Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing
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Reviews by GRPunk:
3.35/5 rDev -15.2%
Bottle, dated 10/23/13 poured into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout snifter.
A- 1/2 finger, brown head quickly drops or a light lace. Near jet body shows dark shades of brown and red when held to the light. Nothing left behind on the glass as it all falls slowly back into the body.
S- Lots of coffee initially, medium roast. Hints of chocolate, licorice, maybe a little raisin. A little boozy with warmth (subtle, not hot or jarring).
T- Hmm. Really interesting at first sip. A lot of very roasted grain, and dark roast coffee. Lesser chocolate and licorice. A lot grainier than expected. Licorice and raisin comes out with another sip. On further sips it might be more of a by-product of the roasted characteristics. Quite long in the finish. It gets smokey by the end. Bold for sure.
M- Very full bodied. Viscus with moderate/light carbonation. ABV is pretty well hidden.
O- Decent brew at first. A bit one-dimensional as anything else gets lost behind the dark roasted malts. Glad I tried it, but I've had more enjoyable beers at the pricing point (and cheaper). That said, I'd be interested in trying Yang alone and as a mix. I suppose I'm a sucker for their marketing. The more I drank this one, the less enjoyable it became.
01-20-2014 01:24:11 | More by GRPunk
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured into a snifter a deep deep dark chocolate brown with a thin deep beige head atop.Dark fruit dipped inalcohol,bitter chocolate,and faint wood smoke in the nose,the alcohol is big and sweet.The alcohol is a bit more restrained on the palate with dark fruit and chocolate being the main flavoring,again faint smokiness in the finish.After awhile it gets a little sticky but it's a solid imperial stout.
08-08-2012 19:44:29 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Best by 2015 on the label.
In a snifter the beer was a black color with a brownish tan head. There was a little bit of lacing.
Strong roasted malt aroma, almost burned. Sweet chocolate.
What I thought was sweet chocolate in the aroma turned out to be more of a bittersweet chocolate taste. Lots of espresso coffee, again almost burned (but not in a bad way).
Medium-bodied, alcohol not noticeable.
I liked both the Yin and the Yang. Will have to try the Black and Tan.
06-14-2011 10:53:43 | More by lordofthewiens
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured dark brown from bottle into tulip glass.
Nice aroma with coffee and chocolate notes. Mildly smooth taste firm but not overpowering. Taste lingers nicely on the palate making for a very good sipping beer.
A good Imperial Stout worth seeking out.
10-03-2011 03:12:09 | More by NWer
2.83/5 rDev -28.4%
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is a little subdued - roasted chocolate malts and some black licorice and a little smoke.
The flavor is some sweetness up front with heavily roasted chocolate malts and some dark fruit and black licorice. There's lots of charred bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, but a bit watery.
Overall, it's got too much charred bitter roast.
11-09-2013 05:31:04 | More by Beaver13
3.99/5 rDev +1%
A really good, really simple, true imperial stout. Enjoyed at Tørst in NY from a tap into a wine glass.
A - Near-black, but it was a dimly-lit bar. A finger of unbroken tan-colored head. Decent lacing
S - Minerals/dirt, and that wake-up-to-fresh-pot-of-coffee smell. Hint of molasses and dark, ripe fruit. That typical stout/porter smell. Almost no creamy or vanilla smell to it.
T - REALLLY black coffee. Almost makes your face curl with the strong coffee taste. It settles nicely into a smooth baker's chocolate/cacao. Lacks any smooth vanilla or milk chocolate - almost 0 sweetness.
M - Stung a little at first, but finished nicely toward the back of the mouth. Leaves a slight coat.
O - This is a great benchmark stout. A truly simple, imperial, strong stout. No fancy flavoring, just a damn tasty beer that is just beer.
04-09-2014 19:30:18 | More by Swongler
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA
Nearly black in color with a small light brown head that leaves dots and irregular lines of lacing down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.
The aroma is a big combination of roasted malt, espresso, mild chocolate, and a hint of booze.
The flavor follows the aroma similarly, with big notes of roasted malt and espresso leading the way along with a tiny bit of smoke and char.
Medium to full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.
A nice, roasty, flavorful imperial stout, though there are certainly better and less expensive options available from closer to home.
03-25-2012 23:59:58 | More by ehammond1
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured into snifter; jet black with a moderate brown head that fades quickly into an appreciable ring of foam that leaves lovely lacing.
Smell is metallic roasted malt, coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and some sweeter softer scents of caramelized sugar, toffee and milk chocolate. No booze in the nose at all.
Taste is dark roasted malt with lots of coffee and baking chocolate flavor, followed by some passing hints of milk chocolate and dark fruit before it disappears with a slight puff of alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel does seem a bit thin for an imperial stout, especially one that is 10%.
Overall though, it's a great imperial stout. Not super-complex but very drinkable and tasty.
09-26-2013 03:58:24 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
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