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Evil Twin Lil' BEvil Twin Lil' B
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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by avalon07 on 08-08-2012

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4.19
pDev:
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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 PeterIngemi
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a dfh snifter.

A: pours black with little to no head at first then a slight almost quater finger of coffe colored head forms and dissapates rather quickly, some little lacing.

S: mild on the aroma, I get some hints of chocolate, slight dark fruit, not to much otherwise.

T: I primarily get dark fruits and chocolate here, particuarly raisin but deffinatly a touch of pruniness as well, a bit of alcohol and some sweetness in the middle, a touch of hop bitterness and roast on the end.

M: heavy bodies and viscous will little carbonation, the alcohol deffinatly makes it self know, I am a bit confused as to why this falls into the imperial porter family, deffia you seems like a stout to me.

O: I'm kinda dissapointed here, especially after seeing the reviews this beer has gotten so far.... This is the second time I've tried it, once on tap and once out of the bottle and neither time was I overly impressed, I am not a huge fan of dark fruit and. Deffinatly do not expect to find them in my porter wether it be imperial or not, I felt this could have been good with much more coffee and roastyness. But overall this is just an average brew to me,

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe)
A- The jet black body has a thin deep cocoa tan head that fades to a ring.

S- The clean aroma has hints of inky black bitterness with some dark graham malt notes coming through with as it opens.

T- The mellow black roasted malt with a dry nougat hint in the finish with a touch of sweetness. There is a black bitterness that hints in the back of the throat and stays. There are some dark burnt toffee notes coming through as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture that turns into a gentle fizz. There is no alcohol heat.

O- There are some nice hints of malt with some complexity but they are very faint and only come through when it is really warm in the last 3 oz.

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Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
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

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Photo of WildRoverBrewery
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of BWood
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.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a stout, black as licorice, just hints of brown beneath the black; medium brown head, with good persistence.

Smells like God's Porter. This is simply what Porter is meant to smell like. Would be rated even higher if it were more intense.

Alas, the taste doesn't live up to the promise. Sweet, almost fruity, malty, raisiny. Somehow evokes fruitcake. This is not why I buy Porter. Very disappointing, honestly, after the build up.

Nice mouthfeel, very rich. Does a decent job moderating the perceived presence of alcohol, but holy crap, 11.6 ABV is a lot.

Overall: not my cup of tea. Will not buy again. Tastes like the recipe was from two different brewmasters whose ideas differed what they were aiming for.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for $5

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy/fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some charred notes, some smoke, and a little bit of a lactose type flavour found in a milk stout.


Overall - A pretty complex tasting beer. The charred/smokey notes come through during the aftertaste and chocolate/coffee at first.. but in the middle there is a lactose/odd peaty flavour that comes through that I can't decide if I like or hate. Either way, this is an interesting beer that is worth a try.

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Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. Bottled June 2013. Thick dark brown pour, layer of dark tan froth. Retained ok.

Aroma, healthy roast, caramel, some sweeter malt, plenty of chocolate.

Taste, Really sweet, malty caramel with cocoa and dark chocolate. Molasses. Not enough roast at first to offset this. Improves as it warms. Quite a bit of fusal-y alcohol present as well. It is big and boozy. Borders on a little Dark Lordish. Just a little roast and hop presence in the finish. Does become more balanced as it warms as I mentioned before.

Alcohol warmth is a bit warm at first. Nicely coating and solid body wise. Maybe it is just this bottling but that abv is nowhere near hidden. Heat from the mouth all the way down. Combined with the heavy sweetness this is not the easiest drinker. That also improves as it warms.

Starts out really well, ends up not so much for me. For the price this will probably be the last Evil Twin brew I try in a bottle. Will only seek out on draft where I can get half pours.

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Photo of pants678
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black with brown head, medium, doesnt retain.

Smells of dense roasted malt and bubblegum.

Easily the sweetest porter I've had. Feel like I'll finish this with sugar between my teeth. Hops are undetectable, IMO. Rich, which is the right route, but not complex; finish is lacking. Like a fig covered in powdered sugar. Love a superlative beer but this is too odd an approach.

Carbonation's fitting.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into an oversized stemmed tulip

A: Can’t tell if this is black or if the lovely dark brown head is influencing me to think that the body is also brown. Either way, it’s dark as you would expect. Head faded away pretty quickly, leaving a thin ring around the edge. Not much lacing as it went down.

S: Sweet milk chocolate. Roasted chocolate malt. Cocoa. Some caramel. Slight floral hop presence.

T: Starts syrupy sweet and evolves into some nice roastiness. Fills your mouth with rich flavor then dries it out in the finish. Getting some soy sauce which isn't ideal. Some hop flavor shows up in the middle toward the end. Pretty intense flavor overall.

M: Full body, medium carb. Drinkability pretty low for me due to the sweetness and overall flavor intensity.

O: A well brewed beer, but most sweet porters/stouts just aren’t my cup of tea. I didn’t care for Imperial Biscotti Break and this isn’t different enough for me to like it more.

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Photo of drone
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a short-lived mocha head. Not much on the nose; warm, nutty roast. Then you take a sip.

The slight aromatics give way to an incredibly sweet, deep, potently delicious imperial porter. Its 11.5% ABV is hidden well among thick chocolate and cascading malts. Quite approachable, and infinitely drinkable.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a deep black color with a mocha creamy head on top. The head settles a bit and leaves a moderate to light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is roasted and earthy, it's almost musty and charred. The taste of the beer is slightly sweet with a good amount of roast in there as well, more earthy robust flavors with a burnt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was dry, a little high in carbonation but heavy as well. Overall this beer was decent, not something I'd spend a lot of money on though.

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Photo of Briken
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with thin umber head. Roasty, chocolate aroma. Rich chocolate and espresso with hints of vanilla. Fairly clean, light finish belying rich flavor. Light alcohol. Slightly metallic aftertaste. Smooth yet thin silky texture.

Very smooth imperial porter with good flavor. The light metallic aftertaste (which could be from the draft lines) grew a bit stronger but the flavor of the beer won out without a long linger.

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Photo of ricknelson
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slight dark brown head but with lasting retention, mild lacing but again with lasting retention.
Molasses and roasted chocolate malts are the first part of the aroma to hit. Alcohols makes itself known very lightly for a relatively high alcohol brew. For me this was a hard brew to finish because it had a bitter after taste that was not to appealing. First mouthfeel was OK but the bitter after taste just killed it for me. Like to think of myself as one who enjoys a good Porter, but it wasn't this one.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of 57md
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.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.49
Purchased: Jan. 13, 2016
Consumed: Jan. 16, 2016
Misc.: N/A

I’ve never had an Evil Twin Brewing beer. They always seem to be a bit pricy for what I’m looking for. However, I got $50 for my birthday and decided to give it a whirl. Picked Lil’ B over Christmas Eve at a New York Hotel Room and Soft DK. Here’s to making the right choice.

Poured a black color with two fingers of dark tan, frothy head, which settled nicely on the top. Good amount of uneven, wet, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled some weird flavors off the get go, getting dark fruits - red apple, plum and purple grape - butterscotch, caramel, toffee, figs, dates, brown sugar and boozy molasses. Something a tad off. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted better than the nose. Got smooth butterscotch, sugary caramel and toffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, licorice, molasses, leathery notes and dark red apple. So smooth. (Taste - 3.75)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.75)

Overall I was disappointed in this one, although it did grow on me as it went down. I wonder how this would do with age. (Overall - 3.75)

3.82 | 86 | B+

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like one would expect. Notes of chocolate and dark fruit in the aroma. Taste has a little more of a charred malt taste along with chocolate, figs and a little raisin. Feel medium-heavy with little carbonation. All in all, it's got some taste, but I can't help comparing it to this year's Black Butte XXIV and favoring that one. This isn't quite as good and costs more. However, this one isn't a one-and-done brew, so there's that.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Jet black with a short brown head that dissipates quickly. I saw a chunk of yeast go kerplunk into my glass towards the end of the pour, so watch out!

Nose
Semi-sweet chocolate, raisin, fig, coffee, vanilla, and dark caramel.

Taste
Semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, and sherry. Medium roast coffee with light additions of cream, sugar and vanilla. Molasses, caramel, raisin, fig, and black plum. Finishes with notes of earth and cocoa nib.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, slick, oily, sticky, and warming.

Overall
Robust, rich, sweet, and decadent. A nice sipper at 11.5%.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a blackish body with one finger tan head and minimal lace on top of an aroma consisting mostly of roasted and coffee notes, but also some breadiness, dark chocolate, toffee and some dark fruits. Thick, chewey, hearty, all words that could describe this fuller-bodied beer passing over my tongue, and the taste is similiar to the nose. A roasted, coffee-esque dryness is in the beer along with dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, possible figs or dark fruits and has a sticky finish (ABV is muted in the finish). An enjoyable sipper but for some reason this beer felt slightly offbalance.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque, thick looking, and jet black color. Tiny lace quickly dissipates. Intense aroma; cherries, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, licorice and alcohol. Sweet, full bodied, vinous, and alcoholic, perhaps slightly too boozy. Very low carbonation. Some roasted malt and coffee like elements. Sweet and boozy finish, feels a bit like a kahlua. Certainly an interesting and complex brew that at 11.5% ABV will certainly give you a nice warm feeling. Yes it's enjoyable but based on the scores here, in my opinion, the perhaps over the top booziness makes me rate it slightly lower than many posters. I will be willing to try again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Pours a oily dark brown color with a tan head and sheet of brownish lace. Looks like the heavy hitter it is.

SMELL: Roasted, char, quite smokey.

TASTE: Chocolate, roast, coffee, some booze. Big chocolate and general malty ness. Fair bitterness and heat is not too strong

FEEL: Full bodied with a smooth and creamy texture.

OVERALL: This is a damn fine Stout.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at The Beer Temple. Served in a snifter.

A - Mocha foam settles to wisps, a thin collar, and minimal lacework. Very dark brown body.

S - Extremely saccharine, with yeasty dark bread, molasses, red fruits, semisweet chocolate, a bit of obvious alcohol presence.

T - The taste seems surprisingly muted relative to the aroma. Lots of milled dark grains, pumpernickel bread, and some nebulous cake-like sweetness late on the palate along with a touch of char. Very yeasty and doughy, and significantly less sweet than the smell. Alcohol is better-hidden too.

M - Medium-full body, very chewy and viscous, with lower carbonation. Alcohol warmth is present but appropriate.

D - Somewhat disappointing compared to Imperial Biscotti Break and other variants. Seems messy and unfocused. I'd be interesting in revisiting this in a small serving on-tap small serving, but drinking a full 12oz bottle would be a challenge for me.

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Photo of puck1225
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours nearly black with a nice brown foamy head and lacing. The smell is not pronounced but chocolatey and sweet. The taste is wine like with grapes, raisins, and other dark fruit along with chocolate and a hint of coffee. Very good and very interesting!

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