Naughty Or Nice? | Evil Genius Beer Company

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Naughty Or Nice?Naughty Or Nice?

Brewed by:
Evil Genius Beer Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Slatetank on 07-11-2013

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 91
Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Has a plain silver bottle cap for beer cap aficionados. The appearance is a translucent, deep, dark brown color with a small white. The aroma is full of roasted malt and yeast. The flavor follows the aroma and has a nice roasted malt flavor. A fairly good spiced herb beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am continuing to weed through my seemingly interminable backlog here at Chez Woody, some of which includes bottles, preventing me from getting to the all-important CANs. This was yet another procurement from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, in case you wondered.

I Pop!ped the cap and began an aggro pour which resulted in close to three fingers of dense, deep-tan head with reasonable retention. Nose reminded me of a dunkelweizen, with notes of banana and clove. Interesting! The label mentioned "Ale brewed with spices" and I wonder if my inadvertent aging did not have an effect on it. Color was Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was cinnamon spicy with milk chocolate undertones. I did get the banana flavor on the extreme finish, though, so I stand by it. Once again, the inclusion of spices rendered it fairly dry. This was a really nice beer and my aging did not seem to have had much of an adverse affect.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2/26...tested in a mix a six. Pours dark brown, deep reddish hints with white foam layers. Cinnamon/nutmeg smell, some cherries. Cloves. Taste is light, almost watery, malty sweet spiced back. Light mouthfeel. A touch too sweet though.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ow no this beer apparently is heavily spiced with anise (licorice)

A - Nice clear amber brown red hue with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head.
S - Yep from the nose heavy licorice, molasses, and coffee roasts.
T - Not bad the licorice isn't overbearing with mild faint notes of cinnamon. Coffee roasts and sweet molasses too.
M - Kind of light for a winter warmer.

Overall I guess its not terrible just not what I want in a winter warmer.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a nice amount of fluffy white head. The scent is of toasted malt, bread, and notes of coffee and molasses. The taste is of toasted malt, spices, molasses sweetness, and notes of coffee with a mild hop bitterness. Full body and crisp feel with a clean finish.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, clear, deep, dark brown color with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very roasty and malty up front, with strong notes of freshly baked dark bread, coffee, molasses and licorice.

Taste: A lot like the aroma. It has lots of roasted malt and coffee flavors, balanced with some brown sugar or dark molasses-like sweetness. The beer finishes with some very assertive spices of star anise or wormwood, imparting a very strong licorice flavor that I don’t like.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. The beer has hardly any carbonation what-so-ever, and with an ABV of 5.7%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an interesting beer, with some nice roasted flavors, but there’s too much licorice flavor in it that actually turns me off. If you like licorice, you’ll like this beer, but if you don’t, like I don’t, I recommend that you pass on it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with an amber hue. White head forms and stays at a small fine layer. Heavily toasted malts are apparent upfront, this seems like it going to be a malty, warming hop bomb.

The taste has loads of toast and burnt caramel sugars, and a light holiday spice that is barely detectable. A touch of allspice and peppercorn/coriander are on the edges but really not too noticeable which is refreshing in a winter brew. This tastes like a solid beer.

Full bodied feel with almost perfectly crisp carbonation. No real hop bite, surprisingly clean and drinkable.

Overall, this is a well put together, simple ale that really reminds me of a true winter warmer. Nice toasted malt character and warming qualities. I could see myself drinking a good bit of this on a chilly night some time.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours a clear dark brown, eggshell film for a head, fine texture with good retention.

Smells of cinnamon, clove, and potato starch.

Flavor is of slightly stale bread, hints of cinnamon, and a whisper of clove. Hop presence is minimal at best.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A fairly decent winter ale that avoids being overpowering at the expense of anything special to set it apart. The aroma is a bit odd but not bad, and the flavor is fine (despite the connotations of "stale," I quite like the malt). Worth a try if you see it, but probably not something you will remember.

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Photo of blckwiteboy
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

I have enjoyed many Evil Genius beers before. I have to say though that this is not one of their best ones. For the first time in a long time I struggled to finish this beer. I said to myself Ill stick it out and see if it gets better like most beers do. The more I drank the less I liked it. I can taste the chocolate and coffee at the beginning and the end. It has a slight boozy taste and is a surprise for the amt of alcohol in this beer. It has a good mouth feel and is spicy for the style. I guess I expected more and was turned off by the alcohol taste and the dryness. If they can balance this out and make it more malty and less alcohol then it will be perfect.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Born on 10-16-13. Consumed 2-15-14.

A: Soft cola pour produces a weakly holding and quickly dissipating khaki head. No apparent lacing. Ordinary in appearence.

S: Nose was spicy rootbeer, cola, cinnamon, with a lightly dry munich and worty sweetness balanced with an earthy soft coffee ground roast fade.

T: Flavor was fresh roasty coffee grounds, cola-cinnamon spicing, with an earthy bitterness on the close. Fleshy dark fruit skin, chocolate with a spicy bite of dark sweet fruit (plums). Things conclude with a dark malty coffee touch with a slight hint of evergreen adn barrel woodiness. Some piney needles and black licorice accents.

M: spicy with a bite of of tingling carbonation. Good malty depth.

O: Overall earthy flavor with a sweet nose, mid-range appeal, decent drinkability for a winter warmer, alcohol is well tamed with a variety of spices that are well balanced without being obnoxious.

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Photo of 57md
2.97/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance is a reddish brown with practically no head. The nose has muted notes of malt with some seasonal spices. The flavor profile tastes like a watered-down version of a Belgian Strong Dark. The finish has the same watery quality.

This is the third offering that I have had from Evil Genius and my reviews of them all are similar – thin weak and bland.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, almost cola-like. Head dissipates rather quickly.
Smell: Malts predominate- a bit sweet and phenolic with some cherry and a trace hint of nutmeg and other spice.
Taste: Malts again with a burst of cherry come forth. There are certainly notes of spice but these seem to be a bit overwhelmed by the quality of the malt which again is quite sweet. There is a slight bitterness towards the back end of the taste with a mild alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (perhaps a little light) with a dash of sting from spices.
Overall: a different winter warmer- certainly encompasses all the qualities of a winter warmer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Warwick Hotel served chilled in a pint, review from notes.

The ale is deep brown with light crimson hue with small head of beige with average bead. The smell presents a lot of spice and dark fruit aroma with sublte mint and allspice type earthy notes. The feel has a slight dryness with creamy body and spicy mid feel with mild bitterness in general.

The flavor has a lot of dark maltiness with slight spice up front which seems to increase in the taste as the ale warms with a slight bitter edge perhaps from the cinnamon, clove and allspice as listed on their description, but not overdone, there is a mintiness and caramel in the flavor with but not overly spicy flavor wise. Overall this is fine for what it is a winter beer with spice, but I am not sure why I ordered it in June - I guess part of the Christmas in Summer promotion and for a buck, why not try it?

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