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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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192 Reviews
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Reviews: 192
Hads: 927
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 20.65%
Wants: 34
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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Reviews: 192 | Hads: 927
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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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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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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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%
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 -3.8%
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 -5.5%
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 -8.6%
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.

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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +3.3%
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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Photo of taigor
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into small glass.

A - Poured jet black non-transparent color with medium head that dissipated slowly leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and some burnt wood.

T - Very bitter coffee and dark chocolate to start with roasted malts coming through towards the middle and a very dry finish.

M - Full bodied with very high carbonation.

O - Very good stout with ABV well hidden and overall very balanced. I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a midnight black, with a nice inch of thin mocha head, little lacing. Smell is of roasted malts, Expresso, some smoke, and bakers chocolate. Taste all of that with a touch of alcohol in the finish. Body is thinner then my favorites, but doesn't hold it back much. Plenty of life, with a fairly easy drinkability for it's ABV. I really love the flavor on this beer, wish it was a little chewier. Nice stout.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Best before 2015.

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a tan, climbing head that settles but never quite dissipates.

Smell: Roasty malts, heavy in the nose, hinting even at creosote with fairly faint background hints of chocolate and caramel and black licorice. Small trace of dark fruitiness and a soupçon of reduced sodium soy.

Taste: Well-roasted malts with a fair portion of dark chocolate liqueur and chilled espresso and a sliver of char-like tar. Light sweetness at best. Stirred up with a vanilla bean that is immediately discarded. Earthy, strongly roasty bitterness throughout. Hint of blood sausage. Drying, malty, richly roasty finish with some small amount of peppery alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good. A full-on roasty, malt-packed stout that just barely falls shy of being too boozy or harshly roasty with a displeasing astringency.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.79/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

Note: Meant to be mixed with Yang. Tried them separately first.

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, dark tan head with very good retention. Black body with virtually no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Some roasted notes with cocoa powder, sweet cream and some leather notes. Some rubbing alcohol in there as well, which isn’t all that great. Medium strength.

TASTE: Roasted and boozy base with cocoa powder and some sweet cream up front. Some more cough syrup comes through at the swallow, which is not as bad as the Yang variant DIPA earlier. Big aftertaste of roasted notes, bitter chocolate, cough medicine and alcohol is very persistent and a bit tough. Cough syrup is still to present to be enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine with only a slight bite and finishes slightly sticky. Fine, and certainly less harsh than the Yang DIPA.

OVERALL: This was more enjoyable than Yang, but that’s not saying much. This stout looked pretty good and felt alright, but the nose and taste were plagued by a touch of that medicinal qualities that ruined Yang. Pretty lousy really; this pair of brews were definitely not worth it. Let’s hope they blend better.

EDIT: Mixed was actually pretty good. The hoppy nose from the DIPA still came through, which was probably the best part of the experience, and the cough syrup flavors were much more restrained. If I had to drink Yin and Yang again, I'd definitely mix them.

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

A - Pours very dark and black with a light colored toffee colored lacing ring. Swirl the snifter and it turns into a heavy, creamy foam layer.

S - Heavy on the bittersweet chocolate, coffee, expresso, mild pine, light oak, and cocoa.

T - Everything detected in the nose plus boozy, pine hopping, and lingering medicinal pine/grapefruit lingering bitterness. There's a big alcohol warming in the back of the throat.

Worth checking out.

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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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

Poured dark brown from bottle into tulip glass.
Nice aroma with coffee and chocolate notes. Mildly smooth taste firm but not overpowering. Taste lingers nicely on the palate making for a very good sipping beer.
A good Imperial Stout worth seeking out.

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

Served alongside the Yang, and with the two combined.

Pours a gorgeously thick and very heavy deep brown, not quite black in hue. Head is voluptuously frothy and dark mocha in colour initially, although this settles to a hazy mesh on the top of the glass and a rout of large bubbles. Minimal lacing. Body is thick and heavy. Looks pretty great.

Nose is huge with roasted characters, and an almost peppery spiciness. Booze is noticeable, as is the hint of wood, which I love in a good imperial stout. It's darker, crispier and more robust and sharp than some imperial stouts. To be honest, I'm a sucker for the sweet, languid richness of the other kind, but this is also great, and it certainly has its place.

Again, the taste really gives it a sharp and very pronounced roasted bitterness, where often you find vanilla sweetness and a caress of oak and coconut in an American Impy stout. Here, there's a smokiness, a devilish darkness, and a biting and lingering, almost ashy finish. It's a profound and confronting stout, but it's hard not to respect it.

It's a really good imperial stout, if not one in the vein I particularly enjoy. But even so, if it were better, I would be crying in joy. This is still an excellent beer as it stands.

In totally different ways, and for totally different reasons, I actually ended up giving the Yin and the Yang exactly the same scores. I guess they do exist in perfect balance.

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Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.