Imperial Doughnut Break - Evil Twin Brewing
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4.39/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
750 ML bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Beer comes out of the bottle dark brown, but collects in the glass and rises to become black in color. Not really much in the way of highlights, maybe a little bit if you swirl the glass. There's a coco powder brown head that's got mostly small bubbles, pretty frothy looking; not much in the way of lacing though. The head sticks around a little while but goes away after 10 minutes or so, leaving a thin ring around the edges.
Smell is good, gets better as the session goes along. Rich and robust, but pretty well balanced too. There's a lot of sweet milk chocolate fudge and some slight hints of mocha infused coffee. Due to the large malt bill, there's a bit of a heavy bready/doughy smell to it, but sweet, liked almond, charred caramel, and maybe even the slightest hint of maple.
Ok it took me a bit, but after a few sips I can see why "doughnut" is appropriate to be in the label here. It doesn't really taste that much like a doughnut, but the mocha/chocolate flavor produced really tastes like the chocolate frosting that would be on a raised chocolate doughnut that is in pretty much every doughnut shop. Again with hints of coffee, almond, some vanilla, charred carmel, molasses, and I again think I can taste the slightest hint of maple mixed in there. WIth all of this going on it's really not a sugar bomb or overwhelmingly sweet. There's a bitterness balance that is compltely there. Sweetness balanced out by some of the bitterness from darker chocolates and of course the coffee.
Mouthfeel is awesome. Full bodied no doubt; it has a nice long lingering flavor. Moderate to low carbonation level providing a nice silky smooth feel, yet kind of heavy. Pretty drinkable, but it's filling so it's more of a sipper. A nice dessert beer that would be a little more appropriate to be shared. A great beer. Thank you N-O-C for the birthday gift!
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 02:25:57 | More by AndyAvalanche
4.44/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate syrup, and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with awesome cocoa and vanilla qualities all around.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 22:36:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.66/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Draws rich with a developing head. Decadent color, with a proud caramel malt aroma. Lucious mouthfeel. Imperial stout with a unique residual baking yeast on the tongue. I've also had this on cask at Kudu in Charleston, home of the Glazed doughnuts used for brewing. More doughnuts were in the cask!
Serving type: on-tap
07-04-2014 00:24:23 | More by jtowns380
Imperial Doughnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.