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Evil Twin Lil' B - Evil Twin Brewing

Evil Twin Lil' BEvil Twin Lil' B

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618 Ratings
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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%


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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: avalon07 on 08-08-2012)
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 02:12:40 | More by ryan1788a5
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WildRoverBrewery

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 16:44:06 | More by WildRoverBrewery
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 05:46:17 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:41:04 | More by Georgiabeer
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 01:51:07 | More by Treyliff
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babaracas

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 03:45:54 | More by babaracas
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challenja

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +17%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:04:27 | More by challenja
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mttaylor1066

Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 23:40:45 | More by mttaylor1066
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 13:29:37 | More by Scotchboy
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Beercheer31

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 22:13:44 | More by Beercheer31
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 02:17:08 | More by biboergosum
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oberon

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 21:25:57 | More by oberon
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 05:13:31 | More by russpowell
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.31/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 19:31:43 | More by HuskyinPDX
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beergoot

Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 01:47:10 | More by beergoot
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 05:24:05 | More by wordemupg
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daledeee

Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 00:06:52 | More by daledeee
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spoony

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 04:03:35 | More by spoony
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mdfb79

New York

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 16:28:41 | More by mdfb79
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Andreias21

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This might one of the best "shelf beer" porters i've ever had, and they might as well just call it a stout because... well that's what it seemed like to me. I had to take a few sips to actually believe that it tastes similar to Surly Darkness, which is one of my favorite stouts. Needless to say as soon as my local bottle shop opens I will be buying everything they have left. If you like Darkness, you'll like this, and the only release day you'll have to attend is opening time at your local shop.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 01:52:31 | More by Andreias21
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 20:20:52 | More by GilGarp
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minterro

Colorado

4.45/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 04:49:25 | More by minterro
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 03:10:37 | More by ArrogantB
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2013 16:00:49 | More by KYGunner
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 23:54:54 | More by Maxwell
Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.