Imperial Doughnut Break
Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #66
Ranked #3,150
4.19 | pDev: 8.11%
Jan 16, 2022
Feb 25, 2013
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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.
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4.03 by einman from Minnesota on Jan 16, 2022
3.93 by hopley from Massachusetts on Jun 19, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

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
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3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by janubio from Spain

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
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4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by rex_4539 from Greece

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
4.34 by Sellen from Connecticut on Jun 13, 2020
4.11 by dubnation from Kansas on Jun 11, 2020
4.48 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Apr 04, 2020
4.54 by AGoodStout from Kansas on Dec 25, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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
4.05 by jbehlar from Mississippi on Oct 23, 2019
4.15 by Blcookies from Nevada on Oct 21, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by josanguapo from Spain

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
4.24 by dsshuck from Delaware on Sep 06, 2019
4.24 by kkmiller76 from New Jersey on Jun 15, 2019
4.16 by DMC43 from Connecticut on May 28, 2019
4.32 by Corkykab from New Jersey on May 22, 2019
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3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Aidann from Minnesota

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
4.4 by Heeenrik from Finland on Apr 18, 2019
4.18 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on Mar 29, 2019
3.72 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Mar 29, 2019
4.22 by Lembeh from New York on Mar 18, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

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
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4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

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
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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by colts9016 from Idaho

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
4.09 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Feb 20, 2019
4.02 by cd34 from Illinois on Feb 15, 2019
4.9 by Vylo from New Jersey on Feb 14, 2019
4.77 by DamienArk from Iowa on Jan 16, 2019
4.1 by Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia on Dec 29, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

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
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3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

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
4.91 by Fatty_Mccracken from Illinois on Dec 19, 2018
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1.66/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by dban from Georgia

I made an account just to review this. I like stouts and heavy beers, but this is disgusting. Taste like syrup.

Dec 13, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

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
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3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by WickedBeer from Alabama

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
4.17 by SFNC from North Carolina on Nov 24, 2018
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3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Folknasty from South Carolina

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
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ovaltine from Indiana

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
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Nov 18, 2018
Imperial Doughnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1715 ratings