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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti BreakEvil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of sjdevel
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It did not seem to start to generate a head with a moderate pour, so I then poured hard. It did generate a nice dark tan 1 finger head. This beer is as black as you can get with no light being able to penetrate through. Head disappeared very quickly and only a hint of a foam ring from there on. No lacing/bubble replenishment to speak of. Pours like a syrup.

Smells chocolaty and sweet. Only a hint of coffee in there. Smells like dessert for sure. A slight roasted malt smell as well.

No real hop bitterness to speak of. Hits you quickly with coffee, chocolate, and charred wood. It is very very sweet. The alcohol is not as apparent as I originally braced myself for (seeing that it is a 11.5% brew). It isn't as "beer-y" as I had hoped for. It tastes like a decent Baltic Porter with some Creme De Cocoa and Kahlua mixed in. It is really creamy tasting, but seems to be really flat once you drink it. When I think of Stouts, I think of a dark brew that is dryer than this (hence my reference to a Baltic Porter instead). As the sweetness fades, there are some notes of roasted nuts, wood, and caramel.

This one feels really flat. Quite disappointing actually. Light bodied surprisingly. Would have gotten a better score if a better mouthfeel and effervescence.

It does seem like you are drinking a mixed drink of some sort (like a Black Russian). Just doesn't seem to fit into a beer category with me. It does have a great flavor though and packs a punch with the 11.5% ABV (even though it isn't that apparent, it hit me pretty hard mid-bottle). I recommend trying this one, but it wouldn't be a regular purchase for me.

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Photo of LouZ
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour - black with a thin head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is very roasty malt with coffee. Taste was a perfect match, with hints of graham cracker emerging as it warmed. Feel was a bit thin, more like a porter, but smooth and easy to drink with light carbonation. Alcohol content is adeptly hidden. Not bad overall.

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

Sampled December 2015 from 22oz bottle in pint glass. I did not see a bottled or use-by date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a nice dark tan head. The head lasted a long time, and left a little film on the glass, but not a lot.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee and chocolate aromas. Some hops in the aroma, as well as a sweetness from the oatmeal as well. Nice combination and balance between the various flavors.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness and chocolate flavors that may be due to the malts, but it has an excellent taste. There is also a very slight vanilla flavor with this.The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy. Strong alcohol which matches with the 11.5% on the label.

Overall: Overall this is an excellent stout. I will definitely look for this and buy it again.

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Photo of smanson56
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark black color into my snifter glass. The nose is fairly mild with hints of coffee and chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is smooth with nice coffee and chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a very small amount of carbonation. A good drinking stout.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black thick tan head that takes forever to recede and once it does you still have about 1/8" and good lacing.
Smell coffee notes dark chocolate slight alcohol smell.
Taste good coffee and chocolate flavor slight vanilla the alcohol is not noticeable at all you get a little taste but not much burn for a 11.5%
Feel is good smooth and thick coats the tongue once it warms you get a little boozy burn on the back end.
Overall a really solid stout I would have again.

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Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep deep dark black with a coffee head that rapidly dissipates and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate notes dominate.

Taste: ok, now the name makes sense. Tastes appropriate for its name. Lots of coffee notes as well. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: cleaner than Even More Jesus for sure. Lot less sticky than many others in its class.

Overall: I'm quite impressed.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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 mig100
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Total darkness, no light shines through. Maintains a tiny 1mm thick mocha head. Smell is a light bean coffee roast with subdued almond aromas. Taste is chocolate malt, almonds and a maple syrup-esque flavor, has a bready sweetness that finishes very clean for 11.5%.

In a word... scrumtralescent.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, no date. Pours black with a small-sized brown head. Smells strongly of coffee and cocoa. Tastes of coffee, cocoa, almonds, and roasted malt. Medium body and above average carbonation. Overall, it's a pretty straightforward stout but the coffee and nuttiness is well done.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate color with a mocha head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and booze. Flavor is smooth with a bit of sweetness. You get notes of chocolate, roasted malts, a slight booziness and a biscotti like bready cookie flavor. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste of mocha. Overall really good beer

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

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white almost tan foamy head. A light spider web lacing roams in and around the glass nicely as the head dissipates.
The smell had a crisp cocoa bean revolving around light coffee tones. Light vanilla and warming boozy notes balance it out nicely.
The taste was mainly sweet backed up by a delicate roasty coffee effect. Vanilla seems to make a subtle presence and slides into the aftertaste along with the roasty coffee tones along in the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice degree of sipping ability to it. Carbonation seems to run nice and low but hits enough to not let the feel become too syrupy (almost but not so).
Overall, for the most part, this is a pretty well made Double/Imperial Stout, the only thing that gets me is the price. $18? Whoah, wha, wha, wha, wha, whaaaauuuut? Really? Yeah, I don't think it's worth that much. Nice to try but most likely not coming back to.

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
3.64/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a good beer but,holy shit is it overrated.im getting no coffee on aroma,maybe my bottle was cellared and more chocolate forward but it's a very boozy chocolate muffled smell.its an attractive beer in the glass but I was really disappointing.i was hoping for a big coffee aroma with hints of chocolate.and an absolute waste of money 16.99 a bomber?too many better options out there than this.ill only be drinking this if its gifted to me

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Photo of frasergrove
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: very dark - jet black, medium bodied brown head, dissipates relatively quick

S: ganache cake, pure cocoa, hints of biscuit

T: bittersweet chocolate, some bitterness and astringent undertones

F: medium thin body, some cocoa based bitterness

O: solid imperial stout, not terribly complex, a good beer float beer!

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Photo of BradC
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jest black, not much head. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, booze. Sweet, with a slight burn, chocolate, vanilla and coffee are all there. Kind of thin bodied, but it works. Overall, a good beer, the chocolate flavor tastes kind of fake, but still a nice after dinner treat.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

holy crap! this beer is a mouthful!
22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass
pours very dark brown to black with very small tan head
smell is complex smells sweet, cocoa, coffee smoky and very strong alcohol almost like a bourbon
taste sweet coffee again alcohol like bourbon and chocolate as well
feel is warming, viscous and slightly carbonated on the tongue
this is a strong beer to be sipped and enjoyed over a long period of time
almost too much but not quite

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was brownish black with a tan head.

Smell - The nose makes me think of boozy malts. There are hints of chocolate nose.

Taste - My initial thought was thick boozy malts with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and nuts. The chocolate seems a little thin and perhaps watered down. The malts and burnt sugar take over toward the back. The malts cling to the roof of the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Initially, it seems thick but seems to thin. While it seems bubbly, the carbonation fades.

Overall - IBB is an interesting beer, but not one I would seek again.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a barely existent tan head

Smells like milk chocolate and coffee with hints of vanilla.

Taste follows the nose and I am happy to,report there is no unpleasant boozy taste.

MF- Smooth and thick. A little warmth from the high abv too.

Overall-Not surprisinly, given the brewery, this is a great stout. Love the dessert flavors without the bourbon/whiskey booziness that is common in imperial stouts. Glad they offer this as is before they age it in rum barrels. Pick it up and drink it.

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Photo of Boccu
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice and dark with a light head. Great aroma chocolate and Carmel tones. Great flavor from start to finish. bitter espresso bean. Roasted malt, molasses, chocolate cake, mocha sweetness. Lots of vanilla on the finish.Another great stout from evil twin. One of my favor stout breweries.

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

great tasting beer. pours thin (which is fine by me) with a rich dark color. smells as it tastes (delicious). no alcohol presence (dangerous for the ABV of 11.50%). I reccommend this to any one that likes a dark yet sweet stout.

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

On-tap 10/4/2015 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very strong and sweet chocolate flavor. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with background flavors of coffee and licorice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth, crisp and viscous, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a good big stout to sip on for a while.

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Photo of do_ob
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a tulip. Intense lactose and candied sugar on the nose along with notes of vanilla, honey, and syrup. Medium weight, and a touch more watery than I expected. The taste pretty much follows the smell, unfolding flavors of sweet chocolate, coffee, maple syrup, oaky vanilla, and sweet, roasted malt. A bit of salty caramel in there, too. Decent complexity and damn tasty. A little watery, but still chewy in some regard. Hard to describe the feel of this guy.

Overall: worth buying, if not seeking out.

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Photo of PhillyJ
3.66/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Sweet thin and boozey in a good way. I was expecting a little more but satisfied. Poured thin with minimal head from a hard pour no lacing. Smell sugar cookies taste sweetness think coffee and glazed donuts not much else, complexity is absent just varying stages of sweetness no attempt to hide the alcohol but that adds to it's flavor character. Even though I just slightly bashed it .it is really enjoyable, tastes better as it warms definitely a sweet dessert stout . I would say try it if you see it. I would love to try a barrel aged version and will buy this again for a nice change of pace.

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

pours black, with no head. carbonation is decent and agitation produces lots of very fine bubble lacing. nose; toasted malt, fudge, milk chocolate, chocolate icing, slight coffee & creamer, and mild woodsy notes. taste; chocolate fudge/cake, doughnut, chocolate icing, light mocha & toffee, vanilla and bitter hops. very mellow milk chocolate and bitter hop on the aftertaste. as it warms, a dark cherry syrup emerges. at 11.5% abv, some light bite on the end is expected, but it's remarkably tame for those numbers. mouthfeel is a little thin, but creamy. probably the most "dessert-y" stout i've ever had - the chocolate & fudge qualities are not overstated here. a bit too indulgent for more than a "one and done", but delicious all the same.

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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 MTKATL
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm....I'm struggling to find biscotti here. It's a good chocolate stout with slight coffee flavor. It IS a smooth 11.5% with thin carbonation. The taste is smoother than the nose. The aftertaste is all chocolate for me. It's not overly complex, but I would drink this again.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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