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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:
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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
3.52/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: This is a gorgeous deep brown with a white fluffy head. A little too dark to be perfect looking, but damn near close.

S: smells like a stout drenched in cloying sweetness.

T: if you like artificial flavors, this one is for you. Tastes like a melted biscotti ices -- somehow. There are some pleasant biscotti flavors in the mix (a hint of almond here, a smidge of cookie there, some vanilla extract on top) but this is mostly a cloying mess of a beer. This tastes neither like a stout nor like biscotti. Weird and not in a barnyard funk good way.

F: fine. velvety smooth, but also astringently alcoholic and thin.

O: I like biscotti and I like beer, but I don't like beer that tastes like biscotti's freakish mutated cousin-once-removed.

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Photo of deg
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice and black, a good smell of coffee and roasted malt. The taste is good, but lighter than what I expected. The beer was a little more watery than I expected and would have liked. I liked that despite the high alcohol, there was no alcohol burn.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can, Batch #003 printed on the bottom of the can. I am finally getting around to reviewing this now-classic beer from Evil Twin Brewing - "Imperial Stout Brewed With Coffee And With Almond And Vanilla Added".

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - The pour is huge thick dense and black. Conjures just under two fingers of thick creamy mocha head that stays awhile and leaves excellent sticky spotty lacing. Looks excellent.

S - A smooth, creamy, & enticing aroma - big notes of chocolate, cream, cookie dough, cherries, with good almond cookie type presence coming through. Definitely impressive; and it definitely embodies the nose of true Italian biscottis.

T - Taste follows the nose: smooth & creamy, with big notes of chocolate, vanilla, cream, almond, fudge, coffee bean roastiness, though the coffee seems to take gay the back seat to the almond, and the vanilla doesn't particularly shine. Notes of dark fruits - cherries, berries, plums, & dates, with a slight alcoholic bite, which is expected at 11.50% abv. Minor warmth. There is a bit of unexpected tart cherry / dark fruitiness that caught me off-guard.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy. Full-bodied, with good carb. Easy-drinking stuff for the high abv.

Overall, a nice dessert beer from Evil Twin; definitely worthy of praise.

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Photo of EMH73
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a half inch tan head that left little lacing. Smells of chocolate, coff, almonds and a hint of vanilla. Tastes of coffee, coffee grinds (in a good way), dark chocolate, almonds and a sweetness that I would equate to a vanilla creamer. Medium bodied and carbonated, smooth and creamy. Excellent beer.

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Photo of TheBrosy
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 16oz can.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a nice caramel head that stays.

Smell: Beautiful aroma of chocolate and coffee. Alcohol smell noticeable as well.

Taste: Sweet. The milk sugar gives a nice smooth profile. Not much chocolate flavor compared to aroma. Coffee flavors present late in the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: Goes down very smooth. Nice body for such a high alcohol beer.

Overall this is one a very enjoyable stout. Really hard to believe just how smooth it is for a 11.5% beer.

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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 jaketaz
3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with medium amount of tan head that evaporates slowly. High ABV and I taste all of it, the strong flavors don't hide it. Molasses thick body, strong amaretto smell and substantially carbonated. My issue with this is it doesn't taste like it was brewed with almonds, vanilla, etc. It tastes like a regular brew that had extra alcohol and almond extract added to it. Tastes very strongly, unmistakably of almond extract. I would recommend maybe a 4oz pour, I found it far too sweet with too much flavor extract to drink more than that amount.

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Photo of mactrail
3.59/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Sweet and nutty with a little tangy edge. The almond flavor somehow tastes Italian. More cocoa than coffee, with vanilla and burnt sugar. Creamy. A good job of re-creating a dessert, if you like that kind of thing.

Handsome dark brown with an abundant foam in the narrow Bitburger glass. Sudsy mouthfeel. Rich aromas of coffee and chocolate. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint can.
Look : Black, lots of brown tan head. - 5/5
Aroma : Lots of biscuits, cookie, toast, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roasted, nutty. Complex. - 4/5
Mouthfeel : Medium carbonation, medium bodied - 4/5
Flavor : Vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee, nut, sweet, little bitter, no booze at all. - 4/5
Overall : Very well balanced imperial stout that resembles a dessert. - 4/5

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Photo of ricke49
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appreciate the concept of a stout with almond and vanilla notes. Would have enjoyed it more if it wasn't for the over the top cloying sweetness. Also the flavor notes seem somewhat artificial and not well incorporated into the whole. Sorta liked it. Didn't love it. Bottom line: too sweet (and that coming from someone who positively loves English Barleywines.)

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

Pours dark black, tan head like most stouts. The smell is what really stands out here. I get a lot of great almond smell, with a hint of vanilla. Taste is fantastic, lots of vanilla and almond. Hints of coffee. Nice thick mouthfeel. This is a great stout overall, extremely easy drinking for it's abv

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Photo of mschrei
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my "snout snifter". I always hate rating how a stout looks, because it's so difficult to tell compared to other beers. What do you say? It's dark? Not much in the way of lacing or activity of carb, but that's standard with most of them. Anyways… It has a pleasant smell – nothing too overwhelming, definite coffee and vanilla notes with a little bit of chocolate. The taste is everything on this beer. It's got plenty of sweetness with the chocolate and vanilla and a mild coffee background. Wonderful texture and feel. Smooth, not oily at all like some big stouts end up being. Has a bit of a bite on the back end, which I think is where they hide all the alcohol. A very easy beer to drink, and I'm sure the barrel aged version brings a little more complexity.

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Photo of BeerMan99
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Recently had on draft at local pub. My first time.

Beer pours a deep black with mocha lacing.
Smell is espresso up front with late coffee bitterness.
Taste is well balanced, bitter from coffee but not the hops
Slightly light mouthfeel but did not prevent me from enjoying the beer
Overall- top notch beer I hear has just started to appear in cans. I will be on high alert looking for them'

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As someone who bakes their own biscotti using the recipe of a fresh-off-the-boat Sicilia, this beer is pretty spot on. Pouring the color of espresso with a rich malted mocha head I immediately register an aroma of spent almond coffee grounds. It's intoxicating. There is a rich and pleasant fruitiness about it. Unmistakable anise. Body is boozy, on the thinner side, and acrid. Something I'd want to dip a bruleed biscotti into. Taste a little toward licorice for my liking, but I appreciate the burnt grain aspect that you only get on the ends of a hand-pounded biscotti log. Coffee is omnipresent alongside bittersweet chocolate. Really great almond flavor throughout. This beer features a lot of strong flavors that really sweeten things up as the beer warms...gets cloying quick.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 001. Pours pitch black. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Quite outstanding nose of rich cocoa, milk chocolate, light vanilla notes, light coffee and caramel over soft hints of almond.

Full bodied with a rich and creamy texture that also has oily aspects. World class carbonation / body balance. Just enough effervescence to open the flavors up yet not disturb the rich body. The finish is just slightly prickly.

The flavor profile is borderline world class. The alcohol content becomes subtly uncovered. It begins with a rich sweet mixture of milk chocolate and caramel. As the middle approaches, the chocolate takes on a more bitter bakers chocolate profile with cocoa. Mid-palate bitterness is mild with a slight roast aspect coupled with coffee. It should be noted that the coffee aspect is quite subtle. After the middle, vanilla takes center stage with almond underneath. The finish is a slow, slightly dry and with a touch of heat, fade that has a subtle note of plum.

Note: At room temperature the alcohol takes center stage and becomes quite astringent in the finish, which I rate about 3.85. Cold this is a winner, RT not so much.

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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 Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for a while. Not disappointed in the slightest.
Pours a nearly jet black and viscuous looking color with a lovely mocha head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, nutty, and dark fruit. Full bodied, rich and creamy smooth. Sweet on the tongue, roasted malt, chocolate and nutty flavor. The ABV is high and the alcohol is ever present but not boozy; it provides balance. A modest hops profile also adds some balance.
Decadent and lush! I loved it!

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Photo of SiepJones
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a jet black. One inch of thick, slightly brown head.

S - Roasted malts and a doughy sweetness.

T - Roasted malt, chocolate, and almond. The flavors (Sweet almond, Chocolate, and the dark tannins in the malt) meld together to give the flavor a Vanilla/Cherry Coke note at the end of each sip.

F - Slick with good carbonation.

O - A really nice beer with a unique favor. I definitely recommend.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pitch black with a dark tan head and thick lacing, smells like almond cookies, bitter chocolate, and burnt biscuits, taste is sweet dark malts, almonds, vanilla, biscuits, and finishes with some coffee and dark chocolate bitterness, this beer is full bodied and sticky. A tasty almond cookie dunked in coffee of a beer.

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Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally putting words to this review...

This was the first beer to really open my eyes to the world of craft beer, so besides being a great beer it holds an extra special place in my heart. I've had it multiple times over the last few years, with only the price point really restricting me having it more often, but now with it being in cans with a 4-pack of pints being cheaper than the glass bomber, LOOK OUT FRIDGE!

Pours pitch black with variable tan/mocha head(depends on how you pour). The lacing of the head sticks to the glass at points, leaving markers on the glass throughout the experience

Enticing deep, dark, roasty aromas present themselves upon initial olfactory inspection . Upon tasting the coffee makes its presence known, followed by a more traditional stout note, ending in just a hint on the sweeter side. At times, I pick up a pleasant chocolate flavor as well. The beer provides a massive assault in the mouth that sticks with your taste buds for minutes after each sip. The overall profile of this beer is what I want in a stout. Truly world class brew.

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Photo of ssm462
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is striving to be something more. It's delicious don't get me wrong. But it lacks is commitment. Pours dark and velvety with a strong black color and the brownish head. Very moderate viscosity. It's smooth creamy still very young with a lot of alcohol at the end. Overall an exceptional find but now I'm curious to taste barrel aged version of this.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1 in can form served chilled in a teku

Appearance: deep brown and thin with a massive coffee colored head. Tons of lacing on the glass.

Nose: almonds, chocolate, coffee, sweet malty backbone, desert with Amaretto poured onto it, slightly boozy

Taste: Follows the nose well but with more of that almond character, pretty sweet but not cloyingly so, very nice but on the thin side. I wish it had more body considering the ABV.

Overall: A very nice beer and it comes highly praised. I'm glad I got a chance to try it out of the can and not have to pay the uber-expensive bomber price. At about $3.50 for a single can (pint) this is a fantastic beer and well worth the money. I think the 4 pack is something like $12. Wow. Worth picking up and trying.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thickly, smoothly like motor oil . Chestnut brown with a creamy head of mocha colored foam that lasts and lasts. Nose is roasty . vanilla and cream. Milk chocolate is milky soft on the nose. Coffee is dark and rich. Almond is nutty a nd the roasty malt plays off of that making the almond light and tempting. Taste is soft caramel, rich malts and expansive flavors. m It does nto relaly have the sharpness on the palate that it has on the nose but the flavors combine well for a chocolate y luscious mouthfeel. A little warming in the finish. Almonds last to the finish on the palate. Light bitterness leaves you with milk chocolate aftertaste.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has been long overdue for my favorite gypsy brewery. 69th review goes out to ET.

L: Looks like the shit coming out a sewer pipe into our once-beautiful oceans. Slimy, borderline-black (with a small glimmer of dark brown) and syrupy. Beautiful lacing with a brown head.

S: My favorite part of this porter is the rich nutty aroma that comes through with vanilla, toffee, dark malts, dried fruit and dark chocolate. Incredibly complex flavor profile just from hovering next to it.

T: Like the aforementioned olfactory conception, this brew is incredible at 50F. Slamming toasted almond, whipped cream, dark bread, bittersweet chocolate and rich coffee flavors clash forth. Nothing is overdone. There is no artificial flavor profile which is my fear with flavored stouts/porters. Phen-fucking-nomenal.

F: A bit on the lighter side, but has a dense oil-like texture to it which helps coat the mouth with the sensual flavor nuances. Far too easy drinking. Next to no hint of this double-digit booze factor.

O: This is what any porter wants to amount too, but most fall short. This is truly an evil beer. Having had it out the new cans, bombers and on draft, I have never noticed a difference in quality. Even aged a year, the flavor profile develops an intriguing red-wine barrel flavor which reminds me strongly of the barrel-aged version of this brew.

Break me off a piece of this any fucking time.

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

Poured from the 16 oz can into a tulip.
Pours a near jet black with a dark khaki head two fingers high.
Aromas are deep roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla.
Flavor is great and gets more complex as it warms. Beautifully rich, not too sweet with vanilla becoming more present as it warms.
Mouthfeel was nice too. Could have been a touch thicker.
A really incredible beer. Maybe my favorite Evil Twin.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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