Evil Twin: Imperial Donut Break
Brewery: Evil Twin (New York, NY)
Name: “Imperial Donut Break”
Type: Imperial Porter (w/ coffee, vanilla, almond, and chocolate [donuts?])
Beer Advocate: 93
Evil Twin Brewing sets a high bar with their beers, bringing a lot of complex flavors into some high ABV brews (see Molotov Heavy @ 17.2%), and the Imperial Donut Break is no exception.
Eyes and Nose: The beer pours dark pitch with a thick brown head that slowly dissipates, giving your nose little effervescent notes of chocolate glaze and cake (yes, like a chocolate-glazed chocolate donut)
Mouth: Malty and slightly sweet like a milk stout—if there is such a thing as a chocolate milk stout, this might qualify. However the beer isn’t too rich or too sweet, there’s a nice subtle balance of bitter and sweet here. Vanilla and coffee overtones help to balance the chocolate and there’s just enough hops to add a nice complexity to this “desert beer.”
Rating: A great and powerful desert beer, this might also be the perfect mid-day coffee break beer to take the edge off that 2-hour conference call. It is a bit pricey, coming in around $20 for a 22oz bomber, you definitely don’t have to spend this much for a good beer. That said, even at a dollar an ounce, this one is well worth it.
Zim Score: 4.8/5