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Evil Twin Biscotti BreakEvil Twin Biscotti Break

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial porter brewed with Charleston Coffee Roasters espresso, vanilla beans, and toasted almonds.

Added by oline73 on 08-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An old can dug up and sent to me for my birthday by beer superhero Zimbo
Pours a jet black body with massively foaming tobacco stained head that stays
Big buttery biscuits and nutty chocolate aroma
Roasty shortbread flavour

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, pitch black color with a quarter of a finger of dark caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Roasted malt and tons of dark chocolate. Notes of vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, brownies, floral hops.

Taste: Amazing! Malty up front, quickly followed by tons of chocolate, vanilla and caramel. Finally, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smoooooooth! Virtually no carbonation, but that could be because it was poured out of a growler. With an ABV of 8.4%, there is a definite presence of alcohol on the palate. A very pleasant alcohol warmth.

Overall: Damn, this is an awesome beer! Tasty as hell, and very comforting (as far as a beer can be comforting). Probably a bit too much on the sweet side for those who mind that, but I don’t so I love it! I’m definitely getting several bottles of this again!

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Photo of mverity
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop. Black in color with nice dark chocolaty colored head. Head dissipated fairly quickly into a thin collar. Aroma is of hazelnut and a little bit of chestnut as well. Dark roasted malt and some sweet molasses too. Taste is nice and nutty as well. Sweet for a stout without being overly sweet. Nice molasses flavor along with the nuttiness. Silty mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of Durge
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is an opaque black-brown with an unwavering light brown thin head, like a proper carpet. The aroma brings big time tobacco, dark chocolate and roasted coffee bean bitterness. Awesome. The flavor comes on with intense expresso and Hershey syrup. I get sweet caramel and a touch of cigar peat. Very nice. Pretty thick feel with near full body. Minor carbonation. Delicious.

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Photo of peensteen
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much jet black, near 3 fingers of tan head, good amount of lace. Smell is roasty, vanilla sugar and other sweet sugars, coffee, malty with some nice almond/nutty notes as well. Taste is quite sweet at first followed by roasted malts and coffee grind flavours with some bitterness, vanilla and vanilla sugar sweetness in mid palate and finish. Lightly carbonated, sticky full body. Solid flavoured porter, quite drinkable, good but not outstanding.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A sweet concoction with much taste akin to a vanilla almod milk off the shelves, sugar, and coffee added. Medium mouthfeel, a little creamy. more roast at the end of the bottle,lots of coffee.Brown, with reddish tinge in the retained head. Peeno’s bottle, we both concur below expectations though very drinkable.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Snifter, reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a near black body with a foamy light brown head that frothed up in the glass. Very foamy overall with a lasting film and minimal lace.
S: Sweet and smoky smelling with hints of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate and caramel.
T: Dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted oatmeal, and dark fudge brownies. There a bit of that smoke in there as well. Chocolate fudge definitely dominates even through to the aftertaste.
M: Full body but very frothy foamy carbonation. Rich mouthfeel but the carbonation is distracting.
O: A rich sipper with great flavors but you have to burn off some carbonation to really enjoy this.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a Great Lakes snifter showing the darkest brown coloring. It held a one and a half finger head of lighter brown bubbles. Spots of lacing speckled the glass following a decent retention. No haze or sediment was noted, as the carbonation rose slowly in this this, syrupy beverage. The aroma gave big coffee malts alongside sweeter, more chocolatey ones. Red cherry added sweetness, while hints of vanilla and short bread bolstered the malty background. With warmth came massive plastic phenols, much like freshly cut PVC piping, vodka booziness, and port wine sweetness and fruitiness. Our first impression was that the flavoring was very chocolatey and very roasty. The flavoring opened with huge plastics, metallic coffee grain with heavy roast, aromatic cherry sweetness, light flashes of alcohol, and dark chocolate syrups. The middle peaked with genuine dark chocolate bite, souring metallic yeast, white sugar sweetness, and fruitiness of baked pears. Smokey char, black coffee bite, leather, and fusel booze wash came to balance any residual sweetness and finish the sip. The aftertaste breathed of chalky grain, drying chocolate malts, heavy roast, and the plastic bite of magic markers. The body was full, and the carbonation was full. There was big froth to the sip, with nice cream and pop on the back. A chalky dryness was left all around the mouth, with a lightly metallic coating, but no proper astringency was palpated. The abv was fine, and the beer was definitely more of a sipper.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its boldness. Some of the aromas and flavors were absolutely insane if left alone, but worked and blended nicely with the crazy roast and huge coffee flavoring. That said, the plastics were a bit overdone. The feel also lacked superior slurp or silkiness that would put this beer over the top. If you are looking for the ultimate porter turn to this guy’s older brother, the Imperial Biscotti Break.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to yourefragile for picking this one up. Served in a cervoise. Pours fairly-dark brown with a short off-white head. Decent retention. The nose carries some normal porter notes of roast and chocolate with a touch of coffee in the background. Not really getting any almond or vanilla. Pretty boring; nothing stands out. Flavor is similar. This is nowhere near the imperial version. Body has too much roast. Nothing to set this apart. A good porter, but nothing too special.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at hawthornes

Pours an opaque, clouded deep brown, nearly black color with a darkly tanned head resting on top. Collar of chestnut brown head retains with patchy lacing left on the glass.

A plethora of roasted nuts and sweetness with touches of almond, hazelnut and cocoa. Plenty of chocolate and dark toasted malts. Light alcohol warmth and a hint of vanilla.

Intense burst of roasted nuts driven by almond and hazelnut. There's almost a smokiness to the nuts, as if they just came off the fire, slightly tempered by a decent dose of cocoa and chocolate. Lightly sweet with dark roasted malts, bread crust and a touch of vanilla with caramel. Smoky nuttiness in the finish with a dash of boozy warmth.

Fuller body, milder carbonation, sticky and creamy on the tongue. This was pretty tasty, but the almonds and nuttiness was almost too much for me.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really nice deep black color. The head was tan and creamy looking. The lacing was sticky and had a good retention. The smell of the beer has a great aroma of coffee and chocolate with some roasted sweet malts. The taste of the beer is full of sweet roasted flavors that are well balanced with the bitter finish. The mouthfeel is creamy, lightly carbonated and slick feeling. Overall this beer was really quite good. I found it to be really enjoyable.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.24.12.

A - Pours a dark brown with a two inch light brown head with good retention.

S - Chocolate and coffee.

T - Lots of chocolate, some coffee and light vanilla.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Good flavors, not sure if they are biscotti, but still good.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served side by side with the much better Imperial Biscotti Break. Beer served in a snifter. Beer is black with a tan head of small bubbles, some retention, minmal lacing, a fine looking beer.

Aroma is porter-ish, a little ashy though.

Beer is medium to light in body, ashy finish, a little sweetness, no vanilla or coffee really, a very inferior beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike, Michael, and Matt for hooking me up with this brew. You guys rock.

The beer is dark brown, approaching black, with a nice beige head. The aroma offers nuts (walnuts, almonds?), roast, sweet malt. Hints of chocolate and vanilla. The flavor is nice. A touch of booze in the finish. Well balanced, with bread, biscuits, vanilla, roast, booze. Not nearly on the level as the imperial version. Still, quite good. I would have this again.

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Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review taken from notes courtesy of Stout Fest at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured an oily black with a nice one finger mocha head that leaves ALOT of thick, sticky side lacing and a great thin blanket. Very well done.

S - Huge amounts of roasty nut (almond), big coffee, TONS of vanilla, and some sweet caramel. Nice malt presence as well.

T - Boom, just like the nose this delivers on the flavour. Loads of sweet chocolate cookies, roasty almonds, sweet caramel, vanilla, and bakers chocolate. Tastes like a chocolate biscotti!

M - Velvety creme and silk. No ABV noticeable at all.

O - Overall this is a spectacular beer and was my favourite of the weekend. Smooth and silky with an awesome aroma and flavour profile. Just delicious.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at DBGB Kitchen & Bar, New York, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a ½ finger high dense beige head that has good retention properties and never faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but a little more complex with notes of vanilla and hints of almonds.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some warming sensations from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is very flavorful and rather easy to drink considering the alcohol content. I would have no problem knocking off a 750 mL bottle of this myself.

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Photo of Philousa
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed at Harry's Hofbrau on 5/31/12. Reviewed from notes.

Sits nearly pitch black with a brown tinge in the glass. Very little tan head circles the glass. Some anise aroma with chocolatey backbone and a little bit of vanilla. This smells barrel aged to my amateur nose. No alcohol bite nixes the BA suspicion. A good, deep breath yields some dark roast coffee aroma. Bitter and sweet flavors greet the taste buds. I can tell there's not much lactic sugar, if any, but the smooth texture suggests it. Anise again, then vanilla bean and milk chocolate. Some coffee oil lingers on the tongue. A little watery overall, but taste is substantial. The flavors don't slip off the tongue like the beer does. Dry finish.

I feel that despite my disdain for the porter style, I like this beer. Due to my wife's love of the porter, I've had more than my fill of them in the last couple years. Again, despite this, I feel like I would order this again... if the price wasn't so prohibitive. The ABV is very deceptive, so I'm sure my palate psyched out my perceptions a bit. Good beer overall, not great.

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Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft offering at Monks served in a tulip. The brew appears black in color with a frothy tan cap that holds fairly well. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass as sips are taken. A swirl revives the cap.

The smell is tangy with suggestions of alcohol inclusion. Lots of cocoa and coffee quality presents some familiar aromatics but with a solid accent if burnt caramel-like sugar quality.

The taste upfront is all cocoa and coffee with an undertone of some nutty quality, toast and burnt sugars. Some alcohol tang is evident that breaks things up a bit. The bitterness of the beer comes seemingly solely from the roast of grain/coffee and I hardly pick up on any hop inclusion.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a creamy, modest level of carbonation. At $8 a tulip, I could not help myself, I ended up drinking 2 glasses of this. This was a highlight and real hidden gem. I hope to have this again sometime or maybe get a chance ti snag a bottle somewhere.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap. The color is pitch black with a small tan head.

The aroma is subtle, with some coffe and chocolate.

The taste is rich with sweeb chocolate and vanilla (lots!) being balanced nicely with the coffe bitterness. Yum!

This is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

I really like this one. This is full flavored and balance.

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4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Tumbler glass. Shared with Robert & Manolo .Enjoyed on apr´12. Black color. Beige, creamy texture, lasting crown. Coffee & black cocoa to the nose. Sweet toasted malty & creamy palate. Slightly bitter. Full body, soft carbonation. Molasses & dark fruits into the finish. Hints of wood & cocoa with hoppy bitterness on the aftertaste. Flavorful. Pleasant drinkability with an ABV well masked by gentle malts.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark brown with thin cap of khaki to brown froth. Scent brings brown sugar sweetness, lightly spiced wafers, dark chocolate and coffee, light but distinct nuttyness, some sweet cream. Taste not as bold as scent dictates, roasty with firm chocolate notes, lingering creamy sweetness, solid notes of coffee, faint dark fruit and light nuttyness. Fuller side of medium bodied, some grainyess to the texture with some smoothness. A nice beer with a good nose but a taste more subtle than expected.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

About a finger of light brown head, and an oily brown body. Good retention and a bit of lace initially. I noticed that this had been poured into a pitcher first because it was pouring very foamy.

Nose contains black coffee, vanilla, and some almond-- bittersweet.

Rich, full taste with bitter coffee and unctuous vanilla sliding in on the finish. Almond suggests a splash of amaretto in the coffee.

The head is foamy, but underneath, there's not a lot of body. Doesn't support the taste.

Good, but it overreaches itself and ends up too thin. Rarely do I really dock something for lame mouthfeel, but in this instance (and maybe it had something to do with the draft system), the feel could not support the flavor.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up @ Stein's in NOLA.

When opened, it let out a violent hiss. I feared it would spew forth, but alas, it did not. A very careful pour still resulted in a 3 finger head that still grew a bit minutes later. It definitely seems as if it's got some carbonation issues.

The aroma was very roasted, with plenty of rich coffee and espresso notes. sweet vanilla, and surprisingly, you can get a bit of toasted nuttiness, presumably from the Almonds, which adds another layer to the complexity. This reminds me in a way of [email protected]..

You get plenty of dark, roasted coffee and an intense espresso up front. The vanilla adds a nice balancing sweetness, along with some sweet milk chocolate notes.

Despite the foaming issues, the carbonation isn't actually much of an issue. It's a hair spiked, but for the most part, it has a nice creamy, full bodied feel despite the carbonation.

Overall, I think I made the perfect choice by cracking this at 8:30 in the AM...

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brownish body w/ a good one-finger tan head that leaves some lace patches on top of a roasted, musty aroma that has some coffee and hints of caramel and vanilla sweetness - not really picking up any hops or chocolate notes. Medium-bodied, slightly chewey, a smooth beer and now I get some minor chocolate notes, hits hard w/ some vamilla and caramel but mostly a dryer, broaded body for a porter as the coffee and roasted malts make themselves at home. Maybe a little dry/harsh for a porter, but well-balanced and the sweetness is there so a solid brew to me.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold. <See appearance notes for details of pour>

A: As soon as I cracked the cap it erupted out of the bottle, and I quickly had to catch it with a glass, but lost some. I side-poured what I could, but had to fetch a second glass due to the foam. I'm pretty sure it's overcarbonated, though perhaps this was in anticipation of aging. Pours a five finger beautiful head of dark tan colour, some cream, pretty good thickness, and incredibly retention (at least ten minutes). Extremely foamy. Colour is a solid black. No visible yeast particles.

Sm: Coffee, espresso, cream, vanilla, milk, hints of nuts (I suppose almonds), roast, and vague hints of chocolate. A mild to moderate strength aroma. A bit weak in strength for the appeal of the notes. It should be bolder and stronger.

T: Cream, delightful rich coffee, hints of chocolate, almond notes (only when I search for them), hints of vanilla, caramelized malt, light roasted barley, a milky note, and dark malts as the foundation. Complex, but not as subtle as I'd like. The vanilla in particular is entirely too weak, and would really help the flavour profile with more balance. Decently balanced, but not built ideally. A bit too tame. Not as rich as I'd like.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some nice understated dryness. I do wish it was more dry. Hints of cream, but nowhere near enough. This flirts between a porter and a stout (and I've read their history). A touch too thin.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV - which it hides extraordinarily well. The notes are nice, but they don't flourish enough. I'd love to try this on nitro. I'd prefer this as a stout. Amp up the roasted barley for the foundation, increase the coarseness and dryness, and add some chocolate. A good beer that could be a great one. Another enjoyable brew from Evil Twin. I'm liking this brewery more and more.


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