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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
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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Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%

Pour is jet black with a tight dark mahogany head. Nose is rich, dark roasted malts with chocolate cake batter, anise, cooked brown sugar, and a bit of residual sugar. Taste is also big, not overly sugary for the richness. Deeply roasted dark malts with rich cake batter and brown sugar. Full bodied, light bitterness lingers through a softly carbonated finish.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

On tap at Ganley's.
Has a black as nigjt body with a tan head.
Aroma has rich vanilla and coffee aroma.
Taste is almond, vanilla and chocolate. With a hint of cookie.
mouthfeel is smooth and overall a great beer

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Photo of mitch3114
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- A great looking bold stout with a nice light brown head

S- Very delightful aromas of cocoa, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts

T- Taste was very complex, rich, bold and flavorful. Lots of tasty chocolate. Would pair well with a chocolate dessert. I drank it alone however. The beer upfront was sweet and delicious, however I am not a huge fan of coffee in my beers...I actually despise it (sorry, but that goes for Founders Breakfast Stout too...a great stout but can't get past the coffee taste). The rich, bitter taste of the coffee started to really pick up after the finish. Sweet, chocolate upfront, bitter coffee on the finish.

M- Not quite as thick as I would have guessed but still thick enough. Smooth with very little carbonation

O- This was given to me over the summer as a gift for my 30th birthday. I held on to it and got a sudden craving for something like this on this cool snowy late fall night. The night before Thanksgiving. Like I said, the coffee taste came through on the finish and really started creeping and staying on the palette the more I drank it. I had the whole 22 oz. bottle but would have been much more satisfied with just an 8 oz. pour. The first few sips were actually very pleasant. I rated this a bit higher as it was very good, minus the coffee...I guess I was hoping for something different but really, that coffee taste was inevitable... it was brewed with it!

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark as midnight with a mocha/milk chocolate colored head. Great head retention and lacing.

Smells is upfront with a huge, bitter chocolate. Some vanilla notes and slight anise. As the beer warms up...in short "holy crap". A big espresso nose mingle with bitter dark, and creamy sweet milk chocolates. Vanilla becomes more present but takes a backseat to the chocolatey espresso. Roasted nut smell is also there mingling in. I feel like I'm about to take a sip of an alcoholic chocolate hazelnut espresso.

Taste is exactly what you might expect. Begins with a nutty espresso bitterness. Mellows into a creamy, malty sweet milk chocolate that lingers for quite awhile. Vanilla becomes more present on the finish. Mid palate has a nutty quality. Hazelnut? Almond? I can't tell. Maybe both. But it's awesome. Warming up a little, the alcohol becomes more noticeable, but so does the vanilla.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Almost smooth enough for me to think that oats might be in the malt bill. Great creaminess.

Overall, I am amazed. I was very very impressed by this beer. Was looking forward to trying this one, but man did it beat my expectations.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look 10/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 91/100

Wave after wave of coffee and chocolate spank the taste buds. A bit rich from the go, 'taste' and 'ABV' take a strong leading role. A bit boozy and hot. Other wise milk chocolate and mocha really shine. Smooth stout notes. Considering its a whopping 11.5... This is an awesome gem to land~

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Photo of CaseyMays
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Beer is nothing short of delicious. Dark pour into a snifter, one finger head. Creamy, deep with chocolate, gingerbread and coffee. Puts glazed doughnut to shame. So delicious!

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Photo of sanzenapocalypz
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Draft. Pours a very dark pretty much opaque color. Dark toffe colored head, subsided after a couple minutes with a thin layer remaining. Looks tasty. Aromas of roasty caramel, chocolate, and hints of vanilla. Roasted heavy malts smell as well. I taste a boozy, roasted dark chocolate at the front, hints of vanilla and coffee are in there too. Overall, it tastes just like what i would think dunking a biscotti stick in coffe would taste like. Malty and caramel slight hints as well. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Its fairly boozy. Mice smooth finish with a good lingering taste that's not too overpowering.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter. “Best before 2015” on label. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a very dark brown, near black, with a large, fuzzy, dense, and foamy dark brownish-copper head. The head took its time fading into a thin, bubbly collar.
S: Roasty and toasty nose with scents of deep roasted malts, iced-coffee, and a touch of bitter dark chocolate. There’s a decent amount of vanilla in there too as the beer warms, and maybe some caramel.
T: Rich and semi-sweet notes of chocolate-caramel brownie up front, followed by mild notes of coffee, a touch of vanilla, and a good dose of roast in the finish. The aftertaste is full of linger flavors of toasted malt, nutty coffee, and a hint of sweet brown sugar. I get a hint or two of toasted coconut as the beer reaches room temp.
M: Very thick body, viscous and slick, with lower than expected carbonation that creates a thick yet flat moutfeel. Could be chewier with a bit of carb, but the extra thick body makes this a pleasure to sip.
O: A very solid imperial stout. Great flavors, not overpowering, boozing, or cloying, with a nice heavy body. Carbonation could have been a touch chewier, but it really doesn’t hurt the drinkability in the end.

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

Appearance - Pitch black, viscous, with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly to a thin ring. Not much lacing.

Aroma - Almond, chocolate, vanilla, expresso. The vanilla combined with the roasted malt gives it an almost barrel like quality. Outstanding smell.

Taste - I get sweet vanilla up front with roasted nuts, followed by chocolate, then some coffee. Fairly bitter and ashy finish.

Feel - Near perfect. Silky, and slightly above avg body.

Overall - Easily one of the best stouts I have had. Alcohol is well hidden, not too heavy, wonderful blend of flavors. If you like FBS, this is a must try. Just a hair lighter on the coffee front, but in the same class. "World class"

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured Imperial Biscotti Break into a snifter.

A - Black with a tinge of ruby highlights around the edges. A half of finger of dark mocha head.

S - On first sniff, getting sweet carmel, vanilla and some hot alcohol. Some dark roasted coffee comes in on further investigation.

T - Bitter dark chocolates smooth coffee on first sip. Vanilla, toffee, dark roasted malts mid palate. On the aftertaste getting more sweetness from the vanilla and dark chocolates.

M - The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, heavy and sticky. Low carbonation. Very nice for a Imperial Stout.

O - Gonna try to find more of these! Highly Recommended! Cheers!

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Photo of SteveB24
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque and black as night with a very large amount of sudsy, tan, head. The aroma is of cappuccino, milk chocolate, biscuit, and a hint of booze. The flavor is rich and complex, upfront is a milky coffee, like espresso with a cream, there is also a hint of smooth chocolate, burned sugar, and sweet roll. The overall flavor is incredibly smooth and the booze is not noticeable at all. The beer is full bodied, oily, creamy, and very low carbonation, which is appropriate for the texture and the flavor.
overall this beer was filling, complex, warming and delicious. will buy again during the fall and /or winter for sure.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep space dark, dark chocolate brownie smell and biscotti taste. I actually looked for biscotti in the beer. This is really a very awesome amazing beer.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.72/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Jet black ooze, dark coffee and dense, but low, head, some sticky lacing. Bottle art is pretty lame and uninspired, though.

S: Milk chocolate, some roasted malt but a lingering sweetness as well, almost like marshmallows.

T: Heavy handed chocolate, some sweet some bitter, mild smoke/alcohol. Too much cloyingly sweet chocolate, it's just not interesting.

F: Dry and chunky, heavy, creamy. Somehow drinks like eating a chocolate bar.

O: Chocolate is the concept, but there are no details, nuances, or worthwhile deviations from it. By no means a bad beer, there is nothing off-putting (at least for a little while, before the flavors start beating you over the head), but it isn't compelling to return to it.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Main smell is woody with a bit of coffee roast. Later it opens up a bit to include a sweet chocolate liquor. Surprisingly thin compared to what I was expecting from a big Imperial Stout. First taste is that woody note from the aroma, a little green. Flavors that come after are more typical of an imperial stout, ending with a sort of char and chocolate aftertaste, though the midpalate on the way there is curiously empty and clean. If there is supposed to be any of the namesake biscotti flavour in this, I'm not getting any of it at all. No baked goods or bready toasty anything at all, no almond anything. I had heard this was a real standout stout so this is very surprising and disappointing. If I had never heard anything about it at all I would say it is an OK imperial with a bit of odd green wood flavor.

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Photo of ttroha
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Bottle from Maltitude. Pours dark black with tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma of roasted coffee and caramel. Tastes of espresso, caramel and booze. As a slow boozy burn that lingers on my throat and tongue after each sip. Delicious

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Photo of sommersb
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

Tasted On: 09-14-2014
Freshness: Best before 2015
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Liquor Barn, Bowling Green KY

The label says it was brewed and bottled at Westbrook Brewing in Mount Pleasant, SC

Appearance is a jet black beer with a finger and a half of tan head. Sticky lacing with a good level of retention.

Aromas have coffee, oak woodiness, licorice, vanilla, and dark fruits such as fig. Very impressive in the nose.

The taste is sweet and malty, plus some bitterness of French roast coffee. I also get alcohol warming and some whiskey notes.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy on a heavy body. The finish has semisweet chocolate and light roasted coffee notes.

Big and bold, heavy beer. Very nice melding of coffee and chocolate. Best for slow sipping and sharing.

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Photo of uvachief
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a dark rich chocolate.color with a full finger of head. Draft. Hints of chocolate, brown sugar and cream. Traditional imperial stout. very smooth and light in the mouth. After tastes of sugar, maybe cinnamon. Easy to consume. No burn of course. Great stout.

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Photo of spacebear09
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Appearance- Jet black, but there appears to be some dark brown sediment in this beer. An extravagant, frothy head sits atop the brew. It looks almost as if someone tried to float a chocolate milkshake on top of a glass of motor oil.

Smell- Espresso, almonds, vanilla, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies

Taste- Espresso > hazelnuts > dark chocolate > repeat. Delicious taste shifts linger for minutes after taking a sip thanks to some extremely chewy malts. This beer washes over you with such massive waves of flavor that you could drown in it. A hint of tobacco spiciness up front and lingering cacao/espresso bitterness in the finish. I was expecting this to be overly sweet but it's not. This beer is just right.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy carbonation, this beer is luxuriously creamy.

Overall- A very delicious RIS. Much better than the Imperial Doughnut Break, in my opinion. Quite hard to justify at the price point ($18 per bomber) but still delicious and a welcome occasional change of pace from the always amazing Old Rasputin.

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Photo of nodder
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

A- Pitch black with a one finger tan head. Pours thick and leaves slight sticky lacing.

S- Coffee, chocolate, and almond. Some slight booziness in the smell but well hidden.

T- Milk chocolate, vanilla/almond, and sugary coffee. Just heavenly.

M- Silky smooth full mouth feel. Low carbonation. ABV well masked.

O- I love sweet stouts and this is one of the best, imo. Try it!

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

A-motor oil black with thin tan head with lacing that seems to go on forever.

S- coffee and coco almond with some vanilla.

T- taste like a chocolate covered almond short bread cookie dipped into roasted coffee with beautiful Carmel and vanilla notes.

M- med-full bodied with slight carbonation. A nice and silky smooth going down.

O- such an amazing imperial stout with great complexity. This brew is so good and a must try

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 22oz bomber poured into a snifter

A: Dark on the pour – not quite jet black, but as close to black as a dark brown could get; dark khaki colored head, but it does not remain for long, as it disappears to a swirl of fine bubbles that settle as a small patch on the surface; coats the inner surface of the glass, leaving a sticky sheen in its wake on the drink-down.

S: Dark roast coffee on first impression; bittersweet baker’s chocolate, followed by a lighter sweeter scent – like vanilla-flavored almond milk; really, the nose is starting to take on an iced coffee profile to me – the roasted overtones of coffee blended with chocolate and a splash of almond milk to moderate.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans blending with lighter, sweeter hints of milk chocolate at the start; creamy vanilla and the unmistakable flavor of almond press through the middle; lingering coffee and chocolate bitterness on the finish, when a slight kiss of alcohol warmth appears; conceptually, you do get the impression that Evil Twin used biscotti cookies somewhere in the brewing process (Akin to dry hopping? Or just aging the beer on biscotti? Is it that far-fetched?) But regardless of how Evil Twin has accomplished this imitation of flavor, what is most impressive is how it feels true to form – the light vanilla-almond sweetness pleasingly breaks through the richer coffee flavors as one might dip/stir a biscotti in their post-meal coffee.

M: Sufficiently thick with a nice creaminess that eases upon the palate.

O: Wonderful. I have never had an Evil Twin stout (or Imperial Porter, as the case may be) that has let me down. The flavors are really nailed here, all while the 11.5% ABV remains firmly behind the scene, letting you know it is there without taking away from the star of the show – the vanilla and almond biscotti sweetness. Definitely worth dropping the extra couple of dollars to try a bottle – you won’t be disappointed.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.6/5  rDev +6%

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Super dark black with it's brown accent. Thin brown head that rose to maybe a third of a finger's length.

Smell: Deep aroma of coffee and chocolate cream. I want to inhale this.

Taste: Strong potent and complex taste. It's lightly bitter with a touch of sugar and molasses with just the right notch espesso feel.

Mouth: Really sticky. Almost a syrup finish but not as sweet as you would think.

Overall: Yes it is good, in reality it is incredible. Little pricy like most Evil Twin stuff but lives up to the hype. Grab your favorite glass and movie and you are set. Salud!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured bottle best before 2015 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a deep black motor oil like with a thick tan head. Some lacing.

S-Aroma of vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate and hint of coffee roast.

T-Taste is dark chocolate with a strong bitterness, vanilla, hazelnut and roast coffee with a slight boozy aftertaste.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced oily at first with some stickiness at the end.

O-Overall I enjoyed this beer and it met my expeditions great job evil twin.

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Photo of MimDIPA
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

A- dark black, viscous pour with a 1/2 inch, tan cappacino head.
S- some roasted malt and dark raisin-like fruits, but mostly delicious dark chocolate. Almost like chocolate covered raisins.
T- follows the nose,bit more fruit, same roasty malts, and tons of dark chocolate. Finishes with a lightly bitter coffee. Smack you lips and you get perfectly roasted coffee
MF - thick but not too thick, coats the mouth and doesn't quit
O- one of my favorite nonBA imp stouts. Would put this right up there with tenfidy. Not much of a coffee stout fan, at least so far--lagunitas cappuccino was mediocre at best and big bad baptist is too overpowering w the coffee. But this does it just subtle enough-almost would like more coffee! Excellent beer; made me happy after a 10.5 hour workday on a Friday

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

22 oz.

Pours jet black with a dark nutty tan head about two inches thick. The head is fine and firm and dissipates very slowly, retaining as a film.

Smells of rich cocoa, caramel, and coffee over a rich biscuity malt base. Some hints of vanilla and licorice.

Rich, bold flavor is a mixture of coffee, cream, chocolate, caramel, and roasted biscuit malt. Again, hints of vanilla creep through as well.

The body is full with tingling carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Definitely a top-shelf stout, well worth seeking out and trying for fans of the style. Probably have to hand it to his brother, Mikkeler's Brunch Weasel as my current favorite stout, but Evil Twin certainly brings the competition.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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