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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 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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Photo of larryi86
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a three finger brown head.

S- Very rich, creamy bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, some dark fruits, touch of alcohol, hint of toasted almonds.

T- Great coffee flavors really standout and has a nice bitter bite, creamy chocolate, touch of vanilla, hints of dark fruit, hints of toasted almond. The bitterness of the coffee is balances out with the sweetness of everything else. Alcohol with slightly noticeable, but still well hidden for the ABV.

M- Thick, full body, silky, creamy.

O- This is a great beer that is worth the high price. Very rich and very tasty. This is one of those dangerously drinkable beer at 11.5%. As much as I love Péché Mortel this is now my new favor coffee stout.

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

A jet black beer with a small, brown cappuccino-colored head that settles to a thin band rather quickly. Nice creamy lacing on the glass. Big roasty aroma with noticeable sweetness, lots of espresso, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, toasted nuts, caramel.

Great tasting dessert stout; some bitterness from substantial roastiness is offset by sweetness of vanilla, chocolate, caramel flavors. Again there’s a nutty, toasty almond cookie note and a fine espresso flavor making this a complex and delicious after dinner treat. Body is medium full, stopping shy of total viscosity, still somewhat chewy and sticky, creamy feel, carbonation a bit on the lower side. Very smooth overall. Booze totally hidden underneath all that flavor.

A top notch imperial stout falling firmly on the sweet side of the ledger. Phenomenal late night sipper. I’d buy this often if it wasn’t so expensive. Also can’t be good for my already burgeoning waistline.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours black as oil with a thin dark tan head. The aromas has a bit of alcohol on the nose followed by lots of sweetness. This thing really smells like fresh baked biscotti. The taste is similar to the smell but so much more complex. Lots of sweetness - vanilla, almonds, cocoa, and sweet bread. It finishes with some roasted malts and a bit of alcohol. I would never guess this brew to be over 10%. The mouthfeel is incredible, maybe the best part of the beer. It's so wonderfully creamy. Evil Twin really created a masterpiece here and I'm glad to have tried it. It's a bit expensive but certainly not overpriced. If you see it, buy it, and then buy some more. I can't wait to try this on draught in a couple of weeks.

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

I had no idea what I was buying but I come from a family who knows how to enjoy fresh baked biscotti, multiple variations but to no end we love this Italian cookie. When I pour this variation of motor oil it's pitch black and forms a thicket of mocha tan head with even fine lacing. Aroma, nutty fresh baked biscotti, it's crazy that's what I'm smelling. Cookie dough, chocolate chip, caramel drizzled on it, with a hint of cream/powdered sugar notes. Excellent combination of flavors this is the beer of all beers, this needs to be brought back to the masses. Nutty, coffee, broken biscotti dunked in a coffee that is this beer, it's amazing. With caramelized malt sugars, slight hints of cream, basically a beautiful marriage of liquid flavors that I can't fully describe it must be experienced. This beer is a perfect coffee, chocolate, imperial stout as there ever has been, this is creative across the pond brew that I want to be part of. Send us more, this drinks smooth, big booze, big alcohol, flavor...it's interesting. Mouthfeel is full bodied carbonation is flowing full and independently of all other forces this is perfect beer. Overall amazing, if I haven't gotten that point across yet, it's much appreciated and I will grab another bottle of this beauty.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The aroma is very nice, the brew smells like coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, dark fruit and some vanilla. The taste is mostly like the aroma, there's coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, burnt/charred malt, caramel, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, nuts, and a little bit of licorice is noticeable. Nice mix with the sweet and bitter flavors in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew overall, it's certainly one of the best I've had lately. $12.99 a bottle is a deal for this, I'll be buying another bottle the next time I see it.

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Photo of millertime416
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of JayS2629
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of justintcoons
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of wagenvolks
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep ebony. Decadent mocha head. She's a beaut.
Smell: Like a smooth chocolate malt mocha milkshake with just a bit of that charred smell that can add just the right touch or dominate the flavor. This was has the touch. Very nice.
Taste: oh yes. All the flavors of the nose with some vanilla thrown in, and all balanced quite well.
overall: very well done. This one goes down like a session milk chocolate. Bravo.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

D - A definite sipper, and probably too rich to have more than one in an evening, perhaps two. Just as good as Biscotti Break and delivers exactly as promised - it's a bigger version of the original.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
4.33 out of 5 based on 3,984 ratings.
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