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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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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Ratings:
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Avg:
4.34
pDev:
22.58%
 
 
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Photo of Qbdoo
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful, pitch black beer with a frothy tan head. Smell is mild with strong hints of coffee and slight hints of chocolate and cocoa. The taste is pretty similar with the coffee even more prominent but not overwhelming To me, many coffee stouts have too much coffee and not enough beer, but this is among the most balanced I've had. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, though a bit thinner than many imperials. Oddly, I enjoyed this beer more when it was really cold and felt it didn't improve with warming.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle - $15.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Chugs out an onyx black body with a thickish, slowly receding, dark tan-hued head.

Smell: IB is marked by its unmistakable almond-scented nose that literally jumps out of the glass, followed fast by robust, just-roasted coffee, melty sweet chocolate, subtle vanilla beans, steeped prunes, and a splash of clean alcohol.

Taste: A double-chocolate almond cookie dunked in rich morning-fresh coffee generously dosed with sweetened vanilla-flavored almond milk and even a drip of Amaretto. A dark fruitiness shortly creeps in, as does a (very) little roasty bitterness, maybe a snippet of restrained leafy, tobacco-laced hops. The various flavors, some nutty, and the dessert-like sweetness just roll back and forth over the tongue, progressing beyond the smooth, slightly warming, slightly drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Silky mouthfeel.

Overall: Listen, if you can't get excited about this beer, you don't deserve coffee, vanilla beans OR almonds.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 22oz into a goblet.

A: pours a real nice pitch black velvet with a sharp thin carbonation dissipating quickly. Pretty color on the head but quickly goes to a flat appearance. Not an issue. How I like my stouts.

S: Real nice coffee like fair trade. Bitter chocolate. Real clean. No off putting bitterness.

T: Amazing. Reminds me a lot of brunch weasel. The coffee is so clean and integrates well with the subtle chocolate. A lot of stouts I want bourbon barrel aged to hide some things or enhance. Not this guy.

M: Damn near perfect from start to finish. Long finish leaving u with a refined chocolate lingering non-syrupy feel. No alcohol burn.

Overall: Pretty shocked. Not expecting much thinking this was gonna be another marked up international offering that would rival a stone ris. Not the case here. Going back for more prob not to age though. One of those rare stouts I can't see barrel aging benefiting.

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Photo of draheim
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep viscous black w/ a reddish brown head. Beautiful.

Aroma is dark roasted malt, espresso, bitter chocolate. Rich, earthy, inviting.

Taste is big and robust; strong coffee, chocolate. Some caramel, vanilla and molasses.

Mouthfeel is thick and coating, slick. Not syrupy. Nice dry finish.

Overall an outstanding imperial stout, hits on all cylijnders.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter.

A- beautiful mocha-colored head, pillowlike, quickly dissipating head. No visible lace. Pitchblack liquid. 4.25

S- donuts and coffee. Vanilla, lactose, a bit of spice, booze. Clove. 4

T- caramel and chocolate. Tastes like a Rolo. Sweet and creamy coffee with a stiff finish. 4.25

M- sweet and malty initially, then very bitter and dry. Thick and creamy with only a light carbonation. Excellent beer. 4.25

O- delicious as fuck.

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Photo of hillvt4me
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- pours black w/ a mocha head. Solid lacing around glass.

S - The aroma was overly ripe bananas, chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee.

T -the ripe bananas are prominent with a deep chocolate, cinnamon and coffee finish.

M- Full bodied, not sweet or bitter, thick and balanced. Mild carbonation.

O - Spectacular flavor and mouth-feel. I hope this is consistently good. More to come.

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Photo of fgmiele
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle directly into torst wine glass. Pours opaque deep cocoa black with a two finger fluffy caramel head. Head dissipates quickly..nose is sweet dark cocoa, caramelly mocha and overall sweetness. Taste follows the nose...starting with a definitive chocolate foreground that develops effortlessly into big chocolate, booze, cream, and light smokiness. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy like a milkshake..overall another win for evil twin stouts.

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Photo of beer456
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice looking pour. Pours dark brown. Has nice desert taste. Alcohol gives it a nice pungency but not overpowering. Sweetness and the alcohol balance very nicely. Would like to try again during cold winter months. Had it in June and really not the right season for it.

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Photo of Hesscabob
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Received via trade, along with cherry natale I will wait until Christmas to have.

A - Dark as night with a dark mocha head. Lacing around glass advises this will be a sticky pungent stout. Perfect.

S - The aroma was fantastic, chocolate, chocolate marshmallow, roasted malt, smelled a bit boozy but yes its 11.5% so I'll allow it.

T - Only one peg down from BCBS, smooth, chocolate takes over, tastes like im eating a smore without the ashes from the campfire, bliss. Straight forward with not alot of complexity but it didnt need to be complex to be as great as it was.

M- Full bodied, not sweet not bitter, used the perfect amount of everything. Bit overly carbonated but fantastic.

O - Was told not to age this beer so I bought 2 just in case they were wrong and glad I saved another because I think the booziness might settle along with the carbonation levels.

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Photo of JiffyP
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious! The chocolate notes rule the aftertaste. Never bitter, so smooth, easy drink. Had this after the Prairie Bomb! (which was amazing), and I have to say this was a much smoother drink. The aroma alone sends that message. I started slow, expecting a bitter finish like many other coffee stouts, but this just stayed sweet and smokey. Definitely getting this one again.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dujayhawk for this particular bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter.

A: Very dark brown, opaque, with a tan thin ring of foam and low visible carbonation.

S: Sweet roasted malts, coffee, lactose creaminess, pipe tobacco and cacao.

T: Follows the nose well - flavors of coffee and lactose, with dark roasted malts with less bitterness than expected, sweet leather, a touch of vanilla, some tobacco, and maybe some almond nuttiness (though that could be the power of suggestion). Hang is mostly residual sweetness from the malt bill.

M: Full-bodied but not really thick. Sticky mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation sensation, and the fairly hefty ABV is well-hidden.

O: I thought this was pretty good, and a surprisingly easy drinking beer for a big stout. Not perhaps a personal favorite, but still definitely worth a try.

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Photo of JulioH
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has lots of complex flavors.

Pours a dark beer. Has no carbonation forming. Aroma is of chocolate, fortified wine. Taste is very complex. Has vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and some yeasty element that makes it taste like a biscotti. It is not a bitter beer, it is a bit sour. Borderline heady. Mouth feel is syrupy.

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Photo of B-Nut-GoBlue
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I loved this friggin' beer. I'll get around to writing real reviews at some point (I'll come back and edit) but I wanted to point out how much I enjoyed this beer. I'm not sure I was expecting such a brilliant flavor, and though I was expecting a "good beer", this blew me away, unannounced! Yes, very similar to KBS in my humble opinion. Delicious, fabulous coffee flavors alongside the wonderful roasted notes.

(Cannot wait to try this barrel-aged. I honestly can't fathom how amazing that beer will be...it may let me down in a way as I've built this beer itself up so high)

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Photo of garuda
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black, tan head has decent retention with good lace.

S/T/M - Similar, with smooth roasted creamed coffee and milk chocolate sweetness. Taste more bold than aroma. Full, thick, chewy body. Finishes with a cookie dough sweetness and chocolate syrup.

O - Spectacular for what its meant to be. I found it very similar to Founders Breakfast Stout (a good thing), with added bready, cookie malts in the finish. I'd definitely get this again, and seek out the variants.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A roasty, sweet, and earthy dark malt forward aroma with big hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malts with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla, milk, caramel, toast, biscuit, grains, nuts, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses. Hints of anise licorice spicing. Subtle dark fruit hints of cherry and raisin. Subtle earthy hints of hops in the background. A very good stout aroma.

Taste: Like the nose, a roasty, sweet, and fairly earthy dark malt driven taste with a big presence of dark chocolate and coffee. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with good notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla, caramel, milk, dough, biscuit, nuts, toast, grains, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and sugar. Notes of anise licorice. Fairly earthy with some background notes of hops. Light dark fruit undertones of raisin and cherry. A very good imperial stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and slick. Alcohol presence is noticeable but not overwhelming.

Overall: A very good take on an imperial stout. On the sweeter side but far from cloying. Very good chocolate and coffee presence.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark. Rich. Terra cotta head. Packs a ton of dark, decadent flavor: chocolate, almond, fudge, dried fig, dates. A wonderful stout. I've had it both on tap and from the bottle. It's smooth as silk going down, with very little alcohol burn. Top notch.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger light brown head that left a little bit of lace ring. Mostly a roasted and coffee malt aroma along with dark chocolate. Smooth and light which is how I prefer my stouts. Plenty of roast and coffee to go around but well-balanced from some sweet dark chocolate (not really any vanilla) and possibly some nuts. Probably a little more sweet than roasted/coffeeish so it hit my sweet tongue.

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Photo of maximum12
3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a few bottles of Evil Twin when they showed up in town & haven't been overwhelmed yet, hoping this one will do the trick. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is lively & a deep, mordor black. Nose is a step up, with gently roasted coffee beans cut with a whole lotta dark chocolate, which results in a more even, sweeter coffee-like aroma. Nice balance.

Biscotti Break has that X-factor that I can't quite put my tongue on. In a photocopy of the nose, the roast is cut perfectly with a nice dark chocolate & a slapdash of liquid black licorice - enough to taunt the taste buds but not enough to be offensive, since I hate black licorice, but it's nice here. Mouthfeel is gorgeous: thick, rich, decadent. End is big, sweet malts. My quibble with the beer is in the drinkability. I could have been one-and-done with a two or three ounces taster. Half a bomber is beginning to wear a bit.

Very good, but the licorice cuts into my enjoyment somewhat. Easily the best beer from this brewery I've had to date.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 2015. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, fudge, espresso beans, roasted malt, dark bread, caramel, vanilla, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso beans, roasted malt, fudge, toast, dark bread, caramel, vanilla, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, roast, fudge, toast, dark bread, caramel, vanilla, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding imperial coffee stout. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of treznor
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, silky, black, asking you to just have one more. It certainly doesn't drink like its 11.5% ABV, but don't let it fool you.

Pours solid black with a nice dark tan head and slight lacing.

Smell is slighlty sweet with just a hint of what is to come. after warming up a bit the almond started to come through stronger.

The taste is where it's really at for me. The slight sweetness balances the slight bitterness and everything just comes together to get that biscotti flavor Evil Twin was going for.

Overall a very solid beer!

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Photo of TheFizzinator
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looking like a beautiful dark brown/black pour this beer looks extremely appetizing. Smell is a light mixture of cocoa, roasted malts, hints of toffee and char. Also there's something in there like toasted marshmallows. Powdered and roasted and burnt chocolate is in the taste. The toffee in the nose is there as well but there is definitely a very pleasant burnt and charred note to it, especially in the finish. The mouthfeel is very light and sparsely carbonated. I wish it had just a touch more of the body to balance the beer out slightly more.

Overall, a great beer. Most definitely a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of CHickman
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black color with bubbles racing up it like champagne to a thick creamy 2 finger brown Guinness looking head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded pretty slowly and left really good spotty lacing as it slid back down and settled into a inch creamy layer on top.

Smells like a chocolate chip cookie dunked into an espresso, with cocoa powder, coffee beans, roasted malt/grains, burnt wood, mocha, molasses, caramel and light alcohol; the smoky and chocolate notes work well with the coffee and burnt grains and contain the alcohol which allows the complex malt nose to actually come off sweet and almost fruity with toasted nuts and chocolate dipped anything. A really impressive and enjoyable nose that was so inviting a kid would sip this mistaking for a chocolate drink.

Tastes like the nose smells, but richer and more like an espresso mixed with cookie dough. Flavor was a blend of coffee beans, roasted malt/grains, cocoa powder, roasted nuts, burnt wood, mocha, vanilla, molasses, caramel, light alcohol like bourbon or barrel aging, dark chocolate, faint citrus hops or lemon, mild earthy notes like peat moss and some brown sugar. The smoky malts, coffee and chocolate were the strongest flavors, but as this warmed up there were a lot more accents that had funky and bitter aspects that brought waves of sweetness that washed away any noticeable alcohol presence and left dessert and biscotti-like aftertastes lingering as the brew left a semi dry finish. Everything I look for in an imperial stout came through with each sip.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, but smooth as silk and buttery on the tongue with a creamy light feel despite the true weight; light carbonation, the body is on the heavy and dense side, and there is a slightly bitter aftertaste that is a combo of coffee, dark chocolate, lemon zest, burnt grains and charred wood or a marshmallow that fell in the coals – the taste is sweet like bakers chocolate, vanilla and dark roasted Kona coffee beans, and it’s absolutely delicious.

Outstanding stout with robust flavors, minor hop accents for balance that hid the alcohol, sweet flavors that were rich but not overdone and great dessert qualities that made every sip a little different, but all 22 ounces extremely enjoyable. An excellent stout and a beer that I highly recommend and will buy more of very soon. I suggest treating yourself to this beer as it will provide a great buzz to go along with the great flavor. Well done Evil Twin.

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Photo of barhoc11
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very nice color and head retention

S: The strong suit of the beer, very sweet aroma

T: This is a little too sweet for my tastes and the aftertaste lingers a bit too long.

M: Average for this style

O: This was kind of a let down for me, I was expecting more biscotti taste but this seemed to taste just like other sweet imperial stouts. For the price, I will not buy this again.

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Photo of hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a one finger mocha head, with nice retention and lacing for an 11.5 % abv beer. the aroma has dark roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa, chocolate, biscotti, and caramel.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells with dark roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa, chocolate, biscotti, and caramel. Has a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. There is also some noticeable alcohol, but it is not intrusive.

Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and easy to drink. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.
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