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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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very good

182 Reviews
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Reviews: 182
Hads: 875
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 4.02%
Wants: 33
Gots: 153 | 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 boogieman
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Found this at the local liquor store, and I've heard awesome things about Evil Twin so I had to give it a try.
Pours a very dark black color with a delightful mocha/tannish head. Smell is sweet with a little bit of hops, black liquorice, coffee, and dark chocolate. Taste is sweet ending with a hoppy, bitter aftertaste. Chocolate, coffee, Coca-Cola, and dried figs.
Definitely a delicious stout, just a little overpriced ($3.99) in my opinion. (447 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes on 6/18/14

Poured a bottle heavily in a tulip glass. Result was a dark black body with a 2 inch tan head. Aroma is sweet roasted coffee. The taste kind of reminds me of campfire. Maybe roasting marshmallows. Sweet tasting with some coffee flavors, but mostly a smokiness. (283 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a pitch black color with a tiny light brown colored head. The head fades very fast to leave a bit of thick and syrupy lace on the sides of the glass. You can tell just by swirling the beer in the snifter that this is going to be a thick and syrupy brew.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell with tons of sweeter more sugary aromas mixed within. There is a good showing of brown sugar, caramel, and molasses which is accompanied by some sweet vanilla and milk chocolate tastes. Some dark fruit aromas of fig and prune are there as well enhancing the sweetness even more and are joined by a hint of an almost coffee liquor aroma. A bit of wood and a decent showing of a burnt coffee smell are there as well, overall producing a nice dark, roasty, and sweet smell with just a hint of a warming booze.

Taste – The taste begins with a thick roasted malt flavor with a good showing of a sweet brown sugar and caramel taste. A vanilla flavor is present soon after the initial taste which grows in intensity as the taste advances. Along with, and complementing well, the increase in vanilla, comes a milk chocolate flavor. Only a light level of darker fruits come to the tongue, being almost entirely of a prune and cherry taste. A little bit of an espresso also joins the profile more toward the middle of the taste, adding just a hint of bitterness to the brew. Some light herbal and grassy tastes come to the tongue more toward the end as well, but these are quite light in comparison to the sweeter and roasted flavors of the brew only adding a touch more of bitterness. While some booze is present in the nose, there is very little detected on the tongue, and with a surge of milk chocolate coming at the very end of the taste, one is left a smoother roasted and sweet imperial stout flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super thicker and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thick and syrupy feel is great for the big sweet and dark flavors of the brew and allows all the big flavors to coat the tongue and bath it in all the big flavors.

Overall – Being quite big on sweetness and with only a little alcohol taste, this brew is a dangerously and easy drinking 10 % abv stout. A rather tasty brew and one to try. (2,394 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of tan head which slowly settle into a thin creamy layer. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell: A roasty and sweet dark malt driven aroma with big hints of chocolate, coffee, and toast. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee beans, burnt toast, biscuit, nuts, milk, smoke, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses and syrup. Hints of anise spice and leather. Dark fruit hints of raisin, dark cherry, prune, and fig. A very solid roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely dark and roasty malt forward taste with good notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, and toast. Big presence of dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roast coffee, toast, biscuit, milk, vanilla, smoke, nuts, and yeast. Sweet notes of molasses and some syrup. Also some notes of leather, tobacco, and anise licorice. Dark fruit undertones with notes of cherry, raisin, prune, and fig. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and pretty drying on the finish. Some alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: A pretty good Imperial Stout. Good dark malt notes with a nice presence of smoke. (1,305 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 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)

Photo of Rob23
3.29/5  rDev -17.3%
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! (363 characters)

Photo of auee92
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Slightly benign, don't pick up much of anything
Appearance: A beautiful black beer, with a rich thick tan foamy head
Taste: Medium bitterness up front, balanced with a lightly sour/salty backend
Palate: Full bodied with an oily, slick texture, flat carbonation with a slightly astringent finish
Overall: A decent stout, definitely middle of the road for me; however, I have had three 64 ounce fills of this from my local growler store over the last month so obviously I like it! I think, unfortunately, I am measuring everything stout from Evil Twin against "I Love You With All My Stout" which I absolutely loved. I love Evil Twin, I just didn't love this stout as much as I had hoped I would. (701 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: utterly black with a finger of creamy dark-tan foam atop. Not much more you can ask of a beer.

Smell: rich and roasty, but not acrid, with a good sweetness underneath. Coffee and chocolate come through, along with a nice dark-fruitiness. I'm a fan.

Taste: much like the aroma, in that it is super roasty without being astringent or acrid. Specific coffee and chocolate notes are a little toned down from the aroma, but there's still that subtle element of dark fruit complexity that I like. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: big body with a decent carbonation and a good creaminess. Appropriate for a stout of this nature; I quite like it.

Overall: this is a pretty satisfying Imperial stout. I could see myself drinking more of this. (778 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm reviewing the Black and Tan, Yin and Yang. It's awesome. You should get both and do it because it's incredible. You can smell more hops than you could possibly hope for in a stout and more barley than you could ever wish for in an IPA. It's amazing- I highly recommend you get both and do it. (296 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler. Pours a thick sumptuous opaque black with a tight brownish head that dissipates to an almost non existent layer with light clinging from the thickness of this dark offering. Nose of bitter chocolate, butterscotch, coffee, maple syrup, and dark roasted grains. Very thick and satisfying mouthfeel with chocolate and black licorice up front, medium hop bitterness, toffee, and coffee bitterness on the back. Alcohol is well hid in this gem. It is smoother on growler than in a bottle. A winner for imperial stout lovers. A GREAT summer beer----for stout lovers. (575 characters)

Photo of fgmiele
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black with a slowly receding caramel foamy head. Aroma is dark espresso, coconut, coffee. Taste is following the nose..full bodied dark chocolate, Colombian coffee and sweet cacao. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with heat. Overall a thick and creamy boozy stout with a lot of body..wouldn't normally drink this in summer but highly recommended for time to come (374 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 TreyIsWilson
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pitch black with a ne-finger foamy tan head. The head dissapates quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Faint aroma of dark roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T - A nice mix of espresso, dark chocolate, and sweet dark fruits. Finish is bitter coffee and woody smokiness.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - This is an above average Imperial Stout. Lots of big bold flavors. Would definetly drink again. (449 characters)

Photo of Swongler
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A really good, really simple, true imperial stout. Enjoyed at Tørst in NY from a tap into a wine glass.

A - Near-black, but it was a dimly-lit bar. A finger of unbroken tan-colored head. Decent lacing

S - Minerals/dirt, and that wake-up-to-fresh-pot-of-coffee smell. Hint of molasses and dark, ripe fruit. That typical stout/porter smell. Almost no creamy or vanilla smell to it.

T - REALLLY black coffee. Almost makes your face curl with the strong coffee taste. It settles nicely into a smooth baker's chocolate/cacao. Lacks any smooth vanilla or milk chocolate - almost 0 sweetness.

M - Stung a little at first, but finished nicely toward the back of the mouth. Leaves a slight coat.

O - This is a great benchmark stout. A truly simple, imperial, strong stout. No fancy flavoring, just a damn tasty beer that is just beer. (831 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 Rbroccoli
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very opaque. Seems to be a dark black color, but tasting in a dimmer room, so it's hard to tell the exact color. Dark tan head, about 1/2 finger. dissipates somewhat quickly. Almost no lacing.

S: Somewhat boozy, but not overwhelming. Woody, smokey.

T: Cold: Smokey/Sweet. Light malts with some smoked wood flavors coming through. Warm: Fresh espresso bean and subtle fruitiness accompany a high percentage dark chocolate (Think ~92%) flavor lingering on the palate. The dark chocolate flavor builds up while the espresso flavor remains as I drink, a pleasing booziness breaks through, reminiscent of a well crafted bourbon. It warms extremely well. Actually, I would almost rather drink the entire drink at room temperature.

M: In between, leaning more toward the viscous end. Ideal carbonation. Lingers on palate to modify the pleasant aftertaste.

O: While the smell is not extremely complex, that is the least important factor in my opinion. This is a fantastic Imperial Stout-- my first experience with Evil Twin, and it definitely lives up to my expectations. You need to try this if you haven't. It's one of the best I've had. (1,138 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 Furlinator
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/26/14

A bit of age may have helped this beer.
Poured in a MOA snifter, the color was pitch black-brown with very little head.

Aroma: heavy roast, smoke, leather.

Mouth feel: pleasantly carbonated, not over-the-top- which works well
for this beer.

Taste: highly complex. heavy roast-but not overdone. Smoky with warming.

Finish- crisp, no bitterness- maltiness and roasts.

Overall, an excellent beer. I enjoyed the heavy, smoky, roasted malts, which were not overdone.
The finish adds to the taste- it's relatively smooth and counterbalances the heaviness of the roasted taste. (593 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 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 leobageo
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Light on the nose, but perfect on the taste. Very toasty and even slightly smoky. Typical vanilla and cocoa nib notes.

No heat for a 10.0%abv noticed. As it warms up, the same. Only more smoke comes out of it.

Mouthfeel is a perfect stout.

Should've got yang too to see what kind of concoction would've been created. (323 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

(4/5) (1,512 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Dirty motor oil black. A cookie dough colored head stays foamy for a good while. Random spots of foam lacing.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, slightly smokey with a bit of an earthy kick in the end.

Taste: A very sharp, bitter start. A lot of earthy, smokey peat moss. Really bitter chocolate in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very dry. Very bitter aftertaste.

Overall: I think I set my expectations a bit too high for this one. Certainly looked good. I think I was looking for a few more coffee notes and other decadent features that I didn't find. (577 characters)

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