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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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very good

707 Ratings

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Ratings: 707
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 23
Gots: 91 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rfgetz on 04-22-2011)
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ncaudle, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Symz, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Hellpop65, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

derkfromwi, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Swongler
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A really good, really simple, true imperial stout. Enjoyed at Tørst in NY from a tap into a wine glass.

A - Near-black, but it was a dimly-lit bar. A finger of unbroken tan-colored head. Decent lacing

S - Minerals/dirt, and that wake-up-to-fresh-pot-of-coffee smell. Hint of molasses and dark, ripe fruit. That typical stout/porter smell. Almost no creamy or vanilla smell to it.

T - REALLLY black coffee. Almost makes your face curl with the strong coffee taste. It settles nicely into a smooth baker's chocolate/cacao. Lacks any smooth vanilla or milk chocolate - almost 0 sweetness.

M - Stung a little at first, but finished nicely toward the back of the mouth. Leaves a slight coat.

O - This is a great benchmark stout. A truly simple, imperial, strong stout. No fancy flavoring, just a damn tasty beer that is just beer.

Swongler, Apr 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

bernat1971, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

And now for the dark half ... Or side. Whatever. After the boozy bitterness of Yang, this is a welcome foray into the world of roasted smoky malts, well-rounded sweetness, and an ABV that is near-perfectly concealed. Perhaps this very contrast is why this tandem is supposed to form the ultimate black and tan. I shall have to try this melding. For now, Yin alone features what might be the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer to date, a cacao brown rich froth that starts large and looming but quickly tones down. We get an opaque brownish black brew releasing a potent aroma of dark chocolate, espresso roast coffee, and a subtle dark fruit (raisin) top note. Well-attenuated semi-thin and ultra smooth mouthfeel like Yang, the palate features the same elements as the nose but with an added smokiness that becomes more pronounced in the dryish roasted finish. Fairly tame carbonation. Emergent grape juice, licorice drop, and caramel flavors build along with the smoke, and its only near the end of a tulip glass that the booze starts to twinkle through. I appreciate more of a syrupy mouthfeel in these high caliber stouts but by and large this hits the sweet spot.

CalgaryFMC, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

dleiner, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

schnarr84, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Fantalek, Apr 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

masterofsparks, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Rbroccoli
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very opaque. Seems to be a dark black color, but tasting in a dimmer room, so it's hard to tell the exact color. Dark tan head, about 1/2 finger. dissipates somewhat quickly. Almost no lacing.

S: Somewhat boozy, but not overwhelming. Woody, smokey.

T: Cold: Smokey/Sweet. Light malts with some smoked wood flavors coming through. Warm: Fresh espresso bean and subtle fruitiness accompany a high percentage dark chocolate (Think ~92%) flavor lingering on the palate. The dark chocolate flavor builds up while the espresso flavor remains as I drink, a pleasing booziness breaks through, reminiscent of a well crafted bourbon. It warms extremely well. Actually, I would almost rather drink the entire drink at room temperature.

M: In between, leaning more toward the viscous end. Ideal carbonation. Lingers on palate to modify the pleasant aftertaste.

O: While the smell is not extremely complex, that is the least important factor in my opinion. This is a fantastic Imperial Stout-- my first experience with Evil Twin, and it definitely lives up to my expectations. You need to try this if you haven't. It's one of the best I've had.

Rbroccoli, Mar 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Rick778, Mar 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

HoppySeb, Mar 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

zeff80, Mar 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

afsdan, Mar 28, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours like thin, dark molasses - viscosity is apparent from the get-go, and dark as all get out. smell is a bit weak, but shows coffee/chocolate - not the sweet chocolate so many have - a dark chocolate. taste has dark coffee, more dark choc but not the cocoa i see in some, just really dark chocolate, hint of smoke. very nice taste, i like this a lot. nose is lacking compared to taste. mouth feel is thick, super smooth, except carbonation is a bit more prickly than i want in this style, which kinda brings the smoothness down a bit (hint - be patient, give it 10-15 minutes, it gets better). not terribly complicated, but very enjoyable. if it had some currants hiding in there it'd be about perfect

lighthabit, Mar 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

BrewtalHonesty, Mar 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

aProtagonist, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Poupae, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Chuck_25, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Furlinator
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10/23/13.

Pours opaque black with a 1/2 inch tan head that quickly disappears completely and leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is very subdued and is of earthy, almost herbal bitter hops with a faint hint of cocoa.

Taste is of dark fruit and roasted malt up front with hop bitterness on the finish.

Texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A decent imperial stout. Slightly more hop presence in the flavor than most examples of this style. Aromas are somewhat muted.

Furlinator, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

KevinL, Mar 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

BeerPunk1312, Mar 17, 2014
Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.