Route Of All Evil Black Ale - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Route Of All Evil Black AleRoute Of All Evil Black Ale

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JTomczak on 11-01-2013

A hefty Black Ale with profound malt and hop complexity. Neither Stout nor Porter, it will be its own thing – full-bodied, bold and black. Flavor characteristics of dark chocolate, mocha, molasses and dark fruits. Balanced by piney citrusy notes of Pacific Northwest hops. Full-bodied and uncommonly satisfying at 7.5% alcohol.
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Ratings: 190 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by Kooz:
Photo of Kooz
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark black with decent head. Smells hoppy with caramel and molasses undertones. It's nice, it's enticing...

Tastes slightly bitter up front, then distinctly hoppy with a slight sweetness mellowing out the bitterness of the hops. Aftertaste is more sweet than bitter, but still good.

Mouthfeel is good, no bite, creamy and foamy on a swish. It's very good.

This is a good beer. I was expecting something sweeter and maybe stickier. Instead, I was treated to a crisp and refreshing beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: pine, roasted malt, and tropical fruit

Taste: rich chocolate--mostly dark with some milk chocolate, light cream, char, and a moderate amount of piney hops

Mouthfeel: Sweet start with a bitter end, medium body, high carbonation

Overall: A good American black ale that never gets too sweet or too bitter. On the complex side for the style. I would get this again, but there are others I prefer in the style.

Photo of meno19
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%

This is a seriously underrated beer from Founders. This is a black IPA that is super drinkable, great malt and hop flavors. Just a really nice presentation of flavors that all work together at the right time. Again this is a highly underrated beer and a must try IMO.

Photo of KTCamm
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Picked up as a single in CT.

Pours dark black with an absurd amount of off white foam. Over 3 inches and lengthy settling, and dont blame the pour.Coffee pine nose. Earthy. Completely over carbonated mouthfeel. Once that settles, it becomes a dirty earthy hard pine taste, strong bitter. Settles in nicely after a tough start. Up and down/.

Photo of fank2788
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Nearly pitch black with a dark khaki head once I'm able to get it all in the glass. This beer is incredibly foamy even with a cautious slow pour, it took several minutes to get it all poured, I'm docking a point for that. The smell is of citrus hops and malt in the form of roasted and bitter black malts with a bit of chocolate in there as well. The taste is solid and dominated by the black malts along with coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Hop flavor is limited but bitterness of this beer is relatively strong and comes from both the malt and hops. This is a nice and creamy beer some of that is contributed to by the high levels of fine bubbled carbonation the rest from the malt profile. The finish is quite dry, as throughout there is little to no apparent sweetness in this beer, and lastingly bitter. Nice drinking beer and sneakily potent as it successfully hides the 7+ ABV until after you've had a couple. I'm still getting used to this style but I'd have to say that this is one of the better examples that I've had.

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

A - Black with dark brown highlights around the edges. Slightly tan 2 fingers head leaves moderate lacing.
S - Floral, earthy hops, cocoa, roasted coffee.
T - Complex. There's a lot going on. Coffee, roastiness, cocoa, some hop bitterness and then the chewiness of molasses makes itself know. Finishes bitter from the hops and the coffee, I think.
M - Medium/thick body. Medium/low carb. Moves over the palate easily, but does leave some bitterness.
O - When I first grabbed this I thought it was simply a Black IPA, but upon closer inspection is is intended to be a middle ground between black IPA, porter and stout. It certainly is different. Worth a try, especially if your in the mood for something different.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at gingerman sono poures into proper pint. Creamy tan head on a pitch black pour. Fruity aromas over some bitterness..passionfruit maybe? Flavor is lots of fresh fruit. .it seems like passionfruit mixed with pumpkin? Not quite sure but its pretty tasty...well unique. Smooth and creamy...very drinkable. Worth a try on tap as I think the creamyness makes the beer.

Photo of Bustersuess
4.34/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great taste and color.excellent beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus, roasted malts and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character. Then some flavors of dark chocolate, citrus and coffee come in but with very little sweetness. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and provides more dryness than bitterness. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky and very dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better choices within the style.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with what looks to be a bottle date of 10/23/13 but I can't quite tell. Pours a black color with over an inch of frothy light brown head that lingers. The aroma is chocolatey along with some spicy and citrus hops. Roasted malts and earth. The taste is bitter dark chocolate, burnt coffee and some spicy hops.Very roasty flavor. Burnt black coffee and more dark, dark chocolate at the finish. Not as much hop flavor as I expected. Lots of carbonation. Overall, the roastiness is almost overwhelming at times but its still an alright Black IPA.

Photo of jlindros
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Far from my fav style, but I do like what they've been doing so far, so let's see. 10/17/14

Pours a nice big creamy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly, decent spotty lacing, very black almost pitch black color.

Nose as expected, pine and a little orange peel citrus, bitter earthy piney hops, mixed with big roasty cocoa malt notes, some charred roasty like dark malts and a hint of cocoa, etc. Some caramel and toasted bread notes as well.

Taste brings bitter hops out front, piney spicy bitter hops with a little orange peel and zest, earthy and piney, that's quite bitter. Then roasty malts, some cocoa and dark caramel malts, a bad mix of flavors as expected. Finish is drier but mild sticky, long lingering spicy piney earthy hops, with a little roasty dark malt, etc.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice carb at least.

Overall as expected, mix of pine citrus peel, as well as the roasty dark caramel cocoa malts, mixing like pickles and peanutbutter... just are a horrible mix of flavors that really shouldn't be together yet are all the rage for some reason.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is a large fluffy tan head that overflows the glass even with a gentle pour. I take just a little off appearance due to the overfoaming on the pour.
The beer is a rich chocolate brown color with mild garnet highlights when held up to the light.
Aroma is a little chocolate and some anice, a little spicy hop character mixed in the background.
First sip reveals an average body with crisp texture and very fine dense carbonation that gives an overall enjoyable feel to the beer.
Flavor is a little roasted malt and some dark chocolate, this moves to a little spicy hops and finishes with roasted malt that lingers on the palate. The anice on the nose doesnt show up on the flavor.
No hint of booze and very easy to drink as my bottle is almost gone before finishing the review.
A tasty crisp black ale that is interesting and flavorful and not overwhelming in complexity.
Worth drinking if you like malt and clean beers.

Photo of PatrickKellyCT
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours very dark with about a centimeter of creamy brown head. Nice looking black ale.

Smell: Smells subtly hoppy with a little bit of chocolate in the background. Smells more like an IPA than a stout. A pleasant aroma but not extremely strong.

Taste: Taste is chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts up front, finishing with a lingering bitterness in the end. Not really any hop characteristic but very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special, but definitely enjoyable. Somewhat creamy, but crisp at the same time.

Overall: The bitterness lingers a little bit too long on the pallet, where it's hard to really grab the other flavors after a few sips. I'd rather have an IPA or a Stout, not this which tries to be a combination of both.

Photo of Thads324
2.36/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A : pours a deep dark black, big loose pillow of dark brown head. Odd lacing that is spotty and balled up. The head stays well.
S : not much here. Smells like water that's been sitting next to the bed for 2 days. Yes that's a smell. Hints of roasted malts and some rubbing alcohol.
T : taste is lighter than expected. Deep dark roasted malts but slight coffee, pumpernickel bread, plastic and harsh bitterness. Not a hop bitterness, but burnt grain. Pretty unpleasant second half here.
M: lighter than expected, prevalent alcohol with harsh and cutting carbonation.

A beer I was very excited to try is another let down. This brewery keeps pumping out mediocre brews. The flavor is harsh and plasticy. Not good at all and pretty disappointing. Cool label at least s

Photo of Durge
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black colored brew with a robust light brown head and gobs of lacing. The aroma delivers what I look for in a black IPA. I'm not sure what some of the other reviewers here on BA are expecting but this is glorious by my nose. Funky herbal-pine hops over deep toasted malt and burnt coffee. What's not to like? The flavor is full of pine hops that twist into a slightly chemical effect, but it's all within the "funky" taste side of deliciousness for me. More roasted coffee and toasted or burnt malts. This is definitely a bit different but I appreciate that. I like pushing the styles for something unique rather than just trying to perfect a generic style definition. This black IPA has a funky side that obviously doesn't meet everyone's expectations but I think it's a nice change up. The body is solidly medium with a delicate but plenty effective carbonation that lends a refreshing quality to the otherwise somewhat aqueous feel. I would buy it again though it might benefit from a little refinement on the hop flavors.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.45/5  rDev -31.9%

Appearance was dark black but with little to no head to speak of. The smell was also hard to pick up on with a little bit of malt and some hops. The taste was light with hops on the finish and some sweet malt in the middle but I felt that the taste and the mouthfeel being very light that I was a bit underwhelmed by this one.

Photo of beerloserLI
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours black with a pleasant nose of roasted malt and sweetness.

A thick blast of malt and chocolate hits on the first sip while it finishes with a hoppy and bitter burn. Really adds some complexion and lends greatly to the black ipa style. It really hits me as a cross between a porter/ipa. A solid and enjoyable ale regardless of what you call it.

Photo of bmeehan
3/5  rDev -16.7%


Photo of VelvetExtract
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a mild, tan head. Not all too much lacing. Aroma is balanced and surprisingly subtle. I'd like more 'oomph'. Mild, piney hops. Roast and dark sweetness. Flavor is also balanced but ambiguous. Has some hops that come mostly in pine and grass form. Lightly burnt. Definitely roasty. A touch of bitter chocolate. Finishes fairly clean. Lighter than expected in the feel. The contents of the beer are nowhere near offensive but they are very unmemorable. Yet, the creepy little pedo-clown on the tricycle lustfully riding towards me on the label makes me unhappy. That's memorable...thanks for the nightmares.

Photo of scotorum
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Black with clear ruby highlights in the bottom when viewed through light. Enormous tan head required additional pours to fill the glass, receding excruciatingly slowly to seemingly impenetrable thick surface foam and dense 3-D lacing.

s: Licorice and dark malt.

t: Sharp hop bite over a licorice-like dark malt base. Licorice as well as bitterness linger on the tongue. Bitter finish. Later the licorice is replaced by black coffee flavor from the dark malt.

m: Moderate. Most of the carbonation seems to have been released on the pour to form the gigantic head.

o: If you like a head on your beer all the way through drinking it, you should be pleased with this. It's otherwise a pretty average black ale with some porterish claims, although the licorice early on is somewhat unusual.

Photo of snilsen13
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So this is what happens when you over-feature black patent malt in your grist. Interesting. I don't think I'll be jumping on this bandwagon though. Theakson's Old Peculiar is the benchmark for beers that give that licorice edge. This one goes over the top, but they did balance it out with just the right amount of hops and there was nothing to complain about. So, it's good.

If I ever try this again, I'm ringing the lip of my glass with salt.

Photo of HamdenHector
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown - almost black; not even a hint of ruby at the edges; 1 finger medium brown, pillowy head that receded to a thick collar; very nice lacing;

S: bittersweet chocolate, mocha, a little coffee, citrus and piney hops;

T: roasted malt through mid-palate: finish is moderately bitter with a combination of bittersweet chocolate and coffee; coffee sticks around a long time;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a lot going on and it's all good;

Photo of dheacck11
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pour is deep black. Big tan head, lingering for ever. Totally opaque.

Nose is a little hoppy. A little flinty. A little burnt. A little weird.

Taste is just really weird. Very dry burnt taste up front. Like burnt toast. Get a little malty creaminess to follow, with a bitter hop finish.

Feel is pretty medium to thick.

Too weird. Not good. Nose is almost like melting plastic at times. Gets a little better at warmer temps, but just kinda f'ed up.

Photo of Flounder57
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz beer was poured into a nonic.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Very typical for a black ale. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasty, chocolate, ash, charcoal, caramel, molasses, and slight citrus and pine.

Taste: Hard to pick up certain flavors. More malt forward than hops even though the pine is nice there. The citrus is a bit hard to pick up.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, mild ash bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice black ale. I could revisit this one again. I little more hop character and flavor would be nice.

Route Of All Evil Black Ale from Two Roads Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.