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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 jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a one pint can labeled "batch #005." Pours deep black with a dark tan head on a vigorous pour with minor lacing. The smell is tons of vanilla with malts. I'm also getting a very little almond; however, as the beer warms the almond smell comes out strongly. The taste is very sweet with tons of vanilla and more almond than on the nose. There is a little alcohol in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin for an imperial stout, but not bad. Overall a good, sweet beer with lots of flavors.

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Photo of LuckFreeZone
3.52/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is my fourth beer from Evil Twin. I am bit reluctant to leave a review as what I am tasting doesn't jibe with what I am reading in the other reviews and I am suspicious of my can (fortunately, I have 3 more cans and can edit this if my taste buds improve) . That said, I don't see (or taste) any evidence there is something wrong with the beer I am drinking.

For the aroma, I am getting mostly an alcohol smell . . . no coffee, no vanilla, nothing. The taste matches the smell. A little bitter and a lot of alcohol. This hits me like some barrel aged offerings (Kentucky, Uinta) and 180 degrees off from the ET Even More Jesus. All-in-all, not something I am likely to buy again (but I will finish the 4 pack).

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Photo of AustinWadkins
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark brown with minimal head that fell quickly, oil sludge

Smell of coffee,bakers chocolate, almond

Taste is brownie batter,nuts, vanilla, coffee, sweet/bitter

Overall a delicious stout, masks the 11.5 abv very well

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Photo of Philsadvns
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid effort by evil twin here. Pours with very little head that dissipates quickly, but it's a stout so I guess you can't expect too much there. Smells like a bakery that also serves coffee. Super nice smell. Chocolate, coffee, sugar, vanilla, nuttiness, malty toasted marshmallows maybe? The taste is not quite as on point as the smell. Still a delicious beer, but it loses something in translation from nose to palate. I can't detect any alcohol at all which is saying something for an abv of 11.5. A very excellent stout. Solid two thumbs up.

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Photo of TerryMills
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours jet black with very minimal light tan head.

Smell is almond,fudge , and lightly roasted sweetness.

Taste is very good with nice sweet light chocolate finish and no hint of booze at all.. I have no idea how they hid this much abv but they did..

Feel is full bodied but ive had thicker stouts for sure, very smooth light oil texture to it ..

Overall i don't think it gets much better than this, others may compare but its right there with the best of em..

Will buy again for sure..

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark with a good sized head. Smooth and tan. Big, rich nose with vanilla, almond and fudge. Some coffee way in the back. Flavor is coffee, then a punch of fudge brownie. Sweet cream/custard winds through as it warms. Lighter feel. Nice alcohol burn.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can, undated. I didn't even know they did cans, but I'm glad they do. Poured into ale glass.

L: 2F+ light tan head with minimal retention (not shocking at ABV), leaves a little bit of cap and ring. Beer is dark black,.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, burned sugar, anisette, vanilla

T: Taste follows nose wonderfully. They've recreated a slightly-overbaked biscotti dunked in coffee beautifully. Especially enjoy the burned taste as well as appreciate the restraint with the almond flavoring, as it can get out of hand very quickly and easily.

F: Medium-bodied, just right. Light soft carbonation. Very nice construction and good balance. Solid from beginning to end.

O: Every bit as good as advertised.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, small tan head and dots of lace that eventually disappear. Roasty sweet vanilla cream in the aroma. Notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla cream, Biscotti cookie soaked in coffee and gently charred bread. Borders on a full feel, creamy with a push of carbonation, leaves a linger both sweet and bitter roast with a coated feeling on the palette. This is one to revisit many times, an amazing stout.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: [4.25] The can lists the ABV (11.5%) there is a Batch Number but no date code (at 11.5% I am not sure it matters). I gave it a rough pour and was rewarded with 3 fingers of bulletproof-dense mocha colored head. The beer below is black to cola colored when backlit.

S: [3.50] A little bit of a rust/metallic odor up front. This is replaced quickly with cocoa, rum raisins and vanilla.

T: [4.25] Again with the early metallic taste but washed away by chocolate, coffee, vanilla, marshmallow, charred wood. No taste of alcohol at 11.5%.

M: [4.50] Slick and oily. Lower carbonation makes it feel even heavier. There is no alcohol heat - the only thing that lingers is a bit of drying from the malts.

O: [4.00] I have saved this for a while. I had one several months ago but didn't rate it at the time (I loved it). Maybe I let that experience fill me with too much expectation. This is a really good beer - but I remembered it like a religious experience. Still a great Imperial Stout with a lot to offer. I especially like the ABV without it kicking me in the face. I will drink this again.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a frothy mocha head that has good retention & leaves spotty lace.

Nose is a pleasant but understated with roasted malt & coffee being most prominent.

Taste is much bolder than the nose with bittersweet chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla & a nuttiness to it.

Medium body that coats the palate quite well and leaves a slick on the tongue.

Overall, a very good stout I will definitely drink again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank this last night during whatever WWE ppv was going on, Roadblock? It sucked. The beer though, that was better.

Poured black. Very dark jet black as they say. Not much head. Did I mention this came in a can? The aroma wasn't huge on coffee, I was hoping for that. A little underwhelmed on the nose. I mean its good, but it was tame and pedestrian at the same time.

Taste, hid the alcohol quite well and there is a nutty contingent going on with chocolate and coffee here, a certain breadiness underneath it all, like melba toast and imperial stout together at last.

The mouth feel excels, not harshly roasted, not alcoholic despite its massive strength. Slick chocolate and creamer. Wow I can't believe it took this far into the review to mention how creamy it was.

It was almost $5 a can/pint. Not too bad at all.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in an imperial pint glass at Wishbeer, Bangkok.

It comes with a jet black body and thick fluffy tan head that holds pretty good strength to stand with good retention, it just slowly dissipates to a thin everlasting foamy layer on the surface and leaves plenty of sticky lace in form of patch and spot, impressive showcase considering its high ABV.

In a nose, there are solid suggestions of milky, creamy, yet bitter chocolate as well as a strong presence of coffee in the way of fresh, dark, creamy, and aromatic not in kind of too sour or astringent. Then it is vanilla, licorice, caramel, hazelnut, lightly fruity, slight roasted, toasted bread, and biscuit, also with a subtle scent of alcohol. The aroma is more open when the beer starts to warm with a bolder note of coffee and chocolate.

The taste is insanely rich and tasty led by big sweetness that is brought down to balance level by the complexity of flavor ranging from coffee, chocolate, cocoa, creamy, toasted bread, biscuit, some roasted, vanilla, caramel, some warm and sweet alcohol. Slight astringency and some bitterness at time impart from its roasted character. Yes, it still has big residual sweetness after all but it is not that overwhelmingly sweet. It is just right and proper to harmoniously get along with the other flavors.

Full, slick, oily, and sticky mouthfeel with modest amount of carbonation that is proper to carry all the things well under its super silky smooth effervescence that sweeps throughout the palate, finish is pleasantly dry.

This one is damn good, nearly flawless if sweet, creamy smooth, chocolaty, and coffee Stout is your preferred glass. Alcohol is there with a heat but it is pretty much 70-80% concealed, I can say, underneath its tasty palate. This is the beer I will be looking forward to grab it again without any doubt.

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Photo of donspublic
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into sniffer tan 1 inch head, nice lacing. Dark black in the glass. Smells of roasted malt , coffee and alcohol. Taste of coffee, roasted malt and some tartness. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous.

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Photo of Hallu
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting more from this. It's a stout really focusing on the dark fruits, and slightly on the coffee/roastiness. No chocolate or sweetness anywhere in there. Slight liquorice on the taste. No biscuit anywhere in this, that was a disappointment. It also doesn't stay very long in the mouth, and tends to be too boozy, a recurring fault in Evil Twin creations. It is still a very good beer, but there are better American stouts for the price. Bell's stouts come to mind.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a finger of rusty chocolate head.

Smells of coffee, cream, snow, liquorice, and dark toasted notes. A little like Kailua, as it has some alcohol presence. Chocolate truffles.

Sweet, hints of orange, chocolate, truffles, black liquorice, and Kailua.

Thick, oily, slightly syrupy body, like Hershey's chocolate syrup. Moderate, slightly peppery carbonation. The alcohol is mostly felt in the throat.

Got online, drinking in Chiang Mai Dec 12th, 2016. Really well done brew. Enjoying it on this pre-Christmas night.

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Photo of justinp444
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter it has a dark beige head of a quarter inch and a black body. Smell of slight roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, biscotti, amaretto, almond, marzipan, and dark chocolate. Taste is much the same, large amount of coffee, roasted malt, amaretto, slight marzipan at the end, dark chocolate, and cherry. Mouthfeel is full as well as body and carbonation. A rich and flavorful stout with a smell that sticks to it's name more than flavor, but is still excellent anyways.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.09/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

160z can into a pint glass. batch #4, whatever that means.

looks pure evil as it pours blacker than black with the look of old motor oil. nice small beige head, leaving some lacing at first. head eventually disappears altogether.

aroma is strongly of bourbon. there are some faint cocoa tones, but little else. thought i'd picked up the BBA version, but no, at least according to the can.

oh dear. taste is almost exclusively bourbon alcohol. no almond, no vanilla, it does pick up some coffee tones as it warms up. there is a faintly metallic quality to it as well.

close to full on the mouth. bourbon on the finish, as well as the faint metallic taste.

overall, I guess I', the only man in the country who does not like this beer one bit. reminds me of my reaction to Backwoods Bastard. just too much booze and not enough beer. sorry, Evil Twin, but this was a drain pour for me.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at August THT. Pitch black with a thin espresso head. Notes of chocolate, brewed coffee, roasted malts, plum jam. Full body, smooth texture, low carbonation and a roasty bitter finish.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oily, inky black, with a brownish beige head of 4 fingers in the snifter. Nice rings of lace left behind.

Aromas of pure amaretto - the cherry, the almond - and coffee, nuttiness, and maybe a hint of black olive.

Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, fusel alcohol, and then hints of amaretto and espresso. The tart cherry remains throughout the finish. A touch of paper, but I don't think it's oxidized. Nice roasty finish. It's better when you leave it on your tongue for a little while. Finishes on coffee.

Feel is carbonated and smooth, creamy, full bodied. Leaves an ashy roasty feel in the mouth as it subsides.

Well, it's not half bad. As to whether i'd buy a 4 pack of cans, it's a toss up. Still worth a try if you haven't done it yet.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Optics are as expected, head is thick and fluffy. Aroma was a little lite on mine, but there are definite notes of cream, almond and mild espresso. Wish it was more robust. Flavor is good, the aroma is a very good indicator of what you get - vanilla, almond and light espresso. Also a tad soft, but definitely tasty. Very smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Vader444
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
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 SHDoyle
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Description: Inky black with no head or lacing. Has a very clear, flat appearance, almost like glass. Smell is dark chocolate, coffee, cream, vanilla and a boozy, oak/bourbon hint even though this isn't barrel aged. Altogether a complex and balanced aroma. The taste is a little more circumscribed with dark chocolate and coffee dominating but not so much cream or vanilla except for a bit on the aftertaste. Not as complex as the aroma. Feel is thick and creamy with, as expected, low carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Vanilla sugar wafers

If you like this beer then you should also try: Breakfast Stout

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) This slow-sipping, dessert beer would have been better had it been barrel aged but, still, pretty good. This had some really great components but I think it's a case where the sum maybe isn't greater than the whole of its parts. It's not something I (or most people) would drink every day but it's worth trying if you haven't before.

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Photo of tlema1
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: jet black, with a thin lacing tan head
S: some vanilla
T: coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate
F: rich, creamy, booze on the finish
O: 16 ounce can, Rich delicious sipper

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boy, is this a chocolate bomb! Along with vanilla, almond, and dark roast flavors. It's dark and it's sweet. It's one of the sweetest beers I can remember. Like drinking a very good alcoholic candy bar. Served at a bar, from a 16 ounce can into a shaker pint.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, batch #001 13:58. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black with no light coming through. Medium tan head with thick sheets of persistent lacing. Initial 1/4" head died back to a thin ring at the edges.

Smell: Vanilla, almond, just a bit of espresso.

Taste: A perfect blend of vanilla, almond, roasted malt, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, cream, and an alcohol accent. Really an amazing dessert in a glass. Definitely a sweet beer, but it is countered at the finish with the bitter coffee notes.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy and quite thick. Just right carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping beer to enjoy after dinner. While this would pair really well with a dessert, I don't think one is needed as this beer is dessert. One per evening with a wonderful potent beer like this one, and 16oz is just right.

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