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:
#358
Reviews:
663
Ratings:
4,385
pDev:
8.28%
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0
 
 
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Photo of groleau
3.74/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with deep brown highlights, a foamy tan head that stays covering the surface, and plenty of potty lacing. Smells of vanilla wafers, coffee, and banana nut bread. Flavor follows with the addition of milk chocolate chips and medium toasted bread and roasted coffee. A smooth and decadent fullness accompanies this sweet liquid dessert with very little bitterness. Overall, this is an outstanding beer, but does lean a little too much on the sweet side for my taste. Perfect to share for a night cap. Cheers!

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Photo of Bdubz94
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured cold into a snifter. No date (WHY?), just a batch number....

Dark as can be-- not a photon gets through. Nice brown two finger head on the pour. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is coffee, chocolate, almonds, vanilla, some wood as well. Lots and lots of sweetness on the nose. Do get some booze as well.

Taste is wow. Like spiked coffee flavored ice cream! Even sweeter and creamier than the nose let on. Get some booze here on the back end as well but it doesn't dominate. Lots of vanilla and chocolate.

Feel is creamy and thick. Mouth coating. Not much carbonation.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this very sweet stout. So many tasty dessert flavors and very creamy.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black beer like cold coffee. Drank it out of a goblet and very strong coffee aroma with strong coffee taste. Subtle almond and vanilla flavors and very smooth for 11.5% abv. My wife who normally does not drink high abv beers loved it and never seen her so amazed by a beer. Good work by Evil Twin, have to try the barrel aged now.

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Photo of mkh012
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured at 50° into a tulip.

Near-black with two fingers of rocky tan head.

Nose is coffee, chocolate, almond extract, and cherry. A touch of savoriness.

The taste follows, with dark chocolate, berry-like sweetness, and caramel. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but the alcohol is almost entirely concealed. Quick swallows go down beautifully, but if you swish this one around it coats the palate. Light bitterness on the finish to keep things in check.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall, if this were 10% less sweet it would be a home run.

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Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a pint can.

L - pitch black with almost no head

S - Green coffee, almond, chocolate

T - what strikes me the most in the taste of this beer is its balance. It's a lot about green coffee. Yeah it's green. Almond (almost cherry), chocolate. Bittersweet.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with a nice carbonation

O - A perfectly balanced beer. It's not as bold as even more jesus but it's more balanced. Very nice. 11.5% Abv?! Really?! Doesn't feel boozy at all

Few months later still in cans, a bit less exciting. I'm not sure this adjunct imperial stouts are made for aging. Drink fresh!

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

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

tons of coffe and a nutty vanilla background flavor

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Photo of MHJeff06
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of heddar33
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shogun250
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lr300
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Angerhaus
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kash2112
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of axf4129
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dms1767
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Virby44
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hudson2508
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayes86
3.61/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of captaincoffee
3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours near black with a small-to-medium khaki head that leaves some spotty lace. Coffee, vanilla, and almond all come through on the nose and seem reasonably well integrated. Taste lacks the same well rounded features. Some licorice and vanilla extract, but is a bit rough/harsh and the flavors don't really all work together in my opinion. Maybe there is something in the way this brewery makes its big stouts that I just don't care for, as I previously had I Love You with My Stout and didn't care for it. Mouthfeel lacked the creaminess I'd normally expect from a big stout like this. Overall, okay but well below expectations.

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Photo of stanale
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 4,385 ratings