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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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190 Reviews
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Reviews: 190
Hads: 924
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 20.96%
Wants: 33
Gots: 170 | FT: 9
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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 Jeffo
2.79/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

Note: Meant to be mixed with Yang. Tried them separately first.

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, dark tan head with very good retention. Black body with virtually no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Some roasted notes with cocoa powder, sweet cream and some leather notes. Some rubbing alcohol in there as well, which isn’t all that great. Medium strength.

TASTE: Roasted and boozy base with cocoa powder and some sweet cream up front. Some more cough syrup comes through at the swallow, which is not as bad as the Yang variant DIPA earlier. Big aftertaste of roasted notes, bitter chocolate, cough medicine and alcohol is very persistent and a bit tough. Cough syrup is still to present to be enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine with only a slight bite and finishes slightly sticky. Fine, and certainly less harsh than the Yang DIPA.

OVERALL: This was more enjoyable than Yang, but that’s not saying much. This stout looked pretty good and felt alright, but the nose and taste were plagued by a touch of that medicinal qualities that ruined Yang. Pretty lousy really; this pair of brews were definitely not worth it. Let’s hope they blend better.

EDIT: Mixed was actually pretty good. The hoppy nose from the DIPA still came through, which was probably the best part of the experience, and the cough syrup flavors were much more restrained. If I had to drink Yin and Yang again, I'd definitely mix them.

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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 Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Philousa
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours and abysmal black, no light escapes it. The dark tan head is whispy in places and foamy in others. More head than I thought possible in a 10% beer. Aroma is slightly lactic with lots of dark chocolate and dark coffee. There is also some mealy nuttiness, like walnut, with a slight sweet nut like pecan. Burnt toast wholly sums up this flavor profile. It is bitter and unyielding in its impression on the tongue. The roasted malts feel too roasted for this drinker. I suppose I get some green, chlorophyll flavors at the end, but is definitely masked by the aforementioned flavor. The feel is surprisingly light and the finish slightly dry.

Wouldn't try again, but it isn't bad.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, coffee, and another aroma I can’t quite put my finger on; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a weird flavor, like mushrooms.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass.

Just about average looking for an imperial stout. Plenty of red on the edges with a deep blackened core. A nice, mocha head rises up and leaves crawling lace scrawled on the sides.

This being my second Evil Twin beer to date (Yang being the first), I'm already starting to see a pattern. They are extremely aggressive, sharp and rough around the edges. This one has lots of intense roast. Hardcore ash and charcoal emanate smoke and spice. There is a vibrant dark fruit element that lives deep within, coaxed out of hiding by warmth and a hearty swirl. A creamy milk chocolate aroma is caught in a tug-of-war with a shot of alcohol. They heave and ho, trying to sway the aroma towards smoothness or booze.

Indeed very roasty. Lots of burnt, charred flavors that stab the tongue with bitterness. The dark fruits are quite strong and under-ripe. They cut through the bitter burnt malts with a piercing tartness. This is clearly not infected (at least at this young age), it's just a characteristic I find many imperial stouts that are intensely fruity to have. Its very complex, and quite good. There is just a lot of things going on, and the fierce flavors challenge even the most die-hard stout drinker.

Carbonation is leaning towards appropriate lowness, but it is not quite there without some due swirling. Otherwise, the beer has great potential for smoothness. It remains silky until the finish, which is very dried up by the extreme roasted character.

A big, in your face stout. The thing about Yin is that there is little focus. Everything is shouting at you, you can't hear above the roar of malt and alcohol. I'll be trying the blend, Yin and Yang, but I think it will be a boozy, bitter mess. The individual parts are certainly almost that.

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3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle to oversized snifter. $10 for the single. Sampled 11/21/11.

A: Pours with a large head, 1 1/2 fingers tall of medium dark brown foam. Retention is excellent and leaves a crescent shaped collar behind. The body is black and completely opaque. No lacing.

S: Heavily roasted aromas mix with chocolate, fudge, earth and soil, plus a wet grassy hoppiness. Sweet alcohol adds even more intensity to the nose. Unfortunately, hard-to-forgive metallic notes steals most of the enjoyment from the olfactory experience.

T: Slightly one dimensional on the palate. The dark roast and strong bitterness leads to a very heavy acridness that suppresses the big, sweet malty base, throwing the long lasting flavor way out of balance. The ABV isn't shy on the palate but it isn't absolutely crushing either.

M: The body starts out medium full but thins out considerably on the back end. Moderately sweet with matching bitterness.

O: Good but not great - and won't be a repeat purchase given the price tag. I didn't bother with the black and tan as suggested by the label. And after having each beer separately, I'm glad I didn't. It would have been an expensive, untickable mistake.

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Photo of prototypic
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yin pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It’s almost opaque. A few burgundy highlights are noticeable at the outer edges with backlighting. The head is tan in color, and rises to about a finger in height. It’s slow to dissipate completely. Lacing was sticky and moderate.

The nose is pretty good. It starts out with a pretty nice mix of roasted and chocolate malts. The chocolate variety smells like dark chocolate. Not sweet at all. There’s a fairly strong smoky scent that’s just okay. It’s a little too strong, frankly. Secondary scents include roasted coffee/espresso and molasses. Alcohol is a little noticeable. Doesn’t smell overly strong, but it’s there.

The flavor is actually rather average. Roasted malts are the primary flavor. Dark chocolate isn’t far behind. There’s more of a sweet flavor than I anticipated, but it tastes like burnt sugar. Roasted coffee/espresso flavors are quite strong. At the secondary level, there are some molasses and light dark fruit flavors. Dark fruit adds a tangy twist that’s just okay. Not a big fan of that. Alcohol is much stronger in the mix than anticipated. It’s definitely boozy and warm. Finishes roasty, burnt, chocolaty, and…boozy.

Yin has a medium body. Carbonation is light, but it’s not smooth. It’s average for the style and needs more body. I’ll probably finish off the 12 ounce, but the flavor is bold. I’m not sure I could handle more than one.

It’s my understanding that the guy who started Evil Twin is the brother of Mikkel Borg Bjergsø (of Mikkeller). Interesting. Yin is an alright first experience, but it could easily be better. The flavor features a strong burnt, smoky flavor that is a little much. I’m also not a fan of the tangy dark fruit or the strong alcohol flavor. The alcohol is just too much. At the end of the day, it’s just alright. I’ll probably try some other releases with the hope that they’re a little more refined.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is okay given the ABV and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: This really doesn't have a whole lot going on. It's surprising. Coffee, chocolate, and roastiness, but there just isn't a lot of power. That said, it doesn't smell bad. Indeed, it smells quite enticing, just needs some strength.

3.0 T: Taste is also a bit underwhelming. Coffee, roast, some caramel, and a touch of chocolate.

3.25 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess, but otherwise okay.

3.0 D: Underwhelming beer. Give it a try if you must.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with 3 fingers of loose, brown head that dissipates quickly. Tiny bit of light penetration along the edges.

Espresso, charcoal, dark chocolate, dark fruits and a little booze.

Deeply roasted barley and charcoal. Light notes of espresso and dark chocolate. Earthy and roasty with a bitter, piney finish. A little bit boozy.

Medium bodied, smooth, creamy and dry.

A good beer but it seems to be lacking depth. Perhaps a tad too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of Rob23
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very appealing black with an inch head.Smell possibly figs,a hint of coffee and malt.Taste is a bit bitter at first but gives way to a bit of a boozy mouthfeel.not a bad stout but nothing to make me choose this over my go to stouts again.Evil Twin makes great beer but this one fell just a bit short of my expectations.alas you may love it.Give it a shot!

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Photo of GRPunk
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap @ the Bav Lodge

A: Served in a snifter. Appears black with no light showing through. Served with a minimal 1/16" of tannish colored head. Leaves just a little bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Dark roasted malts, char, and the faint hint of smoke. Maybe a touch of cocoa.

T: Rather intense flavor of deeply roasted malts, roasted almost until the point of being burnt. Burnt coffee bitterness. Char, baking chocolate. Ends with a slight acidity before turning to a long residual cigarette ash finish.

M: While this one probably still has a heaviness to it, the mouthfeel is much thinner than expected, and certainly not enough to round out the bold char and bitterness. Lower carbonation levels are appropriate.

O: A decent Imperial stout with a bold and imposing set of flavors. However, I found this beer lacked balance, with a heavy burnt quality to it and a lighter than expected mouthfeel. Cigarette ash finish was unappealing.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Evil Twin's Yin a month and a half ago for $3.59 at Holiday Market. I'm in the mood for a Stout tonight and this one sounds a little interesting, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 3/18/14. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a simple design to it and I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a black color that didn't let any light come through and it had just a little over a fingers worth of brown head that died died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking stout, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that has a burnt sugar like aroma and it starts off with the malts which impart a nice dark roasted malt aroma with a nice cocoa aroma seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes an unusual aroma that starts off with a soy sauce like aroma that goes right into a some tobacco and slight leather. Towards the end I get some earthy hops aromas. This beer had a nice aroma, but the soy sauce was unwanted and I don't think the leather and tobacco worked that great with it.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that still has a little bit of burnt sugar aspect to it with the roasted malts still showing up first and this time they impart more of a charred malt aspect. Up next comes some of those leather and tobacco aspects that I got in the aroma, but they are lighter with no soy sauce this time. On the finish comes the hops which impart the same earthy hop aspects with a medium amount of bitterness along with some boozy and slightly warming alcohol that lingers into the aftertaste along with a charred malt, smokey and earthy hop aftertaste. This was a nice tasting stout, but it was a little too heavy on the charred malts for me.

M- A little smooth, pretty crisp, a little boozy, a little watery, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had an ok mouthfeel, but I felt like it was too thin and boozy with a little too much carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a pretty average example of the style, it just wasn't as balanced and as complex as I wanted it to be and in the end it just seemed to be rough around edges. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was a little smooth, pretty crisp, a little boozy, a little watery, not filling and the taste just did an ok job at holding my attention, one is more than enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one back to back. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a good looking Stout. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't that great and it really held this beer back. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I can't say I would recommend it, it's not hard to find a better Imperial Stout. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, it wasn't bad, but it left me wanting more and while it was a little unique I can't say that the flavors worked that well together. This isn't my favorite evil twin beer and it's in the middle at best for the style. I appreciate the effort, but this one just wasn't for me, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this tick, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a finger or so of tan head.

S: The defining characteristic of this beer is probably the roast. Lots of roasted malts and coffee notes, particularly espresso. Some booze and dark chocolate are also noticeable, as is some char.

T: More heavy roast character on the flavor. Lots of roasted malt, char, and intense coffee. There is a bit of chocolate, but it's sort of overshadowed. The same could be said about the bit of toffee sweetness that exists.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Pretty run of the mill, overly roasty imperial stout. A tick and little more.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Evil Twin jumps the English Channel to try their lot at Brewdog. Sure.

This beer pours a solid black, with slight reddish basal highlights, and two fingers of dense, puffy mild chocolate brown head, which settles steadily, leaving a nice rocky shoreline of painted lace around the glass.

It smells of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, astringent wood fiber, some green banana peel, a touch of thin soy sauce, and a whiff of floral, perfumed alcohol. The taste is sugary, lightly toasted grainy malt, a hefty dose of bittersweet baker's chocolate, some softer warm vanilla extract, more pithy, yet sharp woodiness, a bit of sour black cherry fruitiness, salty black licorice, and a further underlying edgy alcohol twinge.

The bubbles are very sedate, to the point of being soporific, the body a decently sturdy medium weight, the smoothness quite up in the air with all those astringent wood and liquor notes swirling about. It finishes sweet, but ever so tempered, that besotted 2x4 character still a big-ass fly in the ointment.

There seems to be the requisite malt weight, attitude, and alcohol integration here to really have a go at things, but unfortunately that edgy, raw barrel character (was this offering even actually shown the wood?) detracts from all things good just a wee bit too much. Evil Danish twin meets crazily sly Scot, and worlds collide, providing balance, if I'm to believe the label marketing babble. There is certainly a collision here, but more one of the rubber-necking sort, as I'm not grokking any real balance, sublime or otherwise.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a goblet at Liberty St. Tavern. I was looking forward to this beer, but disappointed. Now generally speaking, this was a fine beer, but the standards are high in this crowded style. This beer simply lacked the depth of flavor the great stouts hold.

The main notes I pull out are maple syrup and deep roasted grains, almost like burnt chocolate. It tastes good, but for a beer so big, it falls flat. I kept searching for flavor, and pulled some citrus hops out of the aftertaste, but I really couldn't find enough.

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Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit less then 1/2 the bottle poured into a shaker (I understand the brewer's intent the yin & yang black & tan, which I will do with the rest after having it solo), Yin is black with a garnet tinged dark tan head leaving clingy lace.

Smell is sweet, malted milk, lots of lactose maybe, but not to strong, served at cellar temp. Not a fan of milk stouts, which this reminds me of, although there's an obvious hop presence as well as sweet, clean alcohol.

Taste is pretty good, not to hot, some herbal hop snap tempers the sweet malt. Not a lot of depth, but it's pretty clean and approachable.

Mouthfeel is viscous, off-dry.

Drinkability is okay, it's not a bargin as an import, we'll see how it works in the B&T.

As part of the Yin & Yang B&T: Pretty good, more balanced, but really, just a hoppier, watered down version of the RIS. Note: I don't pour B&Ts ever, and my sloppy back-of-spoon technique was a fail, so it was a true blend, rather then layered, if that wasn't the intent...

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small, dark tan fading head.
Nose shows cocoa, milk chocolate, vanilla and alcohol.
Very roasty flavours, more milk chocolate, cocoa, booze and spicy hops. Quite brash.
Needs more carbonation.
Pretty full on stuff, mixes well with yang.

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Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Nice lacing & good head retention

S: Coffee & smokeyness, fusel alcohol

T: Big time smokeyness, charcoal, woody dryness & a bit of chicory, faint booze heat & carob up front. Dryness & rough boozeyness, carob & a touch of pruneyness once warm, plus beechwood smokeyness. Finishes dry, smokey, with a bit of cocoa & coffee

MF: Oily, firm carbonation

A near respectable Imp Stout, not sure I'd buy it again. So far Evil Twin seems okay, but not flooring me

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours black with three fingers of rocky light mocha colored head. Real nice retention on this one with sticky lace.

Roasty malts right up front on this one. Earthy leather aromas with a little bit of dark fruit and a little bit of alcohol to round this out. Dark fruits are present but it also seems to have a little bit of a fresh mango. A little bit of milk chocolate to start this one off and it has earthy leather characters and plumbs.

The body is very robust on this but the carbonation is a little sharper than I would like. Pretty good beer here. Has a lot of run of the mill stout qualities. A little hot right now, maybe hanging on to this for a little bit and letting it settle down would be a good idea.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (best before 2015)

A: Pitch black with minimal mocha head. No lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malts.

T: It tastes like it would pair well with the Yin DIPA. It is just light enough to meld well with an IPA. However, the mouthfeel combined with the underwhelming flavors don't make for a great stout. The roasted malts are quite watery and thin and not very complex. Very one note.

M: Very smooth and just a tiny prickling of carbonation there. It starts to seem velvety and syrupy, but then it gets a bit watery. Very thin tasting.

O: Not a big fan of the taste but I got it on sale. I skipped on the Yang. Not a great stout and very underwhelming for the price.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to krkearney. Served in a Mikasa tulip side-by-side with Yang, and also blended into a black and tan.

Pours a very dark color bordering on black with a thin tan head and some spotty lacing. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings forward some roast and char plus a bit of espresso and very dark chocolate. The flavor is also quite roasted with some char and just a touch of roasty smoke. Coffee in the background. Medium body with good carbonation and no noticeable alcohol. Pretty good.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10/23/13.

Pours opaque black with a 1/2 inch tan head that quickly disappears completely and leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is very subdued and is of earthy, almost herbal bitter hops with a faint hint of cocoa.

Taste is of dark fruit and roasted malt up front with hop bitterness on the finish.

Texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A decent imperial stout. Slightly more hop presence in the flavor than most examples of this style. Aromas are somewhat muted.

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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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Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.