Welcome to the evening edition of my annual Halloween Double Feature! I know I went through some dark and scary brews leading up to this moment, but when examining my beer haul for the month, how could I not pick this as my main event Halloween brew?
Brewery: Evil Genius Beer Company (Philadelphia, PA)
Style: Chocolate Pumpkin Porter
Description: The Brewers started out with a “rich, robust porter” and then spiced it up with seasonal go-tos cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. For good measure they added in a bunch of chocolate post fermentation. Read all about it here.
Appearance: It poured a thick, dark brown body with absolutely no head to speak of.
Smell: Rather sweet, with spices notes lingering in the background.
Taste: Spice, mainly nutmeg, upfront followed by a brief period of sweetness. From there comes a bitter chocolate and moderate roast finish starts building, with hints of cinnamon popping up along the way. The tastes were a little disjointed when first poured, but came together a bit more as the beer was allowed to sit for a few minutes.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus with low carbonation.
Hype: This brewery has come through for me before in backing up their gimmicky names, so I was somewhat hopeful going into this. This is the main event review after all!
Overall: On the whole this wasn’t really my ideal flavor profile, but I suppose I should have known what I was getting into. I will say, however, that when paired with chocolate candy this beer took on an entirely new life. It felt smoother, with a more cohesive and muted spice blend. And for that it gets bonus points in my book!
Have a happy, fun, and safe Halloween night everyone!!!