Concealer (649) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at hops and pie. Clear dark brown with a small, brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, light booze, some dark fruit. Flavor is sweet vanilla, sugar, roasted malt, light coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. Medium bodied, smooth with some warmth on the end.
RobertDale (2927) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Barleyís in KC. Comes black with a decent tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, and coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, and vanilla. It is sweet, but didnít think overly so.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber for *gulp* $18. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. I heard their Imperial Biscotti Break was great, but it wasnít available, so I went with this hoping itíd be as good.
Appearance: Pitch black with an almost orange colored head that doesnít last all-too long. Only a little bit of lacing. It looks pretty good given the ABV.
Smell: Iím looking for doughnuts right away -- and theyíre there, but not in a huge way. There is certainly a sort of doughy sweetness, but the huge amounts of roasted malt and chocolate sort of aromas take the forefront. A bit of that "soy sauce" sort of thing going on that I get in some really big imperials. A bit of alcohol. The nose on this just lets you know itís got a high ABV. Quite nice on the nose overall, but disappointing given my expectation. Still, scoring it a 4. Truthfully though, if I werenít told the name of this beer, Iíd probably not REALLY guess that this beer had donuts in it.
Taste/feel: Doughnuts? Actually, yes. Thankfully, they are more in the taste than in the aroma. Itís more of a doughy flavor than an actual doughnut taste, but theyíre certainly there. A nice full body to this beer. A surprising medium/high carbonation that actually works quite nicely. After looking back, this is labelled a porter -- that explains that. Dough flavor is there at the initial sip. A nice blend of roasted malt and coffee with a slightly burned quality then comes in afterwards, with a bittersweet mocha sort of finish. Also a slightly sour/salty-esque finish thatís in some imperials. This beer is just *heavy*, but in a very good way.
Overall, I almost want to trash this beer given the price I paid, but Iíll go ahead and not bother doing that. I was expecting (and actually hoping for) a beer with huge amounts of glazed doughnut flavor, but I just got a really nice imperial porter -- with some doughnuts added. Like I said, had the name of the beer not been "Imperial Doughnut Break", I wouldnít guess that doughnuts were used. There is definitely a doughy flavor, but Iíd not pinpoint it. Itís a nice beer that Iíd have again, but itís hard to justify the price here. Truthfully, I like this beer a bit more than my rating indicates (maybe by a quarter of a point in most categories), but itís a slight let down.
Ed5388 (1727) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber shared by JohnGonk at my wife's 37th Birthday get together. Pours black with a creamy mocha head. Aroma of chocolate glazed doughnuts, roasted malt, and caramel. Taste of rich bitter coffee, dark chocolate, wood, leather, and caramel. This is pretty damn good!!
arminjewell (5717) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thick black pour with creamy dark tan head that lasts well, aroma brought notes of nice dark chocolate, roast, coffee, slight sweet fruity notes, some cinnamon, sweet sugary notes, pretty dough forward as well. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, molasses, roast, milk chocolate into some cinnamon, clove, slight sweet sugar into a bit of dark fruit, finishing sweet, slightly bitter. Not really like a doughnut, but it is very tasty.
JBPortland (458) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2014 22oz bottle pours oily black with a finger of mocha head. Nose is sweet brownie batter, hershey syrup, roasty chocolate. Taste is creamy chocolate cake, brownie, roasty coffee, almond, cocoa, booze. Finish is slick sticky sweet chocolate cake, roasty smoked nuts, hints of fried dough, a bit boozy.
pfc514 (45) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark, bittersweet, bready chocolate and coffee bomb. Absolutely delicious. Great improvement on the Biscotti Break.
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but was released recently. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, sweet dough, dark bread, toffee, vanilla, cream, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of coffee and big roast/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, caramel, vanilla, toffee, cream, light char, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, dark bread, toffee, light char, vanilla, cream, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bready doughnut flavors; with huge robust maltiness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, moderately slick, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial porter style. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt and coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Beer_noob_23 (6) - Levittown, New York, USA - APR 3, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour from a bottle dark brown with a thin creamy head. Itís great to have a stout and not think "just a typical stout"! Taste is different, sweet, like you can almost taste frosting. Super good and enjoyable!
alliance100 (364) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Logan's Alley - pours almost complete black with thin brown head . Sweet milk chocolate aromas . Taste is dark cocoa with sweet frosting . Outstanding .
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