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:
#346
Reviews:
658
Ratings:
4,366
pDev:
8.28%
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Photo of MrUse
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black, tan head like most stouts. The smell is what really stands out here. I get a lot of great almond smell, with a hint of vanilla. Taste is fantastic, lots of vanilla and almond. Hints of coffee. Nice thick mouthfeel. This is a great stout overall, extremely easy drinking for it's abv

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Photo of Mar02x
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kingston2
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black, totally opaque in the glass with a thin dark brown head with light lacing. Aroma of sweet toasted malt, quality coffee and sweet cookie dough notes. Flavor is dense sweet dark malt, coffee, vanilla and a bit of cookie dough, very well melded into a rich coffee chocolate flavor. A nice hop bitterness with mild char in the finish. Great creamy body. More like a liqueur enhanced chocolate coffee shake than a beer, slightly on the sweet side, but flavorful enough that it was not a detractor. Dangerously drinkable. The high ABV was totally covered and this invited repeated tastes requiring pacing. A classic.

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Photo of metter98
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and looked like motor oil coming out of the bottle. It poured with a thin but very dense tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted coffee beans in the nose.
T: There are flavors of roasted espresso beans along with some notes of chocolate and hints of almonds.
M: It feels as smooth as silk and medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of tingling from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The alcohol is incredibly well hidden from the taste considering the strength of this beer. The smell and flavors are really nice; I could easily sip this beer all night long.

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

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

holy crap! this beer is a mouthful!
22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass
pours very dark brown to black with very small tan head
smell is complex smells sweet, cocoa, coffee smoky and very strong alcohol almost like a bourbon
taste sweet coffee again alcohol like bourbon and chocolate as well
feel is warming, viscous and slightly carbonated on the tongue
this is a strong beer to be sipped and enjoyed over a long period of time
almost too much but not quite

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Photo of blowpez
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 4,366 ratings