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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti BreakEvil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Roman Empire had a certain "je ne sais quoi" - festive food culture, extravagant architecture, and spectacular live entertainment. Some might argue the Emperors were brutal, mad, and hungry for power, and the people vain when taking baths and working out all day. Listen - that's still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient - keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant, and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.

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Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally putting words to this review...

This was the first beer to really open my eyes to the world of craft beer, so besides being a great beer it holds an extra special place in my heart. I've had it multiple times over the last few years, with only the price point really restricting me having it more often, but now with it being in cans with a 4-pack of pints being cheaper than the glass bomber, LOOK OUT FRIDGE!

Pours pitch black with variable tan/mocha head(depends on how you pour). The lacing of the head sticks to the glass at points, leaving markers on the glass throughout the experience

Enticing deep, dark, roasty aromas present themselves upon initial olfactory inspection . Upon tasting the coffee makes its presence known, followed by a more traditional stout note, ending in just a hint on the sweeter side. At times, I pick up a pleasant chocolate flavor as well. The beer provides a massive assault in the mouth that sticks with your taste buds for minutes after each sip. The overall profile of this beer is what I want in a stout. Truly world class brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had no idea what I was buying but I come from a family who knows how to enjoy fresh baked biscotti, multiple variations but to no end we love this Italian cookie. When I pour this variation of motor oil it's pitch black and forms a thicket of mocha tan head with even fine lacing. Aroma, nutty fresh baked biscotti, it's crazy that's what I'm smelling. Cookie dough, chocolate chip, caramel drizzled on it, with a hint of cream/powdered sugar notes. Excellent combination of flavors this is the beer of all beers, this needs to be brought back to the masses. Nutty, coffee, broken biscotti dunked in a coffee that is this beer, it's amazing. With caramelized malt sugars, slight hints of cream, basically a beautiful marriage of liquid flavors that I can't fully describe it must be experienced. This beer is a perfect coffee, chocolate, imperial stout as there ever has been, this is creative across the pond brew that I want to be part of. Send us more, this drinks smooth, big booze, big alcohol, flavor...it's interesting. Mouthfeel is full bodied carbonation is flowing full and independently of all other forces this is perfect beer. Overall amazing, if I haven't gotten that point across yet, it's much appreciated and I will grab another bottle of this beauty.

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Photo of KingEdward
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! I love this beer. The look of this beer is awesome. Had a nice head for a high abv. beer, nice lacing, And black as night. The smell is of Dark chocolate, vanilla, almond, and sweet malt. The taste is of dark chocolate, almond, espresso, coffee liquor, creme, caramel and the hops give it a dark chocolate bitterness. The feel is creamy, silky, and has nice carbonation. VELVET! Pure Heaven in beer form. I love This beer. It is expensive but worth every cent! This is the best imperial stout i have had! Only the Founders KBS and CBS come close in my opinion. Nice Work Evil Twin!!!! Says limited brewed once... Please God make them brew it again! The westbrook version i had today 10/ 7/15 does not taste the same as when this orignal review was done it gets a 4.5... try the denmark version...

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Photo of DonDirkA
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nose is like chocolate milk with a hint of coffee. It seriously smells like Nesquik. The taste is very similar. A lot less boozey than the Yin but 1.5% higher. Tastes like chocolate milk blended with ice coffee and just a hint of anise and dark fruit.

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Photo of JAramini
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best new beer I've had in ages. Lives up to all of the hype for me.

Black, dark dark thin foam cap that persists nicely.

The smell and flavor have a prominent, but not overpowering coffee. The coffee is unmistakable, but doesn't beat down the tremendous RIS character. Sweetness, chocolate, balance.

Super chewy.

Balance is key here. It's not an RIS that has been doctored up with coffee, it's a perfectly integrated, balanced, dynamite beer.

Split my bottle with a buddy, figured it was appropriate for a bomber of something this strong, but it was so delicious I regretted not having every drop for myself.

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Photo of Topskee
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

great tasting beer. pours thin (which is fine by me) with a rich dark color. smells as it tastes (delicious). no alcohol presence (dangerous for the ABV of 11.50%). I reccommend this to any one that likes a dark yet sweet stout.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep space dark, dark chocolate brownie smell and biscotti taste. I actually looked for biscotti in the beer. This is really a very awesome amazing beer.

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Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a jet black, the color and consistency of used motor oil.

Amazing aroma. It’s big and domineering with all the right notes coming across in the most pleasing of ways. Yum!

Strong yet smooth, with an incredible viscosity that lingers for hours on end. Each sip is a treat! The beer’s flavor is more than the sum of its parts but they’re all there—dark chocolate, coffee/espresso, vanilla, caramel, leather, almond liquor… Decadent and delicious.

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Photo of CaseyMays
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Beer is nothing short of delicious. Dark pour into a snifter, one finger head. Creamy, deep with chocolate, gingerbread and coffee. Puts glazed doughnut to shame. So delicious!

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Photo of SawDog505
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip glass. Pours motor oil black, with a one inch mocha head, that leaves behind beautiful lace, and settles very slowly into a layer of foam, amazing. Smell is roasted expresso, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and twix candy bar. Taste even better than the nose. Its a combination of every thing in the nose, but nothing dominated, an amazing dessert beer. Body is chewy as hell, perfect carbonation, not overly dry, and hard to sip, no alcohol present in the taste and at 11 5% incredible. This is sublime! Wouldn't change anything. The best body ever for the style.

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Photo of Mellonius
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap, in a tulip glass at the Blind Tiger Ale House, NYC.
This beer pours piano black, totally opaque. The cream is dark beige, moderately thick and very persistent. The appearance is absolutely beautiful and makes you want to drink it right away.
Wonderfully aromatic, with notes of biscuit, roasted malts, coffee beans and dark chocolate mostly. A feast for the nose.
The mouthfeel is dense, thick, almost oily. Velvety feel, with little to moderate carbonation.
Very pleasant and complex taste. I found sweet caramelized notes, biscuit, chocolate, roasted coffee beans and a plesant acidity that balances the sweetness very well. Although very alcoholic, the feel is not harsh at all and makes you want a second glass. Incredible drink for a cold night. Not overly bitter, with a long lingering aftertaste and warmth.
This is the best porter I have ever had the chance to drink. I cannot think of anything that I would change in it. Simply perfect. A very sophisticated brew for true beer enthusiasts. What an experience!

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage 22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of chocolate-colored head that immediately dissolved away into an extremely thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Strong notes of roasted malt, imparting notes of espresso, vanilla, caramel, and dark chocolate.

Taste: Exactly, I mean EXACTLY, like the aroma. Massively strong flavors of roasted malt and coffee up front, like a triple espresso with a cappuccino chaser, drunk with toasted pumpernickel. I also get a lot of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar-like sweetness and some dark chocolate-like bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as silk, as there is absolutely no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 11.5%, there’s a hint of alcohol warmth on the palate, but I’m surprised that there’s not more of it present.

Overall: Damn! This is a damn great, no awesome, imperial stout! Extremely strong flavors of toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate. Fantastic!

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Photo of ebin6
4.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tasted this blind for the first time against 5 other well-known, heavy hitter imperial coffee stouts and Biscotti Break blew them all away. It is so deep, and fun to drink that I can't imagine a better representation of the style. I don't know how to be more objective than a blind taste and it delivers on every level

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Photo of warrenout330
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into duvel glass

A- jet black pour reveal a mocha colored head, 2 fingers thick.. decent retention... minimal lacing to the glass

S- holy sh*t.... big whiffs of milk chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted barely.... I get a fruity fig in the back.... very roasted sugary smell... crazy

T- sweet milk chocolate up front, roasted coffee, bitter sweet chocolate, sweet raisins... roasted chocolate coffee lingering after taste

M- thinner body for what the label implies... this reminds me more of a milk stout... super sweet but in a good way. Creamy and oily with a roasted bitterness.

O- overly impressive beer... way ahead of the class... this was a gift from my gf and I know this is pricey... but I still believe this bottle is worth the tag... find it and drink it

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Photo of TheEarl
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass on 7/25/2012.

Appearance: Jet black with a 0.5 inch dark tan head.

Smell: The aroma is predominantly almond, cocoa, espresso, and, perhaps, a light milk/dairy smell.

Taste: Imperial Biscotti Break tastes, amazingly, just like a chocolate and almond biscotti smells. The initial taste is dark chocolate, followed by roasted almond, and finishing with a semi-sweet chocolate and espresso note. There isn’t as much sweetness as I’d expected for a cookie themed beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very viscous and full bodied.

Overall: Imperial Biscotti Break is one of those beers that stands out as world-class from the first sip. A friend I shared it with declared it to be “Dessert in a glass” and I’d have to agree.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cola black, fluffy carbonation, and lacing too. Coffee, vanilla, and almond in the aroma. Vanilla almond chocolate coffee flavored brew that is a big sipper. Soft, smooth, and a velvet feel on the tongue. Big, bold stout that indulges the senses!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours very thick and black as black can be. One of the darkest pours I can remember, this beer isn't just black, light struggles to escape it like a black hole. Small, half a finger head forms and sticks around a good long while until turning into a thin coating on top of the beer. Head is not quite to chocolate brown, but very close. Lacing is very good.

S- Lots of strong, dark coffee here. Some hints of burnt malts make it through the coffee roasts. Maybe a hint of vanilla sweetness mixes in there. Frankly, it smells delicious.

T- Dark, roasty, burnt, and tons of coffee. At first, this reminds me a ton of Bourbon County Coffee without the barrel. Coffee starts it off with a strong bang. Some burnt malts come through along providing a little more dark bitterness to go with the coffee. None of the flavors are overly bitter. No sweet vanilla profile from the scent, just all coffee and dark malt.

M- Tick, smooth, low carbonation, and just plain smooth again. Alcohol is no where to be found in the taste or feel except a slight, and I mean very slight, warming sensation going down.

Overall, this is a phenomenal imperial coffee stout. It literally is BCBCS without the barrel, and I love it. Great coffee, great feel, and hides the alcohol well. This is a great stout for winter nights.

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Photo of Mbrown44
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pitch Black w/ half inch and medium lacing

S: Smells roasted barley and toasted nuts, reminiscent of fresh ground barley. Almost like a fresh baked chocolate bread

T: Milk chocolate brownie covered in candied and toasted almonds w/ a dark fruit compote. Also the vanilla is present but not overpowering or artificial, balancing with the espresso, almonds and chocolate.

M: Rich dessert stout that is silky and smooth

O: I would not change anything about this beer. Evil Twin really shows that not every stout needs to be barrel aged to be world class.



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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

ppearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a nice dark tan head. The head lasted a long time, and left a little film on the glass, but not a lot.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee and chocolate aromas. Some hops in the aroma, as well as a sweetness from the oatmeal as well. Nice combination and balance between the various flavors.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness and chocolate flavors that may be due to the malts, but it has an excellent taste. There is also a very slight vanilla flavor with this.The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy. Strong alcohol which matches with the 11.5% on the label.

Overall: Overall this is an excellent stout. I will definitely look for this and buy it again.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Evil Twin Brewing - Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a dark brown-black oil with a one inch mocha almost ruby-tinged head that dissipates quickly. Great lacing.

Smell - Coffee, cola, and rich chocolate over gently roasted malts.

Taste - Rich, velvety, and creamy chocolate. Coffee and roasted malt. Ends slightly bitter roasted malt. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Sits roasted malt and throat warm boozy. Full-bodied with medium carbonation. Great drinkability.

Overall - This brew is amazing, the cherry one was perfect but not everyone would agree, some wanted it sweeter. This one is a little hotter but still I would 100% recommend this brew and Evil Twin in general, I'm liking their thinking so far!

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Photo of pat61
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Bright dark brown to black under a ½” light tan collar that produces thin sheets of lace.
S: Big coffee and biscuit nose, roast malt, dark malt.
T: The attack starts with smooth, creamy malt then coffee, then roast malt, and then chocolate that gradually darkens to dark bittersweet chocolate, so infinitely layered and pleasurable. Some prune and dark dried fruit show up and you also get some lighter grains and malt flavors.
F: a big bodied beer with outstanding texture, the carbonation is medium low but very fine and soft. Some warming as you drink.
O: An amazing beer. I have tried this beer out on people who profess to hate stouts and they love it.

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Photo of Hesscabob
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Received via trade, along with cherry natale I will wait until Christmas to have.

A - Dark as night with a dark mocha head. Lacing around glass advises this will be a sticky pungent stout. Perfect.

S - The aroma was fantastic, chocolate, chocolate marshmallow, roasted malt, smelled a bit boozy but yes its 11.5% so I'll allow it.

T - Only one peg down from BCBS, smooth, chocolate takes over, tastes like im eating a smore without the ashes from the campfire, bliss. Straight forward with not alot of complexity but it didnt need to be complex to be as great as it was.

M- Full bodied, not sweet not bitter, used the perfect amount of everything. Bit overly carbonated but fantastic.

O - Was told not to age this beer so I bought 2 just in case they were wrong and glad I saved another because I think the booziness might settle along with the carbonation levels.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Be careful when you open the bottle - the sample I got fizzed like nobody’s business! Strong aroma has a firm and mouth-watering overtone of quality coffee with hints of unsweet chocolate and molasses. It pours a rich opaque sable just a flea’s eyebrow above black. Flavor is just simply sublime - quality coffee, roast malt, licorice, hints of molasses and chocolate. Could it get any better? Full, smooth texture has a good fizz to it and leaves a finish rich in roast coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and licorice.

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Photo of millertime416
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the best beers i've had in a long time. Been following BA for a few years but this beer inspired me to finally write my first review. Flavor and aroma are simply amazing; chocolate, coffee, espresso, vanilla, almonds...it's all here. As a home brewer, I'm amazed they got all these flavors in a beer so well balanced (not as sweet as most in this category). The alcohol seems almost none existent.

You could drink this for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but if makes a killer dessert. If I could get more of this I'd make it into an ice cream. Definitely one to savor; It took me over an hour to finish a 9oz pour of this. Almost cried when it was gone. Luckily I've got a couple bottles at home. Seek this out, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark black pour with a small, tight, creamy, smooth, dark tan head. Disappears fairly fast leaving just a whisper of lacing.

S - Coffee, dark and bittersweet chocolate, and mocha dominate the nose. There is a hint of almond and vainilla sweetness with a caramel, toffee, and cream sweetness that emphasizes those notes.

T - Wow! (I could leave it at that, but I'll expound) Chocolate and coffee are the dominate flavors here as well but this is a very deep beer. Starts out with a mocha and bittersweet chocolate flavor. Mid sip it sweetens up a bit with the vainilla coming out more which gives this a sweet chocolate cake/fudge aspect. Hints of coffee (with only a slight, albeit nice, astringency). Almond sweetness starts to creep in on the finish leading to a strong coffee showing on the finish. All these flavors then linger on your tongue enticing you to drink more.

M - Medium to full body. Average carbonation for the style. Very smooth, creamy, and velvety which adds to that sweet chocolate flavor. Alcohol is non-existent in the taste; it is the bold flavors that make me want to just sip this.

D - Was definitely a sipper, but it was extremely easy to sip. The layers of flavor had me wanting to drink more, especially when the taste lingers that long.

Notes: A really good "flavored" Imperial Stout. Coffee and chocolate dominated as expected, but the vainilla and to a lesser extent the almonds had their time to shine. All the flavors complimented each other wonderfully (the vainilla and chocolate together especially). I would love to have this in the morning or for dessert any day in lieu of coffee. Delicious.

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