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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Imperial Doughnut Break (Evil Twin)

Now for something truly amazing. Years ago, I met up with my favorite Chicago friend from Kansas City at Local Option for beers and food. She ordered the Evil Twin Biscotti Break and declared it the best beer she ever had. This is someone who was not new to beer. And the sip I had, which she generously shared, was divine. Fast-forward a few years and we end up in an old liquor store on Southwest Boulevard with barred windows and a deep free-standing cooler of 40s. We are there to look for a brew and stumbled upon not one, but three bottles of Biscotti Break and this gem. Imperial Doughnut Break was not even on my radar, but I snatched up the bottle and went on my way.

We cracked open this bottle to share with a friend and warm up a bit. We had it straight from the cellar to get all of the rich and complex flavors, unmuted from overchilling.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: This dark, dark brew had a dark chocolate reverse head. The head settled to a slick and a tiny ring of bubbles that stayed around the whole time I drank it. It smelled like sugary vanilla.

Taste: It was boozy and thick. It had a touch of cinnamon spice. The rich caramel, sugar, and vanilla flavors made it sippable, opening up more as it warmed. It was balanced out a dryness.

From the Evil Twin site:
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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