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Evil Twin Lil' B - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 1,059
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 72
Gots: 190 | FT: 14
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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: 1,059 | Reviews: 170
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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 flagmantho
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

Photo of barhoc11
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

Photo of Weavah
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of mjtiernan
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into an oversized stemmed tulip

A: Can’t tell if this is black or if the lovely dark brown head is influencing me to think that the body is also brown. Either way, it’s dark as you would expect. Head faded away pretty quickly, leaving a thin ring around the edge. Not much lacing as it went down.

S: Sweet milk chocolate. Roasted chocolate malt. Cocoa. Some caramel. Slight floral hop presence.

T: Starts syrupy sweet and evolves into some nice roastiness. Fills your mouth with rich flavor then dries it out in the finish. Getting some soy sauce which isn't ideal. Some hop flavor shows up in the middle toward the end. Pretty intense flavor overall.

M: Full body, medium carb. Drinkability pretty low for me due to the sweetness and overall flavor intensity.

O: A well brewed beer, but most sweet porters/stouts just aren’t my cup of tea. I didn’t care for Imperial Biscotti Break and this isn’t different enough for me to like it more.

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 ehammond1
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A beautiful stout: black throughout, small dark brown head, thick, viscous, and substantial in the glass, leaving messy, irregular splotches of lace down the glass.

Bold aroma of roasted malt, mild coffee and chocolate, along with some licorice, especially as the beer warms.

The flavor follows a similar trajectory as the aroma: roasted, chocolate, coffee combine initially, with more and more licorice flavors emerging as the beer comes closer and closer to room temperature.

Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Rich and thick.

Delicious, straight-forward, stouty goodness.

Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice. Bottled on date of 02/19/14.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet dark malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Upfront roasted barley malts with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, burnt toast, dough, caramel, toffee, yeast, and smoked malt. Sweet hints of molasses. Light hints of anise spice. Hops are very light. Some hints of booze as well. A pretty good roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a dark roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with big notes of chocolate and coffee. Big taste of dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, burnt toast, biscuit, cookie dough, caramel, toffee, smoked malt, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and brown sugar. Light notes of anise licorice spice. Subtle hops in the background. A very good roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy. Some booze heat is noticeable but not overly strong.

Overall: A very good imperial version of a porter. Very much like a solid imperial stout with a good dark taste of chocolate, coffee, and some smoke.

Photo of brojas91
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review so give me slack

Lil B' is a nice imperial porter with a strong kick.

Serving: Bottle

Appearance: pitch black with a dirty brown head.

Aroma: mix of chocolate, fruit, with a light smokey character

Taste: Chocolate and malts are the most noticeable, with the taste of alcohol definitely noticeable. Can't tell what the fruit is but has a sweet fruit taste to it as well.

Feel: Creamy, velvety texture with light carbonation.

I really like this porter, has a nice kick to it that you feel from the beginning and only continues as you drink more, while not having an overpowering taste of alcohol you would expect in an 11.5% beer

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe)
A- The jet black body has a thin deep cocoa tan head that fades to a ring.

S- The clean aroma has hints of inky black bitterness with some dark graham malt notes coming through with as it opens.

T- The mellow black roasted malt with a dry nougat hint in the finish with a touch of sweetness. There is a black bitterness that hints in the back of the throat and stays. There are some dark burnt toffee notes coming through as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture that turns into a gentle fizz. There is no alcohol heat.

O- There are some nice hints of malt with some complexity but they are very faint and only come through when it is really warm in the last 3 oz.

Photo of Brenden
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a heavy, black, viscous beer, as much as any imperial stout I've ever seen, and by far any porter. A strong cap of tan head reaches a full finger and shows good retention. It drops slowly but never past a about a quarter of a finger, achieving sturdy patching and spotting on my snifter.
This aroma is hefty. There's a heavy roast without much char and no acridity to it. There's plenty of cocoa and a nice, light touch of smoke alongside a light dark fruits note that isn't tangy. The sweetness offered is of the creamier variety, touches of vanilla, molasses and caramel. This one has that soy sauce-like element found in heavier stouts (sans the salt, of course). There's no harshness on the nose despite all its weight and maltiness.
The flavor offers all the malts and big flavors as I hope for. The notes of molasses are strongest without being too sweet, exceptionally balanced by the big roast and some almost woody dryness. Bittersweet cocoa and gentle smoke lead into nuttiness and a bit more creamy vanilla, coffee underneath with a nuttiness. This is big, rich, complex and balanced while masterfully allowing a big ABV to deceive, warming without getting nearly as hot or obstructive as it could. This is a skillfully brewed beer and, if really technically a porter, perhaps the best out there.
Smoothness is the focus in this brew's feel, though a crisp bite hits up front. A full body coats the tongue but slides off a little in the finish (a good thing), where just a bit of dryness comes through and a little more crispness comes back out on the roof of the mouth particularly.

Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz single bottle, a worthy brewing concern, for All Hallow's Eve, methinks, while all the li'l munchkins roam up and down the street.

This beer pours a veritably solid, light-absorbing black, with two skinny fingers of tightly foamy, and rather creamy mocha head, which leaves little beyond a few wayward specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of pungent bittersweet chocolate, rich black licorice, concentrated black fruit - prune, cherry, and raisin - dense caramel, vanilla pudding, charcoal smoke, mildly astringent alcohol, and musty earthy hops. The taste is again replete with anise and sweet cocoa notes, caramelized toffee, edgy dark, dusty fruit - the usual and already delineated suspects - overly sugared espresso, a hint of dank treacle, cold smoked wood, well-restrained simmering booze, a mild soya saltiness, and a mustiness that one might mistake for, or perhaps be given to assign to, hops.

The carbonation is quite low-key, a tad frothy, and generally dismissible, the body a swarthy medium-heavy weight, and undeniably smooth, with a heady creaminess to top it off. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, coffee, caramel, and well-behaved alcohol ceding nary an inch.

A hell of an imperial porter, with strong RIS or DIPA tendencies. The somewhat sour fruit does drag this kicking and screaming squarely back into porter territory, only to be bedeviled by the subtle smoke and burgeoning booze. Complex, sexy, and quite compelling. Watch out if this one suggests going back home to its place.

Photo of GilGarp
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served chilled into a goblet.

Lil' B is an impressively dark beer. It pours from the bottle looking like motor oil after 5,000 miles. It's thick, black, and opaque. The head is thin and short lived and no lacing is left behind.

Aroma is rich, roasty, and robust. The dark malts are predominant and alcohol is in the background.

Flavor is beyond bold. I would love to try this side by side with TenFidy because I think they share a lot in common. If anything, Lil' B is bigger, bolder, and smoother if my memory serves me right. Huge roasted malt character, big bitterness from both hops and dark malts, a hint of smoke, and a silky viscous mouthfeel.

This is up there with some of the best imperial stouts. Definately one I will return to when winter arrives.

Photo of JkOd81127
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Delicious Beer with honey notes to it!

Photo of Roguer
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge, dark brown head, ~2 1/2 fingers. Brew is a solid black with purple and brown hues. Head retention is outstanding, and lacing is super thick and full.

Slightly boozy grapes are the first part of the aroma to hit, followed by roasted chocolate malts and barley. Smells thick!

Flavor follows the nose. Delicious and luscious notes of roasted barley and chocolate, a hint of cream, and the booziness makes itself known very lightly.

Thick, creamy, silky, not quite chewy. Very full. Long, lasting finish. Nice bitter balance from the roast, and a slight sting. A noticeable alcohol presence builds over time.

This is an absolutely fantastic stout - err, imperial porter. Yeah. Anyway, it's potent and strong, thick and creamy, and exceptionally well-balanced. It's not incredibly creative - there's nothing

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black pour, small dirty brown head falls to nothing. Shades of this same deep brown on edges when held to light. Opaque, black, looks viscous.

Chewy chocolate malts, fudge, walnuts, sweet toffee and light raisin, all basted in a warming booze, meets the nose.

Sweet fudge, reduced brown sugar, milk chocolate, caramel on the palate with a drying bitter dark chocolate and mild roast to round the finish. A nutty, stone fruit English yeast character also lingers in the finish.

Thick, chewy, silky, smooth, carbonation is appropriate, leaves residual sugar sweetness in the back of the mouth.

Overall, for an imperial porter this is really nice. Borderline imperial stout, but restrains the roasted malts and emphasized the English yeast character well throughout.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.78/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Coffee District. Served in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Black body. Nice khaki head. Great surface wisping.

Smell - Boozy dark chocolate. Some sweetness and a hint of a chemical aroma. Almost meaty.

Taste - Rich chocolate. Caramel malt. Boozy. The finish is a little bitter. And then the plasticky flavor kicks in. Really kills what works with this beer.

Mouthfeel - Not too heavy, but boozy. The plastic flavor ruins it though.

Overall - Someone else described it as metallic and meaty. I got plastic. Something is off though.

Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 06/10/13

Pours oily, pitch-black, effervescent & with a pinky of brown/caramel head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, carob & molasses, vanilla & juicy fruit

T: Carob, leafy hops, prunes, booze & dryness up front. More leafy hops, carob & prunes as this warms, plus boozeyness, charcoal & dryness as this warms, slight coffee. Finishes dry with plums, raisins, charcoal, carob, plus leafy& woody hops

MF: Semi-chewy, slight carbonation, boozey heat. Becomes chewier & dry as this warms & somewhat sticky

This is alright, but over-priced & over-rated to me, won't buy again unless the price point is MUCH better. Worth a try, but not if you want value. Seems like this could stand about 6 more months of aging, Never quite turns the corner for me

Photo of ricknelson
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slight dark brown head but with lasting retention, mild lacing but again with lasting retention.
Molasses and roasted chocolate malts are the first part of the aroma to hit. Alcohols makes itself known very lightly for a relatively high alcohol brew. For me this was a hard brew to finish because it had a bitter after taste that was not to appealing. First mouthfeel was OK but the bitter after taste just killed it for me. Like to think of myself as one who enjoys a good Porter, but it wasn't this one.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of fgmiele
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark mahogany with slight light caramel colored head. Nose is honey, sweet chocolate and sugar. Tangy at the finish. Mostly silken chocolate.. Smoke.. Booze burn and dark cherry. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy. Overall a big beer.. This porter is uniquely smooth and strong

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Because MSquared2 told me to tick Evil Twin brews this night… Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku (semi-proper!). Poured pitch black with a one finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, bread, milk chocolate, sweet alcohol, vanilla, and very subtle coffee. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, bread, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, sweet alcohol, and coffee. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was fairly great brew. Where did this one come from!? Wow… Everything going on in this one was nothing short of fantastic and made it quite easy to drink despite the ABV going on here. The flavors and aromas going on here are nothing short of excellent as they are all on-point. This is definitely a really well done brew. If you have not had the pleasure of enjoying this one, you need to make it happen. Nicely done guys!

Photo of morimech
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 02/19/14
Black and viscous fluid with a half finger head that settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Cocoa Crisp smell with its chocolate and cookie like malt aroma. Slight hint of coffee and alcohol.

Flavor of a mocha beverage except with the alcohol flavor and heat which is quite strong in the finish. Some earthiness and mild bitterness as well.

Big and thick body. Wonderful carbonation gives a rich texture that is really appealing.

A massive porter that has some very good flavors. Would definitely buy again.

Photo of mscudder
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/10/13. Beer number 500!

A - Deep brown hue, accompanied by a large mocha head. Looks like a big stout, leaving nice lacing behind good retention.

S - Cocoa nibs, roasted coffee, slight dark fruit and warmth from the booze.

T - Very complex. Again, how is this a porter? Lots of chocolate here, plum adds a touch of character with deep malt and roasted coffee to make this a big blend of intense flavors.

M - Medium+ body with moderate carbonation.

O - Great complexity with robust flavors , making for an enjoyable sipper. The flavors could be better tamed, perhaps with better balance.

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Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.