Imperial Biscotti Break - Double Barrel | Evil Twin Brewing

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4.5/5
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Imperial Biscotti Break - Double BarrelImperial Biscotti Break - Double Barrel
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout first aged in bourbon maple barrels, then in Marsala wine barrels

Added by superspak on 12-21-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
20
pDev:
5.78%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
7
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0
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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Jimmeekrek
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a thin mocha cap that recedes quickly. No real lacing but nice legs when swirled. Aroma is big and boozy, chocolate and maple syrup dominate. Flavor is a decadent blend of chocolate, maple syrup, bourbon, vanilla and just a hint from the wine barrel. Feel is smooth and silky. Overall a fantastic beer (albeit overpriced).

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Photo of BEER88
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of strohme2
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Blind review. This one from Roguer, thanks man!
Pours dark, dark brown, almost black.
Mocha head. Finely bubbled. Leaves fine ring around glass.

The nose is raisin, rum, molasses, roasted malts. Chocolate banana, nuts. Just go with it-one of those frozen chocolate covered bananas rolled in nuts. Vanilla as it warms.

Lots of things here-Chocolate, rum, dark fruits, berries - blackberry, boysenberry (I know what these taste like now from last round’s sender @2beerdogs ).
Vanilla.

Big smooth, a touch cloying sweet finish, light carbonation.

A great beer to review blind. Not sure where those bananas came from.

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nograinleftbehind
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Tan bead. Thick. Black color.

Great barrel flavors. So complex. Maple syrup bourbon sweetness followed up with port wine like flavors. Plums, molasses, dark fruits. Just a lot going on here. Full bodied. Very nice.

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Photo of superspak
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6600th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours opaque pitch black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky tan head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, almond nuttiness, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, cinnamon, chili pepper, molasses, smoke, raisin, cherry, berry, date, red wine, leather, tobacco, and roast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, almonds, and maple bourbon/wine barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, almond nuttiness, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, cinnamon, chili pepper, molasses, smoke, raisin, cherry, berry, date, red wine, leather, tobacco, and roast/oak earthiness. Very mild herbal/roast bitterness and bourbon/wine/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, almond nuttiness, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, light molasses/dark fruit/smoke, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, almonds, and maple bourbon/wine barrel flavors; with a solid roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/wine/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is perfect. Slight sticky spice, chalky roast, oak tannins, and increasing dryness. Mildly increasing warmth of 11.5%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a an absolutely world class barrel aged imperial dessert stout. All around insane complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, almonds, and maple bourbon/wine barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Super rich and decadent malts/flavorings; with perfect barrel integration/balance. The maple bourbon barrels are definitely the highlight overall, but you still get complementing dark fruit/spice from the Marsala wine barrels in the background. A really mind blowing offering.

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Photo of Sparky44
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gambyt20
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dms1767
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Roguer
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Surprisingly good head production and retention for a high ABV BBA stout. Dark brown head sits confidently atop an ebony brew.

Bourbon, maple, wine, booze, brown sugar, oak - these are the scents that immediately greet you on the nose. Rich and inviting. Red grapes, tannins, and tons of mash.

As intimidating as the nose is, this is unbelievably smooth on the palate. Delectable, big dessert stout: sweet red grapes, brown sugar, maple, salted caramel, cherries, bourbon, chocolate, coffee.

Creamy, rich, thick, soft - not exactly chewy. The sky high ABV is felt only as a lingering, post-sip heat in the throat and chest.

This is as good as dessert stouts get.

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Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GaToWyo
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tf10drap
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bomber poured into a 13 oz Libby snifter

A: Very dark, super thick like motor oil. An aggressive pour barely leaves a half finger of head.
S: Burnt, roasty, caramel sweetness, dark fruits and red wine.
T: Super complex. A million flavors. You get the typical roasty, dark, burnt stout flavors with the oaky bourbon flavors. You get some mild maple flavors, you get the vanilla and almond that are part of the base beer and the finish tastes like a rich jam from the wine barrel aging.
F: Very viscous, mild carbonation.
Overall: One of the best I've ever had from Evil Twin. This should be a mess from all of the different flavors present but it works somehow. This beer makes me really bummed that I slept on the double barrel Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break that Evil Twin did with Westbrook. The price of entry is a little ridiculous but it was well worth it for what you get. I'm glad I bought two so I can see how the flavors develop over time.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Imperial Biscotti Break - Double Barrel from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 20 ratings