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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.

Added by BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012

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Reviews: 569 | Ratings: 4,074
Photo of thebeers
3.94/5  rDev -9%
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 schoolboy
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a really great beer and I hate to make snap judgements, so I make come back and adjust this as I drink a half growler of it all by myself this evening.

I don't think the appearance could be improved. It's gorgeous, black, with a slight foamy head and beautiful traces of bubbles left behind on my glass. The aroma is the only weak link, but it does not detract too much from the sublime experience. It is a little strange bready, dirty sweat socks smelling on top of malts and booze.

That same booze is missing from the taste. It is masked by the great balance of decadence. Malts and roasty chocolate or something with a sublime boozy aftertaste but no burn or anything harsh.

I'm going to drink more of this than I need to just to finish it. It's a dirty job and it's just my lot in life (lucky SOB).

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Photo of unklemike
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very subtle vanilla and creamy sort of chocolate finish. Not much of a head and also disappears fast.a little thin bodied to me with Mild smooth finish for 11.5% abv. Overall not bad

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

on draft at iTap CWE. Delivered in a goblet, dark black with tan head.
Quickly dissipating head, aroma of roast malts, chocolate, faint vanilla.
Taste is complex, with black bread, coffee, dark chocolate, and enough vanilla to moderate the others.
Sticky mouthfeel, with just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness.
A wonderful way to end the evening, as the ABV makes this one a treat to linger over.

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Photo of 57md
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Slack
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber. Brown and opaque with no head. Smells like vanilla, oak, sugar, coffee, and fig. Taste is sweet alcohol with a very complex mix of flavors. Am picking up coffee, moss, bread, hops, fruit, and maybe some smoke. Mouth full is dense with little to no carbonation. Finish is very smooth. Overall an exceptional beer which opens up as it warms.

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Photo of Beerparrot
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this beer back from a trip in December and had it last night watching SNL 40th. It sure made the evening enjoyable having such a smooth taste, with a subtle coffee taste and aroma. The 11.5% was an added benefit and we smiled both from the beer and the show. A great beer for relaxing in front of the tube with your gal. Dee-lish-ous!

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sample pour
Black with good lacings, light brown foam cap

Aroma of sweet coffee

Sweet dark fruits, raisins, coffee, vanilla

Smooth almost syrupy

Great beer

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.56/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Too artificial tasting....like an unnatural weird mall coffee drink. Full bodied, oily, with an unpleasant aftertaste...again, artificial tasting. Just didn't get this.

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Photo of Austin32
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had high hopes for this and it exceeded them in the end. Beautiful dark chocolate brown color with coppery head. Sweet, but not overpowering, and smooth, you'd never guess the high abv from taste. Excellent offering from evil twin that I hope to have more of.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours midnight black with a one-finger tan head. Nice soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and coffee.

T - The taste follows the aroma perfectly. Dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, vanilla, and dark roasted malts throughout. The finish has a strong coffee flavor that produces a nice lingering bitterness.

M- Full bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The finish has a lingering alcohol warmth.

O - A fantastic imperial stout. The flavors are very bold and strong. Outstanding.

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Photo of docoman
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoyed this stout. Right from smell (almost had a BA smell to it) and flavor was excellent. Super smooth great aftertaste highly recommend trying.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage 22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of chocolate-colored head that immediately dissolved away into an extremely thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Strong notes of roasted malt, imparting notes of espresso, vanilla, caramel, and dark chocolate.

Taste: Exactly, I mean EXACTLY, like the aroma. Massively strong flavors of roasted malt and coffee up front, like a triple espresso with a cappuccino chaser, drunk with toasted pumpernickel. I also get a lot of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar-like sweetness and some dark chocolate-like bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as silk, as there is absolutely no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 11.5%, there’s a hint of alcohol warmth on the palate, but I’m surprised that there’s not more of it present.

Overall: Damn! This is a damn great, no awesome, imperial stout! Extremely strong flavors of toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate. Fantastic!

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp to snifter. Pours jet black with almost no carbonation.

Smell - wow. Can't stop smelling it. Huge coffee and vanilla. Also getting a good amount of roasted malts and chocolate. Quite amazing.

Taste - Very smooth at first with a nice mellow coffee flavor. A bit of a bitter bite in the aftertaste, but the chocolate, coffee, and vanilla mix is so good! Love it. Feel is very nice - rich and creamy. Overall, this is a splendid offering. I will seek more!

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Photo of chrismattlin
3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer had, really, not much of a smell to mention.
The taste of the beer got worse as I drank it; I found myself dropping the taste rating in my head with each sip.
The mouthfeel was above average- there was some real substance, I'm just not sure what it was.
Overall, this isn't a bad brew. I just don't understand why it's received by others as "world-class". I love my stouts, just not this one. To each his own.

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sexy black. Smells like dessert. Tastes like chocolate and expresso, with a kick. Great mouthfeel. Might be my new favorite non-barrel aged stout. Now I need to find the BA variety.

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Photo of stephens101
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a voluminous, dark tan head and a sleek black body, this one looks as good as they get.

Has a soothing, rich milk chocolate, plum, ripened dark grape, brown bread and spice aroma.

Tastes of chocolate cake and subtle dark fruits. A little cherry syrup stickiness lingers on the lips. Exceptionally smooth until the very end when an earthy bitterness is noticed.

Heavy in body but thins as it warms. A slight alcohol heat exists.

Biscotti Break is everything an Imperial Stout should be.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Most excellent. This fine imperial stout pours from the 22 oz bottle thick, rich and decadently black with a dark tan had that dissipates to a thin ring and thin layer of foam with light lacing. Nose of rich roasted almonds, rich roasted coffee, toffee, crème brulee, and strong booze. Flavors of sweet almonds coat the taste to all sides with rich espresso flavors. Toffee, brown sugar, and strong alcohol power through the back with a lingering coating wet finish. Slick oily mouth feel with a super sweet aftertaste that lingers rounds this beast out. Astounding sipper.

Cheers

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating that I can find anywhere on the bottle. Poured into a small (8 oz) Teku glass.

Appearance (4.5) - A promising start, with an inky, oily black liquid with a nice amount of viscosity as it cascades into the glass. A moderate pour reveals a solid finger and a half of creamy raw umber colored head mostly microbubbles with just a few slightly larger bubbles breaking up the uniformity of the foam. Retention is excellent, remaining for several minutes before slowly slinking away to leave an uneven swath of film across the top of the liquid. Bits of sticky lace line the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.0) - Honestly, I'm a little disappointed at how subdued the coffee characteristic seems here. It's entirely possible that I've got an old bottle, but without a date to confirm one way or another, I have to score as if the bottle is reasonably fresh and should have a measure of coffee pungency. I do get a fair amount of roasted malt, but like the coffee component, it lacks any of that punch that suggests a nice amount of bitterness will be coming with the taste. It's polite, but the beer suffers for it. There are some hints of sweeter elements as well, cocoa, and maybe some almond nuttiness.

Taste (4.0) - Perhaps unsurprisingly, the taste is similarly lackluster to the aroma. All of the elements are here--coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, but lacking in any sense of bittering to contrast the sweeter notes. There is again a pleasant almond sweetness to salvage an otherwise rather boring beer, but it still just lacking in my opinion. I've had imperial coffee stouts that were so much more interesting.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Full-bodied and moderate carbonation with a nice thick viscosity that gives it plenty of staying power and a lingering coating on the mouth after the liquid is gone.

Overall (4.0), this is a beer that I came into with pretty high expectations, but in spite of it being a very good beer, it just didn't meet those expectations. Perhaps that's not fair to the beer, but there are just so many other coffee-infused imperial stouts that I'd buy before this one--especially at the price point.

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Photo of arlo19
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Pours almost tar black, not much head. Aroma is syrupy and some biscuit of course.

The tasteis dry chocolate, with not too much booze.

Overall, this is very good, but won't be a regular buy for me because of the high cost.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%

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 -1.8%

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 -7.4%
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 +3.9%
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 +4.8%
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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