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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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 LiquidAmber
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black, totally opaque in the glass with a thin dark brown head with light lacing. Aroma of sweet toasted malt, quality coffee and sweet cookie dough notes. Flavor is dense sweet dark malt, coffee, vanilla and a bit of cookie dough, very well melded into a rich coffee chocolate flavor. A nice hop bitterness with mild char in the finish. Great creamy body. More like a liqueur enhanced chocolate coffee shake than a beer, slightly on the sweet side, but flavorful enough that it was not a detractor. Dangerously drinkable. The high ABV was totally covered and this invited repeated tastes requiring pacing. A classic.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Wasatch
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, nice carbonation, with a very quick tan head, which leaves an oil slick. The nose is pretty nice, malty, with lots of chocolate, toffee, and coffee, with some vanilla, slightly roasty. The taste is very nice, malty, lots of dark stuff, nice touch of vanilla. Full body, ABV is hidden pretty well. Overall, this is a very nice brew, would recommend.

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Photo of aasher
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of brewerb in a box that arrived today. Thanks Brian!

This one pours a full bodied dark chocolate brown in clor with a slight khaki lacing around my glass. The nose is full on candy bar. Chocolate, chocolate everywhere. I don't get much roast, just pure milk chocolate. The flavors too, almost pure chocolate with just a touch of roast. Its truffle like. It's sweet but not cloying. It is incredibly smooth, which is definitely where this beer shines. The body is perfect, perfect. Tis is a great dessert but but not overly complex. I can see why everyone likes it but its a little sweet.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Georgiabeer
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer, and one where the abv is unbelievably well hidden. Extraordinarily smooth and silky in the mouth, that is perhaps this beer's best feature. Pours inky black with a caramel colored head that fades to a thin ring fairly quickly. Lovely aromas of very good coffee, molasses, and cream. The taste is equally enticing, with further notes of that excellent coffee from Charleston Coffee Roasters, nice bitter chocolate notes, some roastiness, and a touch of caramel sweetness and cream on the finish along with more of that chocolate and coffee. Very nice. I love the long finish, and the obvious quality of the ingredients, the incredible smoothness, and the deeply flavored and well integrated flavors. Very well done indeed.

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

A jet black beer with a small, brown cappuccino-colored head that settles to a thin band rather quickly. Nice creamy lacing on the glass. Big roasty aroma with noticeable sweetness, lots of espresso, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, toasted nuts, caramel.

Great tasting dessert stout; some bitterness from substantial roastiness is offset by sweetness of vanilla, chocolate, caramel flavors. Again there’s a nutty, toasty almond cookie note and a fine espresso flavor making this a complex and delicious after dinner treat. Body is medium full, stopping shy of total viscosity, still somewhat chewy and sticky, creamy feel, carbonation a bit on the lower side. Very smooth overall. Booze totally hidden underneath all that flavor.

A top notch imperial stout falling firmly on the sweet side of the ledger. Phenomenal late night sipper. I’d buy this often if it wasn’t so expensive. Also can’t be good for my already burgeoning waistline.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7/8/2012

Thanks to Matt for sharing. 

A: Black with a finger of light brown foam.

S: Nutty toffee and chocolate. Strong earthy coffee aroma with some brown sugar. Lots of roast and a touch of molasses. There's a little coconut but I'm not sure where that's coming from.

T: Roasted and nutty with caramel and chocolate. Brown sugar with a little molasses and vanilla. Pervasive earthy coffee presence. Lower moderate bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Full body with creamy moderate carbonation. Smooth and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: A really nice beer. Recommended.

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Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter color.   Two finger, dark mocha head that has good retention, only slowly settling into a thick, lasting ring.  Splotches of soapy lacing left behind.  Looks great!  

Deeply roasted dark malt aroma with perfectly roasted gourmet coffee beans, lactic cream, silky chocolate malt notes and subtle English biscuit/cookie in there.  Deep roast but not acrid or burnt smelling with hints of charred toast, oatmeal, dark choose and espresso bean followed by bakers chocolate, caramel, toffee, lactic cream and biscuit.

Full bodied and viscous with deeply roasted coffee bean and dark malt flavor.  Dry and pretty bitter but never acrid or harsh wih lots of lactose and silky chocolate malt sweetness countering the roast.  Excellent espresso bean flavor along with burnt toast, oatmeal and dark cacoa powder.  Lactic cream toward the finish smoothing things out along with silky chocolate, fudge, bakers chocolate, toffee and caramel.  Very complex and I can even pick up hints of licorice, English biscuit and dark fruit as it warms.  Decent heat but the ABV is well masked making this beer very easy to drink.   There's a really great  balance of roasted coffee and sweeter dessert-like notes which also help drinkability.  Another impressive beer from Evil Twin.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.

Pours a very deep, dark black, with a one inch mocha/tan head, and a little bit of lacing. Looks quite thick.

Smells like coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, and a lot of creamy sugar.

The tastes gives off the impression of sugary vanilla creamer dropped into the blackest coffee in the world, with hot chocolate poured in. The flavors are intense, and generally well done. It tastes great. However, it is at times cloyingly sweet. It is hard to put down a large amount of this stuff, 6-8 oz seems to be the sweet spot for me. Additional flavors include hazelnut, and a tiny bit of roasted malt. Any roasty bitterness is lost in the sea of sweet flavors.

Thick bodied, syrupy, sweet, sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation. A definite slow sipper.

Basically all of the variants of Imperial Biscotti Break are better than this original version, because using the additional adjuncts or barrel-aging it tempers some of the sweetness. However, the flavors here are incredibly well-done, and it's very tasty in small amounts.

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

(Served in a snifter)
Best before 2015
A- This beer pours a jet black velvety body with a thick dark tan cocoa crema of head that last for much of the beer as a thick ring.

S- The rich espresso black malt is mellow with dark toffee, molasses blended with cookie notes. There is a nice chocolate nougat note that comes into the fold as it opens.

T- The rich cream and slightly inky mellow but rich black malt flavors has some toasted biscotti notes and a roasted molasses finish with some dark graham flavors lingering with a non-bitter inky malt and tootsie roll hint. There is some nice baked vanilla notes as the beer opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle alcohol warmth and a thick tongue coating finish to balance.

O- The rich smooth big stout is mellow with nice biscotti characteristics and the layers of flavor grow as it opens up. This is a very taste beer, and a wonderful sipper.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Absolutely black, dark mocha head with medium retention

S: Roasted notes and chocolate. Mild dark fruit.

T: Lightly sweet, toasty, very chocolatey

M: Medium carbonation. Medium-heavy body, moderately sweet, but finishes dry

O: Definite sipper. 25cl glass took 2 hours to finish. Wouldn't want more than that.

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Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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 clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger light brown head that left a little bit of lace ring. Mostly a roasted and coffee malt aroma along with dark chocolate. Smooth and light which is how I prefer my stouts. Plenty of roast and coffee to go around but well-balanced from some sweet dark chocolate (not really any vanilla) and possibly some nuts. Probably a little more sweet than roasted/coffeeish so it hit my sweet tongue.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. snifter.

pitch black, very slight head. smell is extremely chocolatey with hints of coffee as well. taste starts off with the chocolate and then you get the roasted malts and coffee on the end. real great flavor, wow. very full bodied with almost no carbonation.

overall wow. an amazing non BA imp stout!

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Photo of dar482
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
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 wordemupg
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of pat61
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
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 VelvetExtract
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a complete black. Absolutely zero light penetration. Head is even viscous; its a very dark tan (actually brown) and it dies away to a frothy milkshake froth. Tons of lacing, too.

S-Bloated notes of mocha, vanilla bean ice cream and liquified milk chocolate. Also darkly fruited; reminds me of flat Dr. Pepper. Kahlua too. Coffee-dipped pastries that have been burnt on the bottom. Also slightly nutty.

T-This flavor is so unique! Chalky dark chocolate and luke-warm French vanilla coffee. Burnt pastry again and a bunch of truly tangible vanilla notes. The flavor is a bittersweet masterpiece. Definitely has that dried biscotti thing going on. Toasted nuts. Very fudgy. There is a lot going on; and all the flavors collapse upon themselves and create a unified Titan of taste.

M-Perhaps the thickest beer I have ever sipped. Nearly flat. Huge body. Creamy and viscous and fudgy and sludgy. Flavor lasts forever. Cinco!

O/D-This was pretty damn awesome. Its an experience in a glass. One of the better Stouts I have come across. It teeters between general awesomeness and greatness for me. It falls a few figurative inches shy of being one of my favorites but I would recommend this to anyone bold enough to try it.

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Photo of barczar
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque onyx with minimal cappuccino head that lingers as a thin layer of foam.

Coffee and espresso complement booze and slightly charred roast malt in the initial aroma. Chocolate and hints of fruity peppers add complexity.

Chocolate and espresso dominate the flavor, with fruity pepper underlying. The finish is slightly bitter. Tobacco and dark cherry add complexity. Very rich malt profile. Sweet at first, but finishes dry and a bit boozy. Notes of vanilla, caramel, and nutty, toasted malt surface as it warms.

Body is full, smooth, and creamy with nearly no carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Delicious malt profile, with enough booziness to not overwhelm. I'm not a coffee drinker, so there's too much of that for my palate, but it's good quality and other characters dominate. Was hoping for more complexity.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The aroma is very nice, the brew smells like coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, dark fruit and some vanilla. The taste is mostly like the aroma, there's coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, burnt/charred malt, caramel, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, nuts, and a little bit of licorice is noticeable. Nice mix with the sweet and bitter flavors in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew overall, it's certainly one of the best I've had lately. $12.99 a bottle is a deal for this, I'll be buying another bottle the next time I see it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this for quite a while. Found a pounder can at my local House of 1,000 beers for 5 bucks! Into a pint glass.

A - Wow it poured so thick and dark its surreal! Deep black mocha head that tastes a minute to clear atop a very pitch black beer. Awesome.
S - Smell is pretty spot on some milk chocolate, toasted almond, Coffee creamer, and coffee grounds mixed pretty perfectly.
T - Dry roasted almonds mixed with some cocoa power/ milk chocolate and a touch of vanilla mixed in. Took a couple of sips for the coffee to really come through but it is there adding a roasted bean taste one usually gets in a strong cup.
M - It's crazy at 11.5% it goes down pretty smooth. Such a well crafted Imperial stout.

Overall if anything it was well worth finding it for such an affordable price and I wish people would stop rating it so low especially after trying the BBA version. I am going to pick up a few more cans next chance I get!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says best before 2015.

A- Pours a jet black color with a 1/4 inch brown head that retains a bit before falling to a thick ring around the edge of the surface and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves jagged streaks behind on the glass.

S- Boozy aroma of chocolate, caramel, vanilla and burnt cookie. Also some molasses and oatmeal amidst the very dark roast.

T- Initial sweet flavor of milk chocolate, caramel and a bit of coffee. The roastiness comes through more on the second sip displaying more depth and bringing cookie dough to the table. Very smooth for the ABV even after multiple sips are taken. Char aftertaste with more molasses notes and a hint of raisin. The heat starts to come through as it warms but it only adds to the complexity as it mimics tastes of bourbon.

M- Decadently creamy and silky with a thick, borderline chewy, body and medium-low carbonation.

O- I had this on tap and it was not nearly as smooth and enjoyable as it is in the bottle. The sweetness is also a lot more pronounced which I like. Overall, an excellent beer. I'm starting to think Evil Twin may actually have the chops to compete with his brother.

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Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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 rfgetz
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark, near black with thick and dense creamy brown head. Good retention and lacing. Powerful scent evokes brownies and fudge, cream cheese frosting, dark roasted espresso with cream and sugar, brown sugar and spiced cookies, fresh scraped vanilla bean, tart dark fruit and a a kiss of almond paste. Taste brings all of these fantastic components and blends them together into a bold, flavorful brew with a distinct touch of port like alcohol. Full bodied, creamy with a faint powdery texture. All around fantastic beer, best from this brewer yet.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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