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Imperial Doughnut Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 83
Gots: 210 | FT: 32
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Netdigger2 on 02-25-2013)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Roguer
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Completely black liquid topped by a huge, dense, very dark brown head. Good retention, and flat, wide lacing.

Smells like a regular - but good! - imperial stout. Chocolate and black coffee ride along with a more basic roasted barley aroma. Very little, if any, sour fruit; nothing particularly resembling a doughnut, either. There is a hint of syrupy, brown sugary, almost liquorice-like sweetness. I could fool myself into thinking this smells like a glazed doughnut, I suppose.

Thick, chocolate, sweet flavor; unbelievably so. Again, one could easily fool themselves into thinking this tastes like a doughnut, just because it's so incredibly thick and sweet. Really, it tastes like a great, sweet imperial stout: tons of chocolate (both sweet and dark); waves of roasted barley (but neither metallic nor tart in presentation); black coffee toward the back-end; a hint of banana.

Incredibly thick and chewy mouthfeel. Think: Ten-FIDY, Speedway Stout, Founders Imperial Stout. Maybe even thicker. A hint of alcohol warmth both in the mouth and on the way down. Sticky coating that lasts.

This is truly a world-class imperial stout. I instantly put it up there with the best non-BA stouts I've ever had (see: above). It's sweet enough to be a dessert stout, but not so sweet that it can't be a breakfast stout. Evil Twin puts out yet another phenomenal stout.

Roguer, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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 Sunn
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

Sunn, Monday at 11:48 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

KRG, Monday at 10:12 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

thereal_adam, Monday at 01:24 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

cletusdog, Sunday at 07:25 AM
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

WTKeene, Sunday at 03:23 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Abbbp, Saturday at 08:31 PM
Photo of RickS95
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks fab. Leaves the bottle like an oil slick. It's thick and black. An 8 ball in a glass. The brown head forms slowly, growing to just over a finger thick. It's creamy. Retention is moderate, though the bubbles never fully leave the party, leaving a thick ring around the edges. Lacing is thick and uniformly spotty.

It smells like it should...a chocolate donut. You can smell the sweet, along with chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. A little vanilla here and there. Due to the chocolate and high ABV, the scents take on a liqueur quality.

Yeah, this works. There's a marriage between the chocolate and coffee that balances the taste. Eventually the chocolate emerges, but the alcohol tempers it and keeps it in line. Bittersweet chocolate and alcohol linger on the tongue til the next sip.

For something so high in alcohol, it's amazingly smooth and creamy. It's a tad on the sweet side, but again, the roasted coffee and alcohol keep it balanced. It's heavy and full-bodied, but it's not really a sipper despite 11.5 %.

Overall, this is one of my favorites. Maybe not something to drink every night, but one a weekend would do a body good. No real faults with the beer and not much to improve. Very well put together gimmicky kind of beer.

RickS95, Saturday at 04:03 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

ystazi, Saturday at 12:05 AM
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

Blaze5445, Friday at 02:45 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Martyrob, Thursday at 06:27 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

MASSHLE, Thursday at 02:47 AM
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

jaywes754, Thursday at 02:04 AM
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4.14/5  rDev -1%

Gdirt, Nov 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

bsling, Nov 19, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -11.5%

EuphonicHops, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of gibgink
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

I really didn't pick up the doughnuts in this one, but still a very well done beer. I was glad I was able to try this one.

gibgink, Nov 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

danwho, Nov 18, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

mozif, Nov 18, 2014
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Imperial Doughnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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