Trick Or Treat
Evil Genius Beer Company

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Porter - American
Ranked #1,006
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3.67 | pDev: 14.99%
Evil Genius Beer Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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DanO1066 from Maryland

3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4pk of 16oz cans (082620) obtained fm the Bolton Hill Food Center: a standard pour into a nonic pint glass produced a frothy mocha head with good retention and plenty of lace over a dark brown body. Faint chocolate on the nose, more on the tongue - perhaps a hint of the gourd in the aftertaste? Medium body & carbonation. A solid chocolate porter, but billed as a chocolate-pumpking porter, so...

Dec 25, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark, chestnut brown with a head like pale sand. Moderate retention and the rare spectacle of perfect, unbroken lacing a good two inches down the glass.

Pumpkin pie filling with a drizzle of brown sugar, accompanied by a nearly-mute choir of cardamom, clove, and cinnamon singing softly in the background.

A smooth medium mounted on rumbling tank-treads of carbonation. The steady thrum of bubbles gives it ‘oomph!’ and elevates the flavor profile.

A cluster of milk chocolate candies zooms by on a comet of crisp, pumpkin puree. The unusual pair blend seamlessly, folding into one another, creating a mouthful of silky, mildly-sweet dessert. A quick whisper of roasted toffee and a reluctant tickle of the bouquet’s spices linger and gain strength in the aftertaste. Superb balance.

This is the first pumpkin beer I’ve had where the baking spices take a backseat to that elusive pumpkin flavor. Just the right amount of sweetness. Even better than the vaunted, Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale, which struggles to put its pumpkin ahead of its spices.

Dec 03, 2020
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jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich coffee hue with a creamy beige head. Soap like lacing on the way down. Nose is subtle with notes coffee, cocoa, and just a touch of the fall pumpkin spice varieties. Flavor follows letter for letter, each notes stands on its own without overwhelming, excellent balance overall without overwhelming the palate. I would absolutely buy a case of this every fall.

Oct 31, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Impressive dark cocoa head and a nose full of pumpkin pie spice, this makes a positive first impression. The flavor is a little flat but not bad at all, with coffee and roasted tones. Carbonation is a little inconsistent. You kind of lose the pumpkin in the main part of the flavor, but this is a solid October porter.

Oct 17, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, forming a couple fingers of light tan head. Cola brown body with a heavy ring of lacing. Nice smell of malt and pumpkin with a bit of chocolate. Taste follows the smell, with pumpkin more background, a hint of chocolate, and nice malty after taste. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very yummy pumpkin porter.

Sep 25, 2020
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- dark black with a light brown foamy head. Splotchy lacing left on pint glass.

S- allspice and dark malts

F- allspice and clove with hints of dark caramel malt

M- creamy and thick bodied but goes down fairly smooth

O- A great porter and i am not a porter fan. Goes down smooth and has decent flavor

Dec 01, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light carbonation with a slightly thick creamy feel.
Aroma is milk and dark chocolate with some coffee. Pumpkin is light but there is some pumpkin pie in the aroma
..taste has more pumpkin pie element than shows up in the aroma. Has a nice overall rich taste

Oct 31, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75


On tap at Killarney's.

Lk: Dark brown.
Ar: light pumpkin and spice.
Ta: malted barley. Bread, pumpkin and spice.
Feel: smooth , medium carbonation.



Oct 13, 2019
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johnnysocko from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this pumpkin beer at the kennett brewfest 9/28, don't consider myself a pumpkin beer fan and mostly avoid them, but I gave it try. I went back at end of day after repeated sampling of average to below average testing beers, and it still was my favorite of the day. Go figure.

Sep 29, 2019
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: light black color with some darker brown in there as well. Thin, tan head

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, pie crust, apple pie, vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar. Nice aroma

T: pumpkin purée (even though we all know pumpkin itself has little flavor), and pie crust upfront. Milk chocolate, Smooth nutmeg, coriander, clove, cinnamon, and vanilla behind that. A touch of caramel malt at the end

M: medium mouthfeel with medium-low carbonation

O: I like this. Nice fall flavors all in one. Smooth and easy to drink. A solid fall beer

Oct 04, 2018
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a frothy caramel colored head.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, pumpkin, fig, cinnamon, nutmeg, and barely.

Taste is big silky smooth dark chocolate followed by bitter coffee with cinnamon and nutmeg. A big delicious beer.

Sep 16, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear dark, dark mahogany brown pour. Nearly black with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Nice retention... leaves a thin film of head and great lacing.

S: Coffee, roast, and pumpkin pie spice.

T/F: Roasted grains and charred sugars. Sweet... almost like there's some lactose in there. Coffee... mild chocolate. Good pumpkin flavor but not overpowering... light spice mingles well with the sweet sugars. Balanced out by the bitter roast. Somewhat light bodied... expected a bit more oomph, especially at 7.8% ABV. Drinkable... sticky on the tongue. The finish is more sweet roast, pumpkin, and espresso.

O: A very solid pumpkin porter. Sweet and drinkable... and the pumpkin complements the brew nicely. The coffee is a solid mix and this is a very drinkable beer. Really enjoyed it as a change of pace from IPA-land.

Sep 15, 2018
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-Chocolate pumpkin porter. Cocoa, pumpkin, & spices. in std. pint.

A: Rich deep chocolate-coffee pour has a beautiful walnut colored head, 0.25 inches, and only moderately retaining. Clean vessel walls.

S: Dry chocolate, nutmeg spicing, and what i believe, may be wrong here, is a bit of peppers. Some cinnamon, with a roasty bitterness. Cocoa powder, dried pumpkin with a mid-level strength was decent, but not enticing enough to savor long.

T; Roasty coffee plays strong, fresh, with a silty nature, making a very good and strong first impression. Spicy peppery wamrth, chocolate and munich malts are sweet and toasty with a spicing of nutmeg adding some flair. Cinnamon toast, coffee-caramel with some fresh pumpkin. Gentle warmth on the finish.

M: Nice consistency, creamy thick malts, very low carbonation awareness. Slides by.

O: Overall I liked the chocolate-coffee touch, while the spicing was modest, a very nice welcome, that adds subtle touches and never overshadows the main base, malts and purpose. Earthy roast, rich chocolate adds sweetness, with a smooth porter bitterness gives this a strong finish. The spicing is kept in check and lets the base shine. Good drinker.

Nov 02, 2017
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, dark fruit, cacao, spices and some pumpkin. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of toasted malt, herbal hops, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, spices and some pumpkin. Finish is long and semi-sweet. Very nice brew.

Oct 31, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a mostly dark brown close to black color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Light sliding lace wound it's way around the glass.
The aroma had some sweet coffee beans and roastiness up front then a light pumpkin extract sweetness coming in nicely. Ended with a blend of cinnamon and earthy sweet spice, somewhat like the sweet portion of black licorice.
The flavor was a mix of the sweet and the roastiness up front with the pumpkin arranging nicely with the coffee parts and then a slight cocoa powder starting to come out. Spices seem to keep their place in the backseat of this beer. Slight aftertaste of the roastiness and sweetness of the coffee bean, cocoa powder and pumpkin extract.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Moderate sweet to roasty finish.
Overall, pretty nice porter with pumpkin in it and not being overly done with spices either. I'd have again.

Oct 28, 2017
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Black pour with 1 1/2 finger coffee colored head. Minimal lacing.
S - Slight pumpkin and chocolate notes.
T - Good mixture of pumpkin, spice and chocolate. Some roastiness.
F - Pretty smooth, light body with a semi-dry finish.
O - A good drinking beer. Tasty and enjoyable.

Oct 08, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Pours essentially black with s tan head.
Burnt pumpkin, chocolate and toast in the lightly smokey aroma. The flavor reveals moderately strong spicing and a hint of coffee.

Sep 27, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/17/2017 at Arigna in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pumpkin, spices, chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, pumpkin and spices. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for a pumpkin porter.

Sep 18, 2017
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muchos from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L. Clear ultra-dark brown or mahogany, nice size head of tight bubbles which recedes slowly and remains as a lacy film for a bit and upon swirling.
S. Cinnamon, chocolaty, allspice, something sharper like ginger, nutmeg, bready sweet malt. A lot more chocolate as it comes to room temp.
T. Malty, bready, ginger, semi-sweet chocolate to start, pumpkin-y and spicy with allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon in the middle followed by more ginger. Aftertaste is bitter and semi-sweet chocolates with pumpkin and subtle fall spices, Flavors aren't huge but they are all there and they work pretty well together.
F. Initial feel is a tingle from ginger, I assume. Thinner side of a medium feel, noticeable carbonation but not too vigorous, not too dry in the end.
O. This is my first time having a beer with this combination of flavors. Bready chocolate, pumpkin, and fall spices work pretty well together. Factor in that it was only $12 for a sixer, and I think I would recommend this if you are on the fence about it. Pairs nicely with a cool late-summer evening. Cheers ! ! !

Sep 09, 2017
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jgido759 from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I went into this not knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. Solid porter with subtle hints of pumpkin spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, an clove) without being overpowering.

I could see myself enjoying this again.

Nov 11, 2016
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Sak3 from Connecticut

4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Solid deep brown that's almost black with a hint of red to it.

Smell: A mix of pumpkin and chocolate.

Taste: A kick of chocolate and this is an excellent taste I must say!

Feeling: A smooth drink that you can enjoy a couple of!

Overall: A must try!

Oct 26, 2016
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Cnote_crafty_1 from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Evil Genius Beer Company - Trick, or Treat chocolate pumpkin porter, brewed with cocoa, pumpkin and spices.
7.8% ABV., 35 IBU's
Smell: Sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, bitter roastyness.
Taste: Sweet milk chocolate, bitter roasted spicey aftertaste
Feel: It has a medium body with good substance to it.
Look: pitch black, 2inch tan head
Overall: As I like purple monkey dishwater I like this beer. It has sweet chocolate all throughout the sips and has lovely roasty bitter notes to it as well. The pumpkin really doesn't stand out. I have had other beers by these guys where that wast the case. They go for a certain flavor comination and one of the combinations doesn't stand out. I didn't taste any pumpkin for whatever reason. It would be nice if I could taste it because I love pumpkin, but it still holds water as a good chocolate porter for me. I didn't notice that it was 7.8% ABV because it was not listed on the bottle. After I found out I was pretty surprised because you don't taste the alcohol at all. Very smooth, Enjoy!

Oct 13, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Evil Genius Beer Company "Trick Or Treat"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BORN ON 2016/07/14" and sampled on 2016/09/20
$2 @ Acme, Glen Mills, PA

While I'm quite glad that the guys from Evil Genius decided against making a Yuengling Traditional Lager knock-off (which was their first plan) and instead focused on unusual beers, I wasn't so sure that they hadn't gone over the edge with this one. Chocolate Pumpkin Porter? At first sip, however, I was reassured, it works.

It's a clear dark mahogany in color beneath a creamy head of tan that rises up full as you pour it, and then settles into a more compact inch or so, and eventually a compact 1/8" surface covering. The lacing is pretty good as well.

The aroma doesn't give much up in terms of spice as the cocoa dominates, but there's a little bit of cinnamon there.

The flavor is heavy on cocoa as well, which is a welcome change from most "pumpkin beers" where the spice dominates, or even porters that tend to be fairly basic. It's a little bit unusual to get that cocoa so heavy upfront but you get used to it by the third or fourth sip. The dark malts have a nice roasty, and almost smoky, edge that works well with the idea of a pumpkin beer, reminding me of cool night where the aromas of fallen leaves have been amplified by the misty rain earlier in the day, and wood smoke gently wafts from neighbor's chimneys. A touch of nuttiness rounds it out rather than the caramel component you might be expecting, which is also interesting. There is one bit of an odd taste that I can't pinpoint, but which might be coming from the pumpkin, although that's a little odd because usually they usually only add fermentables, and very little flavor. The balance is nice, coming on quite sweet at first, but drying by the time you get to the finish, where the spices become apparent. Again, a lot of pumpkin beers can be over-spiced, especially with cinnamon, but that's not the case here, it's restrained. I'm not even sure what I'm really tasting but I think I'm finding cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and all-spice.

In the end it's quite nicely done. I could easily have another one of these and enjoy it just as much as the first; and it never builds on the palate. Does it hit a home run? No, but at least it gets on base. A solid single, maybe a double, and possibly even a triple. Certainly worth trying because it's so different.

Sep 20, 2016
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joberlander from Massachusetts

3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

great aroma with chocolate, coffee, peanut butter, cinnamon and pumpkin. The taste is very similar with lots of chocolate and coffee. It feels a little thin for the abv. Overall its a solid chocolate almost spiced porter but I literally get no pumpkin. If this was advertised as a chocolate porter id rate it a lot better but I was looking for pumpkin and this did not deliver.

Sep 09, 2016
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Whey2Hoppy from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty darn dark for a porter. Beige head, but a light black body akin to coffee grounds.

Smell: HUGE pumpkin spices, allspice, and nutmeg dominate the nose. Just a touch of cinnamon. Definitely more pumpkin spice than actual pumpkin, which I can't complain with, honestly.

Taste: More subtle than I was expecting. The spices give way to a taste dominated by sweet chocolate malts, with the spices mostly being present in the aroma.

Feel: Fairly oily for a porter, which I like, but still light in body overall. Can't be helped with the ABV though, so I can't fault it. It does very well with the ABV it has.

Overall: A decent pumpkin brew, from someone who absolutely LOVES anything pumpkin flavored. I just wish that the pumpkin spices came through more in the taste, rather than just the aroma.

Sep 04, 2016
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