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Evil Twin Lil' B - Evil Twin Brewing

Evil Twin Lil' BEvil Twin Lil' B

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%

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Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: avalon07 on 08-08-2012)
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Photo of StonedTrippin


4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 16:55:38 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 16:28:41 | More by mdfb79
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 11:06:57 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:41:04 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 17:21:08 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into tulip 16/10/13

A dark liquid with a 1/2in edge, dark foam too but it fizzes out quickly and leaves no lace at all but some dark color and thick legs on the side of the glass instead

S molasses hits me strong and before anything else, chocolate syrup, dark bread, vanilla, a little booze but not much for 11.5%, faint smoke and fudge

T some bruised plum, charred wood, sweetened coffee, dark licorice, and not all the molasses I was smelling but that still leaves a fair bit, a step up over the nose

M very thick and creamy liquid, not much heat, sticky as all hell on the lips a little oily on the palate with a massive finish of chocolate syrup and burnt coffee and wood

O big, thick, and rich, hits the spots and sinks a little faster then a beer this big should

I feel like I just ate a meal and a good meal at that, a 20$ 4 pack isn't cheap but I feel like I'm getting my money's worth and will almost certainly buy another to drink a bottle every couple months

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 05:24:05 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Tone


4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hops, slight oatmeal, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, alcohol, slight sweet malt, hops, hint of pale malt, hint of yeast, hint of pine, and slight citrus. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 01:24:12 | More by Tone
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 10:38:51 | More by thagr81us
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 12:19:32 | More by avalon07
Photo of bluejacket74


4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a quarter inch tan head that didn't stay around for too long. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of coffee and licorice. The brew tastes mostly sweet, like dark fruit, vanilla, milk chocolate/chocolate syrup, molasses, roasted/charred malt, and some coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's smooth and syrupy with low carbonation. I think it's a good brew overall. If you like sweet tasting beers, then you should enjoy this one. $12.49 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 21:01:56 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with no initial signs of carbonation, but just after the pour a thin film of light tan covered the glass and dissipated to a ring around the glass. Nice complex aroma of sweet toasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, dark dried fruit. Flavor follows with toasted malt, vanilla, licorice, chocolate and dark dried fruit, rather sweet. The ABV is completely undetectable, which is amazing. Heavy bodied and decent mouth feel, but I couldn't help but think how superb this would have been with some active carbonation. Guess you can't have everything, this is still an excellent complex imperial porter. I've enjoyed the whole Biscotti Break family and hope to see more.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 03:44:20 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of Alieniloquium


2.76/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 01:36:46 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Brenden


4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a heavy, black, viscous beer, as much as any imperial stout I've ever seen, and by far any porter. A strong cap of tan head reaches a full finger and shows good retention. It drops slowly but never past a about a quarter of a finger, achieving sturdy patching and spotting on my snifter.
This aroma is hefty. There's a heavy roast without much char and no acridity to it. There's plenty of cocoa and a nice, light touch of smoke alongside a light dark fruits note that isn't tangy. The sweetness offered is of the creamier variety, touches of vanilla, molasses and caramel. This one has that soy sauce-like element found in heavier stouts (sans the salt, of course). There's no harshness on the nose despite all its weight and maltiness.
The flavor offers all the malts and big flavors as I hope for. The notes of molasses are strongest without being too sweet, exceptionally balanced by the big roast and some almost woody dryness. Bittersweet cocoa and gentle smoke lead into nuttiness and a bit more creamy vanilla, coffee underneath with a nuttiness. This is big, rich, complex and balanced while masterfully allowing a big ABV to deceive, warming without getting nearly as hot or obstructive as it could. This is a skillfully brewed beer and, if really technically a porter, perhaps the best out there.
Smoothness is the focus in this brew's feel, though a crisp bite hits up front. A full body coats the tongue but slides off a little in the finish (a good thing), where just a bit of dryness comes through and a little more crispness comes back out on the roof of the mouth particularly.

Serving type: growler

07-28-2013 19:22:19 | More by Brenden
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 03:10:37 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of clayrock81


3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 18:10:51 | More by clayrock81
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.31/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 10.5.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a dark brown head that fades fairly quickly.

S - Roasted malt, smokey, chocolate.

T - Smokey and burnt malts.

D - Decent carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Very burnt and bitter. I am not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 19:31:43 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of ehammond1

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A beautiful stout: black throughout, small dark brown head, thick, viscous, and substantial in the glass, leaving messy, irregular splotches of lace down the glass.

Bold aroma of roasted malt, mild coffee and chocolate, along with some licorice, especially as the beer warms.

The flavor follows a similar trajectory as the aroma: roasted, chocolate, coffee combine initially, with more and more licorice flavors emerging as the beer comes closer and closer to room temperature.

Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Rich and thick.

Delicious, straight-forward, stouty goodness.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 16:36:31 | More by ehammond1
Photo of ngeunit1


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black, bit of brown, with a very thin layer of chocolate-khaki head. Fades quickly.

S - Dark chocolate malts, molasses, some cherry and other dark fruits, black licorice, a hint of coffee and vanilla, and some booze.

T - Sweet dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, cherry, molasses, black licorice, coffee, vanilla, coffee, vanilla, a bit of sourness, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-mild carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Big, bold, and complex, but very well balanced. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 09:21:42 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of morimech


4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 02/19/14
Black and viscous fluid with a half finger head that settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Cocoa Crisp smell with its chocolate and cookie like malt aroma. Slight hint of coffee and alcohol.

Flavor of a mocha beverage except with the alcohol flavor and heat which is quite strong in the finish. Some earthiness and mild bitterness as well.

Big and thick body. Wonderful carbonation gives a rich texture that is really appealing.

A massive porter that has some very good flavors. Would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 21:57:35 | More by morimech
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2012 22:28:46 | More by oline73
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – Pours a super thick looking massively dark brown brew that boarders on black. Upon pouring there is only the trace of brown colored foam sitting atop the brew. The foam fades almost instantly leaving little to no lace on the glass. Upon swirling the thickness of the brew can be seen with sticky fingers clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet, roasted, and malty. There is a strong brown bread smell mixed with lots of caramel and molasses. Mixed with these aromas is a big chocolate smell that has notes of vanilla and a little bit of dark fruit, overall adding to the sweeter and roasted aromas of the brew. A warming alcohol smell accompanies the darker, roasted, and sweeter smells of the brew creating a sweet roasted cocoa aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor mixed with some flavors of caramel and molasses. A moderately strong and somewhat sweeter chocolate flavor is present upfront as well. A little bit of vanilla soon comes to the tongue adding to the chocolate sweetness. Toward the middle of the taste some of the caramel fades with the chocolate taking on a more dry cocoa like flavor. A big dose of coffee also comes to the tongue more toward the end of the taste intensifying the roasted and darker flavors of the brew. With some oaky booziness also coming to the tongue mixing with the other flavors at the end of the taste a warming dark roasted flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and more viscous side with only a small amount of carbonation. The thickness and lower carbonation are fantastic for the roasted, coffee, cocoa and boozy flavors of the brew and make for a nice slow sipper.

Overall –A rather nice brew overall. It has a sweeter roasted aroma with the taste matching up in the front, but more toward the end it dries out rather nicely creating a nicely roasted flavor to linger on the tongue. A rather nice slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 01:50:01 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a tasting on 8/15. can't remember who brought this one out (BeerWorld? thebeerbug? one of those fine gents) thanks for bringing this one out. great tick and great beer!

a - chocolate decadent appearane. looks like a deep dark stout.

s - roasted dark fruit porter. some soft char to remind me that it is a porter and not a stout.

t - porter. dark fruit with nice roasted malts.

m - extremely smooth. not much char in the feel. the booze is invisible. can't believe it is 11+

o - overall, this was a big surprise. VERY impressive beer with great dark fruit flavors integrated with decadent chocolate. i didn't really know what to expect and have had mixed experiences with evil twin, this one is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 02:51:39 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of lackenhauser


5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours just like used motor oil-thick and viscous right out of the bottle. Jet black with a very slight tan head on top. Deep raisen, dark dried fruit aroma. Chocolate and espresso notes. Mild oak and port. Slightly treacle like and a faint caramel sweetness. Big and bold dark roast flavors. Deep espresso and bakers chocolate. Sticky toffee sweetness to it as well. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Lip smackingly sweet finish. No sense of being so high in abv. WOW! My first offering from these folks and I am just blown away. Just a huge wonderful beer all in. Has desert island beer written all over it.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 02:00:02 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. Bottled June 2013. Thick dark brown pour, layer of dark tan froth. Retained ok.

Aroma, healthy roast, caramel, some sweeter malt, plenty of chocolate.

Taste, Really sweet, malty caramel with cocoa and dark chocolate. Molasses. Not enough roast at first to offset this. Improves as it warms. Quite a bit of fusal-y alcohol present as well. It is big and boozy. Borders on a little Dark Lordish. Just a little roast and hop presence in the finish. Does become more balanced as it warms as I mentioned before.

Alcohol warmth is a bit warm at first. Nicely coating and solid body wise. Maybe it is just this bottling but that abv is nowhere near hidden. Heat from the mouth all the way down. Combined with the heavy sweetness this is not the easiest drinker. That also improves as it warms.

Starts out really well, ends up not so much for me. For the price this will probably be the last Evil Twin brew I try in a bottle. Will only seek out on draft where I can get half pours.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 02:04:56 | More by Bung
Photo of Dope


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 02:28:04 | More by Dope
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