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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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Photo of ScaryEd
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can, no date present.

The pour is pitch black, like motor oil. Has a finger of caramel-colored head that leaves some nice lacing as it dissipates. The head settles into a thin film that rests gently atop the beer.

The aroma is very nutty and slightly boozy, There are notes of almonds, salted peanuts, and vanilla. Some burnt chocolate. Back end is faintly bitter and hoppy. The alcohol is very present and stings the nostrils.

The taste is damn near off the charts. There's a boatload of caramel and vanilla, as well as a fair amount of brown sugar up front. The middle is chocolate and coffee, with just a touch of roasted almonds. Finishes with some dark fruits and subtle spice.

The feel is medium bodied with surprisingly high carbonation. Smooth and creamy, with just a faint hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a fantastic imperial stout. It's definitely on the sweet side, but its never cloying and the flavors are perfectly balanced. The alcohol is definitely present throughout, but at 11.5 % that's to be expected. Now that this is in 4 packs of cans, i may very well die of alcohol poisoning.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip.

Pours with a thick, deep brownish black body. Head is gorgeous and thick with a dark tan color--excellent retention. Aroma packs a lot of bakery-like sweets. Caramel, vanilla, almond nuttiness. Somewhat reminiscent of a Southern Tier beer (thinking Chocklat + Creme Brulee, but thankfully less artificial-smelling).

The flavor literally made me go weak in the knees for a split second. Thick, chewy dark chocolate brownies blend perfectly with a rich espresso note, vanilla beans, and a hint of almond and booze in the finish. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and lightly carbonated. Chewy, but drinkable, and the 11.5% is hardly detected on the palate. Overall, a superb example of a flavored imperial stout. So glad I happened to run across this bottle!

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Photo of BB1313
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours pitch black with a small mocha head that leaves little retention and little lacing. The aromas are great and my favorite part. Tons of dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Lots of fudge. It's like a chocolate bomb. Nice amount of vanilla. The coffee is actually subtle and almost non-existent. I'm not sure when this was bottled, so that could be why the coffee seems dull. Smells great nonetheless. The flavors are very solid. Very rich. More milk chocolate. Some caramel and butterscotch in the mix. More vanilla. Very subtle warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with lower carbonation. It's not as thick as I was expecting, but it's still smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a great stout. Possibly over hyped imho, but it's still good stuff nonetheless. I guess I was just expecting more due to the hype over the years.

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Photo of spoony
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle (best by 2015) into a snifter.

A-The brew pours heavy and thick and produces the darkest finger of head I have seen on a beer...it is almost walnut brown. The head lasts about a minute before fading away. The beer is nearly black and opaque. No lacing, but there are some legs of alcohol on the glass as I drink.

S-The smell is rich, dark-roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate at first. After a bit of adjustment, I start to pick up some licorice, and a big, sweet hit of creamy/milky chocolate. There is a good dose of caramel and a bourbon-y, vanilla-scented booze, as well. Nice balance.

T-The taste is much like the smell with dark-roasted coffee, creamy milk chocolate, and sweet caramel/vanilla/bourbon booze. Very, very smooth drinking, but not terribly complex. The finish is an interesting transition from milky, chocolatey sweetness to light roasted drying bittnerness.

M-The feel is medium to full heft with incredible smoothness from the mild, fine carbonation. Despite the heavy presence and big sweetness, the higher ABV keeps if from getting cloying.

O-This is a great beer, but the biggest weakness is the taste!?! It is really nice look, smells pretty good, and feels wonderful, but I could not help but wonder if I was missing something on my palate. The booze was always in the background, which gave a nice bit of balance, but I could have used a little more intrigue to put this thing in big leagues of this style. Anyway, it would make a wonderful dessert beer with the big sweetness, thick feel, and balanced (rather than insanely bitter) coffee flavors.

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Photo of chrismattlin
3.43/5  rDev -20.6%
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 GilGarp
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2015.

Bomber served chilled into a goblet.

Imperial Biscotti Break is nearly black and very nearly opaque even on the pour. The head is crema colored and about the same thickness as it is on an espresso.

Aroma is malty and rich, roasty but sweet.

Flavor is sweet up front with dark chocolate and caramel. It's a little more roasty in the middle with dark malts and espresso. It finishes with a little more dry with the alcohol coming through slightly.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and perfectly carbonated with great balance and drinkability for such a strong beer.

Overall an excellent strong stout.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 16.00. Served in a Sweetwater snifter. 

Pours black as night with a gorgeous 1.5 finger deep mocha head. Very little lacing, with most of those dark islands of near-brown bubbles slowly creeping back down to join the brew from whence they came. 

Interesting sweet nose. Creamed coffee, amaretto, caramel, cocoa, vanilla. Very inviting!

Taste follows the nose well. Bittersweet coffee leads. Nice blend of mild vanilla, almond and cocoa flavors creep in behind. Also some char (in a good malty stout way), faint dark fruits, creamer and burnt sugar. Every now and then there is a reminder that this packs over 11% abv but the many excellent flavors do a great job hiding the alcohol. 

Medium full feel with moderate sharp carbonation. Long pleasing bitter coffee aftertaste. 

A pleasantly different angle on a favorite style of mine- the coffee stout. There is something reminiscent of Westbrook's Mexican Cake- perhaps that great chocolatey background. This is well worth the fairly hefty price and I really must find another of these to try again in 12-18 months when the flavors will be blended even better and the feel will be even creamier. I highly recommend buying this if you find it- and then sending it to me!

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Photo of denver10
2.76/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a mocha head. Aroma is waaay too alcoholic; strong alcoholic fumes on top of some caramel, wafers, milk chocolate, nutty and a little roasty coffee. Alcohol shows up in the flavor way too strongly along with some caramel, nutty, wafers, chocolate, and a little coffee. Cloyingly sweet and and alcoholic. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and dead flat. Overall, drain poured my 8 ounces of this, gave the rest of the bomber to my roommate. This one is not for me, won't drink again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Black on the pour with a dark brown head. Retention is good, and a quarter inch cap stays. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Simply put, this really does smell like a biscotti dunked in coffee. Layered chocolate and coffee aromas. Semi sweet dark chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla bean, Coffee with cream and sugar. Somewhat cake-y. Slight acrid roasted malt component is buried deeply within. Wafts of raspberry ester are likewise hidden. Only the slightest hint of alcohol. Great.

T: Coffee with cream and sugar. Semi sweet dark chocolate. Nutty. Brown cocoa. Dry cake. Hints of wood and char. Vanilla bean. Berry esters come out a bit more than the nose let on, but they are still tightly contained within the more robust malt flavors. Very long finish of cake, chocolate, coffee beans, and a kiss of smoke.

M: Thick body. Very velvety and creamy. Low carbonation creates only a mild prickling sensation. Some soothing alcohol warmth.

O: Excellent stuff. This beer is right in my wheelhouse. Big, bold, and complex. Seamless integration of complementary flavors. Supremely easy to drink for a beer of its size. Do not hesitate to snag a bottle should it cross your path.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark black pour with a small, tight, creamy, smooth, dark tan head. Disappears fairly fast leaving just a whisper of lacing.

S - Coffee, dark and bittersweet chocolate, and mocha dominate the nose. There is a hint of almond and vainilla sweetness with a caramel, toffee, and cream sweetness that emphasizes those notes.

T - Wow! (I could leave it at that, but I'll expound) Chocolate and coffee are the dominate flavors here as well but this is a very deep beer. Starts out with a mocha and bittersweet chocolate flavor. Mid sip it sweetens up a bit with the vainilla coming out more which gives this a sweet chocolate cake/fudge aspect. Hints of coffee (with only a slight, albeit nice, astringency). Almond sweetness starts to creep in on the finish leading to a strong coffee showing on the finish. All these flavors then linger on your tongue enticing you to drink more.

M - Medium to full body. Average carbonation for the style. Very smooth, creamy, and velvety which adds to that sweet chocolate flavor. Alcohol is non-existent in the taste; it is the bold flavors that make me want to just sip this.

D - Was definitely a sipper, but it was extremely easy to sip. The layers of flavor had me wanting to drink more, especially when the taste lingers that long.

Notes: A really good "flavored" Imperial Stout. Coffee and chocolate dominated as expected, but the vainilla and to a lesser extent the almonds had their time to shine. All the flavors complimented each other wonderfully (the vainilla and chocolate together especially). I would love to have this in the morning or for dessert any day in lieu of coffee. Delicious.

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Photo of Beejay
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A: Dark black in color with a very large tan head with multiple frog eyes.

S: Dark brown sugar up front with a nice mellow espresso note fading out into dark chocolate, vanilla, and more coffee.

T: Just damn delicious. Smooth, with notes of caramel, brown sugar, and molasses up front followed by vanilla, bread, and a lingering coffee.

M: Medium to heavy with moderate low carbonation, and a nice creamy mouthfeel.

O: Just damn near everything I want in an impy stout with coffee.

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Photo of Damian
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pt 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a thick and viscous motor oil brown and was topped by a resilient, one-finger tall cap of saddle brown froth. Sheets of lacing coated the glass with every sip. The head slowly faded to clingy, bubbly ring.

Potent espresso notes dominated the nose. Good dose of roasted malts. Loads of vanilla. Touch of dark chocolate. The aroma was quite straightforward and, in this case, I definitely thought it worked well. If it were slightly more intense, however, I would have bumped the score up to a perfect "5."

While the flavor profile was similar in many ways to the nose, it was definitely more abrasive. The melding of heavily roasted coffee beans and roasted malts on the front was a bit too bitter for my palate. Bakers chocolate notes came through in the center. The finish was roasty and dry to the point of being acrid. Some earthy and piney hops made the beer even more bitter. On a positive note, the 11.5% ABV was remarkably well hidden.

The mouthfeel was disappointingly thin for the style. The liquid contained a fine, spritzy effervescence that was quite distracting.

I had high hopes for Evil Twin's Imperial Biscotti Break but was really let down by it. While aging this might lessen the coffee character, it could also smooth out its rough edges. I would be curious to see what some time in a bourbon barrel might do to this.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pitch black, viscous, with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly to a thin ring. Not much lacing.

Aroma - Vanilla, truffle like chocolate , nuts, creamy expresso. The vanilla combined with the roasted malt gives it an almost barrel like quality. Outstanding smell.

Taste - I get sweet vanilla up front with roasted almonds followed by mocha chocolate, then some coffee. Fairly bitter and ashy finish.

Feel - Silky, creamy full body.

Overall - Easily one of the better stouts I have had to this point. Alcohol is well hidden, not too heavy, wonderful blend of flavors. If you like FBS, this is a must try. Just a hair lighter on the coffee front, but in the same class. "World class"

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Photo of babaracas
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch very dark brown with thin but dense and creamy medium brown head, rings of fine lace struggle to stick to the glass. Smell: faded earthy espresso, caramel, fig, currants, chocolate liquor, waffle cone. Taste: bite of vanilla ice cream in chocolate dipped waffle cone, currants, caramel, note of earthy espresso, mostly clean but slightly spicy hopping provides some degree of balance. Full bodied with exceptionally creamy feel. Good but would rather have a 4-pack of Lil' B.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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 PicoPapa
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Pours a viscous pitch black with very little head. No lacing. A lot going on in the nose. Nutty and chocolatey with some coffee, sweet cookies and hints of vanilla. The taste mirrors the aroma. Dark chocolate and nutty at first. Sweet almonds and cookies followed by a bitter coffee finish and some heat. Big alcohol presence but not overwhelming. Hints of vanilla, almost like vanilla frosting. Thick, heavy mouthfeel. I am thoroughly impressed by this one. Definitely a fitting name. Overall, a tad pricey but I will still be seeking out another bottle for certain.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz.

Pours jet black with a dark nutty tan head about two inches thick. The head is fine and firm and dissipates very slowly, retaining as a film.

Smells of rich cocoa, caramel, and coffee over a rich biscuity malt base. Some hints of vanilla and licorice.

Rich, bold flavor is a mixture of coffee, cream, chocolate, caramel, and roasted biscuit malt. Again, hints of vanilla creep through as well.

The body is full with tingling carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Definitely a top-shelf stout, well worth seeking out and trying for fans of the style. Probably have to hand it to his brother, Mikkeler's Brunch Weasel as my current favorite stout, but Evil Twin certainly brings the competition.

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Photo of portia99
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter. Been looking for this for a while, glad to grab some before it left the shelves this time around.

A - Pours an opaque, oily black in color...looks thick and viscous. A short cap of dense cappuccino cap of foam lingers for a minute or so and falls to a loose collar and skim coat on the surface.

S - Dark roasted coffee up front, hints of light caramel and brown sugar. Licorice and some char/ash. A touch of creaminess, some maple and maybe even a bit of chili pepper on the fringes.

T - Not at all what I was expecting...rather sweet up front. Sugar, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, vanilla, sweet cream, maple...very complex sugar profile. Backed up by coffee, burnt toast, charcoal, alcohol. Rather interesting interpretation of the style that is carried out quite well.

M - Medium bodied...not quite as the appearance initially indicated. Carbonation is on the light side, just creating a tingle and some life on the tongue and buoying the body just a bit. Overall sweet and leaves a persistant coating of sugar on the lips with each sip.

O - Overall, a bit of a different take on the imperial stout style. Has the requisite raostiness and coffee base, but the dominant flavors are of the sweet variety and almost in a candy-like way. A light syrupy-ness in feel that further impresses the candy aspects of the beer. Different but well done.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.56/5  rDev -17.6%
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 Omnium
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Pitch black with a nice two finger tan head, thick walls of lacing.
S - Mild coffee, rich deep malt, caramel, milk chocolate, some light burnt woodiness, very roasty.
T - Delicious, sweet and creamy rich malt, very mild coffee, rich silky milk and dark chocolate, almond nuttiness, light smoke. Definitely some dark cherry and fig in here too, there is a very complex profile in the flavor.
M - So smooth and creamy, deep and rich, very balanced and hides the abv well.
O - Excellent imperial stout, very creamy, so smooth and deep, very well balanced.

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Photo of SawDog505
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip glass. Pours motor oil black, with a one inch mocha head, that leaves behind beautiful lace, and settles very slowly into a layer of foam, amazing. Smell is roasted expresso, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and twix candy bar. Taste even better than the nose. Its a combination of every thing in the nose, but nothing dominated, an amazing dessert beer. Body is chewy as hell, perfect carbonation, not overly dry, and hard to sip, no alcohol present in the taste and at 11 5% incredible. This is sublime! Wouldn't change anything. The best body ever for the style.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black oil poured into a flute, producing a two-finger head of darkest foam, leaving but a mote or two of lace on the glass

S: chocolate syrup and bittersweet chocolate over black roasted malts

T: deep, dark syrupy bittersweet chocolate; rich, roasted malts, and am I imagining it? Biscotti dipped into sweet espresso.

M: smooth as silk, full-bodied and slick, no carbonation, just a bittersweet close and a stick to the lips

O: a sublime stout, direct and succinct, full of rich flavor and feel. Worthy of the praise it so often receives.

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Photo of jegross2
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing out of Denmark.
Score: 93

10 oz tap pour served in a chalice glass at the Local Option and enjoyed on 06/20/12.

Appearance: Black coffee color with thin bubbly tan layer of head that settles into a bubbly ring around the glass. Poor lacing, above average cling/lacing. 4/5

Smell: Smooth raisiny bourbon, sweet chocolate, brown sugar. Almond bread, vanilla, and muffins. Dark fruit and roasted malt. 4.5/5

Taste: Malty brown sugar and boozy bourbon upfront. Bakers chocolate towards the finish. Sweet bourbon, almond, vanilla and dry fig/prune throughout. Tastes less sweet than it smells, not that the nose is all that sweet. Less chocolate flavor than the nose led on too. Residual coffee aftertaste. I am surprised by how little coffee flavor this beer has given its namesake. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel. Bitter/bittersweet, mildly acidic. 4.5/5

Overall: An excellent beer with some well deserved hype. Hopefully this won't just be a one-off for Evil Twin because this stuff was delicious.

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this out if you get the chance, though it has already come-and-gone through the retail circuit.

Pairings: Fried plantains.

Cost: $10 for a 10 oz snifter pour.

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Photo of hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a one finger mocha head, with nice retention and lacing for an 11.5 % abv beer. the aroma has dark roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa, chocolate, biscotti, and caramel.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells with dark roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa, chocolate, biscotti, and caramel. Has a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. There is also some noticeable alcohol, but it is not intrusive.

Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and easy to drink. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a thick, viscous black with a thin film of medium brown head, generous ring. Pretty good retention and some spots of lace.

S: Dark coffee, graham cracker, cream, milk chocolate, vanilla extract, cherry. Smells like an IRS.

T: Thick chocolate like syrup, dark coffee, maybe some cinnamon, hoppy undertone lends a little grip, cherry, ultra smooth and no bitterness. Delicious.

M: Full bodied, very lightly carbed. Thick, almost like syrup, but velvety smooth.

O: Really delicious, well crafted beer. Superb balance and decent complexity. The alcohol is completely well hidden. This is like an adult version of chocolate milk.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
4.32 out of 5 based on 4,168 ratings.
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