Evil Twin Lil' B - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 172
Hads: 1,098
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 210 | 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 TreyIsWilson
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a midnight black with a very thin reddish brown head.

S - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Nice bittersweet dak chocolate upfront. There is some nice dark fruits that follows the chocolate. Finish has some roasted malt bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel. Slight alcohol warmth.

O - This was very good. Drinks more like a stout than a porter. Very drinkable for being 11.5%. (446 characters)

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

Pours an opaque brown black with minimal deep chocolate head that dissipates completely.

Roast malt, dark chocolate, a vinous character, tar, and soy form the initial aroma. Mocha and malted milk balls dominate as it warms. Hops are indistinguishable.

Flavor reveals a slightly acrid/vinous character at the outset, which is quickly overwhelmed by dark chocolate, fading to coffee mid palate, and finishing fairly roasty and a touch bitter. Notes of tart cherry add intrigue. The balance is decidedly chocolatey.

Body is full and rich, smooth and lush, with minimal carbonation and noticeable, but not obtrusive, alcohol warmth.

Very rich malt character with an agreeable emphasis on chocolate over roast or coffee. The tart dark fruit character is interesting. Anxious to see how this ages. (795 characters)

Photo of brunomorenodebrito
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really dark black color, brown head with good retention. In the nose coffe, chocolate, roastness, dark druits as plums and raisins, caramel/toffe really complex aroma. In the taste the complexity is equal, coffe, dark chocolate, plums, raisins and caramel/toffe. The mouthfeel is really good, high and smooth body. Wonderfull brew! (331 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at hops and pie, this is a dark one. inky black and showing a pretty sturdy and lasting half inch of mocha colored head. the nose on this is a great combination of earthy bitterness and dark malty sweetness, almost like a milk stout with a lot of body and that detectable and intentional residual sugar element. moderately bitter in taste though, warming alcohol too, and a grain density usually reserved for colossal imperial stouts. there is a delicacy to this despite its size, and the blackness of the grain comes through not as bitter as expected. some bakers chocolate gives it a little character, and i get a hint of vanilla smoke before the finish. creamy texture while still being well carbonated, and palate coating as anything. drinks slowly, which is fine, because it really opens up with temperature. this is a dynamite beer, like so many evil twin brews, it holds my attention endlessly. (908 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter

Black no head some lacing

Smells lightly smoked, with a decent malt bill

Tastes similar but with sweetness added, possibly fruit but more artificial desert than natural. Light oak and vanilla. Jerky/pork.

Feels super smooth, medium carbonation, and not at all 11.5ABV.

Overall not sure what makes this a porter, but very good. Cheers. (371 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.79/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottled 8/20/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, smoke, cocoa, vanilla, oatmeal raisin cookie dough, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, soy sauce, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with a solid set of aromas, but the taste is way too hard to stomach with the metallic and other off flavors. (685 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A coworker gifted me some bottles of this beer. Her husband had gotten some and didn't like it, so she gave them to me.

The flavor of this beer reminded me of Raisinette candies. It's not a bad thing, but I've never been a fan of chocolate covered raisins. But in beer form, it was alright - not quite my preference in beer flavors as it was a bit too sweet and heavy tasting for my liking. But it wasn't too bad to sip on.

Because of the higher alcohol content, and having already drunk another beer earlier, I was only able to finish half of the bottle. I still have a bottle left, but I may have to separate it into 2 servings to share. (643 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Pitch black. An eighth of an inch of brown head dissipates quickly. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

S: Deep fudge and dark chocolate sauce aromas. Tootsie rolls. Espresso. Hint of smoke. Chocolate covered raspberries. Big esters of raspberry, currant, and brandy. Vinous. Soft-spoken alcohol.

T: Vinous. Brandy and sherry. Currants and raspberries. Chocolate covered cherries. Malt takes hold slowly, first with a deeply roasted espresso flavor that builds in intensity. Char. Bitter dark chocolate. Woody roast. Drying finish with lingering flavors of heavy roast, soot, char, and smoke.

M: Thick in body. Coating. Silky with a slick feel that glides over the tongue. Little to no carbonation.

O: A huge beer at 11.5% abv. Its power is obvious with all the vinous qualities, but it drinks very gently. Evil Twin makes some gargantuan beers, but what's more impressive is their ability to keep these beers drinkable despite their brawn. (985 characters)

Photo of WildRoverBrewery
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Lil' B poured a jet black, crowned by a thin, light tan head, which settled out very quickly, and left little to no lacing as I finished the glass.

Aroma: Poking my nose into the glass, I'm hit with a wall of bitter chocolate, pecans, and an undertone of campfire smoke. Each concurrent whiff also brings with it a slightly stronger booze character along for the ride. By the smell, this is a very promising beer.

Taste: As I take my first sip, I get a lot of that dark, bitter chocolate, along with more subtle notes of raisins, or some similar dark, dried fruit. I also get a lot of the alcohol that was showing up in the aroma. Too much, for my liking. The back end of the palate also has the slightest touch of wet dog to it. Almost imperceptible, (and in some sips, not present at all), but enough to make each sip a little cautious, and thus diluting the overall experience.

Mouthfeel: This beer finishes fairly sweet, with very low carbonation, carried by a fairly medium sized body. I was expecting a drier finish, being a porter, and an imperial at that, but it's not unpleasant.

Overall: I had high hopes for this imperial porter, but in the end was left a little wanting. The most off-putting was the little bit of wet dog taste; if not for that, I probably would have rated it at least half a point higher in both taste and overall. (1,361 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Tulip Style Glass. Liquid portion comes out dark brown with red edges. It slowly turns to black. Once in the glass it's black most of the way through deep red highlights. Lighter than brown but darker than tan colored head, very decent lacing. Liquid coats on the glass nicely against the glass after each sip as well.

Smell is really good, roast, nutty, and slightly fruity similar to a solid Russian Imperial Stout. Plenty of slightly bitter chocolate and some medium roasted coffee. Almonds, honey, some dried cherries and a hint of brown sugar aromas, all really nicely blended together. Slight warming sting from the alcohol.

Taste elevates from the smell more than expected. A high class medium roast coffee that's been perfectly brewed so it's rich, bold, and just the right amount of bitter. Dark fudgey chocolate covered over raisons, craisons, dehydrated cherries, figs, and apricots, pretty much any dark dehydrated fruit you can think of. There's a slight almond flavor that's almost vanilla like. A little grassy hop flavor at the end. It all meshes quite nicely.

Moutfheel is pretty much perfect. It's a soft full bodied beer. Great carbonation level that was sweet, rich, bold, with a nice dry bitter finish at the end. Good all around beer, great drinkability level. Can hang with the best dark beers out there. Nice job. (1,370 characters)

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

A big, sweet interpretation of a porter. Tastes like dark chocolate covered cherries with a bit of spice on the finish that gives you a little tingle- cayenne like. Definitely a bit sweet, but in a liqueur sort of way. This would be nice in front of a roaring fire after a nice winter meal, or perhaps as a post-priandal beverage with the missus? In any case it does remind me of a box of chocolates. Not an every day drink, but one with a well-done very particular taste. Very smooth and silky as well. Interesting. (516 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black with a fizzy dark tan head that settles and eventually disappears completely, leaving no lace behind

S- Lots of dark fruit on the nose; notes of dried fig, prune juice and raisin. Dark chocolaty malt and some booze close it out

T- The dark fruit flavors directly follow the aromas; big fig and prune flavor, some chocolate covered cherry, blueberry, chocolaty malt that is just slightly roasted, sweet finish with alcohol on the end

M- Heavy and viscous body with low carbonation, chewy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, some warming alcohol on the linger, but pretty well contained for 11.5%

O- Dark fruit is showcased in this brew and its a nice change from a typical porter. It's definitely a sipper, but not overpowering (773 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with dense creamy orange tinted dark brown head, a few patches of delicate lace on the glass. Smell: espresso, milk chocolate, fig, prune, date, toasted brown bread, mild earthiness, no alcohol.
Taste: super roasty espresso blast. followed by syrupy highly caramelized sugars and dark fruit reduction - fig, prune. Dark chocolate covered waffle cone. Earthy hopping and mild alcohol balance the sweet. Full bodied, creamy carbonation cuts through. Decadent, incredibly delicious. 3/13 bottling. (547 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.32/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Apparently this is the base for Imperial Biscotti Break. They must really tinker with the base to get the deliciousness of IBB, because Lil' B is just not that good, at least for my tastes.

Pours a dark black, with a half inch mocha-colored head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells ashy and smokey, with some chocolate and roasted malt.

The ashiness of this beer is just hard to get by. I didn't really expect it, and I don't like it. There's some chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt poking through, but the ash and smoke overwhelms. Just not really a pleasant beer, unfortunately.

Medium bodied, creamy smooth mouthfeel, a bit of a slow sipper due to the off-flavors.

Not my thing at all, one of the few dark beers Evil Twin has let me down on. (798 characters)

Photo of challenja
4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams special pint glass.

A: that is no porter its a dark stout. Its a black witches cauldron of death. I can just see the Ale bubbles rise through the glass. The milk chocolate head dissipates rather quickly to little more than a thin ring around the edge.

S: malty juniper berry, mocha bean, thick molasses, burnt sugar, alcohol esthers. Raspberry puree. Smells like their imperial biscotti break.

T: wow holy fucking Moses! This is no porter..its a super alcohol raging stout. Its as if you put a 1/4 ounce of whiskey in a small tumbler and then pouring a fruit forward Russian imperial stout on top then drinking it. Its a boozer clone of imperial biscotti break. Molasses, dark candied fruits, tannery malts, dark cocoa, juniper fruits.
M: this is oil slick in a bottle. Medium carbonation. Frothy.

O: this is one super heavy beer. Massive fruits and malts. Boozy as no other. Evil twin has a masterful full flavor for dark boozy imperials. A must have for any stout lover! (1,021 characters)

Photo of mttaylor1066
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

If you're looking for a rock-heavy porter with a lot of alcohol, the Danes have a brew for you!

An opaque black brew with a tan head.

Smells of barnyard and malt.

Tastes of sweet malt and shoe polish. A man's ale: "Hey, bartender, put that in a dirty glass."

Tastes heavy... really heavy, man. (298 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz, $3.99 bottle into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Viscous, syrupy opaque pour leaves a filmy residue on the glass; short lived off-khaki head.

S: Big malt, roasted and sugary, hints of espresso, vanilla, molasses, charcoal and dark fruit. Booze is very subdued, though there is a hint of almond and a suggestion of spirit barrel.

T: A touch more burn on the palate; dark, sugary black patent malt...awesome body on this thing. More suggestions of almond, vanilla, and deep dark caramel. Again, more suggestion of barrel-aging; this porter drinks like a big barrel-aged stout.

MF: Full bodied and viscous with low carbonation; chewy.

O: Really good, non-BA porter. Big body, with a depth of flavors and aromas. (714 characters)

Photo of Beercheer31
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Havent had a porter in a while so I thought id give this little sea monster a shot.

Poured it into a Brooklyn snifter glass because an American porter requires an American glass.

Appearance is dark as night with the khaki head looking all hot n' bothered

Smell was a biggy on this one as I immediately got carmel, banana, malt, sex, booze like bourbon.

Taste in the start is boozy and a big body mamma slamma while the finish has a dark mocha, bitter, bourbony taste.

Overall this is a great beer and Im glad I picked er up. Babba booey babba booey. (559 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz single bottle, a worthy brewing concern, for All Hallow's Eve, methinks, while all the li'l munchkins roam up and down the street.

This beer pours a veritably solid, light-absorbing black, with two skinny fingers of tightly foamy, and rather creamy mocha head, which leaves little beyond a few wayward specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of pungent bittersweet chocolate, rich black licorice, concentrated black fruit - prune, cherry, and raisin - dense caramel, vanilla pudding, charcoal smoke, mildly astringent alcohol, and musty earthy hops. The taste is again replete with anise and sweet cocoa notes, caramelized toffee, edgy dark, dusty fruit - the usual and already delineated suspects - overly sugared espresso, a hint of dank treacle, cold smoked wood, well-restrained simmering booze, a mild soya saltiness, and a mustiness that one might mistake for, or perhaps be given to assign to, hops.

The carbonation is quite low-key, a tad frothy, and generally dismissible, the body a swarthy medium-heavy weight, and undeniably smooth, with a heady creaminess to top it off. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, coffee, caramel, and well-behaved alcohol ceding nary an inch.

A hell of an imperial porter, with strong RIS or DIPA tendencies. The somewhat sour fruit does drag this kicking and screaming squarely back into porter territory, only to be bedeviled by the subtle smoke and burgeoning booze. Complex, sexy, and quite compelling. Watch out if this one suggests going back home to its place. (1,561 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark cola brown with a thinner beige head atop that doesn't last long,aromas of dark fruit and brown sugar really jump out at ya,sweet alcohol and a faint nuttiness there as well.Dark fruit and a whiskey-like flavor up front with minimal roast and more molasses and brown sugar sweetness in the end,it's all of 11.5% here.It's big and pretty sweet but I like it,sweet but not overly so it's a great sipper. (419 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 06/10/13

Pours oily, pitch-black, effervescent & with a pinky of brown/caramel head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, carob & molasses, vanilla & juicy fruit

T: Carob, leafy hops, prunes, booze & dryness up front. More leafy hops, carob & prunes as this warms, plus boozeyness, charcoal & dryness as this warms, slight coffee. Finishes dry with plums, raisins, charcoal, carob, plus leafy& woody hops

MF: Semi-chewy, slight carbonation, boozey heat. Becomes chewier & dry as this warms & somewhat sticky

This is alright, but over-priced & over-rated to me, won't buy again unless the price point is MUCH better. Worth a try, but not if you want value. Seems like this could stand about 6 more months of aging, Never quite turns the corner for me (779 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 10.5.13

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

S - Roasted malt, smokey, chocolate.

T - Smokey and burnt malts.

D - Decent carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Very burnt and bitter. I am not a fan. (257 characters)

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)

Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.