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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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182 Reviews
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Reviews: 182
Hads: 877
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 33
Gots: 156 | 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 Jeffsta1
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful black color. Brown head.

Smells consistent with the best parts of the flavor.

Tastes... well... inconsistent. On the attack it's fairly light. On the midpalate its much more like a classic stout: malty. Quite bitter.

Lighter mouthfeel than I want in a big stout. Very creamy though - that aspect is nice.

Overall a good beer, but not a great one. (360 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a snifter. No best before date on the bottle.

A - deep black in color, no light penetration whatsoever. Creamy one finger tan head resolves to a thin rim of head a lacing at the edge of the glass.

S - lots of the usual imperial stout elements: espresso, licorice and a hit of smoke after warming. One unexpected element is a slightly vegetal quality (green pepper).

T - rich and deep flavours starting with a slight bitterness that is quickly overtaken by a rich, creamy black coffee and licorice malt. It never gets sweet and the bitterness returns in an enduring finish. A very slight hint of smoke at the end of the flavour. Maybe even a slight acidity as well. Very dry finish.

M - full bodied with light carbonation to tickle the tongue. It doesn't get cloying or syrupy. Definitely some alcohol warming, but not boozy.

Overall a powerful and interesting Imperial Stout. Lots of muscle and power. Definitely worth a try. (963 characters)

Photo of lighthabit
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours like thin, dark molasses - viscosity is apparent from the get-go, and dark as all get out. smell is a bit weak, but shows coffee/chocolate - not the sweet chocolate so many have - a dark chocolate. taste has dark coffee, more dark choc but not the cocoa i see in some, just really dark chocolate, hint of smoke. very nice taste, i like this a lot. nose is lacking compared to taste. mouth feel is thick, super smooth, except carbonation is a bit more prickly than i want in this style, which kinda brings the smoothness down a bit (hint - be patient, give it 10-15 minutes, it gets better). not terribly complicated, but very enjoyable. if it had some currants hiding in there it'd be about perfect (704 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown color with a big brown thick chocolatey head. Decent retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is pretty heavily roasted coffee and chocolate. A bit of smokiness. Sweet molasses. Taste is surprisingly....subtle. Some noticeable bitterness up front. The roasted malts aren't as present as in your typical stout. The flavor leans more toward coffee than chocolate. Pretty heavily roasted. Licorice comes through a bit as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy. A tiny bit of alcohol bite. The more subtle taste results in a Stout that is shockingly easy to down. Although the taste is pleasant, its subdued nature is a bit off-putting for a stout, and definitely unexpected for a 10%er. If you're looking for a Stout that has a high percentage, decent taste, and easy to drink, look no further than this. Nevertheless, I'm still a little bit disappointed with my first Evil Twin brew. (899 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling right now on 3/3/14. Date of brewing :10/23/13. From the Eviltwin Brewing Company, Stratford, Connecticut and in a 12 ounce bottle. Single bottle for $6.99 chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a jet black in color with a very thin beige head that lasts the whole time. A good amount of lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with a light hint of smoke. The taste is the about same with the 'black coffee' taste right up front followed by the roasted malts with a very light hint of smoke for the finish. Just a slight bitterness aftertaste. This ones a 'sipper' and not a 'clugger' type of brew. (686 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

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. (614 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught at Ma Che Siete Venuti in Rome, Italy.

A: Pours a two finger head of lovely beautiful tan cream lacing, amazing thickness, and perfect retention. Solid black colour. Very appealing.

Sm: Coffee, roast, chocolate, toffee, and cream. Delightfully complex. A moderately strong aroma all in all.

T: All of the notes on the nose combine magnificently in the body. The finish is strong chocolate, and the aftertaste is one of the most pronounced, longest aftertastes I've ever had the delight of experiencing. The coffee and roast are restrained so as to not affect the mouthfeel too much. It's built to be a smooth complex beer. Very high quality. The climax is almost overshadowed by the finish, which slightly upsets the balance. Overall, it's divine.

Mf: Smooth and wet, and quite thick and filling as well. Perhaps a bit too thick.

Dr: It's a late evening conversational sipper, not a summer afternoon beer. I love it and would definitely seek it out. The price was fair in Rome (6 euro per pint) for how high quality this brew is.

4.2

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01/10/14: Truncated notes for a 2 year old bottle.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of creamy khaki-tan colour. Sinful thickness. Good retention.

Body colour is an opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible.

Good appearance for an imperial stout overall.

Sm: Luscious dark malts, creamy notes, milky notes, and chocolate malt. Cocoa. Marshmallow. A decadent, appealing aroma of mild strength.

No alcohol or other off-notes are detectable. There's not much in terms of hops or yeast. Certainly on the sweeter side.

T: Has a lovely dark and chocolate malt body. Yeast and hops are nowhere to be found here; it's all the malts. It's nicely chocolatey. The creaminess is a highlight. Unfortunately, there is some harsher burnt character and even some hints of peat that aren't very pleasant. It's a balanced albeit simple flavour profile. Build is cohesive but not gestalt. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and creamy. Full-bodied and thick. Well-carbonated. Not quite as soft or comforting as would be ideal.

Texture does not feel ideal or custom-tailored to the taste.

Dr: Highly drinkable for the high ABV. I'm glad I aged some bottles, but I think this is best fresh. It isn't a world-class imperial stout, but it's mighty tasty. Evil Twin has superior work.

Low B- (2,386 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque black with a bubbly tan head that recedes rather quickly. Only a minimal amount of lacing remains once the head recedes.

S: Aromas of roasted grain, dried black cherry, espresso, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, rum raisins, prunes, spiced pears, and ripe apple fill the nose, while a bit of peppery alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

T: Notes of dark chocolate, roasted grain, espresso, vanilla bean, burnt toast, black cherry, prune, woodsmoke, spiced pear, apple, rum raisin, and earthy, mildly herbal, lemony hops fill the mouth. The finish is hoppy and fruity with pronounced notes of herbs, lemon, apple, pear, dark chocolate, coffee, espresso, and rum raisin giving way to a pronounced alcohol burn.

M: Full-bodied, oily, and slick. Carbonation is delicate. Alcohol presence is very noticeable. Far from being truly difficult to drink, this ale is still just a bit rough for a sipping beer.

O: An interesting imperial stout, though it is a bit hot and rough for me. (1,008 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

And now for the dark half ... Or side. Whatever. After the boozy bitterness of Yang, this is a welcome foray into the world of roasted smoky malts, well-rounded sweetness, and an ABV that is near-perfectly concealed. Perhaps this very contrast is why this tandem is supposed to form the ultimate black and tan. I shall have to try this melding. For now, Yin alone features what might be the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer to date, a cacao brown rich froth that starts large and looming but quickly tones down. We get an opaque brownish black brew releasing a potent aroma of dark chocolate, espresso roast coffee, and a subtle dark fruit (raisin) top note. Well-attenuated semi-thin and ultra smooth mouthfeel like Yang, the palate features the same elements as the nose but with an added smokiness that becomes more pronounced in the dryish roasted finish. Fairly tame carbonation. Emergent grape juice, licorice drop, and caramel flavors build along with the smoke, and its only near the end of a tulip glass that the booze starts to twinkle through. I appreciate more of a syrupy mouthfeel in these high caliber stouts but by and large this hits the sweet spot. (1,171 characters)

Photo of youradhere
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, thick brown head, thick cap of lacing left behind, nice legs. Smell is smokey soy, licorice, and oats. Taste is smokey soy, coffee, saltiness, slight chocolate, burnt roast character. Mouthfeel oscillates between thick and silky, and dry and prickly. Very interesting indeed. Alcohol is there but well hidden, smokiness has almost a bit of chilli character to it. Overall a decent imperial, would like to see how this one changes over time. (459 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Stunning! Almost completely opaque deep, deep chocolate with 2" of coffee-colored head that dissipates moderately fast. Retention is OK, lacing isn't bad.

S: Chocolate milk & booze mostly make up the nose. There's a bit of caramel & a notable hop aspect underneath it all.

T: Boozy. Chocolate milk again, bitter coffee, bitter dark chocolate, resinous hops, chalk. Some smoke & cedar toward the finish. Hop-bitterness lingers on the palate.

M: Moderate carb against a big, creamy malt body. Feels good, makes some of the more intense flavors on the palate more drinkable.

O: I don't go crazy over double stouts & this brew is no exception. No attempt to curb the booziness. I like some of the flavors here & the impressive use of hops to bitter this bad boy up, so definitely worth drinking, just not my thing. (861 characters)

Photo of Josh012012
3.9/5  rDev -2%

This beer pours a black body with a brownish kaki head.

Smell predominately of DARK roasted coffee with a bit of sweetness and alcohol.

Taste like a coffee stout.. does not get really into the deep fruit flavors that have a lot of depth. This one is more of a sharp coffee/burnt flavor with a finish that is too bitter to complement the beer.

Overall just an alright kinda bitter stout with a lot of coffee/burnt flavor (423 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6 week old bottled poured into a dimple mug. Near black body capped with a persistent finger of medium brown head - great lace, some subtle booze legs.

Chocolate chip cookie, mild roast, creamy milk chocolate... nothing here indicates that this would clock in at 10%. Smooth, pretty mellow.

Some chalky bitterness stemming from the roast... fudge and licorice... not as smooth and easy-drinking as the nose would suggest.

I tossed in a handful of puppy chow halfway through the glass. Best decision I made today. (515 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Best before 2015.

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a tan, climbing head that settles but never quite dissipates.

Smell: Roasty malts, heavy in the nose, hinting even at creosote with fairly faint background hints of chocolate and caramel and black licorice. Small trace of dark fruitiness and a soupçon of reduced sodium soy.

Taste: Well-roasted malts with a fair portion of dark chocolate liqueur and chilled espresso and a sliver of char-like tar. Light sweetness at best. Stirred up with a vanilla bean that is immediately discarded. Earthy, strongly roasty bitterness throughout. Hint of blood sausage. Drying, malty, richly roasty finish with some small amount of peppery alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good. A full-on roasty, malt-packed stout that just barely falls shy of being too boozy or harshly roasty with a displeasing astringency. (989 characters)

Photo of Aml42000
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black core with a finger of light tan head.

S- Smoke, roasted nuts and mocha notes.

T- High intensity with dark coffee bean and black plummy fruit.

M- Complex and different. Creamy at first, but highly carbonated which adds some freshness and keeps this in excellent balance.

O- An excellent Imperial Stout. Big and full, but not a sign of flab or excess sweetness. (376 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy one inch caramel head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving spotty lacing. A half inch cap lingers indefinitely.

Notes of coffee and roast malt are evident at arm's length. Citrus hops become noticeable upon further investigation. Grapefruit and tangerine, along with dank cannabis complement the roast, slightly charred notes. Chocolate becomes more prevalent as it warms.

Flavor reveals a huge citrus underpinning, with a roast malt backbone, finishing with coffee ground and hop bitterness. Grapefruit, lemon, and sour orange hit the tongue initially, eventually giving way to burnt breadcrust, coffee, and nutty notes. Pine surfaces in the aftertaste, along with dark chocolate.

Body is fairly thick and smooth, with low carbonation, a touch of astringency, and moderate alcohol warmth.

One of the hoppier stouts I've tried. The interaction between roast malt and citrus is intriguing. But I think malt flavor is a bit lacking in complexity and substance. (1,002 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Still working on my Christmas presents.

Poured a dark brown/black with creamy tan head and good lacing.

Nose is quite strong with chocolate, fruit and hints of yeast.

Taste is much different. Taste is quite bitter with a smoky tinge. I mean this beer has malt bitterness to the max. It poured rather watery and the mouth feel comes across that way too. This is surprising due to the ABV. There is cocoa and espresso also.

I find this beer to be a slight disappointment, too bitter for me. (493 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick jet black with a tan head. The head reduces to a skim, and leaves sticky, splashy lace. The carbonation is evident, as you get these small clumps of foam rising to the top even when the head from the initial pour is gone.

Dark roasted malt, molasses, bruised dark stone fruit, some charred elements.

Rich deep malt, with charcoal and prune, some molasses. A touch of acid, and a little cream. Bitterness emerges but does not overpower or even offset the malt. Finishes with deep malt notes and moderate charcoal bitterness. Very very good, but a little out of balance.

Thick and rich, with a little acidic tingle.

Overall, this is very good brew. Not over hopped, and the malt is just right. Texture and flavor work well together. (746 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle (Bottled 3.13.13) from CBX - poured into a Mikkeller tulip glass...

A: black, with a frothy, 2-finger head of mocha suds; no lace.

S: black malt; roasty char; sweet; a touch smoky.

T: deep, roasted malt flavor; some vinous notes; a hint of alcohol and licorice on the end.

M: medium-bodied; higher carbonation; quite bitter.

O: a pretty good imperial stout... not quite as complex as some... feel is a touch thin.... bitter. Tasty, though. (463 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

eyes...
super dark cocoa head (one of the darkest I have seen in some time), some audible sizzle while standing at 2 fingers of attention, soapy/craggy flotilla of goodness on top of jet black, uber black, utter black, pitch black.. did I mention the hue ? light doesn't even bother to
wander into the zip code of this thing, I think I even lost whatever tan I had as it was sucked in by this massive vortex of black gravitational pull, grappling lacing tears down the sidewalls, so yeah.. it's ok looking. er, monstrous looking!

nose...
dry sweet cocoa with sugary molasses, some light roast notes, faint prunes, a real sense of dryness and sweetness are the strongest notes here, nice

taste etc...
smooth in a weird way, it almost 'floats' on your tongue, and then some of the big flavors hit, there is that strangely dry almost chalky flavor on the middle of your tongue, on the forward sides there is some sweetness akin to chocolate and then in the back there is some bitterness mixed with roasted tones, this thing really coats the mouth, the ABV is barely noticeable (if at all), the flavor is pretty damn deep on this puppy, full mouth feel with deceptively bright carbonation, as you linger on the chocolate bitterness seems to assert itself a touch more and the alcohol peeks out as well giving it a bigger overall flavor almost as if it is building upon itself

verdict?
woah. f the yang, get the yin. deep flavor, big ass ABV and bold. a must try for impy stout fans imo (1,485 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend gave my a bottle of this. I have been wanting to try it for some time but seemed a bit expensive at $6.95 for 11.2 oz.

Poured into my seventh sun snifter. Pours an opague black with a decent one finger, brown heading.

Heavy roasted malts kick in as soon as the cap is popped. More of the same as it was poured into the glass. Subtle touches of coffee and chocolate.

Taste is more of the same. Heavy roasted malt,good mocha secondary and a nice touch of warming alcohol. Simple and affective.

Full bodied , good carbonation, and excellent balance. Nice texture as well.

A good RIS nothing bad about it except the pricing which I have steered clear from for some time now. (685 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8oz pour from a bottle into a tulip
Bottled on: 3/13/13

A: Pours an opaque jet black with 1 fingers width of mocha colored head. Head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves only the faintest spots of lacing.

S: Huge leather notes, followed by tobacco. Char, roasted malts, stale burnt coffee, burnt toast. Not my favorite IS aroma profile, but well done and very strong nose.

T: Follows the nose with leather and tobacco coming out in full force. I also get roasted malt, char, subtle notes of dark fruit sweetness, burnt coffee, hints of piney hop bitterness, a touch of booze towards the end of glass.

M/D: Full bodied, but would benefit from being thicker. Carbonation on the higher end of the spectrum for the style. ABV is well restrained, and drinkability is moderate.

O: Overall, good not great, but well above average. Evil Twin really has an impressive lineup of Imperial Stouts. They make many others that I prefer to this one (IBB, Even More Jesus, Minigrowler), but I would definitely drink this again in the future. (1,035 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark umber, just mild colour up to the light. Head is ochre, thin but pleasant, with minimal lace but a nice bubbly look. Quite nice.

Smell is burnt and roasty. Quite meaty, really, with a corporeal saltiness trailing behind the fairly dark, charcoaly burntness. Woody, slightly sour and very organic with its burnt aroma. Quite like this, really, reminds me of a Friday night BBQ.

Taste is slightly lacking on the assault. Most of the flavour comes through mid-to-late with bitter darkness, that heavily-roasted grain giving burnt wood, some hints of dark cherry and bittersweet chocolate on the back. Balanced just enough with a brown sugar sweetness, but still the roastiness is allowed to take the stage. A big, bitter stout, but I like a good bitter, dark beer and there's enough sweetness here to keep you sipping; very enjoyable.

Surprisingly thin on the body, although not actually thin. Fairly smooth as it goes down, but I just feel myself wanting more body here. Bit hot on the back as well.

I like a good stout that isn't afraid to amp up the bitterness to 11. Especially one that takes the trouble to balance it well with sweetness. (1,163 characters)

Photo of sk8man121
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2 oz sample poured into tasting glass. The rest made it into the "black and tan" blend. Best by 2015

A: Pours a completely opaque dark-brown. 1-finger mocha head with nice retention.

S: Chocolate, dark fruit, coffee. Very sweet smelling, with a bit of alcohol.

T: There's a lot of chocolate up front, along with a roasted coffee character. Very fruity in the middle, with a bitter finish not unlike espresso. Alcohol is strong at the end.

M: Medium-light carbonation. Thick and sticky.

O: A nice stout on its own, although it does indeed feel almost like half of a beer. Lends itself beautifully to the black and tan mix, however.

Blend em! (646 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured a black body with minimal head and lace and has an aroma that is mostly roasted malts and hints of sweet malts like chocolate and bread as well.
The beer is heavy bodied, not the smoothest but not rough, a real roasted/toasted malt presence but not overbearing as there is a little bit of sweetness as well.
A rather simplistic hearty stout but well done and I could drink one of these all the time. (406 characters)

Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.