Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break |Denmark (sorta)
I ‘ve been on a low-carb diet for the past few weeks. I was trying to get back my pre-Holidays waistline which had expanded with all of the Holiday Cheer. In order to reach my goal I’ve limited my beer and wine consumption to Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
I’ve been a good boy and for my Wednesday night “snack” I opened a pint of Imperial Doughnut Break that I bought with a 20% discount at Wine World’s closing sale.
I had two goals tonight: see if I really like this brew (originally $8.75 per pint can) and go buy more if they have some left–now at 30%; and actually write a beer review, something I’ve been remiss in doing lately.
I hope they have some left. I would like to save a can or two to enjoy with Beer Brothers Mark and Brett.
I was in Wine World Monday and things are getting sparse. I’m very sad over their closing. The Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break is an example of some great beers that you could only find at Wine World. I will miss them.
I really like this beer but I could only drink one of these in one sitting. If it were a standard can, no problem. A pint, whoa. I would prefer to share this pint considering it’s 11.5%. I seldom drink one style or brand of beer in one evening. A pint of this makes an evening.
This brew pours as dark as can be with ever a hint of brown. The beautiful cream-like head is a dark, dark brown, guaranteed to give you a beer mustache. Hits you like an imperial porter. Sweet with a hint of bitter coffee. Second sip gives you some doughy flavors, which must be the doughnuts kicking in. Dark, dense, malty, smooth. I tend to gulp beer. I could not gulp this beer if I tried. You got to sip it to enjoy the creaminess sliding down your throat. The finish makes you think you might have coffee breath. I might be Lutheran now but I still don’t drink coffee (I leave that to Mrs. Dan). The few times in my life when I politely accepted coffee that was forced upon me in social occasions I have to say the finish tasted like that. Some nibbles quickly clears that away.
The can says it’s a “Imperial Porter with coffee, vanilla, almonds and doughnuts added”. It’s akin to their famous Biscotti Break . They just added the doughnuts. “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 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.”
This could be considered a local brew and a “world” brew. I won’t dive into the history of Evil Twin Brewing only to say I have visited Denmark and love all things Denmark and the evil genius behind Evil Twin, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, is best described as a gypsy brewer from Denmark who has setup shop in New York (I’m excited to hear he has his first honest-to-god brick and mortar brewery in Queens, New York, just this month). Click here for his Wikipedia history, which is better than I can provide here. I have to say the man knows how to brew beer and create some great names for those beers. He says he uses “10 of the best breweries around the world” to produce his brews. He chose well with Westbrook.
(Reverend Billy once joked about a restaurant he drove past called Sadie’s Big Beaver. “Hell yeah I turned around. The food might have sucked but the T-shirts have to be cool as hell.” I doubt his brew sucks, but his brew names are cool as hell. You know you want to try them just based on the names. Unfortunately some of those names might not be brewed again. Explore the countless names he has created at his website. I digress.
One of those great 10 breweries Jarnit-Bjergsø uses is Westbrook in Mount Pleasant, SC. I’ve always regarded Westbrook as one of the best brewers in the South. They proved that great beer can come in cans. If Wine World has any Evil Twin of any kind left tomorrow I plan to buy it. If you read this tonight consider it a race. May the best person win.
Brewery: Evil Twin
Purchased: Wine World
Cost: $8.75 less 20%
Author Dan Doughtie