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Natural Selection Genus #2 - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Reviews: 6
Hads: 35
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: n/a
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewandstew on 11-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Natural Selection is one the cornerstones of modern biology and now Maryland craft beer.

The collaboration began with Genus One, a stock ale and the origin of species. This, Genus Two brewed by Evolution Craft Brewing Co. is aged in Four Roses Bourbon Barrels the contribute tones of vanilla, oak, tannins and bourbon heat. The Genus Three brewed by Flying Dog is generously dry hoped with Galaxy hops.
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Reviews: 6 | Hads: 35
Reviews by MusicaleMike:
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3.05/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Poured into stemmed tasting glass.

Compared to Genus 3, Genus 2 is a deeper cola brown color with much better clarity, but a poorly retained head. The 2 inches worth of head almost fizzle away to nothing after a mere minute.

The aroma is predominantly of oak, vanilla, dark fruit, and bourbon. It is abundant at first, but fades as the beer sits.

The flavor is sadly weaker up front than I was hoping for. This beer is aged in emptied Four Roses bourbon barrels, and in the finish you pick up flavors of oak, heat from the bourbon, light sweetness from the malt, and not much in the way of bitterness.

Bubbly carbonation, with a thin, medium body.

I was expecting more honestly. As it warmed up, the beer lost a lot of flavor and aroma. I thought it would develop more, but the opposite was true. The barrel quality took over completely. The appearance was weak, smell was decent, and flavor was a bit too one-dimensional. (941 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev n/a

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3.41/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev n/a

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3.34/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev n/a

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4.1/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served a reddish brown color clear and with a light tan head that settles to a thin layer of tiny bubbles.
S: Caramel, toffee, dark cherries, port, vanilla and dark bread make a wonderful bouquet.
T: Sweet, rich malt profile with fresh bread, caramel and a touch of clover honey. Great notes of vanilla and dark cherries and oak from the barrel aging.
M: Medium body with a slick mouthfeel and light carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth.
O: This is a decent old ale that really blended well in the barrel to come out a stellar beer! My first beer from Evolution. Great job on this release! This beer is a great sipper and should definitely be given a try. (660 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev n/a

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3.75/5  rDev n/a

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3.25/5  rDev n/a

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3.72/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thanks to larryi86.
Kinda loud and fizzy. Tan head, 1 inch, that settles down, but stays firm and present as a tan cap to the deep red and brown body.
Malt, wood and some oxidation. The malt was more neutral and not sweet.
In taste the wood turns to oak/vanilla very distinctly and is notice throughout, including the fairly long finish. Soft alcohol. More complex malt flavors show, but still not very sweet. The bourbon is faded and appears in unusual places, like the finish where is mixes with the oak. Not boozy in any way. Less oxidation here. A strong drying elements on finish. As it warms and opens up the bourbon shows forth, but still not overpowering.
Moderately big and more carbonated than most old ales.
It becomes a smooth an enjoyable drinking ale in time. The flavors start to blend nicely and the feel softens as the carbonation fades. (869 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev n/a

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3.5/5  rDev n/a

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3.5/5  rDev n/a

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4/5  rDev n/a

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3.75/5  rDev n/a

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Photo of larryi86
3.95/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- A deep ruby red with a small off-white head that disappears quickly.

S- Toffee, caramel, dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, oak.

T- Toffee, cherries, earthy/oaky finish, some vanilla, some bourbon.

M- Light body, heavy carbonation.

O- Pretty, better on draft. Not Evolution's best barrel work, but still worth trying. Still have another bottle laying around to see how this ages. (419 characters)

Photo of BillRoth
3.53/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was really looking forward to this barrel aged beer, Poured a nice draft, but so so lacing. Suggested thin brew, Aroma was very good with bourbon and wood/vanilla forward. Now I'm getting excited. But taste is slight. You get the bourbon, but it's light...and nothing really else. Where's the base. Ok Ok there is a taste, but nothing remarkable, It's just there. And the mouth feel is thin. drinkable, but just not exciting. Maybe if there was some real malt back bone and and a solid ABV this would be worth discussing. But overall this is just boring. (554 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev n/a

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Natural Selection Genus #2 from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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