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Evil Twin Lil' BEvil Twin Lil' B

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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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 GreatStoutman
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany, tan head recedes quickly. Nice viscous texture out of the bottle.

Typical porter flavors, with maybe some spicy-bozzy notes. hits the tongue hard with a full body of well carbonated, sweet malts. Super creamy, really nice feel.

Taste is outstanding, really complex layers of smoke and cocoa and maybe wood. Could be barrel aged for all I know... love it. Maybe this is a porter by definition, but this beer has massive body and complexity.

Overall this thing is awesome... well worth the ticket price. Finishes with a little bitterness, but the malts are center stage for this show. Complexity is off the charts, amazing.

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Photo of cherche
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome imperial stout. Dark with mocha head that has great retention and some lacing. Smell is predominately chocolate. Taste is chocolate, toffee, and coffee. Mouthfeel is exactly what I want in an imperial stout; slightly think and sticky but not too heavy. Overall this is a great beer, not sure i would pay the price tag if another good imperial stout is available but I am glad I had it.

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Photo of leadpaint76
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice beer to finish the night with. Would be awesome with a nice roast or big steak or even as dessert all by itself. Have a great day my friends.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip

A: Pours dark brown, basically black, no light passes through, with a frothy gingerbread brown head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little light lacing.

S: Dark sugar, molasses, maple syrup, roasty malt, dark chocolate, a bit of spice, dark fruit, a little black licorice, and a hint of booze.

T: Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, faint coffee, a dark sugar, molasses, vanilla, dark fruit, a little black licorice and spice, and a touch of booze that comes out on the finish though isn't harsh or unpleasant.

M: Full body, mild carbonation, smooth, pleasant warmth.

O: Well executed big time beer. I wish it was just a bit lower in %, but I'm not complaining. Great beer to sip on a cold day.

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Photo of Hired_Goon
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black and looks like motor oil. Very little head but slightly orange color. Smells a little boozy. Very sweet up front with licorice and maple syrup flavor. Overall very good and much sweeter than I though it would be. Ideally would like the abv dialed back slightly as 11.5% is a little higher than I would like.

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Photo of FLima
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deepest black color with practically no head that keeps a caramel ring.
Superb aroma with notes of prunes, caramels, licorice, charred wood, mild booze and maple syrup.
Bold and bitter flavor with notes of licorice, smoked and roasted malts, maple syrup, cola molasses, vanilla, prunes, black currant, Kahlua liquor, cocoa, blackberries, smoke and some pine. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lasting syrup and roasted note.
Full thick syrupy body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 11.5% is well hidden.
This beer is thick, syrupy, sweet malt bomb and I still like it. Probably the great complexity with lots of cocoa changed the game. I sure wouldn't classify this as an Imperial Porter, this is more of a Barley Wine or a RIS. It can also work as an after dinner, to be shared and drank slowly.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a chalice.

A: Pours a murky opaque black with about 1" khaki head that recedes somewhat quickly. Retention is quite good, lacing is just-above-average.

S: Licorice, coffee, vanilla - in that order. I get a bizarre marshmallow note. Subtle hints of chocolate & roasted chestnut. Quite good.

T: Comes on with a dense brown sugar quality leading into the mid palate. Mid palate itself is cinnamon, nutmeg & additional undefinable spices with a slight trace of hops - there's a defined graham-cracker malt character underneath. The finish is slightly fruity, with traces of date & plum - along with a residual booziness. Not as deep as the nose implies, but still quite good.

M: Low but delicate carb married to a dense & rich body. Milky - almost Stout-like. Very nice.

O: This brew brings some interesting qualities to the table. I'd like to see them a bit more integrated, but overall, it's still pretty darn sublime.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.91/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I´m not a fan of dark ales, but yesterday I opened this beer. Pours deep black with a brown foam head, little retention. Aroma is spectacular, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, very well balanced, hops are not present. Taste is complex, rich and balanced, imperceptible acidity wich is great. Full body with low carbonation. Overall an outstanding beer I´ll be drinking frequently.

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Photo of LAp
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a pitch black with a 1 finger mocha head. Not getting a lot on the nose tonight for whatever reason. Palate is chocolate. Mouthfeel is very creamy - light on the carbonation. Overall, and solid Imp Porter.

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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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Photo of T-34-85
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous Porter here.

This seems almost like a barleywine with the high ABV, thick syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation, and deep rich flavors with heavy candied sweetness. Not too much aroma as compared with the assertive taste, but still a nice aroma with what is there. Lover the thick syrupy composition. The taste of this beer is so complex with such intense flavors.

Awesome beer.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/26/2013. Pours incredibly dark chestnut, looks like ink; completely opaque in the glass with a fluffy, thick mocha colored head. Big notes of brownie batter, dark fudge, bitter roast, espresso, phenol fruit esters, molasses. Full body with a beautiful balance between sweetness and bitterness. There's a warming sensation on its way down, but the alcohol heat has almost completely subsided. Flavor is a mix of rich, chocolate desserts. Devil's cake, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, cherry cordial, fig, vanilla, licorice, caramelized sugar sweetness, with some earthy tones. One of my favorites from Evil Twin.

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Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a fizzy dark tan froth. Smells of currant, plum and black licorice. Tastes of plum and black grape with a milk chocolate core, burnt sugar, faint vinegar and a dash of pine for good measure. Heavy in body with a soft and inviting finish and a lingering alcohol warmth before a fleeting plastic annoyance is noticed.

ET's prices can become problematic, but sometimes they are well worth it, as evidenced by Lil' B.

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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 Fatehunter
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin tan head on a black body.
The aroma is subtle and complex: licorice, burnt wood, honey, roasted malt, coffee, molasses and dark chocolate.
The taste starts with mild cocoa sweetness, a little coffee bitterness, then more sweetness and cream.
The texture is soft and smooth.
Excellently balanced flavors. Too easy to drink for the ABV.

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Photo of WeedWolf
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From bottle to snifter. Aged 1 year 3 months.

Pours a viscous liquid black with a minimal light brown head that quickly dissipates. Full on alcohol legs. Almost intimidating at first...

The smell on this brew is intoxicating by itself. Starting with full force dark roast espresso it then mellows ,as it warms, into a strong chocolate laced coffee like aspect with a assertive booziness tying it all together.

The taste is surprisingly smooth and balanced. Incorporates all the aroma characters with hints of date and sweet stone fruits in the background. Alcohol is subtle only lurking in the darkness.

The mouthfeel is amazingly smooth. The sweetness isn't cloying. The finish is delicious and entices another drink.

Overall this a a top notch brew in my book! I have had this before a few months old, and it's great then 2, but am very happy with the result of a year+ worth of aging. Highly recommend stashing one or two of these in the cellar for at least a year or more. Fantastically excellent. Cheers!

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.47/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

i had never heard of evil twin brewing until i found this beer. looking them up on here i see they have a lot of interesting beers that i'll look for in the future, however i did not like this one very much.

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Photo of MichaelNeelsen
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice at Brasserie V.

L: Very, very limited head. Practically none. Black with violet edges.

S: Blackberries, and my friend smells coffee (which I don't).

T: Like chocolate grape juice. A bit too much for me. Sugary as hell. Like Welche's.

F: Again, it's like Welche's grape juice. Weird.

O: I get it, but it's too much for me. I don't get the beer, just the sugar.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Such a fantastic beer. Drinks more like a heavier stout and pours with a beautiful tan head with nice lacing throughout the drink. Lots of chocolate and vanilla on the nose. It drinks almost like it's barrel aged. Good stuff.

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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 SLeffler27
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Dogfish Head Fisheye Pint Glass fills with luscious dark chocolate brown beer with garnet highlights (SRM 25-27). A thick pancake batter head occupies the top 2” void before condescending to its mortality, leaving a thick coating of lacework as a memory of its once grand state.

Rich bittersweet chocolate with deep roasted malt and sweet coffee is a siren call for the olfactory. Dark fruit of plum, raisin, and fig greet one upon entry, while pumpernickel settles in for a comforting stretch. As the visit draws onward warmth brings out qualities of sherry.

This temptress is enticingly bitter, with backhanded sweetness. Baker’s chocolate gives way to sweet plumb pudding, which builds with each sip, culminating in a crescendo through the finish. Upon reflection and warmth, one will find light smoke and oatmeal with maple syrup.

A voluptuous body and velvety texture moderate the prickly carbonation, while the alcohol warms just short of hot. One is left with a building syrupy residue with each sip.

This should be shared with deep conversation and thick cigar smoke. But I imagine it would also be well suited as a topping for ice cream.

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

WOW is this really a porter??? Poured into a snifter. Takes a bit for the head to be produced. carbonates upwards through half the glass into a half finger head after a medium/aggressive pour. beautiful look. dark and opaque. smells immediately of coconut along with some mocha/coffee n a bit of booze. taste is similar to the smell with nutty roasted malts. THE THICKEST porter ive ever had. blown away. Will search for this again.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep brown/black with a two finger root beer brown head. The head breaks rather quickly and there is just a touch of lacing left behind.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, some anise, and you can definitely pick up some alcohol as well.

T: The roast malts come forward, followed by strong anise and mild chocolate. The beer is sweet, but there is a bitter finish at the end. Almost no hops presence.

M: Very smooth. Full feel with moderate carbonation. The alcohol is minimally present.

O: A nice imperial porter. Definitely a sipper because of the high ABV, but I would love to have it again. I would be afraid to let this one sit too long though, as I would expect it would only grow sweeter as it ages and it was already leaning toward the sweet side.

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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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