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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.

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4.32
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Photo of marieli
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Started at 57 degrees. Label said "Best before 2015". What's that about? A cheap shot at Deschutes? Anyways, this does pour very black and exciting. Aroma is sweet, maybe some oak but don't think is barrel aged? Maybe it's the cookie. As it warmed in the glass I got a sweet molasses-like smell, very nice. First flavor impression is bitterness; it gives way to smooth flavor, but that bitterness is always there with each drink from start to finish. I did not get distinct coffee or chocolate, but rather roasted malt and some kind of welcomed melded sweetness. Sorry, my palate just can't pick out 7 kinds of distinct fruits and grains like some of our more insightful members! Mouthfeel was nice medium, but I wish a little creamier, say more like Founders Breakfast Stout or Goose Island Bourbon County or Prairie Bomb! Overall a very well crafted stout, but that front end bitterness is a bit of an issue for me.

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Photo of smanson56
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark black color into my snifter glass. The nose is fairly mild with hints of coffee and chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is smooth with nice coffee and chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a very small amount of carbonation. A good drinking stout.

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Photo of Phelps
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the beer has a wicked appearance -- syrupy, completely black, and boozy. A thin layer of cinnamon-colored bubbles sits between my face and the imposing liquid, while a quick swirl showcases nice, alcoholic legs.

Imperial Biscotti Break was brewed with Charleston Coffee Roasters espresso, vanilla beans, and toasted almonds and the result is an absolutely diabolical aroma stuffed with freshly roasted coffee beans. This one dimension would be enough, but backing it up are notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, oats and snicker-doodle. With just a bit of toast in the back, it smells exactly like a coffee-dipped biscotti stick.

In the flavor, coffee coats the tongue with roasted bitterness and alcohol contributes in a nearly equal amount. I'm surprised by the amount of dark fruits I get-- prunes, mostly, though there are raisins and figs as well -- that weren't apparent in the aroma but add a sweetness that make this far more drinkable than it should be. If it smelled like the biscotti was dipped in coffee, it tastes like someone stuffed it into a jar of grape jelly. Vanilla beans show up after the swallow and bitter, scorched coffee lingers on the tongue after each sip.

Jarnit-Bjergsø has fun with his brews, giving them sinful names like Soft Dookie and Even More Jesus. Imperial Biscotti Break has a rather tame moniker, but its menace is in its alcohol content -- sneaky at nearly 12 percent and barely noticeable beneath the mound of flavor. A tricky evil twin, that Jeppe, and one who successfully shows that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.

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Photo of gatheredwaters
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 bottle.

Pours a medium thick milk chocolate colored head with light lacing.

Overripe fig. Burnt white sugar.

Heavy blackstrap molasses flavor. Alcohol heat builds, but is not very present in the overall taste. Roast, roast, roast. Even with this older bottle the coffee bitterness comes through strongly.

Creamier mouthfeel than expected.

Overall I am enjoying this much more than expected. The roastiness is perfectly balanced with the fruit. Not sure what a fresh bottle tastes, like, but this is certainly super tame and balanced.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Alright, so Raul finally got this Italian Russian and he is doin' it well. Raul poured it and he looked. Raul raised the glass to his nose and he sniffed. And like Raul in the 8th grade - it passed. But there are more dogs in this fight, my children. Taste? Mouthfeel? Yeah, kind of like getting your paycheck, but not hitting your bonus. Kind of like going out with that girl that you always wanted to, but not hitting her bonus. You feel me, my children?

Good, but a bit sweet. A bit lighter than Raul would have liked. But would I do it again? Yep!

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweeet! It's definitely dessert time when you're about to drink this one and I definitely couldn't drink it every day but I think it deserves such a high score for it's boldness and layering of flavors. I was also able to just sip on this for about an hour or so at the bar so it was great for a casual drinking beer. THis one is worth every penny though and I'm glad I picked up a bottle in the city last weekend.

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Photo of srhoadsy
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured slightly chilled into a pint glass.

Pours very dark and thick with about half an inch of chocolate brown head that fades to leave a thin light brown surface layer with light lacing.

Aroma reminded me of malted milk balls with spice and boozy aromas in the background.

Tastes of cream, vanilla, chocolate and coffee.

Heavy mouthfeel, but surprisingly drinkable with the alcohol concealed by the other flavors. Lingering aftertaste of bitter coffee and chocolate.

Chocolate stout meets milk stout meets breakfast stout. Overall a complex but very drinkable imperial stout.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - dark brown, nearly jet black beer with mocha colored head

Smell - dark chocolate, black licorice, almonds, coffee

Taste - chocolate, dark chocolate, almonds, coffee, slight black licorice, vanilla, fudge, espresso

Mouthfeel - heavier side of medium bodied, low carbonation, balanced flavors, flavors linger, ABV is imperceptible

Overall - good stout that comes in a bit below the hype. Worth a try but at the price point a re-visit is doubtful

Price Point - $13.99/22 oz bottle

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Photo of brewdude1982
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a bomber poured into a snifter.

A: 5.0 very dark and nice dark brown head
S: 4.5 smells sweet with coffee notes
T: 4.0 very sweet and a little fuity upfront almost like a barley wine and them dissipating into a very dark malt finish.
MF:4.0  nice and full
O:4.0 good beer and since it comes in at over 11% they hid the alcohol well

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a bomber.

A Pours a nice black color that is topped off with a thick yet short lived mocha head. Excellent looking beer.

S Lots of dark earthy coffee and not much else. Good but a bit one dimensional.

T The taste pretty much follows the nose with a lot of dark coffee, however there is a bit more going on here with some dark chocolate and a bit of roast. The 11.5 abv is not at all noticeable though.

M Fairly thick and very smooth. No hint of the alcohol at all.

Overall this is a pretty good coffee stout which showcases the coffee without being overly bitter or burnt. Not sure if it lives up to the hype but its still worth seeking out.

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

16 OZ can purchased in the beginning of the year.

Not much aroma (or flavor) when cold, but once it began to warm, the beer really opened up.

Poured a motor oil black, with a beautiful, frothy, tan colored head. Aroma was complex, with plenty of malt, coffee and chocolate coming through. The mouth-feel was incredible, about as full, and creamy as any imperial stout I have had. Great flavor, but it had a bit of dryness to it that I don't personally care for (my preference, nothing wrong with the flavor).

Not bad for $3.50, but not necessarily a re-buy. As highly rated as this beer is, I was hoping for a little more out of the flavor.

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

Look: pitch black with a 1/4 inch brown head and good retention with a small film left on the top of the beer and a 1/8 inch collar

Smell: The nose is by far the most lacking if the beer and quite unimpressive. Notes of sweet coffee pastry dough some chocolate and a touch of alcohol

Taste: the fast definitely makes up where the nose lacks. Copious amounts of chocolate and sweet coffee greet you right away and finishes with a nice vanilla backbone. It doesn't come together and remind me of biscotti but it is a nice dessert beer. The coffee lingers in your mouth for quite awhile

Mouthfeel: full body mild carbonation and very sticky

Overall: a very good beer a bit of a novelty. With that being said at $18 a bottle it's a bit pricey like all Evil twin beers

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

From a 650 ml bottle (best by 2015) into a snifter.

A-The brew pours heavy and thick and produces the darkest finger of head I have seen on a beer...it is almost walnut brown. The head lasts about a minute before fading away. The beer is nearly black and opaque. No lacing, but there are some legs of alcohol on the glass as I drink.

S-The smell is rich, dark-roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate at first. After a bit of adjustment, I start to pick up some licorice, and a big, sweet hit of creamy/milky chocolate. There is a good dose of caramel and a bourbon-y, vanilla-scented booze, as well. Nice balance.

T-The taste is much like the smell with dark-roasted coffee, creamy milk chocolate, and sweet caramel/vanilla/bourbon booze. Very, very smooth drinking, but not terribly complex. The finish is an interesting transition from milky, chocolatey sweetness to light roasted drying bittnerness.

M-The feel is medium to full heft with incredible smoothness from the mild, fine carbonation. Despite the heavy presence and big sweetness, the higher ABV keeps if from getting cloying.

O-This is a great beer, but the biggest weakness is the taste!?! It is really nice look, smells pretty good, and feels wonderful, but I could not help but wonder if I was missing something on my palate. The booze was always in the background, which gave a nice bit of balance, but I could have used a little more intrigue to put this thing in big leagues of this style. Anyway, it would make a wonderful dessert beer with the big sweetness, thick feel, and balanced (rather than insanely bitter) coffee flavors.

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

Motor oil black pour with a hefty brown head. Not much lacing though. The nose is coffee forward, with a deep roastiness. The coffee flavor and bitterness are powerful. Nice roast malts, chocolate, and that bitterness lingers. Body is standard for a stout, fairly full, and silky smooth. Fabulous dessert beer - it is chocolate and coffee rolled into one.

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Photo of portia99
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter. Been looking for this for a while, glad to grab some before it left the shelves this time around.

A - Pours an opaque, oily black in color...looks thick and viscous. A short cap of dense cappuccino cap of foam lingers for a minute or so and falls to a loose collar and skim coat on the surface.

S - Dark roasted coffee up front, hints of light caramel and brown sugar. Licorice and some char/ash. A touch of creaminess, some maple and maybe even a bit of chili pepper on the fringes.

T - Not at all what I was expecting...rather sweet up front. Sugar, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, vanilla, sweet cream, maple...very complex sugar profile. Backed up by coffee, burnt toast, charcoal, alcohol. Rather interesting interpretation of the style that is carried out quite well.

M - Medium bodied...not quite as the appearance initially indicated. Carbonation is on the light side, just creating a tingle and some life on the tongue and buoying the body just a bit. Overall sweet and leaves a persistant coating of sugar on the lips with each sip.

O - Overall, a bit of a different take on the imperial stout style. Has the requisite raostiness and coffee base, but the dominant flavors are of the sweet variety and almost in a candy-like way. A light syrupy-ness in feel that further impresses the candy aspects of the beer. Different but well done.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Village Tap.

A - Pours black, mocha head, wisps, thin film on top.

S - Molasses, hazelnut, chocolate, roast, light dark fruit. Lots of sweetness, but a nice mix of roast/sweetness. The booze is really hidden well for 11.5%, impressive.

T - Similar to the nose. Rich, decadent, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, burnt sugars, some tobacco. Not quite as sweet as the nose, which I like. Little to no alcohol burn...so nice. Finish is a mix of chocolate and roast.

M - Full body, rich and smooth, creamy sweet finish.

O - My favorite Evil Twin beer, but a long-shot. Westbrook is making the best Jeppe beers out there, no doubt. I can drink this all day/everyday and will go for this whenever it's available to me. Recommend.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Pours black with two finger tan head that just sits there forever, coating lacing. Sweet almond and vanilla aroma. Tastes like the aroma, sweet and almond nutty with lots of vanilla and sweet chocolate, cherry, ends with solid bitterness. Almost a little too much going on with this one, flavors are sharp, maybe needs to sit for awhile. Thin to medium soft oily mouthfeel. Although good, was a little disappointed with it, will try avian in about 6 months.

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Photo of BradenMK
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(Aug, 2015) Wow, I guess this is my first perfect 5. I do love this beer and I'd love to see the Imperial Doughnut Break come around again.

EDIT (2017): After having multiple batches of this beer, I have to conclude that either my tastebuds were primed perfectly for this beer the first time around, or I just had one godly bottle of it. I have no idea how old that first bottle was, perhaps this beer does better with age on it, but I've edited my current score to reflect my currect feelings on the beer after having about a dozen or more cans.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber served in a Teku.

Overall, this beer is very heavy on the chocolate notes. I was expected a lot of coffee based on the label, but didn't really get any. There is a bit on the nose and a touch of espresso in the finish but you really have to look for it. It is dominated by sweet milk chocolate on the nose and in the taste. It really is dessert in a glass. It is a tasty beer, but just not as advertised in my opinion.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black body, faint tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Chocolate, caramel, a lot of sweetness, a touch of vanilla.

T - Tons of vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, coffee, very sweet.

M - Very smooth, medium to full mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation

Great stuff.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

473ml (US Pint) can into a Spiegleau Stout glass. Paid £7.60 for a single.

Pours an opaque, pitch-black, oily body, which remains completely unchanged when held to the light. A dense, creamy, two-finger in height, mocha coloured head with excellent retention slowly condenses to a thick cap, leaving behind sticky clumps of broken lace.

The rich and robust nose predominantly comprises of roasted dark malts and semi-sweet cocoa. Milk and dark chocolate, vanilla and almond follow, while lesser notes of roasted coffee, cherry, dark fruit and rum soaked sponge fingers become apparent towards the back end. Taste roughly follows suit. Upfront, notes of vanilla, almond liqueur and malted chocolate milkshake sweeten heavily roasted dark malts, baking chocolate, powdered cocoa, and espresso. Mid palate, faint biscuity malt joins lingering almond profiles to provide a vaguely biscotti-like impression, before being closely followed by cherry and hints of sticky dark fruit. In the mouth, a medium to full body and moderate amount of soft, fine carbonation feels slick and smooth, coating the palate with a velvety-smooth creaminess. Towards the back end, sweetness recedes slightly, leaving baking chocolate, coffee and powdered cocoa to provide gentle roasted malt bitterness and lightly dry the palate. On the very end, traces of vanilla make a subtle reappearance, while hints of the otherwise incredibly well hidden 11.5% ABV provide pleasant warmth.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Rich, chocolaty and robust, its vanilla and almond additions perfectly compliment the beers dark roasted backbone, without either element becoming too bitter or too sweet. It’s not particularly complex, and could finish fractionally drier, but ultimately it still smells and tastes delicious, drinking dangerously easy considering the large serving size. Recommended.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with 1/4 of brown head that quickly fades to absolutely nothing.

Smell is of the darkest, most decadent chocolate, black coffee with a hint of vanilla. Like a big, chewy, sticky, black, fudge brownie.

Taste is black coffee up front with dark chocolate and some vanilla on the back end. Just a hint of alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy bodied with almost no carbonation.

As advertised: a delicious chocolatey coffee break with some pop. Impressive.

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