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Evil Twin Yin | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid comes out almost completely black while pouring it. Once the liquid settles it's still black for the most part, dark to cola brown on the bottom and top edge areas. Coffee with a little milk colored head that comes up pretty strong. Sticks around awhile and has better than average lacing.

Smell is good, really good. Very robust and super roasty. Mild (earthy pine) hop presence with hints of dark fruit as well. Slight charred more sweet than bitter chocolate.

Taste is on par with the smell. Big on the roast again, plenty of roasted grains. The chocolate is present but there's a coffee flavor that presents itself stronger here. Sort of a not exactly a mocha/java type thing but sort of. Slight vanilla and some dark fruits present at the end. Sweet without being too overwhelming in any way. This is a really great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is great. It's full bodied, smooth and a great carbonation level. More sweet than bitter but it's a good balance. Smooth for most of it with a nice bitter finish. No bite from the alcohol. Great drinkability, it's a nice sipper, but if your not careful it can be drank like any stout.

I'm digging this brewery even though I've only had a few beers from them, looking forward to more.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle from Bullocks (Marietta, GA). 6.99. No bottling info. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours jet black with a finger and a half biscotti tan head. Tiny sporadic chips of lace.

Smells of dark chocolate, roasty malts, figs and coffee.

Bold dark tastes. Dark chocolate covered dates, coffee, molasses, currants and a hint of piney hops towards the finish. Good smooth blend that only hints at it's 10% abv.

Fairly full creamy thick feel with moderate carbonation. Long bitter cocoa aftertaste.

I'm glad I revisited this one. Previously I'd only tried it in partnership with the Yang. It was excellent blended but this is quite worthy on it's own. Any stout fans that see this on a shelf should know that it's drinking quite well right now.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black, one finger mocha head, nice lacing.

S - Chocolate, olive, smoked malt, oats, earthy hops, tobacco, alcohol.

T - Black malt, dark chocolate, bitter hops, brown sugar, hint of ash, grains, alcohol.

M - Medium-full bodied, medium-low carbonation.

O - Very tasty, I love trying Evil Twin's stouts and darker beers, always interesting.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this over the border in New York.

Appearance is black in color with a short tan head. Its` nose hits with roasted malts, chocolate and wood. The taste has vanilla, more of the roasted malts, coffee. It is a fairly tasty beer, but not quite as good as I had hoped. Mouthfeel is medium, a sweetness lingers in the finish. A tasty, but pricey 12 oz bottle of beer. Worth trying, but likely would not buy again.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is pitch black with no clrity and some signs of bubbles at the upper rim of the glass. Looks delicious.

Smell: roasted and bready malts, mocha, and somce smokiness too.

Taste: roasted coffee, bittersweet choocolate, bready and sweet malts, alcohol, and quite a tasty treat.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, a bit dry, full bodied, medium to high carbonation, and very easy to drink given the high ABV.

Overall: This is a pretty solid DIS that could of sat for 3 more years. I have completed the Evil Twin black and tan beers and next time I will venture into the expensive mix now that I have had both compnents separately.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Aml42000
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black core with a finger of light tan head.

S- Smoke, roasted nuts and mocha notes.

T- High intensity with dark coffee bean and black plummy fruit.

M- Complex and different. Creamy at first, but highly carbonated which adds some freshness and keeps this in excellent balance.

O- An excellent Imperial Stout. Big and full, but not a sign of flab or excess sweetness.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose of heavy dark chocolate, medium-strong anise and just a hint of roasted coffee. Theres a tinge of booziness here too. Anise up front in the taste blended with dark chocolate flavors. It fades into anise/coffee with a backbone of the chocolate sticking around. The flavors all fade away and the black licorice sticks around on your tastebuds. Classy.

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  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!

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on dec´11. Dark brown in color. Crown is beige in color, creamy & leaves copious rings & collars on sides. Toasted & roasted malts, with chocolate touch to he nose. Intense cocoa upfront the gentle toasted malt sweetness. Dry nuts & kind bitterness in the middle. Full body, moderate carbonation. Notes of molasses & dark fruits into the finish with dry bitterness. Well balanced flavors. Great Beer !!

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with good 2 fingered head. Lots of lacing.

Smell is heavy with dark roasted malt, chocolate and a little vanilla.

Taste follows the smell well for me. Lots of chocolate and toasted malts. Sweeter than I expected.

Mouthfeel was a little bit watery but not disappointing.

Overall this was better than I expected. Will definitely try this again.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle to oversized snifter. $10 for the single. Sampled 11/21/11.

A: Pours with a large head, 1 1/2 fingers tall of medium dark brown foam. Retention is excellent and leaves a crescent shaped collar behind. The body is black and completely opaque. No lacing.

S: Heavily roasted aromas mix with chocolate, fudge, earth and soil, plus a wet grassy hoppiness. Sweet alcohol adds even more intensity to the nose. Unfortunately, hard-to-forgive metallic notes steals most of the enjoyment from the olfactory experience.

T: Slightly one dimensional on the palate. The dark roast and strong bitterness leads to a very heavy acridness that suppresses the big, sweet malty base, throwing the long lasting flavor way out of balance. The ABV isn't shy on the palate but it isn't absolutely crushing either.

M: The body starts out medium full but thins out considerably on the back end. Moderately sweet with matching bitterness.

O: Good but not great - and won't be a repeat purchase given the price tag. I didn't bother with the black and tan as suggested by the label. And after having each beer separately, I'm glad I didn't. It would have been an expensive, untickable mistake.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, remains of a dark brown head.

Aroma: Roasted malt, pungent, some coffee.

Taste: Alcohol, barley wine characteristics, dry. Sweet aftertaste, nice chocolate flavours!

Mouthfeel: Soupy, thick, full bodied.

Overall: Good one, but I need to try it again from a bottle to form a full idea.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I Love this beer. Got this with the Yang so that I could make a badass black and tan. Lots of dark chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits. It has a nice sweetness to it as well but the hops are pretty noticeable in this beer. Head retention was awesome and poured a light coffee color which notched all down the glass. Its a very impressive beer and its totally worth the 7.50 I paid for it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Ruds
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cask, Pimlico, Feb '12 served into a half pint tulip style glass.

Pours a rich black colour, dark chestnut brown on the edges when held to the light, with a frothy brown/cream head.

Roasted malts dominate the aroma along with a little coffee, treacle and leather.

Roasted malts also made for the large part of the flavour, nice as it was perhaps a little OTT on the roasted malt front? Also getting a little licqourice, tar and coffee and a smidgen of molasses.

Slick and oily in terms of mouthfeel and it went down very well, almost too well for a 10% ABV beer if you know what I mean !!!

Overall a very good imperial stout, and I felt that the flavour improved a little when the beer began to warm slightly.

Followed this up immediately with ET - Yang ! That's how is was supposed to be !

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Photo of Phelps
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in snifter at Papago.

As black as the dark side of the symbol it's named for. Not a hint of light getting through. One finger of creamy tan foam quickly becomes a thick ring.

Unusually light aroma. A hint of anise, semi-sweet cocoa. Only the whispers of burnt, roasty grain or booze.

The flavor is similarly light — it’s surprising a beer that looks this menacing can be such a mouse. The front doesn't amount to much; just the same subtle anise and cocoa notes. The swallow delivers more, with a smooth burnt note rolling in. Bitter dark chocolate, a bit of spicy hops, a smooth licorice twang. Things get better and better as it warms, with more flavors seeking to emerge every few minutes. Some molasses and peanut skins come out, eventually.

Carbonation pinches lightly inside a smooth body a shade behind medium-light that becomes fluffier as it moves. Some booze fumes come through the nose, but they're nothing to get distracted by.

Yin’s a little pricy for what it is, but once it's given a chance to tech room temp, it's not bad.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend gave my a bottle of this. I have been wanting to try it for some time but seemed a bit expensive at $6.95 for 11.2 oz.

Poured into my seventh sun snifter. Pours an opague black with a decent one finger, brown heading.

Heavy roasted malts kick in as soon as the cap is popped. More of the same as it was poured into the glass. Subtle touches of coffee and chocolate.

Taste is more of the same. Heavy roasted malt,good mocha secondary and a nice touch of warming alcohol. Simple and affective.

Full bodied , good carbonation, and excellent balance. Nice texture as well.

A good RIS nothing bad about it except the pricing which I have steered clear from for some time now.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says best before 2015.

A- Pours a 100% opaque black with a 3/4 inch head that does its best to retain before eventually residing at an 1/8 inch ring around the glass's edge. A thin sheet of surface foam and sporadic lacing are present.

S- Dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Also plenty of hop aroma.

T- Smoky, roasty, sweet and barbeque flavors without any one taste overshadowing the other. That, along with a substantial hop bitterness, provide a harmony that's expected from a beer that's intended to represent Yin/Yang duality.

M- Thick yet delicate. Medium carbonation.

O- Much like its counterpart, Yin creates a balanced yet impressionable experience for the drinker. One is just as good as the other.

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