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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti BreakEvil Twin Imperial 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.

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4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- As black as it gets, some tan bubbles on top.

S- Strong coffee aroma with some sweet sugary notes. Some chocolate malt too.

T- Coffee comes through first, with a hint of sweetness. Very malty, with roasted malts and chocolate malt both coming through.

M- Very thick and heavy, definitely a sipper, but not a strong presence of alcohol.

O- Excellent beer. Embraces the name well and reminds you of coffee and shortbread.

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

On tap, in a tulip glass at the Blind Tiger Ale House, NYC.
This beer pours piano black, totally opaque. The cream is dark beige, moderately thick and very persistent. The appearance is absolutely beautiful and makes you want to drink it right away.
Wonderfully aromatic, with notes of biscuit, roasted malts, coffee beans and dark chocolate mostly. A feast for the nose.
The mouthfeel is dense, thick, almost oily. Velvety feel, with little to moderate carbonation.
Very pleasant and complex taste. I found sweet caramelized notes, biscuit, chocolate, roasted coffee beans and a plesant acidity that balances the sweetness very well. Although very alcoholic, the feel is not harsh at all and makes you want a second glass. Incredible drink for a cold night. Not overly bitter, with a long lingering aftertaste and warmth.
This is the best porter I have ever had the chance to drink. I cannot think of anything that I would change in it. Simply perfect. A very sophisticated brew for true beer enthusiasts. What an experience!

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at room temperature.

L - Jet black color with ruby-tinged edges and with a 1 and a half finger bubbly brown head. Head fades pretty fast and leaves a wispy ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing.

S - Nice roasted aromas. Biscotti, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruits like raisins. The slightest hint of alcohol present but it almost brings out the rich tartness of the dark fruits more. Smells like dessert.

T - Interesting taste that doesn’t quite match the aroma as much as I’d hoped. Starts with a very sweet but also tart taste with notes of biscotti, plums, and lots of vanilla. A bitter-sweet dark chocolate taste follows with the bitterness lingering for a little while. Not as much roasted flavor or coffee as the nose suggested. If you look for it, there is maybe a slight taste of coffee and also some chocolate left on your tongue in the aftertaste. Alcohol is apparent but not as much as you would think with an 11.5% ABV beer.

F - Medium bodied, more carbonation than expected, and a slightly bitter but very dry finish. There is almost a chewy mouthfeel to it, as well as a mouth-coating stickiness. Bitterness lingers for a fair amount of time in the back of the throat and tongue. There's a definite throat-warming effect from the alcohol.

O - I’ve got to say, I was a little disappointed by this beer. It looked pretty good and smelled terrific, but the taste left me looking for more. There was a lot going on but it wasn’t necessarily well-layered or balanced. This had far too much sweetness and not enough roasted bitterness for my liking in an imperial stout. This beer does hide the alcohol pretty well. Overall, it's a decent imperial stout, but I'm not sure I would get it again.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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