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Imperial Doughnut Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 981
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 77
Gots: 209 | FT: 37
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.48/5  rDev +7.4%

MNnice, Today at 02:05 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

fenlop54, Yesterday at 07:31 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

atlbravsrno1, Yesterday at 02:06 PM
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Tria philly
pretty good overall, didn't taste much like doughnuts but a solid stout overall

MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer, Tuesday at 07:40 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

tjmackie, Tuesday at 07:14 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

cultclassic89, Tuesday at 04:09 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Afroman, Sunday at 09:28 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

dheldman, Sunday at 04:17 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Renegawam, Sunday at 02:51 AM
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

drebrew, Oct 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Oct 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

whatname, Oct 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

djtomain, Oct 22, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

ChewbaccaSD, Oct 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

blee0891, Oct 22, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Faroveryonder, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Au Cheval in Chicago, IL.

A- Dark brown body. Minimal brown head. Looks very much like Biscotti Break. [4]

S- Rich chocolate, espresso, sweet milk chocolate, and booze. Quite boozy, which is a surprise for me. A slight astringency as well. [3.75]

F- Boozy chocolate, espresso, brown sugar, cocoa. And booze. Actually reasonably complex and interesting as it seems to be a bit sweeter than Biscotti Break. But at the same time, the booze is more noticeable. Perhaps there wasn't enough other flavours to compete with the booze? [3.75]

M- On the thinner side, low in carbonation. A nice sipper, but nothing I'd want more than 4oz of. Oh well. [3.5]

O- Pretty good, interesting concept but there are quite a few faults I can't ignore in this beer. Enjoyed this more than Natale, but the original Imperial Biscotti Break is the King of Evil Twin beers. [3.75]

Stevedore, Oct 19, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

JackieAnton, Oct 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

SwG237, Oct 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

TastyIsBeer, Oct 18, 2014
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Imperial Doughnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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