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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 201
Hads: 958
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 39
Gots: 182 | FT: 9
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rfgetz on 04-22-2011

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, Julian date 327:15 (Nov 23, 2015).

Black color, opaque, with a dark tan head that shows good retention. Roasted malt with dark chocolate and coffee overtones. As it warms, the opens up some light raisin and prune-like fruity aromas. Roasted malt flavor is deep without becoming too rich. A bitter finish hides the alcohol content well, but does provide a faint warming sensation at the end. Medium-full bodied, not as heavy as other Imperial Stouts I've had lately, which keeps it light enough to finish in one sitting with no problem.

Evil Twin has just started to get distribution in NJ so I was finally able to give them a try for the first time. While their beers come off to me as gimmicky at times (Taiji Stout?), it's what's inside the bottle that matters. Inside this bottle, was a no bullshit Imperial Stout, brewed remarkably true to style.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night with a fingernail of beige resting on top. The aroma is comprised of copious amounts of dark malt with some roasted barley. I taste plenty of dark malt, sweet chocolate, and dark roasted barley. This stout is a bit on the sweeter side overall. The mouth is silky and creamy.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well-balanced classic Imperial Stout: coffee, malts, bourbon-barreled, chocolate, and other slight undertones; none of which compete against each other. Nice balance; easy to drink.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Preliminary: Fresh. Bottle pour.

Look: Pours a deep, tar-like structure that yields barely any head. The minimal amount of foam dissipates very quickly and has a lingering ring that retains on the glass. Looks sexual, like most Evil Twin stouts.

Smell: Picking up strong hints of plum, pipe tobacco, chocolate, roasted coffee, leather and malt.

Taste: Let this one warm up a bit. This is best at around 50-55 F where the sweetness and maltiness really unfold. Up front at a colder temperature, you are going to get a bold coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and aggressive pallet overkill. When the stout reaches it's maximum flavor potential (Mitch Hedberg), plums, raisins, light apricots (heavy emphasis on the dried fruit), bittersweet chocolate, blonde (light) coffee, mild lactose, and earthy notes come out. Really digging this stout. Although it is meant to be balanced with its yang IPA, I am not sure if I'd want to do so as there is a light hoppiness that balances out this imperial stout. The light bitterness is a balancing point for the tasting profile.

Feel: Although this is not a sticky stout, it is certainly coats to ensure you enjoy the flavor. Really enjoying the lingering presence. Another reason I don't want to mix it with the yang.

Overall: 4.5 is definite. Might not be ET's finest hour, but this is certainly a balanced and flavorful occasion. Then again, ET rarely disappoints with their dark beers. Cheers.

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Photo of FLima
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deepest black color with a thin caramel head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of vanilla, smoke, dark chocolate, licorice, spices, molasses and roasted coffee beans.
Flavor with notes of espresso coffee, charred wood, cola, cocoa, maple syrup, salt, pine, some earth, figs, plums, nuts, licorice, mild grapefruit citrusy, spices, vanilla and a bit of acid lactic. Dry aftertaste with lingering roasted and piney-earthy hop notes, but not overly so.
Full rich body with appropriate carbonation of tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 10% is superbly well disguised.
This is rather balanced and easy to drink Imperial Stout. Not narcissistic, just about right roasted, hoppy, spices and fruity sweet notes. Balanced without the additional Yang.

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Photo of pants678
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big beige head on black body.

Smoke and malt.

Sweetness is the undertone to licorice and smoke, not quite dark chocolate. Punch, or bite, is the smoke but balance is what makes the beer. Nice but not rich.

Carbonation feels right.


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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time trying this one at the Beer Market in Schaumburg. This beer gets so much better as it warms to room temp. Enjoyable roasted chocolate malt flavor and a solid pour.

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Photo of BB1313
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This bottle is a little over a year old. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a tan head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are bold and full of milk chocolate. The flavors are bold as well. Lots of chocolate syrup. Roasted malts are there. Hints of vanilla. Very rich and smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation; very creamy and fluffy. Very smooth stuff. Enjoyable and fun to drink.

I've never had this fresh, but I can say it's awesome with a year on it. It's not flashy, but just a classic example of the style. Evil Twin knows their stouts, and this one is no exception. Well done. I could drink this every day. Great stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of SebD
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy tan head that dies down moderately fast and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee and sweet dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a loads of chocolate upfront, roasted coffee, molasses, light toffee, some earthiness and dark fruit (figs mainly).

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Lovely beer.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of JackieKu
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A: Opaque. No head.
S: Intense roasted aroma. Intense caramel. Medium coffee and cocoa. Some Chinese herbs. Medium hints of sweetness. A little woody.
T: Chocolate. Moderate roasted flavor. Little sourness. Semi-dry. Medium bitterness. Finish is long and coffee like.
M: Full bodied. Creamy.
O: Decent Imperial stout.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark as expected with a great lasting head. Smells malty and black licorice. Strong malty and slightly sweet with a bite to it. Medium light body but good carbonation. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft-poured into and snifter glass.

Jet black with a small head-nice lacing left on the glass as I sip.

Kind of a weak smell. Chocolate, some coffee and figs. A touch of anise.

Taste is similar to the smell. Not sweet at all. Flavors develop as it warms. Quite complex with layers of flavor-very nice. No booze detected-impressive for a 10% beer.

Very smooth and easy to drink. Not creamy, just smooth. Dangerous.

Wow-this better than expected. Lots of subtle flavors going on. Will definitely have again-highly recommended for those who like complex flavors without the sweetness that tends to go with the style.

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Photo of HipCzech
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Inky dark brown with a froth of light brown foam; spotty lace.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee, smoky grains and toffee.

Taste: Roasted grains, slight smoke, dark coffee bitterness, cocoa and an underlying maple syrup sweetness. Slight alcoholic heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy smooth and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Big, boozy, bitter and roasted stout. Mixes well with Yang IIPA: intense hops and roasted malt balancing each other.

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Photo of RickS95
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spectacular looking beer that starts with a slow, thick pour. Dark black beer with a head that lags behind and cascades at it's own pace. Thick brown head with long legs. Amazingly thick lace, it just clings to the glass.

The scents are subtle, unlike the appearance. As you would guess, a malt bomb with dark roasty parts coffee expresso, and bittersweet chocolate.

It tastes exactly like it smells. While there seems to be a bit of hop presence, it could just be the combination of dark smoky grains. Coffee and expresso join bittersweet chocolate to combine for more of a breakfast drink than a shake.

Extremely creamy and smooth, especially early on where a bit of sweetness lives. From midsip on, the bitterness builds. It's never overly bitter and that bitterness doesn't linger. Very full bodied and that high ABV is way too well-hidden. Should be sipped but it's too smooth and goes down a bit easy.

Yin is a superb beer. All characteristics are subtle and well put together.

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Photo of drmeto
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small,foamy,khaki head
-chocolate,molasses,slight coffee,phenolic,medicinal,anice,figs,oats,licorice
-Follows the nose with a toasty component and a slight cognac note
-medium carbonation (overcarbonated)
-alcohol warmth
-medium to full body
An imperial stout for people who arent into big, roasted beers

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Photo of Sathanas
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Driftwood Brewery snifter glass.
L: Black body, +2 fingers mocha head. Looks awesome.
S: Coffee, milk and dark chocolate, olive skin, Leather, dirty hops. Smells awesome.
T: Stronger on the coffee and hop bitterness than the nose suggest (almost to the point of a black ipa), but still really nice. Dark fruits, chocolate, leatherey umami. Really nice, just a let down after the amazing smell.
F: Sticky, but not thick. No alcohol whatsoever. Bit of carbonation.
O: Really nice imp stout I could drink on a regular basis. Recommended for stout lovers who want a little more hoppiness or black ipa lovers who want to chill on the hops a bit.

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Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color and is topped with several inches of mocha head that leaves some decent lacing.

I get aromas of cocoa and dark chocolate along with roasted malt.

The taste has dark chocolate and roasted malt. The finish is black coffee.

Full mouthfeel

This beer exceeded my expectations. It is a real solid stout. I'm not sure why I am surprised because Evil Twin makes some excellent beer.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big creamy dark walnut head lingers before depositing fine a lace coating on a B-United Teku, glass, while the black (SRM 40) stout clings to the glass in a thin viscus film.

Fusil alcohol mirrors the deep roasted malt in power, while black coffee and burnt chocolate take a middle ground against a maple syrup reduction.

The flavor opens with an interplay of chocolate and coffee, where the coffee relegates the chocolate to baker’s chocolate. The finish is quite long with a lingering bitterness.

The full body works well with a creamy smooth texture, while warming alcohol lifts a vail of velvet. Modest fine carbonation and a dry finish.

For me this is an amped-up stout, short of Imperial status. The alcohol is there, but the roasted bitterness falls short as does the development of aroma/flavor characteristics.

I enjoyed Yin & Yang separately via a side-by-side comparison, then as a Black-&-Tan. What follows are notes as the Black & Tan:

- Tremendous side-by-side long lasting creamy heads above black and copper in a Pretentious Beer ½-n-½ glass.
- Clamminess of Yang is eliminated, allowing the hops to show.
- Alcohol mellows out, while the bitterness is cleaned-up. Sweetness emerges, along with citrus over a light roasted flavor.
- Creamy, with light carbonation and more balanced alcohol.
- As a tandem Yin & Yang is undoubtedly improved. Still not something to rave about, but the experiment produced dramatic, and positive results.

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Photo of k8kruk
2.82/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - almost tar black with red luster. very dark, translucent heading towards opaque. dark, thin head that vanishes quickly
S - smoky and boozy. not very fragrant.
T - tastes of lemon, molasses and smoke. strong bitter undertone. very dark chocolate on the finish. boozy throughout
F - smooth, but not as thick as I expect for an Imperial.

Overall the beer was okay, but not fabulous. The bitter, tart notes combine on the finish in a way I found unpleasant. The smokiness drowns out other flavors. Complex but unbalanced flavors.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is darkness. Chocolate, molasses and black coffee.
The taste is dark chocolate bitterness at first, mellows a little to coffee and milk and finishes with a mild coffee bean bitter. Final finish is with a little alcohol heat.
The texture is smooth.
It's a big stout.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat simple for an imperial stout. It's decent, but lacking much excitement. Chocolate, malts, a bit of coffee, a touch of smokiness. No head retention whatsoever. I've had bigger, better imperial stouts.

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Photo of leantom
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A good beer. Somewhat mellow, but still a good beer nonetheless. Here goes:

A: OK. Pitch black, but only pours a small head with moderate lacing. Just alright.

S: Very faint traces of burnt barley. Dark chocolate, coffee, and toffee. However, the smells are just a little too faint for my liking. Very mellow beer.

T: Much more robust than the smell and quite good. Mellow (I.e., not overly bitter) coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of caramel at the back of the palate. I prefer the stouts that don't have a dark fruit, i.e., plum and raisin, taste, so I liked this beer a lot. Leaves a nice coffee taste at the back of the palate.

F: Good. Not quite as thick as I would imagine a 10% ABV beer to be, but still sufficient.

O: A solid brew. Would get again.

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Photo of Nyved
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draught at a local pub.

Looked great; It was almost pitch black with a light-tan head and lacing. The smell was incredible. Strong smell of coffee, roasted malt, and (what I believe to be) cocoa. The taste was incredible. Coffee, roasted malt, and cocoa were present in the taste as well. There was some bitterness, but it was also very sweet. The really smooth, creamy mouth feel really brought it all together. I'd recommend this to anyone that likes imperial stouts. It's one of my favorites so far.

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Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, roasted malts. Taste is rich coffee, hints of chocolate, a touch of alcohol, some bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of chocolate-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Tons of rich, earthy, roasted malt up front, imparting aromas of freshly toasted dark bread and freshly roasted coffee beans. There’s a hint of smoke, as well as lots of caramel and brown sugar and dark chocolate. Inviting and delicious!

Taste: Wow! Strong flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, a touch of smoke, licorice and star anise. There’s quite a bit of caramel-like sweetness to balance out that smoke and licorice, and finally, the beer finishes with just a hint of slightly bitter hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and extremely smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 10%, there is a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is another excellent imperial stout and another excellent beer from Evil Twin. Highly recommended

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Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
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