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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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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 Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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 -4.4%
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 -4.4%
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 -4.2%
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 JohnnyHopps
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -4.2%
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 -3.9%
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 -3.9%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 RaulMondesi
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of Ohiovania
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweeet! It's definitely dessert time when you're about to drink this one and I definitely couldn't drink it every day but I think it deserves such a high score for it's boldness and layering of flavors. I was also able to just sip on this for about an hour or so at the bar so it was great for a casual drinking beer. THis one is worth every penny though and I'm glad I picked up a bottle in the city last weekend.

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Photo of srhoadsy
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured slightly chilled into a pint glass.

Pours very dark and thick with about half an inch of chocolate brown head that fades to leave a thin light brown surface layer with light lacing.

Aroma reminded me of malted milk balls with spice and boozy aromas in the background.

Tastes of cream, vanilla, chocolate and coffee.

Heavy mouthfeel, but surprisingly drinkable with the alcohol concealed by the other flavors. Lingering aftertaste of bitter coffee and chocolate.

Chocolate stout meets milk stout meets breakfast stout. Overall a complex but very drinkable imperial stout.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - dark brown, nearly jet black beer with mocha colored head

Smell - dark chocolate, black licorice, almonds, coffee

Taste - chocolate, dark chocolate, almonds, coffee, slight black licorice, vanilla, fudge, espresso

Mouthfeel - heavier side of medium bodied, low carbonation, balanced flavors, flavors linger, ABV is imperceptible

Overall - good stout that comes in a bit below the hype. Worth a try but at the price point a re-visit is doubtful

Price Point - $13.99/22 oz bottle

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Photo of brewdude1982
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a bomber poured into a snifter.

A: 5.0 very dark and nice dark brown head
S: 4.5 smells sweet with coffee notes
T: 4.0 very sweet and a little fuity upfront almost like a barley wine and them dissipating into a very dark malt finish.
MF:4.0  nice and full
O:4.0 good beer and since it comes in at over 11% they hid the alcohol well

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a bomber.

A Pours a nice black color that is topped off with a thick yet short lived mocha head. Excellent looking beer.

S Lots of dark earthy coffee and not much else. Good but a bit one dimensional.

T The taste pretty much follows the nose with a lot of dark coffee, however there is a bit more going on here with some dark chocolate and a bit of roast. The 11.5 abv is not at all noticeable though.

M Fairly thick and very smooth. No hint of the alcohol at all.

Overall this is a pretty good coffee stout which showcases the coffee without being overly bitter or burnt. Not sure if it lives up to the hype but its still worth seeking out.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter.

A- beautiful mocha-colored head, pillowlike, quickly dissipating head. No visible lace. Pitchblack liquid. 4.25

S- donuts and coffee. Vanilla, lactose, a bit of spice, booze. Clove. 4

T- caramel and chocolate. Tastes like a Rolo. Sweet and creamy coffee with a stiff finish. 4.25

M- sweet and malty initially, then very bitter and dry. Thick and creamy with only a light carbonation. Excellent beer. 4.25

O- delicious as fuck.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: pitch black with a 1/4 inch brown head and good retention with a small film left on the top of the beer and a 1/8 inch collar

Smell: The nose is by far the most lacking if the beer and quite unimpressive. Notes of sweet coffee pastry dough some chocolate and a touch of alcohol

Taste: the fast definitely makes up where the nose lacks. Copious amounts of chocolate and sweet coffee greet you right away and finishes with a nice vanilla backbone. It doesn't come together and remind me of biscotti but it is a nice dessert beer. The coffee lingers in your mouth for quite awhile

Mouthfeel: full body mild carbonation and very sticky

Overall: a very good beer a bit of a novelty. With that being said at $18 a bottle it's a bit pricey like all Evil twin beers

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Photo of spoony
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle (best by 2015) into a snifter.

A-The brew pours heavy and thick and produces the darkest finger of head I have seen on a beer...it is almost walnut brown. The head lasts about a minute before fading away. The beer is nearly black and opaque. No lacing, but there are some legs of alcohol on the glass as I drink.

S-The smell is rich, dark-roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate at first. After a bit of adjustment, I start to pick up some licorice, and a big, sweet hit of creamy/milky chocolate. There is a good dose of caramel and a bourbon-y, vanilla-scented booze, as well. Nice balance.

T-The taste is much like the smell with dark-roasted coffee, creamy milk chocolate, and sweet caramel/vanilla/bourbon booze. Very, very smooth drinking, but not terribly complex. The finish is an interesting transition from milky, chocolatey sweetness to light roasted drying bittnerness.

M-The feel is medium to full heft with incredible smoothness from the mild, fine carbonation. Despite the heavy presence and big sweetness, the higher ABV keeps if from getting cloying.

O-This is a great beer, but the biggest weakness is the taste!?! It is really nice look, smells pretty good, and feels wonderful, but I could not help but wonder if I was missing something on my palate. The booze was always in the background, which gave a nice bit of balance, but I could have used a little more intrigue to put this thing in big leagues of this style. Anyway, it would make a wonderful dessert beer with the big sweetness, thick feel, and balanced (rather than insanely bitter) coffee flavors.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
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 portia99
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter. Been looking for this for a while, glad to grab some before it left the shelves this time around.

A - Pours an opaque, oily black in color...looks thick and viscous. A short cap of dense cappuccino cap of foam lingers for a minute or so and falls to a loose collar and skim coat on the surface.

S - Dark roasted coffee up front, hints of light caramel and brown sugar. Licorice and some char/ash. A touch of creaminess, some maple and maybe even a bit of chili pepper on the fringes.

T - Not at all what I was expecting...rather sweet up front. Sugar, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, vanilla, sweet cream, maple...very complex sugar profile. Backed up by coffee, burnt toast, charcoal, alcohol. Rather interesting interpretation of the style that is carried out quite well.

M - Medium bodied...not quite as the appearance initially indicated. Carbonation is on the light side, just creating a tingle and some life on the tongue and buoying the body just a bit. Overall sweet and leaves a persistant coating of sugar on the lips with each sip.

O - Overall, a bit of a different take on the imperial stout style. Has the requisite raostiness and coffee base, but the dominant flavors are of the sweet variety and almost in a candy-like way. A light syrupy-ness in feel that further impresses the candy aspects of the beer. Different but well done.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Village Tap.

A - Pours black, mocha head, wisps, thin film on top.

S - Molasses, hazelnut, chocolate, roast, light dark fruit. Lots of sweetness, but a nice mix of roast/sweetness. The booze is really hidden well for 11.5%, impressive.

T - Similar to the nose. Rich, decadent, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, burnt sugars, some tobacco. Not quite as sweet as the nose, which I like. Little to no alcohol burn...so nice. Finish is a mix of chocolate and roast.

M - Full body, rich and smooth, creamy sweet finish.

O - My favorite Evil Twin beer, but a long-shot. Westbrook is making the best Jeppe beers out there, no doubt. I can drink this all day/everyday and will go for this whenever it's available to me. Recommend.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Pours black with two finger tan head that just sits there forever, coating lacing. Sweet almond and vanilla aroma. Tastes like the aroma, sweet and almond nutty with lots of vanilla and sweet chocolate, cherry, ends with solid bitterness. Almost a little too much going on with this one, flavors are sharp, maybe needs to sit for awhile. Thin to medium soft oily mouthfeel. Although good, was a little disappointed with it, will try avian in about 6 months.

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