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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 Tonyjenlasc
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Black in the glass.
Smell - Coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, cookie dough, cherries
Taste - Total amaretto bomb!!! Almonds, chocolate, cherry, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts

Overall - One of the best non BA stouts you can find.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage
~ 1 month since canning, no can date but i know these are new

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, viscous body. Finger thick, medium tan colored head, very creamy and thick. Some spotty head lacing and alcohol legs on glass.

Aroma- Coffee, cold brewed bitterness, rich and very forward. Roasted malt, astringent grains, dark chocolates. Lots of creamy sweetness, vanilla, caramel, sugary cookie dough.

Taste- Earthy, rich coffee, bitter espresso bean. Roasted malt, molasses, chocolate cake, mocha sweetness. Lots of vanilla on the finish, sweet nuttiness, almonds, cookie dough, dark fruits, sugary milk sweetness.

Feel- Medium body, not overly thick, but very creamy and smooth, velvety feel. Lower to moderate carbonation.

Overall- Enjoyable dessert type stout. Lots of coffee up front which transitions into a real dessert like sweetness. Nice balance, richness, and layers upon layers of flavor. Its like a piece of chocolate cake drizzled with vanilla frosting and a cup of coffee on the side.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is, quite simply, one of the best imperial stouts on the market, and definitely the best flavored stout that is relatively easy to find (in the Northeastern/NE market, anyway). Now that it's available in an affordable 16 oz can format, it's absolutely impossible to pass up. The previous bomber incarnation usually ran me like $16-17 a pop, and I've STILL bought it numerous times, as well as ordered it on tap whenever I've seen a keg of it (for similarly exorbitant prices, sometimes in excess of $1/oz).

Now, how does this can, brewed and packaged at Two Roads in Stratford, CT, hold up?

The pour is one of a completely opaque, decadent tar-black ale with intense mocha/khaki head that only lets up after a few minutes in my glass. Carbonation quickly dances upwards from the bottom of the glass, building the head slightly with each small pour. Eventually, when fully poured, it sits in the glass, topped by a finger of bubbly foam that has laced intensely since its deterioration. Of course, it's a beautiful beer; one that has a certain 'je ne sais quoi', as the body copy professes Italy to have as well.

The nose is rife with complexity, ranging from dark berries to molasses, with plenty of other notes: almond liqueur, marshmallow crème, dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla beans, cinnamon/nutmeg and toffee all come alive in the smell of this most-excellent beer. I've always loved the way that this beer expertly introduces complex elements, such as slight dark fruit/berry, to the rich stout base without actually adding those flavorings. There's something very subtle and genius about the way this comes across on the nose.

Lots of roasted notes on the tongue, backed by baking spice, chocolate, almond biscotti, banana taffy, raspberry jam, dark-roast coffee, vanilla, brown sugar and caramel. In other words, a near-perfect assemblage of everything great about stouts, with some surprises along the way.

Soft and round mouthfeel with a full body and light-medium carbonation. Ethanol is mildly noticeable, but feels rather light in comparison to some of Jeppe's other big stouts and porters. This has too many other flavors to really have much of a burn (even at 11.5%), though it's also best consumed at close to room temperature (cellar temp probably works as well) to really get the most out of it.

As a format note, color me amazed that this whole thing has translated so well to a can. I love canned beer, don't get me wrong, but it's crazy that seemingly nothing changed when this brew was made at a different facility and in a different format. To be certain, as a result, this is a review for Imperial Biscotti Break as a whole, not just for the new canned version (though it's far cheaper and more easily accessible to be sure). It's exactly like I've remembered it for years and I'm ecstatic to be able to have it on a semi-regular rotation in my fridge. Amazing... simply amazing!

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: pours bark brown but looks black in the glass. It's didn't pour thick, but did have a big brown head
S: overly sweet chocolate.
T: sweet, but it quite as much as the aroma. Little coffee though. I was expecting more coffee.
F: thin mouthfeel, very carbonated too.
O: this a decent, but not great.

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Photo of Buck89
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter at near room temp - love the can format. I shied away from the bombers of this stuff. A beautiful opaque dark brown color with a thick foamy tan head. It receded quickly but left some nice tracks. Aromas of biscotti and macaroons up front, with cocoa, cinnamon, and vanilla. The taste was mainly milk chocolate with nice subtle notes of sweet biscuit, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, cherry, and raspberries. Full bodied with a creamy feel. Nice warming at the end with mild alcohol presence - not too hot for a RIS. Superb - my favorite Evil Twin beer thus far.

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Photo of robroc
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 16oz can from the new 4-pack, served in a snifter. This was really good. Complex flavors. Very smooth. Prior to today, the lowest price I'd seen for this was $14.99 for the 22oz bottle. Today I bought a 4-pack of the new 16oz cans for $14. At that price, this might be my new go-to imperial stout.

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Photo of Shippy
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber: deep, oily black with a dusting of a beige head. Aromas are strong with molasses, currant, cinnamon, raspberry, brown sugar, a little coffee. Flavor is intensely dark and sweet. Lots of chocolate with cherry, raspberry, and some breadiness. Tastes like a rich piece of flourless chocolate cake with a raspberry syrup. Feel is pretty heavy, somewhat syrupy, but has a lightness to it as well. Overall this is a deep, rich, sweet, roasty beer with lots of depth. It hasn't warmed up yet but I'm already noticing it change, with the smell more chocolatey, and the flavor smoothing slightly. A great beer to be enjoyed on a quiet evening.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black like motor oil. Thin, tan head which clings to the sides.
Smells of toasted Carmel and chocolate. Molasses and malt smell rounds it out...terrific.
Taste follows the nose followed up with the hop. Also some licorice. A little ash, and toasted coconut.
A big mouthfeel. A very complex one this is.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours your typical Imperial stout color, that deep, rich motor-oil black, with hardly any head.The nose is very complex, starting with milk chocolate and leading into a bouquet of fruit scents - blackberry, plum, raisin, fig, peach and cranberry. I also get some spice, some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, like ginger bread really. The flavor starts by tasting like hersheys syrup, but quickly moves into rich notes of raisin, fig, and plum, and a strong finish of fresh blueberry. The amazing thing is with all this fruit and chocolate, there is very little sweetness here. The mouthfeel is full but not thick or syrupy. It really has just the right amount of weight. Overall this was much more fruit forward than I was expecting, but this was not a bad thing. Endlessly complex, even sharing I sat through a whole movie sipping on this. I understand the buzz on it.

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Photo of Omnium
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Pitch black with a nice two finger tan head, thick walls of lacing.
S - Mild coffee, rich deep malt, caramel, milk chocolate, some light burnt woodiness, very roasty.
T - Delicious, sweet and creamy rich malt, very mild coffee, rich silky milk and dark chocolate, almond nuttiness, light smoke. Definitely some dark cherry and fig in here too, there is a very complex profile in the flavor.
M - So smooth and creamy, deep and rich, very balanced and hides the abv well.
O - Excellent imperial stout, very creamy, so smooth and deep, very well balanced.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inky black with khaki head

Vanilla, prunes, plums in the nose.

Taste surprised me on first sip...wasn't what I expected from the nose. Lots of rasberry.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, but still light....drinks easy for 11.5%

Unique and enjoyable. The fruit is what I'll remember most.

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Photo of gatheredwaters
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 bottle.

Pours a medium thick milk chocolate colored head with light lacing.

Overripe fig. Burnt white sugar.

Heavy blackstrap molasses flavor. Alcohol heat builds, but is not very present in the overall taste. Roast, roast, roast. Even with this older bottle the coffee bitterness comes through strongly.

Creamier mouthfeel than expected.

Overall I am enjoying this much more than expected. The roastiness is perfectly balanced with the fruit. Not sure what a fresh bottle tastes, like, but this is certainly super tame and balanced.

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Photo of babaracas
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch very dark brown with thin but dense and creamy medium brown head, rings of fine lace struggle to stick to the glass. Smell: faded earthy espresso, caramel, fig, currants, chocolate liquor, waffle cone. Taste: bite of vanilla ice cream in chocolate dipped waffle cone, currants, caramel, note of earthy espresso, mostly clean but slightly spicy hopping provides some degree of balance. Full bodied with exceptionally creamy feel. Good but would rather have a 4-pack of Lil' B.

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Photo of k8kruk
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque and ebony. Abundant warm, dark brown head.

S: Sweet, dried fruits. Molasses. Something much lighter and almost floral, too.

T: Rich and creamy with a little coffee and cacao nibs at the fore, rounded out by the flavors of raw cane sugar and something that reminds me of fresh apple cider. I guess maybe that's the biscotti/doughnut flavor.

M: Thick, sumptuous and silky. Even and tightly structured carbonation.

O: Really an excellent imperial stout. As rich and sophisticated as many of its bourbon aged counterparts without the intense booziness and mash flavors (which i think often overpower all else). Quite excellent, especially given that it's not super hard to find.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black with little to no head.

Something about the biscotti direction has me smelling and tasting hints of raspberries in this brew. I like it. There is a bready kick as well, but not much roasty flavor.

Biscotti Break is actually quite creamy.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

ppearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a nice dark tan head. The head lasted a long time, and left a little film on the glass, but not a lot.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee and chocolate aromas. Some hops in the aroma, as well as a sweetness from the oatmeal as well. Nice combination and balance between the various flavors.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness and chocolate flavors that may be due to the malts, but it has an excellent taste. There is also a very slight vanilla flavor with this.The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy. Strong alcohol which matches with the 11.5% on the label.

Overall: Overall this is an excellent stout. I will definitely look for this and buy it again.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black color with a small mocha colored head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, caramel and faint licorice. Lovely.

Taste mimics the nose. Very complex. Waves of flavors hit the palate. Everything blends well. Very impressive. No booze detected.

Mouthfeel is vicious and slick. Medium body and somewhat creamy. Low carbonation and smooth.

I am impressed with this one. Well integrated and enjoyable. Very flavorful and drinks nicely. Highly recommended.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a large snifter. I don't see an obvious date.

Pours black with no head. Little or no carbonation. Smell is maple bourbon, vanilla and smoke. Roasty. Chocolate. Smells very nice.

Taste is sweet, syrupy, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, but surprisingly mild.

Mouthfeel is silky, smooth, but a little flat. Overall, not bad, but not exceptional.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into a Prairie Artisan Ales snifter L: pitch black with a thick creamy brown head and spotty lacing A: mild sour cherry note with coffee and bitter chocolate scents T: flavor follows the nose; sour and bitter with sweet milky overtones M: medium and creamy with a coating residue O: a little overrated in the scarcity and price, but an enjoyable beer.

*Update- 6/15/16 bought a 4 pack of cans. This is on the level of Cigar City's Marshall Zukhov's or Caffe Americano. Very impressive stout. I plan on getting another 4 pack.

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Photo of CoreyC
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice deep brown and strong head
S - light sweetness (too light though)
T - completely hides alcohol heat, but chocolate and coffee flavor is very light
M - nice thickness
O - nice, but too light in flavor for me - needs stronger something to distingush it

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown/black with light carbonation.

S - Roasted milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, chocolate Espresso.

T - Coffee beans, vanilla, dark roasted chocolate, light coffee bitterness, lingering coffee bitterness.

M - Heavy medium body, viscous, silky smooth.

O - Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet, light-evading black, with a medium-thin sized, dark creme/motor oil head. A far bit of dark lacing is left after taking a sip. It smells dark, with an aroma composed of roasted malts, sweet pastries, toffee, caramel, and espresso. The taste extravagance opens with a dark chocolate flavor, before fading into dark fruits, espresso, and toffee. Mouth feel is mouth coating, while still being smooth and creamy. If anything is missing here, maybe boldness. It feels a bit thin, albeit, fantastic. Overall, an absolutely marvelous beer. So many flavors and aromas going on, while still being manageable and not overwhelming.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Damasen
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a mocha head with a slight red tinge. Smell is amazing, almost like a dunkaccino with roasted malt. First taste is dark chocolate that transitions into a type of dark fruit in the middle of the tongue then ends with big roasted malt flavors. Mouth feel is medium, expected a bit fuller mouth feel but not too thin. Overall it is a great imperial stout of something that I was looking for, something dunkaccino-esque. So if you like those you'll love this.

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Photo of GregA135
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this back on Thanksgiving, just forgot to log it

Poured a dark brown/black color with a tan head

Smelled of coffee, sweet cream and a bit of chocolate

Tasted like a biscotti with coffee and chocolate, an excellent dessert beer. Definitely paired well with the Thanksgiving dinner.

Low carbonation and smooth

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Photo of buschbeer
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1 PT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
2013 vintage

This beer pours black with an inch of mocha head that leaves a little lacing.

I get a little coffee aroma but more chocolate. There is also a hint of anise.

The taste is more chocolaty than anything. The coffee is faded, and there is some anise and roasted malt.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation

I prefer this to the last fresh one that I had. The fresh one tasted of anise. This one has a lot of chocolate character and is quite good.

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