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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 ichorNet
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
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 eduardolinhalis
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep black color. Creamy and oily. Forms a small and very creamy and thin bubbled beige to brown head. Small retention and some spotty lacings formed and left in the glass. Some brown chunks can be see floating on the bottom of the glass, mainly in the last pours

S: Traditional Imperial Stout in the nose: Strong notes of roasted malts, chocolate malts, coffee beans, licorice, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla and oak. Some notes of alcohol in the very end. Sweet and balanced

T: Follows the notes: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of roasted malts, chocolate malts, dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, brown bread. Yeasts are quite bready. Hops are grassy. Good bitterness in the end (roasted and hoppy). In overall, a smooth and balanced bittersweet taste

M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Sweet and bready upfront. Bitter roasted aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Excellent Imperial Stout. Smooth and pleasant. Masterpiece

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Photo of zac16125
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers 

A: Pours a viscous opaque jet black, with an aggressive pour yielding just under a fingers width of very dark mocha colored head.   Retention time is moderate, then it settles down to an outer ring accompanied by the thinnest of films.  Leaves very slight patches of spotty lacing.

S: Aroma is strong and rich from the moment the bottle is popped.  I get dark fruits at first, then tons of bold roast black coffee, a decent amount of dark chocolate, almond, and a hint of anise.  The smell is sweet, chocolatey, nutty, and absolutely delicious.  This may be the best smelling stout I've had to date, and it's not even barrel aged!

T: Again, oh so rich.  This is really, really good and very complex.  The initial sip is sweet up front, followed by milk chocolate and finishing with a big coffee character.  Along with the huge coffee presence and chocolate, I also get notes of vanilla, subtle nutty characteristics, roasted malt, an occasional bitterness, and a hint of booze at one point.  All these flavors come together to give a decadent palate profile that leaves an aftertaste that lingers forever. It's well balanced, complex, and incredibly rich but not at all cloying.  Very well done.  

M/D: Very smooth, with an appropriately low carbonation. Thick, somewhat chewy, and coats the palate nicely. Drinkability is absurd for an almost 12%'er with a huge flavor profile.  The first glass for the snifter went down almost instantaneously and the second glass followed in no time at all.  

O:  If I could summarize the overall review of this beer in one word it would be, "wow".  I had heard some good things about this brew prior to trying it, but it managed to exceed expectations.  Up there with some of the best stouts I've had, and certainly on the short list of best non barrel aged stouts.  I certainly recommend and am so glad I was able to grab the last couple off the shelves of my local bottle shop.  

Also, i would like to add that although It's already wonderful tasting, the scary thing is I think with time it could get even better (I love the coffee presence but I think even more intricacies could come out if the coffee were mellowed down).  

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Photo of JohnG190
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a small dark brown head. No lacing. Complex aroma, redolent of chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, coffee. Sweetness initially on the palate, but not cloyingly so. Loads of chocolate up front that gives way to dark fruit with hints of coffee. Finishes dry. Full bodied with very little carbonation. Overall, an outstanding Imperial Stout that is best served with dessert.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dense black with almost no head. Just a slight ring around the edges of the glass. Completely opaque.
Smells of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. The almond is present might might not be noticeable if I didn't know what was in the beer. Smells like a wonderful dessert, and is surprisingly strong smelling despite the lack of foam.
Very rich on the palate, but not overwhelming. Sweet, but not overly so. Imperial Biscotti Break strikes a fine balance between bitter roasted stout characters and a dessert like sweetness. Coffee, vanilla, and almonds are all present in the flavor, each playing its role and contributing a distinct flavor that adds complexity to this beverage.

This is one of those times where I have a beer and I am immediately impressed on the first sip. This is truly remarkable. The perfect dessert beer.

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Photo of msf55
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Probably one of the best Imperial Stouts that I've ever had. Taste is off the charts. It gets better as it warms and the true flavor notes just explode.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing beer!

Dark, black oil change with a thick two finger brown head, great retention, sea foam lace and some alcohol legs. Rich and thick.

The aroma is sweet! Brown sugar, toffee, espresso, cream, vanilla, dark fruit, milk chocolate, cocoa, and almond. Fruity esters with earth tones and biscuit notes. Toasted hints and faint charcoal roast.

Much more balanced than the smell. Cocoa, rich espresso, vanilla, and nutty almond notes. Follows the nose, but not as cloying as the nose would lead one to think. Very balanced. Dessert, brownies. Awesome!

The mouthfeel is rich, thick, and creamy.

An absolutely awesome stout! I wanted more and was sad to see the bottle end. It was addicting.

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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 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 bcostner1
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black; thick; viscous. Beautiful pour. I would have given it a 5 except that the head dissipated a little quickly and I would have liked to have been a little bit thicker. Otherwise, looks just like a stout should.

S: Awesome melange of vanilla, almond, molasses, coffee, and chocolate. I get the vanilla and roasted nut aroma the most. Wish it had just a bit more coffee in the nose but still...pretty damn intoxicating.

T: Ridiculously good. Incredible mixture of the following: molasses, bitter dark chocolate, roasty cocoa, carmelized brown sugar, vanilla, toasted nuts, coffee (not as much as I was expecting but still present). So good!

M: Thick, viscous, chewy...a sipper for sure. ABV is well hidden IMO. Definitely something to sit, sip, and ponder...which is exactly what I like and expect in an Imperial Stout like this one.

Overall, this is a great brew and definitely lives up to the high ratings received here and elsewhere. Recommended for sure. I hope to be able to find some more! Outstanding.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My local shoppe just got a bunch of Evil Twin in and I had to just start trying them all and this is definitely my favorite so far.

A - Rich black with a viscosity that is hallmark of a good imperial stout. The thick fluid won't let the bubbles escape only yielding a small, fine dark brown head but with good lacing.

S - Initially this is what a coffee imperial stout should smell like. There is malt, caramel, dark chocolate, roast, and dark coffee. There is a lot going on in the nose and a sweet, dark roasted coffee is a good starting point.

T - Initially the sweet malt, caramel, and chocolate flavors open you mouth wide. It is smooth and rich allowing the dark roasted coffee and roasted malt to drive it home. It's robust and smooth. The finish is a balance of all the previous flavors but just tilted toward the bitter, roasted side clearing your palate. Very delicious flavor that is smooth and balanced well.

M - High mouth-feel with low carbonation. It's a sticky beer with significant sweetness but enough roasted character to help it clear the tongue.

Overall, this is a very delicious beer. Great flavor that is smooth, rich, and more balanced than some of Evil Twin's beers. It is still slightly sweet with the chocolate and coffee but it's very good flavor. As far as imperial stouts go this is a very good one. There are a few that I would just put above this one but very close.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of dcotom
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing brew! Poured from a tallboy into a long-stemmed tulip. Deep, dark mahogany with a long-lasting spongy-looking tan head. Big aromas of cocoa and vanilla, with some alcohol on the nose as it warms. Lots of cocoa and vanilla on the palate, with notes of espresso bean and dark cherry. Finish is bitter and a little tart, with a touch of sweetness and burnt coffee on the aftertaste. One of the finest flavored stouts I've tried, and an incredible bargain in the 16-ounce can format.

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Photo of johnwhitleyuab
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rich flavor with great mouth feel. Just a little carbonation. Some chocolate flavor (but not excessive), coffee overtone, and just the right amount of alcohol heat. Competes with Yeti Espresso Aged Stout as my personal favorite, with Evil Twin having the lead. Will certainly reach for it when it's available. Overall, this one is hard to beat. Highly recommended.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 22oz into a goblet.

A: pours a real nice pitch black velvet with a sharp thin carbonation dissipating quickly. Pretty color on the head but quickly goes to a flat appearance. Not an issue. How I like my stouts.

S: Real nice coffee like fair trade. Bitter chocolate. Real clean. No off putting bitterness.

T: Amazing. Reminds me a lot of brunch weasel. The coffee is so clean and integrates well with the subtle chocolate. A lot of stouts I want bourbon barrel aged to hide some things or enhance. Not this guy.

M: Damn near perfect from start to finish. Long finish leaving u with a refined chocolate lingering non-syrupy feel. No alcohol burn.

Overall: Pretty shocked. Not expecting much thinking this was gonna be another marked up international offering that would rival a stone ris. Not the case here. Going back for more prob not to age though. One of those rare stouts I can't see barrel aging benefiting.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ah, the famous Imperial Biscotti Break.
Poured into 22oz snifter; oily pour, jet black with a thin dark brown head that fades quickly into a ring of bubbles, lots of bubbles working their way up the sides of the glass.
Smell is classic imperial stout; dark roasted malt, bitter coffee and dark chocolate, toffee, sweetness from caramel and milk chocolate. As it warms, complexity reveals new flavors of dark fruit and alcohol.
Taste is even better than the smell; huge roasted malt with loads of dark chocolate and coffee flavor, followed by sweet milk chocolate with an almost peanut-butter finish...dark fruit, toffee, caramel, hint of booze. Very sweet, but well-balanced.
Mouthfeel is AWESOME; creamy, slick, and full. You can practically chew this beer.
Overall, I'm pleasantly impressed with this beer. I was a bit apprehensive because people had compared it to Southern Tier's Creme Brulee, which I found to be far too sweet. But my fears were for naught, as this beer is much more balanced.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great tasting beer. Pours black like motor oil. Just the right amount of coffee and alcohol. As it warms some black licorice comes thru. I will buy this again - soon!

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Photo of dar482
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It comes in a dark black color with almost no head, with a brown mocha bubbling and ring.

The aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts, sweetness, a bit of coffee.

The flavor is of chocolate and a bit of coffee. It's an extremely heavy and sweet beer. It's almost like that thick sugary chocolate milkshake texture or Nesquick. There's also some nuttiness in there too, like almond amaretto.

The mouthfeel is velvety and creamy.

A wonderful dessert beer. Just big and sweet. I personally prefer the Decicco's version as the spice in that beer cleans up the sweetness.

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Photo of challenja
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle bought at Arrowine in Arlington Va into dogfish head pint glass. I really need to get another tulip damn it!

A: perfect super thick viscous Cambrian black. Looks like 90 percent cocoa melted into a glass. Damn impressive. Gorgeous mocha mouse head. Thin and wispy.

S: dark roast juniper malts, sweet maple syrup, strawberry jam 70 percent madagascar single origin chocolate. Mild Starbucks blended coffee notes.

T: if a Spanish port and a malt driven stout had a child, this would be its bastard. At 12% this is one super strong beer! This beer gets better sip by sip. When I tried it on draft at church key I was blown away by it and went on a three state beer hunt for this bastard. A year later it's found it's way from Denmark into my loving beer hugging arms. This beer tastes very port like and has loads of sweet breads and syrupy juniper malts. You get a nice cashew chew and taste to this brew. I imagine this beer will age very well if kept at the right temperature. It had more coffee bite with biscotti notes on draft. If you leave this beer sitting it gets better and better like chianti. If I was to decant a beer this would be it. If you drink it right away fresh out of the fridge it is super sticky and overly sweet like a port. The alcohol needs to warm to let the beer notes and shuttle nuances to shine forth. It gets buttery as you let it sit.

M: syrup thick sweet port madness. Gorgeous and perfect.

O: a fantastic beer that made me a huge fan of Evil Twin. As stated above let this beet sit and decant and really enjoy how a fantastic beer can be made. The only thing lacking is more coffee smell and taste. This is a huge christmas warmer. A delicious desert beer.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle from Ridgewood Beer and Wine-- $12.99.

Appearance: Pours super thick, viscous, and black as hell. WIth a hard pour, a tight, dark brown head forms, but doesn't last. Just spots of lacing.

Smell: Cold coffee, chocolate chip cookie, brownies, tiny whiff of chewing tobacco, dark toast. Damn it smells good.

Taste: Rich, cakelike malt flavors with chocolate cookies and delicious coffee flavor. Roasted malt flavor is not overpowering, but rounds out the sweetness. Alcohol is not undetectable, but adds to the overall flavor. The finish is like you just finished a rich chocolate dessert and a cup of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth and soft. Slick, viscous, and thick.

Overall: This is just one of those beers that succeeds in every way, and really nails its goal. Wouldn't want it ever day, but when in the mood, this is perfect.

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Photo of JulioH
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has lots of complex flavors.

Pours a dark beer. Has no carbonation forming. Aroma is of chocolate, fortified wine. Taste is very complex. Has vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and some yeasty element that makes it taste like a biscotti. It is not a bitter beer, it is a bit sour. Borderline heady. Mouth feel is syrupy.

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Photo of BeerMan99
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Recently had on draft at local pub. My first time.

Beer pours a deep black with mocha lacing.
Smell is espresso up front with late coffee bitterness.
Taste is well balanced, bitter from coffee but not the hops
Slightly light mouthfeel but did not prevent me from enjoying the beer
Overall- top notch beer I hear has just started to appear in cans. I will be on high alert looking for them'

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Photo of schoolboy
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a really great beer and I hate to make snap judgements, so I make come back and adjust this as I drink a half growler of it all by myself this evening.

I don't think the appearance could be improved. It's gorgeous, black, with a slight foamy head and beautiful traces of bubbles left behind on my glass. The aroma is the only weak link, but it does not detract too much from the sublime experience. It is a little strange bready, dirty sweat socks smelling on top of malts and booze.

That same booze is missing from the taste. It is masked by the great balance of decadence. Malts and roasty chocolate or something with a sublime boozy aftertaste but no burn or anything harsh.

I'm going to drink more of this than I need to just to finish it. It's a dirty job and it's just my lot in life (lucky SOB).

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass form a bomber during a nice late March snow storm.

Pours a gorgeous dark dark black color held to the light lets nothing through. The head is nice and creamy and dense and rises to about 1 inch tall. Very very dense bubbles. The color is nice espresso and cappuccino tan. Gorgeous.

Wow. Aroma is impressive. Some nice espresso roast that is balanced out by delicious and bright vanilla bean notes. It is not cloyingly sweet though. Amazing nose. There is then some delicious cocoa powder and milk chocolate notes in the aroma. They mix so well with the vanilla and espresso from the front end. The cocoa notes also have some great almond notes and even some hazelnut to it.

Flavor is amazing! Wow. Follows the nose but is more intense and full and complex. Starts off with the perfect blend of espresso roast with some great nutty and almond balance. The chocolate sweetness milds out the coffee some more and it finishes with some slight vanilla bean deliciousness. The nice espresso bitterness also lingers towards the back end of the brew and plays so well with the vanilla and cocoa. Impressive brew. Mouthfeel is near if not perfect. Slick and smooth and slightly oily but not too thick to overwhelm.

Amazing brew that was under the radar for me. Very nice coffee notes that take the lead but play so well with some vanilla and nice coca. Very good brew. I will seek this out more.

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4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Biscotti Break

Appearance: This costly beer pours an extremely dark brown bordering very closely on black. There is no head whatsoever, save a small ring around the outer rim of the viscous liquid. There is minimal, sticky lacing and definite alcohol legs (and a film that is probably also from the alcohol) from the 11.5% ABV. Put up against other imperial stout it would be hard to tell this one apart from the bunch by look alone. It looks the style, and that is really all that can be asked of any beer.

Aroma: Interestingly, the biscotti is definitely there in sweet malty notes mixing with a dominating blast of caramel, chocolate, and burnt sugar notes, which, in turn, mix with coffee aromas. There is also a certain heat to the nose from the alcohol. This beer is really shaping up to be quite alcohol forward; that could turn out to be a good thing (as with BCBS) or a horrible thing (as with This One Goes to 11). Obviously, here is hoping for the former. This could almost be mistaken for a Southern Tier offering due to how closely the nose aligns to the food it is emulating.

Taste: Bready, biscuity, sweetness is followed up by even more sweetness in the form of caramel and semi-sweet chocolate. Had the beer stopped here, this would have been a cloying malt bomb, but the coffee comes through in the end, cuts off the sweetness entirely, and single-handedly saves the beer. Despite earlier warnings, the alcohol is thankfully nonexistent in the flavor. As with the nose, hops are completely absent, though this is more or less true to the style. This is fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Here, the beer is surprisingly thin for the style. Of course, outside those standards and in the grand scheme of beer in general, it is still quite syrupy. Stickiness is left behind at every place this beer touches. The carbonation is low, but the beer is still reasonably drinkable (not chuggable; this is a sipper for sure). The aftertaste is shockingly dry, given the ridiculously strong flavor of the beer; the drinker can thank the coffee for that. The alcohol leaves a nice, warming finish that is perfect for this chilly Wisconsin evening.

Overall: Before trying this beer, I would have been shocked to hear someone tell me biscotti in a beer could work, and not only work, but edge its way into my top ten beers (and top three stouts). This excellent Evil Twin offering has proved me wrong and then some. The price is a bit steep at $16, which will keep it out of my regular fridge rotation, but if I keep seeing this one around, I will have no choice but to purchase a few more bottles. It is that great. 17.5/20

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Photo of twperman
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Weirdly, it does actually taste like biscotti. The almond comes through well, so it stands out from the crowd. The look smell, and feel are ideal for an imperial stout. The alcohol taste come through a bit too strong for my liking, but that's hard to avoid with a beer this big. I tried it from a can, which is a much, much better deal than the bottle. Four cans for just a bit more than a single bottle. Might be one of the better imperial stout bargains.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
4.32 out of 5 based on 4,141 ratings.
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