1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

Not Rated.
Evil Twin YinEvil Twin Yin

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

620 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 620
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 17
Gots: 67 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
Denmark

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rfgetz on 04-22-2011)
View: Beers (132) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Evil Twin Yin Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 620 | Reviews: 149 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of amalburg
amalburg

Michigan

2/5  rDev -49.4%

05-04-2014 23:27:11 | More by amalburg
Photo of mctizzz
mctizzz

California

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

08-17-2013 13:31:19 | More by mctizzz
Photo of Jeffo
Jeffo

Netherlands

2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 12:42:34 | More by Jeffo
Photo of Beaver13
Beaver13

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 05:31:04 | More by Beaver13
Photo of Philousa
Philousa

California

2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 05:53:42 | More by Philousa
Photo of MADPolo
MADPolo

Alabama

3/5  rDev -24.1%

05-07-2013 17:12:05 | More by MADPolo
Photo of GRG1313
GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-10-2011 18:21:08 | More by GRG1313
Photo of Beestin
Beestin

Iowa

3/5  rDev -24.1%

04-20-2014 20:13:53 | More by Beestin
Photo of JordanPP
JordanPP

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -24.1%

05-05-2013 02:15:37 | More by JordanPP
Photo of tclapper
tclapper

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-21-2011 18:53:23 | More by tclapper
Photo of pavpav12
pavpav12

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.1%

06-17-2012 01:44:20 | More by pavpav12
Photo of BrewtalHonesty
BrewtalHonesty

Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.1%

03-25-2014 11:02:15 | More by BrewtalHonesty
Photo of WynnO
WynnO

Florida

3/5  rDev -24.1%

06-04-2013 20:32:05 | More by WynnO
Photo of beagle75
beagle75

Iowa

3/5  rDev -24.1%

08-02-2013 00:52:54 | More by beagle75
Photo of chippo33
chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-26-2013 14:19:55 | More by chippo33
Photo of ejimhof
ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-27-2012 04:50:47 | More by ejimhof
Photo of dannytz
dannytz

New York

3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-30-2011 06:58:42 | More by dannytz
Photo of tmars13
tmars13

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.1%

08-21-2012 03:24:07 | More by tmars13
Photo of jophish17
jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-23-2011 23:27:44 | More by jophish17
Photo of Rekrule
Rekrule

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -24.1%

08-30-2013 12:42:28 | More by Rekrule
Photo of JustinMatthew
JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.1%

11-16-2012 20:04:09 | More by JustinMatthew
Photo of AdmiralOzone
AdmiralOzone

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -24.1%

07-11-2014 20:54:42 | More by AdmiralOzone
Photo of Alex5
Alex5

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-30-2013 15:59:22 | More by Alex5
Photo of scottwurst
scottwurst

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.1%

10-11-2013 16:46:07 | More by scottwurst
Photo of MbpBugeye
MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass.

Appearance
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.

Aroma
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.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
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.

Overall
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 21:50:44 | More by MbpBugeye
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.