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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: 1,165
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 79
Gots: 233 | 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 StJamesGate
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unctuous chocolate black with stiff leather brown head that fades a bit too fast. 4
Steak crust, fig, 70% chocolate, and whiskey barrel on the nose - deep. 4.25
Ganache, dates, slight smoke, umami, then all sort of Christmas cake - whiskey-soaked dark cake with cherries and raisins - but most of all chocolate. Hints of brandy and slight soy, too. 4.25
Vinous acid finish and plum liqueur-filled chocolates and hints of vanilla to linger.
Medium-full, silky, big chew. 4.5

-- Like drinking a chocolate fountain. How is this not stout? Deep, amazing body, with the heat buried - hard to fault at all. Low on roast, coffee or licorice; instead juggles sweetness, dark fruits, chocolate, savoury and port notes. No hint of hops.

Sip it like a cognac - superb. 4.25

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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 CHickman
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottled 12/17/13: Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger creamy tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly leaving very good foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells of chocolate, burnt wood, char, burnt coffee grinds, vanilla, molasses, licorice, dark fudge, some dark sweet fruit like cherry or prunes, mild booze and herbs or mild spices. Sweet and burnt are the main combo that hits your nasal passage, and like all dark Evil Twin beers this one is deep, rich and roasty with a strong coffee, mocha and brown sugar presence that lets the booze peek through but not offend.

Flavor walks the fine line of being cloyingly sweet, but pulls back with the charred taste that’s almost smoky and goes well with the mocha/espresso, burnt coffee grinds, vanilla, chocolate, burnt wood, brown sugar, char, raisin, toffee, molasses, licorice, cocoa powder and what seems like pine cone/piney hops as the bitterness comes into play with some light spices like pepper and then trails off with dark bakers chocolate, port wine, soy sauce and caramel. The sweetness suppresses the 11.5% ABV, masking it as it attempts balance that just can’t overcome the sweet malt dominance that has dark fruity notes and minor hop hints adding to the rich complexities.

A meal in a bottle, this was thick and chewy with mild carbonation, a heavy body and a slightly bitter aftertaste that trailed off quite sweet considering the very earthy burnt and charred malt presence throughout the consumption.

Like other “Imperial” Evil Twin beers, this was a slow sipper that was nice to take down in a controlled manner, allowing it to warm and bring out more flavor and aromas that helped hide the booze yet let the alcohol provide enough zing and buzz to add to the overall experience. Another quality Evil Twin beer that I really enjoyed and would recommend.

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Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Smell of black chocolate and roasted malt. Hint of alcohol
In mouth it's very tasteful. Cocoa, anise and expresso. Aromas of dark berries give a light sour side. High abv is well-hidden. Medium/high roundness. Low carbonation.
Bitterness is quite long and dominated by anise.
Very good overall. Great complexity and well balanced.

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Photo of Jimisyourdaddy
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

I'm fairly new to reviewing brews. I have, however, been drinking craft brews and seeking the best beer I can find for many years. I picked up a 4 pack of Lil B yesterday and I couldn't wait to get home and try it. The reviews I've read about Evil Twin Brewing are phenomenal and they are really on the cutting edge with the stuff they're putting out. Let me tell you, this beer does not disappoint. I've never given a beer a "5" rating because I always want to leave room for improvement. This is the closest thing to a perfect beer I have come across in my travels. Outstanding by any means. I didn't want the one I drank to end. Do yourself a favor and give this one a try. It will not disappoint.

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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 kfh227
5/5  rDev +19.3%

This is outstanding. I am starting to appreciate mouth feel and smell now. I used to be a taste only matters guy. I get it now. This feel and tastes great. At 11.5% ABV you don't know it. If you are debating that $15 tag for a 4 pack you have to trust me. Get this. This is in my top 10 and possibly top 5. I am also pretty sure that this is the top rated beer among Evil Twins readily available brews.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11/28/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Part of a flight of some serious stuff. Porter? Stout? Somebody help me out! Thinkin' raisins, prunes, figs & chocolate without hardly any sugars. Not bitter, mind, but redolent none the less. Not exactly refreshing but not unpleasant either. In a word 'serious'. Welcome to the club.

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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 Brackh
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured black as night with a little foamy head. Smells malty, chocolate and fruity. Almost like a cross between a stout and porter. Kind of like when two attractive people pop out a few good looking kids. All the best from both gene pools. Dark and smooth going down. Coffee up front on the taste. The alcohol takes second to hit you in the taste. Super great beer. Can't believe it is 11.5%.

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Photo of Keffa
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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A: Pours black, nice fairly thick tan head settles into a solid ring on the outside, leaves some very light spotty lacing. Beautiful given the ABV.

S: Roast, toast, coffee, chocolate, and raisins. Whoa, raisins... Where the hell did that come from. ABV is decently well hidden, a few wafts here and there.

T: All the players from the aroma. Starts a little roasty, then turns to woody, earthy, and herbal hops(!), coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a nice warming alcohol note that isn't harsh at all. Very nice combo that makes each sip a delight. Finish is long, slightly dry, a bit bittersweet, and nicely warming. There's the ABV...

M: Thinner than a stout (as it should be), but still very substantial. A little oily and coating. Carbonation is on the low side on the palate, but appropriate for the style.

O: I really, REALLY like this beer. I'd love to see what a good barrel (or some vanilla beans) would do to it. Might try to pick some up to stick in the cellar and see what some time does to that warmth. Maybe a little smoothing would make it perfect.... We'll see. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Jmitchell3
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle to a 16oz tulip snifter.

A: jet black. Dense brown head with tiny bubbles. Lasts quite a long time. Two fingers.
S: cherries, roast, chocolate. Some floral notes even.
T: huge roast and assertive sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Huge matinees with slight hop bitterness. Fruity, roasty, chocolate in the middle. Bitterness, sweet, and some alcohol in the middle and back. Slight roast and more sweetness on the back need, but not cloying.
M: full, like cream. Medium to medium low carbonation. A significant amount of sticky sweetness on the back end, loses some points for this. Moderate alcohol warming throughout.
O: a huge, flavorful. Full bodied imperial porter. Well brewed, really nice. I've had a few imperial porters that were over-the-top, but this one is very nice. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jellikit
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance:. Pitch black. Held to light, there is a deep ruby color on surface. Thin, chocolate milk colored head.
Smell: Molasses. Small alcohol notes.
Taste: chocolate. Molasses. Coffee. Alcohol.
Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation. Big body. Sweet. Like Mel B.
O: great big Porter. Thick, smoothe, and black, with a big body.......like Mel B. Will buy again.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%

12oz bottle from the 4-pack into my Stone IRS snifter glass
Notes taken 08/14/2014

A: Pours a semi-thick, dark espresso body that turns slighlty browner towards the edges. Pretty much pitch as it sits in the glass with a finger width of mocha tan suds holding over. Decent stay power as it slowly slips down to an oily swirl. Some light etches of stick run in broken rings around the perimeter.

S: Dark and smoky malts greet the nose with a sweet cherry tobacco like presence. Has a deep chocolate richness from all that dark grain and gives the impression of dark breads with plum, licorice, and some black strap molasses. Dark and roasty and aromatically intense.

T: Damn this drinks better than a fine imperial stout as it maintains such a super creamy feel. I get loads of dark chocoalte roast with a dark breadiness, plum, raisin, brown sugar, molasses, and undertones of freshly roasted coffee. There is lovely toasted marshmallow richness with a hit of that campfire char on it. Incredible flavors conjurred here and with such good balance. The beer has a lighter level of bitterness to it while the alcohol is so well hidden. Mix in some earthy spice with a dash of black licorice and hints of cinnamon spice in the finish. Deeply rich and roasty with some great complexity.

M: A much fuller body than most Porters but with a frothy cream like texture. Somewhat low to moderate carbonation keeps this on the chewier side but not by much. Has a lighter drying finish with some some gullet warming alcohol and a sleek sugary residual effect.

D: An Imperial Porter no doubt with some real intense roast flavors. This drinks better than most imperial stouts and delivers more depth of flavor than any other Porter I have had to date. The balance is done so well with a great ratio of the malt sweetness to lighter feel. Evil Twin sure can make some killer dark ales.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For what it's worth, my bottle of Lil' B had nearly a year on it. I guess that gave it plenty of time to mellow out the hot booziness. That said, this beer blew my mind. Seek it out.

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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 barhoc11
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

I am not sure why this one isn't rated higher. This was my first 'imperial porter' so I am not sure what that means as compared to a Imperial Stout but I will go with it...

A: Looks like an Imperial Stout, super dark with a nice dark brown head. This really was a great beer to break in my new KBS glassware.

S: Amazing and full of sweet chocolate with hints of plum. This must be why they are calling this an Imperial Porter.

T: Taste follows the nose, this beer is sweet but since I don't love sweet stouts, it wasn't too bad when compared. The taste didn't have the super dark taste to it that I would expect in an Imperial Stout, just a tad lighter.

M: Thick and viscous, nothing to complain about

O: This was such a good beer. For being 11.5%, I was floored at the lack of hotness it had. Only after it had warmed for a while did I get any kind of burn. I highly recommend trying this one, I hope I can score some more of this soon.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

The beer is a viscous black. Great aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. Tasted of dark coffee, some sweet chocolate, and raisins. A little bit of an alcohol burn.
Great beer.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug. Very dark brown grading into black, with a light dappling of mocha brown head. Aroma is decidedly roasted, black coffee and light smoke with some sweeter toffee and raisin overtones, even a hint of orchard fruit and tangy English hops. Palate is equal parts roast and sweet, dark chocolate and day old black coffee, brittle toffee, rum-soaked raisins, brown bread, a hint of caraway, and a rather pleasing floral alcohol warmth. Low carbonation and quite viscous, heavy ... Finishes bitter and a tad medicinal, vague hop echoes and that same astringent taste that lingers for a while after your morning coffee. Minimal ash. This is hearty fare indeed, well-crafted and smooth sailing despite the potent flavors involved. I get why this brew is used as the base for things like Imperial Biscotti Break and the like. I think it stands up very well in an unadulterated form.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of brojas91
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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

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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 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 dar482
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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