Evil Twin Brewing Co ‘Imperial Doughnut Break’ Imperial Porter


15202489_606465116204304_5323987322559464476_n“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.”

Served in a beer tulip. The impenetrable black pour whips up a finger of dark brown foam that gradually retreats to a halo with some spotty but wet lacing left clinging to the glass. This behemoth ain’t about presentation…It’s about aroma and flavour and immediately the olfactory’s are all up in it with rich and super heavy notes of molasses, soy sauce, licorice, beef jerky and toffee. How these aromas translate into doughnuts we’re not sure, but who cares because once it settles in to the glass wafts of coffee and biscotti begin to open up with a nod to a different type of break….the coffee break! In the mouth it’s thick and syrupy with a chewy texture going on. The body is full and prolonged over the tongue as it meanders down the gullet. The initial flavour of this porter is complex and heavy but balanced with a thick, doughy sweetness (maybe the doughnuts coming in to play) that overlaps with molasses, coffee, nutty malts, dark chocolate and a very subtle salted caramel note. All of the flavours eventually convene on an indulgent, rich, syrupy and boozy finish that endures what seems like a life time on the back end.
Well if this is the kind of doughnut break Evil Twin are espousing then sign us up now! The sheer viscosity and depth of flavour showcased here is remarkable. At 11.5% it’s a slow quaffer and should be treated as so. Leave it out of the fridge for about 30 mins so it can come up to room temperature and reward those taste buds even more! Brilliant porter.