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Imperial Doughnut Break - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 77
Gots: 206 | FT: 36
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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
Photo of drebrew
4/5  rDev -4.1%

drebrew, Yesterday at 04:51 AM
Photo of blee0891
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

blee0891, Wednesday at 01:03 AM
Photo of Faroveryonder
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Faroveryonder, Monday at 12:36 PM
Photo of SwG237
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

TastyIsBeer, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of mosesedge
1.04/5  rDev -75.1%

mosesedge, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of fehrminator
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

fehrminator, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of myuncle
3/5  rDev -28.1%

myuncle, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of uvachief
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Draft. Pours dark black with a thick creamy brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and spices. Definitely smell sugar. Creamy and full in the mouth. Oddly, not sweet or sugary in the mouth. Taste dark, unsweetened chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and sugar - hence the donut name. Goes down smooth but has a little bitter bite back. More as the glass warms up. Good stout but I prefer the Ten Fidy over it as well as Founders Breakfast Stout. Still, very good.

uvachief, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Sean32
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Sean32, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of RichardMNixon
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

RichardMNixon, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of navband
5/5  rDev +19.9%

navband, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of JayCheG
4/5  rDev -4.1%

JayCheG, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of cdean801
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

cdean801, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of ZachKelly
4/5  rDev -4.1%

ZachKelly, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of Shanin
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Shanin, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours pretty darn black and fairly viscous with two fingers of creamy thick brown head, moderate retention.

Smell. Dark roast coffee and almond, chocolate liqueur.

Taste. Coffee to start with a bit of that almond from the nose. Massive dark and semi-sweet chocolate takes over quickly, some grassy hops in there too. Maybe getting a touch of frosting if I look for it, but most likely my imagination.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full bodied, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Not getting much in the way of doughnut, but a darn fine stout.

Rutager, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of MenardMa
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

MenardMa, Oct 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Patlee3324, Oct 12, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -5%

jaswilson2, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of AnalogErik
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

AnalogErik, Oct 10, 2014
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Imperial Doughnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.