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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break

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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 738   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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The Roman Empire had a certain “je ne sais quoi” festive food culture, extravagant architecture and spectacular live entertainment. Some might argue the Emperors were brutal, mad and hungry for power, and the people vain when taking baths and working out all day. Listen – that’s still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient – keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2832) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 22, 2016
On tap and it was AWESOME Big aroma of roasted "something" (of course it is roasted malt but it felt like fresh ground coffee and some other charred elements). Taste is more roastiness but with a nice sweetness that keeps it all balanced. Really tastes like a biscotti. Really a big porter too, packing a nice alcohol warmth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ttheilen (516) - USA - MAY 16, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (824) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Dark black color with light brown ring of a head and no lacing. Aroma and flavor have rich chocolates and and intense malts. Strong alcohol nose, but less of it in the flavor. Crazy flavor, very good!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kurwileb (5) - POLAND - MAY 6, 2016 does not count
Czarne, nieprzejrzyste piana niska, ale trwala. W zapachu czuc slodycz i vanillie. Smak to glownie przyjna paczkowosc,wanillia czekolada,troszke kawy. Jeden z lepszych imperiali jakie probowalem, bardzo dobre piwko!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (4058) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2016
Draft at Row 34. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing in the glass. Solid roasted malt notes on the nose. A fair amount of hazelnut and bitter chocolate on the tongue. Hides it's booze well. Nice but I'm not sure it's an improvement of Biscotti Break. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emusche (150) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Pours nearly black with a deep caramel head that dissipates nearly immediately. Aromas of cacao, cappuccino, biscuit, vanilla bean, and sweet malts with just the faintest hint of alcohol. Taste is dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla creamer; nice warming sensation at the back of the throat from the booze, but it’s well-hidden in the taste. This beer literally *begs* to be aged in bourbon barrels (edit: apparently there is a version of this already), which would make it absolutely exquisite. As it is, it’s still very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ulrikolsen (72) - DENMARK - APR 28, 2016
UPDATED: APR 28, 2016 Tap@Taphouse. Pours black with thick creamy brown head, that quickly reclines to the sides of the glass. In the nose complex coffee, roasted malt with rich dark chocolates. Taste is coffee and biscotti! Rich, deep coffee with chocolate, almonds, vanilla, biscuit with some sweetness but ends dry. East to drink, tough high alcohol, that hides well, but is notable.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (1026) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2016
Bomber purchased at Distillers Outlet in Poway a little over two years ago in March 2014 ($18.99). "Best before 2015"...oops (though that seems odd for an impy stout). POURS a basic pitch black with a finger of dark brown foam that soon recedes into almost nothing. AROMA of dark hard roasted malts, roasted nuts, black-ish coffee, and creamy vanilla. FLAVOR of lightly creamed coffee, rich artisanal chocolate, vanilla, roasted dark malts, a certain almond / nutty characteristic, light molasses, and a bit of dark stewed fruits. Also has a slightly strange small bit of sourness into the finish. Very nice balanced sweetness that is well tempered by the roastiness. Lovely soft mouthfeel and quite smooth from start to finish. Somehow the almost 12% is really completely hidden here. Not sure if this would really remind me of biscotti in a blind tasting, but it’s a great quaff regardless. (731, 1019)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alpha10 (548) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2016
2016/04/17 - Pours a motor oil black with a thick, frothy, tan head that lingers. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, licorice, molasses and light figs. Taste is figs up front, chocolate, espresso, licorice, molasses and moderate booze. Mouthfeel is full and slick, with smooth carbonation and a bittersweet, warming finish. Doesn't hide the 11.5%. A delicious, straightforward Imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotchzombie (513) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2016
Pours shiny and almost-black brown with a brown sugar head that starts foamy and slowly fades to a rim and coating with some native legs. Aroma is chocolate roasted malts and a touch of coffee and nut. Taste is rich, complex and delightful. Mainly sweet. Medium bodied but cloying. Taste is chocolate, mild coffee, and vanilla over a lightly roasted nutty malt backbone. Slight booze and charred wood in the aftertaste. Dessert.


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