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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4,238
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Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.33%
 
 
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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bwarren82
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ultimate
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OrangeMen
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage
~ 1 month since canning, no can date but i know these are new

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, viscous body. Finger thick, medium tan colored head, very creamy and thick. Some spotty head lacing and alcohol legs on glass.

Aroma- Coffee, cold brewed bitterness, rich and very forward. Roasted malt, astringent grains, dark chocolates. Lots of creamy sweetness, vanilla, caramel, sugary cookie dough.

Taste- Earthy, rich coffee, bitter espresso bean. Roasted malt, molasses, chocolate cake, mocha sweetness. Lots of vanilla on the finish, sweet nuttiness, almonds, cookie dough, dark fruits, sugary milk sweetness.

Feel- Medium body, not overly thick, but very creamy and smooth, velvety feel. Lower to moderate carbonation.

Overall- Enjoyable dessert type stout. Lots of coffee up front which transitions into a real dessert like sweetness. Nice balance, richness, and layers upon layers of flavor. Its like a piece of chocolate cake drizzled with vanilla frosting and a cup of coffee on the side.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is, quite simply, one of the best imperial stouts on the market, and definitely the best flavored stout that is relatively easy to find (in the Northeastern/NE market, anyway). Now that it's available in an affordable 16 oz can format, it's absolutely impossible to pass up. The previous bomber incarnation usually ran me like $16-17 a pop, and I've STILL bought it numerous times, as well as ordered it on tap whenever I've seen a keg of it (for similarly exorbitant prices, sometimes in excess of $1/oz).

Now, how does this can, brewed and packaged at Two Roads in Stratford, CT, hold up?

The pour is one of a completely opaque, decadent tar-black ale with intense mocha/khaki head that only lets up after a few minutes in my glass. Carbonation quickly dances upwards from the bottom of the glass, building the head slightly with each small pour. Eventually, when fully poured, it sits in the glass, topped by a finger of bubbly foam that has laced intensely since its deterioration. Of course, it's a beautiful beer; one that has a certain 'je ne sais quoi', as the body copy professes Italy to have as well.

The nose is rife with complexity, ranging from dark berries to molasses, with plenty of other notes: almond liqueur, marshmallow crème, dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla beans, cinnamon/nutmeg and toffee all come alive in the smell of this most-excellent beer. I've always loved the way that this beer expertly introduces complex elements, such as slight dark fruit/berry, to the rich stout base without actually adding those flavorings. There's something very subtle and genius about the way this comes across on the nose.

Lots of roasted notes on the tongue, backed by baking spice, chocolate, almond biscotti, banana taffy, raspberry jam, dark-roast coffee, vanilla, brown sugar and caramel. In other words, a near-perfect assemblage of everything great about stouts, with some surprises along the way.

Soft and round mouthfeel with a full body and light-medium carbonation. Ethanol is mildly noticeable, but feels rather light in comparison to some of Jeppe's other big stouts and porters. This has too many other flavors to really have much of a burn (even at 11.5%), though it's also best consumed at close to room temperature (cellar temp probably works as well) to really get the most out of it.

As a format note, color me amazed that this whole thing has translated so well to a can. I love canned beer, don't get me wrong, but it's crazy that seemingly nothing changed when this brew was made at a different facility and in a different format. To be certain, as a result, this is a review for Imperial Biscotti Break as a whole, not just for the new canned version (though it's far cheaper and more easily accessible to be sure). It's exactly like I've remembered it for years and I'm ecstatic to be able to have it on a semi-regular rotation in my fridge. Amazing... simply amazing!

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Photo of hoosier222002
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bammer21
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Risty
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of btravers13
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blowpez
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jpd026
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Gemini6
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: pours bark brown but looks black in the glass. It's didn't pour thick, but did have a big brown head
S: overly sweet chocolate.
T: sweet, but it quite as much as the aroma. Little coffee though. I was expecting more coffee.
F: thin mouthfeel, very carbonated too.
O: this a decent, but not great.

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Photo of johnpalisi
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter at near room temp - love the can format. I shied away from the bombers of this stuff. A beautiful opaque dark brown color with a thick foamy tan head. It receded quickly but left some nice tracks. Aromas of biscotti and macaroons up front, with cocoa, cinnamon, and vanilla. The taste was mainly milk chocolate with nice subtle notes of sweet biscuit, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, cherry, and raspberries. Full bodied with a creamy feel. Nice warming at the end with mild alcohol presence - not too hot for a RIS. Superb - my favorite Evil Twin beer thus far.

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Photo of AnthonyMartellotta
4.98/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of robroc
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 16oz can from the new 4-pack, served in a snifter. This was really good. Complex flavors. Very smooth. Prior to today, the lowest price I'd seen for this was $14.99 for the 22oz bottle. Today I bought a 4-pack of the new 16oz cans for $14. At that price, this might be my new go-to imperial stout.

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Photo of sd123
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dazedman
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KanyeWeststenberger
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nailed "Biscotti".

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Photo of petrusek23
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwswigs
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fabianno
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monty79_1997
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
4.32 out of 5 based on 4,238 ratings.
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