Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break
Evil Twin Brewing

Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut BreakImperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #169
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #684
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 6.91%
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
553
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Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut BreakImperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break
Notes: Imperial stout brewed with coffee and chili with hazelnut and vanilla extracts added.
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

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

Fantastic black with a dark mocha head. Little lacing as expected.

Sweet caramel, hazelnut, cream, coffee, vanilla and pepper skins on the nose and palate. A bit of heat on the finish.

Low carbonation. Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Fairly coating but not cloying.

This is a great sipper. It's a bit too sweet but the spice from the pepper helps a lot. I couldn't have more than one on a given night but every once it a while this could be a treat.

Oct 14, 2019
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 1 pint can, batch #001, but with no clear canned on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a one finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, hazelnut and vanilla.

Taste: Moderate sweetness, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, brown sugar, with a touch of hazelnuts and a hint of chili on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Nice chocolate and coffee aromas. Taste has a nice chili kick but perhaps slightly on the sweet side for me.

May 24, 2019
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Cramshawbar from Canada

3.61/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Oh, if we could only dump the ruinious chili...
A very interesting and rather potent brew, with mocha, chocolate, hazelnut and the afformentioned, kind of stale tasting chili, which, while not overwhelming, is still annoying.
The nose however is beautiful.
Bought two cans and will not revisit, but glad I have tried it.

Feb 04, 2019
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RMW66 from Australia

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

Pours black with a thin pale tan head that disappears quickly leaving minimal lacing. The nose is milk chocolate with subtle coffee, nut and vanilla aromas. The taste is milk chocolate, coffee and vanilla with subtle nut notes and some nice, not overwhelming, chili heat. Is medium bodied with smooth mouthfeel, subtle carbonation and medium length. I really enjoyed this beer - quite sweet but the chili seems to balance that quite well.

Jan 18, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch, opaque black with a thin dark tan head that dissipates relatively quickly leaving behind minimal lacing.
S - sugar cookie-y up front (I'm assuming the biscotti), coffee, chocolate, definitely notes of chili in there - some spice and some vanilla. It's a nice, dessert style smelling stout
T - As advertised: Tons of rich, decadent semi sweet chocolate and hazelnut up front mixed with bitter roasted coffee, followed by the sweet biscotti/sugar cookie notes followed by vanilla and then the chili spices on the back end that leaves behind some heat
F - Full bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation - smooth, rich, and creamy - sweet.
O - This is quite an interesting stout - it's incredibly complex but tastes as advertised, which is something you have to give Evil Twin kudos for delivering on. The overall product is really sweet - riding the fine line and verging on the almost too sweet category, which somewhat clashes with the heat that comes off of the chili peppers. Overall, a really interesting beer and a good one at that, I'm just not sure I could drink more than one in a sitting and honestly, I prefer Stone's Xocoveza for this style.

Jan 12, 2019
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npolachek from New York

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

A - black with a tan colored head. Good lacing.

S - Smells of hazelnut and chocolate.

T - Tastes likes hazelnut and chocolate.

M - Medium bodied, full mouthfeel and finish.

O - Good stout - sweetness is well complimented by the slight pepper spiciness.

Dec 23, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is hazelnut, milk chocolate and vanilla.

T - The taste is hazelnut, coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla and some light chilli heat in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice soft finish.

O - Very nice spiced stout. The sweetness is complimented by the light pepper heat.

Dec 08, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours jet black with a minimal head. The aroma delivery beautifully on what is promised - a big whiff of chili, with coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, almond, and praline. The flavor delivers big sweetness upfront, with loads of chocolate, mocha, and hazelnut, and then the chili hits at the finish, in tantalizing amount. The mouthfeel is full and rich, with modest carbonation and lingering sweetness. Overall this is a wonderful beer -gimicky, sure, but utterly delicious, and perfectly balanced.

Nov 30, 2018
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arizcards from Arizona

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

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 6-21-18 for $4.49. Batch 002, no date.

Beer poured black with a very nice tan head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose has hints of chocolate, nuts, and vanilla along with modestly roasted malts.

Taste is really well balanced with light hints of chocolate, vanilla, and hazelnut. Very light coffee astringency balances the large but modestly roasted malt base. Hazelnut lends an interesting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall a really well balanced beer that makes for a nice sipper.

Nov 17, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am clearly in the minority with this beer as I found it to be overly sweet and the flavors of hazelnut and chili to be artificial additives. The flavors just did not become cohesive to me. Glad I only picked up a single.

Nov 04, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

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

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A very good aroma of malt, coffee, chili peppers, nuts, vanilla, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of malt (present throughout), a good shot of milk chocolate, a bit of vanilla, a whole lot of coffee (it levels off as you go along, a decent bit of chili peppers, and some hazelnuts. Not as volcanically hot as other beers with chili peppers, but certainly hot. Quite complex and very tasty.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a warm, smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A very likable stout. Definitely drinkable.

Oct 02, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BATCH #00
08:58

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.

Sep 15, 2018
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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota

4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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. Better than Imperial Biscotti Break. 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.

Sep 14, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Sep 03, 2018
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BurtStL6 from Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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

Aug 20, 2018
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Dewsby from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Aug 16, 2018
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oberon from North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Aug 06, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Jul 22, 2018
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bryno2 from Virginia

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.

Jul 12, 2018
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

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.

Jul 06, 2018
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 23, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

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

Jun 23, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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!

Jun 21, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

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.

Jun 16, 2018
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matcris from Arizona

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.

Jun 13, 2018
Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 553 ratings