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Imperial Doughnut Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 157
Hads: 1,354
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 24.41%
Wants: 136
Gots: 297 | FT: 45
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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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Photo of PhillyJ
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
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 -9.7%
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 +5.7%
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 -0.2%
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 +1.9%
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 -0.5%
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 +1.4%
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%
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 +6.6%
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 +1.7%
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 -4%
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 -1.7%
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 +3.1%
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 -0.7%
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 -5.2%
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 +1.2%
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 +6.4%
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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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours completely opaque black with and inch and a half of deep mocha brown head. Head fades quickly and leaves little to no lacing.

S: Aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate covered cake doughnuts, and roasted malts initially. Then aromas of chocolate milk, almonds, tobacco, oak, dark fruits, and some booziness. Smells a lot like a chocolate glazed doughnut enjoyed with a morning Irish cream infused coffee and a cigar.. Alcohol becomes noticeable as it warms and if I didn't know better I would say this was BBA.

T: Chocolate, vanilla, glazed doughnut, and pipe tobacco flavors up front. In the middle you find roasted malts, more layered chocolate flavors, roasted coffee, dark fruits, almonds and other nut flavors. Finishes with some pleasantly noticeable alcohol and wood like earthy bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Very delicious I fell like I want to say it's to sweet but I can't because it is actually very balanced. Like most porters it gets even better and more complex as it warms, truly a excellent breakfast/dessert beer.

M: Medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated. Slick as motor oil, creamy as chocolate milk, and smooth as a beautiful woman's skin. Leaves a thin coating on the tongue and has a nice alcohol warmth. Bitter sweet which I love.

O: An incredibly impressive brew. Evil Twin as been making me a very happy man as of late. I can't wait to crack IBB and EMJ from them as well. I bought all three on a whim and considering Molotov Cocktail and Molotov Lite are great. This just blew my f***ing mind they are creating a impressive track record. This is a very fine Porter I highly recommend to seek this out and give it a try, I hope you will be as impressed as I was.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Pitch black pour. Creamy brown head settles after a short while. Wispy lacing.

S: Fudge sauce and chocolate. Tootsie rolls. Chocolate truffles. Sugary glaze and donuts actually do comtinute. Whiff of nutty coffee. Hints of a grape skin sort of fruitiness.

T: Sweet and sugary up front with donut glaze coming through. Nougat. Fudge sauce and lots of chocolate. Big sweetness throughout. Layer of woody and roasty malts. Nutty coffee comes to the forefront for a bit. Kiss of smoke. Brief hint of berry-like fruitiness. Alcohol is barely perceptible. Lingering sweet, chocolates,mane smokey finish.

M: Medium-full body. Filling and round in the mouth. Very creamy and silky texture, coating too. Light prickling carbonation.

O: Yeah, it's a gimmicky beer, but they pulled it off well. Glazed donut flavor actually does come through, though it's one of those things- if I wasn't looking for it I'm not sure I would recognize it for what it is. It melds in pretty easily. In typical Evil Twin fashion, this huge sugary malt bomb somehow stays lithe and silky in body. There's no excessive sludgy weight of syrupy texture weighing it down. The sheer sweetness of it hits halfway through the glass though. This is one I'd rather share.

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Photo of ccg
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours like motor oil. I know that's cliche for barrel-aged stouts, but this is a NON-barrel-aged porter. It has a small amount of surprisingly dark brown carb with almost no lacing. I like the look of it a lot.

Smell: They already put the doughnut idea in my mind with the name, but it is reminding me of a chocolate doughnut. Definitely chocolate smell with milky sweet notes. Maybe a faint whiff of coffee, but it's barely noticeable. But it's a very nice smell. Too many adjunct stouts and porters have chocolate-dominant smell that turns chemically, but I'm enjoying the smell of this one almost as much as the appearance.

Taste: Sweet and bitter are both present, leaning more toward the sweet, which works for me. I like tasting the bitterness without being overwhelmed by it. Still getting tons of chocolate flavor and roastiness. A hint of coffee, but you have to pay attention to notice it. As it warms, an earthy, tobacco-like flavor appears, like what you might get from a smooth cigar.

Feel: Light carb, no bite, and a satisfying viscosity. Generally I find stouts to have more body than porters, but this is a more stout-like mouthfeel.

Overall: at first, I thought it sounded gimmicky, and I was underwhelmed with their Biscotti Break. This one easily surpassed my expectations. It's hard to imagine how this could be improved much without being barrel-aged. A bit more coffee or a hint of maple might enhance it a bit. It would be difficult to drink more than one, but for now, my sweet-tooth is happy.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Black with a very light tan head (almost yellow)
S: Milk and dark chocolate. Not dark chocolate milk, two separated and distinct flavors. A little alcohol too.
T: Very sweet, smooth chocolate, milky smooth. Delicious! I knock it down because there is no coffee.
F: Easy drinking and coats my mouth well. It's a little thin, not as thick as Even More Jesus is only thing holding this one back.
O: A sweeter porter, that's easy to drink. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: opaque, black with a dark tan head that lasts and lasts.

Aroma: tobacco, like smelling a freshly opened pack of smokes with vanilla in the background.

Flavor: tobacco upfront, which transitions into vanilla. This beer is sweet, perhaps too sweet to drink more than one. Beyond 1, this beer would approach cloying. As you progress with this beer, the vanilla becomes more dominant and tilts the beer out of balance. These flavors, though, would pair very well with cheesecake. Light roast malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-heavy. Perfect for this style.

Overall: this was an enjoyable beer but delivered nothing beyond expectation. I would offer this to others, but I likely won't buy it again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color. The pour itself also looks thick as hell. There's about a finger worth of tan-colored head. For 11.5%, retention is quite good, to say nothing how creamy and soft the head looks. There isn't much lacing left on the glass, though. (4)

Smell: Let's not dick around here - I don't get any dougnut to speak of. What I do get, though, is dark chocolate, and a LOT of it. Just like Imperial Biscotti Break, really. Coffee also exists subtly, as does roasted malt. To me, it seems sweeter than its base version, with less of that aforementioned roasted edge that I enjoyed about it so much. Still, that chocolate though! (3.75)

Taste: Come to think about it...I do taste a little bit of doughnut at first. And then dark chocolate hits the palate like a wrecking ball, as expected. Chocolate-glazed doughnuts, anyone? There's a gentle hint of roast on the back end. All in all, it reminds me of Southern Tier's big stouts (especially Choklat) with its big, sweet ridiculousness. But here's the thing: it works. It's sugary and almost cloying, yet there's just enough complexity (for example, some dark fruit, brown sugar, and caramel notes appear after a while) to make it palatable beyond just 4 oz - though it should be said that after this point, it stops being mindblowingly phenomenal. Would I want to kill a full bottle of it? Honestly, yes...but it would take a damn while. And maybe a glass of water. Whatever, it's good stuff. (4)

Mouthfeel: Big, thick, syrupy...yeah, this is pure dessert beer material. But there's also an astringent prickle on the back end that aids its drinkability. There's nothing about this one that screams 11.5%, not a damn thing. Granted, it's smothered by its sugar-laden nature, but who's keeping score? Carbonation is pretty low as well. (3.75)

Overall: I was skeptical on whether or not this would improve (or even significantly differentiate) on Imperial Biscotti Break. To me, this one peaks far more highly after only a few ounces, but the base version ends up being more drinkable and tastier in the long run. Still, a whole bottle can be downed solo if your sweet tooth is particularly rotten. I doubt I'd buy this again at ~$15 a bomber - still, this is a great dessert beer. (4)

3.92/5: Imperial dessert break

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Photo of pinyin
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really amazing porter. Although it is carbed more like a stout.

Has that dark creamy head and a metallic black texture that you would get in in some higher end bourbon barrel releases.

Although the price point is high, this is definitely a really nice hand crafted stout.

It says 11.5% ABV on the bottle, but I cannot taste any alcohol at all.

One of my biggest pet peeves with imperial ales and stouts is the taste of ethyl alcohol lingering in the background and in the finish of the beer.

Not the case with Doughnut Break. Just a really smooth great tasting product.

Be careful because one bottle can go down like water and intoxicate you really quickly. Probably a good idea to bring this to a bottle share or split with a friend.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look 9/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 16/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 85/100

Summery: Thought it was just ok.... For the price I think you could do much better. Worth a tick though, as its still really good. Just not '$12 a bomber' good~

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Imperial Doughnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.