Trick Or Treat | Evil Genius Beer Company

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BA SCORE
3.62/5
216 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Genius Beer Company
Pennsylvania, United States
evilgeniusbeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Darkmagus82 on 09-03-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,234
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
216
pDev:
15.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
69
Trade:
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.8/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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3.64/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.62/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a blackish color with a white lace. Decent clarity for a brew of pumpkin, spices, and roasted malt base. Aroma of gourd enveloped with a thin wisp of roasted malts. Mainly smells like vegetables, eh. Solid two months before Halloween, but Trick or Treat!! No discernible bottle date, it seems smudged on purpose hopefully not 2 years old or something. Pumpkin is always best fresh in beer.

The taste is sour pumpkin, roasted malts and a bit of cocoa in the finish. Kind of watery. Body is good, its solidly made beer, but the vegetable sour thing that happened with the pumpkin is unfortunate and just didn't work with the roasted base. Left me wanting more as a pumpkin chocolate stout, as good as that may sound. Very confused muddled beer, but I like what these guys are doing in some of the others I've had the opportunity to try. It would be better without any pumpkin in it, but still seems lacking. I like a lot of these products but not this one. Its more of a trick than a treat.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tigg924
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, dark brown, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, cinnamon, clove, and light peanut as the beer warms. The beer has more of a porter taste than pumpkin or peanut. Interesting beer, but I would have liked to see the other flavors more pronounced.

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Trick Or Treat from Evil Genius Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 216 ratings
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