Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break
Evil Twin Brewing

Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut BreakImperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break
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From:
Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #428
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #995
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 7.16%
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
470
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 20, 2021
Added:
Jun 17, 2013
Wants:
  87
Gots:
  95
SCORE
96
World-Class
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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Rated by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Yes worthy offering. Get the chili and it works for me.
Nov 20, 2021
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Reviewed by TheBeerWolf from Nevada

4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Love the regular Biscotti Break and all of the stouts I have tried by evil twin. I only saw the hazelnut part when I ordered the beer when I got home I saw the chili part and was a bit scared. I love chilis and I love beer but the few chili beers I have tasted were not good mainly that dreck called Prairie Bomb. Thankfully this was the exception.

L - Pours pitch black with not much head that dissipated quickly. Usually the case with higher alcohol beers like this so I don’t dock it for that.

S - I get a lot of the hazelnut in the nose and that seems to accentuate the coffee aroma more vs regular biscotti break.

T - Like the nose hazelnut and coffee come forward. The chili seems to be just some residual heat on the back end almost like cinnamon. The chili does not mess with the flavor profile at all and if you were expecting a ton of heat or chili flavor this might disappoint but for me everything blended together very well.

F - This is one aspect I love about Evil Twin. Many people these days make imperial stouts that are like drinking syrup. This one is decently dry and drinkable considering the high alcohol content. Not cloying and the nice bit of heat on the back end is pleasant. Overall for me a very drinkable imperial stout.

O - Overall a great beer that I had no problem finishing but imperial stouts are my favorite style. Another winner from Evil Twin, don’t regret buying this one in the least and look forward to other 3.
Oct 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dgman8053 from New York

Oct 02, 2021
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I didn't think the original could be improved upon, but who knew that chili and hazelnut could work so well together and in one of the best stouts ever. Who knew? Evil Twin, silly.

It pours a sublime black with constant foam (it's alive). The aroma is huge - chili hazelnut, on top of an amazing big, malty stout, which, by the way, probably has a bunch of hops too. It all works so well together.

Highly recommended. You should always buy any Evil Twin stouts that you come across, and this one proves why.
Sep 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Aug 27, 2021
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Reviewed by firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Evil Twin sequel to Biscotti Break featuring chilis and hazelnuts. The base beer is very much there and a bit of chili spice, but no sting. Pretty tame for ET overall though.
Jul 17, 2021
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Rated by SmoothOverEverything from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Definitely can taste the chili aspect. Makes it a little weird. Otherwise quality stout.
Jul 17, 2021
 
Rated: 3.3 by _derrr from California

May 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.67 by deereless from Colorado

May 17, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
473 ml can, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 11.5%. Pitch black colour, small tan head. Aroma of roasted hazelnuts and roast malts, chocolate biscuits and vanilla. The flavour has a light chili burn and is fairly sweet, with the same elements as the aroma. Moderate but noticeable hops. Good beer.
May 08, 2021
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
04/28/21 can @ home
Apr 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16oz can poured into a snifter. Pours out nearly jet black with a mocha-colored head. Aromas and flavors of vanilla sweetness and fresh coffee combine with a nice poke of chili heat with a nearly-full-body and a touch of alcohol booze. Tasty and enjoyable.
Apr 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Maillard from Ohio

Mar 29, 2021
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass. It smelled of chili peppers, chocolate, hazelnut and vanilla. Sweet caramel, chocolate, toffee with a spicy heat and subtle vanilla.
Mar 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.31 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey

Mar 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania

Oct 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Apr 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.3 by samEBC from Belgium

Mar 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.27 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Feb 29, 2020
 
Rated: 3.98 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Feb 09, 2020
 
Rated: 3.8 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Jan 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by Georgiabeer from Georgia

Nov 21, 2019
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Reviewed by ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.42 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Sep 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by ilikebeer03 from Texas

Sep 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by desint from Belgium

Sep 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by tjg584 from Tennessee

Jul 15, 2019
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
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
 
Rated: 4 by Mt651 from Minnesota

Mar 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by Bowers-Brew from Illinois

Mar 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

Mar 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by Fusion7777 from Virginia

Feb 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.21 by impending from California

Jan 25, 2019
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Reviewed by RMW66 from Australia

4.46/5  rDev +3%
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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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.14 by NathanBeets from South Dakota

Jan 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.38 by JonathanStrunk from Georgia

Dec 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Dec 24, 2018
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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
Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 568 ratings