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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 200
Hads: 956
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 38
Gots: 184 | FT: 9
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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 stakem
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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 +1%
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 +0.3%
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 -0.8%
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 +9.3%
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 +5.6%
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 +10.4%
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 +4.8%
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 -20.2%
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 +3.5%
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%
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 +1.5%
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 +20.5%
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 +1%
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 +5.3%
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 -7.6%
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 -0.3%
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 +8.6%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of david18
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at Cannibal, a new beer bar and charcuiterie in manhattan. It first caught my eye because of Heretic Brewing's Evil Twin, which is apparently no relation. A great double stout but not my favorite.

Poured a very dark brown/mahogany with a dark brown/cream colored head. A lot of carbonation and some good lacing.

Aroma was toasty/roasty. Sight amount of aroma hops but this was really about the coffee/chocolate aromas.

The taste was also roasty and a bit tannin. Tasted good but a little thinner than I expected it to be.

Overall definitely worth trying. Will age well as well.

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Photo of Thingus
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live tasting, bottle into tulip...

Appearance; pours black, with a finger of lush brown head, retention is good and lacing hangs around for a bit, sticking to one spot in particular but is nothing spectacular... When held to light, beer appears opaque at the heart, with root beer colored edges...

Smell; smokey, roasty malts, hints of char and burned toast...

Taste; quite similar to the smell, smokey but not overly so, roasty malts, burned toast, hints of dark roasted coffee

Mouthfeel; Yin poured quite a bit thinner than I expected it to, with a good amount of carbonation for the style (although I'm not certain that I know what Taiji means, and I'm too lazy to look it up) it feels thin in the mouth, but seems to coat it fairly well given the long smooth finish...

Overall; this is a solid beer if a little one dimensional and that's where Yin loses points with me... I would like a little more going on in the flavor department and I know the potential is definitely there. Additionally, it wasn't quite as thick or full bodied as I had hoped and anticipated, hence the points loss in the mouthfeel department... I would certainly not mind checking out other vintages of this brew and definitely will keep my eyes on where Evil Twin is headed... I also would like to note that Yin is part of a Black and Tan, which I generally don't drink but would try sometime if I could find both Yin and Yang...

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Photo of oline73
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with some dark tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet and bitter dark chocolate, with roasted coffee and cream, and a little brown sugar and nutty malt.
T: It tasted like bitter coffee and dark chocolate, with sweet brown sugar and cream, and a little citrus hops. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with some carbonation. Nice fully body.
D: This was a very nice stout with great scent and taste and body. The alcohol wasn't too hot, and the finish was clean, so it was easy to drink. Not quite top tier, but enjoyable. Might not be worth the cost, but it was enjoyable to try once.

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Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark black/brown color. Some deep tan head that dissipates quickly and some lace. Very strong, nice oak scent and alcohol. Good character.

Nice smokey taste with a bit of a dark fruit aftertaste. Kind of grape there with a mild watermelon undertone. Carbonated and rich. Bubbly on the tongue. Very flavorful and appealing.

The price point sucked...$7 for 12 ounces at Spyten Dyvel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.