Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

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 Steban
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tillmac62
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 001. Pours pitch black. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Quite outstanding nose of rich cocoa, milk chocolate, light vanilla notes, light coffee and caramel over soft hints of almond.

Full bodied with a rich and creamy texture that also has oily aspects. World class carbonation / body balance. Just enough effervescence to open the flavors up yet not disturb the rich body. The finish is just slightly prickly.

The flavor profile is borderline world class. The alcohol content becomes subtly uncovered. It begins with a rich sweet mixture of milk chocolate and caramel. As the middle approaches, the chocolate takes on a more bitter bakers chocolate profile with cocoa. Mid-palate bitterness is mild with a slight roast aspect coupled with coffee. It should be noted that the coffee aspect is quite subtle. After the middle, vanilla takes center stage with almond underneath. The finish is a slow, slightly dry and with a touch of heat, fade that has a subtle note of plum.

Note: At room temperature the alcohol takes center stage and becomes quite astringent in the finish, which I rate about 3.85. Cold this is a winner, RT not so much.

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Photo of DraughtJunkie82
3.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Pours black with two finger tan head that just sits there forever, coating lacing. Sweet almond and vanilla aroma. Tastes like the aroma, sweet and almond nutty with lots of vanilla and sweet chocolate, cherry, ends with solid bitterness. Almost a little too much going on with this one, flavors are sharp, maybe needs to sit for awhile. Thin to medium soft oily mouthfeel. Although good, was a little disappointed with it, will try avian in about 6 months.

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Photo of Tehned
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for a while. Not disappointed in the slightest.
Pours a nearly jet black and viscuous looking color with a lovely mocha head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, nutty, and dark fruit. Full bodied, rich and creamy smooth. Sweet on the tongue, roasted malt, chocolate and nutty flavor. The ABV is high and the alcohol is ever present but not boozy; it provides balance. A modest hops profile also adds some balance.
Decadent and lush! I loved it!

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Photo of tbryant21
3.25/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of corneliustoad
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SiepJones
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a jet black. One inch of thick, slightly brown head.

S - Roasted malts and a doughy sweetness.

T - Roasted malt, chocolate, and almond. The flavors (Sweet almond, Chocolate, and the dark tannins in the malt) meld together to give the flavor a Vanilla/Cherry Coke note at the end of each sip.

F - Slick with good carbonation.

O - A really nice beer with a unique favor. I definitely recommend.

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Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reinmogard
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Pauken
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChipChaight
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pitch black with a dark tan head and thick lacing, smells like almond cookies, bitter chocolate, and burnt biscuits, taste is sweet dark malts, almonds, vanilla, biscuits, and finishes with some coffee and dark chocolate bitterness, this beer is full bodied and sticky. A tasty almond cookie dunked in coffee of a beer.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beertunes
2.99/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally putting words to this review...

This was the first beer to really open my eyes to the world of craft beer, so besides being a great beer it holds an extra special place in my heart. I've had it multiple times over the last few years, with only the price point really restricting me having it more often, but now with it being in cans with a 4-pack of pints being cheaper than the glass bomber, LOOK OUT FRIDGE!

Pours pitch black with variable tan/mocha head(depends on how you pour). The lacing of the head sticks to the glass at points, leaving markers on the glass throughout the experience

Enticing deep, dark, roasty aromas present themselves upon initial olfactory inspection . Upon tasting the coffee makes its presence known, followed by a more traditional stout note, ending in just a hint on the sweeter side. At times, I pick up a pleasant chocolate flavor as well. The beer provides a massive assault in the mouth that sticks with your taste buds for minutes after each sip. The overall profile of this beer is what I want in a stout. Truly world class brew.

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Photo of Burgh1328
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of gruves33
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of victory4me
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ssm462
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is striving to be something more. It's delicious don't get me wrong. But it lacks is commitment. Pours dark and velvety with a strong black color and the brownish head. Very moderate viscosity. It's smooth creamy still very young with a lot of alcohol at the end. Overall an exceptional find but now I'm curious to taste barrel aged version of this.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1 in can form served chilled in a teku

Appearance: deep brown and thin with a massive coffee colored head. Tons of lacing on the glass.

Nose: almonds, chocolate, coffee, sweet malty backbone, desert with Amaretto poured onto it, slightly boozy

Taste: Follows the nose well but with more of that almond character, pretty sweet but not cloyingly so, very nice but on the thin side. I wish it had more body considering the ABV.

Overall: A very nice beer and it comes highly praised. I'm glad I got a chance to try it out of the can and not have to pay the uber-expensive bomber price. At about $3.50 for a single can (pint) this is a fantastic beer and well worth the money. I think the 4 pack is something like $12. Wow. Worth picking up and trying.

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Photo of JTDay
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of riotontheroad
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of utopiajane
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thickly, smoothly like motor oil . Chestnut brown with a creamy head of mocha colored foam that lasts and lasts. Nose is roasty . vanilla and cream. Milk chocolate is milky soft on the nose. Coffee is dark and rich. Almond is nutty a nd the roasty malt plays off of that making the almond light and tempting. Taste is soft caramel, rich malts and expansive flavors. m It does nto relaly have the sharpness on the palate that it has on the nose but the flavors combine well for a chocolate y luscious mouthfeel. A little warming in the finish. Almonds last to the finish on the palate. Light bitterness leaves you with milk chocolate aftertaste.

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Photo of jayneo74
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 4,349 ratings
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