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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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Photo of TheBrewo
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic white wine glass. The coloring was jet black, and a dark brown one finger head held watch over the brew. Retention was fantastic, leaving creamy lacing in thick and spotty patches around the glass. An ephemeral sheet was left over the top of the liquid by the very end of the tasting. Carbonation appeared medium, and no sediment was noted. The aroma burned of char blackened malts, with notes of steely coffee bean and raw dark chocolate nibs. Anise, licorice, dirty jalapenos, minerals, and steely vanilla bean also came through. With warmth came more brown sugar sweetness. Our first impression was that this beer was sweet but well balanced with an insanely robust coffee flavoring. As we sipped, big coffee malts, vegetable metallics, and the heat of spicy peppers came first. The malts both sweetened and bittered, with raw coffee bean and creamy sugars. Through the peak café au lait sweetness pops, as this is the sweetest part of the tasting. More coffee and mild come through to the finish, with mild medicinals and a renewed chocolatey sweetness. The aftertaste breathed of bitter chocolate, white sugar sweetness, thick char, and milk chocolate. The body is fuller, and the carbonation is medium. The feel is silky smooth, with a thick coating giving a chalky drying finish to the beer. Each sip shows beautiful slurp, smack, cream, and pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very easily, but you hate to see it go.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the flavoring. The mix of the most robust bitter char, with sweeter malts, great coffee, and great chocolate makes for an amazing drink. It seems simple at first, but the malts show great complexity, with the mixing sweetness and bitter so expertly blended. Another remarkable fact is that the alcohol is almost never apparent, despite the big tag. The flavors are just that good. If there was one complaint it would have to be that the nose was a little light in comparison to how robust everything else was. This beer is truly a must have.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours pitch black with a surprisingly dark head, mocha brown specifically, which recedes quickly and leaves little lacing.

Whoa, lots of stuff blending together in the nose. Toasted almonds, milk chocolate, roasted coffee and a little bit of vanilla.

Taste is just as complex with sweet cream, bitter chocolate, nuts, espresso, vanilla and definitely some almond milk. Roasty finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with soft carbonation.

This is an excellent impy stout and probably the best beer I've had from Evil Twin. Dessert and breakfast rolled into one and bottled. Loved it.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle
Served into a tulip

A: Dark black body with a fluffy, rich dark brown head. Very impressive lacing down the sides of the glass, as well as a thick cap of foam left behind. This is what I like my big Imperial Stouts to look like, really nicely done.

S: Huge coffee beans, lots of toasted barley, vanilla, pumpernickel bread, almonds and hints of chocolate. This is just a massive smelling beer and the coffee certainly seems to be the centerpiece of the aroma.

T: As with the nose, massive coffee, roasted malt and bitter chocolate flavors coat the palate. Vanilla, bread and nuts come through towards the back end. There is definitely some noticeable alcohol heat but it's not too detracting from the actual flavor profile.

M: Wow, this is just straight up thick. Full-bodied, chewy and completely coating all over the mouth. Absolutely stellar feel here, this is what all Imperial Stouts should be like.

I went into this only reading the label which set my expectations up somewhat for what I was getting into. Having had only one other beer from Evil Twin (to my recollection), this was wonderful. Big coffee notes played extremely well with the aggressive roasted malt backbone this beer had. Tone down the alcohol notes a bit, but still this is one to try.

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Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I missed out on this while it was on tap at Sessions here in Greensboro so I had to pick up a bottle while at Bestway today.Poured into an oversized wine glass jet black with a deep mocha colored head,just deep and rich looking.Deep bitter chocolate,dark fruit,and toasted almonds over top of dark espresso roast coffee notes,as it sits more sweet alcohol comes into play,deep and complex aromas here.Chocolate and dark fruit dominate the palate,obviously it's quite roasted with the mocha java quality to it.It's big complex and sticky,the best Evil Twin brew I have had no question about that,great stuff here.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark, near black with thick and dense creamy brown head. Good retention and lacing. Powerful scent evokes brownies and fudge, cream cheese frosting, dark roasted espresso with cream and sugar, brown sugar and spiced cookies, fresh scraped vanilla bean, tart dark fruit and a a kiss of almond paste. Taste brings all of these fantastic components and blends them together into a bold, flavorful brew with a distinct touch of port like alcohol. Full bodied, creamy with a faint powdery texture. All around fantastic beer, best from this brewer yet.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweeet! It's definitely dessert time when you're about to drink this one and I definitely couldn't drink it every day but I think it deserves such a high score for it's boldness and layering of flavors. I was also able to just sip on this for about an hour or so at the bar so it was great for a casual drinking beer. THis one is worth every penny though and I'm glad I picked up a bottle in the city last weekend.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The growler I had a pour from was a bit under carbonated, but here we go. Thanks David Rosen!

The pour is pitch black with a thin head. I cant tell the color its that thing.

The smell, is wow. Biscuit malt everywhere, with a hint of chocolate and a nice dose of malt flavors. Very sweet, but in a good way.

ok I need to move on to the taste. This thing tastes amazing. The sweet flavors really dominate the bitterness from anywhere. Theres a nice hint of almond that adds a nice bit of complexity that makes it amazing.

it feels sticky sweet, but the bitterness from the stout base balances that out. But lets be honest here, the biscotti flavors take over.

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Photo of KingEdward
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! I love this beer. The look of this beer is awesome. Had a nice head for a high abv. beer, nice lacing, And black as night. The smell is of Dark chocolate, vanilla, almond, and sweet malt. The taste is of dark chocolate, almond, espresso, coffee liquor, creme, caramel and the hops give it a dark chocolate bitterness. The feel is creamy, silky, and has nice carbonation. VELVET! Pure Heaven in beer form. I love This beer. It is expensive but worth every cent! This is the best imperial stout i have had! Only the Founders KBS and CBS come close in my opinion. Nice Work Evil Twin!!!! Says limited brewed once... Please God make them brew it again! The westbrook version i had today 10/ 7/15 does not taste the same as when this orignal review was done it gets a 4.5... try the denmark version...

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Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, milk chocolate, bread, wood, and subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, bread, coffee, cream, and milk chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma and flavor were really nice on this one if I’m honest. The flavor was the star though as it was very well balanced and coated your palate, leaving it wanting more after each sip. The aroma was very pleasant as well and very inviting. I could see non-craft beer drinkers enjoying the aroma on this one. Probably one of the best brews I’ve had from Evil Twin to-date. Great job on this one guys!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +15.7%
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 -11.6%
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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