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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#342
Reviews:
637
Ratings:
4,309
pDev:
8.28%
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Photo of lanciloti
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IPAFan521
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GregSVT
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours super dark nearly black with a tiny brown head that fades to a ring and leaves no real lacing on the glass.

S: As soon as you start pouring it you can smell the coffee. I get notes of espresso, vanilla, and a touch of chocolate. It's mainly coffee at first and reminds me of Wake n Bake.

T: The taste is similar to the nose with nice flavors of espresso, vanilla, chocolate, and cream. It tastes like a nice latte or cappuccino with some nice chocolate notes. It's sweet but the coffee cuts that sweetness a bit. It also has an almost hazelnut flavor but that may be my mind playing tricks.

M: The feel is top notch on this one and what I expect from my Imperial Stouts. Big and chewy, thick and viscous, with just the right amount of carbonation.

O: Probably one of my favorite coffee beers now and something I look forward to drinking every once in a while. I would love to have access to this on a regular basis.

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Photo of sillyhed8
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TahoeTweezed
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Austin32
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had high hopes for this and it exceeded them in the end. Beautiful dark chocolate brown color with coppery head. Sweet, but not overpowering, and smooth, you'd never guess the high abv from taste. Excellent offering from evil twin that I hope to have more of.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look 10/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 91/100

Wave after wave of coffee and chocolate spank the taste buds. A bit rich from the go, 'taste' and 'ABV' take a strong leading role. A bit boozy and hot. Other wise milk chocolate and mocha really shine. Smooth stout notes. Considering its a whopping 11.5... This is an awesome gem to land~

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Photo of gopens44
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mickyge
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sittinggc
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A really exceptional brew! Once it warms, tastes of sweet coffee and glazed almonds. The only problem I have with this beer is it's price point. Picked it up for 17.99 a bottle. Yikes!

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Photo of mattsander
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Inky black, full bodied, dense and creamy dark brown head. Gorgeous beer.

S: Dark chocolate, toasted nuts, espresso. Cocoa, a bit of burnt sugar.

T: Sweet and decadent, dark cocoa and deeply roasted coffee dominate. The aftertaste has vanilla wafers and the perfect amount of toasty-nuttiness. Awesome.

M: Full bodied, very creamy.

This one surprised me, a truly awesome stout.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet, light-evading black, with a medium-thin sized, dark creme/motor oil head. A far bit of dark lacing is left after taking a sip. It smells dark, with an aroma composed of roasted malts, sweet pastries, toffee, caramel, and espresso. The taste extravagance opens with a dark chocolate flavor, before fading into dark fruits, espresso, and toffee. Mouth feel is mouth coating, while still being smooth and creamy. If anything is missing here, maybe boldness. It feels a bit thin, albeit, fantastic. Overall, an absolutely marvelous beer. So many flavors and aromas going on, while still being manageable and not overwhelming.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of jmg480
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jcflorian
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pitch black with creamy head.

Smell- I get a lot of different stuff. Coffee, toffee, brown sugar.

Taste- This is where the beer shines. An excellent example of an American Imperial Stout. Chocolate first, then roast coffee then sugar sweetness on back end.

Feel- Very thick, which I enjoy in a beer of this ABV

Overall- rock solid Imperial Stout. Worthy of its ranking

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Photo of zeff80
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bridge, STL.

A - Jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left a sudsy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Very sweet, but a good sweet. It really smelled like dessert.

T - Sweet chocolate goodness dominated the flavor. There is a touch of vanilla, some caramel and toffee, too. Very light bitterness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale.

O - This is a very good imperial stout. It's rare to make a beer that tastes like dessert without overdoing it, but Evil Twin has done it.

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Photo of bobstockwell
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jemarent
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cylinsier
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz.

Pours jet black with a dark nutty tan head about two inches thick. The head is fine and firm and dissipates very slowly, retaining as a film.

Smells of rich cocoa, caramel, and coffee over a rich biscuity malt base. Some hints of vanilla and licorice.

Rich, bold flavor is a mixture of coffee, cream, chocolate, caramel, and roasted biscuit malt. Again, hints of vanilla creep through as well.

The body is full with tingling carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Definitely a top-shelf stout, well worth seeking out and trying for fans of the style. Probably have to hand it to his brother, Mikkeler's Brunch Weasel as my current favorite stout, but Evil Twin certainly brings the competition.

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Photo of Gwendolyn
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NCMeanGreen
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BobMessina
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vader444
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One pint can poured into tulip.

Been looking forward to trying this for a long time. It is an outstanding example of a coffee stout with bold flavours and a rich mouthfeel. I struggled a bit to identify the "biscotti" element but as this warmed up towards room temperature it developed a very subtle marzipan flavour. Overall a fabulous beer but perhaps not as good as Evil Twin's Even More Jesus sampled on the same evening. I would probably have enjoyed a second of these if it wasn't a "school night". Cheers!

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

*22 Oz. Bottle*

Look: Midnight black with a 1 finger deep mocha head. It looks like used diesel motor oil.

Smell: Chocolate/ cocoa nibs, sweet molasses, burnt grains fused with coffee.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted sweet malts, burnt coffee bitterness, cookie dough, espresso, vanilla/ chocolate as finishes.

Feel: Medium body, mild soft carbonation.

Overall: This reminds me of the Caravel Ice Cream Cake blended with my morning cup of espresso. Very smooth to the point its almost ridiculous. 11.5 ABV that is not detectable. Drinkable beyond belief for such a big beer. Sweet and bitter. I’m sure it isn’t the best Imperial Stout brewed today, but it is pretty close. Recommended.

*Original Reviewed 9-3-13

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Photo of BierJager89
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours utterly black, viscous with a medium brown head that lasts longer than expected (given the 11.5% alcohol content).

S: Sweet, amaretto-like almond character as well as coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt in the nose.

T: Sweet iced coffee, almond, blackened malt, excessively dark chocolate, yet there is a sweetness to it.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: I did not expect this beer to smells so sweet or taste quite as bitter as it is (not that it's all that bitter, it's about as bitter as coffee), and the addition of coffee probably cuts what would probably be too much sweetness. I'd definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled December 2015 from 22oz bottle in pint glass. I did not see a bottled or use-by date on the bottle.

Appearance: 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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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 4,309 ratings
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