Evil Twin Lil' B - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 1,083
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 73
Gots: 198 | 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 Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of Harvest06
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.92/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Beercheer31
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of jtd1969
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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..

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of SerialTicker
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Black color with a thin 1-finger rocky, brown head that dissipates relatively rapidly even with a vigorous pour. No lacing. Perhaps one of the redeeming factors of the appearance is the viscosity of the beer itself.

S – Tons of rich, dark, malty aromas such as dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, plums, raisins, currants, and a bit of soy sauce.

T – Much like the aroma, there’s tons of rich, dark, malty flavors starting with bittersweet dark chocolate, molasses, and some dark fruits like plums and raisins. As the taste progresses, more bitter, roasted coffee flavors come into play along with spicy, vinous phenols.

F – Medium-full-bodied, not much carbonation, a creamy, sticky, and velvety mouthfeel, and a spicy, bittersweet, somewhat dry, and somewhat hot finish. Bitter coffee and vinous, spicy phenol flavors linger and pair with a strong throat-warmth from the alcohol.

O – I know that styles don’t quite matter, especially when you’re talking stouts vs. porters, but the only thing that is like a porter about this one is the slightly thinner mouthfeel. This smells, tastes, and feels like an imperial stout. It certainly has the ABV for it. It smells very nice and tastes good, but drinkability suffers with the high ABV and strong throat-warmth. I’ve heard that this is the base beer for (Imperial) Biscotti Break and I’ll tell you, I much prefer this. It is not cloying at all and has more roasted character. Nice beer from Evil Twin.

Photo of LampertLand
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Evil Twin Brewing 'Lil B' @ 11.5% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is black from the bottle to glass with a small thin tan head which is quickly dissapating leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-smell's more like a 'RIS' , with some hint's of cherries

T-smokey & boozey

MF-low carbonation , big boozey full body

Ov-wow , I wanted this beer for a while , carefull what you wish for , extremely big beer

prost LampertLand

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Pitch black. An eighth of an inch of brown head dissipates quickly. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

S: Deep fudge and dark chocolate sauce aromas. Tootsie rolls. Espresso. Hint of smoke. Chocolate covered raspberries. Big esters of raspberry, currant, and brandy. Vinous. Soft-spoken alcohol.

T: Vinous. Brandy and sherry. Currants and raspberries. Chocolate covered cherries. Malt takes hold slowly, first with a deeply roasted espresso flavor that builds in intensity. Char. Bitter dark chocolate. Woody roast. Drying finish with lingering flavors of heavy roast, soot, char, and smoke.

M: Thick in body. Coating. Silky with a slick feel that glides over the tongue. Little to no carbonation.

O: A huge beer at 11.5% abv. Its power is obvious with all the vinous qualities, but it drinks very gently. Evil Twin makes some gargantuan beers, but what's more impressive is their ability to keep these beers drinkable despite their brawn.

Photo of TheBullsHorn
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big beer in just about every way. On the palate it starts out with fruitier notes of cooked cherries, raisins, and plums. On the mid palate roasted undertones of coffee and and bittersweet molasses push forward and covering up the present alcohol. The balance of this beer really shines through in the smoothness in which this beer finishes.

Photo of lochef81
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had heard great things about this beer and; while it is good, I was somewhat dissappointed. This porter pours a deep black with a short lived tan head that leaves beautiful lacing. The aroma is typical coffee, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, and booze. But there is something off about the smell. I can't put my finger on it but it seems forced and artificial. The flavor carries the same notes both good and bad. It is very nice and much more imperial stout than porter, but that fake off note still is present plus a slightly metallic aftertaste in finish. This is good but just not quite as good as I had heard or as I wanted it to be.

Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark mocha head. Considering the abv, the head retains well and a swirl revives the cap.

The aroma contains plenty of earthen roast with licorice and displays a little herbal touch to round things out.

The taste is bitter and roasty with earth, char, anise and a dark fruity raison/molasses aspect. The alcohol is integrated and masked well behind the other flavors.

This is medium to full bodied with a moderate to light amount of carbonation. Overall a nice sipper that id buy again if the price was a little more reasonable.

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark cola brown with a thinner beige head atop that doesn't last long,aromas of dark fruit and brown sugar really jump out at ya,sweet alcohol and a faint nuttiness there as well.Dark fruit and a whiskey-like flavor up front with minimal roast and more molasses and brown sugar sweetness in the end,it's all of 11.5% here.It's big and pretty sweet but I like it,sweet but not overly so it's a great sipper.

Photo of Treyliff
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black with a fizzy dark tan head that settles and eventually disappears completely, leaving no lace behind

S- Lots of dark fruit on the nose; notes of dried fig, prune juice and raisin. Dark chocolaty malt and some booze close it out

T- The dark fruit flavors directly follow the aromas; big fig and prune flavor, some chocolate covered cherry, blueberry, chocolaty malt that is just slightly roasted, sweet finish with alcohol on the end

M- Heavy and viscous body with low carbonation, chewy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, some warming alcohol on the linger, but pretty well contained for 11.5%

O- Dark fruit is showcased in this brew and its a nice change from a typical porter. It's definitely a sipper, but not overpowering

Photo of Maxwell
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours like dark roast coffee, oozing between a deep brown and a black coloring. It pours with a tiny head of miniscule, dark khaki bubbles (as is expected at this ABV), which quickly slicks into a scrim ring along the glass. The beer leaves a super slick, thin curtain of lacing when it washes over the glass, along with a small set of legs to suggest its alcohol content. In body, the beer is too dark to penetrate, but as it pours it does not seem to be the thickest thing to ever come out of a bottle… On the nose, the beer smells richly fruity with dark plum, raisin, and chocolate notes. Brown sugar and dates also appear on the nose, along with the ghost of fusel alcohol. The smell is richly fruity both in malt and yeast character, blending with slight nutty smells. Roast coffee is also present, but it is sitting beside a very pungent raisin/date/plum dipped in brown sugar and chocolate. On the tongue, the beer tastes richly sweet at first, almost cloying with definite alcohol notes, but this perfectly melds into a dry, lightly bitter roast as the beer finishes. There is a light, tart pop at the back of the finish, which adds a level of complexity that I did not expect from this beer. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet plums dipped in a light chocolate. Faint raisins and brown sugar dance on the tongue after the initial flavor, but they are buoyed along by cloying, sweet alcohol that takes a little away from the beer. Luckily, this alcohol is very brief, and is bludgeoned aside by beautiful, dry, French roast coffee. A touch of vanilla and cinnamon, also, bring light spice to the tongue, perhaps from the alcohol, just as the coffee flavor moves in. The finish is light, but long and gives hints of praline, pecans and milk chocolate. In the mouth, this beer feels silky smooth and on the heavy side of medium in body. Carbonation is smooth and velvety, blanketing the tongue in oozing goodness. The mouth is left roasted dry and slightly sticky. Overall, this is a beautifully complex and rich porter. Its thinner mouthfeel and silkiness definitely lend it to the porter style, and not to the thick and chewy stouts, but it works beautifully. This beer is not revolutionary, nor is it even that weird in today’s beer world, but it is well crafted and richly nuanced. I think it could do with a little aging to smooth out the cloying alcohol in the middle of the sip, but I still think it’s great to drink now.

Photo of Weavah
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Nearly jet black with a light brown and foamy head. Like being out in the country, in a forest, on a cloudy night. Dark man, real dark.

S: Fresh tar, charcoal, and booze. If you ever worked or lived near a coffee roaster then you'll get the nose on this beer. Just dirty nasty char funk.

T: Pardon the redundant obviousness of this description. It has this funky fermented quality. And for anyone who likes kimchi you'll know what I mean. It also has this sour wine thing going on that makes my head spin. You'll also get the typical coffee and chocolate notes.

M: Sticky with a low, but lingering, carbonation. Surprisingly, not super heavy for an 11.5.

O: Lil' B is a very sexy beer. There is so much going with this beauty it's hard to come up with a complete and worthy summation. It's incredibly aggressive whilst retaining a refined elegance.

If if you see her, don't hesitate. Make your move or she'll end up between the sheets of another suitor.

Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,083 ratings.