Shall one compare thee to a fair beer, Not even this perfect porter before thou will do thee justice. Thou art more complex, brave and cunning. Thou have changed more than a brew will ever. Thou may be lil’, but thy mind is greater than words can speak and beer will ever taste.
Sounds nice enough. Let’s give it a try.
This beverage came in a 22 oz. bomber and it possessed an ABV of 11.5%.
It poured black with a dark tan, khaki colored head. The cap was a touch small, although the texture was smooth and creamy. The retention time was average, but the lacing looked pretty good I thought.
The smell released hints of sweet chocolate and roasted malts. A medium strength amount booze filled my nostrils and it also had a fragrance of chocolate covered cherries. A very light waft of coffee was noticed as well. Other than that, I didn’t really find much else.
The alcohol seemed to be a little strong on the initial intake, yet it calmed somewhat as I took a few more sips and as I started to discover some of the other flavors. Those being…. a little more of the chocolate and more of the cherry savors. The roasted malts were tasted again too. Overall, it was quite rich, sweet and bold.
The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Smooth, silky, dry and kind of creamy. The carbonation was of medium/low strength and a decent amount of warmth was felt after the swallow. A nice and solid dose of character was left on the palate after each sip.
Well, this beer was just “ok” for me. I mean, it was good, but I wasn’t completely blown away by it. In all honesty, it was slightly hard for me to drink. The combination of the alcohol and the sweetness made for a long session. Not that it was a bad thing I don’t guess, but compared to other Imperial Porters that I’ve tried in the past it was a bit too much. Either way, I do think that taken in small samples or shared with a friend that a bottle of Evil Twin Lil’ B would make for a nice Winter warmer. Have you guys ever tried this beer? What did you think? Feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch with me on Twitter (@BeerApprentice) or on Google Plus (+Beer Apprentice) and tell me all about it.
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Score: 3.7 out of 5