Evil Twin Lil' B - Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Lil' BEvil Twin Lil' B

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Ratings: 1,084
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 72
Gots: 199 | 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 flagmantho
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 5/21/14.

Appearance: totally black with a thick finger of rich, frothy dark-tan foam. Very good.

Smell: extremely rich aroma of chocolate, malt and rich, dark fruits: raspberry, cherry, date, raisin; it's like a Belgian quad and a porter got together. This seriously appeals to me.

Taste: much like the aroma, it's extremely rich and fruity. The same dark fruits are there, along with chocolate and a very impressive smoothness for a beer this strength. Two words: more please.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a big carbonation and very good creaminess indeed. Shazam!

Overall: there are few beers as spot-on calculated to appeal to my taste. I love this.

Photo of brojas91
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review so give me slack

Lil B' is a nice imperial porter with a strong kick.

Serving: Bottle

Appearance: pitch black with a dirty brown head.

Aroma: mix of chocolate, fruit, with a light smokey character

Taste: Chocolate and malts are the most noticeable, with the taste of alcohol definitely noticeable. Can't tell what the fruit is but has a sweet fruit taste to it as well.

Feel: Creamy, velvety texture with light carbonation.

I really like this porter, has a nice kick to it that you feel from the beginning and only continues as you drink more, while not having an overpowering taste of alcohol you would expect in an 11.5% beer

Photo of dcmchew
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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.

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 dar482
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark black color with a foamy dark brown head.

The aroma has rich chocolate, lots of umami, dark roasted malt, espresso bean.

In the front, there’s a earthy bitterness and roasted malt character and molasses. The beer hides in sheep’s clothing and pretends that it is smaller than it truly is. It transitions to an umami and dark soy sauce. The beer evolves in big espresso bean, roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel. There’s some alcohol throughout, but it complements the richness of the beer. On the back, there’s a bit more milk chocolate sweetness and ash and smoke.

The mouthfeel is medium plus to full.

This base beer of Imperial Biscotti is an absolutely stellar imperial stout/porter if you are okay with alcohol and prefer huge robust and rich flavors.

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 sd123
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of chocolate but might be a little too sweet

Photo of justintcoons
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of macrosmatic
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

A: Essentially black and opaque, with low visible carbonation, and a thin tan head. This has a nice look, and coats the sides of the glass nicely.

S: Rich roasted malts, cacao nibs, some booze and vanilla – this smells almost barrel aged, but I don't see that it is on the label.

T: Tons of deep roasted malts, cacao, and some balancing bitterness (mild hoppy & more roasted), tobacco, some vanilla, and some burnt toffee near the end, with a fairly mild alcohol heat. Roasted bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body - not as full as some of the best porters available. The hefty ABV is well-hidden, and has fairly low carbonation sensation.

O: This is a really nicely done BIG porter. Likely blurring the lines between porter and stout, or maybe crossing it entirely, but very tasty. A good offering from Evil Twin for sure.

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 fgmiele
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark mahogany with slight light caramel colored head. Nose is honey, sweet chocolate and sugar. Tangy at the finish. Mostly silken chocolate.. Smoke.. Booze burn and dark cherry. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy. Overall a big beer.. This porter is uniquely smooth and strong

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark brown, nearing black. Light's attempt to invade the beer is feeble at best. The head is a compact sweater of dark brown, bubbly foam. Mild lacing.

S-Plenty going on in the nose. Dark fruit. Mesquite BBQ sauce. Soy sauce. Char. Chalk. Chocolate liqueur. Noticeable alcohol. Molasses. Sweetened coffee.

T-An enveloping, lightly-smoked chocolate flavor with dark fruit and plenty of accompanying sweetness. Barbecue sauce and some soy sauce again. A bit nutty. Relatively lax on the coffee.

M-Full bodied. Heavy on the palate-as it should be. Softer carbonation. Lingering flavors. Fire breather.

O-A decadent, unique beer with aggressive flavors. Very pleased with a single 12 oz. bottle of this. A big, sweet, boozy, hedonistic offering.

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 CrazyDavros
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a dark tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, coffee liqueur, soft booze, sweet caramel, dried fruit. Lovely.
Similarly roasty and bold flavours. Liquorice, coffee liqueur, hot alcohol, spicy and piny hops. Aggressive finish with a big roasty and hoppy bitterness.
Creamy mouthfeel, very smooth.

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 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 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 MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice. Bottled on date of 02/19/14.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet dark malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Upfront roasted barley malts with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, burnt toast, dough, caramel, toffee, yeast, and smoked malt. Sweet hints of molasses. Light hints of anise spice. Hops are very light. Some hints of booze as well. A pretty good roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a dark roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with big notes of chocolate and coffee. Big taste of dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, burnt toast, biscuit, cookie dough, caramel, toffee, smoked malt, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and brown sugar. Light notes of anise licorice spice. Subtle hops in the background. A very good roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy. Some booze heat is noticeable but not overly strong.

Overall: A very good imperial version of a porter. Very much like a solid imperial stout with a good dark taste of chocolate, coffee, and some smoke.

Photo of cjgiant
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from bottle presumed end of August, 2014 (230:14). Original rating 4.25 on tap:
This review was at darker bar, but all attempts to get visible still indicated dark brown to black. Head is deep tan, pour was gentle so volume hard to tell. Edges build the foam nicely, but not much lacing.

Nose is chocolate, vanilla, overall roasted malt background. I also get a bit of Creme brûlée with a deep whiff. I do get light hints of cherry also, but those scents are secondary.

Taste starts out somewhat on the tart side, surprisingly, but I don't mean sour-like. I think the alcohol and fruit flavors charge to the front to hold back the roasted nature of a dark beer. Vanilla, dark roasted nuts, some maraschino cherry notes; the later tastes, when combined with the light carbonation, give a root beer impression. The body is pretty heavy, the feel a tad on the oily side of silky.

A very good beer. It's not going to breach the upper echelons of the style, but there is definitely a bunch going on. It's mildly sweet, a bit tart, but has a good over balance with the bittering side of the beer.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter at the Avenue Pub, NOLA

A: Mahogany brown with a one finger tan head that hangs out on the balcony. Thick lacing.

S: Heavy duty chocolate, molasses, some charred notes.

T: Like drinking from a chocolate fountain. Heavenly chocolate blends with molasses and a lightly smokey flavor. I could sip this one all night. Just divine.

M: Medium with heavy with a chewy medium carbonation.

O: One of the best porters I've ever tried. Find it and be wowed. Highly recommended.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of jera1350
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid brownish black with a fizzy head that settles to a ring of foam. Sweet chocolates smell with a hint of smoke and roast and molasses. The flavor is rich chocolate, sweet, lightly roasty and bitter. The chocolate and cocoa linger well into the aftertaste. Drinks like it is 7% abv. Smooth feel. Wonderful beer here. Would definitely get this again.

Photo of morimech
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Imperial Porter. Thick rich blackish brown with thin tight lacing. Dark roasted malt up front on the nose, brown sugar, caramel. Head retention is amazing. Dark malts and licorice, light hop tinged aftertaste with lots of alcohol warming. Thick and fulfilling. Silky smooth going down, black coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, plums, roasted malt without the deep roasting found in stouts. Quite nice indeed.

Had on growler from Country Fresh Farm Market Anderson township Cincinnati Ohio

Photo of ricknelson
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slight dark brown head but with lasting retention, mild lacing but again with lasting retention.
Molasses and roasted chocolate malts are the first part of the aroma to hit. Alcohols makes itself known very lightly for a relatively high alcohol brew. For me this was a hard brew to finish because it had a bitter after taste that was not to appealing. First mouthfeel was OK but the bitter after taste just killed it for me. Like to think of myself as one who enjoys a good Porter, but it wasn't this one.

Serving type: bottle

Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,084 ratings.