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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

Evil Twin YinEvil Twin Yin

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very good

514 Ratings

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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New York

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a bit of purple hue like an eggplant color. Thick, frothy, creamy head of mocha colored foam with good retention and some lacing. Alcohol legs and the head fell off slowly and to a tallish ring around the glass that reminded me of seafoam. Nose is bittersweet with chocolate and bold espresso. Roasted toffee and dark fruit that's a little ominous. Plum. A hint of cola that doesn't translate into the drink and a wet smell like damp earth. Taste is smooth. A touch of booze and a creamy milk chocolate with plenty of coffee and burned toast. Some smoke, char a little roasty and some bitter. There's a mild hint of vanilla and a dry malty finish. Medium body and medium carbonation.

This is an impressive stout that does not lean toward the overly sweet. As milky and creamy as the chocolate is, the drink is strong and clean. The char is not over powering and together with the small bitter makes this a spirited stout that dares to be amenable and vast. Spirited and well turned out.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 14:25:44 | More by utopiajane
Photo of Knapp85


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out Jet black in color with a nice dark borwn thick head. the lacing was very nice on this brew. The smell of the beer was heavily roasted and had some nice charcoal and chocolate aromas in there. The taste is rich and very roasted, had some good complexity to it with a boozy aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and thick. Quite enjoyable stout overall. Tried it with the IPA also mixed as the black and Tan it was pretty good also.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 02:05:29 | More by Knapp85
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts with good beige head, but it settles to rim bubbles. Leaves a combination of ring and stringy lace. The brew is deep, dark brown where no light shines through.

Dried powered cocoa is the first impression from the smell. A bit chalky.

Starts off thin and non-descript. But holding the liquid in the mouth is like fireworks--one starts with the anticipation but must wait for the explosions. When the flavor kicks in, it's quite strong. I note chocolate milk with a peppery bitterness. Dark burnt malts are the strongest flavors. Rather a classical Imperial Stout without the strong alcohol under current.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 19:10:47 | More by smcolw
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Thick jet black with its natural brown tint, medium bubbles on the body. Head is an average tab color maybe 1/3" off the body settling rather quick after one sip.

Smell: Coffee almost espresso like with a hit of burnt sugar.

Taste: Like it smells...it tastes, just much more robust. Bitter black coffee with a touch of molasses. Raw bitter and heavy malts, very easy to like.

Mouth: Medium carbonationcoming off a slight dry bitter finish that I can see many different outcomes depending on the drinker.

Overall: Well above average, I was expecting less considering my experience with "Yang". This beer I would and will buy again. It is a slight pricey consider how much a four pack goes for but try one just for kicks. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 00:35:58 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

today (a freezing cold snowy gray day in colorado), is the perfect day for yin. a very very well made imperial stout, rather familiar honestly, nothing too distinct, but its an excellent example of the style, one of the best going in fact. inky black with some radiance in color, a few inches of heady brown fluff as well. not boozy or sweet, but full of aromas and flavors from coffee to bakers chocolate, burnt barley without the bitter, milk sugars, even brown sugar or raw sugar, again, without the sweetness. the finish and the feel are what makes this memorable. velvety smooth, soft as they come, with a long accelerating flavor crescendo of cocoa and super dark barley. a little tannic, lots of fun. enough carbonation, but this one is about body, and my is it full. robust enough for the coldest days of winter, i like this a fair bit more than the imperial ipa that is supposed to accompany it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 01:08:46 | More by StonedTrippin
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Yukon (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bavarian Lodge.

A- black appearance, slight lacing and head retention.

S- coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts almost smoke

T- bitter chocolate, smoky roasted malts almost a burnt taste. nice balance of bitter hops at the finish

M- fairly smooth for 10%. medium bodied with a creamy semi-dry finish.

O- good imperial stout. had a little too much of the burnt/ash taste for me. But would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 01:39:00 | More by kawilliams81
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two plus fingers worth of dense rigid medium-to-dark brown colored head... Impressive retention finally gives way to a full slightly creamy lacing... Completely opaque... Still with no discernible carbonation... A bit menacing but quite inviting at the same time... All American Imperial Stouts should aim to look this good...

S - Dark fruits... Smoke... A touch of licorice... Faint chocolate... Even fainter coffee... Some brown sugar... Roasted malts... Molasses... Powdered Cocoa...

T - The taste while not subdued, is much less potent than expected based on the aroma... Espresso... Dark chocolate... Brown sugar... Malt balls... A bit fudgey... A slightly burnt roasted malt finish...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Slightly lush... Slightly creamy... A bit of a chalky finish...

D - A nice American Imperial Stout... Not top tier, but very good none the less... There are a lot of good things going on here... The 10% doesn't attempt to hide itself... Would easily recommend for fans of the style...

Yin & Yang Blend (Black & Tan):
A - 3.5 S - 3.5 T - 3.5 M - 3.5 D - 3.0
Overall - Wasn't the most seemless of pours (my fault), but the red highlights of the Yang really standout... Most of the complexities of the respective aromas and tastes get lost in one another... I would much prefer to drink these brews separately as they stand quite nicely on their own and lose something when combined... Overall, the drinkability scores go down as the 10% ABV is tough to take once all the nuance is lost...

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 00:54:29 | More by philbe311
Photo of BARFLYB


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Kraftworks in Philly.

Evil Twin Yin goes in the glass looking black like a stout, even up to light not able to see through the blackness. A small amount of dark brown bubbles becomes nothing, leaving nothing.

Smell is very inviting with a dry roasty appeal mixed in with some dank chocolate and coffee/espresso tones. A whiff of vanilla and that about does it.

Taste is similar to nose in that it is not explosive. This baby is balanced and not extreme without losing it's RIZZ characteristics. Bakers chocolate with dry roasted malt backed with vanilla and espresso taste. i keep getting imperial Irish dry Stout in my mind.

Feel is smooth and not scorching hot from the 10%. It's a bit warm but not hot by any means, a small dab of alcohol on the tounge. Body is a nice healthy above medium with mild carb.

A nice IMPY stout from Evil Twin. Mixed this in with the Yang and i really did not see the point. I could do a bottle of this on a cold day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 13:11:25 | More by BARFLYB
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, remains of a dark brown head.

Aroma: Roasted malt, pungent, some coffee.

Taste: Alcohol, barley wine characteristics, dry. Sweet aftertaste, nice chocolate flavours!

Mouthfeel: Soupy, thick, full bodied.

Overall: Good one, but I need to try it again from a bottle to form a full idea.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 23:31:39 | More by Arborescence
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle from Bullocks (Marietta, GA). 6.99. No bottling info. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours jet black with a finger and a half biscotti tan head. Tiny sporadic chips of lace.

Smells of dark chocolate, roasty malts, figs and coffee.

Bold dark tastes. Dark chocolate covered dates, coffee, molasses, currants and a hint of piney hops towards the finish. Good smooth blend that only hints at it's 10% abv.

Fairly full creamy thick feel with moderate carbonation. Long bitter cocoa aftertaste.

I'm glad I revisited this one. Previously I'd only tried it in partnership with the Yang. It was excellent blended but this is quite worthy on it's own. Any stout fans that see this on a shelf should know that it's drinking quite well right now.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 03:41:09 | More by ThickNStout
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/23/13 and poured 2/15/14. $4 single.

Appearance: Pours black, black, black. Finger of a brown head. Basically no lacing. Definitely looks like an Imperial Stout. I always hope for some good head retention and/or lacing though, even at the 10%. (3.5/5)

Smell: Interesting for an RIS. There's an obvious hoppiness, but it's not overbearing. Then there's the usual culprits of chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee, also with almost a tobacco sort of thing going on. I like it. (4.25/5)

Taste/feel: Medium/heavy body with about a medium carbonation. Was bitter for the first few sips, but really this is a pretty sweet RIS. Dark fruit flavors strangely seem to dominate the taste, as the chocolate/roast flavors take a back seat. The traditional RIS flavors seem to meld best at the very first moment Yin hits the tongue, and that's about it. Enjoyable RIS, but I'm actually disappointed in the flavor a bit after smelling all that I did. The aftertaste is super dry, slightly ashy/smokey and tobacco-esque, which is nice to get after having what, to me, is almost a wallop of dried dark fruit flavors. Depth of flavor improves as it warms, with some more tobacco and roasty tastes coming through. (4/5, 4/5)

Yin is a very nice brew. $4 isn't an insane price to ask for this beer, but I think I'd tag it at $3 a single for a fair price. I'd have this one again as I enjoy it quite a lot, but there are better options available at a lower price, which seems to be the case with any Evil Twin beer.


Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 16:15:50 | More by Alextricity
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4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at State Line, enjoyed chilled in a snifter.

The color is beautiful ebony with opaque look like an 8ball with thick fluffy medium tan cap which settles to a compact ring of beads with snake-like lace rings. The smell is great-very cocoa-like with a dark cacao bitter scent with mild alcohol and light sweet woody aroma and mild hint of pepper. The feel is very good with malt body yet a bit bitter both from malt and hops with moderate carbonation and semi strong alcohol in the feel with some spiciness and mild drying in the finish.

The taste is very hoppy at first with more of a malt flavor emerging toward the middle -lots fo bittersweet dark chocolate and mild spice with a woody accent and some subtle sweet dried fruit and light pepper in the middle with a warming of alcohol leading to a dry woodiness with the warmth lingering after the beer is swallowed. a full on intense stout that is both corpulent in the malt and dry enough to be drinkable with the alcohol a little high but this could be a good candidate for cellaring - I recommend this to those who like a strong stout that isn't shy.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 00:40:42 | More by Slatetank
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North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a very dark, blackish-brown coloring with a thin ring of brown film around the surface. Poured like oil. Aromas of bittersweet baker's chocolate, earthy notes, molasses, roast coffee, and a subtle herbal highlight. Very interesting nose, and very rich and heavy. Flavors are roast coffee forward, with an extremely heavy bitterness rising to the surface shortly after the beer passes over the tongue. Roast notes persist throughout, and there are highlights of cocoa nib and rich molasses here and there, but the bitterness is dominant. Slight charred wood notes in there to add depth to the bitterness, also. The body is smooth and robust, with a very direct transport of the heavy palate. A burnt, bitter aftertaste leads into a lingering, slow, drawn out finish that slightly coats the mouth and taste buds. Very strong brew, but very damn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 04:34:17 | More by GarthDanielson
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

This was labeled as a "Russian imperial smoked stout IPA." A complex label, and surely a complex beer.

Poured an opaque brown-black with a modest tan head that retained well throughout the session. Aroma of dark malts, bitter coffee, semi-sweet chocolate. Mostly coffee up front in the taste, with some semi-sweet chocolate; roasted malts, smoked wood in the middle; boozy finish, with a distinct hoppy bitterness. Very diverse display in even a single sip. Full bodied, complex, and very drinkable for the more daring imbiber.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 03:27:09 | More by Rifugium
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, best before 2015 (as stated on the label). Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch light brown head that didn't stick around for too long. There is a good amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some dark fruit and licorice. There's also a nice roasted/ashy bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good enough stout. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes roasty/charred tasting beers. I do have a bit of this and the Yang IPA mixed together that I plan on drinking next. Hopefully they will be good together!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 22:26:10 | More by bluejacket74
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 10:53:43 | More by lordofthewiens
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle.

Pour is pitch black with a bigger head than I would expect with a frothy tan head that shows great lacing.

Aroma is heavy on roasted espresso with maybe a hint of smoke as well. It's got some cocoa powder and licorice sweetness though there is also some bitter green hops in the nose. Not a lot of hops but they're noticeable to me.

The taste has an initial hop kick but that's swept away by the burnt malt and spent espresso beans, which are the dominant aspects of the taste. The finish is smoky and bitter with some bakers chocolate sweetness.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth with strong carbonation.

This is a seriously roasted coffee-heavy stout that I enjoyed but it's still a tad abrasive to be a great stout. That said, both the Yin and Yang are solid brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 03:47:56 | More by gford217
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very similar to the soft dookie, except I get more dark fruit, dark chocolate and less vanilla in this beer. On tap at Max's today.

Otherwise, the beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and considerable lacing all around. The nose is impressive, with considerable licorice, coffee and dark chocolate. The licorice dominates on the nose. On the palate, the coffee and licorice dominate dominate again, although there's some noticeable bitterness in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied, with a long, coffee and licorice filled finish. Aloohol is definitely noticeable, but this beer is not at all heavy or hot on the palate.

Another very nice RIS from the guys at evil twin....

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 20:20:47 | More by johnmichaelsen
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One half of the black and tan and the yin-yang. I decided to enjoy the Yin by itself since I'm not into IPA's that much.

A: Pours pitch black with medium tan head.

S: roasted chocolate malt, coffee. I can imagine having this in the morning with my newspaper and breakfast burrito.

T: More chocolate and coffee.

MF: I rated 3.5 on this part because the mouthfeel is a little thin for me, especially for an imperial stout. I was expecting a thicker mouthfeel. Something that sticks around after you take a sip and doesn't go away right away.

O: Other than the mouthfeel this is still a good beer and I didn't know it was from Denmark. I probably wouldn't buy it again though since it was $10 for a single 12oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 03:21:51 | More by BigB415
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate malt, earthy hop and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet roasted black sweet coffee and dark chocolate flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a near standout beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:33:24 | More by tmoneyba
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Figured that since I was headed to a cookout, I needed some beer, and this guy fit the bill. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dusty tan foam. The nose comprises molasses, roasted malts, chocolate syrup, light char, and a pile of black peppercorns. The taste brings in more of the same, focusing on the molasses and forcing the pepper into something akin to obscurity. Yeah, the variety drops off a bit, but it doesn't hurt things too much. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice impy stout, one that shows that Evil Twin may be able to bring some more Scandinavian darkness to our shores (always a good thing, folks!)...

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 03:24:26 | More by TMoney2591
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradomus flute glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black with a one finger fine medium tan head with good retention, but not much lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a hint of oak. Taste is very roasty with some pleasant burnt components, dark malt, lighter dark fruit and chocolate flavors. Finishes with a slight hop kick and more roasted and burnt flavors. The burnt components are novel and work well with this stout. Medium bodied, bodering on creamy. Somewhat less well integrated than other imperial stouts, but nicely made and a pleasant flavor progression ending in the unusual smoky finish. I like this.

Also had the great pleasure of trying a Yin-Yang with combination of a half bottle each of Yin and Yang for an Evil Twin black and tan. I liked each of the individual components. The dark stout of Yin overwhelms the lighter Yang, producing a dark brown, nearly black pour with a bit more light red-orange around the edges than the straight Yin. Half finger fine medium tan head, again like the Yin, a bit less full. Aroma started out dominated by the dark roasty elements of Yin, but eventually the hops and citrus elements of Yang became dominant. Interesting, like matter and anti-matter, the two beers seem to mute the dominant flavors of the other. A mild roasty flavor and moderate creaminess from the Yin, but a definite citrus and herbal hop component and finish from the Yang. The finish is somewhat abrupt, and does not have the nice smoky flavors from Yin. Surprisingly well balanced and integrated. A very interesting blend.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 04:44:41 | More by LiquidAmber
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is pitch black with no clrity and some signs of bubbles at the upper rim of the glass. Looks delicious.

Smell: roasted and bready malts, mocha, and somce smokiness too.

Taste: roasted coffee, bittersweet choocolate, bready and sweet malts, alcohol, and quite a tasty treat.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, a bit dry, full bodied, medium to high carbonation, and very easy to drink given the high ABV.

Overall: This is a pretty solid DIS that could of sat for 3 more years. I have completed the Evil Twin black and tan beers and next time I will venture into the expensive mix now that I have had both compnents separately.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 04:25:25 | More by Flounder57
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 19:44:29 | More by oberon
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New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pitch black in the glass, dark head of dark sea foam (big-as-ya-want-it)

S: dark, roasty malts hint at espresso and cocoa nibs; subtle suggestions of anise and herbs

T: deep and roasty dark malts and bittersweet dark chocolate dominate the palate - layers of dry, chalky cocoa powder and cold, semi-sweet espresso coffee; very mellow and understated

M: smooth, full-bodied, coating, roasty aftertaste; dry finish

O: a very nice Imperial stout - lots of roasted dark malt flavors (if you couldn't tell) typical of the style - nice from start to finish

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 21:01:28 | More by Greywulfken
Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
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