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 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: 192 | Ratings: 1,546
Reviews by Pintofbrown:
Photo of Pintofbrown
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this in a tulip.

Imposing two-finger width of milk chocolate foam, the body sits menacingly, completely black in appearance.

The decadent aromas entice with notes of dark chocolate, and surprise(!), glazed doughnut. The doughiness stands out strongly against any frosted or glazed notes, but the sweetness of the nose delivers that impression all the same. Even though coffee is on the label, it hides so well that the aroma is absent, maybe the slight roasted, nutty note. Overall, this is all dark chocolate cake doughnut dough on the nose.

Glazed doughnut hits the palate immediately upon the first drink. And in subsequent drinks, that doughnut flavor builds until it consumes the entire trip across the palate. The base beer comes across more roasty and slightly nutty, although still sweet, like brown sugar. A slight boozy tinge presents itself near the finish, with a roasty bitterness. Spending more time with this dessert double stout reveals maybe too much alcohol heat, but never enough to make me set it down for an extended period.

Really nice creaminess to this Evil Twin offering, the body has a lighter-medium feel with almost no carbonation on the tongue, definitely more watery.

Yes, this beer drinker humbly presents the case that glazed doughnuts are very prominent on the palate of this beer. And yes, it is indeed a tasty drinking experience. It would have been even better had the alcohol not been as present on the finish, and the nose could have been much more aromatic. Not anywhere near the gluttonous level of Mornin' Delight or Dark Lord for example. And the body is a little light for the offering, need even more creaminess, heft, and stickiness for something that is supposed to be so gluttonous. Still, I am thoroughly impressed by the execution of this glazed doughnut imperial stout. Seek. This. Out!

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

It really doesn't matter what kind of game it is. Don't get me wrong, biscotti is a very nice pastry, but doughnuts win every time! Right?

Opening with a deep, dark "bark" brown color, its cocoa-rich haze keeps the ale looking lighter than black and allows for a certain rusty muck to pronounce. A thick, moussey head builds upon the beer like rich mocha lather. Strong in retention and lace, the ale simply looks like a milkshake.

Rich aromas are a balanced blend of both chocolate and coffee. Coffee house in its make up, the dense scent of latte pulls forth. If it were not for the spicy booze note that lurks in the background, the heavy whipping cream, vanilla, candied almond, over-cooked caramel aromas would have suggested java-infused milkshakes instead of porter.

Its super-creamy and full flavor is all-things-mocha. Soft chocolate flavors wcrap around nutty columbian blend coffee for a smooth and robust taste. Shying away from the roast of espresso or the bitterness of cocoa, the taste favors a sweeter and maltier balance with its caramel, cream, vanilla, almond, brown sugar and starchy brownie batter culmination. With no real "doughnut" taste present (aside from a mild powdered sugar type of confectioner's sweetness), the ale is masterfully woven together for a sultry and decadent taste. The rise of alcohol is caught somewhere between sweet bourbon and spicy rum but is obviously dwarfed by dextrin-rich maltiness.

Its silky-smooth texture is akin to drinking malted milkshakes because of its creamy body that's unwavering. As its milky texture slowly dissolves, it reveals its warm alcohol spiciness even through it's a long-lingering malty-sweet finish.

This "Imperial Porter" is fantastic in every way. With so much acclaim with the doughnut infusion, the actual taste of doughnuts are rarely noticed in the ale- a lot of imagination is required here. But the real problem with the beer is that the "Imperial Biscotti Break" came first. As that is a better ale, this one simply struggles to live up to expectations.

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

Completely black liquid topped by a huge, dense, very dark brown head. Good retention, and flat, wide lacing.

Smells like a regular - but good! - imperial stout. Chocolate and black coffee ride along with a more basic roasted barley aroma. Very little, if any, sour fruit; nothing particularly resembling a doughnut, either. There is a hint of syrupy, brown sugary, almost liquorice-like sweetness. I could fool myself into thinking this smells like a glazed doughnut, I suppose.

Thick, chocolate, sweet flavor; unbelievably so. Again, one could easily fool themselves into thinking this tastes like a doughnut, just because it's so incredibly thick and sweet. Really, it tastes like a great, sweet imperial stout: tons of chocolate (both sweet and dark); waves of roasted barley (but neither metallic nor tart in presentation); black coffee toward the back-end; a hint of banana.

Incredibly thick and chewy mouthfeel. Think: Ten-FIDY, Speedway Stout, Founders Imperial Stout. Maybe even thicker. A hint of alcohol warmth both in the mouth and on the way down. Sticky coating that lasts.

This is truly a world-class imperial stout. I instantly put it up there with the best non-BA stouts I've ever had (see: above). It's sweet enough to be a dessert stout, but not so sweet that it can't be a breakfast stout. Evil Twin puts out yet another phenomenal stout.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick as oil & black with a sliver of mocha head, there is some visible bubbles. Nice ily sheen, zero head retention or lacing

S: Dark fruit & dark chocolate, & whisper of booze

T: Dark chocolate, a little iron, licorice, molasses & charred grain & MAYBE some doughnut up front. Baker's chocolate, charred grain,& dryness as this warms. Finishes dry, slightly boozey with dark chocolate, & a little caramel, plus some coffee late

MF: Chewy, lively carbonation, thins out a bit once warm

Pretty good for what it is, but give me Biscotti Break any day. Enjoyed it, but over priced, & a little unrefined, Evil Twin I will continue to roll the dice on you, but probably wouldn't if I lived back in Colorado still

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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 oberon
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
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 don1481
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into snifter. Purchased at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee on recommendation from people. Having this for dessert.

Appearance: Pours jet black, thick with a mocha head that dissipates fairly rapidly and leaves no lacing along the side of the glass.

Smell: ... is that doughnut I actually smell here?? Lots of sugar, some coffee hits too. Also smells slightly boozy. Mmm.

Taste: Lots of coffee here. Lots. Sugar notes are very noticeable as well. Less boozy than the smell would have indicated. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Coffee aftertaste for sure. Little sticky.

Overall: I'll seek this out again for sure. So tasty.

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Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Zakk
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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

Photo of tbryan5
4.76/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sfm073
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In a teku glass the beer was a black color with a small tan head.

Strong coffee aroma, some chocolate. A sweet background.

Very nice taste. Strong coffee/chicory. Semisweet chocolate. A bit of booze. Very sweet background.

Full-bodied. Dark and mysterious.

Very good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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
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