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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

620 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 17
Gots: 67 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark oily blackish brown with a khaki colored head. Aroma of chocolate malt and black coffee. In the flavor, very dark and toasty, nice coffee, molasses and charcoal notes. Mild earthy hops with a solid bitterness. Full bodied, smooth and creamy. Overall, a very nice stout.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2013 19:31:21 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-08-2013 04:03:00 | More by BillRoth
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John_M

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very similar to the soft dookie, except I get more dark fruit, dark chocolate and less vanilla in this beer. On tap at Max's today.

Otherwise, the beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and considerable lacing all around. The nose is impressive, with considerable licorice, coffee and dark chocolate. The licorice dominates on the nose. On the palate, the coffee and licorice dominate dominate again, although there's some noticeable bitterness in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied, with a long, coffee and licorice filled finish. Aloohol is definitely noticeable, but this beer is not at all heavy or hot on the palate.

Another very nice RIS from the guys at evil twin....

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 20:20:47 | More by John_M
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-26-2013 07:23:42 | More by Mebuzzard
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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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glid02

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a light brown head leaving solid lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malts with hints of char and semi-sweet chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malts up front are mellowed out by semi-sweet midway through. Deep leafy hops and hints of dark char round things out. The ending is moderately bitter. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this beer was much like Yang, not very balanced but still enjoyable. The aromas seemed more fleshed out in this beer but it’s still a little rough around the edges. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 17:47:19 | More by glid02
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

10-30-2012 15:46:59 | More by sendbeer
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

03-28-2014 01:58:58 | More by afsdan
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Tone

Missouri

4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Brad007

Vermont

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-12-2014 02:51:48 | More by dmorgan310
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-13-2012 18:09:45 | More by rolltide8425
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods Bowery, NYC. 12oz into a snifter, best before 2015.

Pours almost pitch black, with a brown head. Big bubbles and a thing collar remains. Nose holds some sharp alcohol initially, some brown sugar sweetness with a significant ash/charcoal character to it. Taste has more of the brown sugar balanced well with the charcoal/burnt notes, all under a veil of the alcohol, which prevails in the finish. Good mouthfeel but was just too alcoholic fresh. Wish I had another to sit on and let settle.

Aside: Put aside an oz of each the Yin and the Yang for the 'black and tan' suggested on the bottle. Delicious stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 17:39:23 | More by liamt07
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ccrida

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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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avalon07

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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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flagmantho

Washington

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2014 23:04:29 | More by flagmantho
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
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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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-26-2013 14:19:55 | More by chippo33
Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
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