Lil' B
Evil Twin Brewing

Lil' BLil' B
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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #46
Ranked #2,075
4.19 | pDev: 9.31%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Lil' BLil' B
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Bluecrow from New York

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-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
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stevoj from Idaho

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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vinicole from England

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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TrueSoul515 from California

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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Spikester from Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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qrazvan from Romania

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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moose1980 from Germany

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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AustinWadkins from Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75


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
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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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chinchill from South Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz

Pours jet opaque black, dark tan head is fine and dissipates to a bit of lacing.

Smells of chocolate syrup, brown sugar, molasses, and coffee beans.

Flavor is of chocolate, molasses, fig, pecan, caramel, coffee and a hint of licorice.

Medium to full body with a thin tingle of carbonation on the tongue. Slightest hint of booze warmth.

Excellent dark beer, loads of great rich flavor. Drinks deceptively easy. A real treat and a must-try.

Nov 09, 2016
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TBoneJones from Texas

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black pour and a nice rich head that settles a bit. Smooth lacing when the glass is tilted.
Smells like some cherries and malts.
Taste is tangy medium-dark fruit notes, mostly cherry and plum, and some distant tropical hints, and certainly milk chocolate. Fairly tart and then a hint of roasted malts.
Feels medium-thick, rich and creamy, nice smooth finish and a slight burn.
What a terrific big porter to sip. Flavorful and not overly dry, bitter or charry like others I've had in the past.

Nov 05, 2016
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The most interesting thing about this porter is the bourbon notes. Huge! Incredibly smooth with amazing chocolate malts. This might be the best porter ever.

Oct 21, 2016
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do_ob from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a tulip. Black body. A slow pour yielded a thin, brown head of foam that quickly receded down to a thin skirting. Nose is cocoa, butterscotch, toasted malt, baker's chocolate, sweet lactose, and light booze. The tate is very similar. Dark chocolate notes along with cocoa, lactose, and toasted malt. Damn near imperial stout territory here. Lighter, less chewy, and more milky than a big stout though. The feel is relatively dense, with little carbonation. Somewhat chewy while remaining surprisingly drinkable.

Overall, this one is a great take on an often overattempted style. Probably the best imperial porter I've ever had.

Oct 08, 2016
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BWood from California

3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: dark but no head formed really. And no retention. Not what I expect from a stout/porter.

S: I didn't get that much. Really just malt.

T: nice flavor. Lacking that special something though. Decent malt flavor. Not bad but not special.

F: slight carbonation but smooth. A little thin for me.

O: good beer. I kept wishing it was more though. I think I was wishing it was more like a stout.

Sep 15, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bold and flavourful. A dark fruit cake. Smells and taste like rhum infused raisins, dates, vinous notes but no tannin. Cocoa in the smell but not so much in the taste. Sweet and boozy, a really complex dessert beer. Banana, nuts and milk chocolate as it warms up, it gets better and better

Aug 05, 2016
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To me, this was a disappointment. Strong, nice complexity but it is so sweet that at the end of the bottle, you just want to have some water to rinse your mouth. The Belgians know how to add just enough sweetness and Evil Twin could have used some tips on this one.
You will taste the goodness in this one, as well as a mouthful of syrup.

Jul 25, 2016
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Duffman79 from Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2104 12oz bottle poured black with little head. The aroma indicated that this would be a boozy beer. The depth and complexity of the flavor was outstanding. I would recommend holding onto a bottle for a couple of years before diving into it. A lot of the harshness has mellowed out, but it is still a sipping beer. This beer also changes as it warms to room temperature.

Jun 26, 2016
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Martine from England

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not going to go into full review mode because plenty of others have already done that, but I just had to say that this porter leans towards the vinous something fierce; it's like a dried fruit forward, thick malty port which is something that you don't across too often in this category.

Very different and complex; raisins, figs, dates, prunes, umami, brown sugar, molasses, marzipan, with some coffee in the minutia. A lot of people pick up chocolate, I don't think it's a major player here. It's very doppelbock - sans banana - in character. Lovely.

May 21, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown to black color with a finger of tan head. The nose is only slightly roasty. This offering has a healthy, more than full body. The roasted malt is in the flavor profile but it is just not nearly as hearty as one would expect with a beer that is this heavy. Also, the alcohol pokes through a bit too obtrusively on the finish.

May 10, 2016
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hard pour gives pitch black beverage with 1.5-finger brown head, low retention.
Smell - booze, licorice, chocolate, vinous.
Taste - plum, prunes, roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, wood.
Full, viscous body, soft carbonation.
Complex and rich beer for sipping.

May 07, 2016
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