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Evil Twin Lil' B | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Lil' BEvil Twin Lil' B
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Evil Twin Lil' BEvil Twin Lil' B
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by avalon07 on 08-08-2012

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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2.79/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottled 8/20/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, smoke, cocoa, vanilla, oatmeal raisin cookie dough, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, soy sauce, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with a solid set of aromas, but the taste is way too hard to stomach with the metallic and other off flavors.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at hops and pie, this is a dark one. inky black and showing a pretty sturdy and lasting half inch of mocha colored head. the nose on this is a great combination of earthy bitterness and dark malty sweetness, almost like a milk stout with a lot of body and that detectable and intentional residual sugar element. moderately bitter in taste though, warming alcohol too, and a grain density usually reserved for colossal imperial stouts. there is a delicacy to this despite its size, and the blackness of the grain comes through not as bitter as expected. some bakers chocolate gives it a little character, and i get a hint of vanilla smoke before the finish. creamy texture while still being well carbonated, and palate coating as anything. drinks slowly, which is fine, because it really opens up with temperature. this is a dynamite beer, like so many evil twin brews, it holds my attention endlessly.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

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3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: The beer is jet black in color and only poured with a few bubbles on the surface. It’s not very thick and poured with the consistency of soy sauce. The beer originally had a thin tan head that quickly dissipated, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of licorice and dark malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is a lot more complex when compared to the smell and has notes of dark malts, roasted malts and licorice. There is a very slight amount of carbonation.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is very well hidden from the palate and it isn’t that full in body. It’s also not nearly as sweet compared to other beers in the style.

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4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With the major differences in porters and stout being in the amount of "roast" character and in body, the recipe formulators of Evil Twin blur these lines and push the limits of this imperial porter into a highly specialized taste.

Lil' B pours with a dark, bark-brown color and a cloudy haze that creates a slightly murky appearance. Even with a vigorous pour, the beer lackadaisically amounts to a dainty creme-like foam to top the beer. Remote islands of foam attach themselves to the snifter with understated lacing.

Strong aromas of all-things-dark spring from the glass and into the nose- chocolate, coffee, nuts, molasses, light smoke, vinous fruit, sherry, and savory notes of soy sauce come to mind with a single whiff of the beer. With no real hop presence, the beer's aroma relies on complex near-roast notes and wine like counterparts to achieve its balanced scent.

Flavors are even stronger as the intense taste of French press coffee, smoky chocolate, bittersweet fudge-like notes, walnuts, slightly scorched toffee, and charred wood all flood the palate with richness and succulence. Savory soy sauce, sherry, and port wine weigh in after mid palate while the taste of dark, dehydrated, and pitted fruit mingles with alcohol. Dates, figs, raisins, and grapes are all well represented when layers after layers of taste are lifted and exposed as the beer warms.

Its highly viscous texture allows the full bodied ale to caress the mouth with velvety smoothness, creamy softness, and somewhat powdery warmth. The strong alcohol presence seeps into the soft tissues of the mouth with warming delight and free of harshness or bite.

With its extended finish of milk chocolate, vanilla, and fruit, the beer continues to reward the palate with the same satisfaction as fine brandy or cognac, in place of after dinner dessert. With beers like Lil' B, Evil Twin continues to remind me why it's alright to pay such exorbitant prices for their beers- they are simply worth it.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz single bottle, a worthy brewing concern, for All Hallow's Eve, methinks, while all the li'l munchkins roam up and down the street.

This beer pours a veritably solid, light-absorbing black, with two skinny fingers of tightly foamy, and rather creamy mocha head, which leaves little beyond a few wayward specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of pungent bittersweet chocolate, rich black licorice, concentrated black fruit - prune, cherry, and raisin - dense caramel, vanilla pudding, charcoal smoke, mildly astringent alcohol, and musty earthy hops. The taste is again replete with anise and sweet cocoa notes, caramelized toffee, edgy dark, dusty fruit - the usual and already delineated suspects - overly sugared espresso, a hint of dank treacle, cold smoked wood, well-restrained simmering booze, a mild soya saltiness, and a mustiness that one might mistake for, or perhaps be given to assign to, hops.

The carbonation is quite low-key, a tad frothy, and generally dismissible, the body a swarthy medium-heavy weight, and undeniably smooth, with a heady creaminess to top it off. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, coffee, caramel, and well-behaved alcohol ceding nary an inch.

A hell of an imperial porter, with strong RIS or DIPA tendencies. The somewhat sour fruit does drag this kicking and screaming squarely back into porter territory, only to be bedeviled by the subtle smoke and burgeoning booze. Complex, sexy, and quite compelling. Watch out if this one suggests going back home to its place.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: I noticed some leakage from the cap when I unpacked this beer yesterday and when it poured out flat I was not surprised; I am just going to rate it a "4" in this category and presume it would have poured with the typical mocha head on the pitch black liquid

Smell: Dark chocolate, mocha, licorice and prune

Taste: Dark chocolate and prune, up front, with the licorice and mocha elements building in the middle; fudge and black bread tones, after the swallow, with some coffee in the finish

Mouthfeel: Again, I am going to give this a "4.25" as I presume that the full body would have been matched by some carbonation rather than the flatness I encountered

Overall: A really nice Imperial Porter (as distinct, of course, from an Imperial Stout); nice range of flavors

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap during Baltimore beer week. Served in a sampling glass.

Appearance: The beer pours very dark brown, almost black. There is a layer of tan head on top of the pour that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet and malty right off the bat. As you smell the beer, bitter notes of coffee and dark chocolate balance things out a bit. I'm also getting some dark fruit.

Taste: I think this one has a pretty good balance to it. Bitter roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate flavors show up along with sweet malt and dark fruit. The bitter notes linger a bit longer through the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick and syrupy with tingly carbonation and a finish that is drier than I would have expected.

Overall: I thought this one was quite good. The balance of flavors was very nice. The mouthfeel could have been a bit less thick. I might have another depending on the price point.

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

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, head of light brown foam. It left some sudsy sheets of foam residue on the glass.

S - It smelled malty, chocolatey and very boozy. Almost bourbon-like.

T - Big sweet malty flavors up front with chocolate and molasses flavors. Very boozy but it mellows as the beer warms up.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a big, strong porter as the ABV would indicate. Really tasty.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
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