Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

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.

Added by BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012

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4,213
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605
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.33%
 
 
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Ratings: 4,213 |  Reviews: 605
Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
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 TomO23
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayKay412
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMH73
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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 TildenKatz
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HermitDan
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBrosy
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
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 Nyrangersgrrl
3.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of JamesLeung
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DrDemento456
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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 eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jaketaz
3.3/5  rDev -23.6%
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 DudMan
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mbo108
3.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of mactrail
3.59/5  rDev -16.9%
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%
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 -16.2%
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 Chackman151
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MrUse
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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 hop_junkie
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of izzyismyrott
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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