Two Roads Saigon Scooter Selfie

Tonight’s beer is one that I picked up awhile back. It’s a collaboration between Two Roads and Evil Twin.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Two Roads Brewing Co has joined forces with Evil Twin Brewing yet again with the release of Two Evil’s Saigon Scooter Selfie, a Vietnamese-Style Coffee Stout! For our latest Two Evil collaborative brew, Two Roads’ Master Brewer Phil Markowski and Evil Twin’s Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso sampled and became enamored with a popular Vietnamese coffee drink called ‘Ca Phe Sua Da’ (cah-fe sah dah). Thick and decadent, like a coffee milkshake, it was the inspiration for this Vietnamese-style Coffee Stout. Jeppe and Phil 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. Rich, thick mouthfeel gives way to lush sweetness with hint of coffee character followed by notes of cream, toffee and vanilla. To celebrate the release of Saigon Scooter Selfie, we’ll be hosting a free Meet The Brewers event at Two Roads’ Stratford, CT brewery with Jeppa and Phil on Nov. 29. The event begins at 5:30 pm where we hope can raise a glass (or can), snap a selfie and enjoy a taste of Vietnam!”

Random: I really like coffee drinks and coffee beers are my favorite in Winter.

The beer poured with a two finger, tan head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with some visible carbonation. The nose was filled with lightly roasted coffee and cinnamon. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of coffee and cinnamon. Smoke came through next. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with cinnamon. I thought this was a nice beer that would pair well with a dessert. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


Two Roads Two Juicy

Another day, another beer. This was one that I was excited to try, especially given that the brewery is down the street from Val’s mother’s house. I had this one on tap at our local bar.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Limited cans and draft available – call your local retailer or follow Two Roads’ social channels for availability Two Juicy is an unfiltered, cloudy ‘New England style Double IPA’ that uses generous amounts of Hallertauer Blanc, Citra & Mandarina Bavaria hops. The result is a ‘juicy’, fully-charged DIPA with notes of grapefruit, pine, lychee, orange & tangerine against a soft malt backdrop.”

Random: I am starving. We ordered sushi tonight and I’m definitely craving it.

The beer poured with a one finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and yellow in color with no visible carbonation since it was so hazy. The nose was very fragrant with lots of bright citrus flesh and bordered on tropical. I specifically picked out mango, pineapple and kumquat. The taste wasn’t nearly as good as the nose. It had some citrus peel and dusty pineapple. It reminded me of the bottom of a container of orange pineapple juice. The alcohol was overly present. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with citrus pith and needed more tropical fruit. For me, this was a miss. Given that I had it on draft, I’d be curious to give it another shot.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Two Roads Roads Garden

Tonight’s selection is one of the few beers that I haven’t tried from Two Roads. Val picked this one up for me during one of her beer store trips. It’s not a beer that I would necessarily pick for myself, but that’s why I like when Val goes beer shopping. She comes home with beers that push the limits of my wheelhouse.


ABV: 8.9%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “See how our garden grows! For this unique, high gravity saison, Brewmaster Phil used a variety of edible and aromatic flowers such as lavender, chamomile and calendula. This arrangement completes a farmhouse ale with one-of-a-kind taste and flavor.”

Random: We don’t usually have flowers in the house because the cats try to eat them.

This beer poured with a three finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left generous lacing on the glass. The body was golden-yellow color and cloudy with moderate carbonation visible despite the haziness. The nose had rose petals. yeast and a white grape note. The taste was even more floral than the nose. It had a lot of rose petals with other flowers and transitioned into golden fruit. I specifically got golden raisins and apricots. Yeast finished up the sip and gave it a bready quality. The body was thin, bordering on watery, with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with yeast and rose petals. The bomber set me back $13.99, which broke down to $.64 per ounce. I thought the beer had some unique flavors and despite the high price point, I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Two Roads Ok2berfest

I have a lot of familiarity with this brewery, especially since Val’s mother lives in the same town as the brewery. When we go up to visit, we usually end up getting a flight at the brewery. In the summer, the place can get pretty hot since it’s a giant warehouse with no air conditioning. They’re also undergoing a major expansion, probably because they do so much contract brewing.


ABV: 5.8%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Modeled after the classic ‘Marzenbier,’ Oktoberfest style that was traditionally the beer served at the Munich Oktoberfest. It possesses a smooth, toasty malt profile with a crisp character of traditional German hops.”

Random: This is released in August ever year.

The brew poured with a half a finger of off white head that went away quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, mahogany color with moderate carbonation throughout. The nose was mild, even for a Marzen. I picked up caramel, lightly toasted brown bread and nothing else. The taste had some more depth. It had the same brown bread notes along with sweet caramel malt and almond skins. It had some spiciness too along with some earthy hops at the end. The body was crisp and light with moderate carbonation. It had a quick, nutty finish. A pounder can of this ran me $2.50, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. Although this wasn’t the best beer of the style I’ve had, I would pick it up again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Two Roads Holiday Ale

Last year, I got two of the Two Roads holiday glasses (one of which you can see below). I wasn’t able to get the beer since they didn’t distribute to New Jersey at the time and the brewery was sold out. Val found it this year and I had an excuse to use the glass. Let’s see how it fared.


ABV: 7%

Style: Biere de Garde

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Two Roads Holiday Ale is inspired by the little known Biere de Noel style, on subset of Biere de Garde, both of which originated on small farmhouse breweries in the north of France. Biere de Noel, which translates as ‘Christmas Beer’, tends to exhibit a more malty profile than a typical Biere de Garde. In its native France this special type of ale is brewed by just a handful of small breweries and is only available for the few weeks leading up to Christmas.”

Random: I hope that Two Roads puts some more limited release beers out this year.

This beer poured with a two finger, ecru colored head that dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, deep mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of dark fruit. Specifically, I picked up plums and figs. The taste had the same plums and figs, but also had currants. There was also a lot of sweetness, specifically toffee and caramel. It had a bit too much sweetness. The body was medium thick with high carbonation. It had a long, sweet finish with plums and figs. A bomber of this was $6.99 ($.32 per ounce). The beer was pretty good, just a bit too sweet for me, although I give it a lot of credit since they went with a less than typical holiday type of beer (at least what we tend to see in Jersey).

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Two Roads Two Evil Geyser Gose

One of the cats decided to try to go in the fireplace. He managed to get his paws all ashy, which wasn’t fun since Val vacuumed today. Anyways, let’s talk about this beer.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Two Roads and Evil Twin sourced local ingredients during a trip to Iceland for this collaboration including: Icelandic moss, rye, herbs, sea kelp, skyr (Icelandic yogurt) and birch-smoked sea salt to create a Two + Evil twist on a gose beer; a sour wheat-style ale with a hint of smoke, light lemon color, dry finish and thirst quenching appeal.”

Random: I can’t say that I’ve ever had skyr. I’d be interested to try it on its own.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and straw yellow in color. There was light carbonation visible. The nose had more depth than I expected. There was some tartness, then a little funk and then brine. It also had light citrus. The taste started sour with lemon pith and then went into mild sweetness. There was brine as well. It also had some green vegetal notes that added depth. The body was on the light side with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with salt and tartness. A can of this was $2.00 and broke down to $.12 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot and it had really nice flavor for a gose. I wish it had a bit more of the smoke that the description said it had, though.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Two Roads Henry’s Farm Double Bock

This was another pickup from Half Time. I heard a rumor that Two Roads will be coming to Jersey in a few months, which will be exciting. I really enjoy a lot of their beers and it would be nice to stock them in the fridge.


ABV: 7.8%

Style: Dopplebock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Made in honor of our CEO’s great-grandfather Henry, who made a dopplelbock every year on his South Dakota farm to warrant the coming of spring. A classic strong German lager with a robust body and a deep ruby red color. Two Roads’ recipe uses a generous amount of toasted German and North American barley that is lightly balanced with floral hops.

Random: I need a nap.

This beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly. It didn’t leave a lot of lacing on the glass, but a slightly crown was present. The body was a clear mahogany color with moderate carbonation. The nose was very sweet with toffee and caramel malts. It also had some dark fruit as well. The taste also had caramel and toffee, but it had a touch of bitterness as the end of the sip. Biscuit came through after a few sips and dry alcohol as well. The body was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. It had a long, sweet finish with sweet caramel. This was a nice beer, but it was just missing something for me and was relatively cheap for a bomber at $6.99 ($.32 per ounce). It just didn’t do it for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0