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Evil Twin Lil' B - Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Lil' BEvil Twin Lil' B

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201 Reviews
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Reviews: 201
Hads: 1,196
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 23.15%
Wants: 83
Gots: 254 | FT: 17
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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 Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a deep black color with a mocha creamy head on top. The head settles a bit and leaves a moderate to light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is roasted and earthy, it's almost musty and charred. The taste of the beer is slightly sweet with a good amount of roast in there as well, more earthy robust flavors with a burnt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was dry, a little high in carbonation but heavy as well. Overall this beer was decent, not something I'd spend a lot of money on though.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with thin umber head. Roasty, chocolate aroma. Rich chocolate and espresso with hints of vanilla. Fairly clean, light finish belying rich flavor. Light alcohol. Slightly metallic aftertaste. Smooth yet thin silky texture.

Very smooth imperial porter with good flavor. The light metallic aftertaste (which could be from the draft lines) grew a bit stronger but the flavor of the beer won out without a long linger.

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Photo of ricknelson
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
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

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Photo of mttaylor1066
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

If you're looking for a rock-heavy porter with a lot of alcohol, the Danes have a brew for you!

An opaque black brew with a tan head.

Smells of barnyard and malt.

Tastes of sweet malt and shoe polish. A man's ale: "Hey, bartender, put that in a dirty glass."

Tastes heavy... really heavy, man.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.49
Purchased: Jan. 13, 2016
Consumed: Jan. 16, 2016
Misc.: N/A

I’ve never had an Evil Twin Brewing beer. They always seem to be a bit pricy for what I’m looking for. However, I got $50 for my birthday and decided to give it a whirl. Picked Lil’ B over Christmas Eve at a New York Hotel Room and Soft DK. Here’s to making the right choice.

Poured a black color with two fingers of dark tan, frothy head, which settled nicely on the top. Good amount of uneven, wet, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled some weird flavors off the get go, getting dark fruits - red apple, plum and purple grape - butterscotch, caramel, toffee, figs, dates, brown sugar and boozy molasses. Something a tad off. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted better than the nose. Got smooth butterscotch, sugary caramel and toffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, licorice, molasses, leathery notes and dark red apple. So smooth. (Taste - 3.75)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.75)

Overall I was disappointed in this one, although it did grow on me as it went down. I wonder how this would do with age. (Overall - 3.75)

3.82 | 86 | B+

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like one would expect. Notes of chocolate and dark fruit in the aroma. Taste has a little more of a charred malt taste along with chocolate, figs and a little raisin. Feel medium-heavy with little carbonation. All in all, it's got some taste, but I can't help comparing it to this year's Black Butte XXIV and favoring that one. This isn't quite as good and costs more. However, this one isn't a one-and-done brew, so there's that.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Jet black with a short brown head that dissipates quickly. I saw a chunk of yeast go kerplunk into my glass towards the end of the pour, so watch out!

Nose
Semi-sweet chocolate, raisin, fig, coffee, vanilla, and dark caramel.

Taste
Semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, and sherry. Medium roast coffee with light additions of cream, sugar and vanilla. Molasses, caramel, raisin, fig, and black plum. Finishes with notes of earth and cocoa nib.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, slick, oily, sticky, and warming.

Overall
Robust, rich, sweet, and decadent. A nice sipper at 11.5%.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a blackish body with one finger tan head and minimal lace on top of an aroma consisting mostly of roasted and coffee notes, but also some breadiness, dark chocolate, toffee and some dark fruits. Thick, chewey, hearty, all words that could describe this fuller-bodied beer passing over my tongue, and the taste is similiar to the nose. A roasted, coffee-esque dryness is in the beer along with dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, possible figs or dark fruits and has a sticky finish (ABV is muted in the finish). An enjoyable sipper but for some reason this beer felt slightly offbalance.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque, thick looking, and jet black color. Tiny lace quickly dissipates. Intense aroma; cherries, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, licorice and alcohol. Sweet, full bodied, vinous, and alcoholic, perhaps slightly too boozy. Very low carbonation. Some roasted malt and coffee like elements. Sweet and boozy finish, feels a bit like a kahlua. Certainly an interesting and complex brew that at 11.5% ABV will certainly give you a nice warm feeling. Yes it's enjoyable but based on the scores here, in my opinion, the perhaps over the top booziness makes me rate it slightly lower than many posters. I will be willing to try again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Pours a oily dark brown color with a tan head and sheet of brownish lace. Looks like the heavy hitter it is.

SMELL: Roasted, char, quite smokey.

TASTE: Chocolate, roast, coffee, some booze. Big chocolate and general malty ness. Fair bitterness and heat is not too strong

FEEL: Full bodied with a smooth and creamy texture.

OVERALL: This is a damn fine Stout.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at The Beer Temple. Served in a snifter.

A - Mocha foam settles to wisps, a thin collar, and minimal lacework. Very dark brown body.

S - Extremely saccharine, with yeasty dark bread, molasses, red fruits, semisweet chocolate, a bit of obvious alcohol presence.

T - The taste seems surprisingly muted relative to the aroma. Lots of milled dark grains, pumpernickel bread, and some nebulous cake-like sweetness late on the palate along with a touch of char. Very yeasty and doughy, and significantly less sweet than the smell. Alcohol is better-hidden too.

M - Medium-full body, very chewy and viscous, with lower carbonation. Alcohol warmth is present but appropriate.

D - Somewhat disappointing compared to Imperial Biscotti Break and other variants. Seems messy and unfocused. I'd be interesting in revisiting this in a small serving on-tap small serving, but drinking a full 12oz bottle would be a challenge for me.

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Photo of Harvest06
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black in color.
S: Chocolate aroma dominates. Hints of chocolate, camel, toast, and smoke. Boozieness.
T: Sweet malts of chocolate, coffee, and other sweet things. Middle adds some smokiness. End is bitter and quiet hot.
M: Full body and thick like a high gravity stout should be.
O: Not that interesting and too hot. This needs to be cellared before being release.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours almost jet black with a nice thick deep tan head.

S:heavy waves of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malty sweetness

T: chocolate initially rich malt sweetness, dark fruits, plums, not much bitterness. slight chocolate lingers on the finish with a bit of a warming alcohol burn.

M: my first thought is that its slightly thin....but for a porter, as opposed to a stout, its pretty good.

O: a pretty good beer.

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Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap during Baltimore beer week. Served in a sampling glass.

Appearance: The beer pours very dark brown, almost black. There is a layer of tan head on top of the pour that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet and malty right off the bat. As you smell the beer, bitter notes of coffee and dark chocolate balance things out a bit. I'm also getting some dark fruit.

Taste: I think this one has a pretty good balance to it. Bitter roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate flavors show up along with sweet malt and dark fruit. The bitter notes linger a bit longer through the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick and syrupy with tingly carbonation and a finish that is drier than I would have expected.

Overall: I thought this one was quite good. The balance of flavors was very nice. The mouthfeel could have been a bit less thick. I might have another depending on the price point.

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Photo of FLima
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deepest black color with practically no head that keeps a caramel ring.
Superb aroma with notes of prunes, caramels, licorice, charred wood, mild booze and maple syrup.
Bold and bitter flavor with notes of licorice, smoked and roasted malts, maple syrup, cola molasses, vanilla, prunes, black currant, Kahlua liquor, cocoa, blackberries, smoke and some pine. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lasting syrup and roasted note.
Full thick syrupy body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 11.5% is well hidden.
This beer is thick, syrupy, sweet malt bomb and I still like it. Probably the great complexity with lots of cocoa changed the game. I sure wouldn't classify this as an Imperial Porter, this is more of a Barley Wine or a RIS. It can also work as an after dinner, to be shared and drank slowly.

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Photo of Beercheer31
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Havent had a porter in a while so I thought id give this little sea monster a shot.

Poured it into a Brooklyn snifter glass because an American porter requires an American glass.

Appearance is dark as night with the khaki head looking all hot n' bothered

Smell was a biggy on this one as I immediately got carmel, banana, malt, sex, booze like bourbon.

Taste in the start is boozy and a big body mamma slamma while the finish has a dark mocha, bitter, bourbony taste.

Overall this is a great beer and Im glad I picked er up. Babba booey babba booey.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five-finger, thick brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Nose is chocolate and molasses and flavor is smooth chocolate and molasses malt. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent Imp porter. $4.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA. Bottled Feb 19, 2014.

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

I picked up a bottle of Evil Twin's Lil' B last month for $3.59 at Holiday Market. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and since this is the first time that I saw it and it wasn't really overpriced I thought I should give it a chance, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 12/2214. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, I thought it was a little odd, but it is a little eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two fingers worth of mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the alcohol being the first to show up and it imparts a pretty sweet boozy aroma that's followed by a nice milk chocolate, cocoa and cocoa nib like aroma with a some roasted malt aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes a noticeable dark fruit aroma with no single fruit seeming to stick out the most. This beer has a good aroma, but I wish the booze was hidden just a little better.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with the chocolate being the first to show up, but this time it has more of a dark chocolate like aspect to it and it's followed by the booze which is noticeable, but it's hidden much better than it was in the aroma. Up next comes some sweet and roasted malts which are followed by that same fruity aspects that I got in the aroma with no single dark fruit seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's no bitterness with some sweet booze taking it's place with a chocolate and dark fruit like aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, i thought the flavors were well balanced, but I wish the intense cocoa aspect from the aroma showed up.

M- A little smooth, a little boozy, a little warming, not too crisp, sticky, full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel, but i wish the booze was hidden just a little better.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, I've had a few Imperial Porters and I've found the thing that sets it apart from an imperial stout is mainly more of a dark fruit presence and this beer for sure had that which made it fall right inline with the style in my opinion. This beer has ok drinkability, it's a little smooth, a little boozy, a little warming, not too crisp, sticky, a little filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, but I think one would be my limit, anymore than that and I think the sweetness and booze would start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was how balanced the taste was, no aspect got too overpowering. What I like the least about this beer was how well the booze was hidden, I think it could have been hidden just a little batter. I would buy this beer again and I would love to throw a couple in the cellar to see how it ages. I would recommend this beer, especially if you like big and strong dark beers. All in all I was happy with this beer, it turned it pretty much how I expected and in the end I enjoyed sipping on it. This is one of the better Evil Twin beers I've had and it's also one of the better Imperial Porters I've had. Good job guys this this was a tasty beer, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, head of light brown foam. It left some sudsy sheets of foam residue on the glass.

S - It smelled malty, chocolatey and very boozy. Almost bourbon-like.

T - Big sweet malty flavors up front with chocolate and molasses flavors. Very boozy but it mellows as the beer warms up.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a big, strong porter as the ABV would indicate. Really tasty.

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Photo of jtd1969
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - OIl can black, low carbonation. Slight lacing

S - some dark fruit and chocolate otherwise sweet malty

T - Syrupy chocolate, light coffee, dark fruit, creamy

M - heavy body with low carbonation lightly hopped

O - It was a pretty good imp porter (eventhough it felt like a stout), ABV really comes trough. Could have used a tad more carbonation for me and maybe a few more hops..

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

A: Pours an opaque black with a thin tan mousse that recedes very quickly.

S: Aromas of caramel, roasted grain, dark chocolate, coffee, heavy cream, vanilla bean, black cherry, black currant, fig, and mellow alcohol fill the nose.

T: Notes of raisin, fig, black cherry, dried blueberry, black currant, caramel, heavy cream, vanilla bean, molasses, roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast, black pepper, leather, and warming alcohol swirl across the palate. The finish is viscous and punchy with a mélange of dark fruit, caramel, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, and black pepper flavors washed in alcohol.

M: Medium in body, oily, and silky. Carbonation is supple and unobtrusive. Alcohol is, of course, pronounced.

O: A very good, very complex strong porter. Evil Twin continues to impress me.

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

12oz bottle ~$3.50. Super dark black, huge head at first which was dark brown. Aroma is sweet, dark, hints of cookie dough, smells rich. Flavor was super rich dark chocolate, sugar, no hint of alcohol at all. This could just as easily been labeled as an imperial stout, not sure what the difference here is but this was quality. In fact, I think this was better than the imperial biscotti break. Good stuff.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$4.29 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bottled 5/21 and poured 6/26.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a tiny brown head that goes away pretty quickly. Strange, since I saw pictures of this beer with huge, fluffy ones. Very little lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, black coffee, a lot of dark fruits as well. The dark fruit character shines through most.

Taste/feel: Pretty damn tasty. Dark fruits galore, for me, with a hefty amount of coffee/roasty notes as well. Mocha sort of flavor at the end with a dry, dry finish. Sweet beer overall. A little roast bitterness at the end, but sweet to the point of almost being cloying. A bit of tanginess as well that seems to fit with the whole dark fruit flavor. Alcohol warmth is there, but untraceable for flavor when the beer's colder. A pretty creamy feel, but not super heavy. A high-ish carbonation is also there, which is true to the style.

I enjoy it -- it's the dark fruitiest dark beer I've ever had, which I didn't see coming. At the same price, I'd much prefer ET's I Love You With My Stout, as its roastiness, tobacco qualities, and deeper depth of flavor, but this is still an outstanding beer. To give you an idea of how phenomenal Evil Twin's dark brews are, this is my lowest scored one, and I'd consider it to be a disappointment. Another tasty sipper from Evil Twin.

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

Pours a dark, somewhat viscous black. Good heavily tanned head, but it recedes after a while. Lacing is alright for what is there.

Nose is roast, alcohol but also strong dark fruits- quaddy- yoghurt, dark fruits- blackberry, cherry, blueberry, chocolate. Booze.

Taste is more roasty but does recede into continued dark fruits. Then at the back palate there is roast again to remind one of the nature of this beer. I initially got a really cloying sweetness from this beer, I had to have some ice cream with it to actually balance it out but that did the trick.

Mouthfeel is sweet but also a bit roasty, a tad boozy.

Good beer, has some real nice quad-dy notes to but definitely brings roast too. It's sweet though. Needs to be paired with a food that can offset its rather potent sweetness, but an enjoyable imperial stout (or porter or whatever)/quad hybrid.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 13.99. Bottled 6/10/13. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours ink black with a three quarter finger cap of mocha hued head. It looks like the thin ring of head wants to lace but it slowly slinks down, leaving none.

The nose seems a shade muted. Cocoa, coffee, roast, a little smoke and faint caramel.

Flavors are bold and roasty. Coffee, dark cocoa, roasted malts, stone fruit skins, burnt caramel, char, trace brown sugar and a nice little burn from the alcohol. Bittersweet and delicious.

Heavy and creamy with light to moderate carbonation. A long bittersweet cocoa and roasty finish along with a slight alcohol cooling effect.

This is an enjoyable imperial porter. It compares favorably to many top tier imperial stouts, doing nothing to clarify that vague line between porters and stouts (if there ever was one to begin with). I'm glad this came in a 4 pack because I get to enjoy it 4 times over the coming several months. Another big dark beer from Evil Twin that deserves your money.

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Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.