Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti BreakEvil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

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 muchos
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 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 StevenMilligan
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vader444
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One pint can poured into tulip.

Been looking forward to trying this for a long time. It is an outstanding example of a coffee stout with bold flavours and a rich mouthfeel. I struggled a bit to identify the "biscotti" element but as this warmed up towards room temperature it developed a very subtle marzipan flavour. Overall a fabulous beer but perhaps not as good as Evil Twin's Even More Jesus sampled on the same evening. I would probably have enjoyed a second of these if it wasn't a "school night". Cheers!

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Photo of Wrigfen
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattboyer182
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Djtrends
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SHDoyle
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Description: Inky black with no head or lacing. Has a very clear, flat appearance, almost like glass. Smell is dark chocolate, coffee, cream, vanilla and a boozy, oak/bourbon hint even though this isn't barrel aged. Altogether a complex and balanced aroma. The taste is a little more circumscribed with dark chocolate and coffee dominating but not so much cream or vanilla except for a bit on the aftertaste. Not as complex as the aroma. Feel is thick and creamy with, as expected, low carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Vanilla sugar wafers

If you like this beer then you should also try: Breakfast Stout

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) This slow-sipping, dessert beer would have been better had it been barrel aged but, still, pretty good. This had some really great components but I think it's a case where the sum maybe isn't greater than the whole of its parts. It's not something I (or most people) would drink every day but it's worth trying if you haven't before.

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Photo of tlema1
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: jet black, with a thin lacing tan head
S: some vanilla
T: coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate
F: rich, creamy, booze on the finish
O: 16 ounce can, Rich delicious sipper

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Photo of Ltdsaint
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbeer40
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VashonGuy
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boy, is this a chocolate bomb! Along with vanilla, almond, and dark roast flavors. It's dark and it's sweet. It's one of the sweetest beers I can remember. Like drinking a very good alcoholic candy bar. Served at a bar, from a 16 ounce can into a shaker pint.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, batch #001 13:58. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black with no light coming through. Medium tan head with thick sheets of persistent lacing. Initial 1/4" head died back to a thin ring at the edges.

Smell: Vanilla, almond, just a bit of espresso.

Taste: A perfect blend of vanilla, almond, roasted malt, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, cream, and an alcohol accent. Really an amazing dessert in a glass. Definitely a sweet beer, but it is countered at the finish with the bitter coffee notes.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy and quite thick. Just right carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping beer to enjoy after dinner. While this would pair really well with a dessert, I don't think one is needed as this beer is dessert. One per evening with a wonderful potent beer like this one, and 16oz is just right.

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Photo of Peaches13
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dhoffmann13
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter.
Appearance - an impenetrable black; thick, creamy mocha head that slowly dissolves to a thin layer! Lacing is par.
Smell - a little blend of coffee and biscotti, vanilla and amaretto!
Taste - the description of the nose matches up in the flavor profile, however, the order is more amaretto, biscotti, vanilla and hints of coffee! This has stand out character in my opinion; a beer drinking session that reminds me of sipping amaretto and having a piece of tiramisu and a cup of coffee!
Feel - this is a heavy weight of a beer, but doesn't feel like it; the booze is subtle with the amaretto, the vanilla and almond makes for enough of a sweet touch to mask the alcohol. This is dangerously easy to drink!
Overall - The flavor profile is dynamic, I totally dig the amaretto qualities! I also love the use of the 16oz 4 pack cans by Evil Twin; not something you see everyday with an Imperial Stout!

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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 The_Kriek_Freak
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Martine
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With so much hype I had to get me a can. Make no mistake, it's excellent, but it still boils down to what you personally like in a stout; if you tend to go for the Imperial stouts which exude complexity in the form of rich, exotic flavours - vinous expresso, vanilla pod, unripened almond, young cacao, stewed oak-aged cherry brandy, and biscotti - then this is your God.

I can tell a well crafted beer, and this is such a product, but down to personal preference I still prefer a stout on the roasted/charcoal side of abyssal. Your 'Kernel brewery's Imperial Brown Stout's of the world and the Old Rasputin: Dense, burnt, bitter, ashen, thick as oil and giving no f*cks; no fruit involved, and as dense as a neutron star.

My mouth is sticky and my throat is warm; this is one for sipping in front of the fire alright, but matched with a side of loganberries and cheese over a cigar.

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Photo of SheaDawg
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow!!! Just WOW!!! I don't normally write in my reviews, but this beer needs it's accolades! One of, if not the, greatest Imperial Stouts I have ever had the priviledge to try. I highly recommend rewarding yourself with this!!

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Photo of DioS
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gonzo000
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
4.32 out of 5 based on 4,241 ratings.
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