Imperial Doughnut Break - Evil Twin Brewing
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3.8/5 rDev -9.1%
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
04-21-2014 02:32:20 | More by russpowell
4.29/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
01-02-2014 16:33:17 | More by BEERchitect
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 764 ratings.