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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

515 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 515
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%


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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Brad007

Vermont

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black! Black as night! With a two-finger, brown head! Danger, stranger, better carry a flashlight!

The 3 Cs: Coffee, Cream and Cocoa in the nose. Robust. Alcohol is there but in this case, it's welcome.

Taste is muddled with more alcohol than cocoa, coffee or cream. More like a mudslide minus the kahlua.

Mouthfeel is acceptable with just enough cream and cocoa to make it worthwhile.

I prefer the Yin to the Yang. Both are very tasty together though!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 06:52:09 | More by Brad007
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 02:04:47 | More by Georgiabeer
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Pours really dark, and a classic almost black but dark walnut black body and a solid cocoa brown head, leaving a whispy top while drinking. Small scattered leopard lacing, and even some legs. Manages to always leave a real nice collar too.

Nose is just ripping charred malted grains. Chocolate seems to hit on the nose at first, then a distinct ripping coffee bean action. Mixing with great char, just wonderful.

Palate hits with a little bit of a weak almost wet body, but the nose notes carry through. Comes across as a real charring porter, large carbon and char action, and a little dry. Body reminds me more of a roasty but light bodied porter strangely.

Overall quite solid, nothing outrageous or mindbending, but controlled and a nice take.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 21:33:27 | More by smakawhat
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 14:14:15 | More by dbrauneis
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 14/9/12

A black with some dark cola at the edge, two fingers of brown foam fizzes out quickly and leaves zero lace

S lots of molasses and some chocolate fudge, some licorice and cold coffee and a slight booze sting on deep whiffs,

T booze is better concealed and the flavors a little richer, some mild smoke and charred wood and the hops are still noticeable, some chocolate covered raisins but not overly sweet

M silky and just enough carbonation too give it some life but it could use a little more but its not flat, has some weight too it but not that thick considering the color

O its good but not great, quite easy too drink for the strength but although a solid beer its missing something to put it into the upper class of big ass stouts

I liked it but I didn't love it, perhaps I had high expectations for this brewer but I still have a few to get blown away by. Perhaps some age would help its cause but a few more bubbles would help its cause too

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 04:40:25 | More by wordemupg
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ccrida

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit less then 1/2 the bottle poured into a shaker (I understand the brewer's intent the yin & yang black & tan, which I will do with the rest after having it solo), Yin is black with a garnet tinged dark tan head leaving clingy lace.

Smell is sweet, malted milk, lots of lactose maybe, but not to strong, served at cellar temp. Not a fan of milk stouts, which this reminds me of, although there's an obvious hop presence as well as sweet, clean alcohol.

Taste is pretty good, not to hot, some herbal hop snap tempers the sweet malt. Not a lot of depth, but it's pretty clean and approachable.

Mouthfeel is viscous, off-dry.

Drinkability is okay, it's not a bargin as an import, we'll see how it works in the B&T.

As part of the Yin & Yang B&T: Pretty good, more balanced, but really, just a hoppier, watered down version of the RIS. Note: I don't pour B&Ts ever, and my sloppy back-of-spoon technique was a fail, so it was a true blend, rather then layered, if that wasn't the intent...

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 05:24:57 | More by ccrida
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Tone

Missouri

4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, slight liquor, roasted malt, hint of hops, slight bready yeast, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, liquor, slight hops, hint of wood, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of bready yeast. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, great body, and great blend.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 14:02:25 | More by Tone
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with funkydelic and I at an impromptu tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller sampler wine glass. Poured basically black with a minimal light brown head head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, smoke, and ham. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, smoke, and ham. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a really good beer. The smokiness on this one was the key to this ones success in my opinion. I went into this one not really expecting too much, but came out wowed after finishing my glass. The aroma on this one was quite good, but the flavor was what did it for me. Just an excellent example for a beer. Really glad I got the chance to try this one!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 11:21:15 | More by thagr81us
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, oily aroma is smoky with nutty and roast coffee tones, very tempting. It pours black as midnight with a thick, fine-bubbled, dark tan head - most appetizing. Smoky flavor fills the mouth with roast coffee, licorice, unsweet chocolate, nuts and a hint of oak. Texture is silky smooth, on the thick side, and subtly fizzy, but the tingle that it leaves behind on the lips and tongue persists for a while. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 15:39:32 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque texture. There was an inch of tan-colored, fairly long-lasting, creamy head. Very good lacing.

S: A big smell of chocolate and coffee with a bit of malt thrown in.

T: Tasted predominantly of chocolate and coffee, with hints of malt and (I thought) a little licorice thrown in. A solid and well done flavor.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is a surprisingly easy to drink stout with a lot of character and a good, forward flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 12:07:52 | More by avalon07
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a very dark, blackish-brown coloring with a thin ring of brown film around the surface. Poured like oil. Aromas of bittersweet baker's chocolate, earthy notes, molasses, roast coffee, and a subtle herbal highlight. Very interesting nose, and very rich and heavy. Flavors are roast coffee forward, with an extremely heavy bitterness rising to the surface shortly after the beer passes over the tongue. Roast notes persist throughout, and there are highlights of cocoa nib and rich molasses here and there, but the bitterness is dominant. Slight charred wood notes in there to add depth to the bitterness, also. The body is smooth and robust, with a very direct transport of the heavy palate. A burnt, bitter aftertaste leads into a lingering, slow, drawn out finish that slightly coats the mouth and taste buds. Very strong brew, but very damn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 04:34:17 | More by GarthDanielson
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, best before 2015 (as stated on the label). Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch light brown head that didn't stick around for too long. There is a good amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some dark fruit and licorice. There's also a nice roasted/ashy bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good enough stout. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes roasty/charred tasting beers. I do have a bit of this and the Yang IPA mixed together that I plan on drinking next. Hopefully they will be good together!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 22:26:10 | More by bluejacket74
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 02:51:07 | More by DrDemento456
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gford217

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle.

Pour is pitch black with a bigger head than I would expect with a frothy tan head that shows great lacing.

Aroma is heavy on roasted espresso with maybe a hint of smoke as well. It's got some cocoa powder and licorice sweetness though there is also some bitter green hops in the nose. Not a lot of hops but they're noticeable to me.

The taste has an initial hop kick but that's swept away by the burnt malt and spent espresso beans, which are the dominant aspects of the taste. The finish is smoky and bitter with some bakers chocolate sweetness.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth with strong carbonation.

This is a seriously roasted coffee-heavy stout that I enjoyed but it's still a tad abrasive to be a great stout. That said, both the Yin and Yang are solid brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 03:47:56 | More by gford217
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradomus flute glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black with a one finger fine medium tan head with good retention, but not much lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a hint of oak. Taste is very roasty with some pleasant burnt components, dark malt, lighter dark fruit and chocolate flavors. Finishes with a slight hop kick and more roasted and burnt flavors. The burnt components are novel and work well with this stout. Medium bodied, bodering on creamy. Somewhat less well integrated than other imperial stouts, but nicely made and a pleasant flavor progression ending in the unusual smoky finish. I like this.

Also had the great pleasure of trying a Yin-Yang with combination of a half bottle each of Yin and Yang for an Evil Twin black and tan. I liked each of the individual components. The dark stout of Yin overwhelms the lighter Yang, producing a dark brown, nearly black pour with a bit more light red-orange around the edges than the straight Yin. Half finger fine medium tan head, again like the Yin, a bit less full. Aroma started out dominated by the dark roasty elements of Yin, but eventually the hops and citrus elements of Yang became dominant. Interesting, like matter and anti-matter, the two beers seem to mute the dominant flavors of the other. A mild roasty flavor and moderate creaminess from the Yin, but a definite citrus and herbal hop component and finish from the Yang. The finish is somewhat abrupt, and does not have the nice smoky flavors from Yin. Surprisingly well balanced and integrated. A very interesting blend.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 04:44:41 | More by LiquidAmber
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Brenden

Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black, with a pretty viscous-looking thickness to it, this beer certainly looks big. A light-medium brown head grows to right about one finger tall, showing some staying power and some good stick as well.
While roasty, the aroma isn't heavy on it. Instead, alongside the soft roasty note comes a touch of sweet cocoa and toast with a hint of something like a metallic note, but not an off-putting one. There's a gentle smokiness in with a toffee-like sweetness, and the toasty note is of darker breads. A light touch of citrus hops add more balance.
The taste is mostly the same, sweet but not too sweet and nutty with a touch of smoky char and woods.
The body is full, though not as huge as I would expect from the look of it or the depth. It's still hearty and thick.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 23:20:52 | More by Brenden
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 2015 on the label.
In a snifter the beer was a black color with a brownish tan head. There was a little bit of lacing.
Strong roasted malt aroma, almost burned. Sweet chocolate.
What I thought was sweet chocolate in the aroma turned out to be more of a bittersweet chocolate taste. Lots of espresso coffee, again almost burned (but not in a bad way).
Medium-bodied, alcohol not noticeable.
I liked both the Yin and the Yang. Will have to try the Black and Tan.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 10:53:43 | More by lordofthewiens
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 06:27:12 | More by laituegonflable
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small, dark tan fading head.
Nose shows cocoa, milk chocolate, vanilla and alcohol.
Very roasty flavours, more milk chocolate, cocoa, booze and spicy hops. Quite brash.
Needs more carbonation.
Pretty full on stuff, mixes well with yang.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 02:00:39 | More by CrazyDavros
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Motor Oil black with a dark tan head.

Smell - Coffe only.

Taste - Strong coffee.

Drinkability - Oily in the mouth, decent carbontation.

Overall - saved some for a Yin/Yang Black and Tan whic was nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 04:33:24 | More by HuskyinPDX
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is okay given the ABV and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: This really doesn't have a whole lot going on. It's surprising. Coffee, chocolate, and roastiness, but there just isn't a lot of power. That said, it doesn't smell bad. Indeed, it smells quite enticing, just needs some strength.

3.0 T: Taste is also a bit underwhelming. Coffee, roast, some caramel, and a touch of chocolate.

3.25 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess, but otherwise okay.

3.0 D: Underwhelming beer. Give it a try if you must.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 04:32:12 | More by DavoleBomb
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ehammond1


3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 23:59:58 | More by ehammond1
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 13:11:25 | More by BARFLYB
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ngeunit1

California

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black, finger chocolate colored frothy head. Fades medium.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, coffee, molasses, dark fruits, black licorice, earthy and pine hops, and a bit of booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, roasted coffee, dark fruits, black licorice, molasses, earthy and pine hops, and some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced bold imperial stout. Good malt character.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 06:05:48 | More by ngeunit1
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oline73

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 02:20:38 | More by oline73
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