Evil Twin Lil' B - Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Lil' BEvil Twin Lil' B

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Ratings: 1,084
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 72
Gots: 199 | FT: 16
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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 StuartCarter
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: jet black - motor oil. Fluffy tan head that collapses to a thin ring.

Smell: chocolate, caramel, fruity, a little coffee. Much heavier on the chocolate/fruit than coffee.

Taste: revelatory. Chocolate, fruit, caramel, gentle coffee. This is a porter rather than a stout - the chocolate is up front and centre, the coffee is in the background, but still there.

Mouthfeel: for such a thick beer the mouthfeel is lovely - dense and creamy rather than viscous.

Aftertaste: rich caramel fruit, chocolate, light coffee.

As it warms: the coffee becomes more apparent in the nose, but the flavour leans to more chocolate and fruits.

This is a truly wonderful beer deserving of more recognition.

Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best porter I’ve ever tasted, hands down. I’m not usually a big fan of Baltic style porters, only because I find them to be too sweet, but this Imperial version is deceptively complex. At first, I thought it was a bit flabby in texture, and totally straightforward in flavor. However, as I continued to sip this voluptuous monster, flavors other than chocolate, toffee, and vanilla began to emerge...leather, tobacco, plum, kumquat, raisin, sandalwood, smoke, Cabernet, and bourbon began to poke out their heads, seemingly out of nowhere. The richness continued to build, but the sweetness never became overbearing, and leveled out at just the right point. This may be the best Evil Twin I’ve tasted, which is even more surprising when one takes note of the fact that it’s a contract brew executed by Westbrook Brewing Co of Mount Pleasant, S.C. I’d never heard of them, but I’ll definitely be looking for any future nationally distributed beers of theirs.

Photo of lackenhauser
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours just like used motor oil-thick and viscous right out of the bottle. Jet black with a very slight tan head on top. Deep raisen, dark dried fruit aroma. Chocolate and espresso notes. Mild oak and port. Slightly treacle like and a faint caramel sweetness. Big and bold dark roast flavors. Deep espresso and bakers chocolate. Sticky toffee sweetness to it as well. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Lip smackingly sweet finish. No sense of being so high in abv. WOW! My first offering from these folks and I am just blown away. Just a huge wonderful beer all in. Has desert island beer written all over it.

Photo of kfh227
5/5  rDev +19.9%

This is outstanding. I am starting to appreciate mouth feel and smell now. I used to be a taste only matters guy. I get it now. This feel and tastes great. At 11.5% ABV you don't know it. If you are debating that $15 tag for a 4 pack you have to trust me. Get this. This is in my top 10 and possibly top 5. I am also pretty sure that this is the top rated beer among Evil Twins readily available brews.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.96/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
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 Math_You
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
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 challenja
4.86/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams special pint glass.

A: that is no porter its a dark stout. Its a black witches cauldron of death. I can just see the Ale bubbles rise through the glass. The milk chocolate head dissipates rather quickly to little more than a thin ring around the edge.

S: malty juniper berry, mocha bean, thick molasses, burnt sugar, alcohol esthers. Raspberry puree. Smells like their imperial biscotti break.

T: wow holy fucking Moses! This is no porter..its a super alcohol raging stout. Its as if you put a 1/4 ounce of whiskey in a small tumbler and then pouring a fruit forward Russian imperial stout on top then drinking it. Its a boozer clone of imperial biscotti break. Molasses, dark candied fruits, tannery malts, dark cocoa, juniper fruits.
M: this is oil slick in a bottle. Medium carbonation. Frothy.

O: this is one super heavy beer. Massive fruits and malts. Boozy as no other. Evil twin has a masterful full flavor for dark boozy imperials. A must have for any stout lover!

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pitch black, one finger dark mocha head, light lacing.

S - Smoked malts, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasty/grainy.

T - Amazing! Smoked malts, tobacco, chocolate wafers, walnuts, vanilla, espresso beans covered in Hershey's syrup!

M - Full body, viscous, low carbonation.

O - So very good! I have tried it both on tap and from a bottle; I actually prefer the bottle.

22 oz. @ Liquor Pump, Baltimore, MD $15.99

Photo of Damian
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

Inky jet black in appearance. The liquid poured viscous and slick with a motor oil-like consistency. Completely opaque. There was no head but some spotty patches of cocoa colored froth. The froth quickly dissipated to a thin ring of lasting foam.

The nose was remarkable. Rich, dark and complex. Super smooth and quite sweet. Bourbon notes were apparent, even though this beer was not barrel aged. Boatloads of dark malts. Good amount of vanilla and brown sugar. Strong indications of licorice and dark fruits. Plums, figs, raisins and prunes were noticeable. Lots of dark chocolate and freshly brewed coffee. Some smooth, port-like notes came through as well. Touch of smoke as the beer warmed. This reminded me a lot more of a rich and robust, well-aged imperial stout than a relatively fresh porter.

The flavor profile was even more impressive than the nose. Quite sweet with intense bourbon and brown sugar notes. Tons of vanilla. Lots of semi-sweet chocolate and molasses. Dark fruits galore. Strong notes of plums, figs and raisins. Good dose of black coffee. Slightly roasty on the finish. The 11.5% ABV was completely undetectable. Like the nose, the flavor profile shared many similarities with an aged imperial stout.

The body was super viscous. Rich, oily and slick. Creamy on the palate with a fine, mild effervescence.

Even though this beer is classified as an imperial porter, it drinks much bigger. Lil' B is the base beer for Imperial Biscotti Break, but I liked this so much better (and I happen to be a huge fan of espresso, vanilla and almonds, which are added to Lil' B to create Biscotti Break). With its smooth, sweet, indulgent richness and over the top mouthfeel, it brought back memories of earlier Dark Lord vintages.

Photo of JkOd81127
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Delicious Beer with honey notes to it!

Photo of vicsju1991
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at eulogoy in philadelphia
A - pours out of tap like motor oil, very dark beer, small head goes away quickly
S - dark frutis, choclatey and roasted malts, little bit of ether bourbon or just alcohol
T - follows the nose , veyr complex every moutful a little different
M - a little thin, but still very good
O - very cool beer, happy I had the chance to have it on tap

Photo of Brackh
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured black as night with a little foamy head. Smells malty, chocolate and fruity. Almost like a cross between a stout and porter. Kind of like when two attractive people pop out a few good looking kids. All the best from both gene pools. Dark and smooth going down. Coffee up front on the taste. The alcohol takes second to hit you in the taste. Super great beer. Can't believe it is 11.5%.

Photo of Jimisyourdaddy
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

I'm fairly new to reviewing brews. I have, however, been drinking craft brews and seeking the best beer I can find for many years. I picked up a 4 pack of Lil B yesterday and I couldn't wait to get home and try it. The reviews I've read about Evil Twin Brewing are phenomenal and they are really on the cutting edge with the stuff they're putting out. Let me tell you, this beer does not disappoint. I've never given a beer a "5" rating because I always want to leave room for improvement. This is the closest thing to a perfect beer I have come across in my travels. Outstanding by any means. I didn't want the one I drank to end. Do yourself a favor and give this one a try. It will not disappoint.

Photo of Chadster
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

just a beautiful ing on tap, At Avenue Pub last Year in New Orleans
This Gem Tastedof Vanilla , chocolate and sweet molasses hint to it..
Better on tap then in bottle but still well worth the buy..

Also recommended, St Arnold Bourban stout, Old Rasputin bourban barrel stout,

Photo of Brenden
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
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 drpimento
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Brutaltruth
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Imperial Porter. Thick rich blackish brown with thin tight lacing. Dark roasted malt up front on the nose, brown sugar, caramel. Head retention is amazing. Dark malts and licorice, light hop tinged aftertaste with lots of alcohol warming. Thick and fulfilling. Silky smooth going down, black coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, plums, roasted malt without the deep roasting found in stouts. Quite nice indeed.

Had on growler from Country Fresh Farm Market Anderson township Cincinnati Ohio

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Tulip Style Glass. Liquid portion comes out dark brown with red edges. It slowly turns to black. Once in the glass it's black most of the way through deep red highlights. Lighter than brown but darker than tan colored head, very decent lacing. Liquid coats on the glass nicely against the glass after each sip as well.

Smell is really good, roast, nutty, and slightly fruity similar to a solid Russian Imperial Stout. Plenty of slightly bitter chocolate and some medium roasted coffee. Almonds, honey, some dried cherries and a hint of brown sugar aromas, all really nicely blended together. Slight warming sting from the alcohol.

Taste elevates from the smell more than expected. A high class medium roast coffee that's been perfectly brewed so it's rich, bold, and just the right amount of bitter. Dark fudgey chocolate covered over raisons, craisons, dehydrated cherries, figs, and apricots, pretty much any dark dehydrated fruit you can think of. There's a slight almond flavor that's almost vanilla like. A little grassy hop flavor at the end. It all meshes quite nicely.

Moutfheel is pretty much perfect. It's a soft full bodied beer. Great carbonation level that was sweet, rich, bold, with a nice dry bitter finish at the end. Good all around beer, great drinkability level. Can hang with the best dark beers out there. Nice job.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
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 brunomorenodebrito
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really dark black color, brown head with good retention. In the nose coffe, chocolate, roastness, dark druits as plums and raisins, caramel/toffe really complex aroma. In the taste the complexity is equal, coffe, dark chocolate, plums, raisins and caramel/toffe. The mouthfeel is really good, high and smooth body. Wonderfull brew!

Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives pitch black with a dark tan, espresso-colored head. Retention is short but I didn't expect it to last anyway. No surprise, no lace.
Smell is toasted malt, rum, molasses and some faint dark fruit notes. Nice balance.
Taste is toasted malt, whiskey, molasses, dark fruit. Phenomenal balance.
Full bodied, barely carbonated (nice). Amazingly rich and incredibly smooth, beyond smooth. Delicious squared. But let it warm up first!

Photo of spoony
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled June 10, 2013) into a snifter. Reviewed from notes dated September 22, 2013.

A-This brew has one of the darkest heads I have every seen...a sort of walnut brown foam. The head starts out a finger but drops to a collar in about 30 seconds. The beer is black and opaque.

S-The smell is ultra creamy with chocolate and vanilla balancing each other on top of a lactic-like sweetness. There is also some fruit, dark cherries and blueberries, to go along with a big sweet dose of caramel. Bitterness is very low but there is just a hint of roasted coffee in there.

T-The taste is also super creamy and rich to the point of being decadent. I detect bourbon-like vanilla and caramel, milk chocolate, dates, ruby port, soy sauce, and dark cherries. There is very little bitterness and virtually zero hops. The taste is super complex and well-layered.

M-The feel is medium to full body and very creamy. Between the intense flavor and sweetness (and ABV), this brew is a genuine sipper.

O-This is a fantastic beer, albeit one that drinks like meal. The mixture of fruit flavors (like cherry and blueberry), on the one hand, and choco/vanilla/caramel flavors, on the other hand, is really well-done. The mouthfeel also pairs incredibly well with the flavors and makes for a milk-shake-like experience. Alcohol is well-concealed, and the brew sips beautifully. If you don't like big, sweet beers, stay away, but that is OK, because it will leave more for me.

Photo of barhoc11
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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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Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,084 ratings.