Evil Twin Lil' B - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 171
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rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
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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 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. (810 characters)

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! (434 characters)

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. (1,480 characters)

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. (942 characters)

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. (1,135 characters)

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. (331 characters)

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. (851 characters)

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.
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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 (1,830 characters)

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. (1,136 characters)

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 (812 characters)

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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%

12oz bottle from the 4-pack into my Stone IRS snifter glass
Notes taken 08/14/2014

A: Pours a semi-thick, dark espresso body that turns slighlty browner towards the edges. Pretty much pitch as it sits in the glass with a finger width of mocha tan suds holding over. Decent stay power as it slowly slips down to an oily swirl. Some light etches of stick run in broken rings around the perimeter.

S: Dark and smoky malts greet the nose with a sweet cherry tobacco like presence. Has a deep chocolate richness from all that dark grain and gives the impression of dark breads with plum, licorice, and some black strap molasses. Dark and roasty and aromatically intense.

T: Damn this drinks better than a fine imperial stout as it maintains such a super creamy feel. I get loads of dark chocoalte roast with a dark breadiness, plum, raisin, brown sugar, molasses, and undertones of freshly roasted coffee. There is lovely toasted marshmallow richness with a hit of that campfire char on it. Incredible flavors conjurred here and with such good balance. The beer has a lighter level of bitterness to it while the alcohol is so well hidden. Mix in some earthy spice with a dash of black licorice and hints of cinnamon spice in the finish. Deeply rich and roasty with some great complexity.

M: A much fuller body than most Porters but with a frothy cream like texture. Somewhat low to moderate carbonation keeps this on the chewier side but not by much. Has a lighter drying finish with some some gullet warming alcohol and a sleek sugary residual effect.

D: An Imperial Porter no doubt with some real intense roast flavors. This drinks better than most imperial stouts and delivers more depth of flavor than any other Porter I have had to date. The balance is done so well with a great ratio of the malt sweetness to lighter feel. Evil Twin sure can make some killer dark ales. (1,903 characters)

Photo of Elsuperjefe
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing porter. Pours a dark chocolate brown, almost black. Medium brown 1 inch head that lasts. Sweet coffee scent with hints of vanilla and molasses. Light carbonation danced in my mouth but didn't feel the high ABV which was a nice surprise despite the bourbony taste. I'm a sucker for sweet porters so I really enjoyed this one. Having said that, I found the sweetness was well balanced. Overall a delicious beer. Perfect after dinner. (446 characters)

Photo of K-Dog
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to pull something out of the cellar for a brutally cold spring evening in metro detroit. Bottled may 21 2014, aged 11 months. Holly crap, if I didn't know better this was bourbon barrel aged by the smell. Taste is unbelievable for a porter. I only have 2 complaints. First, having 11 months of age still slot boozy. And second wish I had another bottle to age another year. Have a feeling as the boonies will subside and this will be amazing. (450 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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! (1,022 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours an incredibly black color, produces a thin mocha head with some spotty lacing.

S- Sweet, rich aroma, very heavy on chocolate, creating a nice brownie aroma. A bit of coffee and vanilla, some really amazing nut aroma as well. Light booze and vinous fruit. Wooo, swag.

T- Wooo, hoes on this beer cause it tastes like Jesus. A really delicious blend of chocolate and juicy dark fruit from the outset, roasted coffee beans and milk chocolate follow. As in the nose there's a very nice walnut/hazelnut flavor that lingers into the finish. A bit of bitter coffee and smoky roast in the finish, as well as a bit of lingering chocolate and mild booze. Hunned thousand dollars.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, velvety and creamy, low carbonation, if this was just a bit thicker it would be perfect.

O- This beer got bitches on deck. Seriously, this is a damn fine Paris Hilton style beer. The price is a bit steep, but I'm glad I picked this up, it's really delicious. Very drinkable for such a big beer as well, alcohol is nicely hidden. Master-chef cook chef cook swag swag swag. (1,140 characters)

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

Poured from tap into oversized snifter at Avenue Pub NOLA. Pours an oily black color with thin tan head. Crazy good roasted sweet malts, booze, dark fruit aromas. Taste is so smooth boozey dark fruit, chocolatey bourbon vanilla, slight coffee as well. This is just so crazy good and it gets better as it warms...wow. Slightly bitter mouthfeel, which I dig, nonetheless a spectacular amazing brew. Go have one now! (413 characters)

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. (712 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an inky pitch black with a small dark brown head despite an aggressive pour. Fades at decent pace but has good retention at least. Leaves just bits of lacing here and there.

S: Nice dark fruit aroma, primarily raisin, fig and plum. Anise too. Roasted malt aroma strong but not too strong. There is a nice bitter chocolate and ashy coffee aroma. Creamy and smooth (can a smell be creamy and smooth?). Wonderful aroma.

T: Loaded with dark fruit up front. Raisin, fig, plum and lots of cherry. Almost tart just for a moment. Roasted malt kicks in in the middle with some char initially but then turns into a really nice dark and bitter chocolate. Grows more bitter towards the finish until it's almost pure baker's chocolate by the end. Finish is creamy and mellow. Lingering bitter chocolate and char between sips. This is one hell of a beer.

M: Heavy and creamy and borderline chalky.

O: Wow, unexpectedly good. Especially for my first Evil Twin beer. One of the best imperial porters I've ever had, if not THE best. Strong fruitiness and milder roasted malt (though there is still plenty at 11.5% ABV) keeps this firmly in porter territory and doesn't cross over into imperial stout-dom. Wonderfully fruity, smooth and creamy. Balanced flavor. An expertly crafted brew in my opinion. (1,299 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Dec 2013 bottle. Opened Aug 2014.

A - Spot on for a porter. Black with a thin rim of medium brown highlights. Rice retention on a creamy tan-khaki head. Low lace.

S - Nice smooth nose. Oatmeal, raisin, touch of booze, pumpernickel bread, biscuits, caramel.

T - Whoa, unbelievably smooth. Fantastic integration. Huge roast into creamy caramel and raisins. Sharp wood and bold booze blend seamlessly into the center of the profile, balancing out the sweetness. Oatmeal, cream, and dark toasted bread finish.

M - Amazing: thick, smooth, and creamy. Edge of Scotch on the backend.

O - The Russian imperial porter of imperial porters. Outstanding.


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4.43 Lil' B
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A - 4.25 4.25 ------- 4.25 4.25 10%
S - 4.50 4.50 ------- 4.75 4.58 20%
T - 4.00 4.50 ------- 4.50 4.33 40%
M - 4.25 4.75 ------- 4.75 4.58 10%
O - 4.00 4.75 ------- 4.75 4.50 20% (985 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Bottle Revolution in Raleigh.

Dark, dark brown pour with a faint suggestion of red. Dark, dark mocha head. One of the darkest heads I can remember. Only 1/2 finger's worth, but retains a thin film on top of the glass. Laces well, but the lace is fleeting.

Nose is strong dark coffee, mocha, esters and light citrus, along with burnt but not quite scorched caramel malt. Well done, but maybe a tad bit understated.

Taste is ... delicious. Chocolate and light roasted caramel, medium roast coffee, a splash of vanilla cream, and light citrus bitters in the finish. Gets a bit sweet in the very end, with only a hint of the abv showing in a quick breath of alcohol.

Feel is perfect. Smooth and creamy, velvety smooth.

Get this one while the getting is good. While it is expensive, it is really good. (821 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: A big aroma of coffee, chocolate and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of coffee, dark chocolate, a nice shot of malt, light hops, and dark fruit (plums, raisins). Like the aroma, the flavor is big. It's well balanced, complex and powerful.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick and viscous finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a beer that's closer to a stout than a porter, but that's not a problem. Well made and drinkable. (618 characters)

Photo of SHerninko
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the man Andy, have never had this brew. 5/2013
Bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Allowed to warm up for max flavor and smell.
Says a "Porter" but it tastes like a Russian Imperial Stout. Classic, great flavors and smells. I would buy and drink it again. (268 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black, opaque even on the way out of the bottle. Two fingers of very dense dark tan foam forms.

S: Pretty subtle, yet it seems more and more complex the more I smell it. I get dark chocolate first and foremost, behind that I get equal parts roasted malt and toffee.

T: A great balance of flavors. Dark chocolate is again strongest, and the toffee and roasted malt balance each other in the background. A hint of milk chocolate is also there.

M: On the thick side with very creamy carbonation.

O: The balance of this beer is great. Intense dark chocolate with the perfect amount of sweetness and the perfect amount of roast. It's not extremely complex, but it's extremely well done.

EDIT: This beer gains much complexity with only 6 months in the bottle. I get smoke, sherry, and dark fruit to add to the dark chocolate and roast. (877 characters)

Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.