Imperial Doughnut Break | Evil Twin Brewing

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Imperial Doughnut BreakImperial Doughnut Break
1,676 Ratings
Imperial Doughnut BreakImperial Doughnut Break

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Netdigger2 on 02-25-2013

View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,676 |  Reviews: 231
Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goosehunter75
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of golf4collet
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TooGood
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BurtStL6
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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

 329 characters

Photo of arizcards
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

 708 characters

Photo of JPeterson17
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moundbz
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CollinaTiger
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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

 536 characters

Photo of kevindp9
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aurascoper
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mntlover
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

 1,173 characters

Photo of BklynBryan
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
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!!!

 458 characters

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

 668 characters

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bplogarbo
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

 499 characters

Photo of YungAnejo
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattmarka1
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craigbelly
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

 527 characters

Photo of Ego
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

 1,248 characters

Photo of mattreitz49
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

 1,048 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Imperial Doughnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,676 ratings