Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Imperial Biscotti BreakImperial Biscotti Break

Brewed by:
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 hopflyer
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, batch #005. Unknown canning date.

Pours dark brown and ipaquebim the glass. Thick tan collar keeps.

Light coffee aroma, vanilla for the most part.

First taste is smooth coffee coupled with a lot of vanilla. A bit of sweetness. Just right amount. Maybe some butterscotch. Not picking up much of almond. Faint chocolate.

Medium body and low carbonation. A little sticky. Little alcohol presence.

Well above average coffee stout. Vanilla adds a nice touch and smooths out any roasted malt bitterness.

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Photo of Hrodebert
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jmh21
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmurphy7
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of golf4collet
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Coltron23
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Drinkalot
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jdhilt
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving a no lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee & vanilla nose and flavor follows with coffee, caramel and vanilla, hops are hidden, light coffee finish. High ABV, 11.5%, is hidden. $4.40 for a 16oz can from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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

Photo of CSO
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of beerthulhu
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- Ale with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla and habanero peppers. Produced and bottled for Eviltwin by Westbrook.

A: Dark reddish-khaki toned head is only moderately lasting due to alcohol content, resting above a silky and inky black pour. Clean lacing on the glass (chalice) with a small collection of micro-bubbles gathering on the bottom portion. Nice dark coloring overall.

S: The cinnamon and habanero peppers really shine through here upon first impression with a rich chocolate-coffee like backing. Vanilla-almond creamer like sweetness adds balance and is fresh in nature while some bourbon like flair exists in the alcohol. Sweet cocoa powder and freshly ground coffee make their way mid-palate providing a silky roast backing, reminding me of my very first BCBS. Very nice strength, degree of freshness on both the vanilla and coffee aspect while the habanero provides a nice warming background heat in conjunction with the alcohol at the right temperature. All the additives are easily picked out and have an equal amount of balance and appeal to the sense and very much appreciated.

T: The flavor was rich, silky roast with a rich minerality, expressed with some cinnamon spicing and habanero pepper heat, much like a winter coffee providing warmth and spiciness and absolutely steals the show here. Vanilla sweetness highlights with some rich cocoa nibs and deep chocolate tones that add depth and some sweetness. Campfire minerality silt off the tongue upon the swallow. Dark fruit of plums and raisins along with some milky roast and espresso are there as well some sambuca like licorice tones.

M: Big bready cake malts make this a big and delicious mouthful. Syrupy consistency, heavy on the tongue with a dark warmth of of silky roast coffee teasing the tongue. Quiet carbonation.

O: The alcohol was very well behaved behind the massive flavor appeal, thick coffee roast stout and sweet highlights from the vanilla and cinnamon highlights give this a vast range of flavors that was very well blended and harmonious in nature. The cocoa nibs added sweetness as well the almonds and habanero peppers just the right amount of heat without being obnoxious, rather bring a very pleasant state to the overall drink. All the additives were equally refined and represented and never got lost in the sauce, the fresh nature of the vanilla was darling. The finish was even more stronger and empowering then the first sip, holding ones interest and anticipation towards the next sip. Extremely high drinkability, even priced at $18 bottle this seems like a steal/bargin. Must try.

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Photo of philbe311
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of silverblaze540
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Midnight black with very little head that quickly dissipates. Complete opaque. Very bubbly.

S - Malts, vanilla, prunes, almonds.

T - Sweet and malty with a vanilla aftertaste. Boozy with hints of prunes.

M - Bubbles give it a feel almost similar to a soda. Medium body.

O - Powerful smell and taste. Interesting mix with vanilla and almonds. Great beer to slowly sip.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - a deep dark oily brown with no head retention or lacing.
Smell - a nice blend of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, dark fruit (raisins and cherries), and coffee, along with big roasted malts, and a strong boozy foundation that pervades everything else.
Taste - similar to the nose with chocolate, molasses, vanilla, coffee, and huge roasted malt notes forming a rich flavor profile, and again booze is pretty strong throughout and in the finish.
Feel - low carbonation, thick chewy body, and extremely smooth and decadent.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bossmandillard
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jrfehon33
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fishermanrobb
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kaseydad
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black brew with a good beige foamy head.

Whiffs of coffee, cherry, vanilla and almond. Basically what it says on the can is represented well.

Taste is chocolatey with some coffee aspects and vanilla. It's definitely sweet but there is a good amount of hops with each swallow and a light alcohol tummy warm that is consistent.

Overall this was a nice session and a great showing of this unique beer. Due to the high ABV and big flavor, one and done per session for this guy but definitely look forward to partaking again.

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Photo of Hophazzard
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rex_4539
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black color, quarter finger fast dissipating brown head, no lacing to speak of, lots of carbonation.

S: Chocolate, coffee, sweet.

T: Sweet, LOTS of chocolate, a hint of coffee. Just amazing.

F: Highly carbonated but not distracting, full bodied.

O: A truly great imperial stout. Delicious!

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Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice Dark Brown appearance with a light bubbly off-white head

Smells of rich coffee and vanilla hit your nose

Tastes like vanilla cold brew with a hint of almond and a very slight boozy finish but the alcohol is hidden extremely well

Feel is on the lighter side with a little more carbonation than usual for a stout with this much flavor but nonetheless is still a thick sticky treat but is extremely drinkable and crushable for this style of beer. It obviously lacks the depth of flavors packed into a barrel aged stout but is still an extremely flavorful and satisying stout.

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Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 4,351 ratings
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