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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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Reviews: 569 | Ratings: 4,075
Photo of MrUse
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black, tan head like most stouts. The smell is what really stands out here. I get a lot of great almond smell, with a hint of vanilla. Taste is fantastic, lots of vanilla and almond. Hints of coffee. Nice thick mouthfeel. This is a great stout overall, extremely easy drinking for it's abv

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Photo of mschrei
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my "snout snifter". I always hate rating how a stout looks, because it's so difficult to tell compared to other beers. What do you say? It's dark? Not much in the way of lacing or activity of carb, but that's standard with most of them. Anyways… It has a pleasant smell – nothing too overwhelming, definite coffee and vanilla notes with a little bit of chocolate. The taste is everything on this beer. It's got plenty of sweetness with the chocolate and vanilla and a mild coffee background. Wonderful texture and feel. Smooth, not oily at all like some big stouts end up being. Has a bit of a bite on the back end, which I think is where they hide all the alcohol. A very easy beer to drink, and I'm sure the barrel aged version brings a little more complexity.

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Photo of BeerMan99
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Recently had on draft at local pub. My first time.

Beer pours a deep black with mocha lacing.
Smell is espresso up front with late coffee bitterness.
Taste is well balanced, bitter from coffee but not the hops
Slightly light mouthfeel but did not prevent me from enjoying the beer
Overall- top notch beer I hear has just started to appear in cans. I will be on high alert looking for them'

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

As someone who bakes their own biscotti using the recipe of a fresh-off-the-boat Sicilia, this beer is pretty spot on. Pouring the color of espresso with a rich malted mocha head I immediately register an aroma of spent almond coffee grounds. It's intoxicating. There is a rich and pleasant fruitiness about it. Unmistakable anise. Body is boozy, on the thinner side, and acrid. Something I'd want to dip a bruleed biscotti into. Taste a little toward licorice for my liking, but I appreciate the burnt grain aspect that you only get on the ends of a hand-pounded biscotti log. Coffee is omnipresent alongside bittersweet chocolate. Really great almond flavor throughout. This beer features a lot of strong flavors that really sweeten things up as the beer warms...gets cloying quick.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 001. Pours pitch black. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Quite outstanding nose of rich cocoa, milk chocolate, light vanilla notes, light coffee and caramel over soft hints of almond.

Full bodied with a rich and creamy texture that also has oily aspects. World class carbonation / body balance. Just enough effervescence to open the flavors up yet not disturb the rich body. The finish is just slightly prickly.

The flavor profile is borderline world class. The alcohol content becomes subtly uncovered. It begins with a rich sweet mixture of milk chocolate and caramel. As the middle approaches, the chocolate takes on a more bitter bakers chocolate profile with cocoa. Mid-palate bitterness is mild with a slight roast aspect coupled with coffee. It should be noted that the coffee aspect is quite subtle. After the middle, vanilla takes center stage with almond underneath. The finish is a slow, slightly dry and with a touch of heat, fade that has a subtle note of plum.

Note: At room temperature the alcohol takes center stage and becomes quite astringent in the finish, which I rate about 3.85. Cold this is a winner, RT not so much.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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 Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for a while. Not disappointed in the slightest.
Pours a nearly jet black and viscuous looking color with a lovely mocha head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, nutty, and dark fruit. Full bodied, rich and creamy smooth. Sweet on the tongue, roasted malt, chocolate and nutty flavor. The ABV is high and the alcohol is ever present but not boozy; it provides balance. A modest hops profile also adds some balance.
Decadent and lush! I loved it!

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Photo of SiepJones
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a jet black. One inch of thick, slightly brown head.

S - Roasted malts and a doughy sweetness.

T - Roasted malt, chocolate, and almond. The flavors (Sweet almond, Chocolate, and the dark tannins in the malt) meld together to give the flavor a Vanilla/Cherry Coke note at the end of each sip.

F - Slick with good carbonation.

O - A really nice beer with a unique favor. I definitely recommend.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pitch black with a dark tan head and thick lacing, smells like almond cookies, bitter chocolate, and burnt biscuits, taste is sweet dark malts, almonds, vanilla, biscuits, and finishes with some coffee and dark chocolate bitterness, this beer is full bodied and sticky. A tasty almond cookie dunked in coffee of a beer.

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Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally putting words to this review...

This was the first beer to really open my eyes to the world of craft beer, so besides being a great beer it holds an extra special place in my heart. I've had it multiple times over the last few years, with only the price point really restricting me having it more often, but now with it being in cans with a 4-pack of pints being cheaper than the glass bomber, LOOK OUT FRIDGE!

Pours pitch black with variable tan/mocha head(depends on how you pour). The lacing of the head sticks to the glass at points, leaving markers on the glass throughout the experience

Enticing deep, dark, roasty aromas present themselves upon initial olfactory inspection . Upon tasting the coffee makes its presence known, followed by a more traditional stout note, ending in just a hint on the sweeter side. At times, I pick up a pleasant chocolate flavor as well. The beer provides a massive assault in the mouth that sticks with your taste buds for minutes after each sip. The overall profile of this beer is what I want in a stout. Truly world class brew.

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Photo of ssm462
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is striving to be something more. It's delicious don't get me wrong. But it lacks is commitment. Pours dark and velvety with a strong black color and the brownish head. Very moderate viscosity. It's smooth creamy still very young with a lot of alcohol at the end. Overall an exceptional find but now I'm curious to taste barrel aged version of this.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1 in can form served chilled in a teku

Appearance: deep brown and thin with a massive coffee colored head. Tons of lacing on the glass.

Nose: almonds, chocolate, coffee, sweet malty backbone, desert with Amaretto poured onto it, slightly boozy

Taste: Follows the nose well but with more of that almond character, pretty sweet but not cloyingly so, very nice but on the thin side. I wish it had more body considering the ABV.

Overall: A very nice beer and it comes highly praised. I'm glad I got a chance to try it out of the can and not have to pay the uber-expensive bomber price. At about $3.50 for a single can (pint) this is a fantastic beer and well worth the money. I think the 4 pack is something like $12. Wow. Worth picking up and trying.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Xenoreactive
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has been long overdue for my favorite gypsy brewery. 69th review goes out to ET.

L: Looks like the shit coming out a sewer pipe into our once-beautiful oceans. Slimy, borderline-black (with a small glimmer of dark brown) and syrupy. Beautiful lacing with a brown head.

S: My favorite part of this porter is the rich nutty aroma that comes through with vanilla, toffee, dark malts, dried fruit and dark chocolate. Incredibly complex flavor profile just from hovering next to it.

T: Like the aforementioned olfactory conception, this brew is incredible at 50F. Slamming toasted almond, whipped cream, dark bread, bittersweet chocolate and rich coffee flavors clash forth. Nothing is overdone. There is no artificial flavor profile which is my fear with flavored stouts/porters. Phen-fucking-nomenal.

F: A bit on the lighter side, but has a dense oil-like texture to it which helps coat the mouth with the sensual flavor nuances. Far too easy drinking. Next to no hint of this double-digit booze factor.

O: This is what any porter wants to amount too, but most fall short. This is truly an evil beer. Having had it out the new cans, bombers and on draft, I have never noticed a difference in quality. Even aged a year, the flavor profile develops an intriguing red-wine barrel flavor which reminds me strongly of the barrel-aged version of this brew.

Break me off a piece of this any fucking time.

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

Poured from the 16 oz can into a tulip.
Pours a near jet black with a dark khaki head two fingers high.
Aromas are deep roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla.
Flavor is great and gets more complex as it warms. Beautifully rich, not too sweet with vanilla becoming more present as it warms.
Mouthfeel was nice too. Could have been a touch thicker.
A really incredible beer. Maybe my favorite Evil Twin.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick and dark black pour, smell is over the top almond, taste is perfectly balanced between coffee, sweet almond and vanilla, mouthfeel is thick and creamy.excellent

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Photo of q33jeff
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

**
06/24/2016
Can to snifter. 4 pack from Blend.
LOOK: dark black, big light brown head. Very full and beautiful. Picturesque.
AROMA: lots of vanilla, roasted malts. TASTE: brown sugar, vanilla, coffee. Tasty.
FEEL: full body, great carbonation for such a thick beer.

Great stuff, would live to try the bourbon barrel aged version.
**

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Photo of yung_peli
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque black, 2 finger mocha head, good retention, medium lacing.
AR: Almonds, vanilla, coffee, lactose creaminess, chocolate.
T: Follows nose, subtle bitterness on the finish.
M: Creamy, oily, and sticky, medium carbonation, medium thick body, slight alcohol warmth on finish.

Hard to find anything bad to say about this beer. As advertised ... Like liquid praline mixed w/ coffee.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can Batch #001

Pours opaque pitch black with a dense creamy brown foam head. Smells like maraschino cherry, raisin, fig, coconut, almond, vanilla, toffee, dark chocolate, spicy coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toasted grain, boozy malt, biscuit, with mild grass and pine. Tastes like a chocolate covered biscotti. Toasted grains, almond, vanilla, caramel, cherry, dark toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, roasted coffee, mild pine, all melded together with luscious creamy milk chocolate. Feels medium-light, thick and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really unique tasting and well crafted imperial stout.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into stout glass. It pours a dark mahogany-nearly black-with a huge, foamy khaki-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malt, almond, coffee, and vanilla. The taste is fantastic: dark coffee and almond-forward with cocoa and caramel. It's really decadent. It's truly one of the best tasting stouts I've had. You can taste the alcohol but there isn't a strong burn. The body is a little light for an imperial stout but that isn't much of an indictment. Overall, this stout richly deserves its stellar reputation; it's superb!

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my first time trying one of the big beers from Evil Twin and it does not disappoint. The flavor is front forward with a nice back hint of the vanilla and almond. I've stayed away due to the price tags, but with the 4 pack of pint cans, this will be in my rotation permanently.

For all you stout drinkers our there, this is great.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours very black with a tan, almost mocha-like head.
The head sits there for a while, slightly creamy in appearance.

Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, almond, vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate.

Taste: slightly bittersweet and milk chocolate, roasted notes but well balanced against a sweet finish along with the almond and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: thick, creamy, almost fudgy.. excellent.

Great lacing as well.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ok Evil Twin you're 2 for 3 in the stout department. Love this and Liquid Double Fudge. Big aroma and flavor chocolate, vanilla, almond. As advertised, except I got no coffee? Smooth and strong, $5 a can I should have bought 2 but didn't because of the 2 Jesus I hated. Overall excellent.

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Photo of scotorum
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

EVIL TWIN IMPERIAL BISCOTTI BREAK 6/6/16

This perennially top-rated brew has finally become affordably seated in fourpacks of 16 oz. cans.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Opaque black with an inch and a half thick tan head which receded slowly to fairly even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Chocolate

t; Black coffee, chocolate and mild ripe dark fruit over a solid slightly smoky malt base. Sweet to dry finish.

m; Full, great body and considerable carbonation tingle.

o: A flavorful, substantial stout with an exceptionally sweet fruitiness to it. A new personal favorite. Dangerously easy drinking for 11.5 ABV!

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Photo of LAp
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pint can poured into a tulip. Nosed from the can, dark chocolate and dark roast coffee are prominent, alongside a chocolate-and-biscuit-cookie note. Hints of bourbon, though this is certainly not a barrel aged beer. Pours a deep brown/pitch black with a thick, foamy, 2 finger dark mocha head rising in the glass. Nosed from the tulip, the notes are somewhat less concentrated, but are identical to those found when nosed from the can. The palate begins with a deep chocolate/fudge note characteristic of sweeter Doubles, but this beer avoids going to the extremes of sweetness found in many of Southern Tier's Blackwater Series. The rich chocolate gives way to brown sugar and molasses, along with traces of dark fruit (esp cherries). The aftertaste is what really makes this beer something special though. An amaretto note lingers on the palate after the beer has cleared the mouth, and that almond note (which was drowned in the bourbon when I tried the barrel-aged version of this beer) adds the little something extra that puts this beer over the top. Mouthfeel is characteristically on point. Overall, an outstanding beer that showcases how a brew can select a unique flavor note and accentuate it with just the right amount of finesse. No heavy-handed attention-seeking stunts here - the almond is perfectly situated in a supporting role that sets this beer apart from other entries in the style.

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