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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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Reviews: 188
Hads: 1,134
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 81
Gots: 220 | 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 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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Photo of justintcoons
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

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!

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

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.

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

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

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five-finger, thick brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Nose is chocolate and molasses and flavor is smooth chocolate and molasses malt. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent Imp porter. $4.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA. Bottled Feb 19, 2014.

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Photo of fgmiele
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.