Weekly Beer Review: Imperial Biscotti Break

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Imperial Biscotti Break — Imperial Stout
Evil Twin Brewin
$3.69/Can (16 oz)
Grade: A

The Beginning:

Who doesn’t love a coffee break? And what goes better with a coffee than some sort of pastry? Well you can keep your danish and your donut, because I’m a manly-man and I want to eat the most mouth-lacerating, brittle confection this side of Cap’n Crunch: biscotti. Designed to be dipped, biscotti is nearly inedible without liquid. So one might say it’s a natural extension that a brewer has combined the biscotti and liquid; plus a nice shot of booze! At least that’s what I plan on telling my boss when they catch me with this in the break room.

The Brewer’s Pitch:

I’ve never done this for a review, not once, but in a moment I’m going to just quote the entirety of Evil Twin’s description of this beer. Their web site is a .dk which implies they’re Danish, but they list South Carolina as the brewing location of Imperial Biscotti Break. Even considering the language barrier, though, this is what they came up with:

“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.” 

The Beer:

Biscottti Break is thick and deep deep brown, so dark not even a glint gets through. It carries a coarse, dense tan head. The nose is rich and nutty, heavily roasted like full-bodied coffee with hints of smoke and very dark chocolate. The beer tastes just like it smells. The first thing that hits is a full, smooth, powerfully heavy wall of and intensely roasty malt. A sharp bitter tang emerges that is a spot-on coffee mirror, lightly acidic without any hoppiness. Rather than fighting, this compliments the malt profile. The beer develops light sweetness toward the back end, that subtly tempers the up-front dark roast and the whole thing finishes with lingering smoke.

The Breakdown:

This is a spot-on beer for doing what it says on the label. They really captured the essence of a good strong dark coffee with a pleasantly sweet accompaniment—biscotti. Your opinion is really going to come down to your opinion of full-bodied coffee. I can’t see anyone drinking more than one of these in a row without them getting really overbearing, but I can see having a biscotti with one for double the biscotti power.

The Bottom Line:

What are you looking for down here that could POSSIBLY trump the brewer’s rambling Roman-Empire pitch for their cookie beer? Go back up and read it again.

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