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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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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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4.34
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/4/2015 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very strong and sweet chocolate flavor. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with background flavors of coffee and licorice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth, crisp and viscous, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a good big stout to sip on for a while.

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Photo of do_ob
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a tulip. Intense dark choclate and candied sugar on the nose along with notes of vanilla, honey, and syrup. Medium weight, and a touch more watery than I expected. The taste pretty much follows the smell, unfolding flavors of sweet chocolate, maple syrup, oaky vanilla, and sweet, roasted malt. Not much complexity, but damn tasty. Alcohol is hidden very well.

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Photo of PhillyJ
3.66/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Sweet thin and boozey in a good way. I was expecting a little more but satisfied. Poured thin with minimal head from a hard pour no lacing. Smell sugar cookies taste sweetness think coffee and glazed donuts not much else, complexity is absent just varying stages of sweetness no attempt to hide the alcohol but that adds to it's flavor character. Even though I just slightly bashed it .it is really enjoyable, tastes better as it warms definitely a sweet dessert stout . I would say try it if you see it. I would love to try a barrel aged version and will buy this again for a nice change of pace.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours black, with no head. carbonation is decent and agitation produces lots of very fine bubble lacing. nose; toasted malt, fudge, milk chocolate, chocolate icing, slight coffee & creamer, and mild woodsy notes. taste; chocolate fudge/cake, doughnut, chocolate icing, light mocha & toffee, vanilla and bitter hops. very mellow milk chocolate and bitter hop on the aftertaste. as it warms, a dark cherry syrup emerges. at 11.5% abv, some light bite on the end is expected, but it's remarkably tame for those numbers. mouthfeel is a little thin, but creamy. probably the most "dessert-y" stout i've ever had - the chocolate & fudge qualities are not overstated here. a bit too indulgent for more than a "one and done", but delicious all the same.

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Photo of BB1313
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours pitch black with a small mocha head that leaves little retention and little lacing. The aromas are great and my favorite part. Tons of dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Lots of fudge. It's like a chocolate bomb. Nice amount of vanilla. The coffee is actually subtle and almost non-existent. I'm not sure when this was bottled, so that could be why the coffee seems dull. Smells great nonetheless. The flavors are very solid. Very rich. More milk chocolate. Some caramel and butterscotch in the mix. More vanilla. Very subtle warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with lower carbonation. It's not as thick as I was expecting, but it's still smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a great stout. Possibly over hyped imho, but it's still good stuff nonetheless. I guess I was just expecting more due to the hype over the years.

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Photo of MTKATL
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm....I'm struggling to find biscotti here. It's a good chocolate stout with slight coffee flavor. It IS a smooth 11.5% with thin carbonation. The taste is smoother than the nose. The aftertaste is all chocolate for me. It's not overly complex, but I would drink this again.

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Photo of mlockman
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark with minimal head, perhaps due to low carbonation as the mouthfeel is rather stagnant as well. In terms of flavor, I detected nothing that even hinted at the taste of biscotti, so biscotti-lovers who are considering snagging this beer simply because of the name/label beware. Overall, the palate followed the aroma: semi-sweet malts with a bitter undertone that for me, personally, did not impress. A decent imperial stout, in my opinion, but far from world class. One would be much better to try any of Evil Twins other imperial stouts or porters.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jet black color. Poured like flat Coke. No lacing at all. Nose is vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate. Fantastic. Taste is not as nearly complex as I had expected. Finish is subtle bitter coffee and a touch of oak. Feel, to me, is a little thin for such a big beer. Overall, a very good, but not great, imperial stout.

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Photo of captainkrad
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark and intriguing. The nose is inviting- coffee, toffee, hints of the sweet things to come. Beautiful caramel malt and coffee, chocolate, toffee, toasted butter cookies.... Smooth, creamy, delicious.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber served in a Teku.

Overall, this beer is very heavy on the chocolate notes. I was expected a lot of coffee based on the label, but didn't really get any. There is a bit on the nose and a touch of espresso in the finish but you really have to look for it. It is dominated by sweet milk chocolate on the nose and in the taste. It really is dessert in a glass. It is a tasty beer, but just not as advertised in my opinion.

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Photo of Beervana
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick black with a slow moving mocha head. Smell is full blown dessert; milk chocolate, fudgey brownie, maybe a touch of raisin (though really more like chocolate covered raisin). Taste brings on a new dimension, much more roasty, a hit of bitterness. Some espresso, some nuttiness, less milk... more of a dark chocolate flavour here. Feel is thick and syrupy, carbonation is mild, but present.

Overall, a delicious dessert (or breakfast) beer, certainly accomplishes what it set out to be. I found that the flavours integrate much better as the beer warms.

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Photo of aoampm
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one is a little bit disappointing to me. I rarely have eaten actual biscotti so maybe that's why I am not in love with this stout. It pours midnight with a lovely rich tan head. The head disappears incredibly quickly and there's almost no lacing whatsoever. The smell is very mild, some chocolate and slight cinnamon aroma along with roasted malt and a sweet maple syrup aroma. The taste is pretty solid! Roasted malt and wood flavors with sweet lactose and, well, straight up biscotti. The feel of this beer is very nice also. It isn't very thick yet makes up for it with a smooth sweet finish and is a quintessential dessert beer. Not worth the $18 I spent on it but still glad I was able to try it!

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cola black, fluffy carbonation, and lacing too. Coffee, vanilla, and almond in the aroma. Vanilla almond chocolate coffee flavored brew that is a big sipper. Soft, smooth, and a velvet feel on the tongue. Big, bold stout that indulges the senses!

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Photo of gcasher
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Great creamy body with base of outstanding stout with rich roasted malt. Alcohol is hard to perceive.

Not crazy about cream and sugar latte flavor. Taste improves ad beer warms.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really dark and viscous beer with mocha color head. Aroma reminds me cookies and vanilla. Taste is more bitter with coffee notes. Body is smooth and heavy and alcohol is really well hidden. Easy drinking and tasty imperial stout.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 7/2/15.

Finally pulled the trigger and bought this. Haven’t really been a fan of Evil Twin yet. This beer was good, but sort of a let down too. Poured kind of thin, with a nice coffee aroma. Very sweet tasting, but lacking in the mouthfeel. The sweetness was more reminiscent of a mocha than that of coffee.

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Photo of Robomunky
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Malt and Vine. Pitch black, very thin head. Smells like toffee. Sweet with lots of coffee and toffee. Very good. Sits heavy, so drink with a friend.

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Photo of brianlmoon
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For such high gravity, this beer tastes and feels wonderful. Many high gravity beers are overpowering with alcohol. Not this one. Semi-sweet and creamy. I have had it with meals and standalone.

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Photo of emyers
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into Great Lakes snifter

Appearance: pours black with thin medium brown head

Smell: chocolate milk with coffee, a subtle cinnamon aroma, molasses. No alcohol presence. Very good integration of the components.

Taste: milk chocolate, malted milk balls up front. Coffee comes in on the finish and provides some bitterness cutting the sweetness (although overall the coffee is pretty restrained). Once again no alcohol presence. Finish is still fairly sweet but the coffee keeps it balanced. Leaves a bit of an astringent aftertaste, but it fades as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: medium body, actually a bit thinner than I anticipated. Carbonation is quit low giving it a silky feel.

Overall: very solid beer. In many ways similar to Southern Tier Mokah, but more balanced and drinkable. I'm a sucker for coffee so I'd love a little more coffee presence in this because it's pretty subtle, but that's more personal preference than anything else.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Motor oil black pour with a hefty brown head. Not much lacing though. The nose is coffee forward, with a deep roastiness. The coffee flavor and bitterness are powerful. Nice roast malts, chocolate, and that bitterness lingers. Body is standard for a stout, fairly full, and silky smooth. Fabulous dessert beer - it is chocolate and coffee rolled into one.

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Photo of teromous
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Oil black body with a creamy dark brown head that levels out smooth and flat. It is a good looking beer.

Aroma: I'm not picking a whole lot on the nose here. I get a mellow cola-like note and a roasted toffee aroma but it is faint.

Taste: I get a nice chocolate flavor. It's extremely mellowed out. There is no alcohol flavor. It is fantastic. It doesn't have a strong chocolate flavor but it is undeniably there, along with hints of coffee and possibly even a bit of cream. There are subtle flavors that I can't quite put my finger on...similar to flavors you might pick up in a candy bar or chocolate ice cream...nutty perhaps. The part I want to emphasize is how mellow this beer is but that goes more into the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this beer is utterly fantastic. It is perfect. It is so smooth and thick without being too milky. The beer coats and just rolls over the palate coating it without being sticky. It is unbelievably easy to drink.

Overall: This is a great Imperial Stout. It is just so easy to drink with such a pronounced and simple flavor that it gives me what I want and leaves me to enjoy it without any spoil of overly thick/thin body or alcohol presence. The drinking experience for this beer is just great. It's a smooth easy drinking beer.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black as a stout should be. Barely any head.
S: Chocolate Fudge and undertones of coffee.
T: More chocolate fudge with a subtle finish of coffee. Pure Dessert!
M: About average for an imperial stout. Would like it to drink a tad thicker but overall, it's good.
O: Fantastic beer. Very decadent and fudgy. Glad this is readily available as I'll be grabbing more.

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Photo of eifster82
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - DARK. Very dark. Little foam head, which breaks up quickly.

S - Cocoa, seemed like all it was.

T - Lots of chocolate and sweet tasting. Not being a chocolate fan, this is just too much chocolate for my liking.

F - Better after taste than initial. Not as intense as the chocolate upfront.

O - Not being a chocolate fan, it really hurts my overall score of this beer. I will say though, that as it warmed and I drank the 22oz bottle, it did get progressively better.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a big, dark, delicious imperial stout.

The appearance is fantastically pitch dark, with a thick looking body and frothy tan head from the draft pour.

It is extremely dessert forward, layers of chocolate and drip coffee open up as this warms. Vanilla and cookies come out to play as well.

A decadent beer, one that leaves you with a sweet and complex aftertaste and a strong satisfaction.

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Photo of brandonwnw
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drink by 2015 on the side, let's see if it's right. L - Black as night and flat as a board. S - Sugar in the raw and dried fruit. There is chocolate and coffee in the back end and overall extremely sweet. T - Chocolate and coffee up front here with booze at the finish. It's nearly overpoweing and has a bit of harsh finish like coffee with 2 sugars and no cream. Still very good as the scent lingers after the harsh finish. F - A bit lighter than the smell and taste led me to expect. O - Very good beer, and the best I've had from from Eviltwin, but the finish is too harsh to bump into elite status and the price of admission at roughly $20 for a bomber takes it down a further notch. There are far better beers in the $10 - 18 range but this was worth a trip. Cheers

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