Lil' B
Evil Twin Brewing

Lil' BLil' B
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #72
Ranked #3,707
4.17 | pDev: 9.35%
May 24, 2022
Aug 08, 2012
Lil' BLil' B
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3.97 by Mikexw from New York on May 24, 2022
4.13 by Taenim from New Jersey on Feb 12, 2022
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3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 11.5%. Pitch black colour, small tan head. Aroma of roast malts, chocolate, molasses and oak, a hint of whiskey. The flavour is fairly sweet, with loads of molasses and chocolate, also roast malts, oak and whiskey. Moderate bitterness.

Jan 11, 2022
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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

16oz can

Dark look, choco head. Smell is OK, almost bad at first, but there is a subtle dark chocolate cake thing happening, more booze and caramel as it warms. Almost too easy to drink and gets you properly lit up... this was the best of their big dark beers i sampled, BY FAR.. edmund fitzgerald imperial... THICK, almost no carbonation, tons of brown sugar and chocolate fudge and it has that long twisting complex end like a fine cigar or whisky... the dark fruit and smoke i usually hate is wrapped up into the main beer proper, unifying with the slight booze, touch of licorise, anise, and hint of coffee

Way better than expected

Jan 11, 2022
3.99 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS) on Feb 02, 2020
3.99 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Aug 08, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Bluecrow from New York

-ebony bottle pour with a thin foam ring and an aroma of anise and chocolate malt. The flavors include toasted malt, licorice, espresso and molasses. It is very sweet. The finish is slick. This is richly flavored, but dessert-like for an ale.

Jul 25, 2019
3.94 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on May 12, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by stevoj from Idaho

Black and silky with brown/ruby creamy head. Smoky, chocolately aroma, hints of oak barrel. Some alcohol warmth is apparent in the aroma as well. Taste is dark and smoky, chocolate, extremely smooth, yet sharp at the same time. Nice!

Mar 29, 2018
4.13 by NMA from Ohio on Jan 06, 2018
4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 31, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by vinicole from England

Pours almost black. Thick tan head which dissipates slowly.
Sweet Mocha coffee aroma. Brown bread. Mixed peel and dried fruit soaked in dark rum.
Taste as it smells. Prunes and figs apparent. Demi-sec with a warming finish.
Beautifully smooth and well balanced.
A wonderful porter.

Dec 09, 2017
4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Sep 16, 2017
4.12 by Shortbox81 from Washington on Aug 29, 2017
4.1 by tazzman from Florida on Aug 28, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jazzyjeff13 from England

A 12oz bottle with a bottling date of Feb 2014, so I've held on to this one for a while. I hope it has held up. Acquired from the Brewdog webshop ages ago.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark brown that appears utterly black in the glass. Produces a small head of creamy coffee-coloured foam that quickly subsides to a persistent collar.

S: Aroma of rich, dark malt with hints of roasted grain, dried fruit, prunes, figs, molasses, brown sugar, subtle chocolate, a touch of coffee, fruity ale yeast and a warming whiff of booze in the background. Mildly oxidised but this doesn't impinge on the character. Impressively complex.

T: Tastes of dark, fruity malt with notes of dried fruit, prunes, figs, fruit cake, molasses, brown sugar, mild roasted grain, chocolate, subtle coffee, ale yeast esters and a touch of alcohol. Slightly oxidised. A robust, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing, though this is attenuted by the beer's significant sweetness.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy, with soft carbonation and great body. Envelops the palate like velvet, however it is also quite astringent. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, fruity sweetness, ale yeast and a hint of booze.

O: An impressive imperial porter, though not the greatest beer I've sampled. Perhaps it's a tad old or maybe I just find it too sweet. It looks great, while the aroma and flavour are replete with notes of dark fruity malt, brown sugar, ale yeast and alcohol. Excellent body. Lightly oxidised but this doesn't really detract from the character. A beast of a beer; definitely one to sample if you like 'em big and boozy.

Aug 19, 2017
4.09 by BEER88 from Washington on Jun 30, 2017
3.98 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jun 29, 2017
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Poured into a snifter, this had a black color with a thin finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head that quickly dies off. Moderate stringy lace. The aroma takes on a nice balance between the roast, the sweet and the bitter. Coffee beans, chocolate malts and some marshmallow riding in nicely. The flavor leans towards the roast first while bringing the sweetness in for a great balance. Sly roasty to bitter to semi-sweet aftertaste running into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionable to sipping quality about it. Mild carbonation. Some light slickness. Overall, damn nice beer for a cold Winter’s night. Definitely would have again.

Jun 29, 2017
4.22 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jun 17, 2017
4.15 by sjrider from California on May 25, 2017
4.25 by Narthax from Texas on Apr 30, 2017
4.13 by HabaJohn from Illinois on Apr 26, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by TrueSoul515 from California

Lil' B Imperial Porter Evil Twin

A: Dark brownish black with a outer ring of chocolate brown colored head
S: Sweet candy sugar
T: Rich, delicious chocolate with a lingering sweetness that finishes with a faint roasted malt notes. Chocolate never goes away, some leather notes upon retro olfaction
M: Medium to light carbonation compliments the overall experience. A little slick, but smooth with some mouth coating. Like chocolate fudge.
O: Delicious imperial porter. This beer is well balanced and yummy as hell.

BTW... I made this review while evaluating the beer before viewing others evaluations and lol, you have got to be kidding me with the pretentious douchery. GTFO with the dark fruit, figs, vinous, sans banana nonsense. A simple and delicious beer.

Apr 15, 2017
4.23 by BdM from Netherlands on Apr 01, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Spikester from Oregon

Bought this as a local crowler fill. (32 ounce can) Black or dark brown opaque with one finger of brown head. Good retention for such a big beer. Some spots of lace.
Smell is mostly vanilla with a bit of chocolate.
Taste is sweet molasses vanilla a bit of coffee and cherry. A little like eating those liquor chocolate covered cherries.
Mouthfeel is full with ample carbonation. Finish is sweet and lightly dry.
Overall a really big beer in every way.

Mar 25, 2017
4.3 by WanderingFool from Massachusetts on Mar 18, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by qrazvan from Romania

Pitch black, oily body with almost no head; low acidity.
Smells like licorice and bourbon.
The taste is similar to a good liquor, aged in oak casks and vanilla.
Sweet aftertaste, dried fruits.
The alcohol is very well mixed with the complex aromas.
A highly recommended porter!

Mar 02, 2017
3.94 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Feb 19, 2017
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by moose1980 from Germany

Had this in the cellar for a little more than a year. Opaque, except for deep, brown edges. Aromas of licorice abdominal berries, like a black licorice twizzler. Also, chocolate covered cherries. Taste follows, with a hoppy bite at the end. Full-bodied, nice and oily.
Overall, really fantastic. One the best strong Porters.

Feb 10, 2017
4.04 by thedifferencemaker from Ohio on Feb 07, 2017
3.97 by Ohiovania from Ohio on Jan 17, 2017
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3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by AustinWadkins from Iowa

Pours dark black with a beige 1 finger head that later disappears

Nose is dark fruits, molasses, roasted malts

Taste includes dark fruits, cherry, a bit floral

Overall a quality potter. Very thick like syrup

Jan 06, 2017
3.79 by CertifiedG81915 from Delaware on Jan 03, 2017
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3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75
by q33jeff from New Jersey


Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, medium khaki head.
AROMA: roasted malt, a bit weak, shoving my nose in further I get something chemical or vinegar.
TASTE: much more solid. Dark fruits dominate, blueberry, black cherry, raspberry.
FEEL: thick, syrupy.

Pretty good porter.

Comparison of 4 porters: 1. Kane Morning Bell; 2. Ballast Point Victory at Sea; 3. Evil Twin Lil B; 4. Flying Dog Gonzo.


Dec 30, 2016
4.45 by npendres from Wisconsin on Dec 23, 2016
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4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by patre_tim from Thailand

Pitch black like motor oil, no carbonation. There's a half finger of rusty chocolate milk head.

Smells really fruity and floral, of coffee and liquorice all sorts. Coco powder and dried tobacco leaves.

Sweet and fruity, lots of floral notes, ending with a slightly smokey, fresh roasted coffee note. Grape jello and my wife's Clinique lipstick.

Medium, smooth and only a slightly sticky body, with smooth and foamy but light carbonation. Really covers the alcohol.

Amazing brew. Loving this more than any imperial stout I've had. Complex and fruity, floral notes with an amazingly smooth body. Got online, drinking in Chiang Mai, Dec 8th, 2016.

Dec 08, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz bottle with a batch stamp of #013.

Pours very dark brown but looks nearly black and opaque in the glass. Small weak head and little lacing.

Aroma: light booze, molasses, dark dried fruits and a hint of cookie dough.

Flavor: Sweet notes mix with dark dried fruits, toffee, molasses and faint booze.

Feel: Thick: low carbonation. Very smooth

Overall: a potent and BIG porter with fairly well hidden alcohol.

Dec 07, 2016
4.46 by Frisbits from South Carolina on Dec 01, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by KTCamm from New Jersey

10/3/16...pours dark black, looks like bubbly motor oil. Brown (dark) head of foam settles out. Woodsy, dark earthy nose. Some coffee too. Smooth, thick boozy, chocolate malty flavor. Surprisingly smooth and then the power of the 11.5 hits you.

Nov 27, 2016
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