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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti BreakEvil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break

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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 johnwhitleyuab
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rich flavor with great mouth feel. Just a little carbonation. Some chocolate flavor (but not excessive), coffee overtone, and just the right amount of alcohol heat. Competes with Yeti Espresso Aged Stout as my personal favorite, with Evil Twin having the lead. Will certainly reach for it when it's available. Overall, this one is hard to beat. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bcolton for sharing this. I've been wanting to try this beer for quite a while. Pours an inky black with no head. Nose expresses dark cocoa, a bit of char and perhaps coffee and hazelnuts. Taste consistent with nose - the flavor profile is very much reminiscent of a confection. The coffee presence and hazelnuts are much more intensified here. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slight chalkiness to the texture. Overall, an excellent American Double Imperial Stout that just falls a little short in the mouthfeel department.

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Photo of ADZA
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew I've been looking forwards to and pours a dark black hue with a creamy three finger chocolate laced head and lacing everywhere,the smell is strong mocha with biscuity malts and also strong Milo,the mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carbonated which massively suits and the taste is strong dark chocolate mixed with Milo and strong expresso and overall it's a very nice dessert drop and I could drink alot of and would buy again cheers.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break

Appearance: dark dark brown, very little lacing, and no head.

Smell: sweet rich lovely coffee.

Taste: pure wonderful coffee with a faint biscuit flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy and slightly chewy.

This is wonderful. The flavors of coffee are dead on and extremely pleasing. It feels just like black coffee except easier to drink quickly.

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

Bomber, 6oz pour into snifter. This years brew, but no dating.

Opaque, black elixir, brownie-colored rim of foam, nice lacing.

Wonderful chocolate, hazelnut, mild burnt malt and vanilla. Nice chocolate malt aroma.

The chocolate malt hits first, mixed hazelnut and sweet vanilla. Wow!

Medium to heavy mouthfeel, nicely carbonated.

Wonderful IS with the chocolate really coming through. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Ri0
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz bottle into chalice.

A - Coal black with a thin dark brown chocolate head. No lacing.

S - I pick up strong notes of milk and dark chocolate. Maybe a bit of caramel noguat and a sweet nut aroma.

T - Starts with roasted sweet malts with milk chocolate and caramel noguat. Bakers chocolate and weak coffee fill in the middle. Notes of faint dark, sweet fruit finish it off.

M - Nice full body, smooth and creamy. Carbonation is low, but okay for the style.

O - A very nice Imperial Stout that is more sweet than bitter. Definitely worth trying at least once.

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Photo of GarthT
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Plum black, dark chocolate head, like pouring a glass of Bordeaux

S: Intense molten chocolate, currants, decadent boozy whiff. Tempting without being overpowering.

T: Chocolate nut and raisin, rather than biscuity. Incredibly long finish. Who needs dessert?

M: Smooth but coats the entire mouth, alcohol not entirely subdued.

O: Competes with your best port. Would love to try this with a cigar. To be sipped slowly, in fact you can leave this in the glass for 30 min and still go back to it.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Alright, so Raul finally got this Italian Russian and he is doin' it well. Raul poured it and he looked. Raul raised the glass to his nose and he sniffed. And like Raul in the 8th grade - it passed. But there are more dogs in this fight, my children. Taste? Mouthfeel? Yeah, kind of like getting your paycheck, but not hitting your bonus. Kind of like going out with that girl that you always wanted to, but not hitting her bonus. You feel me, my children?

Good, but a bit sweet. A bit lighter than Raul would have liked. But would I do it again? Yep!

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle picked up at CBX for $14, poured into snifter.
A: pours a midnight black, dark khaki one finger foam head, very little foam retention and lacing, shinny
S: coffee, dark fruit, molasses, oak, alcohol
M: thick, stout, silky
T: coffee, oak, tartness, dark fruit, chocolate, chocolate milk, roasted and charred malt, some nuttiness
O: great brew, world class, boozy as it warms up, +4 stars

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Evil Twin Brewing - Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a dark brown-black oil with a one inch mocha almost ruby-tinged head that dissipates quickly. Great lacing.

Smell - Coffee, cola, and rich chocolate over gently roasted malts.

Taste - Rich, velvety, and creamy chocolate. Coffee and roasted malt. Ends slightly bitter roasted malt. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Sits roasted malt and throat warm boozy. Full-bodied with medium carbonation. Great drinkability.

Overall - This brew is amazing, the cherry one was perfect but not everyone would agree, some wanted it sweeter. This one is a little hotter but still I would 100% recommend this brew and Evil Twin in general, I'm liking their thinking so far!

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Photo of hagbergl
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Evil Twin's Imperial Biscotti Break, poured into my Beer Geek Nation tulip. I've been waiting a long time to get my hands on a bottle of this to review it.

Appearance (4.25/5): Jet black with a minimal head.ega alcohol legs. Creamy tan head.

Smell (4.75/5): Tons of espresso, cocoa, milk chocolate, a light amount of alcohol heat. Extremely pungent.

Taste (4.75/5): Little bitterness for a coffee infused stout; smooth and round flavors of espresso bean and creamy milk chocolate. Almond, vanilla, biscotti. Unusual for a stout. Miraculously, no alcohol presence to remark on. Not overly sweet or roasty, though it definitely leans toward the sweet side of the stout flavor spectrum; extremely well-balanced despite the strength of the beer and the intense ingredients. Extremely consistent flavor. Not highly complex. But the flavor I am getting is unique to this beer. Just EPIC. And the flavor gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel (5/5): You look up "smooth" in the dictionary and you'll find a picture of Imperial Biscotti Break right next to it. This beer is velvety smooth, despite its thick, full-bodied mouthfeel. Light carbonation as expected for a beer this big. Absolutely perfect feel for a massive imperial stout. Surprisingly easy to drink.

Overall (4.75): This is one of those epic stouts that has to had to be believed. It packs tons of chocolate and coffee goodness with unique almond/vanilla biscotti bar undertones. It isn't the most aggressive stout; nor is it the most coffee-forward stout. But it might be the most well-balanced sweet stout I've ever had. A great stout that I think cracks my top 5–behind Founders KBS and Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, but ahead of Founders Breakfast Stout and Southern Tier Creme Brulee. Great stuff. See it, buy it. It's worth the $15-plus you'll likely have to pay for a 22 ounce bottle.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Black on the pour with a dark brown head. Retention is good, and a quarter inch cap stays. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Simply put, this really does smell like a biscotti dunked in coffee. Layered chocolate and coffee aromas. Semi sweet dark chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla bean, Coffee with cream and sugar. Somewhat cake-y. Slight acrid roasted malt component is buried deeply within. Wafts of raspberry ester are likewise hidden. Only the slightest hint of alcohol. Great.

T: Coffee with cream and sugar. Semi sweet dark chocolate. Nutty. Brown cocoa. Dry cake. Hints of wood and char. Vanilla bean. Berry esters come out a bit more than the nose let on, but they are still tightly contained within the more robust malt flavors. Very long finish of cake, chocolate, coffee beans, and a kiss of smoke.

M: Thick body. Very velvety and creamy. Low carbonation creates only a mild prickling sensation. Some soothing alcohol warmth.

O: Excellent stuff. This beer is right in my wheelhouse. Big, bold, and complex. Seamless integration of complementary flavors. Supremely easy to drink for a beer of its size. Do not hesitate to snag a bottle should it cross your path.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bomber
served in a Widmer Brothers Snifter
A - Jet black with a khaki foamy head with minimal lacing.

S - Coffee, cookie dough, chocolate, almond and vanilla. Essentially a Biscotti

T - Taste is super smooth tasting much like the smell. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Exceedingly sweet and the coffee flavors build as it warms.

M - Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

O - Overall a very solid beer but I would not put it into my top 15-20 in stouts.

Don't think aging will do too much for this one.

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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 Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opaque motor oil color with no visible light shining through, brief rust colored fizz after the pour. Little in the way of lacing but not expected.

Aroma is an enticing mix of chocolate, a touch of booze, roasted almonds blended nicely with the malt.

Taste is spot on, great chocolate flavors with a touch of vanilla and roasted nuts, some moderate roastiness on the palate.11.5% nicely obscured.

Mouthfeel is medium for an Imperial Stout, super creamy and very round.

Evil Twin is on to something with new cutting edge stouts, and I can't wait to try the cherry Natale version now that I have a baseline for the original recipe.

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Photo of Gusmotel
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sifter from a bottle.

Appearance: Pours pure black with a dark foam, significant lacing, and a head 1.5 finger foam that lasted for a few minutes.

Aroma: Yeast, Chocolate, Soft Cookie (like the Keebler Chocolate Chip ones), and hints of coffee. More flavors appeared as the time passed and the beer continued to warm. The alcohol becomes a bit more known but balances well with the chocolate.

Taste: Like your sitting in Italy, eating a Biscotti and sipping an Espresso. Soft chocolate and sugar tones blend nicely with a suddenly present coffee taste that shouldn't be unexpected in a stout. Remains sweet, cookie like, and keeps yeast flavor after you swallow. The alcohol is noticeable at the finish, as well as a sticky chocolatey sensation that creates an salivating effect. Your mouth is literally watering for another drink.

Mouthfeel: Rich, silky, heavy, sticky, low carbonation.

Overall: Really great for my first foray into EvilTwin beers. The taste is as advertised and the 11.5% ABV is nothing to scoff at. Goes down smooth, predominantly like a dessert with a slight alcohol finish leaving you wanting another sip immediately. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a pinky of tight caramel colored head. Alright lacing & head retention, nice oily sheen to this

S: Dark fruit, carob, molasses , boozey

T: Coffee, carob, prunes & black currants, & dryness up front, some vanilla also. A little dark chocolate blends in, a touch of booze warmth, hints of oakyness, mocha, hazelnut & caramel as this warms. Finishes dry, with caramel, coffee & dark chocolate, definite biscotti in this!

MF: Fairly thick with smooth carbonation, thins out a bit as this warms

A really good take on the style, no one is gonna confuse this with cheap, but one of the few from these guys that's worth the price. Not great in the aesthetics, but damn tasty. I will buy this again

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Photo of Zach136
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Charlie Murphy darkness body and head.

Aroma: Almond and vanilla are definitely present, with background of chocolate syrup and earthy coffee.

Flavor: Tastes almost exactly like I love you stout, with a hint of almonds and espresso. The espresso is there, but its far from overwhelming or sharp. Just a hint.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and velvety.

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Photo of bpasquini
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black, this stout, so far, is the darkest stout I have had, seems darker than the night sky without the moon or stars, cannot see through it at all, poured heavy and left a small, espresso colored head that did not leave lacing, the head looked and feels very creamy, superb look to this brew!

S: I'm getting coffee up front, followed by some light vanilla, chocolate, and every once in awhile I get some dark tart fruit smells, and there's some nutty smells to it as well but it is a little hard to detect, this beer does remind me of biscotti's, the smell is faint to me though, wish it were more prevalent, overall it is very pleasing to the nose!

T: Up front strong coffee presence, then I'm getting the tart dark fruit flavors in the middle, at the end it is followed with some sweet chocolate, slight hint of vanilla and a little hint of bread malts and of course some booze! Overall I think the dark tart fruits are a little too strong, I would have enjoyed this beer more if the sweet chocolate flavor was a little more intense to help compliment the dark fruits in the transition, but overall it is still really tasty

M: Love the way this beer feels on your palate, incredibly creamy, it's almost chewy, definitely thick bodied but it feels incredibly light and it finishes great, very little sticky syrupy feel to it and the beer doesn't linger too long on your palate, superb feel and finish to this beer!

O: This is a great beer, there are some things I think that could use a little improving, but with that said I can also see why this beer is rated so well, definitely a unique flavor profile to it.
Definitely look forward to being able to try this beer again and possibly its' variants, recommend giving it a whirl if you haven't already!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a mini snifter. Purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a pitch black, opaque oily body with a modest one finger chocolate colored head that doesn't stick around very long - it reduces to nothing in less than a minute. Leaves no lacing.

S- The coffee is definitely present and dominates on the nose - freshly ground coffee, chocolate-mocha, vanilla and maybe a hint of booze. The aroma is subtle and not overly forward but very inviting.

T- Let this one warm up a few degrees to get the best experience. After ~30 minutes, I get some delicious coffee, dark chocolate, nutty notes followed up by a very nice roasty, charred, toasted malt note that lingers for a while.

M- Rich, thick, and full bodied. Minimal carbonation.

Overall I was very impressed with Imperial Biscotti break. The balance of flavors here are superb - it hits all the high points of a world class imperial stout. A little expensive, but worth the price for a nice treat.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Pitch black.

S: Raisins. Sweet malt and lots of chocolate.

T: Lots of coffee and chocolate. A bit like hot chocolate.

M: Smooth.

O: Delicious. I just wish I had gotten to compare it with the regular version, but it kicked right before I asked for some.

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

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a rich, frothy mocha head. Gorgeous.

Smell - Roasted malts, roasted coffee, dark fruit, almond biscuit, hint of vanilla.

Taste - Roasted flavours of malts and coffee with dark fruit (cherry or plum). Turns a little boozy at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation.

Overall - A beautifully crafted Imperial stout with rich roasted flavours and a nice warming, smooth feel.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, thick with creamy mocha colored head.

Aroma is more subtle than expected. Slight coffee and sweet almond. Roast and chocolate.

Taste is bitter coffee grounds and bakers chocolate with a fair amount of almond sweetness.

Full mouthfeel lower carb.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having tried Olde Hickory Imperial Stout, it was interesting to follow up with this.

Pours a dark black with just a half finger of tan foam covering the sweet nectar.

smells of vanila, coffee, chocolate, sweet smoke, and a slight burnt note.

Taste follows the smell, but in a much more profound, well rounded astounding way. Admittidly, I didn't have high hopes for this beer. I imagined another train wreck like Creme Brulee, where the sweetness takes over and leaves nothing. But no, there are layers of complex flavor and the sweetness is married nicely within the beer, not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is solid, slightly thick, a bit oily, but certainly done well for the style.

Check this out if you get the chance. I found it to be exceptional.

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Photo of spoony
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle (best by 2015) into a snifter.

A-The brew pours heavy and thick and produces the darkest finger of head I have seen on a beer...it is almost walnut brown. The head lasts about a minute before fading away. The beer is nearly black and opaque. No lacing, but there are some legs of alcohol on the glass as I drink.

S-The smell is rich, dark-roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate at first. After a bit of adjustment, I start to pick up some licorice, and a big, sweet hit of creamy/milky chocolate. There is a good dose of caramel and a bourbon-y, vanilla-scented booze, as well. Nice balance.

T-The taste is much like the smell with dark-roasted coffee, creamy milk chocolate, and sweet caramel/vanilla/bourbon booze. Very, very smooth drinking, but not terribly complex. The finish is an interesting transition from milky, chocolatey sweetness to light roasted drying bittnerness.

M-The feel is medium to full heft with incredible smoothness from the mild, fine carbonation. Despite the heavy presence and big sweetness, the higher ABV keeps if from getting cloying.

O-This is a great beer, but the biggest weakness is the taste!?! It is really nice look, smells pretty good, and feels wonderful, but I could not help but wonder if I was missing something on my palate. The booze was always in the background, which gave a nice bit of balance, but I could have used a little more intrigue to put this thing in big leagues of this style. Anyway, it would make a wonderful dessert beer with the big sweetness, thick feel, and balanced (rather than insanely bitter) coffee flavors.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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