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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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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 Auracom
2.82/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Purchase from Binny's, cracked on April 10th, 2013.

A - Fairly deep snakewood coloring, with a thin, yet fluffy, light brown head. Fair lacing and legs.

S - Predominant lighter-roasted coffee and rye grains.

T - Lactose, milk chocolate powder, dark fruit skins.

M - Very short finish, light-medium body (appearance was misleading here).

D - An absolute waste of $15. The coffee takes over and dampens whatever further complexity there could have (and should have) been. Easily one of the most overrated stouts I've come across.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Pours a viscous pitch black with very little head. No lacing. A lot going on in the nose. Nutty and chocolatey with some coffee, sweet cookies and hints of vanilla. The taste mirrors the aroma. Dark chocolate and nutty at first. Sweet almonds and cookies followed by a bitter coffee finish and some heat. Big alcohol presence but not overwhelming. Hints of vanilla, almost like vanilla frosting. Thick, heavy mouthfeel. I am thoroughly impressed by this one. Definitely a fitting name. Overall, a tad pricey but I will still be seeking out another bottle for certain.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is quite black and viscous-looking with a nice tan short-lived head. On the nose I get some espresso notes, but not as much as I anticipated. What I get a lot of is molasses, chocolate, rum, and toffee.

Full body and a wonderfully silky, creamy feel. After hearing how sweet this beer is, I was delighted to discover that I didn't find it all that sweet. When chilled, this beer is loaded with flavors of almonds and espresso up front. At mid-palate a little sweet vanilla flavor does kick in, complementing the roasted notes and accentuating the mouthfeel. As it warms, intense flavors of molasses, charred fruit, and roasted malt develop. The charred fruit flavors linger nicely in the mouth along with a nice warm booziness, leaving the impression of rum-soaked fruit cake with rich unsweetened chocolate sauce.

I was led to believe that this was an extremely sweet, coffee-flavored double stout. I found it to be a nicely balanced, very intensely-flavored roasty beverage full of charred fruit notes that I would be hard-pressed to distinguish from a Russian Imperial Stout when consumed at room temperature. Highly recommended, but I would not recommend this beer to a newbie or to those unfamiliar with Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of GratefulEdd
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Chose a beer I've been waiting to try to break in my first full review!

Poured from a bomber into stout glass.
Appearance was spot-on black with hints of deep brown on the edges. A small frothy chocolate milk head appeared and dissipated as quickly as it showed up.

The smell, which I had been looking forward to, slightly disappointed. I got vanilla, dark chocolate, roast coffee, and something oaked at the end. It could just be me, but none of the smells really stood out or knocked me out. I would have liked to have seen one take charge.

The taste...wow! This stout brought it all to the tongue. The bitter coffee hits you right away with that great coffee bean acidity, but then the chocolate takes hold at the finish. I had let my bottle sit out for 5-10 minutes after opening to warm slightly and it did the trick. The warm chocolate finish stayed on the tongue and blended perfectly with the strong warming alcohol presence. YUM!

Mouthfeel was great...creamy, smooth, and rich at the same time. My mouth kept tricking me into thinking I had a delicious milkshake. This is how a stout should go down. You only know it's a high ABV by the tiny twang you get at the end.

Overall this is a great Imperial stout and well worth the wait I went through for it. After recently trying Ten Fidy and the Oak Aged Yeti, I put this in roughly the same level, giving the nod to the other two simply on availability.

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.42/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a major letdown after hearing and reading about it.
Paid $17 for a bomber and poured into a Deschutes snifter.
Looks really good. Wasn't the most aggressive pour but minimal head.
Aroma after a good swirl is pretty good...I get some solid vanilla and maybe some chocolate.
At this point, I'm itching to get into it. And when I finally do...what the hell?
Where did this beer go? I get none of the flavors that I detected in the nose.
Then I put the glass down and it's got good, Carmel lacing. Am I smoking crack?
Next sip, same thing: flat flavor and zero mouthfeel.
Well, I'll finish this bomber on principal alone and I'm glad that I finally pulled the trigger on this, but it's a major letdown, kinda like the hot chick that you finally get in the sack that you and your buddies have long wondered about:
Looks really hot and you've heard great things. She looks and smells awesome but is flat front and back with zero head and mouthfeel. At this point you're already getting some, so you might as well finish the job and share your experiences with your buddies to spare them the same painful fate.

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Photo of daledeee
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A 12 oz bottle. It is fairly easy to get around here. Had it on tap a couple times.

Pours a viscous black with dark tan head.

Nose is powerful. Caramel, wood, vanilla(a little).

Taste: Well this is a desert beer. Syrupy, sweet, chocolate, malt, caramel and hints of bitterness. This is actually easy and fun to drink but strong at the same time.

Mouth feel is thick and creamy

Overall, I go back to this beer. It is one of the best I have had lately.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A wonderfully silky smooth texture being poured into the glass. A true heavy darkness that produced a burnt tan colored head. The head retained very lightly along the edge of the glass. Zero lacing, this beer is too heavy to stick onto the glass.

Smell: Dark chocolate, heavy hops, molasses, vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, and a slightly burnt oak aroma. The aroma is very subdued but has a lot going on when you dip for it. A slight alcohol sting makes this aroma interesting.

Taste: The front is an outstanding touch of smooth vanilla. The smooth vanilla just keeps going and going then it transitions into a darker more traditional imperial stout taste. Some dark hop flavors, heavy molasses, roast coffee beans, and dark chocolate. Chalky heavy malt finishes this brew out and has a wonderful balance of the sweetness found earlier in the beer.

Mouthfeel: A perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness creates a roller coaster for the palette that is outstanding. The palette is challenged to its full capacity. The sweetness is felt throughout, wow incredible.

Overall: Everything that an imperial stout should be. The complexity of this beer is on a level with any other beer out there. This stout is heavy but found the perfect balance of not being overly filling. Deliciously drinkable, a true treat.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says best before 2015.

A- Pours a jet black color with a 1/4 inch brown head that retains a bit before falling to a thick ring around the edge of the surface and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves jagged streaks behind on the glass.

S- Boozy aroma of chocolate, caramel, vanilla and burnt cookie. Also some molasses and oatmeal amidst the very dark roast.

T- Initial sweet flavor of milk chocolate, caramel and a bit of coffee. The roastiness comes through more on the second sip displaying more depth and bringing cookie dough to the table. Very smooth for the ABV even after multiple sips are taken. Char aftertaste with more molasses notes and a hint of raisin. The heat starts to come through as it warms but it only adds to the complexity as it mimics tastes of bourbon.

M- Decadently creamy and silky with a thick, borderline chewy, body and medium-low carbonation.

O- I had this on tap and it was not nearly as smooth and enjoyable as it is in the bottle. The sweetness is also a lot more pronounced which I like. Overall, an excellent beer. I'm starting to think Evil Twin may actually have the chops to compete with his brother.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Ok foam and lacing for a stout. Color is ink black...superb.

Smell: Hits all the right notes for a stout: dark fruit, coffee, toffee, and chocolate. Extremely boozy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: See smell. Quite bitter also. Very clean for the level of alcohol in this. Maybe a bit too smooth.

Overall: This stuff can get you drunk quick.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A big thanks to Bill for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Dense pour yields an opaque, pitch black brew with a slight dark mocha head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is patchy and stringy with decent stick and thick, oily legs. Solid.

Nose is booze, lactose, coffee, chocolate, and fudge. Moderately aromatic and unmistakably decadent. Nice.

Opens sweet milk chocolate, lactose and roasted malt. Some sweet espresso and coffee beans in the middle with fudge brownie, more chocolate, and some dark fruit at the end. Finishes chocolate, mocha, and sweet roast with the same aftertaste. A rich, luxurious, over-the-top experience for sure. Real nice.

Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Silky smooth and rich in the mouth and goes down warm and thick. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Fits perfectly.

I've heard a lot about this beer and the praise is well deserved beer. This is truly one of the ultimate desert beers. Complex, thick, rich, and very decadent. This one's a sipper for sure and one that'll slowly reveal itself throughout the experience. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of wedge
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black with a thin covering of tan that pools to a creamy ring at the edge. Heavy, dark aromas of espresso, chocolate cake, candied nuts, maple, mild charcoal, and roasted barley. Increased cookie-like aromas as it warms up along with a whiff of alcohol. Sweet, roasty dark chocolate initially, joined by lots of coffee, vanilla, dark fruit, berries, and a little breadiness. Very, very rich, yet the bold coffee presence keeps the sweetness down a bit. Full, creamy body, oily in texture. Bordering on too-sweet territory, it manages to stay deliciously dessert-like and not a chore to drink. A slow sipper, but one that gets better the longer it sits in the glass.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer kicks a lot of ass.

A: About as dark opaque brown as it gets. Head is medium chocolatey brown in color, not very large but nicely swirly on the surface. Lace is thinly sticky and I suspect it will change a lot as I drink this.

S: Chocolate brownies, sticky dark chocolate, heavy cream, lactose, soft coffee. A delicious smelling desserty treat.

T: Fields of chocolate and sweet coffee rivers. Very engaging beer experience.

M: Super coating and velvety. My mouth is sticking together as I drink this beer.

D: I'm enjoying this at what feels like a speedy pace however the nature of this beer preventing me from doing that. Very yummy. It's like a extra pleasant dessert.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The profile is a stack of carbonation bubbles that stand as an inch thick head. The top of the head is so thick and creamy that it moves as one unit. This khaki colored head then sits atop an ocean of jet black opaqueness.

The scent is varied and balanced. Earth tones mix with milk chocolate, caramel and roasted coffee. Sweet molasses or sorghum and vanilla are lost in a aromatic creaminess that adds feel to the scent.

Strong chocolate tones hit the tongue first than earth and graham cracker maltiness. Dry coffee and toffee end the taste with a hint of metallic alcohol the lingers slightly. Alcohol warmth fills the body but there's no harshness.

This is a phenomenal stout but even more a fabulous beer.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark espresso- black color. There is a small tan head that fades quickly to almost nothing. Little in the way of lacing.

S: A sharp coffee aroma is followed quickly by milk chocolate. Vanilla and some booziness as the beer warms.

T: A lot sweeter upfront than the aroma would suggest. All chocolate, caramel and vanilla on the attack. The mid-palate reminds me of creme brulee. As I savor the coffee flavor comes to the forefront with a but of nuttiness. The finish is lingering chocolate-espresso with a very mild touch of alcohol and some smoke.

M: Medium-thick bodied with an incredibly creamy texture. The carbonation is high for the style by still foamy and pleasant.

O: An amazing beer. The combination of flavors is standard for an imperial stout, but somehow different than any other stout I've had.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How can a beer with so much abv taste so smooth and balanced? Answer: Evil Twin just does it better. I just love the look, smell, feel, and taste of this beer. The only thing that could make it better is heated leather seats. It may not have the bourbon stout taste of others, but it gives you an enjoyment that makes you fall in love with the style. Never watery, never unbalanced, never boring, this beer just delivers every time. My favorite from a great brewery.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (does it come any other way but maybe a keg ;-) into a DFH chalice. No "bottled on" date. It was a bit too cold, but I let it warm up.

A - Poured a viscous opaque black, healthy pour produced only a half finger of brown mocha-like rocky head that quickly dissipates. A few swrils bring the head back. Almost no lacing.

S - Big coffee and vanilla notes, sweetness.

T - Vanilla (but not overwhelming like some beers), coffee, roasted malt, hints of licorice, some bitterness in the finish.

MF - Smooth with just a bit of alcohol bite.

O - Excellent beer, unique in that it does not over do the vanilla. Relatively balanced, but sweet leaning. A rich beer so make plans to have someone available to share your bomber. Make sure the beer is at the right temp. Stating the obvious, but as the beer warms the flavors intensify.

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Photo of popery
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and thick. Small brown head. A little bit of lacing. Dissipates to swirls of film after a minute. Aroma is big on chocolate. Lots of caramel sweetness and a fruity dose of coffee. Pretty light on the roast but it's there in the background. Very nice sweet, chocolatey stout smell. Mild herbal hop note. The taste adds a bunch more coffee flavor. Big chocolate and caramel sweetness again. It's like a dark chocolate milkshake with a shot of espresso and drizzled with caramel. Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and very full. Works very well with the top flavors. Excellent beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick and black. Nearly no head, and what's there settles to only rim bubbles. Some spotty lace, but it doesn't last. No light shines through.

Plenty of chocolate milk aroma. Lightly sweet and mildly chalky.

Think powdered cocoa added to a porter. There's some definitive lactose sweetness. The aftertaste is more of the same. The body is rich; the carbonation low. The alcohol is hidden behind the strong flavors--there's no way I would think this beer has 10+% abv.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Torst.

Black in colour, IBB has a small tan head that fades quickly. Good lacing.

The nose contains coffee, almond and chocolate. Biscotti indeed! You can really smell it.

Flavour-wise, there is almond, coffee, vanilla and roasted malt. Quite sweet. A dessert beer for sure.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Slick and smooth.

Overall, quite good. Did not quite live up to its reputation for me, but quite tasty.

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Photo of ElSid
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: Possible date code on bottom

A: Thick, midnight black with a cocoa powder brown head, which leaves behind a ring of thin, micro bubbles on the glass.

S: Cocoa and espresso topped off with vanilla and wood. There is a burnt grain, caramel and brown bread center.

T: The sweetness hits with cocoa, marshmallows and brown sugar hand-in-hand with rich espresso. Then comes raisin, dark berry and brown sugar spread on a bready, biscuity middle. The finish breaks the palate with oaky, earthy bitterness that builds to a somewhat dry and warm bourbon finish.

M: Thick and chewy; this brew feels substantial. There is a light to moderate amount of carbonation along with a coating linger.

O: The coffee is mostly muddled in the sweetness and bourbon. Overall this remains a significant coffee Imperial Stout. With it's ~$18 price tag out here in Southern California, I would happily reach over and grab some local brews such as Ale Smith's Speedway Stout and the younger Cismontane's Black Dawn instead.

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Photo of dar482
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It comes in a dark black color with almost no head, with a brown mocha bubbling and ring.

The aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts, sweetness, a bit of coffee.

The flavor is of chocolate and a bit of coffee. It's an extremely heavy and sweet beer. It's almost like that thick sugary chocolate milkshake texture or Nesquick. There's also some nuttiness in there too, like almond amaretto.

The mouthfeel is velvety and creamy.

A wonderful dessert beer. Just big and sweet. I personally prefer the Decicco's version as the spice in that beer cleans up the sweetness.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Got this recently from MegDuf32, thank you very much. Typical imperial stout appearance. Aroma is yeast, dough, slight coffee and biscotti or some type of cookie? Flavor is pretty close to the nose and good. My only complaint regarding this beer is that it is too sweet. The alcohol is hidden but its a sugary beer and I'm not sure I'll finish the entire bottle (though I likely will)

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Photo of alexgash
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle.

Midnight dark brown. Viscous and oily looking. Small, filmy, bright cocoa brown head. Some lacing over time. Deep, rich roasted coffee and espresso aromas. Very fresh seeming (as in I just ground some wonderful, recently-roasted beans). After the wall of fresh black Italian roast, notes of caramel, vanilla, almond, and chocolate. Wow! I just want to sit and sniff this.

Italian roast coffee/espresso flavors right off the bat. Smooth, wonderfully roasty, with increasing bitterness. As the bitterness picks up, the palate fills up with dark chocolate, molasses, figs, and licorice. Woody, tannic bitterness toward the finish. Hints of vanilla and almond. Finish features more coffee roastiness and bitterness. Lingering caramel, molasses, and chocolate. Full-bodied, with a thick, slightly oily feel. One of the best coffee beers I've had!

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle from Ridgewood Beer and Wine-- $12.99.

Appearance: Pours super thick, viscous, and black as hell. WIth a hard pour, a tight, dark brown head forms, but doesn't last. Just spots of lacing.

Smell: Cold coffee, chocolate chip cookie, brownies, tiny whiff of chewing tobacco, dark toast. Damn it smells good.

Taste: Rich, cakelike malt flavors with chocolate cookies and delicious coffee flavor. Roasted malt flavor is not overpowering, but rounds out the sweetness. Alcohol is not undetectable, but adds to the overall flavor. The finish is like you just finished a rich chocolate dessert and a cup of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth and soft. Slick, viscous, and thick.

Overall: This is just one of those beers that succeeds in every way, and really nails its goal. Wouldn't want it ever day, but when in the mood, this is perfect.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass form a bomber during a nice late March snow storm.

Pours a gorgeous dark dark black color held to the light lets nothing through. The head is nice and creamy and dense and rises to about 1 inch tall. Very very dense bubbles. The color is nice espresso and cappuccino tan. Gorgeous.

Wow. Aroma is impressive. Some nice espresso roast that is balanced out by delicious and bright vanilla bean notes. It is not cloyingly sweet though. Amazing nose. There is then some delicious cocoa powder and milk chocolate notes in the aroma. They mix so well with the vanilla and espresso from the front end. The cocoa notes also have some great almond notes and even some hazelnut to it.

Flavor is amazing! Wow. Follows the nose but is more intense and full and complex. Starts off with the perfect blend of espresso roast with some great nutty and almond balance. The chocolate sweetness milds out the coffee some more and it finishes with some slight vanilla bean deliciousness. The nice espresso bitterness also lingers towards the back end of the brew and plays so well with the vanilla and cocoa. Impressive brew. Mouthfeel is near if not perfect. Slick and smooth and slightly oily but not too thick to overwhelm.

Amazing brew that was under the radar for me. Very nice coffee notes that take the lead but play so well with some vanilla and nice coca. Very good brew. I will seek this out more.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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