Imperial Biscotti Break - DeCicco Version With Chili And Hazelnuts | Evil Twin Brewing

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Imperial Biscotti Break - DeCicco Version With Chili And HazelnutsImperial Biscotti Break - DeCicco Version With Chili And Hazelnuts

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New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely variant with plenty of nuttiness and subtle heat to make this one worth seeking out. Unfortunately, it can only be bought at the market it's brewed for... Exactly why I pick up 3 every time I'm there!

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - black with a thick, creamy dark head (that's what she said)
A - chocolate, booze and a hint of spice
T - wow, chocolate and sweet, then the heat and flavor from the chili hit. Not to spicy, but the heat balances they sweetness (original is too sweet for me)
F - medium to full body, sweet

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, sweet chocolate notes and light hazelnut liquor is quite enticing. Taste is a nice mix between some roasted malt with sweet black chocolate notes, some hazelnut liquor, some residual sugar notes with some medium hot chili notes that are more noticeable in the aftertaste. Body is smooth with nice creamy texture and medium carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Very nice balance between the different flavours. Wish I could have this more often.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 09/10/15 notes. 22 oz. bottle into stemware glassware. Had in the same tasting of the normal IBB, Bourbon BA, and Pappy BA version.

Pours a deep dark brown color with two inches of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, milk chocolate, light vanilla, tons of peppers and spice, earthy malts, and cream. The peppers are a bit overpowering, especially in the taste, and it kept me from getting a lot of hazelnuts out of it. Medium body and low carbonation.

Overall a good stout because the base stout is great, but the peppers overpower the hazelnuts and don't add a lot to it. Still a good beer but down there with the donut break as my least favorite variant.

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Photo of TomMorris
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nothing special for a dark beer, but the body is definitely dark as all hell. The head is chocolate brown but minimal; considerable lacing is left.

Nose: Really quite nice; it's gotta a little too much soy-sauce twang for it to be elite here but I'm getting a nice mix of chocolate and coffee with an aggressive chili pepper presence - this beer smells hot.

Taste: This one is definitely chocolate, alcohol, and chili forward with a bit of coffee lurking underneath. Overall not as balanced as Prairie Artisan's Bomb!, per say, but there's quite a bit going on and it definitely is delicious.

Feel: The alcohol here is definitely felt and warms the stomach nicely while the chili presence prickles the tongue. Overall the mouthfeel is rather viscous.

Overall: I do a lot of my beer shopping at Decicco's in Brewster, and ended up purchasing this version of the beer before the base version. Definitely an excellent beer to bust out for special dinners, though it's a bit too unbalanced and not unique enough to be elite. I'm curious to try to original IBB now.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle into a Teku glass.

A - Poured extremely dark, and it is absolutely black in the glass. A thin, mocha rim around the top is what remains of the small head. Lots of lacing. Beautiful.

N - Whoa, a ton going on here. First I get a blast of roast. Next I get some dark fruit: raisins, prunes, followed by huge dark chocolate. A fantastic smelling non-BA stout.

T - I don't get any hazelnuts, and very subtle coffee. And I get just the slightest bit of chili. I tell you, the amount of coffee and chili is perfect. They are just slight complementary pieces, which is exactly how I prefer them. You get too much pepper in Mexican Cake, and too much coffee in most of these beers. Here it's perfect.

M - More carbonation than expected, but I still get a velvety smoothness. Not quite a full mouthfeel, but almost.

O - I like this way more than the regular Biscotti Break. It's just blended perfectly. A+.

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Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks tommyguz for gifting us with a bottle of this. Bomber into a snifter, the brew appears black in color with brown clarity around the edges. Some spotty lace and minuscule head retention.

The smell is nearly identical to the normal biscotti break but where it differs is the most nuanced nutty aspect with more focus on roast and chocolate into the finish. It has a slight char feeling with anise.

The taste is bitter chocolate with slight nutty grain quality giving way to a mild pepper burn across the back with a hint of citrus. Seemingly the bigger the sip you take, the most the pepper is noticeable though still it is quite subdued.

This is medium to full bodied with a light amount of carbonation. A pleasant offering to try but overall not that much better than the other biscotti iterations. I really dont feel these beers are worth their asking price unless you can buy them for around $10.

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Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Choco chip cookies and coffee in th nose.

Flavor: Coffee (moderate), faint chili dark chocolate (high), very good balance.
Nearly too sweet. Fine, lingering aftertase.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown-black color with a finger of short-lived dark brown head that faded into a fuzzy collar. Wisps of thin soapy lace were left down the glass.
S: Chili hits first and is very vegetal and bell peppery at first. After the beer settles, the chili takes on a much more spicy and roasted quality, like chipotle peppers. There are layers of chocolate syrup beneath the chili, but I don’t think I would know there were hazelnuts in this based on the smell.
T: Rich layers of chocolate fudge, chocolate syrup, and chocolate cake dominate the mouth, with lightly spicy and roasted flavors of chili following. The hazelnuts are noticeable this time, and add a creamy nuttiness to the flavor not unlike Nutella. The chocolate carries over into the finish, and the aftertaste has a nice lingering semisweet spiciness. The chili doesn’t lend any oily heat, just a clean peppery flavor.
M: Very thick body with a heavy, silky, mouthfeel. As stated above, the chili isn’t hot, so there isn’t much of a burn or tingliness left on my palate. The carbonation is soft, smooth, and rather delicate. The alcohol is all but completely masked, and there is no booziness to this brew.
O: A very delicious flavor combination overall. The peppery chili and chocolate really work well together, and I assume the hazelnuts are contributing to the fatty chocolate taste and super smooth mouthfeel. Worth checking out if you’re a fan of the original.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lotsa notes to catch up on from the past week. This specialty was shared by Dan and Emma. Thanks DanEmma.

A - Black pour, small brown head. A thick ring and dots of lace remain at the end.

S - Big roasty chocolate fudge, nuts and chiles noticeable but in the background. Pretty nice.

T - Chocolate, chili and hazelnuts are great here, resembling some magical spy nutty chocolate bar. Tarry roasty goodness and a little bit of vanilla as well. Pretty nice balance of flavors.

M - Roast presence strengthens with warmth, chili heat is light, some alcohol heat. Solid heft with medium-light carbonation.

O - Quite good with the chiles and nuts making themselves known in the midst of a big ol stout.

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Photo of scootny
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 32 oz Growler from DecCcco's in Armonk. This version has the addition of hazelnuts and chili peppers. A jet black liquid as it flows showing a black/brown hue as it transitions to a head. If its too cold you don't get that much on top but let it get above 44 and an aggressive pour yields an impressively good sized head and and copious spots of lace all along the glass. Slow fade and a good retention. Liquid stays covered by a light film of cocoa froth that also washes up against the glass sides with each sip.

Smell is deep and rich. Sweet and thick. Coffee and chocolate and molasses dark roast. Alcohol and burnt sugar are so tightly fused together that the booze seems subsumed into the sugar and vice versa. A light peppery spiciness.

Taste is like a thick rich mocha shake. Lots of chocolate up front with a huge underlying bold french roast that is wonderfully tapered into a chocolatey smoothness. Sweet sugar and light molasses flow tin a mild nuttiness that no doubt comes from the added hazelnuts. Finish is on the maltier side of things with a mellow earthy hop presence that is bracketed by the huge malted grains on one side and the addition of the chili peppers that counter the overall sweetness with a mild bloom of heat and spicy sharpness. Lingering notes of mocha and powdery cocoa.

Feel is thick and rich. Not a beer to take big sips of as it has a hefty, light syrup like glide over the tongue. Smooth velvety carbonation brings a touch of creaminess as it warms up. Sip, savor, relax, repeat.

A dynamite and notable beer. This is one I want for Christmas eve and every cold winter night on the horizon this year. It will have you take your pace and quality of life to a much better place. Slower and deeper, this beer has me quite thankful on this Thankdgiving weekend.

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

Bottle shared by Mike T. Thanks buddy!

Near black body with an inch of beige head. Complex aroma, offering chocolate, roast, chilis, spice, mild heat, vanilla, wood, almonds. Equally complex flavor, with everything in the aroma shining through. A delicious beverage. Well balanced and easy to drink, despite the double digit abv. Winner.

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Photo of Dope
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

No bottling date.

A: Pitch-black pour with a good sized dense and very dark head. Very fizzy and loud as a result of said fizziness. Head fizzes out fairly quickly into nothingness. Zero lacing.

S: Ah, well, pretty much as expected. Wonderful hazelnut aroma. Like smelling a bowl of actual hazelnuts. Earthy coffee and just a hint of heat.

T: Nutty and earthy up front. Light earthy coffee with lots of hazelnuts. Roasted malt abound with lots of chocolate. Lightest hint of chili pepper heat in the finish. Kinda reminds me of cinnamon, actually. Which isn't a bad thing.

M: Super smooth. Heavy and slick. Mouth-coating. Amazing mouthfeel.

O: Damn. One hell of an imperial stout. The mouthfeel is off the chart smooth. The flavors, while varied, work together well. Lots of great stout flavors like chocolate, coffee, spiciness and nuttiness that are surprisingly balanced to boot. Combined with the ultra-smooth mouthfeel this makes for one great drinking stout. Wish it had a little more chili pepper but alas, it's still delicious.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours a deep, dark black, almost ink-like. Small, quarter inch head, not much lacing.

Smells deeply chocolately and roasty. Some nutty aromas well.

Great flavors. The heat of peppers, a smoother heat, rather than a biting heat, is folded very nicely into a chocolate blanket. The hazelnut flavor is slightly less pronounced than I like, but is nice, and adds a earthy sweetness to the beer. A bit of coffee bitterness on the palate as well.

Thick, syrupy mouthfeel much like the base beer. Very creamy, and pretty drinkable, considering the alcohol content.

So glad I took a trip to this great grocery store and found this beer on the shelf. Apparently it's made specifically for them, and its awesome.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

Appearance: Pours dark and thick with 1 finger of creamy brown head that collars quickly.

Smell: Vanilla, coffee roast, cocoa and caramel. There's definitely a perceivable chili pepper element under everything.

Taste: Coffee roast and chocolate up front give way to vanilla in the middle. Towards the end, the peppers assert themselves , but are balanced nicely by the coffee and cocoa. This is balanced really well, and is really easy to drink, despite the abv. The peppers are present throughout the whole profile but only pop out, modestly, in the middle of the drink and never overpower the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium on the heavy side with modest carbonation.

Overall: Not much to dislike about this beer. It's is a very balanced and drinkable big stout that hides the abv well. This might just be the best Evil Twin beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: black-bodied ale with a slim head of dark foam; modest persistence, some motes of lace

S: rich dark malt aromas and a nuttiness, like a hazelnut lattee; some earthy and herbal notes

T: base malts are roasted and dark and full of that bittersweet chocolate flavor; coffee with milk and sugar flavors; hazelnut is distinct and adds a rugged, rustic element to the beer; mild chili flash, but not too spicy or hot

M: medium-full bodied, dense and flat; smooth and coating; slight tingling

O: a very nice take on the base stout, with a clear switch in the nut flavor and some rough-edged character reminiscent of the Yeti line from Great Divide with the addition of chili heat. A fine beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber courtesy of CooperEllis pours a mainly black in color with a fine-bubbled tan head. Not much for retention or lace.

Nose is chocolate cake covered in Nutella. Wow, the hazelnuts really get some action in the aroma. Not much on the chilies but man does this smell delicious. Damn near perfect.

Taste is rich and chocolaty...smooth velvet and sweet cream. The hazelnuts are not as prominent as the nose. Chilies are subtle but noticeable if you know they are there...normally not a big fan of stouts with chilies, but this one has enough other stuff going on with the chocolate and nuts to still be quite good. Pretty good, but I thought the aroma was better than the flavor.

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Photo of dar482
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a black color with very little head. Coats the glass very well.

The aroma is of chocolate, big coffee, and roast. Smells like a great imperial, though I do not really get the chili and hazelnuts.

The flavor follows, again without really the hazelnuts, but more of that bitter chocolate, some coffee, and then a tingling chili flavor in the back of the throat. It gives the beer a really good amount of balance.

Super creamy and drinkable at its ABV.

This is a really well crafted brew with the balance of chilis really balancing this beer well.

I would watch out for this with time. It was excitingly spicy when fresh and now has calmed down a lot. Coffee comes through more now.

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Photo of MCain04
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a Darkness Tulip glass.

Pours a dark near-black body with a thin mocha head which dissipates quickly into rimming and minimal lacing.

Roasty malts and chocolate on the nose with chili spice, not terribly nutty. Some coffee.

Taste is heavy on the spice from the start. Roasty malts with chocolate and coffee are present. Hoppy bitterness as well. Not overly sweet. The chili addition to the base beer of IBB is great, but would have liked more hazelnut presence.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, carbonation medium, not quite smooth, sticky with a dry finish.

Overall, I enjoyed this better than IBB and is one of the better chili imperial stouts out there. Well balanced and enjoyed. Seek it out.

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Photo of arusso13
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on-tap at DeCicco's Brewster in a snifter.

A: Jet black with a thin toffee-colored head.

S: Coffee upfront giving way to a nutty/chocolate aroma. No scent of any peppers detected.

T: Just as the smell, coffee and chocolate big at first, followed by chocolate covered espresso beans and nuts (although I couldn't pick up on any hazelnuts). Fades into a nice peppery spice, just enough to coat the throat without being too overpowering.

M: A full body with low carbonation

O: A nice balance between the coffee, nuts, and peppers. Very drinkable despite being 11.5%. Not the best stout I ever had, but definitely worth seeking out if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of icehawk
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tap @ Westbrook 

 Appearance: Pitch black with almost no head 

 Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, toasted nuts 

 Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate sweet 

 Palate: Extremely well balanced; heavy body, very smooth. Nice coffee/chocolate/nut finish with a hint of pepper heat. No acidic undertones from coffee. 

 Overall: Absolutely wonderful... a very nicely balanced concoction with no single element standing out more than another.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Fleeting mocha head. The thinnest of collars.

Smell - Not a very strong aroma. Chocolate. Some peppers.

Taste - Chocolatey. Very chocolatey. Definite sweet nuttiness that I could qualify as hazelnuts. Little bit of pepper in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Kinda heavy.

Overall - Didn't find this to be as good as the regular. Maybe a fault of the growler.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark viscous oily pour

S: aroma of sweet unattenuated malts , light chili pepper heat and dark baltic porter like aroma

t: heat from pepper. Light macadamia white chocolate cookie flavors and cocoa mixing with roasted malts.

M: thick viscous slick oil with mild to no carbonation. No visible head

O: overall a tasty brew that I might drink again if not for the hefty price tag. The hazelnut does seem to add a fair amount of flavor in my opinion even though it is a subtle taste. Chili pepper mutes after a few minutes of sipping but is also a nice and welcome addition. Ill have to try the regular now to compare.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32oz. Growler from Decicco's Ardsley into a Founders snifter.

Pours a coarse layer of mocha colored bubbles with poor retention. Beer is pitch black and thick. Oily legs with spotty lace that doesn't really linger. Average.

Nose is stale chocolate and coffee beans with hints of roast and fudge sweetness. No real chili presence though the hazelnut lends a bit of nuttiness and smooths out the experience. Decent.

Opens sweet and chocolate-y. Hints of molasses, fudge, and espresso beans in the middle with perhaps a hazelnut presence in the back. End is more chocolate, cocoa, and fudge but with a nice, subtle heat from the chili. Finishes sweet and spicy with a lingering, chocolate and roast aftertaste. Pretty good though not as good as the original.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and oily in the mouth and goes down slick and rich. Messy, accented finish with a sticky, lingering, heated aftertaste. Nice.

A decent beer but for some reason, the addition of hazelnut and chili actually takes away from the original. The heat at the end is expected and appreciated. However, the hazelnut almost fractures the otherwise chocolate, molasses and coffee masterpiece. Still decent but not as good.

As a side note, the store manager that filled this didn't know what he was doing at all... he took the run-off from the fill into a plastic cup and poured it back into the growler... which I suspect may have affected the carbonation and served to oxidize the beer quicker, introducing more air (I had the growler for 5 days before opening). Regardless, I will revisit this one.

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Photo of kjrod20
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into tulip. Disclaimer: I have not had the original IBB.

A: Black with dark tan head that dissipated quickly. No lacing at all.

S: Amazing. Chocolate, coffee, but I don't smell the chili.

T: Chocolate and hazelnuts. When it's cold, I barely notice the chili, only the slight heat in my throat after drinking, but as the beer warms, it become much stronger.

M: Slick like it pours, but not too heavy at all.

Overall: Fantastic beer. Highly recommended.

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