Evil Twin Lil' B - Evil Twin Brewing
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours like dark roast coffee, oozing between a deep brown and a black coloring. It pours with a tiny head of miniscule, dark khaki bubbles (as is expected at this ABV), which quickly slicks into a scrim ring along the glass. The beer leaves a super slick, thin curtain of lacing when it washes over the glass, along with a small set of legs to suggest its alcohol content. In body, the beer is too dark to penetrate, but as it pours it does not seem to be the thickest thing to ever come out of a bottle… On the nose, the beer smells richly fruity with dark plum, raisin, and chocolate notes. Brown sugar and dates also appear on the nose, along with the ghost of fusel alcohol. The smell is richly fruity both in malt and yeast character, blending with slight nutty smells. Roast coffee is also present, but it is sitting beside a very pungent raisin/date/plum dipped in brown sugar and chocolate. On the tongue, the beer tastes richly sweet at first, almost cloying with definite alcohol notes, but this perfectly melds into a dry, lightly bitter roast as the beer finishes. There is a light, tart pop at the back of the finish, which adds a level of complexity that I did not expect from this beer. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet plums dipped in a light chocolate. Faint raisins and brown sugar dance on the tongue after the initial flavor, but they are buoyed along by cloying, sweet alcohol that takes a little away from the beer. Luckily, this alcohol is very brief, and is bludgeoned aside by beautiful, dry, French roast coffee. A touch of vanilla and cinnamon, also, bring light spice to the tongue, perhaps from the alcohol, just as the coffee flavor moves in. The finish is light, but long and gives hints of praline, pecans and milk chocolate. In the mouth, this beer feels silky smooth and on the heavy side of medium in body. Carbonation is smooth and velvety, blanketing the tongue in oozing goodness. The mouth is left roasted dry and slightly sticky. Overall, this is a beautifully complex and rich porter. Its thinner mouthfeel and silkiness definitely lend it to the porter style, and not to the thick and chewy stouts, but it works beautifully. This beer is not revolutionary, nor is it even that weird in today’s beer world, but it is well crafted and richly nuanced. I think it could do with a little aging to smooth out the cloying alcohol in the middle of the sip, but I still think it’s great to drink now.
Serving type: bottle
09-04-2013 23:54:54 | More by Maxwell
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4.54/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
The beer comes in a dark black color with a foamy dark brown head.
The aroma has rich chocolate, lots of umami, dark roasted malt, espresso bean.
In the front, there’s a earthy bitterness and roasted malt character and molasses. The beer hides in sheep’s clothing and pretends that it is smaller than it truly is. It transitions to an umami and dark soy sauce. The beer evolves in big espresso bean, roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel. There’s some alcohol throughout, but it complements the richness of the beer. On the back, there’s a bit more milk chocolate sweetness and ash and smoke.
The mouthfeel is medium plus to full.
This base beer of Imperial Biscotti is an absolutely stellar imperial stout/porter if you are okay with alcohol and prefer huge robust and rich flavors.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 04:46:55 | More by dar482
4/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
$4.29 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bottled 5/21 and poured 6/26.
Appearance: Pours pitch black with a tiny brown head that goes away pretty quickly. Strange, since I saw pictures of this beer with huge, fluffy ones. Very little lacing.
Smell: Dark chocolate, black coffee, a lot of dark fruits as well. The dark fruit character shines through most.
Taste/feel: Pretty damn tasty. Dark fruits galore, for me, with a hefty amount of coffee/roasty notes as well. Mocha sort of flavor at the end with a dry, dry finish. Sweet beer overall. A little roast bitterness at the end, but sweet to the point of almost being cloying. A bit of tanginess as well that seems to fit with the whole dark fruit flavor. Alcohol warmth is there, but untraceable for flavor when the beer's colder. A pretty creamy feel, but not super heavy. A high-ish carbonation is also there, which is true to the style.
I enjoy it -- it's the dark fruitiest dark beer I've ever had, which I didn't see coming. At the same price, I'd much prefer ET's I Love You With My Stout, as its roastiness, tobacco qualities, and deeper depth of flavor, but this is still an outstanding beer. To give you an idea of how phenomenal Evil Twin's dark brews are, this is my lowest scored one, and I'd consider it to be a disappointment. Another tasty sipper from Evil Twin.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2014 16:11:48 | More by Alextricity
Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.