Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 865
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 32
Gots: 150 | FT: 8
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New York, United States

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 TrappistJohnMD
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with good 2 fingered head. Lots of lacing.

Smell is heavy with dark roasted malt, chocolate and a little vanilla.

Taste follows the smell well for me. Lots of chocolate and toasted malts. Sweeter than I expected.

Mouthfeel was a little bit watery but not disappointing.

Overall this was better than I expected. Will definitely try this again. (370 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark and black with a light colored toffee colored lacing ring. Swirl the snifter and it turns into a heavy, creamy foam layer.

S - Heavy on the bittersweet chocolate, coffee, expresso, mild pine, light oak, and cocoa.

T - Everything detected in the nose plus boozy, pine hopping, and lingering medicinal pine/grapefruit lingering bitterness. There's a big alcohol warming in the back of the throat.

Worth checking out. (438 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 3/13/13 (in CT, not imported) poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black, and even a slow pour results in a 2+ finger latte-colored head that is very slow to settle
S: Smoke, beef jerky, espresso & roasted malt. Complex, aromatically I really enjoy this
T: Smoky, a bit bitter, mostly roasted malt with coffee beans & black licorice towards the finish
M: Full-bodied with some bitterness, smooth but with a bit of bite
O: Nice beer though I think it could be better if the alcohol were a bit lower. Paired quite well with smoked cheddar. I tried the Black & Tan with the Yang but I think the beers are better on their own (639 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Snifter-shaped glass

A - Beer pured with a dark brown colored body; barely any head formed during the pour; some lacing formed on the side of the glass; the head of the beer dissipated rather quickly

S - Great chocolate and coffee/espresso scents; notes of roasted malts; subtle hints of licorice; complex blend of roasted malt notes

T - Fantastic punch of flavors; good amount of chocolate and espresso; roasted malts; some bitterness; some bitter

M - Hop bitterness; hits the back-end of the throat rather quickly and with a solid boats of bitterness; could use more body; more of a burning sensation

D - Half of ying and yang; I like at the stout level but should taste very well combined; good flavoring (741 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served alongside the Yang, and with the two combined.

Pours a gorgeously thick and very heavy deep brown, not quite black in hue. Head is voluptuously frothy and dark mocha in colour initially, although this settles to a hazy mesh on the top of the glass and a rout of large bubbles. Minimal lacing. Body is thick and heavy. Looks pretty great.

Nose is huge with roasted characters, and an almost peppery spiciness. Booze is noticeable, as is the hint of wood, which I love in a good imperial stout. It's darker, crispier and more robust and sharp than some imperial stouts. To be honest, I'm a sucker for the sweet, languid richness of the other kind, but this is also great, and it certainly has its place.

Again, the taste really gives it a sharp and very pronounced roasted bitterness, where often you find vanilla sweetness and a caress of oak and coconut in an American Impy stout. Here, there's a smokiness, a devilish darkness, and a biting and lingering, almost ashy finish. It's a profound and confronting stout, but it's hard not to respect it.

It's a really good imperial stout, if not one in the vein I particularly enjoy. But even so, if it were better, I would be crying in joy. This is still an excellent beer as it stands.

In totally different ways, and for totally different reasons, I actually ended up giving the Yin and the Yang exactly the same scores. I guess they do exist in perfect balance. (1,421 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black, with a pretty viscous-looking thickness to it, this beer certainly looks big. A light-medium brown head grows to right about one finger tall, showing some staying power and some good stick as well.
While roasty, the aroma isn't heavy on it. Instead, alongside the soft roasty note comes a touch of sweet cocoa and toast with a hint of something like a metallic note, but not an off-putting one. There's a gentle smokiness in with a toffee-like sweetness, and the toasty note is of darker breads. A light touch of citrus hops add more balance.
The taste is mostly the same, sweet but not too sweet and nutty with a touch of smoky char and woods.
The body is full, though not as huge as I would expect from the look of it or the depth. It's still hearty and thick. (769 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque texture. There was an inch of tan-colored, fairly long-lasting, creamy head. Very good lacing.

S: A big smell of chocolate and coffee with a bit of malt thrown in.

T: Tasted predominantly of chocolate and coffee, with hints of malt and (I thought) a little licorice thrown in. A solid and well done flavor.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is a surprisingly easy to drink stout with a lot of character and a good, forward flavor. (561 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance has a thick brown brown head that lasts for days over a cola base.

Nose is mostly malt, with fresh rain and dark chocolate and yeast and oats.

Taste is initially bitter, with sweet cola. Not a lot of other flavors; muted from the alcohol, but this doesn't feel like a bad thing.

Mouthfeel is full, acerbic from the high alcohol, with a good amount of carbonation, and a slight oil slickness.

Overall, this is a stout with a ton of character. (458 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As the counterpart for "Yang" Mikkeller sets aside this massive Imperial Stout to possibly form the worlds strongest "Black & Tan".

Yin pours with an ominous black viscosity. Light 30-weight motor oil, the beer slowly allows a mocha-stained head to build upon its back. It culminates into a dense medium-statured head that makes penetrating its meringue a bit of a chore. Persistent retention and blanketed lace are hallmarks of its testament to quality.

Strong aromatics of roast abound: espresso, cocoa and burnt embers all set the stage for masculine session. Overcooked toffee, maple, and malt begins to round out the beer- giving the roast support. A tinge of grass and citrus are a prelude into hop bitterness to come.

Again, strength is the name of the game when it comes to taste as well. Embedded toffee and maple sweetness is quickly dwarfed by the roast character of bold espresso, bitter chocolate, light campfire smoke and charred toast. The beer slowly fades into a malty-dry finish of both coffee-derived and hop bitterness. Warming a bit, the taste of black licorice and cherry seem a bit like spiced rum.

Absolute fullness exudes in the beer's mouthfeel. Very full, thick, and nearly chewy- the beer slowly fades to a malty-dry finish of alcohol warmth, roast dryness and hop dryness.

Yin is far more hoppy than I expected, but balancing so. It seems to make sense as a stand-alone sipping session. The beer is effortless in its taste, but intimidating in its power. Though its nearly a perfect stout in many ways, I keep looking for some attributes to stand out and make it a world class example, but there are none- its just a really good stout. (1,670 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single for $3.59 which was quite a deal since these beers usually run 5-6 bucks. Into a goblet.

A - Quite possibly the darkest stout I have had for a while! Even the head is such a deep shade of brown and I am even more impressed with the carbonation giving me well over an inch of foam that never quits.
S - Musty roasts, leather, and black strap molasses highlight which is usually bad but it smells so... balanced. Hopefully it has sweeter malts or this may have been a bad purchase.
T - Well I am hit with the smells which are mild but bite the palate in the finish. Leather and molasses with touches of star anise are everything I hate in big stouts but this is truly done so well I am baffled. Very aggressive bitter finish though makes this a sipper and maybe some dark chocolates. It's very complex.
M - Very syrup like its is a deep complex stout so it is heavy in body.

Overall this is a great example of a stout with heavy flavors. Worth trying. (970 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Pours really dark, and a classic almost black but dark walnut black body and a solid cocoa brown head, leaving a whispy top while drinking. Small scattered leopard lacing, and even some legs. Manages to always leave a real nice collar too.

Nose is just ripping charred malted grains. Chocolate seems to hit on the nose at first, then a distinct ripping coffee bean action. Mixing with great char, just wonderful.

Palate hits with a little bit of a weak almost wet body, but the nose notes carry through. Comes across as a real charring porter, large carbon and char action, and a little dry. Body reminds me more of a roasty but light bodied porter strangely.

Overall quite solid, nothing outrageous or mindbending, but controlled and a nice take. (796 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark black/brown color. Some deep tan head that dissipates quickly and some lace. Very strong, nice oak scent and alcohol. Good character.

Nice smokey taste with a bit of a dark fruit aftertaste. Kind of grape there with a mild watermelon undertone. Carbonated and rich. Bubbly on the tongue. Very flavorful and appealing.

The price point sucked...$7 for 12 ounces at Spyten Dyvel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (414 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/23/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, toast, dark bread, light char/smoke, herbal, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate earthy/piney hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, light char/smoke, pine, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, light char, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate earthy/piney hop flavors; with a great roasted malt/hop bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate earthy/piney hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,540 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A combustible black and tan head stands bubbly and firm. Smells of mincemeat, plum, black grape, cherry and sugar and portends a very rich beer. Tastes of dark and sweet chocolate with a welcomed hop undercurrent and mellow, dark fruits. Alcohol heat is deceivingly low.

Enjoyed. (285 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,005 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours black with a thin, tan head that doesn't hang around for very long.. The beer is opaque with no light shining through the edges. The aroma is of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, anise, and some alcohol. I also get some hops, which adds some piney scent. The taste is very roasty with piney hops, bitter coffee, dark chocolate, and anise. The alcohol is there as well as some dark fruit notes. The body is full and thick with moderate carbonation. The finish leaves a roasty aftertaste. This is a very good beer. (560 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with some dark tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet and bitter dark chocolate, with roasted coffee and cream, and a little brown sugar and nutty malt.
T: It tasted like bitter coffee and dark chocolate, with sweet brown sugar and cream, and a little citrus hops. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with some carbonation. Nice fully body.
D: This was a very nice stout with great scent and taste and body. The alcohol wasn't too hot, and the finish was clean, so it was easy to drink. Not quite top tier, but enjoyable. Might not be worth the cost, but it was enjoyable to try once. (629 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger tan foamy/creamy head that faded slowly and left excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down. A nice tan layer settled on top and stuck around most of the time.

Smells of dark chocolate, licorice, fresh ground coffee beans, molasses, cocoa powder, roasted grains, charcoal, Hershey’s Chocolate syrup, and a mild fruity sweetness. The chocolate and roast aromas are so dominant but yet work and complement each other with a lot more complexities then the initial whiff lets on; taking in the stout lets subtle notes of booze come through, a hint of citrus and then rich espresso. Signature Evil Twin imperial stout nose that is wonderful to inhale.

Tastes of dark chocolate bar, bitter bakers chocolate, fresh ground coffee beans, molasses, toffee, cocoa powder, roasted grains, charcoal or burnt wood, espresso, ashy notes, Hershey’s Chocolate syrup, mild booze, light smoke, grapefruit/citrus hops, fruity sweetness and an intense bitterness that is half burnt coffee and half piney hops. The light booze that comes through tastes like bourbon barrel aging, not offensive heat like a shot of 151 rum, and the roast notes are a bit sweet towards the end like the black part of campfire burnt marshmallow. A very nice mix of smoky, bitter, sweet and earthy, with the coffee and chocolate malts the center of attention. I really enjoy the Evil Twin flair and find their stouts to be some of the best on the planet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and watery, a tad bit on the thin side, with very mild carbonation, a medium chewy body and a nice bitter finish with lots of chocolate, roast and coffee sweetness that trails off semi-dry.

Another impressive stout from Evil Twin. This may not be the boldest from this brewery, but it was still very, very enjoyable and well above average. (1,847 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of braican
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours thickly into a pint glass, with a very small head the dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing down the side.

Smell: Roast-y and chocolatey, very little hop presence. A little alcohol, but not too much.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, lots of roasted malts, and a little smoky. Finishes very slightly boozy; not as much as I would have thought. As it warms a bit that alcohol flavor does start to get more pronounced. Not sweet really, but some subtle spices sneak up on you as well.

Feel: Medium bodied; a little slick but very drinkable for 10%. Bitterness lingers in a good way.

Overall: This is really good. As suggested on the bottle, I'll have to get the Yang to try the Black and Tan. (696 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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! (775 characters)

Photo of mxchap
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark brown. Dense dark brown head. Leaves a bit of lacing. [3.5]
Aroma: Esters, background of sweet chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, small amount of licorice, and a bit of smokiness [3.75]
Taste: coffee and peated malt upfront, only a bit of chocolate. Bit of fusel alcohols [4.25]
Feel: Thick and somewhat syrupy. Low carbonation. Well done [4.5]
Overall: A solid interpretation of the style. The smokiness is nice [4.0] (440 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (904 characters)

Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.