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Imperial Doughnut Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 834
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 75
Gots: 190 | FT: 33
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Netdigger2 on 02-25-2013)
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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick as oil & black with a sliver of mocha head, there is some visible bubbles. Nice ily sheen, zero head retention or lacing

S: Dark fruit & dark chocolate, & whisper of booze

T: Dark chocolate, a little iron, licorice, molasses & charred grain & MAYBE some doughnut up front. Baker's chocolate, charred grain,& dryness as this warms. Finishes dry, slightly boozey with dark chocolate, & a little caramel, plus some coffee late

MF: Chewy, lively carbonation, thins out a bit once warm

Pretty good for what it is, but give me Biscotti Break any day. Enjoyed it, but over priced, & a little unrefined, Evil Twin I will continue to roll the dice on you, but probably wouldn't if I lived back in Colorado still

russpowell, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It really doesn't matter what kind of game it is. Don't get me wrong, biscotti is a very nice pastry, but doughnuts win every time! Right?

Opening with a deep, dark "bark" brown color, its cocoa-rich haze keeps the ale looking lighter than black and allows for a certain rusty muck to pronounce. A thick, moussey head builds upon the beer like rich mocha lather. Strong in retention and lace, the ale simply looks like a milkshake.

Rich aromas are a balanced blend of both chocolate and coffee. Coffee house in its make up, the dense scent of latte pulls forth. If it were not for the spicy booze note that lurks in the background, the heavy whipping cream, vanilla, candied almond, over-cooked caramel aromas would have suggested java-infused milkshakes instead of porter.

Its super-creamy and full flavor is all-things-mocha. Soft chocolate flavors wcrap around nutty columbian blend coffee for a smooth and robust taste. Shying away from the roast of espresso or the bitterness of cocoa, the taste favors a sweeter and maltier balance with its caramel, cream, vanilla, almond, brown sugar and starchy brownie batter culmination. With no real "doughnut" taste present (aside from a mild powdered sugar type of confectioner's sweetness), the ale is masterfully woven together for a sultry and decadent taste. The rise of alcohol is caught somewhere between sweet bourbon and spicy rum but is obviously dwarfed by dextrin-rich maltiness.

Its silky-smooth texture is akin to drinking malted milkshakes because of its creamy body that's unwavering. As its milky texture slowly dissolves, it reveals its warm alcohol spiciness even through it's a long-lingering malty-sweet finish.

This "Imperial Porter" is fantastic in every way. With so much acclaim with the doughnut infusion, the actual taste of doughnuts are rarely noticed in the ale- a lot of imagination is required here. But the real problem with the beer is that the "Imperial Biscotti Break" came first. As that is a better ale, this one simply struggles to live up to expectations.

BEERchitect, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of rden4654
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Good Beer I'm wasn't overwhelmed to the point that I wanted to go out and get it though.

rden4654, Yesterday at 10:39 PM
Photo of Beer-Ed
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Beer-Ed, Monday at 09:22 AM
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

spycow, Sunday at 06:27 PM
Photo of CHickman
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours pitch black with a creamy 1 finger dark tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of roasted grains, charred wood, vanilla, molasses, toffee, fresh ground coffee beans, licorice, cocoa powder, chocolate milk (like a Yoo-hoo), light booze and mocha coffee like one of those Starbucks bottled Frappucino (caramel or mocha); it does smell a little like a chocolate cake doughnut, which is exactly what I hoped for when I bought this bomber.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee and cocoa nibs up front, followed by chocolate milk (Yoo-hoo, Nesquik, Hershey’s, etc.), light booze like a dark rum or bourbon, vanilla, mocha coffee (Starbucks bottled Frappucino caramel or mocha, as noted above), roasted grains, charred wood, molasses, toffee, fresh ground coffee beans, licorice, cocoa powder, brown sugar, milk chocolate bar, piney hops, dark chocolate, cake batter and herbs or light spices like pepper. Really tasty overall, it improves as it warms and is another complicated rich, coffee infused extravaganza from Evil Twin.

Mouthfeel is smooth even though this brew is thick and chewy with mild carbonation and a little boozy heat; aftertaste is on the bitter side, like a strong coffee that had heavy cream added and sat all day and went cold.

I love coffee beers, so this was a real treat since it was an Imperial Porter that hid the 11.5% ABV well. I really enjoyed this beer and think that Evil Twin is one of the top producers of all coffee related beers on the planet. Most of their stouts and porters rank up there with the best in class, and this beer is no exception. A high recommendation, this was very enjoyable and a pleasure to drink.

CHickman, Sunday at 05:38 AM
Photo of jp312
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

jp312, Sunday at 01:54 AM
Photo of EFR94
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

EFR94, Sunday at 12:06 AM
Photo of epyon396
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

epyon396, Saturday at 04:42 PM
Photo of Noyt
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Noyt, Saturday at 01:55 AM
Photo of costanzo_mike
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

costanzo_mike, Friday at 06:12 PM
Photo of Hootie159
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Hootie159, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

StephRai, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -40%

Eh. Coffee is a little acidic. Would like more sweetness if this is supposed to be glazed doughnut.

kscaldef, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of Stillyman11
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Stillyman11, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of IndianaAndy25
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%

IndianaAndy25, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a super deep brown color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Swirling the brew in the snifter shows its very thick nature, with fingers of a thick syrupy look clinging to the sides of the glass before slowly receding back to the bottom of the vessel.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell with a good showing of a coffee and chocolate as may have been anticipated from the name and look of the brew. Some aromas of a more sweet crème like nature as well as some caramel and darker fruits are present as well, all brining a strong level of sweetness to the nose. Along with these aromas so to come smells of a hot boozy nature, which overall mix with the others to create a sweet, dark, and warming smell of booze laden chocolate latte.

Taste – The taste begins of a huge sweet flavor of tons of caramel and chocolate flavors as well as a good showing of a malty dark roasted taste. As the flavor advances, even more milk chocolate like flavors come to the tongue, with the milk chocolate becoming one of the more dominate tastes in the profile and brining an even higher level of sweetness to the brew. Some coffee develops on the tongue as it advances toward the end with other dark fruit tastes of fig and raisin developing more toward the end as well. A little bit more roasted malt flavor and some sweet crème flavors come to the tongue at the end with a decent showing of a slightly bourbon boozy taste as well as some light char. All these flavors in the end, mingle together to leave a rather thick cloyingly sweet and heavy chocolate latte flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the very full and creamy with a carbonation level that was actually a little bit on the higher side then I would have anticipated. The thick body really accentuated the sweet flavors of the brew, almost to the point to where they were too potent. It was however, somewhat appropriate for the roasted and thick imperial porter style though. While a higher carbonation is not usually appropriate for an imperial porter, for this one, it actually was rather nice, as it did help subdue the thick syrupy sweetness and kept to boozy flavors form being all that overpowering. Overall that feel was pretty good for making this a more drinkable brew.

Overall – A bit too cloyingly sweet and thick for my taste. It has some decent darker flavors, but these are just sorta lost in some of the massive sweetness. If only this was fermented down a bit more, then I think it would be a very enjoyable brew. But as stands, for the price this is one to shy away from.

Darkmagus82, Sep 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

ViragS, Sep 21, 2014
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1/5  rDev -76%

thomasmartin01, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of BRF4322
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%

BRF4322, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of TimBeaulieu
5/5  rDev +19.9%

TimBeaulieu, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of dshansen1184
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%

dshansen1184, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

LodiRigglesbee, Sep 20, 2014
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Imperial Doughnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.