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

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.

Added by BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a thin finger of chocolate-khaki colored head. Fades normal.

S - Dark chocolate malts, coffee, vanilla, almonds, dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, some roasted character, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, vanilla, coffee, molasses, black licorice, toasted almonds, some roasted flavors, some earthy hops, and some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming, sweet, roasted finish.

D - Fantastic. Great overall balance with the imperial stout base with the vanilla, almonds, and other flavors.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Black in the glass.
Smell - Coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, cookie dough, cherries
Taste - Total amaretto bomb!!! Almonds, chocolate, cherry, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts

Overall - One of the best non BA stouts you can find.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer kicks a lot of ass.

A: About as dark opaque brown as it gets. Head is medium chocolatey brown in color, not very large but nicely swirly on the surface. Lace is thinly sticky and I suspect it will change a lot as I drink this.

S: Chocolate brownies, sticky dark chocolate, heavy cream, lactose, soft coffee. A delicious smelling desserty treat.

T: Fields of chocolate and sweet coffee rivers. Very engaging beer experience.

M: Super coating and velvety. My mouth is sticking together as I drink this beer.

D: I'm enjoying this at what feels like a speedy pace however the nature of this beer preventing me from doing that. Very yummy. It's like a extra pleasant dessert.

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Photo of brewtus
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter. Pours jet black with a deep dark brown head that dicipates quickly. Smell is a lot of chocolate, cinnimon, some coffee, sweet cookie. Taste startes with a smooth marshmallow, lots of dark chocolate, lots of cappuccino coffee, milky, some vanilla. The texture is amazing and it tastes like cappuccino ice cream, alcohol is undetectable. This has a unique coffee flavor for a stout because it isn't a bitter black coffee flavor, it's subtle but obvious in the cappuccino like flavor. This is delicious. Very thick but very drinkable and a real treat.

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Photo of brianlmoon
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For such high gravity, this beer tastes and feels wonderful. Many high gravity beers are overpowering with alcohol. Not this one. Semi-sweet and creamy. I have had it with meals and standalone.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A wonderfully silky smooth texture being poured into the glass. A true heavy darkness that produced a burnt tan colored head. The head retained very lightly along the edge of the glass. Zero lacing, this beer is too heavy to stick onto the glass.

Smell: Dark chocolate, heavy hops, molasses, vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, and a slightly burnt oak aroma. The aroma is very subdued but has a lot going on when you dip for it. A slight alcohol sting makes this aroma interesting.

Taste: The front is an outstanding touch of smooth vanilla. The smooth vanilla just keeps going and going then it transitions into a darker more traditional imperial stout taste. Some dark hop flavors, heavy molasses, roast coffee beans, and dark chocolate. Chalky heavy malt finishes this brew out and has a wonderful balance of the sweetness found earlier in the beer.

Mouthfeel: A perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness creates a roller coaster for the palette that is outstanding. The palette is challenged to its full capacity. The sweetness is felt throughout, wow incredible.

Overall: Everything that an imperial stout should be. The complexity of this beer is on a level with any other beer out there. This stout is heavy but found the perfect balance of not being overly filling. Deliciously drinkable, a true treat.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having tried Olde Hickory Imperial Stout, it was interesting to follow up with this.

Pours a dark black with just a half finger of tan foam covering the sweet nectar.

smells of vanila, coffee, chocolate, sweet smoke, and a slight burnt note.

Taste follows the smell, but in a much more profound, well rounded astounding way. Admittidly, I didn't have high hopes for this beer. I imagined another train wreck like Creme Brulee, where the sweetness takes over and leaves nothing. But no, there are layers of complex flavor and the sweetness is married nicely within the beer, not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is solid, slightly thick, a bit oily, but certainly done well for the style.

Check this out if you get the chance. I found it to be exceptional.

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Photo of cavedave
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as pitch with a thin tan cap.

Roasted grain, toasted bread, burnt sugar, espresso coffee, and bitterrest chocolate perfume.

The taste is just a bit sweeter than the nose, but all the darkness of malt, from dark caramel and light chocolate to charry bitter, bakers chocolate, and coffee are at work here. These flavors create a complex and delicious experience that ends with truly wonderful and lingering bitter. As it warms alcohol and sweet spiciness, even a hint of stone fruit, come into it. Superb.

Low carb., smooth, clean, full bodied, with a finish that is clean, long, and perfectly dry.

Marvel;ous stout, an homage to the dark side of the maltsters craft, and to the genius side of brewing. Highest recommendation.

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Photo of spacemanspiff13
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is nuts. Super sweet on the nose. Really does smell a bit like anise flavored desserts. Essentially a chocolate biscotti with coffee in beer form. Cloyingly sweet but pretty damn good. One of these is enough but it's delicious.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - As black as it gets, some nice tan bubbles on top about 1/2 fingers worth.

S - Huge coffee aroma, vanilla, almonds and hints of chocolate. The coffee is definitely the main player here.

T - Follows the nose, massive coffee, roasted malt and chocolate flavors to start. Nice vanilla and nuts to finish.

M - The mouthfeel is thick, and almost oily. Medium carbonation.

O - This is the surprise beer of the year for me. I went into this not expecting it to live up the the high rating it already has. This is a great beer that is well worth the high price tag. Glad I got a few bottles as this seems like it could also improve with age.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Evil Twin Brewing - Imperial Biscotti Break (Batch #004). - 11.5% ABV. 16oz can into a snifter. (Reviewed 9/16/16).

Look: Body is black as oil, with a tan head that ends as lacing.

Smell: Vanilla, coffee, almonds, dark malts, with a hint of mints.

Feel: Heavier side of medium, not quite heavy bodied. Still thick and oily though.

Taste: Very sweet profile. Nutty coffee with an alcohol bite. All of the flavors of the aroma are present, and add nice touches of flavor. Surprisingly not boozy.

Overall: I had no idea what biscotti was when I drank this, but it didn't really matter. This was a great dessert beer, with a sweet nutty coffee flavor.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass

APPEARANCE: Pitch black with a thin tan head that lingers surprisingly long. Sheets of tan lacing are left behind.

AROMA: Very sweet. Rich roasted malts and cake. Some chocolate and faint booze.

FLAVOR: Chocolate cake, roasted barley, caramel, coffee, almond milk, gingerbread and a hint of earthiness.

TEXTURE: Thick, slick, and creamy with very light carbonation. The ideal feel for a beer of this style and magnitude.

OVERALL: Top-notch imperial stout. I can understand why this is so highly sought after. If big, rich stouts are your thing, get your hands on this if you can.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The profile is a stack of carbonation bubbles that stand as an inch thick head. The top of the head is so thick and creamy that it moves as one unit. This khaki colored head then sits atop an ocean of jet black opaqueness.

The scent is varied and balanced. Earth tones mix with milk chocolate, caramel and roasted coffee. Sweet molasses or sorghum and vanilla are lost in a aromatic creaminess that adds feel to the scent.

Strong chocolate tones hit the tongue first than earth and graham cracker maltiness. Dry coffee and toffee end the taste with a hint of metallic alcohol the lingers slightly. Alcohol warmth fills the body but there's no harshness.

This is a phenomenal stout but even more a fabulous beer.

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Photo of Bung
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. $16 to live up to, let's see...used oil looking dirty black pour, just about no head, a few light tan bubbles around the edge.

Aroma, Pretty potent roasty malt and coffee. Some nuttiness, cocoa.

Taste, Big and roasty and chocolatey. Earthy, Peaty, some nut, vanilla. Coffee, light wood, a very faint anise. Damn near a KBS without the bourbon notes.

It is quite coating, but pretty easy to drink. Nearly no alcohol. A big balanced, fine drinking dessert beer. It is not easy to find a beer at this level, enjoy it if you can.

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Photo of nataku00
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours pitch black with almost no head, maybe a thin collar of dark brown. Looks thick and viscous like motor oil, with plenty of alcohol legs.

Nose is rich bittersweet chocolate, sweet and fruity coffee, almonds, roasted and toasted malt, and graham crackers. Even more coffee as the beer warms a bit.

Taste pretty much follows the nose, very rich chocolate and coffee flavors, mellowing into sweet nutty flavors and toasted malt and biscuits.

Full body, rich and creamy with just mild carbonation. Taking small sips, the beer coats the tongue and lingers nicely. Alcohol is well hidden, a beer to slowly savor.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark as midnight with a mocha/milk chocolate colored head. Great head retention and lacing.

Smells is upfront with a huge, bitter chocolate. Some vanilla notes and slight anise. As the beer warms up...in short "holy crap". A big espresso nose mingle with bitter dark, and creamy sweet milk chocolates. Vanilla becomes more present but takes a backseat to the chocolatey espresso. Roasted nut smell is also there mingling in. I feel like I'm about to take a sip of an alcoholic chocolate hazelnut espresso.

Taste is exactly what you might expect. Begins with a nutty espresso bitterness. Mellows into a creamy, malty sweet milk chocolate that lingers for quite awhile. Vanilla becomes more present on the finish. Mid palate has a nutty quality. Hazelnut? Almond? I can't tell. Maybe both. But it's awesome. Warming up a little, the alcohol becomes more noticeable, but so does the vanilla.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Almost smooth enough for me to think that oats might be in the malt bill. Great creaminess.

Overall, I am amazed. I was very very impressed by this beer. Was looking forward to trying this one, but man did it beat my expectations.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into two snifters. Another great extra from woodsyy, thanks a million again, Landon! I've been trying to land this bad boy for a while.

A - good looking brew. Dark, dark brown out of the bottle, settling almost black. Ombre. The head is dark brown as well, but not quite as dark as an RIS. Hardly any head on the forced pour.

S - wow, right up there with FBS and, more impressively, V @ S. Big coffee on the nose that leaves just a little cocoa on the end. No alcohol, not hot as all. Delicious.

T - not quite as good as the smell, but still delicious. There's less coffee but a whole lot more chocolate, a little chewy because of it, to be honest. The cocoa recedes into dark fruits, ending bittersweet. Very complex.

M - some syrup and chewyness, but it's nothing major. Smooth drinking and completely undetectable alcohol, despite the high content.

O - will definitely get again, I'm sure I won't ever get to try this on tap. Another bottle would be a treat. Highly recommend.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours black, with no head. carbonation is decent and agitation produces lots of very fine bubble lacing. nose; toasted malt, fudge, milk chocolate, chocolate icing, slight coffee & creamer, and mild woodsy notes. taste; chocolate fudge/cake, doughnut, chocolate icing, light mocha & toffee, vanilla and bitter hops. very mellow milk chocolate and bitter hop on the aftertaste. as it warms, a dark cherry syrup emerges. at 11.5% abv, some light bite on the end is expected, but it's remarkably tame for those numbers. mouthfeel is a little thin, but creamy. probably the most "dessert-y" stout i've ever had - the chocolate & fudge qualities are not overstated here. a bit too indulgent for more than a "one and done", but delicious all the same.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A jet black beer with a small, brown cappuccino-colored head that settles to a thin band rather quickly. Nice creamy lacing on the glass. Big roasty aroma with noticeable sweetness, lots of espresso, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, toasted nuts, caramel.

Great tasting dessert stout; some bitterness from substantial roastiness is offset by sweetness of vanilla, chocolate, caramel flavors. Again there’s a nutty, toasty almond cookie note and a fine espresso flavor making this a complex and delicious after dinner treat. Body is medium full, stopping shy of total viscosity, still somewhat chewy and sticky, creamy feel, carbonation a bit on the lower side. Very smooth overall. Booze totally hidden underneath all that flavor.

A top notch imperial stout falling firmly on the sweet side of the ledger. Phenomenal late night sipper. I’d buy this often if it wasn’t so expensive. Also can’t be good for my already burgeoning waistline.

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Photo of draheim
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep viscous black w/ a reddish brown head. Beautiful.

Aroma is dark roasted malt, espresso, bitter chocolate. Rich, earthy, inviting.

Taste is big and robust; strong coffee, chocolate. Some caramel, vanilla and molasses.

Mouthfeel is thick and coating, slick. Not syrupy. Nice dry finish.

Overall an outstanding imperial stout, hits on all cylijnders.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for a while. Not disappointed in the slightest.
Pours a nearly jet black and viscuous looking color with a lovely mocha head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, nutty, and dark fruit. Full bodied, rich and creamy smooth. Sweet on the tongue, roasted malt, chocolate and nutty flavor. The ABV is high and the alcohol is ever present but not boozy; it provides balance. A modest hops profile also adds some balance.
Decadent and lush! I loved it!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh yes. Got lucky and stumbled across this in NYC. Great texture and feel. Quite smooth. Flavor is great. Great level of malts. Superb tone of coffee. Balance really works. Carbonation is smooth. Way too easy to drink. I wish I had gotten more of this when I had the chance. Nice to be able to get a beer people have been raving about and have it live up to the hype.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark. Rich. Terra cotta head. Packs a ton of dark, decadent flavor: chocolate, almond, fudge, dried fig, dates. A wonderful stout. I've had it both on tap and from the bottle. It's smooth as silk going down, with very little alcohol burn. Top notch.

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Photo of sanzenapocalypz
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Draft. Pours a very dark pretty much opaque color. Dark toffe colored head, subsided after a couple minutes with a thin layer remaining. Looks tasty. Aromas of roasty caramel, chocolate, and hints of vanilla. Roasted heavy malts smell as well. I taste a boozy, roasted dark chocolate at the front, hints of vanilla and coffee are in there too. Overall, it tastes just like what i would think dunking a biscotti stick in coffe would taste like. Malty and caramel slight hints as well. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Its fairly boozy. Mice smooth finish with a good lingering taste that's not too overpowering.

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Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter color.   Two finger, dark mocha head that has good retention, only slowly settling into a thick, lasting ring.  Splotches of soapy lacing left behind.  Looks great!  

Deeply roasted dark malt aroma with perfectly roasted gourmet coffee beans, lactic cream, silky chocolate malt notes and subtle English biscuit/cookie in there.  Deep roast but not acrid or burnt smelling with hints of charred toast, oatmeal, dark choose and espresso bean followed by bakers chocolate, caramel, toffee, lactic cream and biscuit.

Full bodied and viscous with deeply roasted coffee bean and dark malt flavor.  Dry and pretty bitter but never acrid or harsh wih lots of lactose and silky chocolate malt sweetness countering the roast.  Excellent espresso bean flavor along with burnt toast, oatmeal and dark cacoa powder.  Lactic cream toward the finish smoothing things out along with silky chocolate, fudge, bakers chocolate, toffee and caramel.  Very complex and I can even pick up hints of licorice, English biscuit and dark fruit as it warms.  Decent heat but the ABV is well masked making this beer very easy to drink.   There's a really great  balance of roasted coffee and sweeter dessert-like notes which also help drinkability.  Another impressive beer from Evil Twin.

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