Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

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.

Added by BlackBelt5112203 on 04-12-2012

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#390
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671
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4,409
pDev:
8.29%
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Photo of kojevergas
3.72/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hugely excited for this one due to its high ratings throughout the years. 11.50% ABV confirmed. Distributed by Twelve Percent LLC (which I vastly prefer to the Shelton Bastards). Produced and bottled by Westbrook Brewing Co., Mount Pleasant, SC. Charleston Coffee Roasters coffee was used for this according to the label. Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and brown label served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high.

Served chilled but not refrigerator cold. Allowed to warm to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with a bit of Swiss chocolate.

A: Pours a half finger beautiful rich dark tan colour vibrant silky head of marvelous cream, great thickness, and good reention (2 minutes) considering the high ABV. Head is supple and luscious; quite fantastic for the style and just what I want to see. Light lacing sticks to the side s of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. Not a jet black, but quite dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's not unique, but it's certainly special. Quite appealing; I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Rich smooth coffee/java and accompanying roast. An espresso kick. Quite fresh in terms of coffee. Cream. Chocolate. Milky notes. Very subtle buried light licorice. Caramel, cacao. Maybe light vanilla. The coffee in particular is a delightful aromatic note here, though the baker's chocolate/cacao powder gives it a hell of a run for its money. The subtle roast is exactly what I look for in a great imperial stout. This is shaping up to meet expectations. A complex, subtly executed, moderate strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

T: Wow. Yeah. Subtly masterfully executed coffee/biscotti notes, with a bit of a roasty espresso kick backed by creamy milky notes. Milk chocolate is evocative and luscious throughout. A bit of vanilla and caramel, like the filling when biting into a posh chocolate. It definitely hits the biscotti character it's going for but never comes off too sweet; Southern Tier could learn a lesson from these guys. Dark malts. I don't get the licorice I detected on the aroma. No yeast or alcohol comes through either. All around, it's masterfully balanced and subtly built. I'm falling in love with it. Decadent and enjoyable. Quite rich and delightful. It's a lovely flavour profile for an imperial stout, and the coffee character is incredible. Yet it's different from the bold heavy coffee character of something like Big Bad Baptist; this is roasty and subtle.

As it warms, it begins to flirt with overdone sweetness (I might have to retract my above comment about the sweetness a bit). This is the key factor holding it back from a higher rating.

Mf: Fantastically creamy and smooth, letting its rich flavours really emerge. Never too slick. Wet enough to refresh, but dry enough to support the roast. Perfect carbonation and thickness. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Magnificient.

Dr: Not at all a sipper. Quite drinkable; it's not too filling like many imperial stouts, and I know I'll have little trouble killing it by myself. This beer met expectations and rather impressed me. This is definitely one to buy and cellar if that's your thing. I'd definitely have this again, preferably shared with friends or in a smaller amount on draught. By far one of the best beers I've had from Evil Twin.

Pairs magnificently with good chocolate. One of the better imperial stouts for this purpose I've come across.

High B+

Drank fine from a goblet, but I'd recommend a snifter or teku. Unless it's a unique goblet, like a Guinness goblet - small and narrow.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.72/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Jet black ooze, dark coffee and dense, but low, head, some sticky lacing. Bottle art is pretty lame and uninspired, though.

S: Milk chocolate, some roasted malt but a lingering sweetness as well, almost like marshmallows.

T: Heavy handed chocolate, some sweet some bitter, mild smoke/alcohol. Too much cloyingly sweet chocolate, it's just not interesting.

F: Dry and chunky, heavy, creamy. Somehow drinks like eating a chocolate bar.

O: Chocolate is the concept, but there are no details, nuances, or worthwhile deviations from it. By no means a bad beer, there is nothing off-putting (at least for a little while, before the flavors start beating you over the head), but it isn't compelling to return to it.

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

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

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Photo of ryguy31
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wilcox39
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opaque. Lacks any nose I can detect. Taste starts a bit bitter and gets better the longer you let it stay on the tongue. Bitterness keeps my rating low but it disguises how well it finishes.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Thick and viscous. Deep bark color with a dark caramel head that doesn't hang around too long before settling into a soft ring. Impressive looking to say the least.

S- Coffee leads the way. Roasted malts and nuts, sweet cookies, and a hint of chocolate.

T- Abundance of sweet notes that weren't apparent with the nose. Borders on cloying, but slides back just before going over the edge. The biscotti cookie really comes through and complements the coffee character well. Warms up nicely with mocha, whipped cream, and slight charred caramel flavors.

M- Full bodied no doubt. Creamy, smooth, and alcohol with a kick.

O- a terrific breakfast or desert beer. Would be fantastically paired with a biscotti cookie or cream donut. Not sure that I would have again on its own, but would be sought out on the right pairing occasion.

$15.99 for 22 oz bomber.

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

Purchase from the US. Served chilled into a chalice. Batch #016. 1 Pint can.

Appearance - Dark, very dark nearing engine oil black. A finger of fluffy dark tan head is poured, staying for some time and leaving behind a thin curtain of lacing. Obscures all light.

Smell - Wet coffee grounds, almonds and vanilla extract. Not a lot else, and the vanilla is a little too sweet for my liking.

Taste - Sweet initially, then some coffee shines through with some astringent prickliness. Almonds are a nice touch but the vanilla finishes quite sweet. Reminds me of Victory at Sea with extra vanilla sweetness and hints of almonds. Also not quite as good. Coffee is quite subdued all things considered. Not sure if this is a so called pastry stout, but at the very least would seem to straddle that line. Chocolate mixed in for good measure. Alcohol is not terribly well hidden although that's hard to do at 11.5% ABV. Bubblegum is something else that comes to mind with a fake banana flavor after repeated visits.

Mouthfeel - Astringent prickliness when the coffee flavor kicks in, otherwise, dense and chewy. Slick going down the gullet with some alcohol burn.

Overall - A pretty good big boy stout, wish there was a little more bitterness and less vanilla going on in Imperial Biscotti Break, but otherwise a tasty brew that I'm fortunate to have another 3 cans of. Considering the rep, I'm somewhat disappointed, but everyone has beers that they feel this way about.

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Photo of eppie82
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

S - Cocoa, seemed like all it was.

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

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

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

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3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 4,409 ratings