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Evil Twin Lil' B - Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Lil' BEvil Twin Lil' B

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Ratings: 1,043
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 68
Gots: 183 | FT: 15
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: avalon07 on 08-08-2012

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Ratings: 1,043 | Reviews: 168
Photo of K-Dog
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to pull something out of the cellar for a brutally cold spring evening in metro detroit. Bottled may 21 2014, aged 11 months. Holly crap, if I didn't know better this was bourbon barrel aged by the smell. Taste is unbelievable for a porter. I only have 2 complaints. First, having 11 months of age still slot boozy. And second wish I had another bottle to age another year. Have a feeling as the boonies will subside and this will be amazing.

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a stout, black as licorice, just hints of brown beneath the black; medium brown head, with good persistence.

Smells like God's Porter. This is simply what Porter is meant to smell like. Would be rated even higher if it were more intense.

Alas, the taste doesn't live up to the promise. Sweet, almost fruity, malty, raisiny. Somehow evokes fruitcake. This is not why I buy Porter. Very disappointing, honestly, after the build up.

Nice mouthfeel, very rich. Does a decent job moderating the perceived presence of alcohol, but holy crap, 11.6 ABV is a lot.

Overall: not my cup of tea. Will not buy again. Tastes like the recipe was from two different brewmasters whose ideas differed what they were aiming for.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Almost black dark brown color that eliminates all light that bombards the brew. Mild aroma of molasses, alcohol, sugar, and chocolate. Really complex and well balanced flavor that entices the palate. Incredibly smooth and thick with a creamy mouthfeel that was fantastic. Overall, a sweet porter that was truly a treat.

Photo of drpimento
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ok, so the aroma is a bit mild, but the taste is so balanced and with a hint of salt to add intrigue - perfect! And the palate, ditto. Fabulous beer!

Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Bright dark brown, ½” dark tan foam collar.
S: prune, coffee, chocolate, mocha,
T: very creamy, chocolatey, very rich, like chocolate coffee with traces of maple syrup and molasses, hints of sherry.
F: chewy, very fine carbonation, very creamy
O: A pure chocolatey alcoholic elixir

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

Pulled from the cellar after two years.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Insanely delicious. Just the right amount of sweetness. Perfect body. Smooth. Hides alcohol well. Superb.

Photo of schoolboy
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I usually can get ready for a huge porter quickly, but today I jumped right into this, and it is a bit huge for that.

It is a brilliant deep brown with a nice head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is rich but faint. It smells ... juicy.

The taste is a very complex malty affair. There is a ton going on, but nothing jumps out or offends - it is extremely well balanced. It has a pretty boozy mouth feel without a boozy taste. I bit of burn.

The aftertaste is strong with some more burn, but just a little. You don't need to do any shots if you are drinking this monster. Recommended for a taste or a treat.

Photo of Bone53
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 2/19/14

Appearance: Very dark pour and black in the glass with no light shining through. Very thin brown head

Smell: intense dark fruit, caramel, and vanilla notes with a subtle undertone of roasted malts. Its one of those beers that i can smell from a foot or two away as i swirl it, and my god is it fantastic. Not much alcohol detected at all

Taste: A lot of the same thing going on in the taste. A great melody of dark fruit, caramel, and roasted malts

Mouthfeel: Medium body and perhaps a bit thin for the style, but i literally cannot detect much alcohol at all which is an achievement considering its 11.5 abv. Slight bitterness on the finish

Overall: This is hands down one of the better imperial porters iv had. I can tell its not a stout because of the lack of roasted notes and more focus on dark fruits and caramel with undertones of roasted malt, although i do feel that it could have been a little more roasty and robust. I found the Mouthfeel to be out of this world as its not the most viscous beer but its goes down so darn good for 11.5 % abv. I cant recall another beer that hid its alcohol so well. Truly a great beer and i highly recommend it if you can find it

Great choice for beer review #200

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours almost jet black with a nice thick deep tan head.

S:heavy waves of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malty sweetness

T: chocolate initially rich malt sweetness, dark fruits, plums, not much bitterness. slight chocolate lingers on the finish with a bit of a warming alcohol burn.

M: my first thought is that its slightly thin....but for a porter, as opposed to a stout, its pretty good.

O: a pretty good beer.

Photo of Jeff412pgh
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2 19 14. Thick mouthfeel in a good way. Booziness mellowed with age. Lots of dark chocolatey fruit.

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Evil Twin's Lil' B last month for $3.59 at Holiday Market. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and since this is the first time that I saw it and it wasn't really overpriced I thought I should give it a chance, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 12/2214. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, I thought it was a little odd, but it is a little eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two fingers worth of mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the alcohol being the first to show up and it imparts a pretty sweet boozy aroma that's followed by a nice milk chocolate, cocoa and cocoa nib like aroma with a some roasted malt aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes a noticeable dark fruit aroma with no single fruit seeming to stick out the most. This beer has a good aroma, but I wish the booze was hidden just a little better.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with the chocolate being the first to show up, but this time it has more of a dark chocolate like aspect to it and it's followed by the booze which is noticeable, but it's hidden much better than it was in the aroma. Up next comes some sweet and roasted malts which are followed by that same fruity aspects that I got in the aroma with no single dark fruit seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's no bitterness with some sweet booze taking it's place with a chocolate and dark fruit like aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, i thought the flavors were well balanced, but I wish the intense cocoa aspect from the aroma showed up.

M- A little smooth, a little boozy, a little warming, not too crisp, sticky, full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel, but i wish the booze was hidden just a little better.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, I've had a few Imperial Porters and I've found the thing that sets it apart from an imperial stout is mainly more of a dark fruit presence and this beer for sure had that which made it fall right inline with the style in my opinion. This beer has ok drinkability, it's a little smooth, a little boozy, a little warming, not too crisp, sticky, a little filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, but I think one would be my limit, anymore than that and I think the sweetness and booze would start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was how balanced the taste was, no aspect got too overpowering. What I like the least about this beer was how well the booze was hidden, I think it could have been hidden just a little batter. I would buy this beer again and I would love to throw a couple in the cellar to see how it ages. I would recommend this beer, especially if you like big and strong dark beers. All in all I was happy with this beer, it turned it pretty much how I expected and in the end I enjoyed sipping on it. This is one of the better Evil Twin beers I've had and it's also one of the better Imperial Porters I've had. Good job guys this this was a tasty beer, keep up the hard work.

Photo of JebBeerFish
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Starts off with balanced coffee and dark chocolate favors with strong molasses backbone. As it warms, more nuanced flavors appear, light vanilla, nutmeg (?), ever so subtle red wine. Then as it continues to warm, coffee and molasses dominate. Abv well hidden. A sipper for sure. Having two of these back to back might be challenging, not due to the abv but to the intensity of the flavors.

Photo of Math_You
4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tastes like a plum soaked in coffee and alcohol then dipped in chocolate then rolled in brown sugar and spices.

Photo of royalflushr
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I love everything about this beer except the alcohol taste. The beer tastes great except for the alcohol taste. It looks great. You smell it and it tastes great. As soon as that alcohol taste bites you it is not that great.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick, Dark, and viscous! The nose on this is something I could sit and inhale all day! Coffee, anise, and caramel? The taste is similar, but a little less intense, though the finish is lingering and slightly peppery. Even better as it warms. Nice!

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint.

Appearance: Thick copper brown that is opaque black. Thin tan head rises to maybe a quarter inch.

Smell: Smells like coffee, cream and caramel...sounds a little crazy but yes.

Mouth: Oozing sticky with flavor, glass down and it's thick body with medium carbonation makes you think real hard about porters.

Overall: The brew is delicious, Evil Twin has porters and stouts on lock. This brew is another gem added to the library. borderline stout.

Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for $5

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy/fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some charred notes, some smoke, and a little bit of a lactose type flavour found in a milk stout.


Overall - A pretty complex tasting beer. The charred/smokey notes come through during the aftertaste and chocolate/coffee at first.. but in the middle there is a lactose/odd peaty flavour that comes through that I can't decide if I like or hate. Either way, this is an interesting beer that is worth a try.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pitch black with a small dark chocolaty foamy head. The head dissipates quickly to a thin layer that leaves just a little lacing on the glass. Leaves a nice thin film of brown when swirled.

Smell – Coffee, chocolate, caramel, brownie and malt.

Taste – A nice malt, with coffee, chocolate, and tobacco.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, somewhat syrupy, lightly carbonated, and very smooth. Has a slightly bitter aftertaste that . The 11.5%abv becomes noticeable as the beer warms, but goes well with this.

Drinkability – A very nice porter. Another winner from Evil Twin.

Photo of Harvest06
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black in color.
S: Chocolate aroma dominates. Hints of chocolate, camel, toast, and smoke. Boozieness.
T: Sweet malts of chocolate, coffee, and other sweet things. Middle adds some smokiness. End is bitter and quiet hot.
M: Full body and thick like a high gravity stout should be.
O: Not that interesting and too hot. This needs to be cellared before being release.

Photo of corwindamber
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Complexity, a lot of flavors underneath, but for me unpleasantly overwhelming winey taste of alcohol on top of everything. If you cannot balance a high abv brew with other flavors, you should not release the beer. If that does not bother you, you will probably love it.

Photo of BB1313
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with a little light getting through; mocha head that fades quickly and leaves decent lacing and retention. The aromas are very nice. Tons of milk chocolate with hints of vanilla. Some caramel and butterscotch in the mix as well. Chocolate dominates the aromas and flavors. Tastes very rich. Milk chocolate and dark chocolate shine. Some dark fruits in the mix. More vanilla and butterscotch. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. Although this is a big brew and there's hints of a warming sensation, the alcohol basically goes unnoticed and it's not hot or boozy. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Silky and smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a winner from Evil Twin. They know their dark beers, and this is no exception. Although this is an "Imperial Porter", there's no doubt that you'll feel like you're drinking an Imperial Stout. Well done. Recommended.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unctuous chocolate black with stiff leather brown head that fades a bit too fast. 4
Steak crust, fig, 70% chocolate, and whiskey barrel on the nose - deep. 4.25
Ganache, dates, slight smoke, umami, then all sort of Christmas cake - whiskey-soaked dark cake with cherries and raisins - but most of all chocolate. Hints of brandy and slight soy, too. 4.25
Vinous acid finish and plum liqueur-filled chocolates and hints of vanilla to linger.
Medium-full, silky, big chew. 4.5

-- Like drinking a chocolate fountain. How is this not stout? Deep, amazing body, with the heat buried - hard to fault at all. Low on roast, coffee or licorice; instead juggles sweetness, dark fruits, chocolate, savoury and port notes. No hint of hops.

Sip it like a cognac - superb. 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/21/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toast, molasses, raisin, prune, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toast, molasses, raisin, prune, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, raisin, prune, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and moderate dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of CHickman
4.18/5  rDev 0%

Bottled 12/17/13: Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger creamy tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly leaving very good foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells of chocolate, burnt wood, char, burnt coffee grinds, vanilla, molasses, licorice, dark fudge, some dark sweet fruit like cherry or prunes, mild booze and herbs or mild spices. Sweet and burnt are the main combo that hits your nasal passage, and like all dark Evil Twin beers this one is deep, rich and roasty with a strong coffee, mocha and brown sugar presence that lets the booze peek through but not offend.

Flavor walks the fine line of being cloyingly sweet, but pulls back with the charred taste that’s almost smoky and goes well with the mocha/espresso, burnt coffee grinds, vanilla, chocolate, burnt wood, brown sugar, char, raisin, toffee, molasses, licorice, cocoa powder and what seems like pine cone/piney hops as the bitterness comes into play with some light spices like pepper and then trails off with dark bakers chocolate, port wine, soy sauce and caramel. The sweetness suppresses the 11.5% ABV, masking it as it attempts balance that just can’t overcome the sweet malt dominance that has dark fruity notes and minor hop hints adding to the rich complexities.

A meal in a bottle, this was thick and chewy with mild carbonation, a heavy body and a slightly bitter aftertaste that trailed off quite sweet considering the very earthy burnt and charred malt presence throughout the consumption.

Like other “Imperial” Evil Twin beers, this was a slow sipper that was nice to take down in a controlled manner, allowing it to warm and bring out more flavor and aromas that helped hide the booze yet let the alcohol provide enough zing and buzz to add to the overall experience. Another quality Evil Twin beer that I really enjoyed and would recommend.

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Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.