Evil Twin / Westbrook - Double Barrel Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break
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American Imperial Stout
4.61 | pDev: 3.9%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Had this beer on-tap at Westbrook's tasting room, poured into a snifter glass. Had a coal black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of chocolate, booze, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, chili peppers, spice, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of coffee (a nice amount), some chili peppers (just a little heat), a lot of chocolate (a big ingredient), some spices (cinnamon), a little caramel, some roasted malt (present throughout), and booze (wine, especially). This is a rich, complex, and focused flavor. Delicious.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is an incredibly likable, well made beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of Damian
4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. purple wax dipped bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Served in a tulip

Review #1500

Near pitch black, motor oil-like appearance. Even with a fairly aggressive pour, only a few saddle brown bubbles topped the liquid, and these quickly fell to wisps of froth. Tiny droplets of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was amazingly complex. Super big and boozy. Both the maple bourbon and the Marsala wine barrel notes were front and center. I might have mistaken the Marsala for port or sweet sherry however. Malty and robust. Moderately roasty. Good amount of fragrant vanilla extract. Touch of marzipan and more sweetness from the almonds. Some brown sugar and powdered cocoa notes were also apparent. The Marsala and raisiny notes really intensified as the beer warmed, as did the maple and the overall sweetness.

The flavor profile was also super robust and complex. Here, the Marsala wine presence was even more intense. Super raisiny and savory. Loads of umami. Hugely malty and moderately roasty. Big maple notes. Quite sweet overall. Bit of espresso in the center. Spicy notes appeared on the back end and crescendoed in the finish. Loads of boozy, bourbon notes were also apparent. More booze, sweet raisin and brown sugar lingered after the swallow.

Fuller bodied mouthfeel. Somewhat syrupy. Not quite as intense as the aroma and the flavor however. The liquid contained a super fine, soft, frothy effervescence that fluffed up nicely on the palate. By the end of the glass, a sticky film coated my lips.

Double Barrel Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break is an enormous beer that drinks far bigger than its 10.5% ABV might suggest. Both the Marsala wine and the maple bourbon barrels worked together seamlessly and contributed immense amounts of complexity. As other reviewers have noted, this beer is truly one of a kind. Fifty bucks is an exceptionally high price tag for a beer, but this one was worth it.

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Photo of BEER88
4.81/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a damn near perfect double barrel stout! This tastes nothing like the base beer! Bravo. Prepare to be daZzled. The flavors are so complex and constantly change as it gets warmer and warmer. 22oz bomber picked up at Westbrook solo domed and I enjoyed every second of it! Cheers

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Photo of dleiner
4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Incredibly complex in a great way. I've tasted nothing similar to this. I was a bit nervous with the combination of Marsala wine and maple bourbon, but this is terrific. Nice heat and peppers up front, finish is vanilla, almond cocoa bomb. Well done Westbrook and Evil Twin

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4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look out complexity, you may have met your match! Two different barrels take turns maturing, melding, complicating the collaborative efforts between Evil Twin and Westbrook brewing companies. Wine and bourbon mingle with imperial biscotti porter of the former and then the cakey richness from the later for a collection of flavors that simply exude indulgence.

Matte black and crowned with an espresso creme, the lavish and succulent stout lures the senses with an abundance of chocolates, roasted coffee, nuttiness, confectioner's sweetness, bourbon spice and tangy red wine. As the most supple sip of the beer quickly coats the tongue, the incredible sweetness of brownie, molasses, vanilla, caramel, sweet cream and brown sugar begins to seep deeply into each and every tastebud.

Chocolate covered espresso beans and robust dark fruit begin to supplant the sweetness as the ale rolls across the middle palate. As a long and savory sweetness takes hold, an umami rich flavor sheds light on the beer's more madeira, port and sherry -like flavors. Plum, cherry and red grape offer a complex balance to the richness of the malts and to the bourbon barrel complement. Coconut, vanilla, caramel and nutty oak provide lasting impressions as the session trends decadent and dessert-like.

Lavishly full, lush and mesmerizing, the cakey beer is a sure sipper that's chocked full of alcohol spice. From vinously tart spice to sweet bourbon and the ale's natural simmering warmth all thin the residual sweetness and provides a reprieve from any unappologetic cloying tastes or textures. An indefinite aftertaste of burnt sugars and tart fruit lingers deep into the next savory sip.

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Evil Twin / Westbrook - Double Barrel Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 32 ratings