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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

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 DenverHopHead
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter.
Appearance - an impenetrable black; thick, creamy mocha head that slowly dissolves to a thin layer! Lacing is par.
Smell - a little blend of coffee and biscotti, vanilla and amaretto!
Taste - the description of the nose matches up in the flavor profile, however, the order is more amaretto, biscotti, vanilla and hints of coffee! This has stand out character in my opinion; a beer drinking session that reminds me of sipping amaretto and having a piece of tiramisu and a cup of coffee!
Feel - this is a heavy weight of a beer, but doesn't feel like it; the booze is subtle with the amaretto, the vanilla and almond makes for enough of a sweet touch to mask the alcohol. This is dangerously easy to drink!
Overall - The flavor profile is dynamic, I totally dig the amaretto qualities! I also love the use of the 16oz 4 pack cans by Evil Twin; not something you see everyday with an Imperial Stout!

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

473ml (US Pint) can into a Spiegleau Stout glass. Paid £7.60 for a single.

Pours an opaque, pitch-black, oily body, which remains completely unchanged when held to the light. A dense, creamy, two-finger in height, mocha coloured head with excellent retention slowly condenses to a thick cap, leaving behind sticky clumps of broken lace.

The rich and robust nose predominantly comprises of roasted dark malts and semi-sweet cocoa. Milk and dark chocolate, vanilla and almond follow, while lesser notes of roasted coffee, cherry, dark fruit and rum soaked sponge fingers become apparent towards the back end. Taste roughly follows suit. Upfront, notes of vanilla, almond liqueur and malted chocolate milkshake sweeten heavily roasted dark malts, baking chocolate, powdered cocoa, and espresso. Mid palate, faint biscuity malt joins lingering almond profiles to provide a vaguely biscotti-like impression, before being closely followed by cherry and hints of sticky dark fruit. In the mouth, a medium to full body and moderate amount of soft, fine carbonation feels slick and smooth, coating the palate with a velvety-smooth creaminess. Towards the back end, sweetness recedes slightly, leaving baking chocolate, coffee and powdered cocoa to provide gentle roasted malt bitterness and lightly dry the palate. On the very end, traces of vanilla make a subtle reappearance, while hints of the otherwise incredibly well hidden 11.5% ABV provide pleasant warmth.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Rich, chocolaty and robust, its vanilla and almond additions perfectly compliment the beers dark roasted backbone, without either element becoming too bitter or too sweet. It’s not particularly complex, and could finish fractionally drier, but ultimately it still smells and tastes delicious, drinking dangerously easy considering the large serving size. Recommended.

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Photo of Martine
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With so much hype I had to get me a can. Make no mistake, it's excellent, but it still boils down to what you personally like in a stout; if you tend to go for the Imperial stouts which exude complexity in the form of rich, exotic flavours - vinous expresso, vanilla pod, unripened almond, young cacao, stewed oak-aged cherry brandy, and biscotti - then this is your God.

I can tell a well crafted beer, and this is such a product, but down to personal preference I still prefer a stout on the roasted/charcoal side of abyssal. Your 'Kernel brewery's Imperial Brown Stout's of the world and the Old Rasputin: Dense, burnt, bitter, ashen, thick as oil and giving no f*cks; no fruit involved, and as dense as a neutron star.

My mouth is sticky and my throat is warm; this is one for sipping in front of the fire alright, but matched with a side of loganberries and cheese over a cigar.

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Photo of SheaDawg
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow!!! Just WOW!!! I don't normally write in my reviews, but this beer needs it's accolades! One of, if not the, greatest Imperial Stouts I have ever had the priviledge to try. I highly recommend rewarding yourself with this!!

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Photo of basaywhat
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Roast and chocolate on the nose. Medium bodied, chocolate and cocoa, warm roast. Lingering cocoa and roast on the finish with a touch of warming alcohol.

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Photo of mac31
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet almond liqueur followed by some coffee and a rich stout base in the entry. Earthy hops play in the background. Sweet chocolate interplays with those hops, almond, and vanilla. Vanilla tones about the three quarter palate and lightens the whole flavor of the beer up. Coffee and roasty notes in the finish as well. A sweet stout for sure. The almond liqueur is a bit much for me. Otherwise, this is a really nice beer. Body is thinnish for a stout of this magnitude. Semi slickness in the mouthfeel apparent. Alcohol well covered. Warming effect is there. Carbonation is appreciably low. This is a nice beer, no doubt. The almond sweetness is a cloying component for me (if that makes sense.) I like this beer a lot. I really want to love, but the almond holds me back. If you like stouts try it, you may like it.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delivered in a 475 ml can. ABV: 11.5%

Imperial stout from Evil Twin Brewing.
When I had this beer in 2013 I was totally blown away! I still have some 655 ml bottles saved in my beercellar and one day I will crack one open!
But today I’ve just got hold of a canned version, brewed by Westbrook Brewing in South Carolina, USA.

A dark brown, black stout with a brown, two fingers high, head with fine bubbles that drops down to a 3 mm quilt. Almost no lacing on the glass.

Nose: Wow! Sweet notes of chocolate, vanilla, cookie, brownie, whipped cream, cocoa, sweet licorice, coffee, almonds and roasted malt.
Taste: Of course, as the name requires: Biscotti, soft - great complex, smooth taste! Almonds, milk chocolate, espresso, ice cream, milk chocolate, hazelnut and cocoa.
Body: Medium to full body with almost no carbonation. Soft & smooth.

I’m still in love with this beer. I’m not blown away this time though. The beer-world has grown and the standard of beers have grown even higher!

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

Evil Twin Brewing - Imperial Biscotti Break (Batch #004). - 11.5% ABV. 16oz can into a snifter. (Reviewed 9/16/16).

Look: Body is black as oil, with a tan head that ends as lacing.

Smell: Vanilla, coffee, almonds, dark malts, with a hint of mints.

Feel: Heavier side of medium, not quite heavy bodied. Still thick and oily though.

Taste: Very sweet profile. Nutty coffee with an alcohol bite. All of the flavors of the aroma are present, and add nice touches of flavor. Surprisingly not boozy.

Overall: I had no idea what biscotti was when I drank this, but it didn't really matter. This was a great dessert beer, with a sweet nutty coffee flavor.

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Photo of twperman
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Weirdly, it does actually taste like biscotti. The almond comes through well, so it stands out from the crowd. The look smell, and feel are ideal for an imperial stout. The alcohol taste come through a bit too strong for my liking, but that's hard to avoid with a beer this big. I tried it from a can, which is a much, much better deal than the bottle. Four cans for just a bit more than a single bottle. Might be one of the better imperial stout bargains.

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Photo of samuelp23
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark black. Light brown head; film-like
S: oaked red wine; booziness; vanilla; chocolate/coffee; rum-soaked biscuit; dark fruit (raison or fig)
T: dark roasted coffee; pepper; ash; raspberries; chocolate;
F: slightly flat coke; smooth; fizziness lasts at the back of throat; medium thickness
O: Well balanced stout drinkable stout that has a decent amount of complexity. Beer paired extremely well with cheddar cheese and was also extremely enjoyable on its own.

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Photo of msf55
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Probably one of the best Imperial Stouts that I've ever had. Taste is off the charts. It gets better as it warms and the true flavor notes just explode.

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Photo of gshak
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch# 003 tallboy at refrigerator temperature into my Corsendonk tulip.
A - Pours flat with a very wispy thin ring around the edges. Carbonation is almost pop soda-like. No alcohol legs observed which for a 12% ABV beer is a rarity.
S - Roasted cocoa, muted coffee, fresh earthy leafy hops, and not much else.
T - Taste is clearly the best part of this beer. Opens sweet with notes of almond butter, vanilla wafers, fresh coffee, loads of sugar transitioning into tart cherry notes mid-palate and finishing in espresso bitterness. Earthy hops are noticed as well near the finish and aftertaste is all bitter coffee.
M - The carbonation, while not visible, is clearly felt on the palate. It helps to create a lighter mouthfeel on this beer that helps its drinkability.
O - A very good beer that is best consumed fresh. My tallboy can of 1pint cost me around $3.99, which for a stout of this mettle is a fantastic deal. I will actively seek more of these to consume fresh, and to set aside for a year or two.

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Photo of dcotom
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing brew! Poured from a tallboy into a long-stemmed tulip. Deep, dark mahogany with a long-lasting spongy-looking tan head. Big aromas of cocoa and vanilla, with some alcohol on the nose as it warms. Lots of cocoa and vanilla on the palate, with notes of espresso bean and dark cherry. Finish is bitter and a little tart, with a touch of sweetness and burnt coffee on the aftertaste. One of the finest flavored stouts I've tried, and an incredible bargain in the 16-ounce can format.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tall boy into a snifter, the beer is jet black and oily thick, with a thin, foamy, light tan head. Aromas of rich caramel, tangy cream, roasted coffee, almond, chocolate, and sugary highlights. Flavors are richly sweet and roasted forward, a solid blend of coffee, cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, almond, bittersweet chocolate, and cookie. Very rich and layered, with a solid robust and bitter lean. The body is bold and slick, with a coffee and bittersweet chocolate blend mixed with a cinnamon and sugary blend. Damn tasty! The finish is slick, bold, and big. Really good beer!

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thick tan head (a hard pour) which dissipates quickly down to nothing. No lacing as I drink it. Aroma of maraschino cherries & vanilla along with some chocolate & malt. Taste is vanilla up front with some chocolate/coffee/dark malt & finishing with a sweet imperial booziness which lets you know the 11.5% ABV on the label is correct. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky but a little more watery than I'd like. There is so much sweetness in the taste it feels like I'm drinking a strong beer soda pop. It's pretty unique & since I'm going to have just the one, I think I prefer it to standard imperial stouts but still prefer the taste of a good lower ABV sweet stout.

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

Reviewing for the record. The famous Evil Twin stout, pours black but a little thin around the edges. Still no head to speak of (a careful pour, to be sure). Aroma is of fruitcake, coffee, sour cherries, wet peanuts.

Taste is right up Russian Imperial alley, with malts, roast, chocolate as sweet as cocoa, cold coffee, and also nuttiness. Bready yeast later in the sip. Sticky and smooth, a bit syrupy in the sugar department. No hops or bitterness. Aftertaste of cheap peanut butter. A rum booziness rounds it out.

This is chocolate-covered biscotti drowned in rum. Exactly as described and a very dessert-y stout. While boozy in taste, there's no alcohol heat. The 16oz tall-cans at 12oz prices can't be beat either.

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Photo of Madtownbeerguy
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sleek, viscous dark brown pour form a 16 oz. can into a 22 oz. glass. Like the bigger glass as it perfectly accommodates the head on this thing, which is a bit more than I'd think for something so thick and sweet. And yes, it is quite sweet. Not a big fan of coffee beers, but I love that this comes off more as a chocolate stout with a subtle amount of coffee to anchor the sweetness. You really can't taste that it's 11.5 ABV on the palate, which is maybe the craziest thing about this beer (that and the fact that Evil Twin is selling 16 oz. cans of it at the ABV level!). For a dessert-ish beer that goes down incredibly smooth and has enough complexity (despite its sweetness), I love this one if only for the fact that I can drink two of em at a BBQ, enjoy every sip, and only look like a guy who's had two beers.

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of black coffee. Taste is strong coffee, sugars, some vanilla, alcohol is present. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer, but didn't meet up to the hype.

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Photo of spacemanspiff13
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is nuts. Super sweet on the nose. Really does smell a bit like anise flavored desserts. Essentially a chocolate biscotti with coffee in beer form. Cloyingly sweet but pretty damn good. One of these is enough but it's delicious.

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Photo of Suds
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a sixteen ounce can, this brew is absolutely black....obsidian. The head is tan, and the aroma is boozy, roasted, and malty. Warming, almost hot. Sweet and bitter, with roasted grain and dark fruit. The finish is longlived and the. Body is thick. Nice.

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Photo of seedyone
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From can at home. Very active pour. had to intervene twice to avoid overflow. Settled to a very dark body with a deepish tan head of small bubbles with light lacing as it settled. Aroma was elusive as it was very chilled. Nice taste but no particular taste pervades.

As it warms the vanilla & almond wake up & the texture tightens & it gets real. The 11.5% never tells...at least in the taste.

All in all this is tremendous bargain, unless the local take-away had the 12oz price on the 16oz can. Worth it either way.

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Photo of 98green
3.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can to snifter. Look is opaque black with brown tinges at the edges. Smell is almond and vanilla. Taste is sharp boozy esters up front, and it kinda overpowers the rest of the palate. I do get more of the almond and vanilla late, and maybe the biscuit element, although I might be forcing it from the game. For a stout, I don't get a ton or roasty malts. Feel is also thin for a stout. But again the booze is really strong in this one. I like my big beers, but this one drinks a bit hot for me. Carb is solid though. Overall I had high expectations but was a bit underwhelmed.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Tin Bucket.

Black with a thin, dark brown head that falls off to a ring, this looks solid. The nose is a hedonic blend of coffee, almond, bitter dark chocolate and heavily roasted grain. Dark caramel, burnt sugar, bitter coffee and a nice, nutty almond extract, mildly kirsch-like, is present. A pronounced, moderately sweet, mildly cherry-like vanilla character is present as well. The palate opens roasty and bitter, with the sweetness of Vietnamese coffee pairing well with the mildly fruity, mildly bitter almond and vanilla extracts. The almond adds a real fruity sweetness without the sugary sweetness that one typically finds in sweeter beers. Grainy and mildly bitter on the finish dominated by almond, coffee and brown sugar, this beer is medium-full in body and moderately carbonated. Hop bitterness is low. Pretty solid stuff, the coffee flavor isn't as nuanced as it could/should be, and the vanilla is a little overbearing at times.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: dark matte black - like motor oil, yet less slick looking. real nice dark tan head that pours around 1.5 finger but settles to a thin film on top pretty quickly

s: rich roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, milk chocolate, dark chocolate powder, oak, a hint of cola, and a nice nutty aroma at the end. the smells here come rapid fire, but they work well and the provide a luxuriously smooth aroma

t: WOW. this is an intensely complex beer. roasted malts, big oak, and cherry you taste as soon as it hits your tongue. big chocolate and cola follow that. coffee is in here as well, but you only taste it briefly as the flavors transition to a vanilla sweetness. Behind that just the faintest bitterness from the coffee. it finishes with a touch of brown sugar & molasses sweetness and a nice bold leather-like flavor

m: mouthfeel is definitely full, with a large amount of carbonation. if i have any knock against this, i think it could actually use a tad less carbonation

o: smooth and delicious. this is a fantastic sipping beer. its complex, yet not overwhelming. take your time and enjoy this one.

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Photo of MusicBeer_1961
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16oz can poured into a snifter..

The beer looks black as night. The combination of almond and vanilla added to the coffee and base of this beer gives a nice chocolate cherry cordial smell. Very pleasant.. The taste is what gets you. When cold, you get the almond/vanilla mixing with the coffee and malts to give a nice, sweeter finish. As it warms, you get more coffee..and mixed with the vanilla and almond, a nice Biscotti like flavor..

This beer is rich and full of wonderful flavor. A nice end of the evening beer. Excellent!

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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