Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Imperial Biscotti BreakImperial Biscotti Break

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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.

Added by BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012

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Photo of adipilla8708
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AmitC
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of buzzedup
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wiffler27
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours oil black with a solid head, nothing special beside darkness

smell is pure coffee with vanilla, notes of bourbon age to be honest

flavor is a mix of coffee and vanilla stout. both notes fly through leaving it in balance

easy to drink for a big beer, nice 4pack to keep in the fridge

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Photo of doktorhops
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I’m bloody excited about this one - so excited it jumped right to the front of my backlog queue of beers to review. I don’t know how. I don’t know why. I don’t even know when [yes I do], but FINALLY I have my hands on Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break, and I’m going to drink the shit out of it... eww. Prepare thyself for this review of an 11.5% ABV (they don’t skimp on the ABV these ET peeps) American Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, almond and vanilla, as it will be my finest hour... unless it’s my darkest hour [ha-ha, Stout pun]. You’ll find out soon enough. That said I have noticed a corollary between me getting tipsy and my reviews getting funnier, so at least there’s a good spot of humour to look forward if nothing else “forza Italia” the can label proclaims, force Italy indeed.

Poured from a 473ml can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Fairly impenetrable black body with a reasonable 2 centimetre cappuccino foam tan head that ever slowly drops back. Well it’s a Stout surely. Impressive as the other Imperial Stouts out there. 8/10.

S: Almond comes across from the off as a bold amaretto note, vanilla plays a supporting role, coffee is the stand-in actor plotting to take out almond with a laxative tea on opening night - ever malevolent that coffee character. Overall aroma is completely as advertised on the can, there’s not much else there, however in the best of Omnipollo’s dessert beer tradition do we need much more? Give me sweet, sweet simplicity. Hints of chocolate (dark) come through on a second whiff. 8/10.

T: Flavoursome indeed! Rich dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a hint of almond (was expecting more from the aroma). Let’s get the elephant in the room out the door as it’s shitting all over my fine Persian rug: the mouthfeel is all wrong! Good, well get to that next. Flavourwise it’s pretty well balanced with sweetness edging out bitterness. 11.5% ABV partially hidden by the almonds. Mmm, tasty. 9/10.

M: Thin bodied given the 11.5% ABV - I’ve probably been spoiled by Founders and Omnipollo but the body on this is really thin, bit weak and too carbonated with big bubbles - essentially what you get is a beer that feels a bit like a glass of Coke, bad Evil Twin! [lol] Where are the body adding adjuncts like oats or lactose??? 5/10.

D: What a disappointing mouthfeel for an otherwise decadent and tasty American Imp Stout. The pieces of the puzzle were all there but for some reason they had sandpaper on their backs. Still the rest of the beer was an +A. 8/10.

Food match: Cant stop thinking of biscotti’s now, thanks Evil Twin!

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Photo of AndrewCataldo23
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PeterBeer99
1.11/5  rDev -74.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Incredibly disappointing. Take a cup of cold starbucks coffee. Pour in a tablespoon of no-name amaretto. Call it Biscotti Break and sell it for 3 bucks a can. But not to me. I would actually prefer a Bud.

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Photo of Griffin2
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter glass.
L - Pors a dark brown, with a slight tan head, that dissipates quickly.
S - Smells of chocolate and roasty coffee.
T - Taste matches the smell, lots of coffee and chocolate. With some sweetness on the finish.
F - Lighly carbonated with a medium body.
O - Pretty easy drinking stout, specially considering the ABV.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a reddish brown head. Not much lacing. Smells are very roasty and malt-forward, with notes of vanilla, amaretto, chocolate, raisins and coffee. Taste follows the nose--rich roasted malts, a slight smokey character, vanilla, coffee, and nuttiness. Starts bitter, finishes quite sweet with a tinge of alcohol, but not to the point you expect for such a high ABV. Fruitiness comes out more as it warms up. Low-medium carbonation, extremely smooth and syrupy mouthfeel. Fantastic beer, very easy-drinking and reasonably priced for the style.

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

Why am I enjoying an 11.5% Double Imperial Stout on a November afternoon with temps at 60°? Because I’m retired and I can. This beer is a knockout, with layers of flavors coming through those awesome Chocolate malts—vanilla and almond appear both in the nose and on the palate. It’s not cloyingly Sweet, either, and there’s a detectable hop bitterness in the finish. This beer would be outstanding with dessert—especially cannolis— and the tribute to Italians and Italy on the can is just another reason to pick up a four-pack. More flavors emerge as it warms, too. A beautiful stout for the holidays, as well as the Winter. Best drunk at home with that big ABV, though. This way you can have two...Forza Italia!

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Photo of Wilcox39
3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opaque. Lacks any nose I can detect. Taste starts a bit bitter and gets better the longer you let it stay on the tongue. Bitterness keeps my rating low but it disguises how well it finishes.

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Photo of PappaSam21
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious imperial stout! Cant even detect the 11.5 abv super smooth, balance great chocolate, vanilla sweetness touch of bitterness and a faint taste of almond. Only thing holding me back for perfect 5 would be more almond biscotti flavor such as described on label otherwise a worldclass beer.

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Photo of Ale_Lover
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tazmon95
4.96/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of MinerBob
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours black with a dark tan head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. The smell is roasted malts, chocolate, alcohol and vanilla that does translate to the sweet flavor. I didn't pick up the almond. It's smooth with the right amount of carbonation. Overall one of the best.

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

Almond, vanilla, coffee goodness. Can barely taste alcohol when fresh. Not bad aged but greatest fresh.

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Photo of LXMRTN
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kitch
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 22 fl. oz. bomber with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with pretty much no head and only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Toasted marshmallow, chocolate, coffee, vanilla with a light almond nuttiness and hints of caramel.

Taste: Roasted dark malt sweetness, chocolate, coffee and vanilla. There is a hint of cherry and nuts on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, thinner than expected at medium to full bodied with low carbonation and nice light alcohol warming.

Overall: Very nice sipper with great aromas and flavours.

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Photo of B_B
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of caahare
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of runeatdrink
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Juice14
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 4,380 ratings