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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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 ESPNman
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Stone IRS snifter.

A - Black. Pure pitch black darkness, even at the edges of the glass when tilted. Virtually no head, even after a vigorous pour, which is surprising, given the carbonation.

S - Burnt malt, sweet caramel, and toffee dominate the nose. Virtually no hops at all to speak of. Smells delicious, but a little sweeter than I would have expected.

T - Heavenly. The caramel and toffee notes dominate, with a strong backbone of coffee and burnt malt. No hops to speak of, but that's fine by me for the style.

M - Thick, heavy, syrupy, and a surprising amount of carbonation. It doesn't seem possible to be syrupy and well-carbonated, but this beer pulls it off.

O - Definitely a must-try stout if you get the chance. It's not "well balanced", but it's exactly what is expected out of the style. It's an extreme beer that is extremely well-made.

I picked this one up in Seattle and shipped it back to CA... so I'm not really sure where else it's available.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark espresso- black color. There is a small tan head that fades quickly to almost nothing. Little in the way of lacing.

S: A sharp coffee aroma is followed quickly by milk chocolate. Vanilla and some booziness as the beer warms.

T: A lot sweeter upfront than the aroma would suggest. All chocolate, caramel and vanilla on the attack. The mid-palate reminds me of creme brulee. As I savor the coffee flavor comes to the forefront with a but of nuttiness. The finish is lingering chocolate-espresso with a very mild touch of alcohol and some smoke.

M: Medium-thick bodied with an incredibly creamy texture. The carbonation is high for the style by still foamy and pleasant.

O: An amazing beer. The combination of flavors is standard for an imperial stout, but somehow different than any other stout I've had.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, milk chocolate, bread, wood, and subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, bread, coffee, cream, and milk chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma and flavor were really nice on this one if I’m honest. The flavor was the star though as it was very well balanced and coated your palate, leaving it wanting more after each sip. The aroma was very pleasant as well and very inviting. I could see non-craft beer drinkers enjoying the aroma on this one. Probably one of the best brews I’ve had from Evil Twin to-date. Great job on this one guys!

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 22oz Bottle poured into deschutes snifter

- Pours syrupy black with a centimeter of chocolaty foam. Mild lacing present.
- Aromas of bitter coffee and chocolate with hints of toffee and vanilla. I'm happy it's not smelling too sweet or dessert-like.
- Big bitter chocolate and roasted coffee mouthful. Wonderful balance with the toffee and vanilla, stays true to the nose. Medium body for an imperial stout and again well balanced with all the flavors, not too sweet. Hides the 11.5% ABV a little too well.
- Overall a very tasty and balanced imperial stout. Not as complex as other RIS offerings (parabola, abyss, KBS, etc.), but a fun alternative. At $14/bottle, the price is about right, but I won't be rushing out to get more considering the other RIS coming soon. If Evil Twin did a Bourbon BA version of this, it could be amazing.

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Photo of jasoncheb
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a a stout glass. Nice light tan head with great lacing.

S - Heavy coffee, sweet malts, hint of the 11.5% alcohol.

T - Started with a temperature around 44 degrees, which kept the coffee more forward, along with the alcohol. Moving towards room temperature, the sweet malts and coffee really masked the alcohol.

M - Really creamy, great acidity from the coffee on the tongue.

O - Really solid offering, which explains the hype around this coveted Imp Stout. Definitely glad a picked up a couple of bottles to try another with a bit more age on it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Dog during the annual wealth of riches.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is very attractive, as I pick up considerable milk dud aroma, light bourbon, coco powder, light coffee and vanilla. The flavor profile replicatest the nose, though there is a hint of underlying bitterness that helps to balance the moderate sweetness in this excellent stout. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and I really don't get any sense that the abv. is 11.5%. You can tell it's up there, but not that high.

Nice beer...

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Photo of jancona
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter straight from the fridge. Sugary and sticky look. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, some coffee grinds, dried dark fruit and molasses - taste followed with a touch of booze. As it warms to the peak temperature - wow! A chocolatey, slick mouthful followed by a brief touch of roared malt and hop. No booze at all.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
A-Pours as black as they come with a large khaki head.
S- A little bitter coffee roast but on the sweeter side, A hint of dark fruit and a silky smooth caramel.
T- A perfect balance of bitter roasted malt and sweet caramel malt. A lingering roast flavor. A touch of char and ash. The sweetness helps keep it from being too dry and ads a lot of toffee and caramel flavor. No alcohol flavor to speak of. Really well balanced and easy to drink spite its size.
M- Very thick and heavy but balanced and drinkable.
O- A very, very awesome stout. One I would love to see in a barrel.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of the uber-generous kingkong, shared at a tasting and poured into a 25cl Duvel tulip. This beer wasn't on my radar at all when I received it as a surprise extra, and now it'll be my 74th tick on the current Top 100. How cool is that?

A: Pitch black body, 1/2" of dark brown head that settles into a fine ring and leaves spotty lace. Pretty good for being 11.5%.

S: Wow, that's rich. Huge almond, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, and speculoos. I love it.

T: Sweet and roasty up front, with lots of coffee and dark chocolate leading in to some almond biscotti goodness. Light boozy bitterness on the finish. Big, rich, and oh-so-tasty.

M: Thick, lively, and a bit sticky. Nice.

O: I honestly wasn't totally sold on this one, despite its exciting name and description, given the vile disappointment that was Soft DK. Happily, my fears were entirely unwarranted: this beer was absolutely delicious, and an all-around hit at the tasting. I'm not sure I'd be able to down an entire bottle by myself, but in small doses this was a serious treat. Thanks again, Patrick!

Cheers!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. There is no dating information. Purchased in June 2012. Poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: Pours JET black. Completely clack color. I don't see any red or any color getting through there. Initially I got about a half finger of dark tan head. That faded into a nice ring around the edges. Definitely getting some alcohol feet and this is leaving some lacing sheeting on the glass as i swirl.

S: Tons of coffee and dark chocolate on the nose. Smells amazing. Also getting some of that cookie character: vanilla, hazelnut, almond, etc. Really pronounced flavors all coming out.

T: Right up front I get dark chocolate and mocha. Roasted espresso beans. Rich blends of dark and milk chocolate. Then you do get some of that hazelnut and almond cookie flavor. Really quite pleasant. It's ABV is nicely hidden. It's so smooth, you don't taste it at all, but you feel it towards the end.

M: Full bodied, thick viscous stout.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

220z bottle into a tasting glass. Pitch black in color with a dark chocolate lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma shows some bold dark chocolate and coffee flavors to it. There is some biscuity, cookie like flavors in there as well giving it a little bit of a chocolate covered cookie flavor. Really nice aroma, The chocolate and coffee flavors were great together.

Very chocolaty with more roasted malts and coffee towards the finish. The chocolate is dark and bittersweet. It's got a little caramel sweetness as well. Very good chocolate and coffee flavors in it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. Very nice beer overall, I loved the dark chocolate and coffee flavors. It had a really interesting chocolate covered cookie twist to it that I really liked. Really enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #400, poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with just a trace of foamy light tan head that completely dissapears shortly after the pour

S- wow, I think I can smell this one from a couple of feet away, so many aromas pouring out. Big and raw dark chocolate notes, reminiscent of fudge laced with pecans. Raw coffee bean with some vanilla sweetness, toffee and dark cherries. Heavy cream sweetness with toasted biscotti aromas and a hint of alcohol to finish it out. The complexity of the aroma is rediculous and its only opening up more as it warms

T- heavy-cream sweetness is followed by dark chocolate fudge cake, espresso with hazelnut and vanilla, toasted makt provides toasted biscotti flavors. Dark fruits emerge near the end with some fig and sweet prune juice, chocolaty-yet-somewhat tart on the finish with some booze to close it out

M- medium-heavy somewhat viscous body with low carbonation and a smooth and velvety mouthfeel, warming alcohol on the finish with a linger that lasts forever

O- this one was so complex, I'm still picking out new flavors and aromas. This would make a perfect dessert beer, but may be too sweet to handle a whole bottle alone. Easily top 5 aroma grade for me

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black oil poured into a flute, producing a two-finger head of darkest foam, leaving but a mote or two of lace on the glass

S: chocolate syrup and bittersweet chocolate over black roasted malts

T: deep, dark syrupy bittersweet chocolate; rich, roasted malts, and am I imagining it? Biscotti dipped into sweet espresso.

M: smooth as silk, full-bodied and slick, no carbonation, just a bittersweet close and a stick to the lips

O: a sublime stout, direct and succinct, full of rich flavor and feel. Worthy of the praise it so often receives.

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Photo of SiepJones
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a jet black. One inch of thick, slightly brown head.

S - Roasted malts and a doughy sweetness.

T - Roasted malt, chocolate, and almond. The flavors (Sweet almond, Chocolate, and the dark tannins in the malt) meld together to give the flavor a Vanilla/Cherry Coke note at the end of each sip.

F - Slick with good carbonation.

O - A really nice beer with a unique favor. I definitely recommend.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a mini snifter. Purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a pitch black, opaque oily body with a modest one finger chocolate colored head that doesn't stick around very long - it reduces to nothing in less than a minute. Leaves no lacing.

S- The coffee is definitely present and dominates on the nose - freshly ground coffee, chocolate-mocha, vanilla and maybe a hint of booze. The aroma is subtle and not overly forward but very inviting.

T- Let this one warm up a few degrees to get the best experience. After ~30 minutes, I get some delicious coffee, dark chocolate, nutty notes followed up by a very nice roasty, charred, toasted malt note that lingers for a while.

M- Rich, thick, and full bodied. Minimal carbonation.

Overall I was very impressed with Imperial Biscotti break. The balance of flavors here are superb - it hits all the high points of a world class imperial stout. A little expensive, but worth the price for a nice treat.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looking like a beautiful dark brown/black pour this beer looks extremely appetizing. Smell is a light mixture of cocoa, roasted malts, hints of toffee and char. Also there's something in there like toasted marshmallows. Powdered and roasted and burnt chocolate is in the taste. The toffee in the nose is there as well but there is definitely a very pleasant burnt and charred note to it, especially in the finish. The mouthfeel is very light and sparsely carbonated. I wish it had just a touch more of the body to balance the beer out slightly more.

Overall, a great beer. Most definitely a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a complete black. Absolutely zero light penetration. Head is even viscous; its a very dark tan (actually brown) and it dies away to a frothy milkshake froth. Tons of lacing, too.

S-Bloated notes of mocha, vanilla bean ice cream and liquified milk chocolate. Also darkly fruited; reminds me of flat Dr. Pepper. Kahlua too. Coffee-dipped pastries that have been burnt on the bottom. Also slightly nutty.

T-This flavor is so unique! Chalky dark chocolate and luke-warm French vanilla coffee. Burnt pastry again and a bunch of truly tangible vanilla notes. The flavor is a bittersweet masterpiece. Definitely has that dried biscotti thing going on. Toasted nuts. Very fudgy. There is a lot going on; and all the flavors collapse upon themselves and create a unified Titan of taste.

M-Perhaps the thickest beer I have ever sipped. Nearly flat. Huge body. Creamy and viscous and fudgy and sludgy. Flavor lasts forever. Cinco!

O/D-This was pretty damn awesome. Its an experience in a glass. One of the better Stouts I have come across. It teeters between general awesomeness and greatness for me. It falls a few figurative inches shy of being one of my favorites but I would recommend this to anyone bold enough to try it.

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Photo of popery
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and thick. Small brown head. A little bit of lacing. Dissipates to swirls of film after a minute. Aroma is big on chocolate. Lots of caramel sweetness and a fruity dose of coffee. Pretty light on the roast but it's there in the background. Very nice sweet, chocolatey stout smell. Mild herbal hop note. The taste adds a bunch more coffee flavor. Big chocolate and caramel sweetness again. It's like a dark chocolate milkshake with a shot of espresso and drizzled with caramel. Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and very full. Works very well with the top flavors. Excellent beer.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black and similar to motor oil with sticky lacing and thin layer of light brown foam.

Chocolate, coffee, oak, and vanilla.

HUGE coffee flavor, vanilla/cream, earthy hop bitterness, chocolate, and light oak.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, chewy, bitter, wonderful.

Overall, this certainly lived up to the hype.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a medium size dirty brown color head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt notes with some light caramel with some vanilla and Italian cookie notes. Taste is also dominated by chocolate malt notes with some vanilla and Italian biscuit notes with light dry roasted malt notes. Body is quite full with light creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very impressive amount of complexity while retaining a good level of drinkability.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 22oz bomber poured into a snifter

A: Dark on the pour – not quite jet black, but as close to black as a dark brown could get; dark khaki colored head, but it does not remain for long, as it disappears to a swirl of fine bubbles that settle as a small patch on the surface; coats the inner surface of the glass, leaving a sticky sheen in its wake on the drink-down.

S: Dark roast coffee on first impression; bittersweet baker’s chocolate, followed by a lighter sweeter scent – like vanilla-flavored almond milk; really, the nose is starting to take on an iced coffee profile to me – the roasted overtones of coffee blended with chocolate and a splash of almond milk to moderate.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans blending with lighter, sweeter hints of milk chocolate at the start; creamy vanilla and the unmistakable flavor of almond press through the middle; lingering coffee and chocolate bitterness on the finish, when a slight kiss of alcohol warmth appears; conceptually, you do get the impression that Evil Twin used biscotti cookies somewhere in the brewing process (Akin to dry hopping? Or just aging the beer on biscotti? Is it that far-fetched?) But regardless of how Evil Twin has accomplished this imitation of flavor, what is most impressive is how it feels true to form – the light vanilla-almond sweetness pleasingly breaks through the richer coffee flavors as one might dip/stir a biscotti in their post-meal coffee.

M: Sufficiently thick with a nice creaminess that eases upon the palate.

O: Wonderful. I have never had an Evil Twin stout (or Imperial Porter, as the case may be) that has let me down. The flavors are really nailed here, all while the 11.5% ABV remains firmly behind the scene, letting you know it is there without taking away from the star of the show – the vanilla and almond biscotti sweetness. Definitely worth dropping the extra couple of dollars to try a bottle – you won’t be disappointed.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours very black with a tan, almost mocha-like head.
The head sits there for a while, slightly creamy in appearance.

Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, almond, vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate.

Taste: slightly bittersweet and milk chocolate, roasted notes but well balanced against a sweet finish along with the almond and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: thick, creamy, almost fudgy.. excellent.

Great lacing as well.

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Photo of sommersb
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

Tasted On: 09-14-2014
Freshness: Best before 2015
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Liquor Barn, Bowling Green KY

The label says it was brewed and bottled at Westbrook Brewing in Mount Pleasant, SC

Appearance is a jet black beer with a finger and a half of tan head. Sticky lacing with a good level of retention.

Aromas have coffee, oak woodiness, licorice, vanilla, and dark fruits such as fig. Very impressive in the nose.

The taste is sweet and malty, plus some bitterness of French roast coffee. I also get alcohol warming and some whiskey notes.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy on a heavy body. The finish has semisweet chocolate and light roasted coffee notes.

Big and bold, heavy beer. Very nice melding of coffee and chocolate. Best for slow sipping and sharing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

easily one of the best imperial stouts ive ever had, bar none. fits the bill on the pour, dark and thick, with only a short mocha head, but with an easily provoked flash of fresh bubbles upon a gentle shake of the glass. no light coming through this one, and an aroma of roasting coffee, satin smooth malt sugar, whole vanilla beans, and a woody spirit I have yet to encounter, but would love to. there is layered complexity in the flavor, but everything is balanced artfully. more chocolate than the nose gives away, both milk and unsweetened dark. heavily roasted but not bitter burnt malt, syrupy vanilla, and fresh tobacco smoke round out the finish. there are bursts of sweetness throughout this beer, coming in for just a second before vanishing back into the darkness. the only bitterness at all is right up front, a pleasing backwardness from convention. the body is as full as it gets, the alcohol is magically disguised, coming out only when it warms up, and the carbonation is surprisingly active, helping this beer evolve and slide down easy. from a pure flavor standpoint, this might be the best imperial stout ive ever encountered. worth every bit of the hype. the only questions that remain for me are how do I get more? and where can I get other evil twin brews? are they all this good? splendid stuff here people.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2015.

Bomber served chilled into a goblet.

Imperial Biscotti Break is nearly black and very nearly opaque even on the pour. The head is crema colored and about the same thickness as it is on an espresso.

Aroma is malty and rich, roasty but sweet.

Flavor is sweet up front with dark chocolate and caramel. It's a little more roasty in the middle with dark malts and espresso. It finishes with a little more dry with the alcohol coming through slightly.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and perfectly carbonated with great balance and drinkability for such a strong beer.

Overall an excellent strong stout.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.
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