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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 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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Photo of Beejay
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A: Dark black in color with a very large tan head with multiple frog eyes.

S: Dark brown sugar up front with a nice mellow espresso note fading out into dark chocolate, vanilla, and more coffee.

T: Just damn delicious. Smooth, with notes of caramel, brown sugar, and molasses up front followed by vanilla, bread, and a lingering coffee.

M: Medium to heavy with moderate low carbonation, and a nice creamy mouthfeel.

O: Just damn near everything I want in an impy stout with coffee.

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Photo of wumpshire
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is all about the aftertaste. The alcohol hides the subtle "biscotti", but if you are patient it sneaks up on you. I tried a few peanut m&m's before my last few sips and it suddenly tasted exactly like an imperial biscotti stout. I recommend when you are seeking beer + dessert. Great job Evil Twin!

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Photo of UncleRemo1985
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is a nearly black stout the way it should be.

Smell is surprisingly light. Hints of chocolate.

Taste is subtle. Pleasant. Hints of vanialla, almond, and chocolate.

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Photo of pants678
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tan head foam disappears.

Malt and coffee.

Cookie, as the name implies, and a bit of cola and molasses. I wouldn't pick out vanilla or coffee, necessarily, but that's because the fine balance creates something else. Nothing harsh or intense, still plenty of character to cover the alcohol.

Light bite (rhymes) and could be a porter, really.

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Photo of zshaft
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

what a pour on this beauty coming out of the can. full finger head you could float a coin on. nice black look. nose is some roasty malts with strong coffee and alcohol. mouthfeel to me is a little light on the front but changes into a more creamy feel by the end. flavor follows the nose nicely with up front roasty character followed by gentle vanilla and coffee rounding out the end palate. alcohol is present after the sip. this is pretty good and as the beer warms the almond flavor comes through a little more. thicker body and more coffee would make this better at least to me. well done but would prefer victory at sea or doub shot. little pricey as well.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black-brown color, light brown head, mixture of fine & coarse lace, good persistence.
Smell is mild, malty, sweet.
Flavor of sweet black licorice, malty molasses.
Mouthfeel is rich, as a double should be.
Finish of licorice. Nice.
Whole doesn't come together quite as nicely as the parts. Like, not love here.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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