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Evil Twin Lil' B - Evil Twin Brewing

Not Rated.
Evil Twin Lil' BEvil Twin Lil' B

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195 Reviews
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Reviews: 195
Hads: 1,166
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 79
Gots: 234 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: avalon07 on 08-08-2012

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Reviews by Reaper16:
Photo of Reaper16
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

*drinks beer to Lil B's "I'm God" album, for thematic effect.*
*Scratch that: listens to the Clams Casino instrumentals from that album because Lil B is an awful rapper but his beats are fantastic*

22oz. bomber served into a snifter

Pours like an imperial stout. It's ink-black, with no head. Seriously, I'm worried that the beer will taste flat. There's just the tracest suggestion of tan foam. No lace to speak of then, but there are alcohol legs.

Upon first smell I wonder if this beer is named "Lil' B" as in "Little Biscotti Break," because this beer bears many resemblances to Evil Twin's lauded, super-sweet imperial stout. The aroma is full of cookie dough and vanilla and chocolate. Full of it. There's also an aroma that smells like a stout being brewed in a commercial brewhouse; It's uncanny how much this smells like a brewhouse. Lots of dry, crumbly cookies. Brownie batter. A flash of darkish fruit, like prunes meets blueberries. If I'm scoring this aroma as a stout? It does very well for itself.

Let's get this straight: this does not taste like a porter. Imperial Porter is a mostly bullshit style anyway, usually it just means "this imperial stout is more roast-forward." But while I can even mentally twist myself to consider, say, Deschutes' Black Butte XX__ series of beers to be related to porters, Lil' B is a stout all of the way. There's no roast. Like, at all.

But what there is is a melange of sweet flavor that together make for a very good stout. The dark fruits are strong here; lots of purple and blue fleshed fruit flavors. Those are grounded in a heavy dose of milk chocolate and vanilla. This tastes like eating a variety of cookies at the same time that you eat a Russell Stover's sampler. It's not cloying, though. This is a marvelous dessert sipper.

The mouthfeel is extremely thick. Many imperial stouts don't achieve the fullness and silkiness that Lil' B does. Overall, this is a very good imperial stout. Forget this porter business. It's a big ol' stout.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of royalflushr
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 5/21/14.

Appearance: totally black with a thick finger of rich, frothy dark-tan foam. Very good.

Smell: extremely rich aroma of chocolate, malt and rich, dark fruits: raspberry, cherry, date, raisin; it's like a Belgian quad and a porter got together. This seriously appeals to me.

Taste: much like the aroma, it's extremely rich and fruity. The same dark fruits are there, along with chocolate and a very impressive smoothness for a beer this strength. Two words: more please.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a big carbonation and very good creaminess indeed. Shazam!

Overall: there are few beers as spot-on calculated to appeal to my taste. I love this.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark cola brown with a thinner beige head atop that doesn't last long,aromas of dark fruit and brown sugar really jump out at ya,sweet alcohol and a faint nuttiness there as well.Dark fruit and a whiskey-like flavor up front with minimal roast and more molasses and brown sugar sweetness in the end,it's all of 11.5% here.It's big and pretty sweet but I like it,sweet but not overly so it's a great sipper.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of -DF-
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemetric
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of sabitu
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

The beer is a viscous black. Great aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. Tasted of dark coffee, some sweet chocolate, and raisins. A little bit of an alcohol burn.
Great beer.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barhoc11
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

I am not sure why this one isn't rated higher. This was my first 'imperial porter' so I am not sure what that means as compared to a Imperial Stout but I will go with it...

A: Looks like an Imperial Stout, super dark with a nice dark brown head. This really was a great beer to break in my new KBS glassware.

S: Amazing and full of sweet chocolate with hints of plum. This must be why they are calling this an Imperial Porter.

T: Taste follows the nose, this beer is sweet but since I don't love sweet stouts, it wasn't too bad when compared. The taste didn't have the super dark taste to it that I would expect in an Imperial Stout, just a tad lighter.

M: Thick and viscous, nothing to complain about

O: This was such a good beer. For being 11.5%, I was floored at the lack of hotness it had. Only after it had warmed for a while did I get any kind of burn. I highly recommend trying this one, I hope I can score some more of this soon.

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Photo of Weavah
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Nearly jet black with a light brown and foamy head. Like being out in the country, in a forest, on a cloudy night. Dark man, real dark.

S: Fresh tar, charcoal, and booze. If you ever worked or lived near a coffee roaster then you'll get the nose on this beer. Just dirty nasty char funk.

T: Pardon the redundant obviousness of this description. It has this funky fermented quality. And for anyone who likes kimchi you'll know what I mean. It also has this sour wine thing going on that makes my head spin. You'll also get the typical coffee and chocolate notes.

M: Sticky with a low, but lingering, carbonation. Surprisingly, not super heavy for an 11.5.

O: Lil' B is a very sexy beer. There is so much going with this beauty it's hard to come up with a complete and worthy summation. It's incredibly aggressive whilst retaining a refined elegance.

If if you see her, don't hesitate. Make your move or she'll end up between the sheets of another suitor.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Chitex78
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
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