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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.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little thinner than I was hoping but that's about the only negative... Delicious beer... The coffee is done perfectly.. Not over the top at all... Glad I got to try this...

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a brown dark almost black pour with a finger of dark tan head. 
smells of rich sweet chocolate, floral hops, almond, sweet latte coffee flavor.. Sugary, milky sweet
oh my lord. This is a very well balanced stout. Puckery sweet up front wih lots of caramel and milk chocolate flavors, sweet pecans.. Followed by the toasty coffee/dark roasted grains and grassy buttering hops. This can't get any better.
full body, medium carbonation.. Coats the roof of your mouth. An excellent beer.
soooo glad I changed my mind about trading this. Been saving it for months and damn am I glad I held onto it. An excellent stout, best flavor, perfect feel.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a 22 oz bottle. Pours thick sludgy black with a small dark brown creamy head that receded and coated the glass nicely on the way down.

Lots of roasted malt and espresso in the nose. Dark chocolate and vanilla as well but the coffee/espresso notes were the strongest.

Taste was a letdown. The espresso came through a bit, but not as much as in the nose. Dominated by cocoa/chocolate with a little earthy bitterness. By the time it warmed to room temperature was incredibly sweet with nothing but chocolate in the flavor.

Creamy mouthfeel although felt a bit thin at times. Alcohol is very well hidden as I would have guessed this is around 7-8% based off alcohol taste. Got very cloying as it warmed.

Was let down by this one even more so after the great appearance and aroma. A little too one note and sweet for my taste. I struggled to put down 11 oz and didn't finish what my girlfriend didn't drink either which almost never happens. That said, I'd love to see a barrel aged version of this. Adding some booze to balance the sweetness would seem to work well.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

On tap at Ganley's.
Has a black as nigjt body with a tan head.
Aroma has rich vanilla and coffee aroma.
Taste is almond, vanilla and chocolate. With a hint of cookie.
mouthfeel is smooth and overall a great beer

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a super thick black. Minimal red-tinged tan collar. What head manages to pull from the beer doesn't last. Still with a slight oily sheen.

Smell: A lot more pleasant than expected. Rich roasted malts. Some marshmallow and vanilla. Chocolate runs the full range, milk chocolate, dark, and cocoa. Big sweetness builds as it warms. Dark cherry. Toasted nuts. Legit cookie and marshmallow cream. Big backing alcohol. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Fresh roasted coffee. A true kitchen sink approach.

Taste: Sharp slightly burnt cookies. Marshmallow and deeply roasted malts. Screams of bitter cocoa and baker's chocolate. Some.malt sweetness, but not nearly as much as I would expect from the nose. Almond/marzipan. Burnt coffee. Caramel and toffee. Some cherry and straight up vanilla bean. Rich and roasty. Cake batter.

Mouthfeel: Full and smooth. Roasted character adds some.dry elements. minimal carbonation. Not quite as full as I would have expected from the pour.

Overall: Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar.

A big but ultimately balanced big ass beer. I dig the marshmallow almond thing. Solid.

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Photo of brystmar
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Handsome black pour sporting brown head and beady lace. Tons of vanilla in the nose, followed by more breadyness than any other stout I've encountered.

Taste opens up with bread and deeply roasted malt. Mild bourbon and toffee sweetness aren't far behind. Tastes like a loaf of sweetbreads soaked in a top-notch stout. Deserves a 4.25/5 on taste, rounding down here and up elsewhere.

Booze character is plentiful but integrates well with the other flavors. Silky, creamy, viscous body approaches perfection.

Best beer I've had from Evil Twin or Mikkeller, hands down.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black. Creamy brown head. No lacing that I can see.

Smell: Rich and delicious. Biscotti, I suppose. Coffee and chocolate laden. So much it's ridiculous. I don't get the alcohol one bit.

Taste/feel: To be honest, reminds me quite a lot of their Imperial Doughnut Break, as it has that same sort of doughiness (though not quite to the same extent), but with more and better flavor. Great creamy feel with a mild/moderate mouthfeel. Quite sweet, but also a deep roasted flavor with some bitterness on the finish. A lot of alcohol warmth here that dries the mouth right up. The alcohol can't be tasted at all, but certainly felt.

Incredibly good beer. $18 for a 22oz bottle is definitely a pretty hefty price, but it's also one hell of a hefty brew. A fantastic biscotti/dough/coffee/sweet nose that tastes almost just as good. A big beer that's well worth trying. One of the best beers I've ever had, for sure. A bit on the sweeter side, but that's to be expected from this beer, I think... but that's just a nitpick. BUY THIS BEER.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.
A: Almost black with a mahogany rim. A tan half finger head that whittles down to a bubble ring. Thick, viscous. Curtainy lacing.

S: Heavenly. Coffee and chocolate dominate. Vanilla, lactose, sugar, marshmallows.

T: Wow, sip and be awed. Cascades of dark chocolate, followed by coffee notes. Vanilla and malts slide in. You don't really notice the alcohol, but it creeps in later to sooth the savage beast. Very smooth, semi-sweet. Decadent.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: Worth all the hype. A great after dinner drink to share with friends. Terrific with a brownie.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Pitch black.

S: Raisins. Sweet malt and lots of chocolate.

T: Lots of coffee and chocolate. A bit like hot chocolate.

M: Smooth.

O: Delicious. I just wish I had gotten to compare it with the regular version, but it kicked right before I asked for some.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep ebony. Decadent mocha head. She's a beaut.
Smell: Like a smooth chocolate malt mocha milkshake with just a bit of that charred smell that can add just the right touch or dominate the flavor. This was has the touch. Very nice.
Taste: oh yes. All the flavors of the nose with some vanilla thrown in, and all balanced quite well.
overall: very well done. This one goes down like a session milk chocolate. Bravo.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Thick and viscous. Deep bark color with a dark caramel head that doesn't hang around too long before settling into a soft ring. Impressive looking to say the least.

S- Coffee leads the way. Roasted malts and nuts, sweet cookies, and a hint of chocolate.

T- Abundance of sweet notes that weren't apparent with the nose. Borders on cloying, but slides back just before going over the edge. The biscotti cookie really comes through and complements the coffee character well. Warms up nicely with mocha, whipped cream, and slight charred caramel flavors.

M- Full bodied no doubt. Creamy, smooth, and alcohol with a kick.

O- a terrific breakfast or desert beer. Would be fantastically paired with a biscotti cookie or cream donut. Not sure that I would have again on its own, but would be sought out on the right pairing occasion.

$15.99 for 22 oz bomber.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Pours black with two finger tan head that just sits there forever, coating lacing. Sweet almond and vanilla aroma. Tastes like the aroma, sweet and almond nutty with lots of vanilla and sweet chocolate, cherry, ends with solid bitterness. Almost a little too much going on with this one, flavors are sharp, maybe needs to sit for awhile. Thin to medium soft oily mouthfeel. Although good, was a little disappointed with it, will try avian in about 6 months.

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Photo of ksimons
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Very dark brown, almost black, with a thin layer of dark tan head that leaves a ring around the glass

S-Rich roasted malt, molasses, a bit of dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and a light nutty almond smell

T-very similar to the smell, roasted malt, molasses, more coffee in the taste, vanilla, and a nice nuttiness. A nice warming alcohol sensation is present.

M-very creamy, full body, very good carbonation, leaves a dry roasted taste in the mouth

Excellent, amazing flavors, great body and smell. Can't wait to have it again.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

bomber into 2012 SAVOR tulip. not sure of the bottling date, however there is a 'best by 2015' on the label.

A: pours a shade under pitch black. head is a solid brown hue. frothy. retention isn't great, nor the lacing. but I do like that initial pour hue...

S: roast and a bunch of unfermentables are the first things to jump out at me. cigar ash. a decent amount of smokiness on the nose. dark chocolate.

T: a vanilla sweetness warms the body and welcomes the first sip. the bitterness is strong, but manageable. definitely from the coffee as its flavor comes out after the bitterness and lingers long after the drink is gone. virtually no alcohol heat.

M: mellow carb on a BIG body. let the palate do the talking, that's what I like.

D: unsure of the difference between bottled-on and best-by here, I have to assume this is relatively fresh. regardless, just a super drinkable, super rich stout. I could sip on this thing all night.

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Photo of scotorum
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

EVIL TWIN IMPERIAL BISCOTTI BREAK 6/6/16

This perennially top-rated brew has finally become affordably seated in fourpacks of 16 oz. cans.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Opaque black with an inch and a half thick tan head which receded slowly to fairly even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Chocolate

t; Black coffee, chocolate and mild ripe dark fruit over a solid slightly smoky malt base. Sweet to dry finish.

m; Full, great body and considerable carbonation tingle.

o: A flavorful, substantial stout with an exceptionally sweet fruitiness to it. A new personal favorite. Dangerously easy drinking for 11.5 ABV!

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Photo of leaddog
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a rich, frothy mocha head. Gorgeous.

Smell - Roasted malts, roasted coffee, dark fruit, almond biscuit, hint of vanilla.

Taste - Roasted flavours of malts and coffee with dark fruit (cherry or plum). Turns a little boozy at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation.

Overall - A beautifully crafted Imperial stout with rich roasted flavours and a nice warming, smooth feel.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a half finger of extremely dense, unmoving head. Looks quite viscous.

S: Roasted malts dominate the aroma with toffee and light nuttiness in the background. As the beer warms, I get more caramel and nutty aromas.

T: Intensely burnt malts are balanced by caramel and milk chocolate sweetness. The burnt flavor of the malts is a bit much in my opinion and lingers in your mouth for the entire beer, but allowing the beer to sit certainly lets more toffee and nuttiness come through keeping the burnt malts in check. A good amount of dark chocolate is also present. Kind of reminds me of peanut brittle. ABV is certainly apparent, but the beer is not overly boozy.

M: Very thick mouthfeel and a tad strong on the carbonation, but still very creamy.

O: The burnt malt flavor is a bit much on this beer, but the sweetness in the way of toffee and caramel and the nuttiness that comes through is extremely nice.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin tan head and some nice lacing. Smell is very nice - a great mix of coffee and chocolate. Taste is quite nice - it's very roasty, but there is a great mix of flavors going on here. It's a little sweet, and the coffee and chocolate come through very nicely here. It's quite drinkable for as big and bold of a stout as this is. Mouthfeel is thick and a bit oily, but quite nice. Overall, this is pretty impressive - best beer I've had from Evil Twin and the first one I'd go out of my way to seek out.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a thick, jet black with just a crust of brown head. Minimal to no lacing.

S- amazing coffee, dark chocolate and maple syrup.

T- sweet maple syrup, slight molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, with some bitterness at the finish.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Thick, syrupy with some heat from the abv as it warms.

O- very good coffee RIS. Amazing coffee and chocolate flavors and the heat is hidden pretty well at 11.5%.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Super dark black with it's brown accent. Thin brown head that rose to maybe a third of a finger's length.

Smell: Deep aroma of coffee and chocolate cream. I want to inhale this.

Taste: Strong potent and complex taste. It's lightly bitter with a touch of sugar and molasses with just the right notch espesso feel.

Mouth: Really sticky. Almost a syrup finish but not as sweet as you would think.

Overall: Yes it is good, in reality it is incredible. Little pricy like most Evil Twin stuff but lives up to the hype. Grab your favorite glass and movie and you are set. Salud!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark body, completely opaque, tan head, serious lacing. Looks great.

S - Lots and lots of roasted malt notes. Sweet almond flavoring, not my favorite, but expected given the theme. Rich. Lots of alcohol warmth.

T - Follows the nose. Lots of rich coffee and chocolate flavors. Rich. Warm. The flavoring is well balanced, and nothing punishes. Close is warm, soaked cookie loveliness.

M - Good chewiness. Full. Sticky. But with enough warmth in the close to keep this from becoming cloying.

O - Well crafted, tasty. The only challenge for me is I hate almond flavoring, and this focuses on this aspect of biscotti, which is not my favorite. Fortunately, this is balanced, and all works together. Very, very good.

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Photo of zac16125
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers 

A: Pours a viscous opaque jet black, with an aggressive pour yielding just under a fingers width of very dark mocha colored head.   Retention time is moderate, then it settles down to an outer ring accompanied by the thinnest of films.  Leaves very slight patches of spotty lacing.

S: Aroma is strong and rich from the moment the bottle is popped.  I get dark fruits at first, then tons of bold roast black coffee, a decent amount of dark chocolate, almond, and a hint of anise.  The smell is sweet, chocolatey, nutty, and absolutely delicious.  This may be the best smelling stout I've had to date, and it's not even barrel aged!

T: Again, oh so rich.  This is really, really good and very complex.  The initial sip is sweet up front, followed by milk chocolate and finishing with a big coffee character.  Along with the huge coffee presence and chocolate, I also get notes of vanilla, subtle nutty characteristics, roasted malt, an occasional bitterness, and a hint of booze at one point.  All these flavors come together to give a decadent palate profile that leaves an aftertaste that lingers forever. It's well balanced, complex, and incredibly rich but not at all cloying.  Very well done.  

M/D: Very smooth, with an appropriately low carbonation. Thick, somewhat chewy, and coats the palate nicely. Drinkability is absurd for an almost 12%'er with a huge flavor profile.  The first glass for the snifter went down almost instantaneously and the second glass followed in no time at all.  

O:  If I could summarize the overall review of this beer in one word it would be, "wow".  I had heard some good things about this brew prior to trying it, but it managed to exceed expectations.  Up there with some of the best stouts I've had, and certainly on the short list of best non barrel aged stouts.  I certainly recommend and am so glad I was able to grab the last couple off the shelves of my local bottle shop.  

Also, i would like to add that although It's already wonderful tasting, the scary thing is I think with time it could get even better (I love the coffee presence but I think even more intricacies could come out if the coffee were mellowed down).  

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep black color. Creamy and oily. Forms a small and very creamy and thin bubbled beige to brown head. Small retention and some spotty lacings formed and left in the glass. Some brown chunks can be see floating on the bottom of the glass, mainly in the last pours

S: Traditional Imperial Stout in the nose: Strong notes of roasted malts, chocolate malts, coffee beans, licorice, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla and oak. Some notes of alcohol in the very end. Sweet and balanced

T: Follows the notes: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of roasted malts, chocolate malts, dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, brown bread. Yeasts are quite bready. Hops are grassy. Good bitterness in the end (roasted and hoppy). In overall, a smooth and balanced bittersweet taste

M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Sweet and bready upfront. Bitter roasted aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Excellent Imperial Stout. Smooth and pleasant. Masterpiece

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cola black, fluffy carbonation, and lacing too. Coffee, vanilla, and almond in the aroma. Vanilla almond chocolate coffee flavored brew that is a big sipper. Soft, smooth, and a velvet feel on the tongue. Big, bold stout that indulges the senses!

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Photo of kevanb
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

The beer pours a insanely deep jet black color, it's like staring into the abyss. There is a tiny mocha head, tightly packed bubbles, but it recedes quickly leaving behind a modest layer of film and only the most minimal of lacing. The aroma is superb, vanilla, chocolate, roasted coffee, dark pitted fruit and a really interesting nuttiness, almost like a sweeter almond or hazelnut. The flavors are right on queue with the nose, big chocolate profile, almonds, hazelnuts, borderline nutella flavor, great pitted fruit with sweet vanilla and a great backing of roasted coffee and dark malts. They are so perfectly balanced, artfully integrated and executed, each flavor has a chance to shine but also enhances the other aspects. The body is so silky and smooth, rich and creamy that is perfectly drinkable and really helps intensify the rich flavors.

Verdict: Fantastic stout from Evil Twin and by far the best beer I've had from him to date. The flavors are wonderfully balanced and massive enjoyable and the body takes this beer to a new level. The perfect desert beer.

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