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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

689 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 23
Gots: 84 | 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)
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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good though not great RIS. Powerful roast aromas. Black with substantive head and lace. Coffee and alcohol, some burnt pieces.A tad of smoke, a lot of good characteristics just not as perfetly balanced as it can be. Sweet finish.Liam's bottle from NYC.

Sammy, May 06, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/13/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, slight dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with intense burnt cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the roast presence in the flavor is quite strong.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.3%

djrn2, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.3%

zestar, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

acurtis, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that has good retention properties, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted and burnt malts in the nose along with notes of chocolate, licorice and spices.
T: The beer is extremely bitter, which almost overshadows the flavors of roasted malts in the taste. The bitterness loses some of its strength as the beer begins to warm up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with lots of dryness, particularly in the finish.
O: Considering the strength of this beer, it’s relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It also becomes easier to drink as the beer warms up and the bitterness isn’t quite as intense.

metter98, May 06, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Texasfan549, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

kjkinsey, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -24.1%

GRG1313, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.3%

jaydoc, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter a deep deep dark chocolate brown with a thin deep beige head atop.Dark fruit dipped inalcohol,bitter chocolate,and faint wood smoke in the nose,the alcohol is big and sweet.The alcohol is a bit more restrained on the palate with dark fruit and chocolate being the main flavoring,again faint smokiness in the finish.After awhile it gets a little sticky but it's a solid imperial stout.

oberon, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Figured that since I was headed to a cookout, I needed some beer, and this guy fit the bill. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dusty tan foam. The nose comprises molasses, roasted malts, chocolate syrup, light char, and a pile of black peppercorns. The taste brings in more of the same, focusing on the molasses and forcing the pepper into something akin to obscurity. Yeah, the variety drops off a bit, but it doesn't hurt things too much. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice impy stout, one that shows that Evil Twin may be able to bring some more Scandinavian darkness to our shores (always a good thing, folks!)...

TMoney2591, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

largadeer, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

zeff80, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

biboergosum, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Jason, Apr 06, 2013
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Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.