to clear it up. Just pure sugar.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Damian
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
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 StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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 CHickman
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
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 rudzud
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
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 -11%
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 +4.1%
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 Phineasco
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a Pitch Black with a thin khaki head that dissipated immediately. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of molasses, cherry, almonds, maple syrup, bourbon, with a touch of vanilla. It tastes of almonds, hazelnuts, cherry, maple syrup, molasses, with a Bourbon kick. The beer is thick and full, but not too boozy. This is a good sweet stout from Evil Twin.

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Photo of maltznhopz
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells of maple, chocolate and oak. Taste is very sweet, with notes of chocolate, maple, bourbon, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and hints of vanilla. Very tasty dessert beer but can become a little cloying.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really dark color with brown head. Aroma has some bright fruit notes, dark malts and chocolate syrup. Taste is sweet and malty at first, continues with roasted malts, aftertaste lingers with maple, toffee and bourbon flavors. Heavy body with smooth carbonation. Quite balanced considering all its components.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall another great version of IBB. I would put it on par with the normal BBA IBB and it just depends on whether you like a more bourbon or maple forward flavor, although both are here. Thick full body and easy to drink, a great beer for sure.

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Photo of kitch
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 22 fl. oz. bomber with no bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a thin brown head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass and left only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Bourbon, chocolate, pancake batter, molasses and maple.

Taste: Sweet maple, oak, bourbon, chocolate, caramel and coffee with hints of vanilla and soy.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full to medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: It’s sweet, but luckily only on the borderline of being too sweet for me. I also get some maple flavours, but prefer it to be even more distinct. But despite this, it was still a nice an enjoyable dessert beer.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yummmmm! Earthy Maple syrup up front followed by vanilla, bitter dark chocolate, cocoa, oak, toasted coconut and raw bourbon booze. Medium thick bodied. Not too sweet. This is super solid.

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Photo of Buck89
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Nearly opaque dark brown with a fleeting tan head. Wispy laces left in the glass. Bourbon up front on the nose along with maple, and chocolate cake. The maple was more present on the taste but this was not too sweet. Nice mix of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and a bit of coffee and faint biscotti. Full bodied but not cloying.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at a bottle share (for the second time time now) with some great folks. Poured from a bottle into a small tasting glass. The pour is black with not much head. The nose has big aromas of chocolate, oak, pancakes, and vanilla.

The beer is full-bodied with a creamy feel and a rich flavor. Very fudgy all up and down the palate with just enough roasty bitterness to keep things in check. I get lots of dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, espresso, and bourbon. Really rich and satisfying. A good sipper on a cold evening.

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Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent ebony with a pinky of caramel colored head. Viscious, zero head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, booze & some maple once warm

T: Follows the nose, much dryness from the barrel & maple up front. Vanilla, maple, & barrel dryness as this warms, nice sweetness. Finishes dry with much maple/vanilla sweetness

MF: Slight carbonation, syrupy/sticky

Lovely take on the style, but pricey. Glad I got to try it!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the share, Curran.

This one pours a very dark inky/oily looking black, with a very small head, and no lacing. The beer sticks to the glass, though.

This smells like sticky, sticky, sticky maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, oak, and bourbon.

Like most Evil Twin beers, this is a sticky and sweet affair. There's a lot of maple syrup, but it's not overwhelming, with a nice slightly smoky syrupy character, some brown sugar and molasses, slight coffee, lots of fudgy chocolate, very subtle bourbon, and a nice oakiness. It's very strongly flavored, with a heavy dose of sweetness, but luckily the oakiness cuts back on the sweetness a little bit.

This is pretty thick, and slightly syrupy, with a soft and lower level of carbonation.

This was definitely incredibly enjoyable.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dull black with a minimal tan fuzz.

Smell is amaretto, vanilla nougat, chocolate, biscuit and light oak.

Taste is sweet and rich from the maple with chocolate malt, hot oaky bourbon, roasted nuts and marshmallow nougat in the swallow.

Slick and sticky with a dry finish.

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Photo of Bman1274
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite of the Evil Twins! Exactly what you would think this imperial porter should taste like. Smells like bourbon with bourbon and butterscotch notes with a sweet maple taste but not overly sweet. Great dessert beer. Loved it!

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Photo of larryi86
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger mocha head

S- Tons of bourbon and maple syrup, chocolate, fudge, vanilla, touch of coffee. Coffee seems very light compared to other versions of IBB.

T- Coffee, bourbon, maple, caramel, chocolate/fudge, some oak, less hot and more balanced than the nose.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- An other great version of IBB. Nose reminds me more of Even More Jesus but has that great coffee flavor in the taste.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is booze, sweet soy sauce, dried dark fruit, chocolate and a touch of roast. Surprisingly mellow. Beer opens sweet soy sauce, booze, chocolate, fudge and molasses. Booziness is big and prominent throughout in this one. A touch of anise, tobacco, oak and cocoa towards the end but this is dominated by the chocolate and soy sauce. A touch one dimensional. Body is full with low carbonation. Slick and oily on the palate and goes down smooth if with a touch of heat.

Solid but I thought this would have a little more going on. Will age well as the boozy overtones slowly drop out of it.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
2.83/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I didn't care for this. This tastes like Imperial Boscotti Break. That's expected, right? The barrel influence is mild, this version doesn't taste any more robust than the original, it's cloyingly sweet, which I attribute to the addition of maple without beefing up the base beer.

This was worth maybe a dollar more than the original can price. Disclaimer: I love Evil Twin. Double Barrel Jesus stands in sharp contrast to this, as it is massive beer, done justice by time in a barrel. I love their base beers too, but this one isn't worth much to me, especially not at $28 a bottle.

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Imperial Biscotti Bourbon Maple Syrup Barrel-Aged from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 146 ratings