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 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

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4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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 IvoryFoxhole
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated can poured into pint glass and allowed to warm.

L: 1.5F light tan head. Decent retention, leaving sheets of sticky lacing and a cap and ring.

S: Coffee and hazelnut, mostly. Some dairy and cocoa come in.

T: Coffee with hazelnut creamer is how I would characterize it. Chili heat comes in very slowly at the end. Subtly and nicely done, but not overdone. Cuts the sweetness a bit.

F: Medium bodied, not much carbonation. Exception construction and quite well-balanced.

O: One of the stronger entries in this series. Always playing with fire when you work with chilis (ha ha get it?) but they handled it very well.

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

My revisiting of Evil Twin CANtinues as they prove themselves willing to put all manner of beers into CANs for the furtherance of The CANQuest (tm)! One of the big questions about CANned beers was how big beers, tarts/sours & spiced beers would fare. It does not seem that there are any qualms on their end, so should there be any on mine?

From the CAN: "Imperial Stout brewed with Coffee and Chili with Hazelnut and Vanilla Extracts added"; "Italy has a certain 'je ne sais quoi' - fab food culture, highly decadent history of art and cool countryside. Some might argue the people are loud and flamboyant, they steal our women, the soccer player melodramatically flop on the pitch. Listen - that's all part of the secret Italian ingredient - keep it cool, confident, arrogant and extravagant. Forza Italia."

I went to Crack! this 16-fl. oz monster open, but it decided to fight me on the Crack! Hmm. I am always wary as something untoward may have happened/be happening, but once acCANplished, all was well. I beCAN a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass, stopping only when the liquid level approached the vessel's CANpacity. It's good to know our limits, but I have yet to find mine. Usually, it finds me! I then CANducted an in-glass swirl that raised just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with very good retention, leaving behind nice lacing. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose had a definite hazelnut presence & while I could not have identified Chili on my own, it was definitely spicy! I recently drank a MexiCAN Chocolate Stout from PeliCAN Brewing that had the same quality, just less pronounced. Mouthfeel was big, thick & full, like a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue. I let it roll around in my mouth, but as it warmed, it seemed to explode with latent heat. My sinuses keep getting a workout. I liked the way the chocolatiness of the malt worked with the sweetness of the vanilla to counterbalance the heat of the chili & the smokiness of the coffee. Phew! I took a deep breath without really thinking & as I exhaled, I really got a blast of heat. I may need a break after this one. Finish was dry, as is almost always the case when spices are an adjunct in beer. Coupled with the relatively-high ABV & I was CANtemplating calling it a night. Nah.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.84/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mctizzz
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Jmar25
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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 jtladner
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Zonian1
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JulianB
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of JamesStreet
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mackeyse
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 476 ratings