Maple Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
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Ranked #210
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,120
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 6.38%
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Notes: Full Name: Evil Twin / Westbrook - Maple Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break

Ale with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla, and habanero peppers added; and aged in maple bourbon barrels.
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edisacoolcat from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A opaque black with no head. Low to no visible carbonation

A maple bourbon coffee vanilla a little plum an fig. Mild roasted notes fill out an excellent nose.

F hot chocolate on a fall Vermont morning. Lots of chocolate maple and vanilla. A lite spicy pepper component and caramel and fig notes to compliment

M medium full body with nice lite carbonation. Velvety chocolate finish with lingering spicy pepper and maple

O: excellent beer with enormous amount off flavors. If you like hot chocolate and maple. This is for you.

Nov 25, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look out decadence, you may have met your match! The work on this illustrious collaboration lands both the Westbrook and Evil Twin masterminds at the precipice of all thing spice, booze, savory and sweet and they call it an impossibly long name.

But Maple Bourbon Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break (whew!) delivers with an impressive aroma of the best pancakes you've ever had, along with dark coffee, spice cake, burnt sugars, molasses, bourbon and vanilla. Deep within its ominous black austere, the simmering sepia stained cap holds a plethora of sweetness underneath. That's when those flavors of maple syrup, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate and sorghum explode on the very first sip.

After that the entire palate is awash with decadence, sweetness and savory effects. Swooning the middle palate, the beer quickly reaches dessert-like proportions with each and every tastebud bathing in the reckless sugars that are tied together with cinnamon, vanilla and chili peppers. Spicy, savory and sweet, the finish is everlasting. Its late palate is teeth churningly sugary but dampened with the boozy effects of straight Kentucky whisky.

Unappologetically full, lavish and lush, the beer's textures never attempt dryness or drinkability, rather basking in the realm of sipping, savoring and long contemplation, this beer easily replaces the fine elixirs of port, madeira or sherry as an after dinner digestive. Save for strong cheeses, dark nuts and berries, this beer will easily overwhelm most other pairings. Any cellar potential will likely yield only moderate improvement as most of the umami flavors are at it peak already.

Oct 31, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the price of this was just absurd, north of 30 bucks a pop, and im not sure how many beers out there of any persuasion could justify a price like this, but i bit the bullet anyway being a maple freak and having enjoyed other collaborations between these two. it pours a slick shiny black, with long legs and a short but thick and frothy head, the additives in here re unique, and they can be appreciated right way in the nose, i get the barrels right away, heavy maple for sure, almost like it was back sweetened with actual maple syrup post fermentation, it even has the texture like it was too when i start drinking it. the maple is not at the expense of the whiskey though, that aspect is strong as well, vanilla and booze mostly, some brown sugar and some burnt oak. the pepper is cool, its most definitely habanero, with a citrus quality with the heat, i get them more here in both aroma and flavor than i ever did in original mexican cake, oddly enough. maybe they are just needed more here so i pick up on them more, tough saying why this is the case, but it is. there is heaps of cocoa to this too, a needed roasty bitterness to balance the absurd sugar content in here, and a fudge aspect in the nose as well cake batter or something. i smell more cinnamon than i ened up tasting, and the almonds are inconsequential as far as i can tell, maybe a slight amaretto note in the finish of the flavor or perhaps adding to this ginormous body, but thats about it and their specific contribtion remains a bit of a mystery to me. so much maple in the flavor, the good stuff too, nice with the whiskey underneath and all the rich dar malts in here. this is nicely complex and fully wintery, the pepper heat warming it up around the same instant that the alcohol does. chocolate for miles its great throughout, it picks up the barrel char and the wood, forming a huge low end bass note to this, and the sweetness needs this sort of grounding. overall a really cool beer, notes of cola, vanilla, and brownie all mix together well with the maple, but i cant get behind this pricing, no matter what they pay for one of these unique maple barrels, its just mental, and frankly, good as it is, its not that good when i factor in price. i love maple more than anyone, but i felt a little let down by this. when you pay a price like that, you want it to change your life, and this wasnt even close to that. exceptional beer, but ill never revisit it again, and feel slightly ripped off, not because it isnt awesome, but because it doesnt need to cost anywhere near this much...

Dec 17, 2017
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WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8/23/18 2017 Vintage bottle 4.38/5 This variant is lesser on the heat with all the maple-sweetened, bourbon goodness. Not as subtle on the vanilla and coconut.

Aug 25, 2018
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Damian from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Review #1475

Spectacular appearance. The ridiculously thick and viscous, absolute pitch black body foreshadowed what was yet to come. Super oily looking in the glass. There was no real head or any lacing but just a few saddle brown wisps atop the liquid and along the sides of the glass.

The aroma was amazing. Maple notes dominated but were not too overwhelming. Loads of fresh vanilla bean. Huge bourbon presence. Chocolate fudge also came strong through. Big roasted malt and brown sugar notes. Quite sweet overall but not exceedingly so. As the beer warmed, subtle spice notes appeared. Cinnamon was most noticeable. Unfortunately, however, I could not detect any coffee or habanero.

The flavor profile was also outstanding and closely mimicked the nose. Boatloads of maple. Big roasted and caramel malt notes. Vanilla came through strong in the center. Some rich, fudgey, dark chocolate too. Sweet but not to the point of being cloying. Huge bourbon presence on the back end. The beer was a quite boozy but not overly so. Some of the heat might have also been from the habaneros. The beer finished with a big bourbony kick and some lingering maple sweetness.

Outstanding mouthfeel. Incredibly rich, thick and decadent. Super smooth and supple on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence.

At a staggering $42 a bottle, I had serious reservations with pulling the trigger on this beer. Thankfully, however, I did. Maple Bourbon Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break is an amazingly rich, complex, intense and all-around enjoyable pastry stout that drank far bigger than its 10.5% ABV might suggest. Despite the fact that the coffee, Mexican spice and habanero notes were almost entirely absent in both the aroma and the flavor, the beer was still incredible. I am really looking forward to trying the Double Barrel version of this as well.

Jan 04, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of maple are present in the nose.
T: The taste is mostly dominated by moderate flavors of maple and bourbon from the barrel aging. None of the Mexican spices are initially perceptible, although some hints of habanero peppers are noticeable in the finish as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The maple syrup in this beer overpowers the underlying flavors in this beer (particularly the habanero peppers) but this is a nice maple bourbon barrel aged stout in itself. It does a very good job at hiding the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Oct 29, 2017
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apr 28, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Black color. Thick and oil like.

So many flavors going on here and it isn’t a mess. Cocoa and coffee show a lot. Has a cola or Dr Pepper flavor. The almonds are there with some vanilla sweetness. As it warms more maple shows. When colder more peppers showed. Bourbon is there, but the other flavors show more.

Thick and full bodied. A little dry, but mainly clean.

This beer has so much going on with it. Not as good as Bourbon Cake, but up there with a few of the other BA cakes.

Jan 12, 2018
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I got this beer with maple barrel and biscotti, plus a load of other ingredients. The ingredient list somewhat long. I think they will work together, I will see. I served the beer in a tulip glass at 45 degrees. The pour on the beer produced a one finger dark brown head that is creamy and frothy. The retention on the head is dismal. It came and went particularly fast. The color of the beer is SRM 37 dark brown nearly black. No other visible signs. I did notice the beer was gurgling out of the bottle like syrup.

The initial aroma of the beer is maple and vanilla, and bourbon. Next, I get green vegetables, dark chocolate, molasses, anise, dark roasted malt, char, soy sauce, smokiness, oranges, wood, herbal, floral, peppery, cereal, malty sweetness, burnt sugar, baking spices, alcohol, and nutty.

The flavors of the beer explode on the palate. I get nuts, bourbon, vanilla, char, smokiness, cereal grains, cake, wood, oranges, dark chocolate, deep earthiness, herbal, floral, burnt sugar baking spices, malty sweetness, molasses, toffee, oats, caramel, roasted malts, anise, and alcohol warming. The peppery notes come on the back end of the beer after the alcohol warms your throat the pepper linger to let you know hey I am here.

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy and dry.

The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and a full finish.

This beer is incredible. The flavors abound and are endless. I only pulled the flavors that are familiar to me. I was worried that this beer was overloaded with ingredients, somehow it works harmoniously. The beer has balance and loads of flavor.

Jan 28, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an inky black with a mocha-colored head that quickly dissipates towards the edges. Nose is rich and decadent - rich chocolate, maple syrup and a hint of cinnamon. Taste reveals cinnamon upfront, followed by maple and rolling into a long, lingering chocolatey quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation. Overall, a nice balance of flavors without being cloying. The barrel adds a nice element to the base beer.

May 11, 2018
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 24, 2018
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 23, 2018
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, don’t see a date but picked up early 2018. Poured into a tulip.
Dark as night with a luscious chocolate color head. Little to no stickiness and it recedes quickly. The nose is prunes, molasses, vanilla and ethanol.
Holy sweetness! I’m not comparing this to CBS or any other maple beer out there but this is not CBS. Chocolate fudge, hot fudge, all the fudge. There’s vanilla, just a hint of spice, cinnamon and maple candy. It finishes with some woodiness or bourbon, but mostly maple syrup. There’s no heat. It’s very sweet.
One thing it has is that velvety, chewy body. I long for stouts with that mouthfeel.
While this beer sounds interesting, the maple barrel just overpowers the beer. I much prefer the non BA version to this.

Aug 21, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and an opaque consistency. There was a thin, creamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing here.

S: A big, alluring aroma of maple, roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, spices, peppers, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a fair shot of bourbon (and the accompanying barrel), a big heap of maple syrup, some habanero peppers (in the finish), a hint of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and spices (cinnamon), There's a whole lot of character in the flavor here. Quite complex, focused and lively as well.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: Some might think the maple content in this beer is too much, but others will love it. Well made and very, very tasty.

Dec 22, 2017
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schinebd from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nov 25, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.18/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle. Black body. Smells of peppers, strong oak, bourbon. Maybe some maple? Tastes of bourbon, some maple sweetness, chocolate. Back end has some pepper, but not enough balance the sugars. Heavy body. Quite sweet. Strong barrel and even stronger sweetness.

Mar 23, 2018
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 12, 2017
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 27, 2017
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krome from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 01, 2019
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oline73 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 21, 2018
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smithj4 from New York

4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 29, 2017
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kjkinsey from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 12, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black and viscous with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that reduces to a thick ring around the edge

S- adjuncts all around! Pepper skin aroma definitely leads the way, as well as a big maple/bourbon aroma. Undertones of coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, almond, figs, raisins. There's also a distinctive tequila note that I'm guessing is primarily from the pepper.

T- dark chocolate mocha nutty fudge up front, enhances by a maple sweetness. Mid-palate brings out more adjuncts, with pepper skin leading the way, more so in flavor than heat, followed by vanilla cream, cinnamon & cocoa. The finish brings out some oaky and nutty notes, and lingers of pepper, chocolate & maple

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

O- all the adjuncts are there and nearly perfectly balanced, outstanding

Mar 16, 2018
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Greywulfken from New York

4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

You know the drill: features coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla, and habanero peppers, but this time aged in maple bourbon barrels... Inky black beer produced little by way of head and left a fairly clean glass behind... I am not a huge fan of the Mexican Cake/Biscotti Break collab, but I do like the individual beers. My particular take is that the combination of flavors dilutes the character of each, while presenting an overall somewhat muddled mess of a stout. Bourbon barrel aging it, particularly in maple barrels, didn't necessarily improve on that. The high sticker price in my area ($25-30?) is also frustrating since I don't feel like its worth it, but that's on me, as I could have held off on the buy.

Alright, after that somewhat gloomy preamble, here's what I got: My particular palate really picked up on the almonds and chocolate, with that tingle of spice, cinnamon/habanero, tickling my tongue and a slight air or bourbon vapor hitting the roof of my mouth. Not getting much I'd attribute to coffee, but I do detect a maple sweetness, although I'm finding it a bit too sweet - not cloying, but I'm not really digging it. The feel is full-bodied and smooth, all sweet, with little to no roast, and no drying on the finish. Has a sticky feeling, and again, a bit of a tingle of heat.

It's not bad, and I'm sure it's received differently by many, but to my tastes, a bit overdone without delivering anything really memorable.

Dec 10, 2017
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dec 03, 2017
Maple Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 101 ratings