Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing
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3.71/5 rDev -6.1%
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, slight dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with intense burnt cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the roast presence in the flavor is quite strong.
04-20-2013 05:34:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.91/5 rDev -1%
Pours an opaque black with a foamy one inch caramel head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving spotty lacing. A half inch cap lingers indefinitely.
Notes of coffee and roast malt are evident at arm's length. Citrus hops become noticeable upon further investigation. Grapefruit and tangerine, along with dank cannabis complement the roast, slightly charred notes. Chocolate becomes more prevalent as it warms.
Flavor reveals a huge citrus underpinning, with a roast malt backbone, finishing with coffee ground and hop bitterness. Grapefruit, lemon, and sour orange hit the tongue initially, eventually giving way to burnt breadcrust, coffee, and nutty notes. Pine surfaces in the aftertaste, along with dark chocolate.
Body is fairly thick and smooth, with low carbonation, a touch of astringency, and moderate alcohol warmth.
One of the hoppier stouts I've tried. The interaction between roast malt and citrus is intriguing. But I think malt flavor is a bit lacking in complexity and substance.
04-16-2013 22:47:28 | More by barczar
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
As the counterpart for "Yang" Mikkeller sets aside this massive Imperial Stout to possibly form the worlds strongest "Black & Tan".
Yin pours with an ominous black viscosity. Light 30-weight motor oil, the beer slowly allows a mocha-stained head to build upon its back. It culminates into a dense medium-statured head that makes penetrating its meringue a bit of a chore. Persistent retention and blanketed lace are hallmarks of its testament to quality.
Strong aromatics of roast abound: espresso, cocoa and burnt embers all set the stage for masculine session. Overcooked toffee, maple, and malt begins to round out the beer- giving the roast support. A tinge of grass and citrus are a prelude into hop bitterness to come.
Again, strength is the name of the game when it comes to taste as well. Embedded toffee and maple sweetness is quickly dwarfed by the roast character of bold espresso, bitter chocolate, light campfire smoke and charred toast. The beer slowly fades into a malty-dry finish of both coffee-derived and hop bitterness. Warming a bit, the taste of black licorice and cherry seem a bit like spiced rum.
Absolute fullness exudes in the beer's mouthfeel. Very full, thick, and nearly chewy- the beer slowly fades to a malty-dry finish of alcohol warmth, roast dryness and hop dryness.
Yin is far more hoppy than I expected, but balancing so. It seems to make sense as a stand-alone sipping session. The beer is effortless in its taste, but intimidating in its power. Though its nearly a perfect stout in many ways, I keep looking for some attributes to stand out and make it a world class example, but there are none- its just a really good stout.
04-02-2013 17:41:58 | More by BEERchitect
3.99/5 rDev +1%
Pours a very dark brown with transparent edges, two fingers thick creamy dark brown head settles to a thin ring, a few splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: molasses, french roast, green and slightly citric hopping, dark chocolate, buttery note. Taste: bitter chocolate, pine and lemon peel, brown bread, dark roast. Creamy feel into drying and sugary. It's good, but that's about it.
03-30-2013 05:17:05 | More by babaracas
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
Appearance- This pours up a boisterous chocolate milk head that looks like its going to take some time to recede. The body is a very dark and opaque chocolate brown such that it is pretty much brown. Much of the foam is composed of large bubbles and a good amount of lacing is being left behind.
Nose- This starts of with a sour smell of cherry and yeast which moves into chocolate, raisins, figs, and wood. This is a very tasty smelling brew. The aroma is quite powerful and really invites one into tasting the beer. There is also some coffee in their as well.
Taste- Bitterness with a slight sour taste are what appear. Lots of woodiness, coffee, and earwax. Very dark chocolate with very sour raisins and brown sugar. The alcohol makes itself known but not in a bad way. It's pretty typical of an imperial stout. It may be a little too bitter as some reviewers have complained but so far I haven't noted anything really offensive or absolutely amazing. It probably needs a little more time to open up.
Mouthfeel- It has a heavy body with some creaminess. Texturally, this a very good beer. The carbonation is at the right amount and the body is right where it should be for this type of beer.
Drinkability- It maybe a good thing that this one is a little bitter because at 10% it is very drinkable. The bitterness that other reviewers have complained about is pretty standard for this type of beer. Don't see it as a problem at all.
Overall- This is a good to very good beer. I've had far better imperial stouts but this is a solid beer. At a price of 8 bucks of 11.2 ounces, I probably won't buy this again. There are better stouts (which are just as alcoholic) that are better. I give it a B+.
03-25-2013 00:50:37 | More by artoolemomo
Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 655 ratings.