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

Thanks to foofaa for bringing this one to ffej of july. I have wanted to try this one for awhile now.

A - Pours dark brown with a nice one finger tall mocha colored head leaving thin streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of coffee, chocolate, almonds, dark fruit, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel and toffee. This one screams desert beer.

T - Starts off with the coffee and chocolate flavors quickly giving way to hints of vanilla, toffee and plenty of dark roast. Not as much almond and dark fruit as the nose, more roasty. Finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast, lingering on the palate long after consumption.

M - Big, rich body and flavors with moderate carbonation. It has a smooth feel that really helps to bring everything together.

O - I knew I would probably like this one before we even opened it and it didn't disappoint. I love all of the flavors that this one packs and the smooth feel really brought it all together. Probably the best beer I have had from Evil Twin.

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

A: poured a dark as night black with a thin dark brown head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could definitely detect the booze on the first whiff but had chocolate toastiness, char smoke character, caramel, lactic notes, and faint molasses.

T: the smokey char flavor was more apparent on the palate alongside caramel sweetness, molasses, roasty chocolate malts, hoppy accents and good amount of booze coming thru with a touch of vanilla.

M: the brew was full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, chocolatey, smokey, boozy, creamy and mild bitter finish.

O: it was solid pretty much all the way around, however I was not really digging the char character too much. Besides that it was delicious.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike, Matt, and Michael for sharing the Evil Twin Biscotti and Imperial Biscotti beers with me. I heart you guys.

The beer appears dark brown, approaching black, with a beige head. The aroma offers coffee, roast, oak, bread, biscuits. Lots of coffee, with a delicious almond / hazelnut flavor. Wow, fantastic tasting brew. Lightly sweet, with a superb vanilla, coffee, oak. Beautifully balanced. A terrific beer I would love to have again.

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

I had this beer at the City Beer Store on tap. I then purchased it in the botlle from their retail case. This beer is similar to Mikeller's Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, but has more chocolate than coffee. chocolate, vanilla and cherries. Extremely well balanced.

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

Bomber, 6oz pour into snifter. This years brew, but no dating.

Opaque, black elixir, brownie-colored rim of foam, nice lacing.

Wonderful chocolate, hazelnut, mild burnt malt and vanilla. Nice chocolate malt aroma.

The chocolate malt hits first, mixed hazelnut and sweet vanilla. Wow!

Medium to heavy mouthfeel, nicely carbonated.

Wonderful IS with the chocolate really coming through. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Tilley4
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little thinner than I was hoping but that's about the only negative... Delicious beer... The coffee is done perfectly.. Not over the top at all... Glad I got to try this...

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Photo of hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a one finger mocha head, with nice retention and lacing for an 11.5 % abv beer. the aroma has dark roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa, chocolate, biscotti, and caramel.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells with dark roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa, chocolate, biscotti, and caramel. Has a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. There is also some noticeable alcohol, but it is not intrusive.

Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and easy to drink. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark black with a 1/2 finger khaki tan head. Not a whole lot of lacing. Light just barely gets through the edges of the glass.

S: Loads of fresh roasted coffee and a strong backbone of chocolate. Great roasted malt, hints of almost a lactose milk stout quality. A decent hopping in the background.

T: Great balanced flavor here. Certainly some coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet dark fruits round it out with some hops. Vanilla comes in as well as a tasty nuttiness. Very complex brew.

M: Very smooth with a perfect body. For being such a big brew it retains a velvet character that reminds me of a nitro beer. A little hot on the backend.

Overall a very tasty brew, very impressive flavor and through the roof mouthfeel. A must try for any fan of stouts.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my first time trying one of the big beers from Evil Twin and it does not disappoint. The flavor is front forward with a nice back hint of the vanilla and almond. I've stayed away due to the price tags, but with the 4 pack of pint cans, this will be in my rotation permanently.

For all you stout drinkers our there, this is great.

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Photo of stephens101
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a voluminous, dark tan head and a sleek black body, this one looks as good as they get.

Has a soothing, rich milk chocolate, plum, ripened dark grape, brown bread and spice aroma.

Tastes of chocolate cake and subtle dark fruits. A little cherry syrup stickiness lingers on the lips. Exceptionally smooth until the very end when an earthy bitterness is noticed.

Heavy in body but thins as it warms. A slight alcohol heat exists.

Biscotti Break is everything an Imperial Stout should be.

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Photo of jpro
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from CBX. Having had this one in the fridge for a while, was excited to bust it out... Poured into a snifter...

A: Black-brown; about a half-finger of ecru head that dies down to a faint ring of retention; not much lacing going on here at 11.5%

S: Sweet black malts; light coffee aroma; chocolate cake.

T: Sweet; milk chocolate notes; dark chocolate notes; not much roastiness... I was afraid this one was going to be too sweet, but it isn't and even has a nice, light note of bitterness.

M: Medium feel; lighter carbonation; could use a little more body and carbonation; a very enjoyable imperial stout - I'd definitely have it again!

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Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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 MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A roasty, sweet, and earthy dark malt forward aroma with big hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malts with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla, milk, caramel, toast, biscuit, grains, nuts, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses. Hints of anise licorice spicing. Subtle dark fruit hints of cherry and raisin. Subtle earthy hints of hops in the background. A very good stout aroma.

Taste: Like the nose, a roasty, sweet, and fairly earthy dark malt driven taste with a big presence of dark chocolate and coffee. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with good notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla, caramel, milk, dough, biscuit, nuts, toast, grains, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and sugar. Notes of anise licorice. Fairly earthy with some background notes of hops. Light dark fruit undertones of raisin and cherry. A very good imperial stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and slick. Alcohol presence is noticeable but not overwhelming.

Overall: A very good take on an imperial stout. On the sweeter side but far from cloying. Very good chocolate and coffee presence.

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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 MimDIPA
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

A- dark black, viscous pour with a 1/2 inch, tan cappacino head.
S- some roasted malt and dark raisin-like fruits, but mostly delicious dark chocolate. Almost like chocolate covered raisins.
T- follows the nose,bit more fruit, same roasty malts, and tons of dark chocolate. Finishes with a lightly bitter coffee. Smack you lips and you get perfectly roasted coffee
MF - thick but not too thick, coats the mouth and doesn't quit
O- one of my favorite nonBA imp stouts. Would put this right up there with tenfidy. Not much of a coffee stout fan, at least so far--lagunitas cappuccino was mediocre at best and big bad baptist is too overpowering w the coffee. But this does it just subtle enough-almost would like more coffee! Excellent beer; made me happy after a 10.5 hour workday on a Friday

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Photo of brandonwnw
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of ssm462
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is striving to be something more. It's delicious don't get me wrong. But it lacks is commitment. Pours dark and velvety with a strong black color and the brownish head. Very moderate viscosity. It's smooth creamy still very young with a lot of alcohol at the end. Overall an exceptional find but now I'm curious to taste barrel aged version of this.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2015

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of dark tan head that fades to nothing in a couple of minutes

S: Lots of roasted and burnt malt with vanilla, coffee, and dark chocolate in the back. A light nutty presence from the almonds is also there. Alcohol is very minimal

T: Starts off with the huge roasted malts and slowly gets more and more complex. Vanilla and coffee are quite present, with dark chocolate and almonds hanging out in the back. Alcohol is there, but is hidden very well for 11.5%. Finishes with a light char and mix of sweetness and bitterness from the vanilla and coffee, respectively

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Nearing chewy, but a little thinner

O: A very nice imperial stout that nicely incorporates both the coffee and vanilla. It is quite complex, especially at room temperature. I'd love to see a BA version of this

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

Thanks to Matrix64015 for this one.

Poured from a bottle

Appearance. Oily black with a dark amber hue in the light. A frothy reddish brown head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving a halo around the glass. No residual lacing to speak of.

Smell. Strong bittersweet chocolate aroma, faint roasty espresso note, bold pure cocoa finish.

Taste. Chocolate. Sweet chocolate chips, bold dry 70% cacao bar, roasty cold coffee, sweet creamy milk chocolate finish. YUM. Not boozy at all considering the 11.5 ABV. Sweet enough to be a dessert beer. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy like the finest hot chocolate you've ever had. Silky and oily, but enjoyable. Not cloying at all for how sweet it is.

Overall. A great beer. Excited that I finally got one of these. A bit sweet for my normal liking, but I like it a lot. I would liken it to CBS with how well the sweetness works without being overpowering. I would drink this one again anytime if I can get my hands on another.


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Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a deep dark black hue with a quarter inch mocha blanket that leaves light lacing. Not too shabby.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, caramel, toffee, coffee...not bad but its not be all end all.

T - Taste is sweet malts, silky smooth chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee, roast almonds and nuts...so tasty. Really grows on me. A wonderful intermingled brew.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and silky smooth. Velvet on the tongue. So creamy.

O - Overall this beer was very solid and delicious. Super glad I finally cracked this. Love it.

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Photo of LAp
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pint can poured into a tulip. Nosed from the can, dark chocolate and dark roast coffee are prominent, alongside a chocolate-and-biscuit-cookie note. Hints of bourbon, though this is certainly not a barrel aged beer. Pours a deep brown/pitch black with a thick, foamy, 2 finger dark mocha head rising in the glass. Nosed from the tulip, the notes are somewhat less concentrated, but are identical to those found when nosed from the can. The palate begins with a deep chocolate/fudge note characteristic of sweeter Doubles, but this beer avoids going to the extremes of sweetness found in many of Southern Tier's Blackwater Series. The rich chocolate gives way to brown sugar and molasses, along with traces of dark fruit (esp cherries). The aftertaste is what really makes this beer something special though. An amaretto note lingers on the palate after the beer has cleared the mouth, and that almond note (which was drowned in the bourbon when I tried the barrel-aged version of this beer) adds the little something extra that puts this beer over the top. Mouthfeel is characteristically on point. Overall, an outstanding beer that showcases how a brew can select a unique flavor note and accentuate it with just the right amount of finesse. No heavy-handed attention-seeking stunts here - the almond is perfectly situated in a supporting role that sets this beer apart from other entries in the style.

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Photo of nodder
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

A- Pitch black with a one finger tan head. Pours thick and leaves slight sticky lacing.

S- Coffee, chocolate, and almond. Some slight booziness in the smell but well hidden.

T- Milk chocolate, vanilla/almond, and sugary coffee. Just heavenly.

M- Silky smooth full mouth feel. Low carbonation. ABV well masked.

O- I love sweet stouts and this is one of the best, imo. Try it!

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How can a beer with so much abv taste so smooth and balanced? Answer: Evil Twin just does it better. I just love the look, smell, feel, and taste of this beer. The only thing that could make it better is heated leather seats. It may not have the bourbon stout taste of others, but it gives you an enjoyment that makes you fall in love with the style. Never watery, never unbalanced, never boring, this beer just delivers every time. My favorite from a great brewery.

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Photo of Madtownbeerguy
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sleek, viscous dark brown pour form a 16 oz. can into a 22 oz. glass. Like the bigger glass as it perfectly accommodates the head on this thing, which is a bit more than I'd think for something so thick and sweet. And yes, it is quite sweet. Not a big fan of coffee beers, but I love that this comes off more as a chocolate stout with a subtle amount of coffee to anchor the sweetness. You really can't taste that it's 11.5 ABV on the palate, which is maybe the craziest thing about this beer (that and the fact that Evil Twin is selling 16 oz. cans of it at the ABV level!). For a dessert-ish beer that goes down incredibly smooth and has enough complexity (despite its sweetness), I love this one if only for the fact that I can drink two of em at a BBQ, enjoy every sip, and only look like a guy who's had two beers.

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