Saigon Scooter Selfie
Two Roads Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 8.85%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
89
From:
Two Roads Brewing Company
 
Connecticut, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  5
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Saigon Scooter SelfieSaigon Scooter Selfie
Notes: Collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing

Vietnamese style coffee stout. Rich, thick mouthfeel gives way to lush sweetness with hints of coffee character followed by notes of cream, toffee, and vanilla.
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Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that has short retention

S- sweet creamy vanilla & lively coffee on the nose, notes of brown sugar, vanilla cream, toffee, milk sugars, char & chocolate

T- earthy and herbal coffee up front, quickly followed by sweet notes of brown sugar, whipping cream & toffee. The finish has a distinct sweetness of caramel candy, vanilla milk sugars. Lingers of vanilla cream and toffee

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a semi-thin finish

O- a unique sweet finish that matches well with the coffee

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Knapp85 to sharing this can.

A - Pitch black pour with micro-thin toffee colored lacing.

S - Coffee ground and sweet brown sugar aroma with a tad bit of mineral on the back end of the char.

T - Sweet brown sugar with coffee roast with slight mineral character. Nice lingering sweet brown sugar and light chocolate char.

M - Thin up front and thick on the back end.

O - Light booziness but never detracts from the overall experience of the beer. Recommended.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can dated 8/29/19 to a diagonally cut snifter.
Body is brown near the edges, but pretty much opaque black in 98% of the volume. Head is barely a millimeter and quickly turns to a thin ring at the perimeter.
Aroma is where this beer shines. Rich dark coffee, slight vanilla and I swear it smells like creamed coffee, but I don't know how that could be.
Taste is coffee, toffee, caramel, brown sugar and damn it cream again. How do they do that? The cream sensation lingers after the swallow with a coating mouth feel, but that essence of cream is hard to forget.
A very interesting beer however its a little sweeter than what I like in a coffee stout.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black into a snifter with a thinner deep beige head atop that is gone pretty quickly.Deeply roasted coffee ,roasted nuts,and bitter chocolate stand out most in the nose,not much sweetness detected.Dry roast upfront on the palate then some brown sugar-like sweetness that doesn't seem to fit well with the rest of the flavor profile,it actually gets a bit cloying after awhile taking away from a promising start.Two top notch breweries but not a huge fan of their collab here.

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Photo of bobv
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields 1/2 inch light tan head over a dark brown, near black body with minimal lacing. Nose of dark roasted malt, coffee, and brown sugar. Taste of buckets of brown sugar and "coffee light & sweet." Yikes! Way too sweet for me! Nice feel and overall, I won't be finishing this cup of brown sugar. Cheers?

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

70s inspired chocolate walnut colored panels. Contrasting, plush, and quick-fizzling cream of wheat colored head. This is a sweetened and processed tasting coffee derived drink (alcoholic), much like its namesake suggests. But since I'm advocating beer I'll suggest three other euphemisms (1-3) and one hyperbole (4).
(1) Basic: Mocha flavored Starbucks Almondmylk, Frappuccino, Mocha
(2) Nostalgic and Niche: Toasted marshmallow x buttered popcorn jelly beans
(3) Contemporary Critique: Go to Dunkin', ask for a frozen coffee now that mocha coolattas are passe. Request an additional half squirt mocha, toasted almond, and cream. Take home, throw in a shot of kahlua and vodka.

(4) Drizzle of Irish creme de menthe atop a nautical, sandalwood scented dollop of whipped cream. Sitting in a paper cup all day, the cup's dextose starts to oxidize and reduce making for one sweet cup of regular coffee.

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Photo of tone77
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is, well, I wish the coffee I had this morning smelled this much like coffee. Taste is of coffee, cream, light sugar, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall if you like coffee, buy this beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

DATE: June 21, 2019... OCCASION: days from the closing/move and still a weekend chock-full of sporting events... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... pours a dark black body with barnacles of bubbles clinging all around the glass... its head gives up the effervescence rather abruptly, settling to cola-like ring of vibrant, roiling whiteness... dense, roasted coffee bean, sweet chocolate, light peat, licorice, plum, a waft of vanilla and caramel, crumbled leaf and cookie dough--is this an appertif, a desserif, or a meal in itself? first draw is thick, coating and milky, with a fair amount of heat late... the middle sits with a heavy, chewy oil can-of-a-sip, worthy swirling around the mouth... its sugar is sweet, while its vanilla and roasted coffee bean soften into a sippable, mellow profile that belies its 9.5% ABV... this came as a throw-in for a mix-pack, and a rewarding one indeed--keep doing these collabs, gentle folk... the back story to the beer adds to its worth, slightly....

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I JUST wrapped up my last shift at Columbia Kettle Works 2nd Gear (CKW2G) & it was a bittersweet ending with little fanfare. I had given them two weeks notice & tonight marked the end of another era for me. I have been with them since their opening nine months ago, in September 2018, but I went from 3 nights & 1 weekend day to 1 night & with my summer off & surgery looming, it was time to call it quits. I expect that this beer will likewise be bittersweet.

From the CAN: "For our latest Two Evil collaborative brew, Two Roads’ Phil and Evil Twin’s Jeppe sampled and became enamored with a popular Vietnamese coffee drink called “Ca Phe Sua Da” (cah-fe sah dah). Thick & decadent, like a coffee milkshake, it was the inspiration for this Vietnamese-style Coffee Stout. They then traveled to the chaotic, scooter packed streets of Saigon to meet up with good friends at Heart Of Darkness Brewery. It was there that the brewers created the first batch of this collaborative beer. So raise a glass (or can), snap a selfie and enjoy a taste of Vietnam!"

I Crack!ed open the vent, only to get a spritz across my fingertips due to it being a brimful craft CAN. I kept things moving along with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug that still caused a pseudo-cascade which in turn formed just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with garnet highlights visible throughout. Nose had a coffee & cream quality, very evocative of Vietnamese coffee. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but light for an American Imperial Stout. The taste was bittersweet, bitter in terms of the coffee, but sweet in terms of the added brown sugar & cream extract. Finish was semi-sweet. Frankly, I think that it was lacking in the current style. I would have liked it far better as a "Milk/Sweet Stout", but that's just me. YMMV.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A very nice aroma of coffee, malt, a creamy quality, vanilla, and spices.

T: Tasted of a small amount of vanilla, a good shot of the creamy quality (surprisingly prevalent), a good amount of malt (present throughout), some spice (cinnamon), lots of coffee (a big factor). A solid flavor that gets better as you go along. It doesn't blow you away, but it does have a strong coffee presence that satisfies. Pretty tasty.

F: A decent amount carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: In general, this is a well done, easy to drink stout. Worth a look.

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Photo of Maestro0708
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown to black, with a beige head that recedes quickly to a ring around the surface of the beer.

The aroma is coffee-forward, with notes of dark chocolate in the background.

The taste is dominated by coffee, followed by roasted, chocolate malt, sweet caramel and cream flavors. Alcohol is hidden well.

Mouthfeel is medium-light. Far too thin for a stout this big for my taste.

Overall: The too-thin mouthfeel stands out for me. This beer was just average. Not a drain pour, but I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the tall boy can in a snifter. This beastly little brew pours a
rugged dark and muddled blackish brown with a very nice head of
khaki foam that settles to a thick ring, a thin light layer, and shows
some excellent lacing. Nose of rich coffee, vanilla, and dark sweet
chocolate and toffee. Flavors nail it out of the park with a rich
chocolate toffee bar dunked into a fine cup of cold brewed coffee
with cream and vanilla notes on the rear. Excellent mouth feel; full
body, smooth, faintly slick, light carbonation, and a sweet malt
laden finish.

Exceptional. Very VERY nicely done.

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Photo of hman43
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours very dark brown, but not quite black. It has a cream thick head that is brown. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: Lots of coffee aroma up front. There are sugary elements in the nose with some vanilla. Toffee is in the background with a bit of cinnamon.

Taste: It is quite sweet with a combination of vanilla, coffee, and toffee. There are cinnamon notes in the background.

Feel: It has a creamy, medium full body. It finishes sweet which is the way is starts.

Overall, it is quite sweet from beginning to end with a coffee and cream impression.

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Photo of nick_perry
1.9/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Black color. No head. No discernible aromas. Very sharp, carbonated feel. Odd artificially sweet flavor - like they added Splenda, not brown sugar. Harshly alcoholic tasting, too.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent mahogany with one finger of tight caramel colored head. Alright lacing, traces of head retention

S: Faint coffee notes, grows some as it warms, then plenty of vanilla

T: Coffee, a little vanilla, a touch of dry roastyness up front, sweet cream/mocha as well. Dryness, sweet vanilla, just a little coffee as this warms, this is for fans of Iced Coffee for sure. Finishes sweet, dry, & a little creamy

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, smooths out pretty nicely

Pretty drinkable for the ABV, but was looking for more depth of flavor & certainly a little more coffee

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Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can
BBE 29AUG19

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a pretty nice dark brown/black color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with a nice touch of chocolate, toffee, coffee, vanilla, licorice, cream. The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, with some pretty nice chocolate/toffee, coffee, very nice touch of vanilla, licorice, cream, pretty nice sweetness. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, a pretty nice complex brew, a nice sipper. Overall, this one is pretty taste. Nice to see it around here.

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Photo of mike22ne
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can, fresh from the brewery.

Lots of coffee aroma and taste, and a really interesting creamy quality. After the roasted coffee flavors is a wave of sweet cream and sugar. Caramel and dark roasted malts give a good base but the focus is the coffee and cream.
It's more than a typical milk stout, with a slick feel and unique flavor, and a medium full body. There's a lot going on, and it leaves me wanting the next sip.
Can says it uses "cream extract", which I guess is the same stuff used to make cream soda, to which i can definitely see the similarity. It's a unique beer, and the mix of ingredients works well I think.

Overall very tasty, definitely worth a try. Glad I picked it up!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two Roads Brewing Co. "Two Roads / Evil Twin - Saigon Scooter Selfie"
1 PT can, "BBE 29AUG19 17:08" and sampled on 15FEB19
$4.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Here I thought this was just a coffee stout but it's actually got brown sugar and cream extract added. I guess I can live with that. OK, so it's poured an opaque black body beneath a short head of dark tan. I can't tell if it's clear or not. In the aroma there's already some green pepper which is a little odd as this is still fresh - well, it's at least before its best by date. I get roastiness and coffee as well, and there's some caramel, perhaps a note of vanilla, and some pleasant but not really descriptive fruitiness that could be coming from the yeast or even the coffee itself. The head has not held too well at all, and it's dropped to just a thin veil that covers the surface of the beer; and unfortunately the lacing is quite lacking as well. Not a good showing so far, but let's see how it tastes... well I get some of that green pepper upfront, probably because I'm smelling it, and then it becomes sweet and creamy - really, as if it had a lot of rich cream in it. Obviously it tastes of coffee as well, and they've done a great job of getting that fresh, oily coffee bean flavor in there. So, damn, they may have pulled it off even with a poor aroma and appearance. It's nicely balanced with a moderate bitterness but a little bit of acidity, and then of course the roastiness that helps to dry it in the end as well. That's not to say it has a dry finish though, it's sweetish, but it's balanced. I'm assuming that alcohol is helping with that a little bit as well but it doesn't stand out. How strong is this? 9.5% abv, ahh, that's not that much. It shouldn't show, and it works, so there. In the mouth it's medium-full with a dextrinous feel. Overall I like it quite a bit and I've grown accustomed to the green pepper note so maybe I can be lenient on that as it is a part of the coffee. It's nicely done. I can't decide if I'd call it a dessert beer or not, but it's not something that I'd drink out at the bar, say having two or three. I do think it would make a great ingredient in some desserts though, although you could easily reproduce what they've got here easily with regular ingredients. Worth trying.
Review# 6,477

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Photo of RozzieBoy
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Dark brown/near black with a one finger coffee colored head. Fair lacing.
S - Coffee right from the can. Nice. It never gave up. Some roasted malt.
T - Coffee but not with the bite some others have. Sweetness.
F - fairly smooth with a medium to full body. Clean finish. Leaves a wet feeling on the palate.
O - A really good beer. Enjoyed this one.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

$3.99, 16 oz can from Hy-Vee, poured into small snifter.

Dark brown-black with a creamy finger of beige head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is fruity vanilla coffee and a little bit of spent grains. Slight berry, slight caramel.

Wow. That cream is really evident. It is the prominent note. Whipped cream sugar coffee goodness. Slight hazelnut, slight caramel, lots of vanilla, but mostly cream sugar. I almost want to say it's too sweet but it's just right on the line for me. I dig.

Feel is a bit on the thin side which I'm not overly impressed with, but the busy carbonation helps it feel a little more at home and centered.

Overall, this drinks a lot more like a brown ale than a stout, but it is delicious as all get out. I already have three cans, and I'll probably go back for more. If you like creamy vanilla lattes you will love this beer.

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Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz snulip glass best before 8/29/19. Pours a very slick near pitch black with a 2 plus finger sticky khaki head that leaves a few thin streaks of lace and that settles a tad quickly. 4


Smell is vanilla, toffee, coffee grounds, cocoa nibs, and a hint of peppery spice. 4


Taste follows vanilla, coffee, and cocoa stand out, some toffee and a little hint of spice and I mean tiny. 4


Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, gentle carbonation, a tad dry, and at 9.5% ABV extremely drinkable. 4


Overall this is very nice, I will be honest I wanted more but I appreciate what they did with this one. A little thicker would have have been even better. 4 Heading out to the slopes now. Cheers all.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pouring from a 16 oz. can into a snulip glass, this beer pours out like cola but is much darker in the glass with minimal highlights. It forms a one finger width khaki colored crown that is creamy and very active as you can hear the bubbles popping.

The nose brings notes of coffee and a surprisingly present caramel sweetness mixing with toffee as well. Maple even.

The taste has the caramel and coffee tangling all the way through, while chocolate is watching in the background. The coffee is doing good at letting the rich layers of sweetness like caramel, chocolate & toffee show. Brown sugar presence.

Creamy mouthfeel with a minimal bitter coffee finish. Slightly acidic, finishes dry. Medium body with near perfect carbonation on it.

Overall, this is a very well made coffee stout. Provides nice depth and complexity through the layers and has a mouthfeel that complements it well.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with a two finger tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is coffee, caramel and brown sugar.

T - The taste is huge brown sugar, cream, milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with soft dry finish.

O - This tastes just like a sweetened iced coffee with cream.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high dark beige head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The beer tastes like a coffee with a lot of cream and sugar.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite sweet for a coffee beer and is probably something that would be enjoyed by coffee lovers that have a heavy hand with the sugar and cream.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Roguer
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong, thick tan head atop an ebony wood-hued body. Excellent retention.

Nose is all coffee and roast: brown sugar, caramel, dark chocolate, and coffee. A little bit of cream, red grapes, and very light char.

Flavor lives up to the description: bold and impressively sweet up front. Once the brown sugar has worked its way through your taste buds, a nice strong wave of rich and dark coffee comes through, accompanied by light cream. Other tones include banana, very light char, red grapes, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk chocolate.

A little fizzy on the palate - just barely. Sticky, smooth, no heat at all; very easy to drink for such a high ABV. A touch thinner than I would prefer.

This stout is quite sweet, definitely qualifying as a dessert stout, although with the easy drinking nature of this one, I could see going to it as a breakfast stout.

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Saigon Scooter Selfie from Two Roads Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 89 ratings