Imperial Doughnut Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 1,242
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 124
Gots: 270 | FT: 38
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Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

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 larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep black and slightly thin, but slick like motor oil and a pencil thin layer of light brown foam.

Chocolate, coffee, and donuts!

Huge chocolate and coffee flavor with a other notes of roasted malt and chocolate donuts and glaze.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, a bit too sweet for my taste.

Overall, while this certainly lives up to it's name, it is more of a dessert beer to share with friends or family than one to knock back alone.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Did not realize this was 11.5% until doing this review... really well hidden. Incredibly smooth for this large of a Porter. Still has some nice roastiness, but not overpowering burn either in the roast or the alcohol. Almonds and coffee come through in both aroma and flavor. Not sure what they added for a "doughnut" flavor... maybe some extra vanilla bean? Tasty, nonetheless.

Photo of ljbonadonna92
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smells like chocolate, almond, and literally chocolate doughnuts. Slight alcohol heat in both nose and tatste. Tastes like an alcoholic chocolate doughnut.

Photo of dmgeng
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My local shoppe just got a bunch of Evil Twin in and I had to just start trying them all and this is a very tasty beer.

A - Deep, dark brown with a viscosity that is hallmark of a good imperial stout. The thick fluid yields a moderate, rocky dark brown head with good lacing.

S - Initially this is very similar to Biscotti Break but with more of a sweet, malty edge. There is malt, caramel, milk chocolate, and coffee. There is a lot going on in the nose but you can tell it is going to be on the sweet side.

T - Initially the sweet malt, caramel, and chocolate flavors are full of depth and are very good. It has the smooth nature that the Evil Twin stouts have leading to a complex and easy drinking taste. The finish is a little more of the coffee and black malt but not quite enough to balance evenly.

M - High mouth-feel with low carbonation. This is a sweet beer but it is a little dryer and slightly thinner than Biscotti which allows the sweetness to not get carried away.

Overall, this is a very delicious beer. Great flavor that is smooth, rich, and sweet. It is still slightly sweet but a little dryer on the finish keeping it very drinkable. I was very surprised at how easy this beer was to drink a full 22oz bottle. I guess that is the most distinct similarity to donuts since it's too easy to overindulge. I also drank this on National Doughnut Day so I kept with the theme.

Glass- Imperial nonic pint

Photo of Oktoberfest
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sweet and really solid stout.

Photo of dohm179
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very impressive but a little much with its sweetness

Photo of BWood
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this porter. Might be my favorite of the style. I definitely recommend

Photo of madelfonatree
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Nice, tan head with fine bubbles. Little retention. Thick, oily body.

Smell - Slight bourbon smell. Very sweet. If the beer wasn't called Doughnut Break I couldn't smell glazed doughnuts, but it is there. Raspberry. Coffee. Dark chocolate.

Taste - The smell translates right to taste. More barrel than expected.

Feel - Thick and syrupy. I don't feel much carbonation. Oozes down the throat.

Photo of spacecake9
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a beautiful brown head. This is one of those beers that straddles the line between porter and stout. The aroma is not very strong. Flavor is coffee and chocolate with a sweet edge. I don't get donuts anywhere in this beer. Overall I like it but not as much as the Imperial Biscotti Break. Evil Twin is moving up my list of favorite breweries.

Photo of spoony
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 650 ml bottle to a snifter.

A-The beer pours heavily from the bottle into the glass. The head is short and thick; it lasts about a minute before fading to a film. No lacing is left behind and there are only a few bubbles of carbonation in the deep dark-brown liquid.

S-The aroma is deep and rich with strong flavors of milk and dark chocolate, brown sugar, cream, brewed coffee, and sweet dough. I can barely detect any alcohol here.

T-The taste is similarly sweet, big, and rich. It suggests brownies, brewed coffee, sweet bread dough, brown sugar, and almond. There is just a touch of char here too.

M-The body is medium to heavy with a lower level of carbonation. The beer is a little sticky.

O-This Imperial Break variant might be my favorite. It is big, sweet, and a bit sticky, so if those things annoy you, look elsewhere, but I enjoyed the flavor profile here a lot. The beer suggests donuts without actually tasting like a donut. Like many beers these days, it manages to hide its large ABV really well.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap @ Final Gravity in Roseville, CA 12/13/14

Appearance - Served up in a 11.5oz snifter with a half finger of head. The brew is black with cola brown edging. Doesn't do much to hold onto that half finger's worth of head, as it quickly breaks down to a near barren surface and a razor thin ring around the edge. Small spots of lace with little stick.

Smell - Aroma is a combination of sweet and boozy. Brown sugar, molasses and bready sweetness.

Taste - Starts sweet, than an earthy metallic character creeps into the finish, but the sugary sweetness prevails, then becomes overwhelming sip after sip until it's a cloying mess.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with healthy carbonation. Sticky, syrupy texture.

Overall - I'd be lying if I didn't say I was disappointed with this one. A bit too sweet with a strange, metallic and earthy finish.The smell says donut, but the flavor is a mess. Nothing I'd care to have again.

Photo of Tex_hex
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A ballsy porter. Really had more of a stout character in terms of mouth feel. The coffee cuts through strongest but you get the nice malty sweetness in the finish. I will definitely grab this again when it comes around.

Photo of Hopheadgou
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite stouts from Evil Twin. Nice sweetness, bready, toffee, burnt caramel, malty, chocolate, subtle coffee(becomes more bitter coffee aged). Just a great sipping stout for an after dinner dessert.

Photo of drpimento
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is truly a decadent masterpiece and I love it. I've seen a few others picking it apart, but I can't find any faults with it at all. The appearance is a smallish, thick, brown, slow to settle head, some lace, and an opaque black brown black color. Aroma was a volatile chocolate up front, then dark malts, nutmeats, toffee, burnt sugar. Flavor's like nose, in spite of the hype- not over sweet; in fact, nicely bittersweet; just enough tang. Exceedingly well balanced. Body is just perfect for the style with just enough boozy warmth, again to fit this style. An example of genius all around from these guys.

Photo of SHODriver
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with minimal dark tan head formation that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of chocolate and coffee with some roasted malts and burnt sugar
T: taste is coffee, sugary sweetness, almods, dark chocolate and slight roasted malt and some slight doughnut flavor. swallow is roasted malts, a little charred wood and some chocolate covered coffee beans.
M: fairly heavy on the palate but not chewy with soft carbonation and a neutral finish that leans toward drying
O: This is a big beer with big flavors, great complexity and no apparent alcohol flavors. It tastes great and drinks well for the size so if you like big stouts you should try and get your hands on this one.

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by: Unknown. Drank 12.6.14. 22oz bomber poured into a red wine glass.

A: Shallow head immediately upon pour which dissipates within seconds. Leaves a faint collar and small island of dark mocha froth. Fairly viscous, coats and lingers on the glass. No light penetration through the body, but hints at the edge.

S: Strong molasses, caramel sweetness, roasted ground coffee, almond milk, dark bitter chocolates. Traces of vanilla. Less sweet and stronger roast after proper warming.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted ground coffee, strong toasted malt. Thick burnt sugar, extraordinarily sweet, but with a dark side. Coffee and molasses become far more prominent once warmed to room temp.

M: Thick, oily, coats the mouth and throat. Clingy, initial fizz upon hitting the tongue, but beyond that... no carbonation. Heavy, a desert beer if that category even exists.

O: Definitely a treat, and fairly unique, but like most Evil Twin beers, it doesn't live up to the hype... or the price.It has a strong novelty to it, but novelty only goes so far. And at this price point, there are better options to enjoy.

Photo of docoman
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good overall. Definitely sweet.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bomber in a Delirium snifter, this fantastic (porter?!?) imperial stout pours a thick oily black with a dark tan frothy head that slowly dissipates to a thin coating layer and a beautiful ring with frothy clinging lacing. Nose of rich roasted coffee, thick sweet dark chocolate, moderate booze with warmth, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors are EXCELLENT. Coffee and chocolate ganache compete to a strong sweet malt backbone that is not overdone. Espresso flavors win out in the end and on the aftertaste with a slick, smooth, creamy mouth feel with just the right amount of carbonation and a strong alcohol warmth that makes this a year round fantastic desert imperial stout. Awesome. A new standard that will be hard to surpass.

Photo of jdip
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

By far an amazing dark favorite. Not overwhelming gives a little bit of a coffee hang time after while the first taste will always be of coffee and doughnut.

Photo of hardy008
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black, with a less than one finger mocha head. I have to admit, it smells quite a bit like a doughnut with chocolate, sugar, almonds, and the coffee to go with it.

The taste is much like the aroma with chocolate, sugar, almonds, coffee, dark roasted malt, and cocoa. Not overly sweet, as the coffee and roasted malt tastes keep the sweetness in check. More like a doughnut with coffee than anything else.

full bodied with modest carbonation. Has a coffee and chocolate aftertaste. There is no hint of alcohol in the taste, which is impressive for an 11.50 % abv beer.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is thick and as black as dirty motor oil (always a favorite description). A mocha colored head recedes leaving a collar of mocha foam and light lacing that eventually disappears.

Roasted grains, burnt malts, bitter coffee, and doughnut glaze meet the nose. I also notice a doughy aroma swirling about.

The beer is as burnt and roasty as it looks, with thick doughnut glaze sweetness adding balance. But mostly a really dark, roasted coffee stout. Very rich, without being overly so. The sweetness is perfectly added.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety.

Overall, about what I expected. Very rich, dark, sweet, high ABV. A delight.

Photo of Tucquan
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-12-26 in Lititz, PA

Photo of alexwag
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on draft at Hops House in Brooklyn. Was the perfect dessert sipper -- sweet, chocolaty and roasty with a velvety mouthfeel, all while being balanced enough for me to have two. Swear you can taste donut glaze. Spectacular.

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superb aroma, coffee, chocolate, booze. I get a ton of chocolate, hints of toffee, vanilla, very sweet but not cloying. Great mouthfeel I've come to expect from evil twin stouts. Delicious like dessert

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a motor oil black with a thin tan head. The head leaves some light sticky lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted malts, glazed doughnuts, and coffee.

T - Taste starts rich and sweet. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla, and brown sugar. The sweetness is followed by roasted malts and coffee. The finish has coffee and some light booziness.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a sticky and dry finish.

O - This is a deliciously rich beer. Lots of decadent flavors make a nice winter sipper.

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Imperial Doughnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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