Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut BreakImperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American 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

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Photo of Kurzman
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WickedBeer
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Pours a viscous black with a frothy, bubbly head of tan from that fizzles out pretty quickly. The lace begins thin but thorough, and fades away quickly.

The nose is reminiscent of a Mexican hot chocolate beer .. roasty coffee, subtle chilis, milk chocolate, hazelnuts, vanilla, and sweet toasted bread. A good balance, one that combines to achieve a pretty spot on biscotti profile. The adjuncts really work so well together on the nose.

Starts out sweet, the biscotti hits first and has a subtle balance of dark roast, hazelnut, and milk chocolate. The chili peppers come last, very subtle but with a present kick that serves as an afterthought, yet seems crucial to the overall flavor. What threw me off (and this could be lack of freshness) was a metallic flavor I got in the background. This didn’t take away much from the beer, but it was a bit distracting. I will say, however, that this beer warms really nicely.

Medium body, medium soft carbonation. A very soft beer, which works well with that subtle chili pepper stab that seemingly sneaks up on you. Smooth, slightly sticky, with a light heat and creamy finish.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can purchased for $4.99.

Pours really dark black into my Funky Buddha snifter and leaves a nice beige ring of head around the tippy top.

Aromas are really nice...hazelnut coffee with hints of french vanilla and faint chili pepper behind all of it. GREAT nose.

Flavor is solid. Nice vanilla and hazelnut combining with faint chili pepper and fresh woody coffee. A great biscotti-chocolate thing finishes out the profile. Wow, wow, wow.

Feel is creamy with a light buzz behind it, with a roasty, velvety finish.

Overall there's not much about this beer to complain about. They took the regular Biscotti and stepped it up. It's really good, and easily my favorite Evil Twin beer. I've shyed away from most of their offerings due to the harshness of some of their products, but this one is really well-balanced. Recommended.

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Photo of sd123
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of REVZEB
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really impressed with the hazelnut work here, just gave the beer a truly unique full roasted and pleasant wintry complexion in a world with so many stouts out there. Bonded extremely well with the peppers, dark/mexican chocolate, coffee, and the teaspoon of vanilla on the just brought a lovely brightness on the finish. Had a clear vision and executed beautifully. Great pastry feel from the hazelnut as well.

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Photo of Simon212
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BurtStL6
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black out of the can, slightly thicker than the regular imperial biscotti with a notably longer lasting tan head.

Definitely not for everyone, love the hazelnut and in my opinion thank god it’s not overpowered by the chili but instead it’s a nice subtle coupling.

Another solid biscotti by Evil Twin

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Photo of Dewsby
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L) Pours a lovely, oily, espresso color with a toasted khaki head. Decent retention and lacing.

S) The nose is malt forward with evident hazelnut, coffee, almost a lactose sweetness, and a noticeable spice. It is quite strong and very inviting.

T) Everything on the nose is present on the palate. The chili really works in this beer, and you feel the heat long after the other flavors leave the tongue. This is a very sweet brew on top of it, but nothing is cloyingly so.

F) This brew is incredibly creamy, and carbonated almost perfectly. Maybe just a bit too much, but that is nothing that letting the brew sit for a few minutes doesn't fix.

O) I'd recommend this to any chili lovers, any stout lovers, and any sweet beer lovers. This is one of my favorite "breaks" from Evil Twin. I just wish I had some more for breakfast tomorrow.

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Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a deep mocha colored head that is quick to fade,only a slight brownish/red tinge when held to the light.A sublime mix of roasted hazel nuts,dark roast coffee,and toasted chili's in the nose,just fantastic.A mellow low carbonated feel in the mouth,glides down easy.I love the fact that the flavors are very detailed,starting out with sweet vanilla and hazelnut flavors,then mild roast and a slow smoldering back end burn from the chili's.I really like this beer because everything in it comes thru,a slow sipper to savor.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been waiting on this for a while, a rainy muggy summer day is not necessarily the best time, but I decided it was time, batch 001
Pours a darker mocha colored thicker frothy 1/2 finger head that fades at a fair pace, a bit of sticky lacing, pretty nice legs too, pitch black beer

Nose explodes with hazelnuts, hard to get anything else after that, loads of hazelnuts, once my nose gets accustomed to the hazelnuts I get some chili pepper in the background, with mild sweet fudgey cocoa chocolate malt, toasted wafer biscuity malt

Taste brings thick syrupy heavy beer, very syrupy sweet, lush thick base malt, probably plenty of oats, some dark chocolate and a bit of fudgey cocoa, some roast as well, bit of burnt roast and bitter almost but not quite acrid roast, plenty of hazelnuts as well, thankfully not destroying everything else, but plenty there, rich toasted hazelnuts with a little vanilla and cream, with also a touch of biscuity toffee cookie wafer, more vanilla cream really increasing as it warms, into some mild pepper flavor but a nice pepper heat on the back end, especially lingering late on the finish, sticky sweet finish, touch of alcohol, chocolate, vanilla cream, and sticky chocolate syrup lingering, with a nice pepper heat

Mouth is full bod, rich creamy thick lush almost chewy, some pepper heat and a little alcohol warmth, nice creamy carb

Overall pretty good, but not as good as the original, chilies added a nice touch and a good amount, but the hazelnuts were way overboard and dominated the nose and some of the flavor, the nice biscotti flavors and base stout came through eventually so not too bad

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Photo of bryno2
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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 BirdsandHops
3.76/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KAP1356
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slim_720
3.28/5  rDev -24.6%
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 -0.9%
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 +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lastmango
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
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 +1.4%
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 -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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Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 500 ratings