Imperial Doughnut Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 1,213
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 112
Gots: 259 | FT: 39
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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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Ratings: 1,213 | Reviews: 137
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.

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Looks to pour thick and dark like usd motor oil and has a thin film of head that remains
S - I spent about 10 minutes just smelling this beer because every time I took a whif, I thought I picked up something new. I may have just been confusing myself, but I was picking up licorice with secondary hints of caramel; there were moments when I thought I was smelling a ripe aged barleywine
T/F - I was reminded of the Sam Adams Triple Bock, but in a way that it was probably supposed to turn out. Deep flavors of sweet malt, licorice and hints of alcohol; thick and warming.
O - For me, this is a beer to be sipped slowly in 5-6 oz pours with a group of beer lovers that will appreciate it, especially at over $30 for the bomber. The smells, tastes and feel are complex and the beer alone makes for interesting conversation/discussion.

Photo of lewzer99
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: black with caramel colored head
S: sugary malt, toasty malts, and a hint of coffee
T: malty sweet, chocolate, and coffee
M: syrupy and thick
O: tasty, sweet and coffee

Photo of outdoor7or24
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Picked up at CBX in Charleston, poured into pint glass.
A: poured a nice tan foam head but quickly fades, deep dark black body, some carbonation
S: sweet chocolate doughnut, roasted malt, hints of booziness, coca nibs
M: thick and viscous, coats tongue
T: chocolate, chocolate icing, roasted malt, tobacco, hints of roasted malt, cocoa powder
O:impressive brew with strong chocolaty flavor, I'm digging it!

Photo of tonyrocknroll
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Donut Beer! Beer for breakfast! This is delicious!!

Photo of MANix73
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Best Evil Twin I've tried. Just a little better aroma & flavor than Biscotti Break.

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours pitch black, almost like motor-oil with a four finger high, brownbeige head. Not that much lacing on the glass.

Nose: Chocolate, coffee, chocolate-fondant, cookies, cream, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses and roasted malt.

Taste: Doughnut, dark chocolate and milk chocolate, vanilla, dark syrup, cocoa and ice cream.

Body: Full body with a little carbonation. Silk smooth and the alcohol is very well hidden. Such a beatiful beer!

I LOVE this! I never get tired of a great stout!

Photo of RickS95
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of gibgink
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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Imperial Doughnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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