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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Imperial Biscotti Break with sour cherries added.


fidelis83's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2136) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Inky black pour with a thin, creamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, toast, roasted nuts, caramel, lots of char and smoky old campfire, just a hint of sweet berries. Flavor is sweet chocolate up front, lots of char, some sweet cherries, coffee, dark caramel, light piney hops and a slightly stronger hint of cherries to the finish. Honestly if the description didn’t mention cherries, I may not have picked them up. Heavy body, creamy to chewy feel and medium strength slightly sharp carbonation. Really good overall, but they didn’t do the base beer any favors with the cherries or whatever they did. I will admit as the beer warms the cherries come out a little more and add a little more positively to the beer, but still not enough to redeem it compared to the base beer.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jared_Clifton (43) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Pours black with brown head. Medium body. Sour cherries, caramel, dark chocolate, salty flavor. Lots of bitterness from chocolate and cherries. Not as good as the imperial biscotti break bit still good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
queenholly (3372) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Draft. Dark creamy chocolate, coffee, and sour cherry aroma. Black brown with a moderate tan head. Tastes like chocolate covered cherries. Medium body, soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (6673) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2015
This and the original are very good with milk chocolate salted caramel biscotti! .. Mild Cherry whiffs, dark tar, and viscous ink .. Mouth is a bit drawn out .. . Easy finish .. . I am a muffin

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (616) - 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 (1007) - 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 (500) - 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 (457) - - 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 (572) - 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 (4130) - 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 (2156) - 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.


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