Evil Genius Purple Monkey Dishwasher Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter

evil genius purple monkey dishwasherEvery now and then a style of beer that was once considered a specialty or rarity becomes mainstream in the craft beer scene. Chocolate Peanut Butter Porters are the newest addition to this list.

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. 3 out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Pints out of 5

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Evil Genius Blind Eye IPA

Evil Genius IPAMark, the brew master for Evil Genius, hails from The Garden State, and has been working in the brewing industry for almost a decade. He first apprenticed under award winning brewer Mike Barker at the Rock Bottom Brewery, and has been the head brewer at two Pennsylvania brew pubs.

Mark’s passion is beer and it shows!

Part of the Evil Genius Eyeclops Variety 6 pack is the Blind Eye PA, a Belgian Style IPA. The unfiltered beer pours a light copper/orange color similar to that of a dried apricot. The head is very thin and cream in color.

The fresh nose is dominated by hops, highlighted by tropical fruit aromas. The hops transition from piney to citrusy, and the citrus notes are akin to the zest of a pink grapefruit. The tropical aromas, mainly mango, add a discernible sweetness to the bouquet.

The first sip carries a spicy mouthfeel. It’s not an actual spice note, but a sensation on the tongue, similar to the feeling of eating fresh course ground black pepper. Surprisingly, it is a pleasant sensation and adds a complexity to the beer’s profile. The flavors that rush through the palate is opened up by the mock spice, bready malt and yeast notes. The mid palate floods the mouth with notes of grapefruit and lemon, washing away most of the bready notes. The long finish is bitter with a resonating note of fresh mowed grass.

Blind Eye PA is a hoppy beer indeed! This is not yesterday’s IPA, but a great example of the new generation of IPAs. A must try for any Hop-Head, or for someone looking for something a little different! 3 out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Pints out of 5

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