Imperial Biscotti Break - Double Barrel
Evil Twin Brewing

Imperial Biscotti Break - Double BarrelImperial Biscotti Break - Double Barrel
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.51 | pDev: 6.21%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
27
From:
Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  4
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Imperial Biscotti Break - Double BarrelImperial Biscotti Break - Double Barrel
Notes: Imperial stout first aged in bourbon maple barrels, then in Marsala wine barrels
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4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a luxurious dark tan head. Gorgeous beer. The maple barrel is forward on the nose, and there’s also rich chocolate aromas.

The taste is a little boxier than I’d like, but there are are rich chocolate and maple flavors, and a bit of the wine to cut the booze, just not enough to balance as much as I’d prefer.

Still a pretty great imperial stout, glad I got to try it.

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ovaltine from Indiana, May 03, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bit of sticker shock with this bottle - finally split it with a friend, and after like six months got around to sharing it. I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting, but this was not it.

Pleasant tasting notes of chocolate, vanilla, and rich wine. Texture seems to be lacking though - it's quite a lot thinner than I might expect of a double barrel aged beer. I also didn't catch any actual maple tasting notes. Much as with CBS, maple barrels don't seem to impart much actual maple in the taste.

Decent beer - perhaps it has fallen off a bit over time? Certainly not worth the price tag - too many better options.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Mar 04, 2019
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4.6/5  rDev +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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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota, Nov 17, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
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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strohme2 from Michigan, Oct 22, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
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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mothman from Minnesota, Apr 28, 2018
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4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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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superspak from Michigan, Apr 14, 2018
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4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Roguer from Georgia, Mar 11, 2018
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4.93/5  rDev +9.3%
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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tf10drap from New York, Feb 19, 2018
Imperial Biscotti Break - Double Barrel from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 27 ratings