Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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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.

Added by BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012

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- 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.

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