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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#341
Reviews:
647
Ratings:
4,328
pDev:
8.28%
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the best beers i've had in a long time. Been following BA for a few years but this beer inspired me to finally write my first review. Flavor and aroma are simply amazing; chocolate, coffee, espresso, vanilla, almonds...it's all here. As a home brewer, I'm amazed they got all these flavors in a beer so well balanced (not as sweet as most in this category). The alcohol seems almost none existent.

You could drink this for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but if makes a killer dessert. If I could get more of this I'd make it into an ice cream. Definitely one to savor; It took me over an hour to finish a 9oz pour of this. Almost cried when it was gone. Luckily I've got a couple bottles at home. Seek this out, you won't be disappointed.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Be careful when you open the bottle - the sample I got fizzed like nobody’s business! Strong aroma has a firm and mouth-watering overtone of quality coffee with hints of unsweet chocolate and molasses. It pours a rich opaque sable just a flea’s eyebrow above black. Flavor is just simply sublime - quality coffee, roast malt, licorice, hints of molasses and chocolate. Could it get any better? Full, smooth texture has a good fizz to it and leaves a finish rich in roast coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and licorice.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is black - thick, black, motor-oil-like pour with a small (half-finger) but tight chocolate-brown head that settles fairly quickly. Some splotchy lacing.

S: Quite a bit going on in the nose - first impression is molasses and dark fruits, but then I get more chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee.

T: Also a lot going on, not surprisingly. Coffee is definitely big here - I get it mid-sip and then lingering on the aftertaste as well. Also a vinuous characteristic that reminds me of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout with about 2-3 years on it. Chocolate is there too, but it's not nearly as strong as the coffee. Molasses from the nose is here too, as is some toasted almond (or maybe toasted coconut?), which sneaks up somewhere. Also some fruitiness - black cherries, I think. . . . The bottle and this site claim this is 11.5% ABV, but I'll be damned if I can taste it. A touch of heat down the gulley and then in the belly is about all I get of the alcohol.

M: A little lighter in body than expected, and more oily and slick than creamy. I don't love the feel on this one - a richer, creamier experience would make this beer great instead of just good.

O: Good stuff. The mouthfeel takes away from this one, but it's still a quite-enjoyable stout.

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An amazing beer!

Dark, black oil change with a thick two finger brown head, great retention, sea foam lace and some alcohol legs. Rich and thick.

The aroma is sweet! Brown sugar, toffee, espresso, cream, vanilla, dark fruit, milk chocolate, cocoa, and almond. Fruity esters with earth tones and biscuit notes. Toasted hints and faint charcoal roast.

Much more balanced than the smell. Cocoa, rich espresso, vanilla, and nutty almond notes. Follows the nose, but not as cloying as the nose would lead one to think. Very balanced. Dessert, brownies. Awesome!

The mouthfeel is rich, thick, and creamy.

An absolutely awesome stout! I wanted more and was sad to see the bottle end. It was addicting.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a thick, oily, opaque black with 1 to 2 fingers of fluffy brown head. Good head retention for the high abv. Tight webbed lacing is quickly reduced to nothing but a filmy cling.

N: Espresso, graham crackers and dark chocolate with hints of charcoal and lactose. Smells a lot like a S'more. :)

T: A lot sweeter than the nose lets on. The front of the palate has coffee & cream, raisin and overripe plum & nectarine. This is swiftly followed by milk chocolate, dates and molasses as well as notes of marshmallow and graham cracker. Finishes bitter with dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, espresso and a hint of charcoal.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy, silky, smooth, sticky and warming.

O: Starts sweet with plenty of dark fruits and works its way dry and bitter towards dark chocolate and espresso. Has an excellent complexity and hides the alcohol extremely well. I really couldn't ask for more in an Imperial Stout.

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22oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip.

Pours with a thick, deep brownish black body. Head is gorgeous and thick with a dark tan color--excellent retention. Aroma packs a lot of bakery-like sweets. Caramel, vanilla, almond nuttiness. Somewhat reminiscent of a Southern Tier beer (thinking Chocklat + Creme Brulee, but thankfully less artificial-smelling).

The flavor literally made me go weak in the knees for a split second. Thick, chewy dark chocolate brownies blend perfectly with a rich espresso note, vanilla beans, and a hint of almond and booze in the finish. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and lightly carbonated. Chewy, but drinkable, and the 11.5% is hardly detected on the palate. Overall, a superb example of a flavored imperial stout. So glad I happened to run across this bottle!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle I to a duvel glass

A: dark as night black with two finger of mocha chocolate after a semi aggressive pour.... Man this looks superbly delicious.... A wonderful looking beer. The only thing keeping this brews appearance from a 4.5 is that I wish it had heavier lacing... .

S: the smell reminds me of the milk left over after a bowl of coco puffs, Tina of milk chocolate and vanilla, a light roast in the background, which must be the coffee beans, becoming a bit more prevelant as the brew warms, deffinatly a touch of dark malty sweetness in there as well, the chocolate aroma also reminds me
Of hot coco. Hints of light nuttiness are also starting
To poke through, and a almost dark chocolate cherry aroma... It seems to just be getting more and more complex

T: much like the nose.... Loads of milk chocolate with strong notes of vanilla, over more subtle notes of roasted coffe witha touch of dark fruit and malt sweetness on the finish, very well rounded and delicious, I feel like the 11.5 abv on this beer is very well hidden. A bit on the deserty sweet side of things. As this beer the beer warms more and more.... Becoming more and more mocha-y. With light nutty and dark cherry notes. A bit of caramel in the tastes as well... I could go on and on.

M: medium to heavy in the body, nice and creamy, with a nice thickness and velvety drunkability very well rounded, a touch of dryness on the finish reminding me of the beers name. Deffinatly seems to be a dessert beer to me. Medium carbonation. A sippe for sure, couldn't see myself drinkin more then one of these in a night.

O: a very tasty and delicious brew, glad I got my hands on this one, unique and delectable, I'd recommend this one in a heart beat. More and more layers off developing complexity. I love it. Wish ingot to try the original, anyone got one? Let me know if you do!!!

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On-tap at Village Tap. Served in a snifter.

A - Dark mocha foam settles to a near-complete cap, tiny spots of lace. Body is pitch black.

S - Loads of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, almonds, and fruity dark cherry notes.

T - The taste is significantly less fruity and more roasty, with dark breads and espresso flavors. Still, this is quite sweet, with tons of vanilla and chocolate flavor.

M - Smooth texture, active carbonation, medium-full body, melted chocolate and dry roasty texture. Mildly sticky finish, and well-hidden alcohol.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Very dark brown, almost black, with a thin layer of dark tan head that leaves a ring around the glass

S-Rich roasted malt, molasses, a bit of dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and a light nutty almond smell

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black chocolate colored with a chocolate milk colored head that is dense, quickly recedes, and laces extremely well.

mocha coffee, milk chocolate, hazelnut coffee, amaretto liqueur, lots of vanilla, candied nuts.

cocoa powder, vanilla bean, amaretto, candied nuts, toffee, caramel, a slight bit of booze. drinks almost like a cordial (amaretto, frangelico, kahlua, etc.) but not as sweet and mixed with tremendous imperial stout/beer flavors. wow.

not quite full-bodied with a nice, low level of carbonation and some booze heat left lingering after the sweetness fades.

oh man. this may be expensive, but it's definitely worth every penny. Perfect dessert beer. I'm just imaging what some age would do to calm the heat, or maybe some barrel aging...

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - As black as it gets, some nice tan bubbles on top about 1/2 fingers worth.

S - Huge coffee aroma, vanilla, almonds and hints of chocolate. The coffee is definitely the main player here.

T - Follows the nose, massive coffee, roasted malt and chocolate flavors to start. Nice vanilla and nuts to finish.

M - The mouthfeel is thick, and almost oily. Medium carbonation.

O - This is the surprise beer of the year for me. I went into this not expecting it to live up the the high rating it already has. This is a great beer that is well worth the high price tag. Glad I got a few bottles as this seems like it could also improve with age.

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4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark black pour with a small, tight, creamy, smooth, dark tan head. Disappears fairly fast leaving just a whisper of lacing.

S - Coffee, dark and bittersweet chocolate, and mocha dominate the nose. There is a hint of almond and vainilla sweetness with a caramel, toffee, and cream sweetness that emphasizes those notes.

T - Wow! (I could leave it at that, but I'll expound) Chocolate and coffee are the dominate flavors here as well but this is a very deep beer. Starts out with a mocha and bittersweet chocolate flavor. Mid sip it sweetens up a bit with the vainilla coming out more which gives this a sweet chocolate cake/fudge aspect. Hints of coffee (with only a slight, albeit nice, astringency). Almond sweetness starts to creep in on the finish leading to a strong coffee showing on the finish. All these flavors then linger on your tongue enticing you to drink more.

M - Medium to full body. Average carbonation for the style. Very smooth, creamy, and velvety which adds to that sweet chocolate flavor. Alcohol is non-existent in the taste; it is the bold flavors that make me want to just sip this.

D - Was definitely a sipper, but it was extremely easy to sip. The layers of flavor had me wanting to drink more, especially when the taste lingers that long.

Notes: A really good "flavored" Imperial Stout. Coffee and chocolate dominated as expected, but the vainilla and to a lesser extent the almonds had their time to shine. All the flavors complimented each other wonderfully (the vainilla and chocolate together especially). I would love to have this in the morning or for dessert any day in lieu of coffee. Delicious.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 4,328 ratings
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