Imperial Doughnut Break - Evil Twin Brewing
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Reviews by Copernicandream:
3.81/5 rDev -8.9%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into snifters.
A: Thick deep jet black, somewhat viscous pour with an initially expansive and voluminous mocha colored head head that quickly imploded leaving only a thing ring of brown foam that leaves no lacing.
S: Simple; roasted malt, chocolate, sugar, and alcohol. Based on the description expected more of a bread-like malt profile from the doughnuts. The most obvious component is a bipolar argument between roasted malt and straight-up booze.
T: Roasted malts, chocolate donuts (subtler than expected - but obvious), a little sweeter than your average imperial stout (I know this is a "porter" but it quacks like a stout). Some subtle dark fruit esters. An obvious alcohol warming on the late palate and long into the aftertaste. The donut component while mild, is unique, but otherwise this is somewhat unremarkable.
M: Moderate to thick feel with mild amounts of fine rising carbonation.
O: Let me first say, I was excited for this one and saved it for a special occasion. Unfortunately, I was very underwhelmed based on the price point. It's not a bad beer by any means, but it really doesn't stand out from an average imperial stout. The chocolate component is pretty mild and the bready malt from the donuts seems to have just been eaten up by the yeast, yielding a somewhat harsh hooch brew. I think the "donut" flavor would have been better enhanced with the addition of limited amounts of nutmeg and allspice.
Yet another good Evil Twin beer that doesn't really stand up to the price point.
04-04-2014 19:34:14 | More by Copernicandream
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev -1.2%
In a teku glass the beer was a black color with a small tan head.
Strong coffee aroma, some chocolate. A sweet background.
Very nice taste. Strong coffee/chicory. Semisweet chocolate. A bit of booze. Very sweet background.
Full-bodied. Dark and mysterious.
Very good beer.
07-27-2014 19:50:09 | More by lordofthewiens
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
Served on tap in a wine glass at Tørst in Brooklyn, NY.
A - Thick silky close-to-black appearance. Little less than a finger of head that disappeared fairly quickly. Stuck nicely to the side of the wine glass it was served in.
S - Coffee, toast, caramel, fresh dirt, and of course, glazed doughnuts.
T- Tasted a lot like a slightly sweeter Parabola without bourbon. Heavy and boozy. Slight taste of dates or prunes or raisins. A bit of toast. Slight sugary quality with a strong black coffee. Booze is decently hidden, but still apparent.
M - Thick but not hard to drink. Definitely a sipping beer. Felt great going down after a massive steak dinner.
Overall - Really good stuff. A bit complicated for an Evil Twin brew, but I think that is why I liked it. Another reviewer called it on par with biscotti break. I would agree with him/her.
Bottom line: if I saw this on the shelf of a store in California, I would pick up a bottle or two, no question.
04-09-2014 19:20:42 | More by Swongler
Imperial Doughnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.