Imperial Doughnut Break
Evil Twin Brewing

Imperial Doughnut BreakImperial Doughnut Break
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #35
Ranked #1,713
4.21 | pDev: 8.08%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Imperial Doughnut BreakImperial Doughnut Break
Notes: 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.
View: Beers
Reviews: 249 | Ratings: 1,713 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Sigmund
Sigmund from Norway

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sample on tap at What’s Brewing Beer Festival, Stavanger. Black colour, tan head. Chocolate and vanilla in the aroma. Medium sweet flavour, chocolate and vanilla galore, some roasty coffee notes in the finish.

May 08, 2021
Photo of janubio
janubio from Spain

3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Etre Gourmet, served at home in a snifter glass.
Black colour, medium beige head with short retention. No lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, cognac, molasses, notes of raisins, licorice and almonds. I can´t find coffee.
Medium body, sticky creamy texture, flat carbonation.
Taste follows the aroma.
Interesting but I really expected some more.

Dec 26, 2020
Photo of rex_4539
rex_4539 from Greece

4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black color, one finger brown head, spectacular thin lacing, no visible carbonation. Looks glorious!

S: Sweet, chocolate, coffee, almonds, alcohol.

T: Sweet, chocolate, coffee, almonds, alcohol. Just WOW!

F: Full bodied, creamy, thick, all the flavouring you can imagine. Smooooooth.

O: World class imperial porter.

Oct 27, 2020
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the can of indeterminate age, it pours a very dark brown with a lighter brown head that lasts. In the nose, it is coffee, roasted malt and a bit of vanilla and chocolate. In the mouth, incredibly smooth roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Wow!

Nov 19, 2019
Photo of josanguapo
josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

De Mikkeller. En copa Teku. Jugando a Slay the Spire, luego viendo Desencanto 2x01y luego MR Robot 2x01. Aunque no se le nota el cafe y se sube a la cabeza bastante, tiene un excelente fondo chocolatoso con feel ligero. El cafe no se lo noto

Oct 11, 2019
Photo of Aidann
Aidann from Minnesota

3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought from liquor store 16 oz can dated 3/1/19 (2 months old) "brewed by Westbrook brewing co for Evil twin in South Carolina". Poured into mini snifter.
Really nice color with a small tan somewhat rocky head that dissipates quickly.
Smells mostly like coffee, dark chocolate, strong hints of bourbon, vanilla. Didn't really get almonds until I read the can. Very subtle.
Taste: not hops characteristic as expected in this style, strong on the coffee and vanilla and chocolate. Not so much Carmelly or bready notes you might expect for a pastry.
Feel: well carbonated but not overkill, not as syrupy as I expected which is good
Overall they could have just called this a chocolate imperial stout or something instead of the misleading doughnut thing. Not sure what kind of doughnut tastes like this. But hey, the name got me so I guess it worked! Over all good beer. Would buy again.

May 07, 2019
Photo of sulldaddy
sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a 16 oz can at cellar temp poured into my snifter. Can is datestamped 2-6-2018. Beer is a gift from my friend Erik, thanks!
The beer pours a jet black coffee color with dense tan head of about 1 cm. this foam fades pretty quickly to a sturdy edge layer and wispy islands on the surface. Many streams of carbonation rise to the surface in the center of the beer based on the active bubbling.
The aroma is robust and present right after the pour, no need to dig in with these bold aromas. I get dark chocolate, brown sugar and molasses, some sweet vanilla and roasted coffee grounds. No hops showing up and the booze is pretty hidden here too. Nice big malty nose.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture with fairly thick body and leaves a sticky coating on my palate. Carbonation is fine and fairly gentle but still present to give a little tingle on the physical side of this beer.

Flavor is what I expect from the description and the nose on this beer. I get sweet chocolate and dark cacao, with some brown sugar and vanilla and a good bit of coffee grounds too. There is a bit of a sweet biscuit doughy note and some slight bite of booze on the swallow.
A bit of a sipper but surprisingly easier to drink than I thought it would be at 11.5% and pretty sweet.
A decent dark malty brew, it doesnt wow me but Im enjoying the can.

Mar 15, 2019
Photo of joaopmgoncalves
joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a BrewDog snifter.

A: Body is pitch black and highly viscous, assuming right away a more alcoholic beverage, close to some good liquor. The head is dark brown, very dense and with very high retention. This does indeed look delicious.
S: Aroma is genius of crazy amounts of fresh coffee, nutty, dark dried fruits, almonds. It's very sweet and looks to be delicious again.
T: Taste starts off with a good amount of milk chocolate with a nutty tone on top, followed by the sweetness and bitterness of mildly dark, freshly roasted coffee. In the end, a very small bitter tone incoming from a more low profile hop style. This is a dessert like many Omnipollo creations.
M: Body is very high. Carbonation is spot on. Alcohol goes ALMOST unnoticed. For a 11.50%, that's a very good job. Bitterness is very low, sweetness is high but very enjoyable.
O: I guess I should really start paying attention to Evil Twin. Been having so many good stuff from them.

Mar 14, 2019
Photo of colts9016
colts9016 from Idaho

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Evil Twin brewing has been a hit or miss for me. I have had a few beers that were phenomenal and some duds. The beer is 48 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour on the beer produced a two finger very dark tan head. The head dissipated somewhat slowly leaving no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 38 dark brown nearly black. The beer is opaque. The appearance is typical for these dark beers.

The aromas in the beer are coffee, chocolate, dough, sugar, nutty, anise, dark roasted malts, toffee, and bready,

The flavors of the beer are dark roasted coffee, toasted sugar, bready, doughy, nutty, dark chocolate, toffee, anise, dark roasted malts.

The mouthfeel of the beer is dry and coating.

The body of the beer is full, medium carbonation, and a full finish.

I am not sure what to think of this beer. I get this dry, bready, and doughy beer. The beer is just meh for me. I think this beer is a gimmick and needs help. Another dud beer for me from Evil Twin.

Mar 07, 2019
Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Speiglau stout glass.

Look is pitch black with a thin dark tan head.

Aroma is astrigent roast dark malt with a hint of almond.

Taste is a little muted despite all the adjuncts. Very very very sweet.

Dec 28, 2018
Photo of Cramshawbar
Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a good coffee stout, although the coffee found within is not as strong as I like. The nose is just okay, with stove burnt brown sugar at the forefront. The taste however is nice (albeit a tad too sweet) - definitely better than anything with chili pepper Evil Twin is so high on. A bit too expensive to buy for the good, but not outstanding return, but I would drink again if given a chance.

Dec 28, 2018
Photo of AZBeerDude72
AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Jet black with tan head and fantastic lacing.
N: Coffee, malt, almonds, sugar, and chocolate.
T: Follows the nose, semi-sweet feel with lots of chocolate, coffee, and almonds.
M: Medium
O: Very tasty porter, loved the flavor mix and feel.

Dec 07, 2018
Photo of WickedBeer
WickedBeer from Alabama

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2016 release, let’s see how it’s held up.

Dark, nearly black pour. Looks a bit thin on the pour, with minimal lace and a thin ivory ring of foam around the glass.

Sweet vanilla and dark fruit on the nose. Really pleasant aromas, with not much coffee to speak of.. we’ll see from the flavors if it’s fallen off. Very mild oxidation on the tail.

Again, sweet flavors with a predominance of chocolate, subtle booze, flat coffee, and a tail of very slight oxidation and vanilla. This beer has held up well but definitely over the hump.

Smooth, clean, warm and light booziness. Sticky in the finish, still retaining medium carb.

Nov 26, 2018
Photo of Folknasty
Folknasty from South Carolina

3.32/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very boozy tasting. Don't really get chocolate or coffee and definitely don't get doughnuts. All of those flavors are probably hidden behind the 11.5% alcohol content.

Nov 23, 2018
Photo of ovaltine
ovaltine from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful onyx black color with a dark tan head that leaks to mahogany on the edges. The nose is loaded with sweet aromas, primarily rich milk chocolate and I’m guessing sugary doughnuts, though I wouldn’t have guessed that as an aroma.

The coffee isn’t really present on the nose, but I get loads of roasty coffee on the taste, which fits really well with the rich chocolate flavors. Again, not really getting a doughnut flavor, but there’s definitely a sweetness that I guess is attributable to the doughnuts.

This is definitely a sipper, because it’s got a noticeable alcohol content, and it’s very sweet, but it’s also very enjoyable spread out over an evening. Glad I took a run at this.

Nov 20, 2018
Photo of BurtStL6
BurtStL6 from Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super dark and thick, dark tan thick head that lingers for minutes. Jam packed full of chocolate with a very nice desert like doughnut after taste (tho gimmick sounding flavors like that always make me wonder if I would taste it had I not read the flavor. Regardless it’s delicious and thick and another great beer by Evil Twin

Oct 13, 2018
Photo of arizcards
arizcards from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at the Downtown Chicago Binny's on 5-11-18 for $7.99. Canned on 2-6-18; consumed on 10-2-18.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice tan head initially that dissipated pretty quickly.

Nose is dark chocolate with a touch of coffee over a moderate roast malt base.

Taste is pretty sweet; chocolate is most noticeable over a sweet malt/doughnut base. Some coffee comes in to try to offset the sweetness but does not really accomplish this. Not cloyingly sweet but definitely a dessert brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall an interesting concept beer, hats off to the brewer for coming up with a good recipe. Definitely recommend if you are looking for a dessert beer.

Oct 02, 2018
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid black color . Medium light carbonation with an above average body.
Aroma is coffee, vanilla, almonds and a slight yeasty dough smell
Taste is mildly bitter black coffee with almond and a slight sweet vanilla taste.
This is a beer that definitely needs to be served a little warmer than most. As it warmed towards the end of the beer a glazed, sugary, doughy, doughnut taste showed up . Despite the doughnut taste this is far from a overly sweet beer yet still works as a dessert beer. I would get this again in the future

Sep 02, 2018
Photo of mntlover
mntlover from Tennessee

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black and thick like motor oil no light black around edges even when held to the light. the head is a finger and half of dense dark tan almost coco colored head that falls incredible slow and laces well. This is one fu**ing good looking dark beer.

Aroma is lots of sweet chocolate and sugars, coffee and molasses, good roasted malts loaded down with glazed doughnut sweetness. Almonds and vanilla hints are an after thought on this big boy.

Taste is like the nose big on sweetness lots of chocolate smooth and creamy fades to coffee and roasted malts dark fruit notes and vanilla. Lingering sweetness, molasses, vanilla earthy notes and hints of anise some light nuttiness but doesn't really remind me of almonds. More like those sugar coated nuts my mom likes. This is one big ass sweet can of goodness no hops really noted but they have to be there or this would be way to cloying and its just wonderful chocolate doughnut sweetness.

Mouthfeel is big full and smooth carbonation is a non issue hardly noticed.

Overall this is one sweet treat of a beer, damn wish I could find this locally, time to check the local liquor stores. I want more enough said.

Aug 14, 2018
Photo of BklynBryan
BklynBryan from New York

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very chocolate and sugary flavor like a glazed donut. Dark black/ brown color like soy sauce. Rich dark/ bitter chocolate flavored beer here. It's dangerous! Will sneak up on you. Doesn't taste like 11.5% alc/ vol at all. This is a good dessert drink. Flavors of coffee/ espresso, dark chocolate, almond, vanilla, sugar, and doughnuts. This is a sweet treat. Paid $10 for a pint of this brew. I Recommend Imperial Donut Break for coffee & chocolate lovers!!!

Aug 11, 2018
Photo of ScruffySouthpaw
ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a goblet from the can.

Appeaeance: Semi thick black body with a slight dark tan head rising roughly one finger's length off the body.

Smell: Light mocha sweet sugar coming off straight into the nostrils.

Taste: Sweet chocolate cake with hint of vanilla and a bit of coffee.

Mouth: Medium carbonatkon with a full body. He after taste is super sticky and feels like the chocolate lingers, no complaints here.

Overall: Good brew, little over priced which is not over the time coming off at nearly 30 bucks for a 4-pack. Personally I say grab one and you will thank me later. Lots of complexity in the beer which make it an attraction to anyone. Salud.

Aug 05, 2018
Photo of bplogarbo
bplogarbo from Louisiana

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Heard a lot about this beer and only just found it locally. Pours an opaque brown-black with lacing that lingers transiently. Smell is of almond, coffee, roasted sugar, and bread. Dark chocolate, big biscuit, vanilla prevail on the palate. Salted caramel and sugar glaze deliver with an unexpected black pepperiness. Mouthfeel is lingering dark chocolate and despite the high abv the alcohol is neatly hidden. Overall, lived up to the hype. Not phenomenal, but certainly worth the added expenditure.

Jul 29, 2018
Photo of craigbelly
craigbelly from Iowa

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours incredibly dark, a completely blacked out liquid that lets zero light in. The fluffy head is a tan/khaki color that very slowly fades away. The smell is really nice, but extremely mild. Coffee, chocolate, & molasses. Tastes of a lot of great coffee, but very low bitterness. The sweetness of the "donuts" overpowers the java bitterness. It’s definitely on the sweet side, but not overpowering, I am also getting dark chocolate and a good amount of maltiness. Was much lighter than I expected but still highly enjoyable.

Jul 16, 2018
Photo of Ego
Ego from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

look into the heart of darkness... and you will see nothing because it is pitch black in there ya silly goose, dark tan head composed of cloned micro bubbles that link themselves hand in hand in a quite unbreakable fashion, lacing ? you ask... yes, glorious sheets, nay curtains of dark foam coat the glass like black lava creeping across the helpless landscape, in plain this is damn perfect looking.

doughy sweetness, the kind of sweetness you encounter in a bakery shoppe in the early morning hours, some roasted coffee, chocolate hints, some slight rays of licorice also shine through and inform the nose, nice.

taste etc...
pretty light in the mouth actually, barely medium bodied, the carbonation is like a layer on top of the brew itself, you experience the sip in stages, the flavor is almost all sweet, thankfully there is JUST enough choc/coffee tone to make this drinkable (this one is walking the line of being cloying... which I can't stand, If I wanted something that sweet I would just call your sister), the ABV is so damn well hidden I think it grabbed my wallet when I wasn't looking

still too sweet for me to go back to. well crafted to say the least but the taste profile does not fit me personally.

Jul 15, 2018
Photo of maximum12
maximum12 from Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I just can’t resist weirdness. Whether it’s a place to visit, a good to eat, a beer, or a band, let’s go check that out. Because. 16 oz. can split with my wife.

The pour mills around right on the edge of pure black & complete baldness. The nose includes plenty of sweetness, roast, whiff of nuts, & a touch of Door County black earth. The earth does not shake.

Imperial Doughnut Break – Glazed tastes like a liquefied dentists bill. Sweeter than purified Splenda, even with my lifelong love of sugar in all forms (I used to eat it by the spoonful when I was young), I can’t imagine someone drinking a full can of this inside-rotting beast. Plenty of brown sugar & vanilla, with a gentle sludge of nuttiness & background that I can’t identify – I’m going to attribute that to the doughnuts, since I’m very suggestible. Roast is missing, & would be a welcome balancer. 8 ounces is the upper end of what I’d like to ingest.

Doesn’t live up to the promise of the unusual adjuncts or a good glazed doughnut. Pretty good beer.

Jul 06, 2018
Imperial Doughnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1713 ratings