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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Imperial Biscotti Break with sour cherries added.


Jamesthebrit's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jamesthebrit (323) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Aroma is cherry chocolate. Smooth a little acidity but very good. It has a hint of like stale dog poop or something. Looks ideal. Pours black. Amazing dark brown head with a tinge of cherry. Taste is not bad. Large acidic note in the middle takes a lot away. Boozy earthy and bitter. Acidy boozy finish. Maybe a little sweet cherry note in the end. Sits heavy but finish is watery. Overall better than regular imperial biscotti break but not amazing. The hints of cherry are nice and a nice compliment but the base beer is not good enough.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (603) - Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2015
Pours opaque brown, the head is dark tan but very brief and quickly evaporates to almost no foam at all. The aroma is strong, rich, roasted coffee; some sweet chocolate, some warm, boozy malt. The flavor is roasted malt and coffee. I don’t pick up on sour cherries at all, but something is definitely offsetting the chocolate in the aroma. Maybe the cherries are doing that. Regardless, this stuff tastes good.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (983) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2015
Very dark pour some mid brown head. Aroma of tart cherries, choco coffee. Tastes sour cherries chocolate. Lighter notes of almonds woody bizarre celery and turmeric earthy flavors. Some grinds in the palate. Light sour drinking finish for such a big beer. Very interesting worth the $

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiiruBierBeer (468) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2015
Nice malty smell with notes of toast, raisins, and pastries. Taste is the same with some dryness and mineral notes to it. Medium body, medium carbonation, and mild foam.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
PartyFowle (297) - - APR 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours thick like motor oil, pitch-black and capped with one finger of dense foam the color of cocoa powder. Muted aroma: deep espresso, molasses, dark chocolate syrup, a little marshmallow. Rich coffee and burnt toast flavor is followed quickly by cocoa and semi-tart cherries. A touch of vanilla as well. Tongue-coating, with mild CO2. The cherries don’t seem to add much to the basic Biscotti Break, and the coffee’s taken on a sharp, stale quality. I’m unimpressed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
S_Side_Smitty (547) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2015
UPDATED: APR 18, 2015 Pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma is rich rich rich mocha, chocolate, and maybe some faint prune. You can tell this one is substantial from the way the alcohol clings to the glass. Taste is coffee & chocolate. The malt richness starts changing in the mid palate to something a little more akin to carob or tamarind. A slightly burnt bitterness finishes out the palate. Well done, but no trace of cherry anywhere.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (4081) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a moderate brown head on there. Nose has some chocolate and roasting notes to it with just a hint of cherry on there. Taste is a bit sour with a moderate amount of cherry coming through, which I detest. Bleh.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2096) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
Pours thick and black with minimal head. Aromas of cherry, sweet malts, chocolate, and cookie dough. Nice sour cherry, chocolate and booze. Smooth and very drinkable for a big beer like this.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
revolution2718 (317) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Pours black with tan head. Nose is roast, chocolate, a bit dark fruity. Taste matches, roast, coffee, a sour cherry note, especially on the end, also some chocolate. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4491) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2015
22oz bomber from a dude from the other site. Aroma has some serious oxidation, after thar there is tasty chocolate, slight cherry juice, burnt toast and old coffee. Body has softer carbonation, medium to thicker milky moithfeel and a quicker fadimg aftertaste. Flavor of liquid dark chocolate syrup, cardboard, dark cherry juice,

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (5152) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Inky black with a wee foamy khaki head. Deep chocolate and licorice and cherry fill the aroma, with a nice roasty back-end. Wonderful and complex flavor featuring deep dark chocolate, roast sweet malt, a hint of molasses/licorice, and a smack of cherry/stone fruit. Lovely fruitiness throughout but also with loads of dark chocolate. Really pleasing.


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