Imperial Doughnut Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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Imperial Doughnut BreakImperial Doughnut Break

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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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Photo of fitzy84
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -0.2%
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
3.29/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -11.7%
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 +5%
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 +7.9%
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 +2.1%
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 -4.3%
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 -5.7%
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 -2.9%
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 +3.3%
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 +1.2%
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 +7.1%
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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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with decent tan head that lasts a minute good lacing.

Smell the first thing i notice is some chocolate I also get a little vanilla the alcohol does not see present in the smell.

Taste very chocolate some bready flavors you notice the alcohol a but but it is well balanced.

Feel full bodied little burn from the alcohol very smooth.

Overall I really like this beer I would love to have it again.

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Photo of teromous
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see any date code on the bottle.

Appearance: Oily black body with a light brown head. The head is mostly fine creamy bubbles with a few larger ones and although it's short it stands up fairly well. It leaves some small bits of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: It has a pretty strong chocolate aroma and the scent of alcohol comes through. Every time I put it up to my nose there is that sweet smell of chocolate. It doesn't have a lot of complexity but it smells fantastic. That alcohol scent also seems to have pushed away from the beer after it sets for a short time.

Taste: It has a fantastic sweet chocolate flavor. There are no harsh or bitter burnt flavors here at all. It's completely sweet. There's a bit of coffee at the end but again there is no bitterness. I don't know what the doughnuts are supposed to add to this beer. The beer doesn't really taste anything like a doughnut even in the slightest. I know the bottle says it's made using actual doughnuts but again I'm not able to separate or identify that flavor from anything in this beer. Overall the flavor of the beer is fantastic though. Maybe adding doughnuts adds something ethereal to the beer but it works. The sum description of this beer would be "chocolate porter."

Mouthfeel: It's nice and smooth but it feels a bit thin. The carbonation is perfect and it is a very drinkable beer. It is insanely drinkable for a 11.5% which I feel makes up for the slightly thin mouthfeel.

Overall: This is one of the better tasting chocolate beers that I've had. I would recommend it and I would drink it again. I don't know what adding doughnuts to this beer has done but hey...even if it is a gimmick it seems to be working well.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A lot more bitter than I thought this Porter would have been, especially given the name. Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. Though I wouldn't have minded a bit of sweetness as I really don't taste a lot of the "doughnut". Still a really good Porter though. I also like that it's boozy but it doesn't taste that way.

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Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with with a sticky deep beige head atop.Big coffee roast notes in the nose along with chocolate and a hint of vanilla,sweet alcohol is present as well.The feel is the only flaw of this beer but it's a decent sized flaw,to me it's too sharp and to thin for a beer of it's size and richness.The feel can't take away from the big chocolate and glazed a chocolate glazed doughnut,deep roast underneath and alcohol wich gets bigger as I drink more.So close to being amazing,with the feel it's just really really good.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color with khaki colored head, thick pour like oil, very viscous. Chocolate, vanilla, sweetness, light coffee, and some glazed cereal tones on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and smooth. Finishes sweet, with some cocoa and sweet vanilla.

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Photo of deebo
3.17/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Fresh Bomber poured into a pint glass
A-a thick finger of espresso looking foam tops a pitch black brew.
S-Dark chocolate aromas predominate. Hints of almond and vanilla.
T-the dark roasted chocolatey malt is offset with a creamy sweetness. The coffee flavor with accents of almond and vanilla extract are definitely noticeable.
M-fairly thin bodied for a 10%+ beer. Highly carbonated-a bit too much because a it takes away from a smoother creamier mouthfeel.
O-definitely a dessert beer. Average across the board.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

EvilTwin got it right with this one perfect balance of sweet and stout even though it says porter this is a tasty sweet stout. The coffee is apparent as is the glaze the doughnut it's of the cake variety and it is more of a subtle aftertaste that pleasantly lingers on your tongue between sips or blasts of glaze and coffee.. I say buy this for an awesome change of pace much better than the cloying diabetes bomb that is imperial biscotti...

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Did Imperial Biscotti Break also make your sugar levels rise and the bitter sweet flavors of coffee, almonds and chocolate very sentimental - now we topped it off with insane amounts of doughnuts. This all time American favorite is making its 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." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Porter with Coffee added. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on annual limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Dark chocolate head of a smooth, foamy cream consistency over a black body. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Medium roasted barley, caramel syrups, chocolate syrups, thick and viscous with rich sugars. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Earthy, heavily roasted barley and chocolate malts forward with undertones of licorice, toasted caramel grains, slightly sticky and earthy, rich finish. Aside from the richness of the body, there's a distinctive lightness of the body that makes this a very easy-drinking ale. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, slick, lightly residual, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly earthy and roasty bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) A very flavorful American Imperial Porter with a bit more earthy and roasty bitterness than I would have expected from something gearing itself for the doughnut-loving population. Either this, or most of the sweetness has been fermented out, leaving this beer unusually low on residual sweetness, heavy sugar richness and thick chocolatey character. I'm enjoying the beer a lot, I just don't particularly find it accurate under the name "Imperial Doughnut Break". 3.75

Evil Twin Brewing's
Imperial Doughnut Break

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Photo of KYGunner
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This honestly drinks like coffee and doughnuts. It is absolutely delicious with strong overtones of chocolate, glazed doughnuts and fresh ground coffee.

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Photo of Pencible
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque black with thick dark tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark chocolate and espresso, with some licorice and honey wheat bread.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and smoky espresso, with some sugar and cream and licorice. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a solid imperial porter, but I don't get it. No real doughnut character. It would have made more sense if they called this an espresso porter. The scent and taste were bold but not complex. The body was appropriate, but the finish was hot, so it was better to sip. Maybe age would help bring out the desired character? Fresh is nice, but nothing special.

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Photo of PVMT
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black pour with a thin brown head. The nose is coffee and booze; coffee flavor follows with a hint of sugar. Decent mouthfeel leads to a similar tasting finish.

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