Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing
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3.54/5 rDev -10.4%
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
08-08-2013 04:55:43 | More by russpowell
4.01/5 rDev +1.5%
I picked this up at State Line, enjoyed chilled in a snifter.
The color is beautiful ebony with opaque look like an 8ball with thick fluffy medium tan cap which settles to a compact ring of beads with snake-like lace rings. The smell is great-very cocoa-like with a dark cacao bitter scent with mild alcohol and light sweet woody aroma and mild hint of pepper. The feel is very good with malt body yet a bit bitter both from malt and hops with moderate carbonation and semi strong alcohol in the feel with some spiciness and mild drying in the finish.
The taste is very hoppy at first with more of a malt flavor emerging toward the middle -lots fo bittersweet dark chocolate and mild spice with a woody accent and some subtle sweet dried fruit and light pepper in the middle with a warming of alcohol leading to a dry woodiness with the warmth lingering after the beer is swallowed. a full on intense stout that is both corpulent in the malt and dry enough to be drinkable with the alcohol a little high but this could be a good candidate for cellaring - I recommend this to those who like a strong stout that isn't shy.
10-08-2013 00:40:42 | More by Slatetank
4.04/5 rDev +2.3%
today (a freezing cold snowy gray day in colorado), is the perfect day for yin. a very very well made imperial stout, rather familiar honestly, nothing too distinct, but its an excellent example of the style, one of the best going in fact. inky black with some radiance in color, a few inches of heady brown fluff as well. not boozy or sweet, but full of aromas and flavors from coffee to bakers chocolate, burnt barley without the bitter, milk sugars, even brown sugar or raw sugar, again, without the sweetness. the finish and the feel are what makes this memorable. velvety smooth, soft as they come, with a long accelerating flavor crescendo of cocoa and super dark barley. a little tannic, lots of fun. enough carbonation, but this one is about body, and my is it full. robust enough for the coldest days of winter, i like this a fair bit more than the imperial ipa that is supposed to accompany it.
01-28-2014 01:08:46 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +1.3%
First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA
This was labeled as a "Russian imperial smoked stout IPA." A complex label, and surely a complex beer.
Poured an opaque brown-black with a modest tan head that retained well throughout the session. Aroma of dark malts, bitter coffee, semi-sweet chocolate. Mostly coffee up front in the taste, with some semi-sweet chocolate; roasted malts, smoked wood in the middle; boozy finish, with a distinct hoppy bitterness. Very diverse display in even a single sip. Full bodied, complex, and very drinkable for the more daring imbiber.
05-17-2011 03:27:09 | More by Rifugium
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: Pours black as night with a half finger of cocoa colored head. The head goes away almost completely.
Smell: Slightly burnt roasted malt up front with a dark fruit sweetness in the background. There is enough alcohol in the nose to make me worry a bit about the taste.
Taste: This is a much smoother beer than I expected from the smell. Roasty and slightly bitter right off the bat, but there is plenty of sweetness to balance things out. There is some coffee and dark fruit. The finish is warm from the alcohol and just a tad too bitter.
Mouthfeel: Thick and a bit syrupy with tingly carbonation and a slick finish.
Overall: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. The finish is a bit much, as is true with the IPA, but I enjoyed every sip and would have more.
01-03-2012 02:20:38 | More by oline73
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
From 08/03/11 notes. Had on tap at Rustico in Ballston. Served in a tulip.
a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and bitter dark chocolate. Pretty basic with those three, but it works very well. Heaviest on the coffee tones and very enjoyable.
t - Tastes of bitter dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and roasted malts. Pretty bitter, moreso than I was expecting. A step down from the nose.
m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Pretty thick body.
o - Overall a good stout. The nose is basic but I really enjoyed it, thought I found the taste a little bit too bitter. Would give it another shot.
08-09-2011 19:34:53 | More by mdfb79
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
Starts with good beige head, but it settles to rim bubbles. Leaves a combination of ring and stringy lace. The brew is deep, dark brown where no light shines through.
Dried powered cocoa is the first impression from the smell. A bit chalky.
Starts off thin and non-descript. But holding the liquid in the mouth is like fireworks--one starts with the anticipation but must wait for the explosions. When the flavor kicks in, it's quite strong. I note chocolate milk with a peppery bitterness. Dark burnt malts are the strongest flavors. Rather a classical Imperial Stout without the strong alcohol under current.
08-25-2013 19:10:47 | More by smcolw
3.86/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
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.
09-15-2011 04:43:32 | More by kojevergas
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
Served alongside the Yang, and with the two combined.
Pours a gorgeously thick and very heavy deep brown, not quite black in hue. Head is voluptuously frothy and dark mocha in colour initially, although this settles to a hazy mesh on the top of the glass and a rout of large bubbles. Minimal lacing. Body is thick and heavy. Looks pretty great.
Nose is huge with roasted characters, and an almost peppery spiciness. Booze is noticeable, as is the hint of wood, which I love in a good imperial stout. It's darker, crispier and more robust and sharp than some imperial stouts. To be honest, I'm a sucker for the sweet, languid richness of the other kind, but this is also great, and it certainly has its place.
Again, the taste really gives it a sharp and very pronounced roasted bitterness, where often you find vanilla sweetness and a caress of oak and coconut in an American Impy stout. Here, there's a smokiness, a devilish darkness, and a biting and lingering, almost ashy finish. It's a profound and confronting stout, but it's hard not to respect it.
It's a really good imperial stout, if not one in the vein I particularly enjoy. But even so, if it were better, I would be crying in joy. This is still an excellent beer as it stands.
In totally different ways, and for totally different reasons, I actually ended up giving the Yin and the Yang exactly the same scores. I guess they do exist in perfect balance.
10-01-2011 08:28:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
05-26-2011 03:11:52 | More by tempest
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
A quite nice Imperial Stout, on the dryer side with an especially nice dose of licorice to it. Pours black with a relatively thin tan head that settles to a thin ring, and no lacing. Smells predominantly of licorice- the unsweetened Swedish kind, there is also a bit of ash, and a touch of soy. Smells very dry. The taste is somewhat similar, but a bit sweeter, with chocolate notes and a touch of vanilla being predominant and the licorice taking a back seat. A bit grainy in the mouth, but with a long finish with the cocoa notes particularly lingering on. A solid Imperial Stout.
07-23-2012 02:04:47 | More by Georgiabeer
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
Thanks to BA smoked for hooking me up with the yin and yang pair of bottles. Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip the brew appears black in color with more than a finger of mocha head sitting atop. The cap slowly fades leaving spots and stringy lacing pattern on the glass. When held to the light, a bit of ruby clarity is seen around the edges.
The aromatics are quite roasty on this bugger. It displays a very rich and inviting char to chocolate quality that hints towards super strong espresso, earth, leather, tobacco and some dark fruited elements. Once the sweeter dark fruit gets inside your nostrils, it is hard to shake. Initially it was all about the bitter roasted grain and chocolate elements, but once that fruity quality takes hold, good night to everything else. As it warms up and the glass is swirled, even more dark fruit and a kiss of fusel alcohol emerges.
The flavor of this brew is perplexing at first. The roasty espresso and bitter unsweetened cocoa you might expect are missing in action. In it's place you find a bit of mineral element and solvent alcohol. As the palate becomes accustomed, a rich earthy roast quality emerges. Digging deeper, you get a bit of leathery quality mixed with tobacco and more earth. It has almost an ashy aspect about it with a very minor hint of dark fruits or molasses with the alcohol coming out towards the backend.
This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is roasty, bold and aggressive with the alcohol not hiding at all. The nose and the taste of this brew are seemingly polar opposites at times. It has a lasting oily hop character to it that keeps me thinking american black ale. Regardless, it isn't a bad brew it just isn't something I would return to considering the price.
08-02-2012 01:43:04 | More by stakem
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
A: Pours an extremely dark amber, close to black. There is very little head on this beer, just the slightest trace of light tan bubble on the surface.
S: Aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, spices, and anise.
T: Flavors are very similar to the aromas - dark roasted malts, burnt malts, and chocolate. There is a pleasant bitterness on the finish and the beer hides the taste of alcohol well.
M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice creaminess.
O: Creamy and easy to drink, this beer hides the alcohol smell and taste very well. The flavors are a little robust to be a sessionable beer but not uncommon for this style.
Note: I did mix a black and tan with about the last third of the bottle, combining it with the Evil Twin Yang as recommended by the brewers. Once combined, the black and tan is very well balanced and better than either beer on it's own.
02-05-2012 14:14:15 | More by dbrauneis
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Sweet malt nose and flavor is sweet burnt wood, some burnt bitterness at finish. Decent Imp stout. High ABV is hidden. Could have waited until 2015 for this but its very good now. $7.70 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
02-01-2012 23:11:23 | More by jdhilt
4.03/5 rDev +2%
On Tap at Kraftworks in Philly.
Evil Twin Yin goes in the glass looking black like a stout, even up to light not able to see through the blackness. A small amount of dark brown bubbles becomes nothing, leaving nothing.
Smell is very inviting with a dry roasty appeal mixed in with some dank chocolate and coffee/espresso tones. A whiff of vanilla and that about does it.
Taste is similar to nose in that it is not explosive. This baby is balanced and not extreme without losing it's RIZZ characteristics. Bakers chocolate with dry roasted malt backed with vanilla and espresso taste. i keep getting imperial Irish dry Stout in my mind.
Feel is smooth and not scorching hot from the 10%. It's a bit warm but not hot by any means, a small dab of alcohol on the tounge. Body is a nice healthy above medium with mild carb.
A nice IMPY stout from Evil Twin. Mixed this in with the Yang and i really did not see the point. I could do a bottle of this on a cold day.
09-17-2011 13:11:25 | More by BARFLYB
Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
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