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Evil Twin Lil' B - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 175
Hads: 1,107
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 3.57%
Wants: 80
Gots: 214 | FT: 17
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of beergoot
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in Stratford, CT (Two Roads Brewing?), not Denmark or Westbrook Brewing (per Evil Twin's website). And most definitely an imperial porter (as per the label).

Pitch black body with a good, light brown head. Anise, chocolate, and vanilla scents. Dark, sweet chocolate, cherries, roasted grains, coffee, and a smidgeon of alcohol flavors; mild hop bitterness. Thick, heavy body; chewy.

A very well-done imperial dark ale. Big and robust all-around: appearance, aroma, and flavor. It's well-rounded, deep and complex. The malts and hops do a good job of keeping the high ABV under control taste-wise. Need a big'n? Try this one... (635 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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 (1,000 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a completely black body. A weak head that keeps a ring of lacing. It sure appears to be heavy gravity stuff.

Nose is chocolate, malty, molasses with yeast or biscuit. Pretty busy on the nostril.

Taste: Early parts of the sip bring forth a trying to be sweet chocolate coffee. Then you can feel this wave of bitterness go through your mouth. This is something I don't ever remember experiencing. When I say bitter, it is almost like coffee warmed back up. Mixed in with that is a subtle chocolate malted milk. The bitterness stays around for sometime. A very distinct beer and I find it quite enjoyable.

Due to the changing flavors I love the mouth feel.

Overall I find this beer very well done and a different treat. Reasonably priced as well. (754 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled June 10, 2013) into a snifter. Reviewed from notes dated September 22, 2013.

A-This brew has one of the darkest heads I have every seen...a sort of walnut brown foam. The head starts out a finger but drops to a collar in about 30 seconds. The beer is black and opaque.

S-The smell is ultra creamy with chocolate and vanilla balancing each other on top of a lactic-like sweetness. There is also some fruit, dark cherries and blueberries, to go along with a big sweet dose of caramel. Bitterness is very low but there is just a hint of roasted coffee in there.

T-The taste is also super creamy and rich to the point of being decadent. I detect bourbon-like vanilla and caramel, milk chocolate, dates, ruby port, soy sauce, and dark cherries. There is very little bitterness and virtually zero hops. The taste is super complex and well-layered.

M-The feel is medium to full body and very creamy. Between the intense flavor and sweetness (and ABV), this brew is a genuine sipper.

O-This is a fantastic beer, albeit one that drinks like meal. The mixture of fruit flavors (like cherry and blueberry), on the one hand, and choco/vanilla/caramel flavors, on the other hand, is really well-done. The mouthfeel also pairs incredibly well with the flavors and makes for a milk-shake-like experience. Alcohol is well-concealed, and the brew sips beautifully. If you don't like big, sweet beers, stay away, but that is OK, because it will leave more for me. (1,480 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served chilled into a goblet.

Lil' B is an impressively dark beer. It pours from the bottle looking like motor oil after 5,000 miles. It's thick, black, and opaque. The head is thin and short lived and no lacing is left behind.

Aroma is rich, roasty, and robust. The dark malts are predominant and alcohol is in the background.

Flavor is beyond bold. I would love to try this side by side with TenFidy because I think they share a lot in common. If anything, Lil' B is bigger, bolder, and smoother if my memory serves me right. Huge roasted malt character, big bitterness from both hops and dark malts, a hint of smoke, and a silky viscous mouthfeel.

This is up there with some of the best imperial stouts. Definately one I will return to when winter arrives. (776 characters)

Photo of minterro
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Little's Wine & Liquor Store in Denver CO. bottled on 06/10/13, so exactly 3 months ago.

Cleaned palate with honey roasted peanuts and water.

A&S: The smell is truly amazing: complex and unique but not going beyond the bounds of the style. Powerful dark fruit (cherries) and upfront, balanced with a dark chocolate, molasses, and roasty background. Also in the mix bourbon and wood tones. Head is a dark brown/red that pour about a finger but doesn't hang around long, retained in a thin layer. Deep charcoal colored beer.

T&M: Similar to the smell just not as many elements to it. Still has a powerful alcohol component. Not as much cherries and other dark fruits as the aroma, and more on the dark chocolate side (especially towards the finish). Silky smooth and full bodied but not overly chewy and heavy in the finish.

Overall: This might be one of my favorite beers, not only for the style but overall also. I'm REALLY looking forward to what else this brewing company has in store. (1,002 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant ebony coloring gave way to a thin brown head. The frothy foam collared quickly and left no lacing.

The scent had more stout qualities with chocolate malts, toffee, caramel and even a bit of praline. Light char and roast sit underneath a more powerful toffee.

The flavor is smooth, not very full but has a creaminess. That creamy taste is brought about by the strong toffee flavor, sweet and tasty. The caramel malt is a little roasted with a vague smoky flavor.

11.5 pct ABV is completely masked in this exceptionally smooth, creamy and a touch thin drinkable porter. (580 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (2,451 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.78/5  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. (541 characters)

Photo of kirkse
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into Funky Buddha snifter.

Pours nearly pitch black with a quarter inch of dark khaki head that dissipates quickly.

The smell reminds me a lot of Imperial Biscotti Break. Lots of roasty and chocolaty notes. A moderate sweetness is also detectable.

It begins with a roasty dark chocolate bitterness followed by a malty sweetness. It is very complex with long lasting flavors.

Full Bodied and well carbonated. perhaps a little more carbonated than I would have expected, but it suits the beer nicely.

Overall, this is a great beer, a new favorite if I can afford it. I agree with a previous reviewer, however, in that there is just a little something missing from this. Otherwise, it would be perfect. (730 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Damn good from tip to tail.

Looks proper.

Aroma is solid roasted malt with a hefty alcohol note. Dark chocolate covered cherries and slight roasted nuts.

Smooth, creamy without being milky. This does linger a bit, and I generally like a more crisp finish, but the finish/after taste is very nice and doesn't detract from this at all.

After a full glass this actually feel more one-note than it does at the beginning. Not a knock if you're looking for a everyday porter. This is sublime but lacks a depth, a complexity, that would make it 'perfect'. Of course, that also makes it an excellent session beer. If you like to session 11.5% abv porters.

Excellent offering that will find it's way into the rotation, mitigated only by the price (I paid $4 for a 12 oz bottle).

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head that looks as if it will dissipate rather quickly. The head is a lovely, dark brown beige (with hints of burnt umber) while the body is an opaque and dark chocolate black. Only a few spots of lacing are left behind.

Nose- More subdued than I would like. Initially, I got a lot of caramel, vanilla, and toffee from the bottle but now, not much at all. There is some of this from the glass but it's very faded. A conspicuous note of raisins/a little bit of cherries are the dominant aspects at this time. Hints of chocolate that are on the darker side. Some roasted and nutty aspects start to replace other notes. Swirling shows chocolate and alcohol.

Taste- Starts off with coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate that starts to deepen. Definite notes of raisins and cherry while the dark chocolate really starts to dominate. It's almost fudgy or brownie-like. This is definitely a dessert beer. Also, the alcohol is very present though it doesn't detract much- there's enough presence to buttress against the heat becoming overwhelming. Minor notes of coconut in the background. There's a little bit of messiness about this beer but it works, especially with the strong fudge, dark chocolate, and almost espresso aspects of the flavor profile. This is a damn good beer. Maybe not world class, but I would not hesitate to get it again. Pretty much in the same league as Imperial Biscotti Break except I can get a 4 pack of 12 ouncers for the same price as a bomber of Biscotti Break.

Mouthfeel- Heavy bodied- pretty thick and I almost never describe a beer as chewy, but this is it. This beer is chewy and meaty and with even a little bit of syrup in the texture. Perhaps a little more carbonation than it needs but this not a real complaint.

Drinkability- It's good that the alcohol is present but I don't know if it's much of a deterrent. The price is good as well, especially since the price of Evil Twin has been coming down. 15 for a 4 pack of 11.5% deliciousness sounds like a bargain to me.

Overall- Very solid beer, very good, almost great. This is a must try and this will be a re-buy. (2,148 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (939 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (2,023 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of becktone
3.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Pours jet black, pretty much no head whatsoever. It could look better.

Nose: Overall weak aroma. Im getting some chocolate, but even that is weak.

Tongue: Chocolatey upfront with some burnt and hints of roast in the back. Tastes like a porter. Bitterness from roasted malts. Alcohol is detectable and plays a role in the flavor. Maybe some hints of prunes in there, other dark fruits. Body feels light due to higher carbonation that I would expect. Just a bit too much alcohol, more body and flavor and I'd be happier with it. Just really not impressed. Sure I drank the other three bottles no problem and enjoyed it, but for me its just not worth the money.

Drinkability: I mean this is a nice porter or Imperial porter I should say, however, as far as flavor goes, I'd much rather go for Founder's Porter. Such a better beer. The price point on this one two isn't justified by the flavor. Its good, but not that good. Somewhere around $13 a 4-pack, I'd rather go for Founder's at $10 a 6er. This is a good beer, don't get me wrong but I feel I'm left wanting more. Glad I've tried it, but I would rather drink something else, and come back to something else. (1,169 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a thick black sludgy pour with a finger of very dark brown head.. this looks ridiculously dark. smells of dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, licorice, brown sugar. this is a very sweet beer, lots of sugary sweet malt, milk chocolate AND dark chocolate notes, tobacco, licorice.. a very nice tasting blend of dark roasted grains combine to make this roasty, yet sweet beer. full body with low carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel. this beer is pretty much a meal on its own. very nice and heavy, but so flavorful that the abv is hidden behind the sweetness of it. another wonderful beer from evil twin! (603 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.66/5  rDev +11%
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. (1,602 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Dark as hell brown. A bit of crimson light gets in around the edges. Ptretty thick mocha head for such a big beer. Damn good lookin.
smell: Not particularly complex but damn good. Best description I can come up with is a muted brownie fudge. A relatively dry fudge. I mean, it smells freakin great.
taste: Oh man, that is the shit. Much like the nose but even better. smooth fudge brownie w/o cloying sweetness. a dry adult liquid brownie.
overall: A joy to drink. I'm disappointed I'm close to finishing. (517 characters)

Photo of mscudder
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/10/13. Beer number 500!

A - Deep brown hue, accompanied by a large mocha head. Looks like a big stout, leaving nice lacing behind good retention.

S - Cocoa nibs, roasted coffee, slight dark fruit and warmth from the booze.

T - Very complex. Again, how is this a porter? Lots of chocolate here, plum adds a touch of character with deep malt and roasted coffee to make this a big blend of intense flavors.

M - Medium+ body with moderate carbonation.

O - Great complexity with robust flavors , making for an enjoyable sipper. The flavors could be better tamed, perhaps with better balance. (601 characters)

Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.