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Imperial Doughnut Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 1,408
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 24.23%
Wants: 137
Gots: 314 | FT: 42
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Netdigger2 on 02-25-2013

Did the flavors of sugar and bitter sweet almonds and coffee in Imperial Biscotti Break also make you sentimental? Now we topped it off with insane amounts of doughnuts. This all time American favorite is making it’s way back into the spotlight and we at Evil Twin Brewing are not letting a tasty trend pass us by without taking it to the next level. Drink it with great gusto - Forza Doughnuts.
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Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass tulip. No freshness date but purchased about a month ago from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black with thin brown stripe on the edge and a 1-finger sticky beige head that descends quickly but does manage to leave some spots of lacing.

S: Honey sweet combined with chocolate-espresso cookies and tinge of alcohol

T: Bold flavor, not afraid of sweetness but tempered with a delicate balance of roast and hop bitterness. Coffee is readily evident but blends in beautifully with medium caramel, dark chocolate, bready maltiness (I wonder about the Munich %?), and vanilla-sugary sweetness that culminates in a moderately bitter, coffee and chocolate heavy finish. Not a delicate beer -- big and brash but amazingly drinkable.

M: Sticky with full body and light-medium carbonation at most to leave a drinkable high gravity brew. Pretty remarkable

O: I really liked this beer but the price tag ($17.99) and general availability in my area leaves this as a novelty. That's okay -- it's a delicious, sumptuous treat.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice creamy one-finger tan head, which also leaves some nice islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee/coffee notes, some nice vanilla. The taste is very nice malty, sweet, with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee/coffee notes. slight roastyness. Full Body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, another very tasty brew from ET. Recommended.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with decent tan head that lasts a minute good lacing.

Smell the first thing i notice is some chocolate I also get a little vanilla the alcohol does not see present in the smell.

Taste very chocolate some bready flavors you notice the alcohol a but but it is well balanced.

Feel full bodied little burn from the alcohol very smooth.

Overall I really like this beer I would love to have it again.

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Photo of teromous
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see any date code on the bottle.

Appearance: Oily black body with a light brown head. The head is mostly fine creamy bubbles with a few larger ones and although it's short it stands up fairly well. It leaves some small bits of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: It has a pretty strong chocolate aroma and the scent of alcohol comes through. Every time I put it up to my nose there is that sweet smell of chocolate. It doesn't have a lot of complexity but it smells fantastic. That alcohol scent also seems to have pushed away from the beer after it sets for a short time.

Taste: It has a fantastic sweet chocolate flavor. There are no harsh or bitter burnt flavors here at all. It's completely sweet. There's a bit of coffee at the end but again there is no bitterness. I don't know what the doughnuts are supposed to add to this beer. The beer doesn't really taste anything like a doughnut even in the slightest. I know the bottle says it's made using actual doughnuts but again I'm not able to separate or identify that flavor from anything in this beer. Overall the flavor of the beer is fantastic though. Maybe adding doughnuts adds something ethereal to the beer but it works. The sum description of this beer would be "chocolate porter."

Mouthfeel: It's nice and smooth but it feels a bit thin. The carbonation is perfect and it is a very drinkable beer. It is insanely drinkable for a 11.5% which I feel makes up for the slightly thin mouthfeel.

Overall: This is one of the better tasting chocolate beers that I've had. I would recommend it and I would drink it again. I don't know what adding doughnuts to this beer has done but hey...even if it is a gimmick it seems to be working well.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A lot more bitter than I thought this Porter would have been, especially given the name. Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. Though I wouldn't have minded a bit of sweetness as I really don't taste a lot of the "doughnut". Still a really good Porter though. I also like that it's boozy but it doesn't taste that way.

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Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with with a sticky deep beige head atop.Big coffee roast notes in the nose along with chocolate and a hint of vanilla,sweet alcohol is present as well.The feel is the only flaw of this beer but it's a decent sized flaw,to me it's too sharp and to thin for a beer of it's size and richness.The feel can't take away from the big chocolate and glazed flavors...like a chocolate glazed doughnut,deep roast underneath and alcohol wich gets bigger as I drink more.So close to being amazing,with the feel it's just really really good.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color with khaki colored head, thick pour like oil, very viscous. Chocolate, vanilla, sweetness, light coffee, and some glazed cereal tones on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and smooth. Finishes sweet, with some cocoa and sweet vanilla.

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Photo of deebo
3.17/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Fresh Bomber poured into a pint glass
A-a thick finger of espresso looking foam tops a pitch black brew.
S-Dark chocolate aromas predominate. Hints of almond and vanilla.
T-the dark roasted chocolatey malt is offset with a creamy sweetness. The coffee flavor with accents of almond and vanilla extract are definitely noticeable.
M-fairly thin bodied for a 10%+ beer. Highly carbonated-a bit too much because a it takes away from a smoother creamier mouthfeel.
O-definitely a dessert beer. Average across the board.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

EvilTwin got it right with this one perfect balance of sweet and stout even though it says porter this is a tasty sweet stout. The coffee is apparent as is the glaze the doughnut it's of the cake variety and it is more of a subtle aftertaste that pleasantly lingers on your tongue between sips or blasts of glaze and coffee.. I say buy this for an awesome change of pace much better than the cloying diabetes bomb that is imperial biscotti...

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Did Imperial Biscotti Break also make your sugar levels rise and the bitter sweet flavors of coffee, almonds and chocolate very sentimental - now we topped it off with insane amounts of doughnuts. This all time American favorite is making its way back into the spotlight and we at Evil Twin Brewing are not letting a tasty trend pass us by without taking it to the next level. Drink it with great gusto - Forza Doughnuts." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Porter with Coffee added. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on annual limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Dark chocolate head of a smooth, foamy cream consistency over a black body. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Medium roasted barley, caramel syrups, chocolate syrups, thick and viscous with rich sugars. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Earthy, heavily roasted barley and chocolate malts forward with undertones of licorice, toasted caramel grains, slightly sticky and earthy, rich finish. Aside from the richness of the body, there's a distinctive lightness of the body that makes this a very easy-drinking ale. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, slick, lightly residual, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly earthy and roasty bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) A very flavorful American Imperial Porter with a bit more earthy and roasty bitterness than I would have expected from something gearing itself for the doughnut-loving population. Either this, or most of the sweetness has been fermented out, leaving this beer unusually low on residual sweetness, heavy sugar richness and thick chocolatey character. I'm enjoying the beer a lot, I just don't particularly find it accurate under the name "Imperial Doughnut Break". 3.75

Evil Twin Brewing's
Imperial Doughnut Break

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Photo of KYGunner
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This honestly drinks like coffee and doughnuts. It is absolutely delicious with strong overtones of chocolate, glazed doughnuts and fresh ground coffee.

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Photo of Pencible
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque black with thick dark tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark chocolate and espresso, with some licorice and honey wheat bread.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and smoky espresso, with some sugar and cream and licorice. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a solid imperial porter, but I don't get it. No real doughnut character. It would have made more sense if they called this an espresso porter. The scent and taste were bold but not complex. The body was appropriate, but the finish was hot, so it was better to sip. Maybe age would help bring out the desired character? Fresh is nice, but nothing special.

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Photo of PVMT
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black pour with a thin brown head. The nose is coffee and booze; coffee flavor follows with a hint of sugar. Decent mouthfeel leads to a similar tasting finish.

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Photo of mlockman
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance and aroma are the same as Biscotti Break (I wasn't able to tell if the aroma was in fact just a touch sweeter than Biscotti Break, or if this was due to the perceptual bias inherent with a beer named "Doughnut Break"), but tasted much, much better with a greatly improved mouthfeel. The Biscotti Break base from which it came is easily discernible, though less bitter, the addition of doughnuts provided several layers of complexity that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ruby black pour. Nose is all nuts for me with almonds predominating. Dark roast beans. Flavor is complex but makes sense. Nuts come through and if I were to pick a donut flavor it would be coffee... Duh. Feel is silky smooth. Very light carbonation and 11.5 is well hidden. Very nice.

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Photo of drew42e
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slight coffee and almond. Sweet aroma but not cloying, some vanilla and mocha. Same taste and nice mouthfeel make this a top Porter for me. Great beer. In my wheelhouse and alcohol completely hidden

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Photo of don1481
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into snifter. Purchased at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee on recommendation from people. Having this for dessert.

Appearance: Pours jet black, thick with a mocha head that dissipates fairly rapidly and leaves no lacing along the side of the glass.

Smell: ... is that doughnut I actually smell here?? Lots of sugar, some coffee hits too. Also smells slightly boozy. Mmm.

Taste: Lots of coffee here. Lots. Sugar notes are very noticeable as well. Less boozy than the smell would have indicated. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Coffee aftertaste for sure. Little sticky.

Overall: I'll seek this out again for sure. So tasty.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer starts a little neutral coffe wise compared to the regular Perial Biscotti Break. But as it warms, the sweetness comes through and the coffee flavors become more prevalent. A sipper of a big beer. But oh so good.

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours black, opaque, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is burnt sugar, roasted malt, sweet and baker's chocolate. Light alcohol heat is also present. This one screams great dessert beer. Tasty, sweet, malty treat that I would pick up again.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a motor oil-black with one finger of creamy mocha head. Little lacing left behind.

Aroma of sweet chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and light notes of coffee.

Taste matched the aroma. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and a bit more coffee. Especially in the finish. The 11.5% abv definitely added a prickly warmth to the palate.

Medium bodied and creamy with a moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Nickcal
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big chocolate flavor and SUPER sweet. It really was so heavy with sweetness and chocolate I thought I was eating liquid chocolate glazed doughnuts. Have it for dessert and then take a long rest on the couch too digest this sweet tooth bomb of a beer.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice porter. Can taste the roast malts, sweet chocolate smell, medium carbonation, has nearly zero foam with little lacing, gets more flavorful as it warms.

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Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A dark and thick looking pour, with a small head of dark tan foam, some cling. Smells of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, some caramel. Taste pretty much follows the nose, except the coffee is more intense in the taste and leads the way along with the malt. Fair amount of bitterness on the back end. Not sure what I was expecting, but I still want some donuts. Sweet, but not overly so. Smooth and full bodied.

Maybe my taste buds were tired, but I was a bit disappointed in this one. Still a good beer, but less so than the base. For me, the donuts weren"t a positve addition and detracted from the depth of flavor.

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Photo of pmangold
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great overall imperial porter - pours almost black, good mild carb. tons of sweet chocolate/sugar in the nose, the taste is actually very doughnut like and very tasty even though its very sweet. this one is a sweet so it's more of a share bottle for me. glad I had it and was a sneaky 11.5% porter.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours black with a nice tan head with lacing throughout as I drank it. It improves a lot as you let it warm. The nose has lots of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. The taste is similar, and the crazy thing is you can actually pick up on the doughnut.

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Imperial Doughnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.