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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 ehammond1
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Best Damn Beer Shop (in Super Jr. Market)
San Diego, CA

Black with a small dark brown head that leaves irregular spiderwebs of lacing down the glass.

Incredibly expressive, bold aroma of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. It's relatively simple, but the rich, morning coffee and dark, bold chocolate aromas are so incredibly full and inciting, it doesn't need much more than this bold simplicity.

This is truly what I wish for and dream about when I imagine the perfect imperial coffee stout. The dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee notes reminds me of dessert and freshly baked brownies more than they do any sort of beer. The lingering dark chocolate and coffee flavors are astounding, lasting forever between sips. The alcohol is absolutely, fantastically, gone. This is dangerous stuff.

Medium bodied with low carbonation, though very, very creamy. This is a decadent dessert, or a perfect after-work beer. It all works.

Evil Twin is making some incredible imperial stouts right now, and this is one of the best.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending this beer my way! Thanks Hollis!

poured into a snifter.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with a small mocha colored head that drops to a ring. Spotty lace.

Smell: Nice roasty coffee notes and creamer. Little bit of vanilla too.

Taste: This one starts off roasty and gets sweeter as it warms. The fresh roasted coffee is moderately bitter. Next I am getting a vanilla wafer note and also has that lacto sweetness of a milk stout.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. This beer is so smooth and the 12% is redicously hidden...not even a hint of booze. This beer is very silky and velvety. The carbonation really about perfect and actually makes the beer seem soft and delicate even though it such a big beer.

Overall: It lives the claim of dessert in a glass and has a killer mouthfeel on this beer. Its a fantastic drink; seek it out! One of the better non BA Imperial Stouts that I have drank in a while! (Bumped the overall score from 4.5 to a 5 because I would rate the taste at a 4.25)

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Photo of HopHead84
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7/8/2012

Thanks to Matt for sharing. 

A: Black with a finger of light brown foam.

S: Nutty toffee and chocolate. Strong earthy coffee aroma with some brown sugar. Lots of roast and a touch of molasses. There's a little coconut but I'm not sure where that's coming from.

T: Roasted and nutty with caramel and chocolate. Brown sugar with a little molasses and vanilla. Pervasive earthy coffee presence. Lower moderate bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Full body with creamy moderate carbonation. Smooth and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: A really nice beer. Recommended.

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

Thanks to Mike, Matt, and Michael for sharing the Evil Twin Biscotti and Imperial Biscotti beers with me. I heart you guys.

The beer appears dark brown, approaching black, with a beige head. The aroma offers coffee, roast, oak, bread, biscuits. Lots of coffee, with a delicious almond / hazelnut flavor. Wow, fantastic tasting brew. Lightly sweet, with a superb vanilla, coffee, oak. Beautifully balanced. A terrific beer I would love to have again.

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Photo of BrewHawkeye
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased from Jon's Grocery in Iowa City. A big shoutout to the beer guy there who suggested this gem. Thanks!
A - Deep brown with chocolate colored lacing.
S - Bread. Coffee. Chocolate.
T - Wow. Amazing. So complex. Although the smell is good, the taste blew me away. Dark Chocolate, bread, coffee, chocolate, carmel...incredibly well balanced. The high ABV is EXTREMELY well hidden....probably the best hidden ABV I have ever tasted.
M - Incredibly smooth. Perfect with the taste here, barely any carbonation, just enough to enhance and not detract from the wonderful flavors.
O - This is without a doubt the best imperial stout I have ever tasted. Magnificent. Worth every penny.

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Photo of zeff80
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bridge, STL.

A - Jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left a sudsy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Very sweet, but a good sweet. It really smelled like dessert.

T - Sweet chocolate goodness dominated the flavor. There is a touch of vanilla, some caramel and toffee, too. Very light bitterness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale.

O - This is a very good imperial stout. It's rare to make a beer that tastes like dessert without overdoing it, but Evil Twin has done it.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to trxxpaxxs for sharing!

22oz bottle, fridge temp, poured into a snifter.

a nice opaque black, the slightest bit of brown noticable when held to the light. frothy mocha colored head. good retention, good lace.

milk and dark chocolate, a nice almond like nuttiness, a touch of vanilla, cookie, and roast. a little coffee comes in as it warms.

the flavors follow the aroma, but come in way more intense. it definatly has a biscotti like flavor. a nice almond cookie flavor, caramel, sweet toasty roasted malt, vanilla, hints of chocolate and coffee.

overall, a pretty sweet beer. medium to heavy bodied. smooth and somewhat creamy.

definatly one of the better desert like stouts ive had, a very pronounced biscotti flavor. its worth the steep price tag.

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

Picked this up in Ohio, split with dogfishandi...

A: Pours a super slick, pitch black, with a half finger of frothy mocha head that just loves to linger around. Tons of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, and nuts. Smells amazing.

T: Starts out sweet with huge chocolate notes right up front. The creaminess of the beer makes the chocolate linger for awhile as it mixes with nuts ans vanilla. I suppose that is where the almond comes into play. The coffee is there, but never dominating. This is just a really solid brew.

M: Fully bodied beer. Super creamy, amazing flavors, lingers forever.

O: Amazing. Love this beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 06/28/12 notes. Was very excited to be able to pick a few bottles of this up at Stateline in MD last night. Shared with my brother, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two fingers of dark brown head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about three minutes and leaves some light, spotty lacing. One inch of retention throughout drinking. Looks perfect for a big stout.

s - Smells of coffee, espresso, sweet chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, cream, and bready malts. Smell is awesome; a wonderful mix of espresso and chocolate. I love it.

t - Tastes of coffee, cocoa, espresso, sweet chocolate, vanilla. Little bit less chocolate than the nose, though the coffee is still strong again. Very nice, though I liked the nose better.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and creamy body. Wonderful mouthfeel; can't believe it is 11.5% ABV. Pretty perfect here.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic beer; I was blown away by how good it was considering I have been underwhelmed by pretty much every Evil Twin beer I've had. It looks and feels fantastic, and has a great chocolate/espresso nose. One of the best coffee stouts I've had, and certainly doesn't feel like 11.5%. Very glad I picked up a second bottle of this as I'll love to have it again. Will try and hold off until the fall when it is cooler to drink my other bottle, but is drinking wonderful now. A world class coffee stout.

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Photo of zac16125
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers 

A: Pours a viscous opaque jet black, with an aggressive pour yielding just under a fingers width of very dark mocha colored head.   Retention time is moderate, then it settles down to an outer ring accompanied by the thinnest of films.  Leaves very slight patches of spotty lacing.

S: Aroma is strong and rich from the moment the bottle is popped.  I get dark fruits at first, then tons of bold roast black coffee, a decent amount of dark chocolate, almond, and a hint of anise.  The smell is sweet, chocolatey, nutty, and absolutely delicious.  This may be the best smelling stout I've had to date, and it's not even barrel aged!

T: Again, oh so rich.  This is really, really good and very complex.  The initial sip is sweet up front, followed by milk chocolate and finishing with a big coffee character.  Along with the huge coffee presence and chocolate, I also get notes of vanilla, subtle nutty characteristics, roasted malt, an occasional bitterness, and a hint of booze at one point.  All these flavors come together to give a decadent palate profile that leaves an aftertaste that lingers forever. It's well balanced, complex, and incredibly rich but not at all cloying.  Very well done.  

M/D: Very smooth, with an appropriately low carbonation. Thick, somewhat chewy, and coats the palate nicely. Drinkability is absurd for an almost 12%'er with a huge flavor profile.  The first glass for the snifter went down almost instantaneously and the second glass followed in no time at all.  

O:  If I could summarize the overall review of this beer in one word it would be, "wow".  I had heard some good things about this brew prior to trying it, but it managed to exceed expectations.  Up there with some of the best stouts I've had, and certainly on the short list of best non barrel aged stouts.  I certainly recommend and am so glad I was able to grab the last couple off the shelves of my local bottle shop.  

Also, i would like to add that although It's already wonderful tasting, the scary thing is I think with time it could get even better (I love the coffee presence but I think even more intricacies could come out if the coffee were mellowed down).  

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Photo of Phelps
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the beer has a wicked appearance -- syrupy, completely black, and boozy. A thin layer of cinnamon-colored bubbles sits between my face and the imposing liquid, while a quick swirl showcases nice, alcoholic legs.

Imperial Biscotti Break was brewed with Charleston Coffee Roasters espresso, vanilla beans, and toasted almonds and the result is an absolutely diabolical aroma stuffed with freshly roasted coffee beans. This one dimension would be enough, but backing it up are notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, oats and snicker-doodle. With just a bit of toast in the back, it smells exactly like a coffee-dipped biscotti stick.

In the flavor, coffee coats the tongue with roasted bitterness and alcohol contributes in a nearly equal amount. I'm surprised by the amount of dark fruits I get-- prunes, mostly, though there are raisins and figs as well -- that weren't apparent in the aroma but add a sweetness that make this far more drinkable than it should be. If it smelled like the biscotti was dipped in coffee, it tastes like someone stuffed it into a jar of grape jelly. Vanilla beans show up after the swallow and bitter, scorched coffee lingers on the tongue after each sip.

Jarnit-Bjergsø has fun with his brews, giving them sinful names like Soft Dookie and Even More Jesus. Imperial Biscotti Break has a rather tame moniker, but its menace is in its alcohol content -- sneaky at nearly 12 percent and barely noticeable beneath the mound of flavor. A tricky evil twin, that Jeppe, and one who successfully shows that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of the uber-generous kingkong, shared at a tasting and poured into a 25cl Duvel tulip. This beer wasn't on my radar at all when I received it as a surprise extra, and now it'll be my 74th tick on the current Top 100. How cool is that?

A: Pitch black body, 1/2" of dark brown head that settles into a fine ring and leaves spotty lace. Pretty good for being 11.5%.

S: Wow, that's rich. Huge almond, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, and speculoos. I love it.

T: Sweet and roasty up front, with lots of coffee and dark chocolate leading in to some almond biscotti goodness. Light boozy bitterness on the finish. Big, rich, and oh-so-tasty.

M: Thick, lively, and a bit sticky. Nice.

O: I honestly wasn't totally sold on this one, despite its exciting name and description, given the vile disappointment that was Soft DK. Happily, my fears were entirely unwarranted: this beer was absolutely delicious, and an all-around hit at the tasting. I'm not sure I'd be able to down an entire bottle by myself, but in small doses this was a serious treat. Thanks again, Patrick!

Cheers!

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

I had this beer at the City Beer Store on tap. I then purchased it in the botlle from their retail case. This beer is similar to Mikeller's Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, but has more chocolate than coffee. chocolate, vanilla and cherries. Extremely well balanced.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and some cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium level of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. There is also a slightly sticky quality in the mouth. Overall, this is a very good beer with some awesome aromas and flavors and is extremely tasty.

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Photo of DonDirkA
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nose is like chocolate milk with a hint of coffee. It seriously smells like Nesquik. The taste is very similar. A lot less boozey than the Yin but 1.5% higher. Tastes like chocolate milk blended with ice coffee and just a hint of anise and dark fruit.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let's do this. At the time of this review, this is the ONLY beer I have not reviewed on the "Top Beers - Popular" list, it is somewhere in the 70s. Bottle shared at a recent tasting, had to take this guy out. Served in a snifter and served side by side with the regular one. This one was much much better than the regular version.

Beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, low retention, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is roasty, sweet, vanilla, and cookie. Smells nice.

Beer tastes miles ahead of non-imperial verison of the beer. It is sweet with a medium body, a nice creamy finish with vanilla and mild coffee / roast. I really enjoyed it and would have it again although as hard as this was to get I don't think I will have it again.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. There is no dating information. Purchased in June 2012. Poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: Pours JET black. Completely clack color. I don't see any red or any color getting through there. Initially I got about a half finger of dark tan head. That faded into a nice ring around the edges. Definitely getting some alcohol feet and this is leaving some lacing sheeting on the glass as i swirl.

S: Tons of coffee and dark chocolate on the nose. Smells amazing. Also getting some of that cookie character: vanilla, hazelnut, almond, etc. Really pronounced flavors all coming out.

T: Right up front I get dark chocolate and mocha. Roasted espresso beans. Rich blends of dark and milk chocolate. Then you do get some of that hazelnut and almond cookie flavor. Really quite pleasant. It's ABV is nicely hidden. It's so smooth, you don't taste it at all, but you feel it towards the end.

M: Full bodied, thick viscous stout.

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

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color and thick/viscous. The beer has a thin very dark tan head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Strong aromas of coffee and milk chocolate along with some lighter notes of almond and dark roasted malts.

T: This beer is very rich in flavor. Strong and dominant flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. Along with these flavors there are some lighter flavors of dark roasted malts and almond. Light alcohol in the finish and some mild bitterness.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth.

O: The alcohol is pretty well hidden in this beer with just the slightest hint in the taste. The smell of this beer is very inviting.Very enjoyable, a great sipping beer and I would love to have this one again.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap at Local Option, Chicago, IL, into a tulip glass

Pours an absolutely ink-black color. No light at all. Just darkness. The massive, two-finger head was also very dark, like river silt. Just a lot of darkness, which means in this instance that it has a lot of beauty. Fantastic.

You know that this is a dessert stout from the first tendril of aroma that hits your nostrils. Imperial Biscotti Break sends forth waves of vanilla bean. There's dark chocolate. There's some coffee. But mostly the aroma is of vanilla-tinged (well, drowned) malt.

The flavor delivers on the nose's sweet promise. This is like if Founders Breakfast Stout were not coffee-forward but vanilla-forward. Yet, it isn't a super-candy-sweetness-bomb like Southern Tier Creme Brulee, et al. It's close to those beers, bu there's enough of a roasted malt & dark fruits background to let you know that you're drinking a stout and not a candy bar. The finish actually does invoke biscotti, or something like it...I was reminded of a sesame-oat biscuit or something.

The mouthfeel is pretty full, but seems lacking even still. I dunno why. It's not full-bodied, more on the full side of medium-bodied. Overall, this is am impressive stout. I'm not usually much for sweet dessert stouts like this but there's enough beer here for me to take notice. Recommended.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Absolutely black, dark mocha head with medium retention

S: Roasted notes and chocolate. Mild dark fruit.

T: Lightly sweet, toasty, very chocolatey

M: Medium carbonation. Medium-heavy body, moderately sweet, but finishes dry

O: Definite sipper. 25cl glass took 2 hours to finish. Wouldn't want more than that.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sered on tap at the Local Option. Pours a thick oily opaque brownish black. Small amount of tan head hangs around with nice bit of lacing. The aroma is rich and chocolatey, bold coffee aroma comes through which is integrated with the chocolate. Nutty notes of almond come through with a touch of vanilla. malt and molasses present as well. Taste features waves of vanilla paired with bold roast coffee and chocolate. Awesome balance I flavors. Somewhat sweet, but does not become overbearing. Mouthfeel is thick and luscious with mild carbonation. Overall, this is a delicious dessert beer with great balance considering its stature.

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Photo of metter98
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and looked like motor oil coming out of the bottle. It poured with a thin but very dense tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted coffee beans in the nose.
T: There are flavors of roasted espresso beans along with some notes of chocolate and hints of almonds.
M: It feels as smooth as silk and medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of tingling from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The alcohol is incredibly well hidden from the taste considering the strength of this beer. The smell and flavors are really nice; I could easily sip this beer all night long.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Village Tap.

A - Pours black, mocha head, wisps, thin film on top.

S - Molasses, hazelnut, chocolate, roast, light dark fruit. Lots of sweetness, but a nice mix of roast/sweetness. The booze is really hidden well for 11.5%, impressive.

T - Similar to the nose. Rich, decadent, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, burnt sugars, some tobacco. Not quite as sweet as the nose, which I like. Little to no alcohol burn...so nice. Finish is a mix of chocolate and roast.

M - Full body, rich and smooth, creamy sweet finish.

O - My favorite Evil Twin beer, but a long-shot. Westbrook is making the best Jeppe beers out there, no doubt. I can drink this all day/everyday and will go for this whenever it's available to me. Recommend.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, with a brown finger of frothy head. Dissipates to a foamy ring and sticks around. The aroma is ripe with coffee beans, roast, milk chocolate, vanilla and a hint of hazelnuts. The taste follows nicely: Chocolate, coffee beans, roasted barley, sweetness, vanilla, hazelnut. No alcohol taste, but you can feel it a bit going down. The feel is pretty much full bodied and creamy. Could be fuller.

The regular version is great, but this is A-Mazing!

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Photo of brystmar
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Handsome black pour sporting brown head and beady lace. Tons of vanilla in the nose, followed by more breadyness than any other stout I've encountered.

Taste opens up with bread and deeply roasted malt. Mild bourbon and toffee sweetness aren't far behind. Tastes like a loaf of sweetbreads soaked in a top-notch stout. Deserves a 4.25/5 on taste, rounding down here and up elsewhere.

Booze character is plentiful but integrates well with the other flavors. Silky, creamy, viscous body approaches perfection.

Best beer I've had from Evil Twin or Mikkeller, hands down.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.
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