Imperial Doughnut Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Imperial Doughnut BreakImperial Doughnut Break

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American 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.

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Reviews: 190 | Ratings: 1,530
Photo of gopens44
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Super dark with a massive coppery brown head. Nose has me a little confused, as there is a molasses sweetness, but I'd swear there's some spicing of some sort. Taste reveals a significant coffee punch, which may have contributed to that spicy thing. Beyond that, I am getting some chocolate and a decent caramel finish. On the very exit, I get a vanilla contribution as well. Pretty thick bodied and sticky as well with shockingly little on the aftertaste.

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Photo of TerryMills
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with 1/4 in quickly fading deep chocolate head..

Smell is of sweet bready malt with a hint of booze.

Taste is awesome, very smooth, sweet and malty, almost too smooth , this beer could get you in trouble if you dont drink slow.

Feel is very nice as well, super light oil, not like a full blown stout but its close,very full bodied.

Overall I will buy this again for sure , I think biscotti break is just as good and will buy it again as well.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into an East End Brewing snifter:

Look: Pour an amazing jet black color with a nice dark tan head. Lacing is present at first but there is no retention or this would be a 4.5 instead of 4.25.

Smell: Getting lots of coffee on the nose along with some chocolate, bakery aromas, and some hints of alcohol.

Taste: Taste follows the nose for me. Alcohol burn is very noticeable in this brew which is knocking this down from a 4.5 to a 4.25 for me along with this being a tad too sweet for me in a beer. Really digging the coffee in this though.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Solid imperial porter but a tad on the sweet side for me or this rating would be higher. I will give this one another shot next year when available.

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Photo of Chizzlethespeez
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer thinking it was an imperial stout like the biscotti break. So when I found out it was a porter, I was deeply saddened. Until I opened it. Beautiful smell, smells like a bakery. Then I tasted it. Best porter I've ever had. So much depth, never again will I doubt what a porter can do. Especially from evil twin.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large-format bottle poured into Guinness glass. Seems like a good idea to let it warm for 45-60 minutes, so that's what I'm going with.

L: Beer is pitch black. About 2F of tan foamy head upon pouring, poor retention leaves no lacing and a thin ring.

S: Mostly coffee and roasted malts and grains. A bit of vanilla, but it really needs to warm up to get that.

T: Coffee up front, followed by roasted malts and grains. Not picking up much of the gee-gaws, maybe shouldn't be drinking this while smoking a cigar. Vanilla and almond on back end as it warms up. Slightly bitter finish.

F: Medium to fuller bodied. Little to nothing in the way of carbonation. Good construction and mostly good balance. ABV is well-concealed.

O: Even if I didn't pick up everything they wanted me to, it's a very nice coffee porter as is.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ebony color with a tight, quickly fading, tan head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of cocoa and coffee notes.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes layered with a fair amount of sweetness. Malts lead off with notes of coffee, cocoa, and brown sugar. This gives way to vanilla and a bit of syrupy sweetness, as well as some of the almond. Roasted and earthy bitterness comes towards the end. Finishes with a lingering vanilla sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty porter, but a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color with dark brown head. Aroma is really malty with brown sugar and chocolate cake. Taste follows with sweet, toasted malts, dark chocolate, fudge and slightly roasty finish. Full bodied with smooth mouthfeel. Really balanced and tasty with a nice mouthfeel. I don't really get donuts but didn't really expect to.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, and a very dessert-worthy offering from this typically offbeat brewing concern.

This beer pours a solid, light-destroying black hole, with the scantest of basal red cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy brown head, which leaves some random paint splatter lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and sugary caramel malt, biscuity toffee, bittersweet cocoa powder, cafe-au-lait, Yuletide nuts, black licorice (the stuff you buy at the movie theater), and some subtle leafy, weedy, and sort of perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, some further free-range brown sugar syrup, medium-dark chocolate, well-sugared black coffee, a growing mixed bowl of saccharine nuttiness, crème brûlée, vanilla cookies, and more understated leafy, earthy, and still only mildly boozed-up floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite tame in its lilting and sort of caressing frothiness, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and dead smooth, like a melted candy bar, and commensurately creamy. It finishes well off-dry, much like that, er, doughnut that I snarfed after my Friday lunchtime burrito earlier today.

Overall, Evil Twin has achieved what they apparently set out to do - make a coffee and doughnut amalgam of a big beer, ya know, the thing to consume at the end of the day as opposed to the beginning, or something. At any rate, a stellar sweet porter, with a stupidly integrated 23-proof wowee sauce quotient. Sigh - Imma gonna be craving the caffeine and sugary treats tomorrow morning, I'm sure of it.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours dark brown basically black with a rich brown head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a few spots of lacing.

S: Chocolate, molasses, coffee, and roasty kinda bready malt.

T: Bready chocolatey malt, molasses, coffee, and a little dark fruit. Very much like biting into a chocolate cake donut.

M: Medium to full body, mild carbonation, dangerously drinkable.

O: I wish I could pick up a little of the almond, but who cares. It's still a darn tasty imperial porter.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 8/9/16

A black liquid with a thumb nails worth of cola edge, dense finger of foam sits around for a while leaving a collar of lace

S sweetened coffee, sugar coated nuts, sweet chocolate fudge, sweet dark bread, there's a pattern forming here, smells sweet for sure, more of a dessert then beer but I like it

T almonds, sweet dark chocolate, lots of sweet dark roasted coffee, there's a little booze but its faint and considering how strong this stuff is I'm impressed they concealed that much booze

M thick and silky, enough bubbles to give it some life, oily on the palate and my lips are stuck together, sweet coffee finish just keeps going

O lots of sugar in this stuff but even knowing that before I opened it I was still surprised by the sweetness level. That being said its tasty stuff but I might regret not sharing the bottle when I wake up tomorrow

I wish I had some doughnuts here at home to do the side by side, tasty stuff and a little dangerous with all the hidden booze. This stuffs worth a try even with the massive 20$ price tag, it is what it claims anyways....

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Photo of dsa7783
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern. Pours a dark, deep, opaque black with substantial frothing. Aroma is decadent, with notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and strong malts. Flavor is similar, with hints of sugared sweetness and rich, deep frosting. Alcohol is well hidden. Recommended.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. This beer poured jet black with a dark brown head that quickly disappeared. Aromas include a boozy smell wrapped around chocolate, sugar, bread, and nuts. The taste was an almost pure sugar blast to palate. Sugary malts, vanilla, and chocolate flavors mixed with a big alcohol presence. Definitely a good dessert beer. The mouthfeel does a good job complimenting this beer by making for a creamy texture drink with a medium to low carbonation. Overall, this was a good dessert beer thanks to a very sweet taste and good aromas.

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Photo of EMH73
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a half inch, well retained tan head that left nice lacing. Smell is dominated by chocolate and coffee with a distinct alcohol presence. Taste is slightly sweet with roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee, caramel, black cherries and vanilla. Lightly carbonated, creamy and smooth, overall very good.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber that I purchased 4 days ago. I've never had this beer, but I love Evil Twin's Biscotti Break, so I had high hopes. It looked like a decent stout, but unfortunately the look was the best thing about what came out of my bottle. This smelled and tasted like worchestshire sauce which leads me to believe this batch was infected. I struggled through it only because I paid $18.99 for the bottle, but I didn't enjoy it. Unfortunately this was the worst Evil Twin experience I've had as to date.

Shared a new bottle on 11/26/16 with some friends. No sign of infection in this bottle. My rating was adjusted accordingly.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a small tan head that dissipates very quickly.

The aroma has lots of coffee, with milder notes of sweet chocolate and booze. There's also a touch of brown sugar.

The flavor brings notes of chocolate cake, roasted almonds, and brown sugar, with a ton of bitter coffee on the end. Slightly boozy.

The feel is full bodied with low carbonation. Very sticky. Has a noticeable warmth from the alcohol at the end of each sip.

Overall, a very good porter that thankfully isn't as sweet as I had expected it to be. The alcohol was definitely present for me and I feel that this beer could definitely benefit with a few months of age. This could also allow the sweeter flavors to come forth a little more. This one isn't as good as Biscotti Break, in my opinion, but it's still a well made Imperial Porter.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber to tulip glass.

LOOK:dark black. Thick. Thick bubbly Brown head, looks like sugar-mid-carmelization until the head fades.

AROMA: vanilla, chocolate, not overly aromatic.

TASTE: Very sweet. Too much so. Sugar and roasted malt.
FEEL: thick, sugary

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Photo of Junkforadam
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored this into a snifter, I believe I see little pieces of donut? This is good, quite chocolaty, and moderately sweet. Smells mildly of coffee and chocolate. This is really easy to drink, I kinda want to gulp it! Too strong to do that, but the booze are so well hidden it doesn't seem that 11.5% is right for ABV. It's somewhat thin, of course it's a porter not a stout, but my eye makes me think it's a stout as it is so dark I can't see through it. This is my first imperial porter that I know of. This is something I would certainly drink again, and I recommend anyone who enjoys porter/stouts to try!

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible imperial stout, gorgeous color, luxurious head, wonderful feel, like a delicious fudge brownie, I had this at Meadhall in Cambridge with my pals, a wonderful experience!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A-pours a motor oil black color with a one-finger creamy dark brown head that eventually settles into a ring around the edge

S- balanced chocolate and coffee aromas throughout, with highlights of caramel, vanilla, dark cherry & chocolate cake.

T- lots of mocha flavor up front with a complimenting earthy coffee flavor. Mid-palate turns sweet with flavors of vanilla cream, caramel, brown sugar & cake batter, with a powdered-sugar-like sweetness throughout. The finish remains sweet, with dark fruit and a touch of booze on the linger

M- medium-heavy body for a porter with medium-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy in to a warming finish

O- hard to pick out and doughnuts flavor, but the chocolate and sugary sweetness is definitely there. Not my favorite of the 'break' series, but very tasty nonetheless

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black in color, thin head fizzles away quickly.

nose resembles molasses and roasted malts, light cherry sweetness

taste is not what I was expecting. pretty big dark fruit presence, some cherry and plums.... well complimented by roasty malts, a nutty almond, and light chocolate sweetness as well. medium bodied, nice easy sipper.

overall this one may not be worth the price tag but if you can afford it, its a good one to try!

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Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Catch up rating from RIS tasting last night. Pours out normal black body capped with a small head Aroma leads into lots of sweet notes, some chocolate, some molasses. Flavor is more of the roast grain and of course, chocolate doughnuts.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is sweet chocolate cream. Flavor is a chocolate doughnut. Has a little bit of toasted malts too. Drinks very smooth and creamy. Overall really enjoyable

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

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into tulip glass. It pours an opaque, nearly black mahogany color with a one-finger, mocha colored head and lacing. It is a very attractive pour. It smells of dark chocolate, caramel, almond, and a distinct alcohol. It has a really interesting flavor. Dark roasted coffee, caramel, nuts, roasted malt, and what tastes to me like cherry at the finish. There is also a very subtle hoppy bitterness. This porter is quite thick and chewy, and only lightly carbonated. Although I can taste the alcohol, there is little burn and it is surprisingly drinkable for 11.5% ABV. In fact, you have to be careful. This one really sneaks up on you. Overall, this is a first-rate porter: big, with lots of tastes that blend together very well. I really enjoyed it and would look for it again.

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Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass tulip. No freshness date but purchased about a month ago from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black with thin brown stripe on the edge and a 1-finger sticky beige head that descends quickly but does manage to leave some spots of lacing.

S: Honey sweet combined with chocolate-espresso cookies and tinge of alcohol

T: Bold flavor, not afraid of sweetness but tempered with a delicate balance of roast and hop bitterness. Coffee is readily evident but blends in beautifully with medium caramel, dark chocolate, bready maltiness (I wonder about the Munich %?), and vanilla-sugary sweetness that culminates in a moderately bitter, coffee and chocolate heavy finish. Not a delicate beer -- big and brash but amazingly drinkable.

M: Sticky with full body and light-medium carbonation at most to leave a drinkable high gravity brew. Pretty remarkable

O: I really liked this beer but the price tag ($17.99) and general availability in my area leaves this as a novelty. That's okay -- it's a delicious, sumptuous treat.

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

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice creamy one-finger tan head, which also leaves some nice islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee/coffee notes, some nice vanilla. The taste is very nice malty, sweet, with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee/coffee notes. slight roastyness. Full Body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, another very tasty brew from ET. Recommended.

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Imperial Doughnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
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