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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:
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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to BA smoked for picking this up for me when he saw it on the shelf during a recent beer shopping trip. Bomber in a mikkeller teku glass. The brew is black with a dark mocha head about a finger strong that holds decent. it fades to a ring around the perimeter with strings of lace sticking to the glass.

The smell is roasty with coffee and a touch of tangy alcohol. Raisins, licorice. earth, cocoa, bready to dark biscuit malt. It has a bit of a tangy fusel kick that increases in strength as it increases in temperature.

The taste is bitter with a strong espresso character. Earth. leather, tobacco and ashy burnt grain to char arw also present in the flavor. There is a citrus element that seems to come from coffee bean quality more than hops. The aftertaste is almost like toasted marshmallows which is interestingly enjoyable.

This is a medium bodies brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overwll a solid brew with nice integration of flavor. It is worth checking out for sure but I prefer the base over this imperial version. This one just boasts a stronger abv presence and isnt as well rounded and enjoyable as the toned-down version.

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Photo of donspublic
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into sniffer tan 1 inch head, nice lacing. Dark black in the glass. Smells of roasted malt , coffee and alcohol. Taste of coffee, roasted malt and some tartness. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous.

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Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is black - thick, black, motor-oil-like pour with a small (half-finger) but tight chocolate-brown head that settles fairly quickly. Some splotchy lacing.

S: Quite a bit going on in the nose - first impression is molasses and dark fruits, but then I get more chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee.

T: Also a lot going on, not surprisingly. Coffee is definitely big here - I get it mid-sip and then lingering on the aftertaste as well. Also a vinuous characteristic that reminds me of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout with about 2-3 years on it. Chocolate is there too, but it's not nearly as strong as the coffee. Molasses from the nose is here too, as is some toasted almond (or maybe toasted coconut?), which sneaks up somewhere. Also some fruitiness - black cherries, I think. . . . The bottle and this site claim this is 11.5% ABV, but I'll be damned if I can taste it. A touch of heat down the gulley and then in the belly is about all I get of the alcohol.

M: A little lighter in body than expected, and more oily and slick than creamy. I don't love the feel on this one - a richer, creamier experience would make this beer great instead of just good.

O: Good stuff. The mouthfeel takes away from this one, but it's still a quite-enjoyable stout.

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Photo of KTeamLSU
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A: Just like most stouts dark black with a thin ring of mocha head.

S: Could smell the malt characters and coffee

T: Sweat... very very very sweet. Over-powering to my palate. I love coffee forward but the sweetness in this was off putting.

M: Smooth but a bit thin.

O: Great to try but too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of LouZ
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour - black with a thin head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is very roasty malt with coffee. Taste was a perfect match, with hints of graham cracker emerging as it warmed. Feel was a bit thin, more like a porter, but smooth and easy to drink with light carbonation. Alcohol content is adeptly hidden. Not bad overall.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a finger of rusty chocolate head.

Smells of coffee, cream, snow, liquorice, and dark toasted notes. A little like Kailua, as it has some alcohol presence. Chocolate truffles.

Sweet, hints of orange, chocolate, truffles, black liquorice, and Kailua.

Thick, oily, slightly syrupy body, like Hershey's chocolate syrup. Moderate, slightly peppery carbonation. The alcohol is mostly felt in the throat.

Got online, drinking in Chiang Mai Dec 12th, 2016. Really well done brew. Enjoying it on this pre-Christmas night.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try this at Max's thanks to a fine BA friend. Pours a nice dark brown color, minimal head to it. Strong coffee and alcohol aroma. Medium to full bodied, very strong coffee and chocolate notes and the ethanol really comes through on this one. A sipper for sure, but definitely tasty and full of flavor that finishes smooth like a nice mixed drink.

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Photo of Shippy
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
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 basaywhat
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Roast and chocolate on the nose. Medium bodied, chocolate and cocoa, warm roast. Lingering cocoa and roast on the finish with a touch of warming alcohol.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger light brown head that left a little bit of lace ring. Mostly a roasted and coffee malt aroma along with dark chocolate. Smooth and light which is how I prefer my stouts. Plenty of roast and coffee to go around but well-balanced from some sweet dark chocolate (not really any vanilla) and possibly some nuts. Probably a little more sweet than roasted/coffeeish so it hit my sweet tongue.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Torst.

Black in colour, IBB has a small tan head that fades quickly. Good lacing.

The nose contains coffee, almond and chocolate. Biscotti indeed! You can really smell it.

Flavour-wise, there is almond, coffee, vanilla and roasted malt. Quite sweet. A dessert beer for sure.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Slick and smooth.

Overall, quite good. Did not quite live up to its reputation for me, but quite tasty.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this once from the bottle but on this occasion I enjoyed it on tap at Hunger N Thirst

The color is dark almost black with opaque clarity and microbead head of tan with thin lace that sticks. Smells of strong cocoa with roast and mild spice with light alcohol and fruity yeast ester. Mouthfeel is great wtih creamy texture up front with medium carbonation and slight smooth element with gentle toasted and dry middle with warming and strong finish with low bitterness in general.

The taste is great with flavor of vanilla and cocoa with slight hint of nutty roast with lightly spiced aspect and sweet element with slightly raisin element in the background with a full dry toast almost biscuit taste as it finishes. Overall this is a great stout -the inspiration is felt in the taste I really think this beer achieves what is sets out to do with vanilla biscuit and the base stout all coming together to make an above average stout...one of the best Evil twin beers I have had without much alcohol apparent in the taste which exceeds expectations

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Photo of Treebs
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle served in a . Thanks to bentenison for the brew.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film with a slightly thicker collar. Sheets of lace.

S: There's a whole ton going on. Espresso sweetness, almost like a warm chocolate milk. Heavy doughy cookie, roasted malts and big baker's chocolate. Very faint green paper as it warms, but overall it doesn't detract too much from the smell. Very nice.

T: Warming alcohol on the backend, but it's not over or noticeable which is nice. Chocolate covered espresso beans with a roasted malt and soft cookie sweetness. The finish has some bitter roast and some

M: Silky and oily. Medium to heavy bodied with a medium low carbonation. Really nice.

O: Great mouthfeel with a wonderful blend of flavors. Very nice overall and would definitely have again.

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Photo of GarthT
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Plum black, dark chocolate head, like pouring a glass of Bordeaux

S: Intense molten chocolate, currants, decadent boozy whiff. Tempting without being overpowering.

T: Chocolate nut and raisin, rather than biscuity. Incredibly long finish. Who needs dessert?

M: Smooth but coats the entire mouth, alcohol not entirely subdued.

O: Competes with your best port. Would love to try this with a cigar. To be sipped slowly, in fact you can leave this in the glass for 30 min and still go back to it.

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Photo of aasher
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of brewerb in a box that arrived today. Thanks Brian!

This one pours a full bodied dark chocolate brown in clor with a slight khaki lacing around my glass. The nose is full on candy bar. Chocolate, chocolate everywhere. I don't get much roast, just pure milk chocolate. The flavors too, almost pure chocolate with just a touch of roast. Its truffle like. It's sweet but not cloying. It is incredibly smooth, which is definitely where this beer shines. The body is perfect, perfect. Tis is a great dessert but but not overly complex. I can see why everyone likes it but its a little sweet.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delivered in a 475 ml can. ABV: 11.5%

Imperial stout from Evil Twin Brewing.
When I had this beer in 2013 I was totally blown away! I still have some 655 ml bottles saved in my beercellar and one day I will crack one open!
But today I’ve just got hold of a canned version, brewed by Westbrook Brewing in South Carolina, USA.

A dark brown, black stout with a brown, two fingers high, head with fine bubbles that drops down to a 3 mm quilt. Almost no lacing on the glass.

Nose: Wow! Sweet notes of chocolate, vanilla, cookie, brownie, whipped cream, cocoa, sweet licorice, coffee, almonds and roasted malt.
Taste: Of course, as the name requires: Biscotti, soft - great complex, smooth taste! Almonds, milk chocolate, espresso, ice cream, milk chocolate, hazelnut and cocoa.
Body: Medium to full body with almost no carbonation. Soft & smooth.

I’m still in love with this beer. I’m not blown away this time though. The beer-world has grown and the standard of beers have grown even higher!

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was brownish black with a tan head.

Smell - The nose makes me think of boozy malts. There are hints of chocolate nose.

Taste - My initial thought was thick boozy malts with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and nuts. The chocolate seems a little thin and perhaps watered down. The malts and burnt sugar take over toward the back. The malts cling to the roof of the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Initially, it seems thick but seems to thin. While it seems bubbly, the carbonation fades.

Overall - IBB is an interesting beer, but not one I would seek again.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a thick, black as night liquid with practically no head. Fizzles of what seems to be brown beach sand appear and then quickly vanish. A nice looking stout! A thin ring of lacing remains.

S - dark chocolate malty explosion! Some fig in there along with a pleasant earth tone.

T- dark chocolate yet again with some light malts. Some very light coffee in there with some vanilla bean as well.

M - thick and coats the mouth very well.

O - very nice brew here. Pick it up if you can.

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Photo of beer456
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice looking pour. Pours dark brown. Has nice desert taste. Alcohol gives it a nice pungency but not overpowering. Sweetness and the alcohol balance very nicely. Would like to try again during cold winter months. Had it in June and really not the right season for it.

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Photo of Suds
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a sixteen ounce can, this brew is absolutely black....obsidian. The head is tan, and the aroma is boozy, roasted, and malty. Warming, almost hot. Sweet and bitter, with roasted grain and dark fruit. The finish is longlived and the. Body is thick. Nice.

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Photo of marieli
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Started at 57 degrees. Label said "Best before 2015". What's that about? A cheap shot at Deschutes? Anyways, this does pour very black and exciting. Aroma is sweet, maybe some oak but don't think is barrel aged? Maybe it's the cookie. As it warmed in the glass I got a sweet molasses-like smell, very nice. First flavor impression is bitterness; it gives way to smooth flavor, but that bitterness is always there with each drink from start to finish. I did not get distinct coffee or chocolate, but rather roasted malt and some kind of welcomed melded sweetness. Sorry, my palate just can't pick out 7 kinds of distinct fruits and grains like some of our more insightful members! Mouthfeel was nice medium, but I wish a little creamier, say more like Founders Breakfast Stout or Goose Island Bourbon County or Prairie Bomb! Overall a very well crafted stout, but that front end bitterness is a bit of an issue for me.

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Photo of smanson56
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark black color into my snifter glass. The nose is fairly mild with hints of coffee and chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is smooth with nice coffee and chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a very small amount of carbonation. A good drinking stout.

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Photo of Phelps
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the beer has a wicked appearance -- syrupy, completely black, and boozy. A thin layer of cinnamon-colored bubbles sits between my face and the imposing liquid, while a quick swirl showcases nice, alcoholic legs.

Imperial Biscotti Break was brewed with Charleston Coffee Roasters espresso, vanilla beans, and toasted almonds and the result is an absolutely diabolical aroma stuffed with freshly roasted coffee beans. This one dimension would be enough, but backing it up are notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, oats and snicker-doodle. With just a bit of toast in the back, it smells exactly like a coffee-dipped biscotti stick.

In the flavor, coffee coats the tongue with roasted bitterness and alcohol contributes in a nearly equal amount. I'm surprised by the amount of dark fruits I get-- prunes, mostly, though there are raisins and figs as well -- that weren't apparent in the aroma but add a sweetness that make this far more drinkable than it should be. If it smelled like the biscotti was dipped in coffee, it tastes like someone stuffed it into a jar of grape jelly. Vanilla beans show up after the swallow and bitter, scorched coffee lingers on the tongue after each sip.

Jarnit-Bjergsø has fun with his brews, giving them sinful names like Soft Dookie and Even More Jesus. Imperial Biscotti Break has a rather tame moniker, but its menace is in its alcohol content -- sneaky at nearly 12 percent and barely noticeable beneath the mound of flavor. A tricky evil twin, that Jeppe, and one who successfully shows that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.

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Photo of gatheredwaters
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
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 RaulMondesi
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Alright, so Raul finally got this Italian Russian and he is doin' it well. Raul poured it and he looked. Raul raised the glass to his nose and he sniffed. And like Raul in the 8th grade - it passed. But there are more dogs in this fight, my children. Taste? Mouthfeel? Yeah, kind of like getting your paycheck, but not hitting your bonus. Kind of like going out with that girl that you always wanted to, but not hitting her bonus. You feel me, my children?

Good, but a bit sweet. A bit lighter than Raul would have liked. But would I do it again? Yep!

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
4.32 out of 5 based on 4,113 ratings.
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