Two Roads / Evil Twin - Saigon Scooter Selfie | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Two Roads / Evil Twin - Saigon Scooter SelfieTwo Roads / Evil Twin - Saigon Scooter Selfie
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Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
tworoadsbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by smutty33 on 12-02-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
10
Ratings:
28
pDev:
7.33%
 
 
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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of mjw2808
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before 8/29/19. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a khaki head that fades leaving solid retention and lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Some subtle coffee notes. The flavors are pretty bold. Lots of coconut and vanilla. The coffee and brown sugar is there. Hints of cocoa. Lots of Irish cream. Some caramel and toffee in the mix. This one kind of has a "Dr. Pepper" vibe going on, which might sound weird. This one is definitely on the sweeter side, but it's not cloying or over the top. Nice malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. This one is smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a really nice stout and collaboration. This beer is definitely in the "dessert beer" category. It's on the unique side, especially the flavors, which takes this one to the next level. I really like it.

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Photo of Djoneil
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught 12oz in a tulip glass at Wet City in Baltimore. If you like Vietmanese coffee - and I do (the Bun Shop "around the corner" serves a nice iced version) - this could be the AIS for you.

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Photo of vabeerguy
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alexsergio
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vivs85
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into snifter, best before 8/29/2019. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, coconut, roasted nuts, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, fig, cherry, date, smoke, wood, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, sugars, coffee, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, coconut, roasted nuts, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, fig, cherry, date, smoke, wood, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/woody hop, and roast/coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, coconut, roasted nuts, toasted dark/brown bread, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, wood, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, sugars, coffee, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a solid roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.5%. Overall this is an excellent flavored imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, sugars, coffee, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV, with the minimally bitter/drying finish; very soft feel. Great balance of rich malts, sugars, and fruity/nutty coffee complexity; with restrained fruity yeast, and mild earthy hops against sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example as expected. No complaints for a dessert stout style.

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Photo of epyon396
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, vanilla and a little lactose. Flavor is dark toasted malt, creamy coffee, vanilla and cinnamon. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess, nice mouth feel. They really pulled off their intent with this one, it tastes a lot like a creamy cold coffee drink. I don't know the specific Vietnamese coffee drink they are emulating, but if it tastes like this, I'd like it too. A good coffee stout right off the bat, but the lactose adds a genuine coffee cream note that works quite well. A little on the sweet side, but not cloying, nice coffee character. Well done.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MrDarcy
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisMon02
2.87/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into a snifter.

Cola like color with an off white head leaving small amounts of lacing around the rim of the glass.

Smells of chocolate, fake creamer, coffee and sugar.

Taste is sweet from start to finish. Candy like and off putting. Drain poured as I just could not finish the last 6 ounces or so.

Thin and too cola like.

Some may enjoy this but this Is too dessert like with a straight up sugar taste that I just couldn't handle. If you like sugar bombs this one is for you.

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Photo of bigred89
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dougwillhike
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greywulfken
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black body under a finger or two of tan foam... "Vietnamese-style coffee stout with brown sugar and cream extract..." Inspired by Ca Phe Sua Da, a Vietnamese coffee drink...

I get some coffee and roasted dark malt aromas, followed by flavors suggestive of a coffee soda or coffee ice cream float - which I think was the whole idea, but for me it was a bit off the mark - little too sweet and milky, a little too thin and light/fluffy - got lots of cola-like impressions, which I'm not a fan of, and there was something saccharine about the sweetness... So maybe this is a personal preference thing - the beer delivers on its descriptors and depending on your tastes, you might really like it...

Best by can dating of 8/29/19...

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Photo of djrn2
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbb77
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Once again, the brewing team that's comprised of Evil Twin and Two Roads brewing companies join hands for their preverbal beer version of kumbaya; this time comprises of an sweetened imperial stout with the roastier, drier, spicier Vietnamese coffee for a challenging but high culinary reward.

Pouring nearly jet black, Saigon Scooter Selfie builds a tall mocha lather with great staying power and a sturdy foam structure. The beer's stouty scent leads the way with burnt grains, sweet cream, vanilla and dark chocolate along with a stern backseat of dark roast coffee and an earthen, soilish spice. Lavish sweetness slathers the tongue with a host of sweet cream, caramel, sorghum and honey.

A high roast character balances the sweetness as the dark ale departs for the middle palate to ensure that a roasty, toasty, campfire character is front and center. Earthy, with a mossy, moist soil character, the peppery spice of Asian coffee carries a spicy grit, strong acids and a piquant smoldering ember character into a late palate of broad woodsiness and a warming roast of Creme de Cacao.

Full, velvety and dense, the beer's long linger of sweet cream and bittersweet chocolate balance the coffee's challenging earth and spice while trailing with a marshmallowy texture and a malty sweet aftertaste. Alcohol spice warms the finish while an afterglow of coffee and scorched earth persist.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Manfrombelmonty
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Two Roads / Evil Twin - Saigon Scooter Selfie from Two Roads Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 28 ratings