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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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195 Reviews
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Reviews: 195
Hads: 1,166
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 79
Gots: 235 | 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 UCLABrewN84
2.79/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottled 8/20/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, smoke, cocoa, vanilla, oatmeal raisin cookie dough, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, soy sauce, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with a solid set of aromas, but the taste is way too hard to stomach with the metallic and other off flavors.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: The beer is jet black in color and only poured with a few bubbles on the surface. It’s not very thick and poured with the consistency of soy sauce. The beer originally had a thin tan head that quickly dissipated, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of licorice and dark malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is a lot more complex when compared to the smell and has notes of dark malts, roasted malts and licorice. There is a very slight amount of carbonation.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is very well hidden from the palate and it isn’t that full in body. It’s also not nearly as sweet compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at hops and pie, this is a dark one. inky black and showing a pretty sturdy and lasting half inch of mocha colored head. the nose on this is a great combination of earthy bitterness and dark malty sweetness, almost like a milk stout with a lot of body and that detectable and intentional residual sugar element. moderately bitter in taste though, warming alcohol too, and a grain density usually reserved for colossal imperial stouts. there is a delicacy to this despite its size, and the blackness of the grain comes through not as bitter as expected. some bakers chocolate gives it a little character, and i get a hint of vanilla smoke before the finish. creamy texture while still being well carbonated, and palate coating as anything. drinks slowly, which is fine, because it really opens up with temperature. this is a dynamite beer, like so many evil twin brews, it holds my attention endlessly.

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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 brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: I noticed some leakage from the cap when I unpacked this beer yesterday and when it poured out flat I was not surprised; I am just going to rate it a "4" in this category and presume it would have poured with the typical mocha head on the pitch black liquid

Smell: Dark chocolate, mocha, licorice and prune

Taste: Dark chocolate and prune, up front, with the licorice and mocha elements building in the middle; fudge and black bread tones, after the swallow, with some coffee in the finish

Mouthfeel: Again, I am going to give this a "4.25" as I presume that the full body would have been matched by some carbonation rather than the flatness I encountered

Overall: A really nice Imperial Porter (as distinct, of course, from an Imperial Stout); nice range of flavors

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With the major differences in porters and stout being in the amount of "roast" character and in body, the recipe formulators of Evil Twin blur these lines and push the limits of this imperial porter into a highly specialized taste.

Lil' B pours with a dark, bark-brown color and a cloudy haze that creates a slightly murky appearance. Even with a vigorous pour, the beer lackadaisically amounts to a dainty creme-like foam to top the beer. Remote islands of foam attach themselves to the snifter with understated lacing.

Strong aromas of all-things-dark spring from the glass and into the nose- chocolate, coffee, nuts, molasses, light smoke, vinous fruit, sherry, and savory notes of soy sauce come to mind with a single whiff of the beer. With no real hop presence, the beer's aroma relies on complex near-roast notes and wine like counterparts to achieve its balanced scent.

Flavors are even stronger as the intense taste of French press coffee, smoky chocolate, bittersweet fudge-like notes, walnuts, slightly scorched toffee, and charred wood all flood the palate with richness and succulence. Savory soy sauce, sherry, and port wine weigh in after mid palate while the taste of dark, dehydrated, and pitted fruit mingles with alcohol. Dates, figs, raisins, and grapes are all well represented when layers after layers of taste are lifted and exposed as the beer warms.

Its highly viscous texture allows the full bodied ale to caress the mouth with velvety smoothness, creamy softness, and somewhat powdery warmth. The strong alcohol presence seeps into the soft tissues of the mouth with warming delight and free of harshness or bite.

With its extended finish of milk chocolate, vanilla, and fruit, the beer continues to reward the palate with the same satisfaction as fine brandy or cognac, in place of after dinner dessert. With beers like Lil' B, Evil Twin continues to remind me why it's alright to pay such exorbitant prices for their beers- they are simply worth it.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz single bottle, a worthy brewing concern, for All Hallow's Eve, methinks, while all the li'l munchkins roam up and down the street.

This beer pours a veritably solid, light-absorbing black, with two skinny fingers of tightly foamy, and rather creamy mocha head, which leaves little beyond a few wayward specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of pungent bittersweet chocolate, rich black licorice, concentrated black fruit - prune, cherry, and raisin - dense caramel, vanilla pudding, charcoal smoke, mildly astringent alcohol, and musty earthy hops. The taste is again replete with anise and sweet cocoa notes, caramelized toffee, edgy dark, dusty fruit - the usual and already delineated suspects - overly sugared espresso, a hint of dank treacle, cold smoked wood, well-restrained simmering booze, a mild soya saltiness, and a mustiness that one might mistake for, or perhaps be given to assign to, hops.

The carbonation is quite low-key, a tad frothy, and generally dismissible, the body a swarthy medium-heavy weight, and undeniably smooth, with a heady creaminess to top it off. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, coffee, caramel, and well-behaved alcohol ceding nary an inch.

A hell of an imperial porter, with strong RIS or DIPA tendencies. The somewhat sour fruit does drag this kicking and screaming squarely back into porter territory, only to be bedeviled by the subtle smoke and burgeoning booze. Complex, sexy, and quite compelling. Watch out if this one suggests going back home to its place.

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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 oberon
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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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 russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 06/10/13

Pours oily, pitch-black, effervescent & with a pinky of brown/caramel head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, carob & molasses, vanilla & juicy fruit

T: Carob, leafy hops, prunes, booze & dryness up front. More leafy hops, carob & prunes as this warms, plus boozeyness, charcoal & dryness as this warms, slight coffee. Finishes dry with plums, raisins, charcoal, carob, plus leafy& woody hops

MF: Semi-chewy, slight carbonation, boozey heat. Becomes chewier & dry as this warms & somewhat sticky

This is alright, but over-priced & over-rated to me, won't buy again unless the price point is MUCH better. Worth a try, but not if you want value. Seems like this could stand about 6 more months of aging, Never quite turns the corner for me

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/21/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toast, molasses, raisin, prune, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toast, molasses, raisin, prune, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, raisin, prune, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and moderate dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 09/22/13 notes. Picked up a 12 oz. bottle of this a few weeks ago in Ardmore, PA at The Beer Shoppe for $3.50. Poured into a snifter. Bottled on 03/21/13.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like a really nice stout or porter.

s - Smells of roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, light coffee, some toasted malts, and light caramel malts. Nice nose, very roasty and some really nice sweet chocolate to it.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, milk chocolate, burnt malts, vanilla, toasted malts, espresso, bitter dark chocolate, light sugar and caramel, and alcohol. Nice taste that follows the nose, but the alcohol is definitely there too. You can certainly tell this is a big porter.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Very thick and smooth. Some alcohol to it; not a lot considering the ABV, but enough that you can tell this is over 10% ABV.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good, strong porter. It's no where near the Aun Mas Cafe Jesus and Imperial Biscotti Break beers, but another good big porter/stout. Lots of roasted notes and chocolate, worth checking out.

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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 dbrauneis
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation. The beer poured with essentially no head, just a partial thin dark tan ring of bubbles around most of the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing is observed. Kind of looks like soy sauce when it pours.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and some lighter notes of sweet dark fruits.

T: Rich with lots of roasted malt flavors and chocolate. Lighter notes of dark fruits but not overly sweet (not quite as sweet as other beers in the style).

M: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Alcohol is extremely well hidden in this beer as you can detect none of the 11.5% ABV at all. Enjoyable but definitely a beer you need to take your time drinking, so drink it slow and enjoy.

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Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave. Sitting on the porch in the springtime sippin' on Lil' B.

the beer is near black with over an inch of foamy beige head. The aroma brings coca, bitter chocolates, coffee, dark roast. Taste is solid. I'm a fan. Big robust beer and well balanced. Full bodied and palate coating, yet easy drinking. We had no problem finishing the bottle. Very tasty.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.78/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Coffee District. Served in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Black body. Nice khaki head. Great surface wisping.

Smell - Boozy dark chocolate. Some sweetness and a hint of a chemical aroma. Almost meaty.

Taste - Rich chocolate. Caramel malt. Boozy. The finish is a little bitter. And then the plasticky flavor kicks in. Really kills what works with this beer.

Mouthfeel - Not too heavy, but boozy. The plastic flavor ruins it though.

Overall - Someone else described it as metallic and meaty. I got plastic. Something is off though.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour with a thin dark brown head, quick to sticky lacing.
Smell of dark malts, black olives, touch of cream, booze, cherries, plum, cocoa bean, faint coffee, lots of stuff, but doesn't really scream out anything in particular.
Taste is something else. Huge boozy dark fruit character, with big raisin, juicy figs, slightly sour cherries (that clearly remind of nice sherry), thrown into rich milky chocolate with caramel and molasses. Smokey roasted coffee beans and dark malts start peeping, backed by huge vanilla, some licorice, faint cinnamon and anise. American hops bring faint citrus and a green note way in the back, closer to the finish. Finishes with a mild bitterness.
Smooth and creamy, nice body, but the booze is a real hit, very strong from start to finish. Rich aftertaste with that dark fruity goodness and the minimum of roast.
Leaving the bad-handled booze aside, this is a great tasty... well, i'd say Russian imperial stout, but that doesn't really matter. Handle with care.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a medium firm tan head, some good lace.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, soy, with a hint of dark fruit.

T: Dominated by dark chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet and flavourful, almost a dessert beer. Definite sweet raisin component.

M: Rich, thick, in-your-face. Soft carbonation, never really cloying which was nice.

O: A very good big porter/stout. I don't know the price in bottles, but this is certainly a good effort.

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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 Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, sweet interpretation of a porter. Tastes like dark chocolate covered cherries with a bit of spice on the finish that gives you a little tingle- cayenne like. Definitely a bit sweet, but in a liqueur sort of way. This would be nice in front of a roaring fire after a nice winter meal, or perhaps as a post-priandal beverage with the missus? In any case it does remind me of a box of chocolates. Not an every day drink, but one with a well-done very particular taste. Very smooth and silky as well. Interesting.

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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.

4.43 Lil' B
--- -Jay- -Jon- -Anth- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
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%

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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 rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe)
A- The jet black body has a thin deep cocoa tan head that fades to a ring.

S- The clean aroma has hints of inky black bitterness with some dark graham malt notes coming through with as it opens.

T- The mellow black roasted malt with a dry nougat hint in the finish with a touch of sweetness. There is a black bitterness that hints in the back of the throat and stays. There are some dark burnt toffee notes coming through as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture that turns into a gentle fizz. There is no alcohol heat.

O- There are some nice hints of malt with some complexity but they are very faint and only come through when it is really warm in the last 3 oz.

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Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.