Imperial Biscotti Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#342
Reviews:
653
Ratings:
4,351
pDev:
8.28%
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Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

No date on the bottle just Best before 2015 on the label. Produced and bottled by Westbrook Brewing. Pours black and slightly thick viscosity. An attractive chocolate colored two finger head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Sheets of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of bitter chocolate and roasted malt. A little disappointed that I cannot pick out much for coffee. No sign of alcohol.

Slightly improved flavor. Very heavy with the chocolate but some coffee hints finally makes an appearance. Bitterness seems to come from the roasted malt but this stout is on the sweeter side. Slight alcohol flavor and warmth.

Thick and rich body. Really nice carbonation gives the body a smooth, gentle texture that is well suited for a big stout.

Got the beer at a considerable discount and I am happy about that. I was hoping for a lot more coffee. More of a sweet chocolate stout that turns out to be slightly disappointing.

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Photo of 13tido
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of n2185
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with very little tan head that quickly recedes to a thin ring with no lacing. Looks nearly flat.

S: Roasted malts up front with rich dark chocolate and vanilla following suit. Robust coffee aromas bring up the finish with slight char notes.

T: Holy chocolate, Batman. Rich dark chocolate explodes on the palate like drinking a liquid truffle. Roasted malts with robust and slightly bitter coffee flavors follow along with a decent bit of vanilla. The finish has a light alcohol presence for its abv.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer is a bit sticky in the mouth rather than being creamy.

O: A good beer, overall. It's a bit too sweet and difficult to drink more than a few ounces of at a time (especially an entire bomber), but still tasty before the diabetes kicks in.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sloca21
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MrDave
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cosmo4u
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kscaldef
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Absolutely black, dark mocha head with medium retention

S: Roasted notes and chocolate. Mild dark fruit.

T: Lightly sweet, toasty, very chocolatey

M: Medium carbonation. Medium-heavy body, moderately sweet, but finishes dry

O: Definite sipper. 25cl glass took 2 hours to finish. Wouldn't want more than that.

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Photo of Vidblain
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've had many, many cans of Imperial Biscotti Break - this can is a 2017, if I recall, and has been sitting on a shelf in my cellar for six or more months. Oops. It's a mess down there.

Imperial Biscotti Break pours a very deep brown, with a nice medium brown head of foam. Smells quite pleasant - coffee forward. The taste is all coffee and bits of almost and cocoa. There's something artificial about the adjuncts though - just tastes a bit odd/off. This is one of those dark beers that I've had my fill of after just a few sips.

It's a decent, reliable beer, but it hasn't changed my world in any particular ways. Good, but not great.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate head with a 1-2cm mocha head. Decent retention and spotty lace.

Smells of very bitter dark chocolate, bitter coffee and a bit hot.

Flavor Is great. Caramel, robust coffee, a touch hot and nice bitter chocolate.

Mouth is dry and medium bodied with low carb.

Overall a real nice beer. Not a very good nose but excellent flavor.

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Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whiskey in the aroma. Little head on very dark brown. Medium mouthfeel. Rich looking, rich in mocha flavour. Good coffee, more of an imperial stout, though a tad thin for an IS. Lots of roast and coffee, much less sweet than the regular Biscotti break.Bottle from Premier.

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Photo of lambpasty
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akttr
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gaddabble
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mad3air
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

8/13...pitch black, poured out of the tallboy can, still and dark. Light tan foam around the ring. Vanilla based roasted nose. Nutty hints, almonds. Thick mouthfeel, like coffee syrup. The nutty oily flavors roll in. Definitely taste like a biscotti - and a boozy one at that. Mission accomplished.

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Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CoreyC
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice deep brown and strong head
S - light sweetness (too light though)
T - completely hides alcohol heat, but chocolate and coffee flavor is very light
M - nice thickness
O - nice, but too light in flavor for me - needs stronger something to distingush it

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Photo of frasergrove
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: very dark - jet black, medium bodied brown head, dissipates relatively quick

S: ganache cake, pure cocoa, hints of biscuit

T: bittersweet chocolate, some bitterness and astringent undertones

F: medium thin body, some cocoa based bitterness

O: solid imperial stout, not terribly complex, a good beer float beer!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank this last night during whatever WWE ppv was going on, Roadblock? It sucked. The beer though, that was better.

Poured black. Very dark jet black as they say. Not much head. Did I mention this came in a can? The aroma wasn't huge on coffee, I was hoping for that. A little underwhelmed on the nose. I mean its good, but it was tame and pedestrian at the same time.

Taste, hid the alcohol quite well and there is a nutty contingent going on with chocolate and coffee here, a certain breadiness underneath it all, like melba toast and imperial stout together at last.

The mouth feel excels, not harshly roasted, not alcoholic despite its massive strength. Slick chocolate and creamer. Wow I can't believe it took this far into the review to mention how creamy it was.

It was almost $5 a can/pint. Not too bad at all.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No access to this beer on this side of the pond, so cheers to claaark13 for sending one over.

From a bomber into a snifter
Imperial coffee stout

APPEARANCE: Started to foam up the neck upon opening, but slowly settled. Pours out thick black and yields a 1+ finger, looser, fizzy, mocha colored head with lousy retention. Fizzes down to a ring only. Black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Looks mostly flat by the end with no real lacing or ring. Good color again, but lousy head.

SMELL: Roasted grain, coffee, vanilla cream and chocolate on the nose. Sweet cream and milk notes as well. Pretty nice really.

TASTE: Roasted coffee beans and sweet milky cream up front. Vanilla and caramel sweetness through the middle into the swallow as well. Bold finish of sweet cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, caramel, with some roasted grains and bitter coffee for sure. Very flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating. Enough weight and creamy as well. Good.

OVERALL: Was a little worried when it started to foam upon opening, but this one turned out solid. Wasn't as impressed with it as I was with Even More Jesus, but certainly one I would have again if offered. Lots of sweet milky and caramel flavors here, working well with the roasted and bitter coffee flavors. Thanks again Claaark13. Recommended.

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Photo of Hi_Neighbor
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hallu
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting more from this. It's a stout really focusing on the dark fruits, and slightly on the coffee/roastiness. No chocolate or sweetness anywhere in there. Slight liquorice on the taste. No biscuit anywhere in this, that was a disappointment. It also doesn't stay very long in the mouth, and tends to be too boozy, a recurring fault in Evil Twin creations. It is still a very good beer, but there are better American stouts for the price. Bell's stouts come to mind.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with small tan head
Aroma is marzipan, almonds, marshmallows, milk chocolate
Taste is marzipan, sour cherries, green apple, lots of sugar sweetness, bitter cold brewed coffee, boozy finish

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick and black. Nearly no head, and what's there settles to only rim bubbles. Some spotty lace, but it doesn't last. No light shines through.

Plenty of chocolate milk aroma. Lightly sweet and mildly chalky.

Think powdered cocoa added to a porter. There's some definitive lactose sweetness. The aftertaste is more of the same. The body is rich; the carbonation low. The alcohol is hidden behind the strong flavors--there's no way I would think this beer has 10+% abv.

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Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 4,351 ratings
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