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Imperial Doughnut Break | Evil Twin Brewing

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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.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sulldaddy
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of colts9016
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of khargro2
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cd34
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of DamienArk
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Fatty_Mccracken
4.91/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dban
1.66/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of SFNC
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Folknasty
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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

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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.

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

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Imperial Doughnut Break from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,694 ratings