Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Imperial Biscotti BreakImperial Biscotti Break

Brewed by:
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.

Added by BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012

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Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Who doesn't love New Beer Sunday? How CAN you not enjoy a CANportunity to really do some damage under the auspices of doing something New? Happy Even More Even More Evil Twin Sunday (Week 678) as I delve even deeper into this madness!

From the CAN: "Imperial Stout brewed with Coffee and with Almond and Vanilla added"; "Italy has a certain 'je ne sais quoi' - fab food culture, highly decadent history of art and cool countryside. Some might argue the people are loud and flamboyant, they steal our women, the soccer players melodramatically flop on the pitch. Listen - that's all part of the secret Italian ingredient - keep it cool, confident, arrogant, and extravagant. Forza Italia."

I wanted to Crack! this CAN open & CANduct an inverted Glug in retaliation for the CANsense of the last one, but that was not fitting. Instead, I went with a slow, gentle Glug. Unbidden, it still formed a finger of foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with modest retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was as sweet as the previous gem, loads of nuttiness & vanilla, but the coffee was taking a back seat. This brewery pi**ed me off with the last one, an overpriced p.o.s. & this was doing naught to repair the damage! Biscotti? Not on the nose! Coffee? Not on the nose! Added almond & vanilla? Fine. A check of the style descriptor lets you off of the hook, but I am NOT happy. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, less than what I would & CAN expect in the style. The taste was odd with an initial coffee bitterness, but tempered with a nuttiness that I could not readily identify along with a very identifiable vanilla sweetness. Biscotti? I am unsure. I love Biscotti from Enrico's in Pixburgh's Strip Disrick, but this was not evocative of any of their variegated products. I found myself wishing that they could have found a happier medium between the coffee and the almond flavors while leaving the vanilla in the beta stage. Almond infused coffee is bangin', yo, but this lacked that kind of CANpelling quality. Instead, it seemed kind of CANfused, wandering from coffee to nutty and finishing with a vague sweetness, perhaps of vanilla, but I would not swear to it. Finish was equally difficult to quantify - semi-sweet or semi-dry? Pick one, 'cause I CANnot. I was unimpressed.

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Photo of zbelair
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madakassal
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buffettman2018
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Snowcrash000
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smells of roasted, caramel malts, coffee, vanilla and a certain nutty, marzipan-like quality. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by roasted, caramel malt, coffee, vanilla and marzipan, with notes of chocolate and licorice. Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonisation. Finishes with a light, dry bitterness. Very nicely balanced, especially between sweetness and bitterness, with an intriguing marzipan-quality throughout and notes of coffee, chocolate and vanilla.

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Photo of HopsnScotch987
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dudd
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dreyski
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is black, the slightest bit of leakage to mahogany on the edges, and a bubbly tan head. The first note I get on the nose is stone fruit, but there’s also a bit of char and cocoa, and there’s a significant vanilla note as well.

The taste is dominated at first by the stone fruit, but the chocolate and vanilla notes come forward as this warms, and the almond makes a very brief appearance in the form of a nutty flavor at the very end of the taste.

The mouthfeel is fine, but if it had more gravitas, this beer would be at the tippity top of the imperial stout pile. It is still an excellent choice.

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Photo of Holderness
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L — Pours a dark black that only allows light through around the edges when 1,000 lumens is passed through the glass. Small light brown head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention or lacing
S — Milk chocolate, coffee, almond extract, booze, candied dark fruit. The booze is pretty prevalent
T — Dark chocolate, vanilla, booze, almond extract, roastey barley, hint of espresso
F — Big mouthfeel, medium carb. Not as fluffy or velvety as some of the other Evil Twin imperial stouts I’ve been having lately. Nice roastiness on the finish
O — Very fair pricing on this and many of the other non barrel aged stouts coming out of Evil Twin. the almond on this isn’t too overbearing, which is nice


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Photo of Vidblain
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've had many, many cans of Imperial Biscotti Break - this can is a 2017, if I recall, and has been sitting on a shelf in my cellar for six or more months. Oops. It's a mess down there.

Imperial Biscotti Break pours a very deep brown, with a nice medium brown head of foam. Smells quite pleasant - coffee forward. The taste is all coffee and bits of almost and cocoa. There's something artificial about the adjuncts though - just tastes a bit odd/off. This is one of those dark beers that I've had my fill of after just a few sips.

It's a decent, reliable beer, but it hasn't changed my world in any particular ways. Good, but not great.

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Photo of RichieRich1812
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Calraven
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weird_al_1106
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DIM
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sgregory
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mishi_d
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CleanTaps
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brown booze nose and attack at first sip. The baked bicotti arrives with time and air. Coffee and cocoa all the time. Thin mouthfeel but tasty. I wasn’t sure I’d like this when I opened it but turned out to be great!

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Photo of Blogjackets
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A delicious addition to my stout lineup. The name belies the character of the beer. I do not get biscotti from the taste or nose, but both taste and nose are wonderful. I love biscotti so perhaps its spirit has been captured. This beer is not a confection- it’s a stout through and through. Good body and mouth feel paired with 11.5% ABV makes for a powerful beer. Sold here in a 12 ounce snifter. Note: reviewing the standard release, not the barrel aged version. Having written this review at the bar, I’m about to order another. Cheers!

Compelled to add as an addendum that my last swig from the snifter had a wonderful biscotti flavor. As with many stouts, drink when it’s at room temperature to taste all flavors. As always ymmv.

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4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of shu_420
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dzu
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint.
L: dark brown with a tan foam.
S: cocoa beans chocolate.
T: coffee, cake, milk chocolate.
F: tight body and low carbonation.
O: must taste.

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Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 4,363 ratings