Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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4.34/5
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486 Ratings
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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:
Imperial stout brewed with coffee and chili with hazelnut and vanilla extracts added.

Added by TallSaint on 06-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#566
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
486
pDev:
6.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
78
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91
Trade:
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Ratings: 486 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of bryno2
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - like a stout, thick, little reddish head.

Smell - pleasant coffeeshop smell.

Taste - delicious. Sweet, vanilla and coffee fades to nutty with the heat of the chilis coming in at the end. Burn is reminiscent of barrel-aged stouts minusy the booziness. Aftertaste is nice mix of nutty vanilla and warmth.

Feel - thick but not cloying.

Overall - mighty good - if you like barrel-aged stouts the chili addition comes in a nice second. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of n2185
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KAP1356
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slim_720
3.28/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This could have been great. But the hazlenut is too prominent.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can returned to Canada from Siciliano ‘s Market in Grand Rapids MI, split two ways. Thick dark brown to almost black with slight mocha head. Aroma is a wonderful sweet coffee, chocolate, toffee and vanilla notes. Taste is sweet caramel malt with rich chocolate cake, bit of Nutella, and faintly in the back a tiny bit of spice (or perhaps I knew it should be there so I imagined it was). Rich full bodied mouth feel with sweetness lingering and a touch of boozy warming. Fantastic.

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Photo of Xxambersky89
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lastmango
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured black dirty motor oil with a 3 finger mocha head that dissipated to a thick film. Moderate lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, hazelnut, and chili pepper. Taste follows the nose with vanilla floating through. The chili pepper is more pronounced than I expected. While not overpowering the taste, it does leave a noticeable pepper burn. The feel is creamy and a bit thick. Overall, a very good brew. But, for me, the pepper taste is not something that I want in my beer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into teku

Pencil thin brOwn foam over black motor oil

Aroma of hazelnuts, roasted malts,

Taste of hazelnuts, roast malts, hint of chili, not spicy, hint of coffee

Good beer

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Motor oil pour, deep brown and viscous. Chili is understated, just enough to give it a subtle zing. Vanilla comes up in the mix, with nice mellow hazelnut undertones. Another Biscotti beauty!

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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EliseDonnes
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into snifter, batch #001. Pours dense opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, hazelnut, chili pepper, caramel, toffee, vanilla, almonds, brown sugar, molasses, marshmallow, cream, fudge brownie, biscuit, and toasted dark bread; with light notes of smoke, char, raisin, plum, cherry, licorice, and herbal/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, spices, and flavoring notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, hazelnut, chili pepper, caramel, toffee, vanilla, almonds, brown sugar, molasses, marshmallow, cream, fudge brownie, biscuit, and toasted dark bread; with light notes of smoke, char, raisin, plum, cherry, licorice, and herbal/roast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/roast/char bitterness and pepper spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, hazelnut, chili pepper, caramel, toffee, vanilla, almonds, brown sugar, molasses, marshmallow, cream, fudge brownie, biscuit, toasted dark bread, light licorice/dark fruit, and herbal/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, spices, and flavorings; with an solid roasted bitter/sweet and pepper spiciness balance; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is amazing. Slight slickness, sticky spice, chalky roast, and increasing dryness. Minimal warming alcohol for 11.5%; with slightly increasing lingering pepper heat after the finish. Overall this is an amazing coffee/spiced imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, spices, and flavorings; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV; with the mildly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Amazingly rich dessert stout malt complexity; with perfect integration of coffee, spices, and flavorings. Nothing overwhelming. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing dessert style example as expected.

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Photo of sisterofba
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Heftklammer
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of matcris
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Black with a tan finger of head that quickly settles to a ring. Mild lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Nuts/hazelnut, dark chocolate, mild coffee, alcohol well hidden, & chili p's.
TASTE: The beer is blended very well. Alcohol masked well, too. All the flavors from the aroma are present, plus vanilla. The chili is there but not obnoxious.
FEEL: Plenty of carbonation, a little creamy, dry on finish, a little sticky, full body.
OVERALL: Another really tasty brew from ET. I'm into big stouts with chili's, so I love it.

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

Appearance – Half finger head on a dark brown clear body.

Aroma – Coffee, chocolate, chilies, and dark bread. No chili heat though.

Taste – Chocolate, coffee, chilies with a fair amount of back heat after the swallow. No hazelnut character at all and a low
bitterness. The heat got more tolerable as I drank.

Mouthfeel – Not overly thick but enough to support the blend of tastes.

Overall – Pretty good although not my favorite variation of this beer base. Disappointed I got no hazelnuts.

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Photo of larryi86
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a teku

A- Black with a three finger dense mocha head

S- Hazelnuts, milk chocolate, some coffee, just enough vanilla and a touch of peppers.

T- Hazelnuts, chocolate, some vanilla, roasted coffee, some dark fruits, great kick from the chili peppers on the back end.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Another great stout from Evil Twin!

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Photo of Khaack
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lukass
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Soneast
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 486 ratings