Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

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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#343
Reviews:
651
Ratings:
4,348
pDev:
8.28%
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank this last night during whatever WWE ppv was going on, Roadblock? It sucked. The beer though, that was better.

Poured black. Very dark jet black as they say. Not much head. Did I mention this came in a can? The aroma wasn't huge on coffee, I was hoping for that. A little underwhelmed on the nose. I mean its good, but it was tame and pedestrian at the same time.

Taste, hid the alcohol quite well and there is a nutty contingent going on with chocolate and coffee here, a certain breadiness underneath it all, like melba toast and imperial stout together at last.

The mouth feel excels, not harshly roasted, not alcoholic despite its massive strength. Slick chocolate and creamer. Wow I can't believe it took this far into the review to mention how creamy it was.

It was almost $5 a can/pint. Not too bad at all.

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Photo of dar482
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It comes in a dark black color with almost no head, with a brown mocha bubbling and ring.

The aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts, sweetness, a bit of coffee.

The flavor is of chocolate and a bit of coffee. It's an extremely heavy and sweet beer. It's almost like that thick sugary chocolate milkshake texture or Nesquick. There's also some nuttiness in there too, like almond amaretto.

The mouthfeel is velvety and creamy.

A wonderful dessert beer. Just big and sweet. I personally prefer the Decicco's version as the spice in that beer cleans up the sweetness.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of epyon396
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of spinrsx
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. From bessettes canton ny for $16

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Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Dog during the annual wealth of riches.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is very attractive, as I pick up considerable milk dud aroma, light bourbon, coco powder, light coffee and vanilla. The flavor profile replicatest the nose, though there is a hint of underlying bitterness that helps to balance the moderate sweetness in this excellent stout. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and I really don't get any sense that the abv. is 11.5%. You can tell it's up there, but not that high.

Nice beer...

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Photo of pat61
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Bright dark brown to black under a ½” light tan collar that produces thin sheets of lace.
S: Big coffee and biscuit nose, roast malt, dark malt.
T: The attack starts with smooth, creamy malt then coffee, then roast malt, and then chocolate that gradually darkens to dark bittersweet chocolate, so infinitely layered and pleasurable. Some prune and dark dried fruit show up and you also get some lighter grains and malt flavors.
F: a big bodied beer with outstanding texture, the carbonation is medium low but very fine and soft. Some warming as you drink.
O: An amazing beer. I have tried this beer out on people who profess to hate stouts and they love it.

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Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of petermethot
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue Dog

A- Imperial Biscotti Break looks like black coffee with no brown around the edges. The liquid looks pretty thick with a coating quality. A french vanilla looking foamy cap stood on top and faded into small islands with minimal lace.

S- A bold nose that's coffee rich and sweet malt. The malt is very high with caramel and some toffee. The coffee is big but not as pronounced as it could be and it's probably due to the high ABV and added ingredients. The coffee comes off slightly burnt with a sweet milk like scent. There is dark fruit as well which turns me off.

T- This tastes exactly like it smells, which I don't find often in coffee stouts. Sweet/ creamy milked up coffee with chocolate and some dark fruit in the finish which is pleasant. A little tootsie roll action with a big malt addition leading to more sweetness in the finish. Pretty roasted coffee stout, it's different so that's a plus. A burnt aftertaste

M- Feel is thick bodied with a silky sweet way about itself, this is a big sweet stout IMO with an ashy finish. There is just a touch of bitterness towards the end coming from the fighting hops in this malty ass stout. A slight prick of carbonation and a smoky aftertaste.

D- I think the alcohol could be tamed down a bit as well as the roast slightly. This is a great beer that I hope to find on a nitro tap someday. Hope to come across this one again

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Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a deep dark black hue with a quarter inch mocha blanket that leaves light lacing. Not too shabby.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, caramel, toffee, coffee...not bad but its not be all end all.

T - Taste is sweet malts, silky smooth chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee, roast almonds and nuts...so tasty. Really grows on me. A wonderful intermingled brew.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and silky smooth. Velvet on the tongue. So creamy.

O - Overall this beer was very solid and delicious. Super glad I finally cracked this. Love it.

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Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick texture. There was an inch and a half of tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A big aroma of malt, coffee, and a lot of chocolate. Very enticing.

T: Tasted of malt, a big, powerful shot of chocolate, light hops, and coffee in the finish. A balanced, thick, robust flavor. If you like chocolate, this beer will satisfy you.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a silky smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: One of the more enjoyable beers I've tried recently. Totally drinkable.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of fredmugs
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of beergorrilla
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of KAF
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Raziel313
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mltobin
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of wordemupg
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip 29/4/13 cheers Rutager for getting this one into my hands

A shes a black one with just a thumbnail's worth of dark cola edge, finger of dark mocha head has average retention and leaves no lace

S lots of chocolate syrup, sponge toffee and chocolate covered almonds, coffees hard to miss but it already has cream and sugar added, fudge is strong and I have no idea where the 11.5% is hiding, vanilla works well, dose it really smell like biscotti? or is it just in my head? either way this one smells rich and sexy

T sweet chocolate and burnt sugar mix with dark bread and faint Nutella spread, but the hazelnuts extremely faint, the coffees almost like the pre-sweetened little packets you add hot water to while camping, it tastes better then that sounds though I promise

M thick and syrupy, very sticky on the lips and not much for heat considering its 11.5%, silky and thick with a sweet finish

O looks basic but far from basic in every other area, I'm not sure what I like the most about this one but I have plenty to choose from

I can see where the hypes coming from because this ones awesome, great mix of chocolate and coffee and I'm impressed that 11.5% is almost completely concealed. I'm shocked how easy this one is to drink, no issues taking down the bomber even after tackling a few strong beer beforehand. I'm finding that one eye wants to close from the booze and my other eye's wide open from the coffee, this could be a long night

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Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 4,348 ratings
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