Lil' B
Evil Twin Brewing

Lil' BLil' B
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Style:
American Imperial Porter
Ranked #42
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,728
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 9.31%
Reviews:
232
Ratings:
1,301
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Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
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Reviews by PDXHops:
Photo of PDXHops
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler (an alarming serving size of such a strong critter, to be sure) poured into an oversized snifter. It's definitely got the "imperial" look going, dark and oily body topped with a dense cap of red-tinged tan foam. Considering the wide glassware and strength of Lil B, the retention and scattered lacing aren't bad at all.

Nice nose on this stuff. Fresh brewed coffee,dark fruits, old-fashioned caramel candies, sweet citrus (think tangerine and blood orange), dryish roast with stray notes of cocoa. Alcohol?? I reckon I'm catching a stray whiff here and there, but dang, this is shaping up pretty dangerously so far...

Oh yeah, dangerous stuff here. As it warms, the fruitiness takes a turn toward vinous and mixed berry jam territory. Viscous but smooth with a nice slippery feel. Plentiful juicy and tangy flavors midswallow, with bittersweet chocolate, leafiness and some dry roast showing up in the lengthy finish. Even at this ABV, it's not overwhelmingly sweet, and certainly not boozy. Appropriately warming, but you'd never guess 11.5% while sipping on it. A surprisingly potent undercurrent of bitterness is a nice complement to all the sweet/fruity/tangy components of the flavor profile; I suspect it will cellar like a champ, but damned if it ain't tasty now. A touch more roast would really send it over the top. The price point's a bit tough to swallow, but I'm still inclined to grab a bottle or two to age.

Epilogue: Lil B will creep up on ya like the ninja of getting hammered. Proceed with caution...

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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 royalflushr
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I love everything about this beer except the alcohol taste. The beer tastes great except for the alcohol taste. It looks great. You smell it and it tastes great. As soon as that alcohol taste bites you it is not that great.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of epyon396
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Johng19751
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dandiprat2015
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my 5 best beers of all time!!! Can't tell you how many times I've recommended it (even to servers at World of Beers as I am a member and have visited 17 WOB'S) who have never heard of it. Not easy to find but when you do BUY IT!!!! My first one WAS at a WOB and was a recommendation by one of there very informed bar guys. A f##king amazing beer.

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Photo of Tele
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 9.13.15

A: 4.5 Pours pitch black with a small, tan head. The head doesn’t last long and leaves very little lace.

S: 4.25 Aromas are only okay when the beer is cold, but around 60 degrees things really open up. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, dark coffee, and liquorish. Unfortunately, there’s a bit of soy sauce on the nose, but it’s very mild.

T: 4.25 Taste follows the nose very closely. Starts off a bit sweet, then moves to strong, roasted malt, marshmallow, vanilla, and chocolate. Like the nose, there’s a bit of soy sauce, but the roast and sweetness from the malt cover it quite well. Finish is more dark chocolate, some maple syrup, and light bitterness.

M: 4.5 Rich and thick body with great carbonation. The bitterness adds a bit too much of a dry finish for the style.

O: 4.25 Evil Twin’s stout game is great and Lil’ B is no exception. I remember previous bottles being a bit better, so at a year old, it may be slightly oxidized or past it’s prime. Overall, I prefer I Love You With My Stout, but this is a great alternative.

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Photo of csustar001
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Cramshawbar
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.

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Photo of KHarz
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ccg
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It has the motor-oil look of a heavy, boozy stout, and dark khaki head. Nice lacing.
Smell: At first, it's has a slightly bitter smell, but a chocolatey sweetness soon dominates. Almost smells like a milk stout.
Taste: Deliciously sweet, just on the edge of cloying. Hints of coffee-like bitterness and... blueberries? I feel like I'm getting more blueberry flavor from this than I did from Evil Twin's "From Amager with Love," which was supposed to be a blueberry stout.
Feel: Solid, not quite chewy.
Overall: If I didn't know better, I might think this one had been barrel-aged. Quite good.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1301 ratings