Evil Twin Lil' B - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 185
Hads: 1,128
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 23.63%
Wants: 82
Gots: 219 | 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 Damian
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For what it's worth, my bottle of Lil' B had nearly a year on it. I guess that gave it plenty of time to mellow out the hot booziness. That said, this beer blew my mind. Seek it out.

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Photo of vicsju1991
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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

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Photo of Brackh
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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%.

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Photo of Jimisyourdaddy
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

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Photo of Chadster
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
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,

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Photo of Brenden
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
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

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of brunomorenodebrito
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of spoony
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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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 Keffa
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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A: Pours black, nice fairly thick tan head settles into a solid ring on the outside, leaves some very light spotty lacing. Beautiful given the ABV.

S: Roast, toast, coffee, chocolate, and raisins. Whoa, raisins... Where the hell did that come from. ABV is decently well hidden, a few wafts here and there.

T: All the players from the aroma. Starts a little roasty, then turns to woody, earthy, and herbal hops(!), coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a nice warming alcohol note that isn't harsh at all. Very nice combo that makes each sip a delight. Finish is long, slightly dry, a bit bittersweet, and nicely warming. There's the ABV...

M: Thinner than a stout (as it should be), but still very substantial. A little oily and coating. Carbonation is on the low side on the palate, but appropriate for the style.

O: I really, REALLY like this beer. I'd love to see what a good barrel (or some vanilla beans) would do to it. Might try to pick some up to stick in the cellar and see what some time does to that warmth. Maybe a little smoothing would make it perfect.... We'll see. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Smell of black chocolate and roasted malt. Hint of alcohol
In mouth it's very tasteful. Cocoa, anise and expresso. Aromas of dark berries give a light sour side. High abv is well-hidden. Medium/high roundness. Low carbonation.
Bitterness is quite long and dominated by anise.
Very good overall. Great complexity and well balanced.

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Photo of Jmitchell3
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle to a 16oz tulip snifter.

A: jet black. Dense brown head with tiny bubbles. Lasts quite a long time. Two fingers.
S: cherries, roast, chocolate. Some floral notes even.
T: huge roast and assertive sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Huge matinees with slight hop bitterness. Fruity, roasty, chocolate in the middle. Bitterness, sweet, and some alcohol in the middle and back. Slight roast and more sweetness on the back need, but not cloying.
M: full, like cream. Medium to medium low carbonation. A significant amount of sticky sweetness on the back end, loses some points for this. Moderate alcohol warming throughout.
O: a huge, flavorful. Full bodied imperial porter. Well brewed, really nice. I've had a few imperial porters that were over-the-top, but this one is very nice. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.
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

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque inky black color with barely any head derived from the pour and ends up as a thin ring around the edge of the glass and trace amounts of brown surface foam. Sticky lacing leaves a resilient ring behind on the glass.

S- Boozy, solvent-like aroma with chocolaty dark roast interlaced. As more sniffs are taken, the sweetness comes out bringing with it notes of cherry cordials and caramel. Wasn't expecting that.

T- Surprisingly smooth milk chocolate flavor. No cherry detected here yet still quite sweet but then turns the other way as the roast bitterness lingers on the palate. Definitely bordering on a stout but the sugary chocolate that balances out the bitterness keeps things in check without going to the extremely malty side.

M- Low carbonation is right where it should be for such a viscous and chewy porter.

O- This beer, like other high gravity heavily roasted offerings from Evil Twin, is so elusively tasty you really don't notice the ABV until it's too late. Definitely worth whatever exorbitant amount of money I paid for it.

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Photo of Roguer
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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Photo of minterro
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Little's Wine & Liquor Store in Denver CO. bottled on 06/10/13, so exactly 3 months ago.

Cleaned palate with honey roasted peanuts and water.

A&S: The smell is truly amazing: complex and unique but not going beyond the bounds of the style. Powerful dark fruit (cherries) and upfront, balanced with a dark chocolate, molasses, and roasty background. Also in the mix bourbon and wood tones. Head is a dark brown/red that pour about a finger but doesn't hang around long, retained in a thin layer. Deep charcoal colored beer.

T&M: Similar to the smell just not as many elements to it. Still has a powerful alcohol component. Not as much cherries and other dark fruits as the aroma, and more on the dark chocolate side (especially towards the finish). Silky smooth and full bodied but not overly chewy and heavy in the finish.

Overall: This might be one of my favorite beers, not only for the style but overall also. I'm REALLY looking forward to what else this brewing company has in store.

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Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.