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Evil Twin Lil' BEvil Twin Lil' B
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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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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Avg:
4.19
pDev:
22.91%
 
 
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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black with a thin tan mousse that recedes very quickly.

S: Aromas of caramel, roasted grain, dark chocolate, coffee, heavy cream, vanilla bean, black cherry, black currant, fig, and mellow alcohol fill the nose.

T: Notes of raisin, fig, black cherry, dried blueberry, black currant, caramel, heavy cream, vanilla bean, molasses, roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast, black pepper, leather, and warming alcohol swirl across the palate. The finish is viscous and punchy with a mélange of dark fruit, caramel, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, and black pepper flavors washed in alcohol.

M: Medium in body, oily, and silky. Carbonation is supple and unobtrusive. Alcohol is, of course, pronounced.

O: A very good, very complex strong porter. Evil Twin continues to impress me.

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Photo of lochef81
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had heard great things about this beer and; while it is good, I was somewhat dissappointed. This porter pours a deep black with a short lived tan head that leaves beautiful lacing. The aroma is typical coffee, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, and booze. But there is something off about the smell. I can't put my finger on it but it seems forced and artificial. The flavor carries the same notes both good and bad. It is very nice and much more imperial stout than porter, but that fake off note still is present plus a slightly metallic aftertaste in finish. This is good but just not quite as good as I had heard or as I wanted it to be.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice. Bottled on date of 02/19/14.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet dark malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Upfront roasted barley malts with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, burnt toast, dough, caramel, toffee, yeast, and smoked malt. Sweet hints of molasses. Light hints of anise spice. Hops are very light. Some hints of booze as well. A pretty good roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a dark roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with big notes of chocolate and coffee. Big taste of dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, burnt toast, biscuit, cookie dough, caramel, toffee, smoked malt, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and brown sugar. Light notes of anise licorice spice. Subtle hops in the background. A very good roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy. Some booze heat is noticeable but not overly strong.

Overall: A very good imperial version of a porter. Very much like a solid imperial stout with a good dark taste of chocolate, coffee, and some smoke.

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

Review from bottle presumed end of August, 2014 (230:14). Original rating 4.25 on tap:
This review was at darker bar, but all attempts to get visible still indicated dark brown to black. Head is deep tan, pour was gentle so volume hard to tell. Edges build the foam nicely, but not much lacing.

Nose is chocolate, vanilla, overall roasted malt background. I also get a bit of Creme brûlée with a deep whiff. I do get light hints of cherry also, but those scents are secondary.

Taste starts out somewhat on the tart side, surprisingly, but I don't mean sour-like. I think the alcohol and fruit flavors charge to the front to hold back the roasted nature of a dark beer. Vanilla, dark roasted nuts, some maraschino cherry notes; the later tastes, when combined with the light carbonation, give a root beer impression. The body is pretty heavy, the feel a tad on the oily side of silky.

A very good beer. It's not going to breach the upper echelons of the style, but there is definitely a bunch going on. It's mildly sweet, a bit tart, but has a good over balance with the bittering side of the beer.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter at the Avenue Pub, NOLA

A: Mahogany brown with a one finger tan head that hangs out on the balcony. Thick lacing.

S: Heavy duty chocolate, molasses, some charred notes.

T: Like drinking from a chocolate fountain. Heavenly chocolate blends with molasses and a lightly smokey flavor. I could sip this one all night. Just divine.

M: Medium with heavy with a chewy medium carbonation.

O: One of the best porters I've ever tried. Find it and be wowed. Highly recommended.

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

Shared by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave. Sitting on the porch in the springtime sippin' on Lil' B.

the beer is near black with over an inch of foamy beige head. The aroma brings coca, bitter chocolates, coffee, dark roast. Taste is solid. I'm a fan. Big robust beer and well balanced. Full bodied and palate coating, yet easy drinking. We had no problem finishing the bottle. Very tasty.

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Photo of jera1350
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid brownish black with a fizzy head that settles to a ring of foam. Sweet chocolates smell with a hint of smoke and roast and molasses. The flavor is rich chocolate, sweet, lightly roasty and bitter. The chocolate and cocoa linger well into the aftertaste. Drinks like it is 7% abv. Smooth feel. Wonderful beer here. Would definitely get this again.

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Photo of morimech
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 02/19/14
Black and viscous fluid with a half finger head that settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Cocoa Crisp smell with its chocolate and cookie like malt aroma. Slight hint of coffee and alcohol.

Flavor of a mocha beverage except with the alcohol flavor and heat which is quite strong in the finish. Some earthiness and mild bitterness as well.

Big and thick body. Wonderful carbonation gives a rich texture that is really appealing.

A massive porter that has some very good flavors. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Imperial Porter. Thick rich blackish brown with thin tight lacing. Dark roasted malt up front on the nose, brown sugar, caramel. Head retention is amazing. Dark malts and licorice, light hop tinged aftertaste with lots of alcohol warming. Thick and fulfilling. Silky smooth going down, black coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, plums, roasted malt without the deep roasting found in stouts. Quite nice indeed.

Had on growler from Country Fresh Farm Market Anderson township Cincinnati Ohio

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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 JMScowcroft
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Evil Twin Brewing - Lil' B, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Medium viscosity oil black with a cm sized mocha head. Great lacing.

Smell - Surprisingly faint aroma for such a big beer. As it warms you can pull out slight hints of chocolate, roasted malts, and brown sugar.

Taste - Rich, creamy, and cocoa chocolate followed by slight bitter roasted malt and hot booze.

Mouthfeel - Rich and full bodied, low-medium carbonation. Hot malty boozy throat and stomach warmer.

Overall - Really good imperial porter, nice and creamy rich. Big beer.

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Photo of Roguer
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge, dark brown head, ~2 1/2 fingers. Brew is a solid black with purple and brown hues. Head retention is outstanding, and lacing is super thick and full.

Slightly boozy grapes are the first part of the aroma to hit, followed by roasted chocolate malts and barley. Smells thick!

Flavor follows the nose. Delicious and luscious notes of roasted barley and chocolate, a hint of cream, and the booziness makes itself known very lightly.

Thick, creamy, silky, not quite chewy. Very full. Long, lasting finish. Nice bitter balance from the roast, and a slight sting. A noticeable alcohol presence builds over time.

This is an absolutely fantastic stout - err, imperial porter. Yeah. Anyway, it's potent and strong, thick and creamy, and exceptionally well-balanced. It's not incredibly creative - there's nothing

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big beer in just about every way. On the palate it starts out with fruitier notes of cooked cherries, raisins, and plums. On the mid palate roasted undertones of coffee and and bittersweet molasses push forward and covering up the present alcohol. The balance of this beer really shines through in the smoothness in which this beer finishes.

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Photo of Weavah
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Nearly jet black with a light brown and foamy head. Like being out in the country, in a forest, on a cloudy night. Dark man, real dark.

S: Fresh tar, charcoal, and booze. If you ever worked or lived near a coffee roaster then you'll get the nose on this beer. Just dirty nasty char funk.

T: Pardon the redundant obviousness of this description. It has this funky fermented quality. And for anyone who likes kimchi you'll know what I mean. It also has this sour wine thing going on that makes my head spin. You'll also get the typical coffee and chocolate notes.

M: Sticky with a low, but lingering, carbonation. Surprisingly, not super heavy for an 11.5.

O: Lil' B is a very sexy beer. There is so much going with this beauty it's hard to come up with a complete and worthy summation. It's incredibly aggressive whilst retaining a refined elegance.

If if you see her, don't hesitate. Make your move or she'll end up between the sheets of another suitor.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - jet black color with mocha head

Smell - cocoa, molasses, roasted barley

Taste - cocoa, dark chocolate, molasses, hint of booze

Mouthfeel - heavy body, medium carbonation, flavors are bold, booze is present but not overwhelming, rich, luscious

Overall - very good porter with a solid mouthfeel and bold flavor

Price Point - $3.89/12 oz bottle

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

A - Pours a midnight black with a very thin reddish brown head.

S - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Nice bittersweet dak chocolate upfront. There is some nice dark fruits that follows the chocolate. Finish has some roasted malt bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel. Slight alcohol warmth.

O - This was very good. Drinks more like a stout than a porter. Very drinkable for being 11.5%.

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Photo of barczar
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque brown black with minimal deep chocolate head that dissipates completely.

Roast malt, dark chocolate, a vinous character, tar, and soy form the initial aroma. Mocha and malted milk balls dominate as it warms. Hops are indistinguishable.

Flavor reveals a slightly acrid/vinous character at the outset, which is quickly overwhelmed by dark chocolate, fading to coffee mid palate, and finishing fairly roasty and a touch bitter. Notes of tart cherry add intrigue. The balance is decidedly chocolatey.

Body is full and rich, smooth and lush, with minimal carbonation and noticeable, but not obtrusive, alcohol warmth.

Very rich malt character with an agreeable emphasis on chocolate over roast or coffee. The tart dark fruit character is interesting. Anxious to see how this ages.

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Photo of brunomorenodebrito
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really dark black color, brown head with good retention. In the nose coffe, chocolate, roastness, dark druits as plums and raisins, caramel/toffe really complex aroma. In the taste the complexity is equal, coffe, dark chocolate, plums, raisins and caramel/toffe. The mouthfeel is really good, high and smooth body. Wonderfull brew!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of rodlavers
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter

Black no head some lacing

Smells lightly smoked, with a decent malt bill

Tastes similar but with sweetness added, possibly fruit but more artificial desert than natural. Light oak and vanilla. Jerky/pork.

Feels super smooth, medium carbonation, and not at all 11.5ABV.

Overall not sure what makes this a porter, but very good. Cheers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.79/5  rDev -33.4%
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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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A coworker gifted me some bottles of this beer. Her husband had gotten some and didn't like it, so she gave them to me.

The flavor of this beer reminded me of Raisinette candies. It's not a bad thing, but I've never been a fan of chocolate covered raisins. But in beer form, it was alright - not quite my preference in beer flavors as it was a bit too sweet and heavy tasting for my liking. But it wasn't too bad to sip on.

Because of the higher alcohol content, and having already drunk another beer earlier, I was only able to finish half of the bottle. I still have a bottle left, but I may have to separate it into 2 servings to share.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Pitch black. An eighth of an inch of brown head dissipates quickly. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

S: Deep fudge and dark chocolate sauce aromas. Tootsie rolls. Espresso. Hint of smoke. Chocolate covered raspberries. Big esters of raspberry, currant, and brandy. Vinous. Soft-spoken alcohol.

T: Vinous. Brandy and sherry. Currants and raspberries. Chocolate covered cherries. Malt takes hold slowly, first with a deeply roasted espresso flavor that builds in intensity. Char. Bitter dark chocolate. Woody roast. Drying finish with lingering flavors of heavy roast, soot, char, and smoke.

M: Thick in body. Coating. Silky with a slick feel that glides over the tongue. Little to no carbonation.

O: A huge beer at 11.5% abv. Its power is obvious with all the vinous qualities, but it drinks very gently. Evil Twin makes some gargantuan beers, but what's more impressive is their ability to keep these beers drinkable despite their brawn.

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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 AndyAvalanche
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Tulip Style Glass. Liquid portion comes out dark brown with red edges. It slowly turns to black. Once in the glass it's black most of the way through deep red highlights. Lighter than brown but darker than tan colored head, very decent lacing. Liquid coats on the glass nicely against the glass after each sip as well.

Smell is really good, roast, nutty, and slightly fruity similar to a solid Russian Imperial Stout. Plenty of slightly bitter chocolate and some medium roasted coffee. Almonds, honey, some dried cherries and a hint of brown sugar aromas, all really nicely blended together. Slight warming sting from the alcohol.

Taste elevates from the smell more than expected. A high class medium roast coffee that's been perfectly brewed so it's rich, bold, and just the right amount of bitter. Dark fudgey chocolate covered over raisons, craisons, dehydrated cherries, figs, and apricots, pretty much any dark dehydrated fruit you can think of. There's a slight almond flavor that's almost vanilla like. A little grassy hop flavor at the end. It all meshes quite nicely.

Moutfheel is pretty much perfect. It's a soft full bodied beer. Great carbonation level that was sweet, rich, bold, with a nice dry bitter finish at the end. Good all around beer, great drinkability level. Can hang with the best dark beers out there. Nice job.

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Evil Twin Lil' B from Evil Twin Brewing
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