Evil Twin / Mattias - Dahlgren Matölen
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American Porter
3.89 | pDev: 7.2%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Evil Twin / Mattias - Dahlgren MatölenEvil Twin / Mattias - Dahlgren Matölen
Notes: "The Food Beer" is a dry porter brewed with blueberries.

There has been a paradigm shift. Beer has made it onto the menu into the best restaurants around the world. This beer is no exception - a blueberry porter brewed in collaboration with Swedish chef, Mathias Dahlgren of Matsalen and Matbaren. If you were not a beer lover before Matölen attempt to open your taste buds as a more food-friendly pairing and perhaps even make you a stronger believer in beer's flavor-matching prowess. Smaklig måltid.
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger off white to tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. Spider web lacing clings in rings around the glass nicely. The smell takes in the normal qualities of a porter - roasty cocoa, light coffee and then some vanilla and iced blueberries slide in for a nice combination. The taste was balanced between the sweet and the roast with a subtle dry bitterness penetrating my tastebuds. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a soft smooth to creamy feel laying down on my tongue and somewhat semi-sticky. Overall, for a porter I’d say it works. The addition of the blueberry balanced in really nice. I’d have again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

everything about this beer is incredible. i wish i bought a couple of them when i had the chance. a big fluffy porter brewed with blueberries, there is nothing really quite like it out there that i have encountered any place. the bottle and the label are awesome, and the pour is too. shiny inky black with a sturdy inch of lighter brown head. smells like tangy dried blueberries rather than fresh ones, and its pretty subtle really, crowded out a bit by the coffee aromatic in the dark malt. vibrant roast profile in the flavor, dark but not dead, alive still very much, barky and woody, ashy, dry as can be, with a hint of a mild english yeast in there, maybe even some Scandinavian strain, but its not neutral. the berries come out more and more as the beer sits in the glass and warms up, getting pretty balanced as a contributor by the end. they have some tang and some sweet, they remind me of summer in the mountains, tasting almost more like wild blueberries than the bigger ones that are commercially available. it a neat flavor with all the roast, the cut through it just enough, a hint of jam to it as well, but great balance. it grew on me each sip, and by the time it was gone, i was wishing for more. really pretty splendid little beer here that probably shouldnt have flown under the radar as much as it did. yum!

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Photo of gonzo000
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an incredibly smooth porter. WOW! Color was black with a small tan head that floated on top. The smell was a bit 'plastic' like. I did not like it. Funny thing is that he smell and the taste were 180 degrees apart. Sometimes roasted, sometimes blueberry taste, always smooth as silk. Really easy to drink and enjoy, but I would not stick my nose in it often.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a medium brown head that is fast fading. Looks great for about 4 seconds and then head fades completely.

Nose is all rich luscious plums, sweet chocolate and cherry cordials. Hints of dried blueberries.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and with an unbalanced malt/acid - front is super acidic with malty undertones - weird mouth feel - unique and not appealing.

Once you get over the mouth feel the flavor profile is awesome. Lots of sweet chocolate that goes to bitter chocolate with coffee and toffee undertones. The finish is one of the best I've had - rich coffee/smoke grains and smoked blueberries and appealing ash.

This is a very strange beer with lots wrong with it and lots right with it.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: nearly opaque dark brown, just a bit of cola highlights when held to light. Dark mocha head.
smell: Blueberries and Porter about as evenly balanced as you can get.
taste: considerably more happening than in the nose. getting blueberry, and dark fruits, some roasty dark chocolate tempered by the fruits. A hint of spice in the finish.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep and rich dark nearly black to walnut solid opaque brown body. There is a purple hue and tinge to this as well. Head foams and cascades up wonderfully. Thick rich four fingers, even uniform fine bubbles in the head filled with espresso cream like consistency and light mocha brown colors. Slowly and eventually settles. Great GREAT looking porter.

Very noticeable blueberry aroma. Dominating but it's extremely nice. The fruit angle comes off particularly juicy, hinting even towards dark red fruits particularly raspberry as well. Not much else but a good solid one hit on the nose.

Palate gives the goods, but also manages to play it simple and safe. Classic light bodied roast and feel, mixing in the mid palate with a good fruity wash. Cocoa and blueberries, with more emphasis on the fruit in the mid palate. Finishes with mild charring roast, a bit of grain and almost milky sweetness but getting more into some bitter tannic grain quality too. Some coffee and bitter chocolate seems to get accented as well with this on the end.

Sometimes you don't need a challenge. This is a great fruited porter that doesn't get out of control. Like it's simplicity as well sticking to basic porter character as well dialed in.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque in the glass and a nice one finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt and blueberries with hints of milk chocolate and mild coffee and vanilla. Flavor is dry toasted malt, chocolate, berry fruit with a mild blueberry profile; finishes lighter with blueberry and coffee notes, somewhat tart and astringent in the end. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Modest body for a porter, with a foreign export profile. Good blueberry presence that fits well, but is a little stark in the finish, leaving a slightly tart and astringent flavor. Interesting and novel, the blueberry fits well with dark malt, but my taste might have preferred a sweeter Russian stout body for the berries. Another interesting Evil Twin experiment.

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Photo of teromous
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The label says "Best before: See label" and then there is nothing written, stamped, or printed on the label.

Appearance: It pours black into a black body with a fluffy and creamy khaki head. Very good lace formation on the glass.

Aroma: There is a light coffee aroma and what smells a bit like blueberry oatmeal. It is pretty faint but the aroma is nice.

Taste: I get a light charcoal taste without it being too bitter. There is a faint tartness to the beer but I don't actually taste any blueberries. As a plain porter it is average.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel feels about average but the faint tartness gives it an interesting presence on the palate. The beer finishes dry.

Overall: I give this blueberry porter the raspberry. It doesn't have enough blueberry flavor to overcome the obvious strength of heavily kilned grains. While it maintains a nice but faint aroma that doesn't do enough to bring forward the blueberry flavor. It's a decent beer by itself and it makes for a nice drinkable porter, but it's not something I would even casually recommend to a person. If you are looking for a blueberry beer give it a pass.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/2017. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, blueberry, raisin, cherry, plum, toast, dark bread, light smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, blueberries, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, blueberry, raisin, cherry, plum, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness and slight fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, blueberry, raisin, cherry, plum, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Light-moderate roasty dryness after the finish. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, blueberries, and fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good English "dry porter" style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, blueberries, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. I’d say that dry porter was a good label for the beer, as it doesn’t quite fit a dry stout or English porter style by itself. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Mikedhoppy
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Recently got as a gift; fruity nose that's closer to wine than a porter- not a bad thing considering the description on the label. Light body with sour fruit up front and a light coffee finish- I like it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As the culinary art in craft beer steps more in line with that of the experimental food scene, their pairing opportunities abound. Collaborations with highly regarded chefs and brewers give new influence, sophistication and reward to the appreciators of all-things-flavor if they are patient and judicious enough.

Matolen's ominously dark mocha-stained pour is resounding deep and opaque, showing only tawny rust hues about its slender margins. And as the aromas spill onto the senses, it does so with dark chocolate, coffee, burnt toast and roasting walnut ahead of obvious blueberry additions. Its dark and lavish taste is soothing with its beautifully seared-in malt sweetnesses, carrying a toffee and chocolate undertone.

Over the middle, its sweetness gives way to the more rustic and earth flavors of chicory, coffee, cocoa and a hint of smoldering ember. As the blueberry acidity grows to balance the toasty malts, it brings the robust perfumes and fruit sweetness of vine-ripened berry. Not stopping with the strong blueberry undercurrent, flavors of plum, black cherry, blackcurrant, blackberry and faint prune inform the fruit and malt and weave the flavor spread together.

Surprisingly moderate and drinkable, the beer is a far cry from full-bodied, however never thin. Its fruity tang and spicy pectins offer slight astringency in the absence of any bolder hop bitternesses. Its a curiously drinking porter that's ideally suited for washing down the foods to accompany it. It's ideally suited for blackened kabobs with dark fruit chutney or blackberry cobbler, ...or both.

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Photo of bark
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The colour is black (120 EBC), the two finger head is compact and brown. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is somewhat tart with notes of coffee, toffee, apple pie, cinnamon and dried blueberries.

The taste is dry and lighter than expected. Passing notes of blueberries and black malt sourness. Light black notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Medium body. The aftertaste is semi-tart with notes of ripe apples, dried blueberries, hints of cinnamon and coffee. The finish is somewhat spicy with unripe blueberries and weak coffee.

The carbonation is quite strong, lots of small smooth bubbles. The liquid is semi-thick and a bit dry.

A highly unusual blueberry porter. It had been developed by Evil Twin in collaboration with Swedish high-profile chef Mathias Dahlgen to be a “food-friendly beer”. I am not 100% sure what food will be the ideal partner to thid one, though.

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