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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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190 Reviews
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Reviews: 190
Hads: 923
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 20.96%
Wants: 33
Gots: 170 | FT: 9
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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 ChrisMon02
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft-poured into and snifter glass.

Jet black with a small head-nice lacing left on the glass as I sip.

Kind of a weak smell. Chocolate, some coffee and figs. A touch of anise.

Taste is similar to the smell. Not sweet at all. Flavors develop as it warms. Quite complex with layers of flavor-very nice. No booze detected-impressive for a 10% beer.

Very smooth and easy to drink. Not creamy, just smooth. Dangerous.

Wow-this better than expected. Lots of subtle flavors going on. Will definitely have again-highly recommended for those who like complex flavors without the sweetness that tends to go with the style.

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

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Inky dark brown with a froth of light brown foam; spotty lace.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee, smoky grains and toffee.

Taste: Roasted grains, slight smoke, dark coffee bitterness, cocoa and an underlying maple syrup sweetness. Slight alcoholic heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy smooth and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Big, boozy, bitter and roasted stout. Mixes well with Yang IIPA: intense hops and roasted malt balancing each other.

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Photo of RickS95
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spectacular looking beer that starts with a slow, thick pour. Dark black beer with a head that lags behind and cascades at it's own pace. Thick brown head with long legs. Amazingly thick lace, it just clings to the glass.

The scents are subtle, unlike the appearance. As you would guess, a malt bomb with dark roasty parts coffee expresso, and bittersweet chocolate.

It tastes exactly like it smells. While there seems to be a bit of hop presence, it could just be the combination of dark smoky grains. Coffee and expresso join bittersweet chocolate to combine for more of a breakfast drink than a shake.

Extremely creamy and smooth, especially early on where a bit of sweetness lives. From midsip on, the bitterness builds. It's never overly bitter and that bitterness doesn't linger. Very full bodied and that high ABV is way too well-hidden. Should be sipped but it's too smooth and goes down a bit easy.

Yin is a superb beer. All characteristics are subtle and well put together.

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Photo of drmeto
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small,foamy,khaki head
-chocolate,molasses,slight coffee,phenolic,medicinal,anice,figs,oats,licorice
-Follows the nose with a toasty component and a slight cognac note
-medium carbonation (overcarbonated)
-alcohol warmth
-medium to full body
An imperial stout for people who arent into big, roasted beers

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Photo of Sathanas
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Driftwood Brewery snifter glass.
L: Black body, +2 fingers mocha head. Looks awesome.
S: Coffee, milk and dark chocolate, olive skin, Leather, dirty hops. Smells awesome.
T: Stronger on the coffee and hop bitterness than the nose suggest (almost to the point of a black ipa), but still really nice. Dark fruits, chocolate, leatherey umami. Really nice, just a let down after the amazing smell.
F: Sticky, but not thick. No alcohol whatsoever. Bit of carbonation.
O: Really nice imp stout I could drink on a regular basis. Recommended for stout lovers who want a little more hoppiness or black ipa lovers who want to chill on the hops a bit.

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

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color and is topped with several inches of mocha head that leaves some decent lacing.

I get aromas of cocoa and dark chocolate along with roasted malt.

The taste has dark chocolate and roasted malt. The finish is black coffee.

Full mouthfeel

This beer exceeded my expectations. It is a real solid stout. I'm not sure why I am surprised because Evil Twin makes some excellent beer.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big creamy dark walnut head lingers before depositing fine a lace coating on a B-United Teku, glass, while the black (SRM 40) stout clings to the glass in a thin viscus film.

Fusil alcohol mirrors the deep roasted malt in power, while black coffee and burnt chocolate take a middle ground against a maple syrup reduction.

The flavor opens with an interplay of chocolate and coffee, where the coffee relegates the chocolate to baker’s chocolate. The finish is quite long with a lingering bitterness.

The full body works well with a creamy smooth texture, while warming alcohol lifts a vail of velvet. Modest fine carbonation and a dry finish.

For me this is an amped-up stout, short of Imperial status. The alcohol is there, but the roasted bitterness falls short as does the development of aroma/flavor characteristics.

I enjoyed Yin & Yang separately via a side-by-side comparison, then as a Black-&-Tan. What follows are notes as the Black & Tan:

- Tremendous side-by-side long lasting creamy heads above black and copper in a Pretentious Beer ½-n-½ glass.
- Clamminess of Yang is eliminated, allowing the hops to show.
- Alcohol mellows out, while the bitterness is cleaned-up. Sweetness emerges, along with citrus over a light roasted flavor.
- Creamy, with light carbonation and more balanced alcohol.
- As a tandem Yin & Yang is undoubtedly improved. Still not something to rave about, but the experiment produced dramatic, and positive results.

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Photo of k8kruk
2.82/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - almost tar black with red luster. very dark, translucent heading towards opaque. dark, thin head that vanishes quickly
S - smoky and boozy. not very fragrant.
T - tastes of lemon, molasses and smoke. strong bitter undertone. very dark chocolate on the finish. boozy throughout
F - smooth, but not as thick as I expect for an Imperial.

Overall the beer was okay, but not fabulous. The bitter, tart notes combine on the finish in a way I found unpleasant. The smokiness drowns out other flavors. Complex but unbalanced flavors.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is darkness. Chocolate, molasses and black coffee.
The taste is dark chocolate bitterness at first, mellows a little to coffee and milk and finishes with a mild coffee bean bitter. Final finish is with a little alcohol heat.
The texture is smooth.
It's a big stout.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat simple for an imperial stout. It's decent, but lacking much excitement. Chocolate, malts, a bit of coffee, a touch of smokiness. No head retention whatsoever. I've had bigger, better imperial stouts.

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Photo of leantom
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A good beer. Somewhat mellow, but still a good beer nonetheless. Here goes:

A: OK. Pitch black, but only pours a small head with moderate lacing. Just alright.

S: Very faint traces of burnt barley. Dark chocolate, coffee, and toffee. However, the smells are just a little too faint for my liking. Very mellow beer.

T: Much more robust than the smell and quite good. Mellow (I.e., not overly bitter) coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of caramel at the back of the palate. I prefer the stouts that don't have a dark fruit, i.e., plum and raisin, taste, so I liked this beer a lot. Leaves a nice coffee taste at the back of the palate.

F: Good. Not quite as thick as I would imagine a 10% ABV beer to be, but still sufficient.

O: A solid brew. Would get again.

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Photo of Nyved
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draught at a local pub.

Looked great; It was almost pitch black with a light-tan head and lacing. The smell was incredible. Strong smell of coffee, roasted malt, and (what I believe to be) cocoa. The taste was incredible. Coffee, roasted malt, and cocoa were present in the taste as well. There was some bitterness, but it was also very sweet. The really smooth, creamy mouth feel really brought it all together. I'd recommend this to anyone that likes imperial stouts. It's one of my favorites so far.

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Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, roasted malts. Taste is rich coffee, hints of chocolate, a touch of alcohol, some bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of chocolate-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Tons of rich, earthy, roasted malt up front, imparting aromas of freshly toasted dark bread and freshly roasted coffee beans. There’s a hint of smoke, as well as lots of caramel and brown sugar and dark chocolate. Inviting and delicious!

Taste: Wow! Strong flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, a touch of smoke, licorice and star anise. There’s quite a bit of caramel-like sweetness to balance out that smoke and licorice, and finally, the beer finishes with just a hint of slightly bitter hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and extremely smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 10%, there is a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is another excellent imperial stout and another excellent beer from Evil Twin. Highly recommended

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Photo of MUTINY
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Stunning! Almost completely opaque deep, deep chocolate with 2" of coffee-colored head that dissipates moderately fast. Retention is OK, lacing isn't bad.

S: Chocolate milk & booze mostly make up the nose. There's a bit of caramel & a notable hop aspect underneath it all.

T: Boozy. Chocolate milk again, bitter coffee, bitter dark chocolate, resinous hops, chalk. Some smoke & cedar toward the finish. Hop-bitterness lingers on the palate.

M: Moderate carb against a big, creamy malt body. Feels good, makes some of the more intense flavors on the palate more drinkable.

O: I don't go crazy over double stouts & this brew is no exception. No attempt to curb the booziness. I like some of the flavors here & the impressive use of hops to bitter this bad boy up, so definitely worth drinking, just not my thing.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, coffee, and another aroma I can’t quite put my finger on; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a weird flavor, like mushrooms.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz

Pours jet black light tan film for a head retains indefinitely.

Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee, and toast. Very rich.

Tastes of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, and licorice.

Medium to full body with velvety carbonation on the tongue.

An exceptionally good stout, so much flavor and aroma here. Definitely worth trying, among the best I've had.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 3 month old 12 oz. bottle.
A: the 2” quickly dissipating head is deep tan, the body is pitch black.
S: roast, coffee
T: exceptionally creamy, a range of malt flavors from caramelly vanilla to roast coffee. The roast especially comes forward in the aftertaste. There is some dried fruit but the main thing here is the malt action.
F: the body is medium full, the carbonation is very fine and soft suggestive of Guinness style nitro carbonation.
O: The creamy texture of this beer is outstanding.

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Photo of sup3rdub
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a huge stout drinker, especially those of high alcohol content, this caught me off guard. It is intended to be one part of a Black and Tan, so to judge it on its own might be harsh but it is a great beer on its own.

As a standalone stout, it is strong and smokey. On the first pour I found a nice two finger head and a very dark caramel color. It pours smooth and light, and clearly isn't as dark in color as the smokey chocolate nose implies.

The mouth feel is also lighter than expected. Slightly more bitter, hoppy and smokey than expected. Less malt and more of the extravagant flavors. From the other reviews that stated a lot of chocolate, malt and sweet.... I am going to guess that my foray into Yin might be an odd batch, not in a bad way but maybe more specific in traits. Twice purchased in New Haven CT in March 2015 (probably the same brew) and tagged brewed in Stratford CT.. To be honest it was a little harsher and more unbalanced than I would have expected from Evil Twin. Not in any way a bad beer, but just one of the less impressive from their roster.

However, in the mix it starts to shine. As a Heavy to a light, I have mixed each of the 12 I had with different potential black and tan partners. This is where this beer truly shines. It might be the overbearing smokey/bitter flavor of the beers I had, but they really blend well with almost every classic black/tan combination. I have even been mixing it with random things I wouldn't normally ever drink like Long Trail Ale, and finding the results to be more than pleasing.

On its own, not the best offering I have had from Evil Twin. Not bad, but if you want a smokey stout go for Ashtray Heart. Its heavy on the gravity without showing it too much, but it hides its flaws best when mixed with something more forgiving.

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Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Low level stout compared to their other offerings, but still somewhat solid. The hoppy finish doesn't really belong when the rest of the beer is meh, almost nothing going on except for some light smokiness and a hint of a hint of dried fruit.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in March 2015.

Appearance: Very dark with nice brown head.

Smell: Pleasant, and can smell roasted coffee and malts. There is some hops aroma, but it is dominated by the coffee.

Taste: Excellent taste. There is both a strong hop and malt flavor, but it is not too bitter, nor too sweet. I like the hint of coffee in the flavor as well. The balance between the flavors is great.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied.

This is the first time I have drank this, but feel it is one of the best imperial stouts I've tasted. You will enjoy it if you like a bold stout. It is complex, and every time I drink it, I get something new. Definitely a beer to drink again.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful black color. Brown head.

Smells consistent with the best parts of the flavor.

Tastes... well... inconsistent. On the attack it's fairly light. On the midpalate its much more like a classic stout: malty. Quite bitter.

Lighter mouthfeel than I want in a big stout. Very creamy though - that aspect is nice.

Overall a good beer, but not a great one.

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Photo of stephens101
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a shiny jet black with a thick and smooth dark tan frothy finale. Has dark brown hues at the light. Smell is timorous with notes of dark chocolate, gum and black cherry. Thin in the ranks with dark chocolate, dark fruit and a hint of vinegar to the tongue. Grainy and slightly metallic in the aftertaste. Fusel alcohol marches quick and hot down the throat.

A noble soldier of a brew in a vast army that has overrun its supply lines and is sadly soon to be forgotten.

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Photo of CHickman
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger tan foamy/creamy head that faded slowly and left excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down. A nice tan layer settled on top and stuck around most of the time.

Smells of dark chocolate, licorice, fresh ground coffee beans, molasses, cocoa powder, roasted grains, charcoal, Hershey’s Chocolate syrup, and a mild fruity sweetness. The chocolate and roast aromas are so dominant but yet work and complement each other with a lot more complexities then the initial whiff lets on; taking in the stout lets subtle notes of booze come through, a hint of citrus and then rich espresso. Signature Evil Twin imperial stout nose that is wonderful to inhale.

Tastes of dark chocolate bar, bitter bakers chocolate, fresh ground coffee beans, molasses, toffee, cocoa powder, roasted grains, charcoal or burnt wood, espresso, ashy notes, Hershey’s Chocolate syrup, mild booze, light smoke, grapefruit/citrus hops, fruity sweetness and an intense bitterness that is half burnt coffee and half piney hops. The light booze that comes through tastes like bourbon barrel aging, not offensive heat like a shot of 151 rum, and the roast notes are a bit sweet towards the end like the black part of campfire burnt marshmallow. A very nice mix of smoky, bitter, sweet and earthy, with the coffee and chocolate malts the center of attention. I really enjoy the Evil Twin flair and find their stouts to be some of the best on the planet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and watery, a tad bit on the thin side, with very mild carbonation, a medium chewy body and a nice bitter finish with lots of chocolate, roast and coffee sweetness that trails off semi-dry.

Another impressive stout from Evil Twin. This may not be the boldest from this brewery, but it was still very, very enjoyable and well above average.

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle, bottled on 3/13/13, into a snifter. Initial temp. about 45F.

A - Poured very dark ruby-brown and looks black in the glass. The smallish head soon reduced to a partial coat and thick ring.that left spotty lacing behind. This is a decent looking stout.

S- Burnt toast; dark roasted grains and an odd floral element that (after tasting) seems to be from hops and alcohol. Off-putting at first, I mostly adjusted after a few sips. Still, the strange aroma led me to search (in vain) the label for hints of odd ingredients. High ABV is not hidden here.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma at first, particularly in being ignificantly sweet, but this fades quickly, eventually ending n a mildly bitter aftertaste. Only a little bit of burnt grain and char but plenty of dark roasted grain flavor. There's a modicum of boozy alcohol but the ABV is partly hidden, and a positive facotr, in tasting.

Feel: full and somewhat smooth with near medium carbonation noticeable alcohol.

Overall: an interesting and appropriately rich imperial stout. Improved with warming/adaptation.

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Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
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