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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 MikeWard
3.09/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16oz can into a pint glass. batch #4, whatever that means.

looks pure evil as it pours blacker than black with the look of old motor oil. nice small beige head, leaving some lacing at first. head eventually disappears altogether.

aroma is strongly of bourbon. there are some faint cocoa tones, but little else. thought i'd picked up the BBA version, but no, at least according to the can.

oh dear. taste is almost exclusively bourbon alcohol. no almond, no vanilla, it does pick up some coffee tones as it warms up. there is a faintly metallic quality to it as well.

close to full on the mouth. bourbon on the finish, as well as the faint metallic taste.

overall, I guess I', the only man in the country who does not like this beer one bit. reminds me of my reaction to Backwoods Bastard. just too much booze and not enough beer. sorry, Evil Twin, but this was a drain pour for me.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at August THT. Pitch black with a thin espresso head. Notes of chocolate, brewed coffee, roasted malts, plum jam. Full body, smooth texture, low carbonation and a roasty bitter finish.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oily, inky black, with a brownish beige head of 4 fingers in the snifter. Nice rings of lace left behind.

Aromas of pure amaretto - the cherry, the almond - and coffee, nuttiness, and maybe a hint of black olive.

Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, fusel alcohol, and then hints of amaretto and espresso. The tart cherry remains throughout the finish. A touch of paper, but I don't think it's oxidized. Nice roasty finish. It's better when you leave it on your tongue for a little while. Finishes on coffee.

Feel is carbonated and smooth, creamy, full bodied. Leaves an ashy roasty feel in the mouth as it subsides.

Well, it's not half bad. As to whether i'd buy a 4 pack of cans, it's a toss up. Still worth a try if you haven't done it yet.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Optics are as expected, head is thick and fluffy. Aroma was a little lite on mine, but there are definite notes of cream, almond and mild espresso. Wish it was more robust. Flavor is good, the aroma is a very good indicator of what you get - vanilla, almond and light espresso. Also a tad soft, but definitely tasty. Very smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Vader444
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One pint can poured into tulip.

Been looking forward to trying this for a long time. It is an outstanding example of a coffee stout with bold flavours and a rich mouthfeel. I struggled a bit to identify the "biscotti" element but as this warmed up towards room temperature it developed a very subtle marzipan flavour. Overall a fabulous beer but perhaps not as good as Evil Twin's Even More Jesus sampled on the same evening. I would probably have enjoyed a second of these if it wasn't a "school night". Cheers!

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Description: Inky black with no head or lacing. Has a very clear, flat appearance, almost like glass. Smell is dark chocolate, coffee, cream, vanilla and a boozy, oak/bourbon hint even though this isn't barrel aged. Altogether a complex and balanced aroma. The taste is a little more circumscribed with dark chocolate and coffee dominating but not so much cream or vanilla except for a bit on the aftertaste. Not as complex as the aroma. Feel is thick and creamy with, as expected, low carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Vanilla sugar wafers

If you like this beer then you should also try: Breakfast Stout

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) This slow-sipping, dessert beer would have been better had it been barrel aged but, still, pretty good. This had some really great components but I think it's a case where the sum maybe isn't greater than the whole of its parts. It's not something I (or most people) would drink every day but it's worth trying if you haven't before.

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Photo of tlema1
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: jet black, with a thin lacing tan head
S: some vanilla
T: coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate
F: rich, creamy, booze on the finish
O: 16 ounce can, Rich delicious sipper

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boy, is this a chocolate bomb! Along with vanilla, almond, and dark roast flavors. It's dark and it's sweet. It's one of the sweetest beers I can remember. Like drinking a very good alcoholic candy bar. Served at a bar, from a 16 ounce can into a shaker pint.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, batch #001 13:58. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black with no light coming through. Medium tan head with thick sheets of persistent lacing. Initial 1/4" head died back to a thin ring at the edges.

Smell: Vanilla, almond, just a bit of espresso.

Taste: A perfect blend of vanilla, almond, roasted malt, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, cream, and an alcohol accent. Really an amazing dessert in a glass. Definitely a sweet beer, but it is countered at the finish with the bitter coffee notes.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy and quite thick. Just right carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping beer to enjoy after dinner. While this would pair really well with a dessert, I don't think one is needed as this beer is dessert. One per evening with a wonderful potent beer like this one, and 16oz is just right.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter.
Appearance - an impenetrable black; thick, creamy mocha head that slowly dissolves to a thin layer! Lacing is par.
Smell - a little blend of coffee and biscotti, vanilla and amaretto!
Taste - the description of the nose matches up in the flavor profile, however, the order is more amaretto, biscotti, vanilla and hints of coffee! This has stand out character in my opinion; a beer drinking session that reminds me of sipping amaretto and having a piece of tiramisu and a cup of coffee!
Feel - this is a heavy weight of a beer, but doesn't feel like it; the booze is subtle with the amaretto, the vanilla and almond makes for enough of a sweet touch to mask the alcohol. This is dangerously easy to drink!
Overall - The flavor profile is dynamic, I totally dig the amaretto qualities! I also love the use of the 16oz 4 pack cans by Evil Twin; not something you see everyday with an Imperial Stout!

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

473ml (US Pint) can into a Spiegleau Stout glass. Paid £7.60 for a single.

Pours an opaque, pitch-black, oily body, which remains completely unchanged when held to the light. A dense, creamy, two-finger in height, mocha coloured head with excellent retention slowly condenses to a thick cap, leaving behind sticky clumps of broken lace.

The rich and robust nose predominantly comprises of roasted dark malts and semi-sweet cocoa. Milk and dark chocolate, vanilla and almond follow, while lesser notes of roasted coffee, cherry, dark fruit and rum soaked sponge fingers become apparent towards the back end. Taste roughly follows suit. Upfront, notes of vanilla, almond liqueur and malted chocolate milkshake sweeten heavily roasted dark malts, baking chocolate, powdered cocoa, and espresso. Mid palate, faint biscuity malt joins lingering almond profiles to provide a vaguely biscotti-like impression, before being closely followed by cherry and hints of sticky dark fruit. In the mouth, a medium to full body and moderate amount of soft, fine carbonation feels slick and smooth, coating the palate with a velvety-smooth creaminess. Towards the back end, sweetness recedes slightly, leaving baking chocolate, coffee and powdered cocoa to provide gentle roasted malt bitterness and lightly dry the palate. On the very end, traces of vanilla make a subtle reappearance, while hints of the otherwise incredibly well hidden 11.5% ABV provide pleasant warmth.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Rich, chocolaty and robust, its vanilla and almond additions perfectly compliment the beers dark roasted backbone, without either element becoming too bitter or too sweet. It’s not particularly complex, and could finish fractionally drier, but ultimately it still smells and tastes delicious, drinking dangerously easy considering the large serving size. Recommended.

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Photo of Martine
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With so much hype I had to get me a can. Make no mistake, it's excellent, but it still boils down to what you personally like in a stout; if you tend to go for the Imperial stouts which exude complexity in the form of rich, exotic flavours - vinous expresso, vanilla pod, unripened almond, young cacao, stewed oak-aged cherry brandy, and biscotti - then this is your God.

I can tell a well crafted beer, and this is such a product, but down to personal preference I still prefer a stout on the roasted/charcoal side of abyssal. Your 'Kernel brewery's Imperial Brown Stout's of the world and the Old Rasputin: Dense, burnt, bitter, ashen, thick as oil and giving no f*cks; no fruit involved, and as dense as a neutron star.

My mouth is sticky and my throat is warm; this is one for sipping in front of the fire alright, but matched with a side of loganberries and cheese over a cigar.

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Photo of SheaDawg
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow!!! Just WOW!!! I don't normally write in my reviews, but this beer needs it's accolades! One of, if not the, greatest Imperial Stouts I have ever had the priviledge to try. I highly recommend rewarding yourself with this!!

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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 mac31
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet almond liqueur followed by some coffee and a rich stout base in the entry. Earthy hops play in the background. Sweet chocolate interplays with those hops, almond, and vanilla. Vanilla tones about the three quarter palate and lightens the whole flavor of the beer up. Coffee and roasty notes in the finish as well. A sweet stout for sure. The almond liqueur is a bit much for me. Otherwise, this is a really nice beer. Body is thinnish for a stout of this magnitude. Semi slickness in the mouthfeel apparent. Alcohol well covered. Warming effect is there. Carbonation is appreciably low. This is a nice beer, no doubt. The almond sweetness is a cloying component for me (if that makes sense.) I like this beer a lot. I really want to love, but the almond holds me back. If you like stouts try it, you may like it.

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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 Bonkinishwa
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Evil Twin Brewing - Imperial Biscotti Break (Batch #004). - 11.5% ABV. 16oz can into a snifter. (Reviewed 9/16/16).

Look: Body is black as oil, with a tan head that ends as lacing.

Smell: Vanilla, coffee, almonds, dark malts, with a hint of mints.

Feel: Heavier side of medium, not quite heavy bodied. Still thick and oily though.

Taste: Very sweet profile. Nutty coffee with an alcohol bite. All of the flavors of the aroma are present, and add nice touches of flavor. Surprisingly not boozy.

Overall: I had no idea what biscotti was when I drank this, but it didn't really matter. This was a great dessert beer, with a sweet nutty coffee flavor.

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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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Photo of samuelp23
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark black. Light brown head; film-like
S: oaked red wine; booziness; vanilla; chocolate/coffee; rum-soaked biscuit; dark fruit (raison or fig)
T: dark roasted coffee; pepper; ash; raspberries; chocolate;
F: slightly flat coke; smooth; fizziness lasts at the back of throat; medium thickness
O: Well balanced stout drinkable stout that has a decent amount of complexity. Beer paired extremely well with cheddar cheese and was also extremely enjoyable on its own.

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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 gshak
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch# 003 tallboy at refrigerator temperature into my Corsendonk tulip.
A - Pours flat with a very wispy thin ring around the edges. Carbonation is almost pop soda-like. No alcohol legs observed which for a 12% ABV beer is a rarity.
S - Roasted cocoa, muted coffee, fresh earthy leafy hops, and not much else.
T - Taste is clearly the best part of this beer. Opens sweet with notes of almond butter, vanilla wafers, fresh coffee, loads of sugar transitioning into tart cherry notes mid-palate and finishing in espresso bitterness. Earthy hops are noticed as well near the finish and aftertaste is all bitter coffee.
M - The carbonation, while not visible, is clearly felt on the palate. It helps to create a lighter mouthfeel on this beer that helps its drinkability.
O - A very good beer that is best consumed fresh. My tallboy can of 1pint cost me around $3.99, which for a stout of this mettle is a fantastic deal. I will actively seek more of these to consume fresh, and to set aside for a year or two.

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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 GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tall boy into a snifter, the beer is jet black and oily thick, with a thin, foamy, light tan head. Aromas of rich caramel, tangy cream, roasted coffee, almond, chocolate, and sugary highlights. Flavors are richly sweet and roasted forward, a solid blend of coffee, cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, almond, bittersweet chocolate, and cookie. Very rich and layered, with a solid robust and bitter lean. The body is bold and slick, with a coffee and bittersweet chocolate blend mixed with a cinnamon and sugary blend. Damn tasty! The finish is slick, bold, and big. Really good beer!

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thick tan head (a hard pour) which dissipates quickly down to nothing. No lacing as I drink it. Aroma of maraschino cherries & vanilla along with some chocolate & malt. Taste is vanilla up front with some chocolate/coffee/dark malt & finishing with a sweet imperial booziness which lets you know the 11.5% ABV on the label is correct. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky but a little more watery than I'd like. There is so much sweetness in the taste it feels like I'm drinking a strong beer soda pop. It's pretty unique & since I'm going to have just the one, I think I prefer it to standard imperial stouts but still prefer the taste of a good lower ABV sweet stout.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing for the record. The famous Evil Twin stout, pours black but a little thin around the edges. Still no head to speak of (a careful pour, to be sure). Aroma is of fruitcake, coffee, sour cherries, wet peanuts.

Taste is right up Russian Imperial alley, with malts, roast, chocolate as sweet as cocoa, cold coffee, and also nuttiness. Bready yeast later in the sip. Sticky and smooth, a bit syrupy in the sugar department. No hops or bitterness. Aftertaste of cheap peanut butter. A rum booziness rounds it out.

This is chocolate-covered biscotti drowned in rum. Exactly as described and a very dessert-y stout. While boozy in taste, there's no alcohol heat. The 16oz tall-cans at 12oz prices can't be beat either.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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