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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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587
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4,139
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.33%
 
 
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Photo of frasergrove
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: very dark - jet black, medium bodied brown head, dissipates relatively quick

S: ganache cake, pure cocoa, hints of biscuit

T: bittersweet chocolate, some bitterness and astringent undertones

F: medium thin body, some cocoa based bitterness

O: solid imperial stout, not terribly complex, a good beer float beer!

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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 Jeffo
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No access to this beer on this side of the pond, so cheers to claaark13 for sending one over.

From a bomber into a snifter
Imperial coffee stout

APPEARANCE: Started to foam up the neck upon opening, but slowly settled. Pours out thick black and yields a 1+ finger, looser, fizzy, mocha colored head with lousy retention. Fizzes down to a ring only. Black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Looks mostly flat by the end with no real lacing or ring. Good color again, but lousy head.

SMELL: Roasted grain, coffee, vanilla cream and chocolate on the nose. Sweet cream and milk notes as well. Pretty nice really.

TASTE: Roasted coffee beans and sweet milky cream up front. Vanilla and caramel sweetness through the middle into the swallow as well. Bold finish of sweet cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, caramel, with some roasted grains and bitter coffee for sure. Very flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating. Enough weight and creamy as well. Good.

OVERALL: Was a little worried when it started to foam upon opening, but this one turned out solid. Wasn't as impressed with it as I was with Even More Jesus, but certainly one I would have again if offered. Lots of sweet milky and caramel flavors here, working well with the roasted and bitter coffee flavors. Thanks again Claaark13. Recommended.

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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 smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick and black. Nearly no head, and what's there settles to only rim bubbles. Some spotty lace, but it doesn't last. No light shines through.

Plenty of chocolate milk aroma. Lightly sweet and mildly chalky.

Think powdered cocoa added to a porter. There's some definitive lactose sweetness. The aftertaste is more of the same. The body is rich; the carbonation low. The alcohol is hidden behind the strong flavors--there's no way I would think this beer has 10+% abv.

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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 sleuthdog
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into FFF tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured with not head to speak of. Head could be forced by a vigorous swirl of the glass. This is pitch black and as I poured it the guys in the room all said "wow" because of the viscosity and the complete blackness.

Smell: Coffee and a dark chocolate with molasses. There is some toasted notes also. There is a bitter coffee ground smell, too.

Taste: This is like drinking a chocolate brownie! Coffee and sweet molasses show up and something that makes my pucker.

Mouthfeel: This is one chewy beer. I feel like I need to chew instead of just swallow when I drink this one. It coates every corner of my mouth with thickness that lingers between sips. No carbonation on this at all.

Overall: This is definitaly a beer that must be shared IMO because of how big it is. Although I did enjoy this it is one that is very bold and a HUGE beer.

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Photo of TheBrosy
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 16oz can.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a nice caramel head that stays.

Smell: Beautiful aroma of chocolate and coffee. Alcohol smell noticeable as well.

Taste: Sweet. The milk sugar gives a nice smooth profile. Not much chocolate flavor compared to aroma. Coffee flavors present late in the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: Goes down very smooth. Nice body for such a high alcohol beer.

Overall this is one a very enjoyable stout. Really hard to believe just how smooth it is for a 11.5% beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber of Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break

Near chewy body with carbonation that struggles to keep up but is not obviously too low.

Rich flavor, even for style. Features lots of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. A bit too sweet up until the finish.

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Photo of Fanhitter
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cellar temp bottle poured into a goblet

This pours a murky dark brown, looks like motor oil with a thick creamy tan head.

The aroma is a pungent bittersweet chocolate. There's also a boozy aroma; slightly Irish-creamy and nutty. The sweetness is very robust.

The taste is a malty vanilla bomb. The pallette is otherwise stained with a sweet cocoa note after a nice sweet, tart and syrupy draw. This is a dessert beer without a doubt.

Mouthfeel at room temperature is exceptionally smooth. I typically like imperial stouts a bit chilly, but this one goes down easy warm.

Overall, this is a good beer and could go down easy as a breakfast beer or for a late night sweet tooth. I was not familiar with this beer prior to trying it, but am glad I got to taste it. If EvilTwin has other beers of this caliber, if be eager to try them.

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Photo of barhoc11
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
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 yesterdayfaraway
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: pours bark brown but looks black in the glass. It's didn't pour thick, but did have a big brown head
S: overly sweet chocolate.
T: sweet, but it quite as much as the aroma. Little coffee though. I was expecting more coffee.
F: thin mouthfeel, very carbonated too.
O: this a decent, but not great.

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Photo of khmel
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark, oily black. Deep tan, creamy head, low retention.

S: Chocolate, dark fruits, slight bourbon smell.

T: Surprising amount of hops up front, chocolatey, a little vanilla. Peaty finish.

M: Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation. Fabulous.

O: Really great beer. Hoppier than most imperial stouts which threw me off, but still smooth and enjoyable. Would drink again!

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Photo of snaotheus
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2016-03-05
22oz bottle served in a large snifter. I don't see an obvious date.

Pours black with no head. Little or no carbonation. Smell is maple bourbon, vanilla and smoke. Roasty. Chocolate. Smells very nice.

Taste is sweet, syrupy, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, but surprisingly mild.

Mouthfeel is silky, smooth, but a little flat. Overall, not bad, but not exceptional.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to yourefragile for picking this one up. Served in a cervoise. Pours a very dark brown with a decent tan head. The nose starts off with a bang. Where the regular Biscotti was lacking, this one is over the top. There’s plenty of vanilla with almond underneath. Coffee and cream. Nice backing chocolate. As it warms, it seems just a touch artificial, but otherwise, this is quite nice. Flavor falls off a bit, but is still quite nice. Vanilla and chocolate stand out. Full body and smooth feel. Very easy to drink. Excellent work.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 7/2/15.

Finally pulled the trigger and bought this. Haven’t really been a fan of Evil Twin yet. This beer was good, but sort of a let down too. Poured kind of thin, with a nice coffee aroma. Very sweet tasting, but lacking in the mouthfeel. The sweetness was more reminiscent of a mocha than that of coffee.

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Photo of thebeers
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ink black with thick chocolate colored head. Coffee and chocolate prevalent in the aroma, with some grape juice sweetness hidden behind it. Strong taste of chocolate up front, a lot of vanilla and some roasted malts in the middle and little acidic coffee and hop bitterness on the back end. Creamy mouthfeel. That chocolate and vanilla combo is something else, but overall not something I'd come back to often.

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Photo of hops202
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter.

Great appearence after the first pour. Looks like a great imperial stout. Smell was incredible out of the bottle, but has changed slightly as it warms up. Lots of chocolate bar flavor in the taste, but there is something I just can't put my finger on. Almost like some sort of salty taste - like a soy sauce soaked oyster. Still tastes very good, but not as good as I was expecting.

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Photo of 57md
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown with a pastry-like sweetness on the nose. There is a trace of coffee in the flavor profile but the roasted malts are not particularly strong.

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

Pours thickly, smoothly like motor oil . Chestnut brown with a creamy head of mocha colored foam that lasts and lasts. Nose is roasty . vanilla and cream. Milk chocolate is milky soft on the nose. Coffee is dark and rich. Almond is nutty a nd the roasty malt plays off of that making the almond light and tempting. Taste is soft caramel, rich malts and expansive flavors. m It does nto relaly have the sharpness on the palate that it has on the nose but the flavors combine well for a chocolate y luscious mouthfeel. A little warming in the finish. Almonds last to the finish on the palate. Light bitterness leaves you with milk chocolate aftertaste.

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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 ilikebeer03
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep black with a nice thick, creamy tan head. good retention with excellent lacing. especially considering 11.5%

S: boozy roasted malts, chocolate, coffee

T: big roasted malt. chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hop bitterness on the finish. booze

M: thick

O: delicoius

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Photo of LampertLand
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Evil Twin Brewing 'Imperial Biscotti Break' @ 11.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $16 , becomes my 500th beer had / 300th review

A-pour is black from bottle to glass with a big frothy tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-big boozey 'Imperial' stout , lots of smoke & roasted coffee

T-some smoothness , big bitter swallow

MF-ok/good carbonation , big full body

Ov-big beer , good beer , (share it with a friend type of beer)

prost LampertLand

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of Kmccabe33 pours a mostly black color with a dark brown head. Creamy with spotty lacing gives it a pretty rich appearance overall.

Nose is chocolaty with a ton of roast coffee. Moderate sweetness and graham cracker maltiness. Smells good...and rich.

Taste is sweet and decadent with lots of coffee and brown sugar. It kind of tastes like a latte with an extra shot of espresso and gingerbread cookies. It kind of seems to emulate some of the Southern Tier brews with the high residual sugar and thick body, but not quite on the same level. This has sat in my fridge for about 4 months and it tastes like it might be better fresh, some of the coffee flavors are starting to become slightly vegetal, which I have noticed before in old(er) coffee beers. It is still quite tasty, but not quite as much as the last time I had a fresher sample.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Woodshop Classix 2011 tasting glass. Only a "best before 2015", sure it was this years edition. Acquired in trade, thanks beerbyrd.

A - Pitch black. Dark mocha colored head a little retention.

S - Milk chocolate (chocolate milk), almonds, a little coffee.

T - Sweet figs and dark fruits up front, then goes to cafe mocha w/ a real bitter coffee finish. Can taste a hint of almond also in the finish. Alcohol is pretty prevalent. On the edge of detracting from the beer.

M - Very full bodied, but only slightly creamy. Actually has a slightly watery finish (for the style, by no means is it watery). Carbonation is soft and light, fits the style.

O - Really good beer. A little boozy and strange mouthfeel hold it back from being great, especially for the high price.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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