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Trick Or Treat - Evil Genius Beer Company

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 8
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Evil Genius Beer Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Darkmagus82 on 09-03-2012

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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 19
Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The backlog here at Chez Woody continues to dwindle and I keep finding things that I had purchased and set aside, like this one, courtesy of The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop.

From the bottle: "Chocolate Pumpkin Porter"; "Ale brewed with Cocoa, Pumpkin, and Spices".

I Pop!ped the cap and began an aggro pour which resulted in just under two fingers of dense, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown with NE-quality clarity and mahogany highlights. Nose was an odd melange of chocolate and spices, kind of what I imagine Mexican Hot Chocolate to be like. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not as pronounced as it was on the nose. It had a sort of cocoa powder taste and the spices were really muted. Turned down for what? Finish was semi-sweet with the spices drying it out to some extent, but chocolate was really the first order of business. This could be a year-'round release at that rate and should have the spices amped up in order to really be a Pumpkin Beer.

Photo of RyanByorick
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very tasty beer

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.4/5  rDev -5%

Silky porter with light, popping carbonation. Subtle hints of chocolate with light bitterness

Aroma is full of hot cocoa and smells nicely sweet.

Pitch black, almost no head, light lacing

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in December 2014.

Appearance: Dark, but not black, with a thick tan head.

Smell: Pleasant, with both a sweet and spicy aroma. I can smell the pumpkin and chocolate influences, with a little pepper.

Taste: Interesting balance. I can definitely taste the pumpkin and chocolate influences, which makes for a unique taste. I like the balance between the pumpkin, hops, and malty sweetness, and the pumpkin flavor is not too strong. The chocolate flavors are the strongest, but can taste the variety of other flavors.

This is an interesting seasonal beer. I would buy this again.

Photo of cbutova
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First beer from Evil Genius I have spotted around Western, MA. I met the founders of the brewery at Pliny the Younger day several years ago. They had huge ambitions for starting the company which was in it's infancy at the time. Glad to have an opportunity to try the product.

A- The tall 12oz bottle pours into a goblet with a black body that has some very dark brown around the edges. A tan head forms at one finger with a thick, frothy texture and good retention. Lacing starts out with large webs and drizzle falls below that.

S- Deep, luscious chocolate and roast grains lead the way for a medium strength pumpkin spice mix of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove; roughly in that order for me here. Nutmeg seems to push more with warming.

T- Each sip seems to start with a burst of milk chocolate and cocoa powder followed up by a spicy character of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Malts drop roasted grain, caramel and a vanilla sweetness that could come from caramelized sugars. Pumpkin is somewhat of an afterthought but it does sneak in at the end.

MF- Overall it comes in with a medium body, perhaps just a bit towards the thick side with a semi-chewy creaminess and slight foaminess. Carbonation is at a medium-high level and it seems to accentuate the spices on the flavor. Slightly spicy bitterness.

Chocolate forward porter with a fairly strong spiciness of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and some clove with a hint of pumpkin at the end and something that reminds me of vanilla bean. All in all it balances out pretty nicely and I get no oxidation or metallic notes that people seem to be offended by in reviews from 2012/2013. Solid.

Photo of Matt_Stuart
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This porter was amazing. I had never had it and as the server rattled off the ususal draft beers I stopped him when he said chocolate/pumpkin porter. The beer looked like I expected but thesmells it gave off were enticing. A hint of chocolate with notes of spice. When I tasted it I was amazed. It was full but not nearly as heavy and thick as I expected. The first note was of a chocolate stout or porter but not too sweet to overpower that distinct taste of beer. As I swallowed and the beer hit the rest of my taste buds I got the notes of pumpkin and spice which complimented the chocolate perfectly. I was also a big fan of the fact that it was hearty but not overly filling.

Photo of Omnium
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice rich ruby brown/black color, 1 finger of tan head that fades fast leaving a nice ring and some decent lacing.
S - Smell isnt too strong here, you definitely get some rich chocolate notes and some smokiness, but its hard to sense any pumpkin, maybe a little cinnamon.
T - Blown away at this, lots of chocolatey flavor, then it gives way to a nice smoky roasted pumpkin flavor, and end on some bitter dark chocolate and a little bit of roasted pumpkin. Some roasted coffe beans in here, along with a touch of vanilla as it warms up, I think it is outstanding.
M - A little metallic, but still you dont feel that 7.8 at all, not overly sweet either.
O - This is a good porter in the fore, lots of chocolate and a decent amount of roasted pumpkin flavor, but still I wish the pumpkin aspect was more of a sweet variety, to compliment the chocolate, but still the roasted pumpkin lends itself more to the porter traits. Good seasonal brew.

Photo of corby112
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at The Pour House in westmont, NJ.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger light beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted dark malt aroma with lots of dark chocolate, caramel and toffee.  Also, I'm picking up some coffee bean and molasses but the pumpkin presence is overpowered. Some zesty allspice but i'm not getting any vegetal or dessert like pumpkin pie presence.  Chocolate and dark malts really overwhelm with subtle cinnamon, brown sugar and other autumnal spices.

The pumpkin presnce is a bit stronger in the flavor but it's still almost completely overpowered but the dark toasted malt and rich chocolate notes.  Hints of coffee bean, burnt toast, caramel and toffee along with some molasses and fudge/chocolate cake.  As it warms, the pumpkin flavor comes out a bit more but it's very subtle. Never would have guessed it was in there.  Very subtle vegetal presence with faint autumnal spices coming brought.  Some clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla before the dry finish.  Slightly acrid as well.  I was expecting more pumpkin and for it too be smoother from the chocolate malts.  Overly dry and roasted combined with peppery spice makes it a bit harsh to drink.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of cocoa, a touch of spice. Taste is cocoa, some coffee, light pumpkin and spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique idea and a pretty good beer.

Photo of BeerCon5
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a thin creamy tan head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent is of roasted malt and dark chocolate notes.

The taste is of roasted malt, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, together is makes the flavor quite sour.

Full body, smooth and kind of sticky feel, moderate carbonation.

I didn't really enjoy this one too much, it became more and more sour as the beer went on.

Photo of JWU
2.14/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into a porter glass

A- dark brown, barely translucent on the edges. Tan head which leaves a bit of lacing.

S- dark malt and a heavy dose of oxidation.

T- No pumpkin, maybe a hint of cocoa, but a huge metallic oxidized note that ruins anything pleasant.

M- Thin, and dry due to the metallic nature.

O- So far, every evil genius beer has this huge unpleasant oxidized metallic thing going on, and I'm not wasting any more money on this brewery. Avoid.

Photo of MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

look - dark, nice little thick head reminisce of a tinier guinness
N- chocolate, Malts, sweet
T - chocolate sweetness, maybe some slight nutmeg but wouldn't call this a pumpkin beer
Mf - small bubble gollowed by nice smooth little silky 
Overall - good. Not a pumpkin beer. But a solid porter. 

Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this one into a snifter, it has a rich black color body with a 2' cream colored head to it. The smell has a roasted malt and chocolate aroma, no pumpkin. The taste has a nice malt flavor and chocolate, nice and rich but i don't get any pumpkin flavor. The mouth feel is ok and overall is a ok beer. I'm not a big porter fan, but if it has pumpkin in it i want to try it and this one lacks pumpkin flavor.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
2.69/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown color with 2 fingers of beige head. Glorious lacing.

Smell is grainy, light coffee and chocolate notes, not much going on.

Taste is a bit odd. Mild roasted character, some chocolate, and some off putting metallic, acidic bitterness...i told myself i would never drain pour a beer but this is coming close.

Light body, light carbonation, just can't get over that aftertaste of rusty oxidized chain link fence.

Skip it.

Photo of ToddT
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Clear dark brown with a thin off white head. Head fades out quickly and leaves a little lace on the glass.

S- Notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, and a hint of spice, it has a nice nose.

T- Roasted malt and semisweet dark chocolate notes right away, this is balanced out with hints of coffee, caramel, and toffee. I'm not really picking up on the pumpkin that is billed as being in this one, going to bet it is hidden behind the much stronger flavors in the profile. Finish is somewhat dry and with a final semisweet chocolate note.

M- Medium in body and low in carbonation, somewhat creamy and smooth, not quite there but close.

O- I liked this one but found it somewhat lacking in the flavor that was suppose to be in it, which was pumpkin. It went down easy, at 5.6% ABV, and had some nice flavors, but just didn't live up to it's billing. Maybe it just needs some time to mature.

Photo of 57md
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with a tan hue on the edges. More than a finger of head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice sticky lacing on the glass. The nose is subtly roasty. The taste is rather thin and bland. This offering ends on a sour note that is not terribly pleasant.

While this offering is advertised as a beer with pumpkin and cocoa, there is no hint of pumpkin or cocoa here.

Photo of rfgetz
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cola brown, little head or retention. Scent is roasty with notes of char, chocolate, coffee and light dark fruit. Taste is also missing anything seasonal, just an average mild-flavored porter with plenty of roast. Lighter side of medium bodied. Confused to what the goal was with this one, maybe it was lost in translation.

Photo of Rifugium
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured into a Pinocchio's tulip glass, a seemingly opaque dark brown color with a large rocky tan head that sank down to a thin layer leaving some lacing on the glass in its wake. Aroma of dark malts, roasty, nutty, light touches of fall spices. For a beer showcasing pumpkin, this was a bit on the weak side. Dark roasted malts, notes of cocoa and coffee, some astringency, with a bit of vegetal pumpkin and spice hidden underneath all of that. Body was about medium, moderate carbonation. Decent, but a bit bland overall.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown color with a tiny tan head. The head faded relatively fast to give a good level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweeter chocolate and roasted malt. There is a very light pumpkin and spice aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins with nice notes of a sweeter chocolate flavor and some light roasted malt. As the taste advances the sweeter flavors fade and give way to some or roasty flavors with hints of pumpkin mixed within. There are some very light pumpkin pie spice flavors, although these are very difficult to detect over the roasty and chocolate backbone of the beer. In the end the pumpkin grows a bit with some of the sweetness coming back to the tongue and leaving a sweeter roasty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well.

Overall – It does have a nice easy drinking chocolate and roasted malt taste, although I find the pumpkin flavors a little lacking. While the pumpkin flavor is on the lower side it is a rather tasty beer none the less, and is one to try.

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Trick Or Treat from Evil Genius Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.