With many breweries adding this style to their portfolio, or moving an existing recipe from a specialty product to year-round, it’s evident that Chocolate Peanut Butter Porters are becoming mainstream. One of the breweries offering this popular style is the Evil Genius Beer Company. Evil Genius began in 2008 when founders Luke Bowen and Trevor Hayward met in an accounting class at Villanova University. Realizing that their job prospects were grim due to the recession, they decided to follow their passion and start their own brewery. The rest is history. Evil Genius produces eclectic brews, most of which are limited or seasonal offerings such as their Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter.
The beer pours an almost black dark brown with some dark red hues when view directly in the light. The cappuccino colored head is thick and frothy. The head dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves a very light lacing a top the beer.
On the nose the first aroma is sweet peanut butter, similar to a peanut butter icing. While the peanut butter dominates there are notes of dark and milk chocolate accented by creamy vanilla. Malty notes are also detectable and highlight the chocolate. Finally there is a faint fruity aroma that adds a sweetness and creates a break from what you would expect from the bouquet.
On the palate you are hit with flavors of sweet, creamy peanut butter. Roasted notes of chocolate and malts mix perfectly with hints of vanilla as well as the peanut butter to create a flavor profile similar to a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup milkshake. The creamy mouthfeel of this beer adds to the milkshake quality. The beer isn’t thick or cloying and surprisingly not too sweet.
This beer is all good (no evil here) and quite possibly genius. A straightforward and classic version of this new up and coming style. Try pairing this with chocolate cheddar, Thai peanut chicken sandwich on a pretzel roll or chocolate peanut butter cream pie with pretzel crust.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Pints out of 5
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