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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by avalon07 on 08-08-2012

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4.19
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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/21/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toast, molasses, raisin, prune, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toast, molasses, raisin, prune, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, raisin, prune, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and moderate dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour with a thin dark brown head, quick to sticky lacing.
Smell of dark malts, black olives, touch of cream, booze, cherries, plum, cocoa bean, faint coffee, lots of stuff, but doesn't really scream out anything in particular.
Taste is something else. Huge boozy dark fruit character, with big raisin, juicy figs, slightly sour cherries (that clearly remind of nice sherry), thrown into rich milky chocolate with caramel and molasses. Smokey roasted coffee beans and dark malts start peeping, backed by huge vanilla, some licorice, faint cinnamon and anise. American hops bring faint citrus and a green note way in the back, closer to the finish. Finishes with a mild bitterness.
Smooth and creamy, nice body, but the booze is a real hit, very strong from start to finish. Rich aftertaste with that dark fruity goodness and the minimum of roast.
Leaving the bad-handled booze aside, this is a great tasty... well, i'd say Russian imperial stout, but that doesn't really matter. Handle with care.

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Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 06/10/13

Pours oily, pitch-black, effervescent & with a pinky of brown/caramel head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, carob & molasses, vanilla & juicy fruit

T: Carob, leafy hops, prunes, booze & dryness up front. More leafy hops, carob & prunes as this warms, plus boozeyness, charcoal & dryness as this warms, slight coffee. Finishes dry with plums, raisins, charcoal, carob, plus leafy& woody hops

MF: Semi-chewy, slight carbonation, boozey heat. Becomes chewier & dry as this warms & somewhat sticky

This is alright, but over-priced & over-rated to me, won't buy again unless the price point is MUCH better. Worth a try, but not if you want value. Seems like this could stand about 6 more months of aging, Never quite turns the corner for me

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation. The beer poured with essentially no head, just a partial thin dark tan ring of bubbles around most of the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing is observed. Kind of looks like soy sauce when it pours.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and some lighter notes of sweet dark fruits.

T: Rich with lots of roasted malt flavors and chocolate. Lighter notes of dark fruits but not overly sweet (not quite as sweet as other beers in the style).

M: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Alcohol is extremely well hidden in this beer as you can detect none of the 11.5% ABV at all. Enjoyable but definitely a beer you need to take your time drinking, so drink it slow and enjoy.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 09/22/13 notes. Picked up a 12 oz. bottle of this a few weeks ago in Ardmore, PA at The Beer Shoppe for $3.50. Poured into a snifter. Bottled on 03/21/13.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like a really nice stout or porter.

s - Smells of roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, light coffee, some toasted malts, and light caramel malts. Nice nose, very roasty and some really nice sweet chocolate to it.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, milk chocolate, burnt malts, vanilla, toasted malts, espresso, bitter dark chocolate, light sugar and caramel, and alcohol. Nice taste that follows the nose, but the alcohol is definitely there too. You can certainly tell this is a big porter.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Very thick and smooth. Some alcohol to it; not a lot considering the ABV, but enough that you can tell this is over 10% ABV.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good, strong porter. It's no where near the Aun Mas Cafe Jesus and Imperial Biscotti Break beers, but another good big porter/stout. Lots of roasted notes and chocolate, worth checking out.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave. Sitting on the porch in the springtime sippin' on Lil' B.

the beer is near black with over an inch of foamy beige head. The aroma brings coca, bitter chocolates, coffee, dark roast. Taste is solid. I'm a fan. Big robust beer and well balanced. Full bodied and palate coating, yet easy drinking. We had no problem finishing the bottle. Very tasty.

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Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark mocha head. Considering the abv, the head retains well and a swirl revives the cap.

The aroma contains plenty of earthen roast with licorice and displays a little herbal touch to round things out.

The taste is bitter and roasty with earth, char, anise and a dark fruity raison/molasses aspect. The alcohol is integrated and masked well behind the other flavors.

This is medium to full bodied with a moderate to light amount of carbonation. Overall a nice sipper that id buy again if the price was a little more reasonable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.78/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Coffee District. Served in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Black body. Nice khaki head. Great surface wisping.

Smell - Boozy dark chocolate. Some sweetness and a hint of a chemical aroma. Almost meaty.

Taste - Rich chocolate. Caramel malt. Boozy. The finish is a little bitter. And then the plasticky flavor kicks in. Really kills what works with this beer.

Mouthfeel - Not too heavy, but boozy. The plastic flavor ruins it though.

Overall - Someone else described it as metallic and meaty. I got plastic. Something is off though.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at The Beer Temple. Served in a snifter.

A - Mocha foam settles to wisps, a thin collar, and minimal lacework. Very dark brown body.

S - Extremely saccharine, with yeasty dark bread, molasses, red fruits, semisweet chocolate, a bit of obvious alcohol presence.

T - The taste seems surprisingly muted relative to the aroma. Lots of milled dark grains, pumpernickel bread, and some nebulous cake-like sweetness late on the palate along with a touch of char. Very yeasty and doughy, and significantly less sweet than the smell. Alcohol is better-hidden too.

M - Medium-full body, very chewy and viscous, with lower carbonation. Alcohol warmth is present but appropriate.

D - Somewhat disappointing compared to Imperial Biscotti Break and other variants. Seems messy and unfocused. I'd be interesting in revisiting this in a small serving on-tap small serving, but drinking a full 12oz bottle would be a challenge for me.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Dec 2013 bottle. Opened Aug 2014.

A - Spot on for a porter. Black with a thin rim of medium brown highlights. Rice retention on a creamy tan-khaki head. Low lace.

S - Nice smooth nose. Oatmeal, raisin, touch of booze, pumpernickel bread, biscuits, caramel.

T - Whoa, unbelievably smooth. Fantastic integration. Huge roast into creamy caramel and raisins. Sharp wood and bold booze blend seamlessly into the center of the profile, balancing out the sweetness. Oatmeal, cream, and dark toasted bread finish.

M - Amazing: thick, smooth, and creamy. Edge of Scotch on the backend.

O - The Russian imperial porter of imperial porters. Outstanding.


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4.43 Lil' B
--- -Jay- -Jon- -Anth- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 4.25 4.25 ------- 4.25 4.25 10%
S - 4.50 4.50 ------- 4.75 4.58 20%
T - 4.00 4.50 ------- 4.50 4.33 40%
M - 4.25 4.75 ------- 4.75 4.58 10%
O - 4.00 4.75 ------- 4.75 4.50 20%

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Photo of Tone
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hops, slight oatmeal, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, alcohol, slight sweet malt, hops, hint of pale malt, hint of yeast, hint of pine, and slight citrus. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with no initial signs of carbonation, but just after the pour a thin film of light tan covered the glass and dissipated to a ring around the glass. Nice complex aroma of sweet toasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, dark dried fruit. Flavor follows with toasted malt, vanilla, licorice, chocolate and dark dried fruit, rather sweet. The ABV is completely undetectable, which is amazing. Heavy bodied and decent mouth feel, but I couldn't help but think how superb this would have been with some active carbonation. Guess you can't have everything, this is still an excellent complex imperial porter. I've enjoyed the whole Biscotti Break family and hope to see more.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Pours a oily dark brown color with a tan head and sheet of brownish lace. Looks like the heavy hitter it is.

SMELL: Roasted, char, quite smokey.

TASTE: Chocolate, roast, coffee, some booze. Big chocolate and general malty ness. Fair bitterness and heat is not too strong

FEEL: Full bodied with a smooth and creamy texture.

OVERALL: This is a damn fine Stout.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a medium firm tan head, some good lace.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, soy, with a hint of dark fruit.

T: Dominated by dark chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet and flavourful, almost a dessert beer. Definite sweet raisin component.

M: Rich, thick, in-your-face. Soft carbonation, never really cloying which was nice.

O: A very good big porter/stout. I don't know the price in bottles, but this is certainly a good effort.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, sweet interpretation of a porter. Tastes like dark chocolate covered cherries with a bit of spice on the finish that gives you a little tingle- cayenne like. Definitely a bit sweet, but in a liqueur sort of way. This would be nice in front of a roaring fire after a nice winter meal, or perhaps as a post-priandal beverage with the missus? In any case it does remind me of a box of chocolates. Not an every day drink, but one with a well-done very particular taste. Very smooth and silky as well. Interesting.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 5/21/14.

Appearance: totally black with a thick finger of rich, frothy dark-tan foam. Very good.

Smell: extremely rich aroma of chocolate, malt and rich, dark fruits: raspberry, cherry, date, raisin; it's like a Belgian quad and a porter got together. This seriously appeals to me.

Taste: much like the aroma, it's extremely rich and fruity. The same dark fruits are there, along with chocolate and a very impressive smoothness for a beer this strength. Two words: more please.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a big carbonation and very good creaminess indeed. Shazam!

Overall: there are few beers as spot-on calculated to appeal to my taste. I love this.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Apparently this is the base for Imperial Biscotti Break. They must really tinker with the base to get the deliciousness of IBB, because Lil' B is just not that good, at least for my tastes.

Pours a dark black, with a half inch mocha-colored head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells ashy and smokey, with some chocolate and roasted malt.

The ashiness of this beer is just hard to get by. I didn't really expect it, and I don't like it. There's some chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt poking through, but the ash and smoke overwhelms. Just not really a pleasant beer, unfortunately.

Medium bodied, creamy smooth mouthfeel, a bit of a slow sipper due to the off-flavors.

Not my thing at all, one of the few dark beers Evil Twin has let me down on.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five-finger, thick brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Nose is chocolate and molasses and flavor is smooth chocolate and molasses malt. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent Imp porter. $4.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA. Bottled Feb 19, 2014.

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark black color with a foamy dark brown head.

The aroma has rich chocolate, lots of umami, dark roasted malt, espresso bean.

In the front, there’s a earthy bitterness and roasted malt character and molasses. The beer hides in sheep’s clothing and pretends that it is smaller than it truly is. It transitions to an umami and dark soy sauce. The beer evolves in big espresso bean, roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel. There’s some alcohol throughout, but it complements the richness of the beer. On the back, there’s a bit more milk chocolate sweetness and ash and smoke.

The mouthfeel is medium plus to full.

This base beer of Imperial Biscotti is an absolutely stellar imperial stout/porter if you are okay with alcohol and prefer huge robust and rich flavors.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe)
A- The jet black body has a thin deep cocoa tan head that fades to a ring.

S- The clean aroma has hints of inky black bitterness with some dark graham malt notes coming through with as it opens.

T- The mellow black roasted malt with a dry nougat hint in the finish with a touch of sweetness. There is a black bitterness that hints in the back of the throat and stays. There are some dark burnt toffee notes coming through as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture that turns into a gentle fizz. There is no alcohol heat.

O- There are some nice hints of malt with some complexity but they are very faint and only come through when it is really warm in the last 3 oz.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a blackish body with one finger tan head and minimal lace on top of an aroma consisting mostly of roasted and coffee notes, but also some breadiness, dark chocolate, toffee and some dark fruits. Thick, chewey, hearty, all words that could describe this fuller-bodied beer passing over my tongue, and the taste is similiar to the nose. A roasted, coffee-esque dryness is in the beer along with dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, possible figs or dark fruits and has a sticky finish (ABV is muted in the finish). An enjoyable sipper but for some reason this beer felt slightly offbalance.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. 6/10/13 bottling date

pours a pitch black with a half inch dark beige head. coffee, espresso on the nose. a bit faint though. this beer is definitely big. full bodied. roasted coffee up front and a lot of malt characteristics. dark chocolate too. as the beer warmed the flavors really came out. great drinkability for such a high ABV beer. alcohol undetectable. creamy feel, not syrupy.

overall a very good imp stout that fans of the style should definitely try if they see it available.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for $5

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy/fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some charred notes, some smoke, and a little bit of a lactose type flavour found in a milk stout.


Overall - A pretty complex tasting beer. The charred/smokey notes come through during the aftertaste and chocolate/coffee at first.. but in the middle there is a lactose/odd peaty flavour that comes through that I can't decide if I like or hate. Either way, this is an interesting beer that is worth a try.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into tulip 16/10/13

A dark liquid with a 1/2in edge, dark foam too but it fizzes out quickly and leaves no lace at all but some dark color and thick legs on the side of the glass instead

S molasses hits me strong and before anything else, chocolate syrup, dark bread, vanilla, a little booze but not much for 11.5%, faint smoke and fudge

T some bruised plum, charred wood, sweetened coffee, dark licorice, and not all the molasses I was smelling but that still leaves a fair bit, a step up over the nose

M very thick and creamy liquid, not much heat, sticky as all hell on the lips a little oily on the palate with a massive finish of chocolate syrup and burnt coffee and wood

O big, thick, and rich, hits the spots and sinks a little faster then a beer this big should

I feel like I just ate a meal and a good meal at that, a 20$ 4 pack isn't cheap but I feel like I'm getting my money's worth and will almost certainly buy another to drink a bottle every couple months

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Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Bright dark brown, ½” dark tan foam collar.
S: prune, coffee, chocolate, mocha,
T: very creamy, chocolatey, very rich, like chocolate coffee with traces of maple syrup and molasses, hints of sherry.
F: chewy, very fine carbonation, very creamy
O: A pure chocolatey alcoholic elixir

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