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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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178 Reviews
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Reviews: 178
Hads: 1,111
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 80
Gots: 214 | FT: 17
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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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Photo of polloenfuego
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep brown/black with a two finger root beer brown head. The head breaks rather quickly and there is just a touch of lacing left behind.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, some anise, and you can definitely pick up some alcohol as well.

T: The roast malts come forward, followed by strong anise and mild chocolate. The beer is sweet, but there is a bitter finish at the end. Almost no hops presence.

M: Very smooth. Full feel with moderate carbonation. The alcohol is minimally present.

O: A nice imperial porter. Definitely a sipper because of the high ABV, but I would love to have it again. I would be afraid to let this one sit too long though, as I would expect it would only grow sweeter as it ages and it was already leaning toward the sweet side. (773 characters)

Photo of drone
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a short-lived mocha head. Not much on the nose; warm, nutty roast. Then you take a sip.

The slight aromatics give way to an incredibly sweet, deep, potently delicious imperial porter. Its 11.5% ABV is hidden well among thick chocolate and cascading malts. Quite approachable, and infinitely drinkable. (327 characters)

Photo of TomMorris
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty standard but pleasing-looking dark imperial beer; motor-oil black with some ruby red around the edges and very minimal head.

The nose incredibly sweet - mostly molasses and dark fruits such as figs/plums and overripe berries. There's a detectable alcohol presence as well, but it isn't flagrant by any means.

Impressively sweet taste; everything hinted at in the nose is delivered with even more intensity. The beer tastes like dark fruits smothered in molasses and brown sugar, and though it's by far the sweetest darker beer I've ever had, it's somehow not overly-cloying.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy thick. The sweetness paired with a bit of an alcohol burn definitely renders this one a sipper, but the taste lingers for a while so it's not at all a hindrance.

Overall an excellent beer, and probably my favorite yet from Evil Twin (even over Imperial Biscotti Break and its several iterations). This beer made me think of the brilliant Firestone Walker's Parabola if it hadn't been bourbon barrel-aged. Relish this one! (1,040 characters)

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my 5 best beers of all time. Can't tell you how many times I've recommended it even to servers at World of Beers (I am a member and have visited 17 WOB'S) who have never heard of it. Not easy to find but when you do BUY IT!!!! My first one WAS at a WOB and was a recommendation by one of there very informed bar guys. (326 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a one finger mocha head, with very good retention. The aroma has cocoa, chocolate, dark fruit, and black licorice.

Tastes exactly like it smells. Sweet with some bitterness for balance. There is no taste of alcohol, which is very impressive for an 11.5 % abv beer.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Well worth buying again. (364 characters)

Photo of mlockman
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A sweet malt-bomb of a beer, the thick-and-creamy mouthfeel are totally devoid of alcohol flavor; deliciously sweet and smooth, especially considering its high ABV. (164 characters)

Photo of pants678
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black with brown head, medium, doesnt retain.

Smells of dense roasted malt and bubblegum.

Easily the sweetest porter I've had. Feel like I'll finish this with sugar between my teeth. Hops are undetectable, IMO. Rich, which is the right route, but not complex; finish is lacking. Like a fig covered in powdered sugar. Love a superlative beer but this is too odd an approach.

Carbonation's fitting. (401 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights that simulate a whisp of a head. The aroma entices you with rich chocolate and roasty malts. The taste, however, brings in dark cherries and plum to blend with the chocolate and malt. There's a touch of alcohol, but it's not boozy. Creamy thick mouth. This definitely goes to the top of my favorite porters. (350 characters)

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

probably my favorite porter? to date. definitely the strongest and most robust.
very malt forward, sweet, roasted chocolate malts, nutty barley flavors with some dark fruit thrown in. dates/fig, black cherry, mulberry? pours a dark mahogany with an almost reddish purple head (what? trust me)
real malty, balanced with just the right hops and fruit. and a little funky to boot. it's nice.
imperial it certainly is. one and done.
will be recommending this as a fine porter from here on out.
dig it. (499 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Evil Twin Lil' B on tap poured into snifter

A: dark deep rich looking with a chcocolate colored head

S: super rich chocolate lots of deep roasted malts

T: rich silky chocolate almost velvety lots of roasted malts tobacco almost coffee forward

M: thick and smooth so smooth

O: perfect this beer is astonishing it just makes my jaw drop. It just envelops your tongue it's sweet smooth carressing. Very chocolatey lots ofdeep roasted malts. This beer is a homerun. (469 characters)

Photo of Svingjo
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours an almost black brown with a thick tan head that lingers for a while. The nose is actually quite sweet. There is some dark fruit, plum fig and a roasted coffee on the edges. The taste leads with much the same. That dark fruit is surrounded by sweet malts, chocolate and roasted nuts and coffee. There is some alcohol heat that is to be expected at 11.5% ABV, but it isn't overpowering. The mouthfeel is quite creamy along with a crisp carbonation that finishes quite well. Really enjoyed this beer. (516 characters)

Photo of Elsuperjefe
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing porter. Pours a dark chocolate brown, almost black. Medium brown 1 inch head that lasts. Sweet coffee scent with hints of vanilla and molasses. Light carbonation danced in my mouth but didn't feel the high ABV which was a nice surprise despite the bourbony taste. I'm a sucker for sweet porters so I really enjoyed this one. Having said that, I found the sweetness was well balanced. Overall a delicious beer. Perfect after dinner. (446 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The lacing and body of this beer is tremendous! Additionally, booze is hidden for such a high ABV. The drawback is that it's pretty sweet. It would ideally be a little sharper and smokier in taste instead of so sweet. (217 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with thin umber head. Roasty, chocolate aroma. Rich chocolate and espresso with hints of vanilla. Fairly clean, light finish belying rich flavor. Light alcohol. Slightly metallic aftertaste. Smooth yet thin silky texture.

Very smooth imperial porter with good flavor. The light metallic aftertaste (which could be from the draft lines) grew a bit stronger but the flavor of the beer won out without a long linger. (420 characters)

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.14/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 3/20/13 and likely it has seen better days. No booze burn and a nice roasted coffee, brown sugar and dark chocolate flavors that barely lingered. Just tasted oxidized and really disappointing. (200 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got in to my liquor store. ET has been hit and miss for me in the past but Imperial Porters are one of my favorite styles so I had to try it.

A - Dark brown color verging on black, coffee colored. Mostly clear but difficult to see from the color. Very small light brown head without much staying power. Light lacing.

S - Strong malty aroma with caramel/chocolate/roasty tones. The chocolate and malty aromas standout above the roast and coffee leading you to believe that this is a sweeter beer and not very balanced.

T - Huge malty goodness that coats the palate with the chocolate and caramel that I was expecting. The flavor is definitely imperial porter with that dark cocoa flavor really pounding the middle of the palate and the sweetness of the malt on the front-end. There is some dry roasted bitterness, almost nutty on the back to help the sweetness but still tilted toward the chocolate. A very good representation of an imperial porter, not too much of any one flavor but taking a southern brown, imperial stout, and American porter and blending them into one tasty beer.
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M - Moderate to high mouth-feel. Light carbonation perfect for the style. The body is substantial but comes with some higher ABV and some roastiness on the finish allowing it to not be cloying.

Overall, this is a tremendous imperial stout. Of all the Evil Twin beer that have not been the best this one really redeems their name. I realize that this won't appeal to everyone with the big sweet malt and chocolate that come with this beer but if you can handle the sweet softer character this one is really great. I still prefer more the more novel flavors of vanilla in my Imp Porter but this one is great without it. This would be a great beer to step someone up from a Guinness to a big boy beer. Highly recommended.

Glass- Snifter (1,830 characters)

Photo of K-Dog
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +1%
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 (292 characters)

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. (612 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
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 (1,235 characters)

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (3,437 characters)

Photo of JebBeerFish
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (389 characters)

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Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.