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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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190 Reviews
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Reviews: 190
Hads: 922
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 20.96%
Wants: 33
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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Photo of lighthabit
3.84/5  rDev -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

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Photo of Furlinator
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of brureview
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/26/14

A bit of age may have helped this beer.
Poured in a MOA snifter, the color was pitch black-brown with very little head.

Aroma: heavy roast, smoke, leather.

Mouth feel: pleasantly carbonated, not over-the-top- which works well
for this beer.

Taste: highly complex. heavy roast-but not overdone. Smoky with warming.

Finish- crisp, no bitterness- maltiness and roasts.

Overall, an excellent beer. I enjoyed the heavy, smoky, roasted malts, which were not overdone.
The finish adds to the taste- it's relatively smooth and counterbalances the heaviness of the roasted taste.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single for $3.59 which was quite a deal since these beers usually run 5-6 bucks. Into a goblet.

A - Quite possibly the darkest stout I have had for a while! Even the head is such a deep shade of brown and I am even more impressed with the carbonation giving me well over an inch of foam that never quits.
S - Musty roasts, leather, and black strap molasses highlight which is usually bad but it smells so... balanced. Hopefully it has sweeter malts or this may have been a bad purchase.
T - Well I am hit with the smells which are mild but bite the palate in the finish. Leather and molasses with touches of star anise are everything I hate in big stouts but this is truly done so well I am baffled. Very aggressive bitter finish though makes this a sipper and maybe some dark chocolates. It's very complex.
M - Very syrup like its is a deep complex stout so it is heavy in body.

Overall this is a great example of a stout with heavy flavors. Worth trying.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling right now on 3/3/14. Date of brewing :10/23/13. From the Eviltwin Brewing Company, Stratford, Connecticut and in a 12 ounce bottle. Single bottle for $6.99 chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a jet black in color with a very thin beige head that lasts the whole time. A good amount of lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with a light hint of smoke. The taste is the about same with the 'black coffee' taste right up front followed by the roasted malts with a very light hint of smoke for the finish. Just a slight bitterness aftertaste. This ones a 'sipper' and not a 'clugger' type of brew.

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Photo of leobageo
4.71/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Light on the nose, but perfect on the taste. Very toasty and even slightly smoky. Typical vanilla and cocoa nib notes.

No heat for a 10.0%abv noticed. As it warms up, the same. Only more smoke comes out of it.

Mouthfeel is a perfect stout.

Should've got yang too to see what kind of concoction would've been created.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/23/13 and poured 2/15/14. $4 single.

Appearance: Pours black, black, black. Finger of a brown head. Basically no lacing. Definitely looks like an Imperial Stout. I always hope for some good head retention and/or lacing though, even at the 10%. (3.5/5)

Smell: Interesting for an RIS. There's an obvious hoppiness, but it's not overbearing. Then there's the usual culprits of chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee, also with almost a tobacco sort of thing going on. I like it. (4.25/5)

Taste/feel: Medium/heavy body with about a medium carbonation. Was bitter for the first few sips, but really this is a pretty sweet RIS. Dark fruit flavors strangely seem to dominate the taste, as the chocolate/roast flavors take a back seat. The traditional RIS flavors seem to meld best at the very first moment Yin hits the tongue, and that's about it. Enjoyable RIS, but I'm actually disappointed in the flavor a bit after smelling all that I did. The aftertaste is super dry, slightly ashy/smokey and tobacco-esque, which is nice to get after having what, to me, is almost a wallop of dried dark fruit flavors. Depth of flavor improves as it warms, with some more tobacco and roasty tastes coming through. (4/5, 4/5)

Yin is a very nice brew. $4 isn't an insane price to ask for this beer, but I think I'd tag it at $3 a single for a fair price. I'd have this one again as I enjoy it quite a lot, but there are better options available at a lower price, which seems to be the case with any Evil Twin beer.


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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Dirty motor oil black. A cookie dough colored head stays foamy for a good while. Random spots of foam lacing.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, slightly smokey with a bit of an earthy kick in the end.

Taste: A very sharp, bitter start. A lot of earthy, smokey peat moss. Really bitter chocolate in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very dry. Very bitter aftertaste.

Overall: I think I set my expectations a bit too high for this one. Certainly looked good. I think I was looking for a few more coffee notes and other decadent features that I didn't find.

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Photo of minterro
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought at the proper pour a small business within the source. I've either like or really liked the stuff that eviltwin has put out so I decide to take a shot on this one. Bought for around 3 bucks, poured into a snifter. Side note: bottle is really full, potential for it not to have much carbonation due to lack of headspace.

A&S: Upfront lots of dark chocolate with some spices in the background. In the glass it is more sugary milk chocolate than dark. Some background tones include roasty coffee, cherries, and bourbon. Jet black colored beer. Head is caramel brown and pours about a finger and retains in a ring.

T&M: The taste is primarily roasty. A touch of bourbon and vanilla in it as well. Getting some spice presence midway though. More more bitter than it smelt. Alcohol is well hidden, but felt as it warms the body. A bit too smokey in the finish. Body and thick and syrupy, carbonation is present but low.

Overall: Nothing mind blowing, but pretty good. I'm glad I tried it. It is especially good considering the price and the ABV. Would probably buy again depending on the circumstances.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

today (a freezing cold snowy gray day in colorado), is the perfect day for yin. a very very well made imperial stout, rather familiar honestly, nothing too distinct, but its an excellent example of the style, one of the best going in fact. inky black with some radiance in color, a few inches of heady brown fluff as well. not boozy or sweet, but full of aromas and flavors from coffee to bakers chocolate, burnt barley without the bitter, milk sugars, even brown sugar or raw sugar, again, without the sweetness. the finish and the feel are what makes this memorable. velvety smooth, soft as they come, with a long accelerating flavor crescendo of cocoa and super dark barley. a little tannic, lots of fun. enough carbonation, but this one is about body, and my is it full. robust enough for the coldest days of winter, i like this a fair bit more than the imperial ipa that is supposed to accompany it.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle, dated 10/23/13 poured into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout snifter.

A- 1/2 finger, brown head quickly drops or a light lace. Near jet body shows dark shades of brown and red when held to the light. Nothing left behind on the glass as it all falls slowly back into the body.

S- Lots of coffee initially, medium roast. Hints of chocolate, licorice, maybe a little raisin. A little boozy with warmth (subtle, not hot or jarring).

T- Hmm. Really interesting at first sip. A lot of very roasted grain, and dark roast coffee. Lesser chocolate and licorice. A lot grainier than expected. Licorice and raisin comes out with another sip. On further sips it might be more of a by-product of the roasted characteristics. Quite long in the finish. It gets smokey by the end. Bold for sure.

M- Very full bodied. Viscus with moderate/light carbonation. ABV is pretty well hidden.

O- Decent brew at first. A bit one-dimensional as anything else gets lost behind the dark roasted malts. Glad I tried it, but I've had more enjoyable beers at the pricing point (and cheaper). That said, I'd be interested in trying Yang alone and as a mix. I suppose I'm a sucker for their marketing. The more I drank this one, the less enjoyable it became.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small, dark tan fading head.
Nose shows cocoa, milk chocolate, vanilla and alcohol.
Very roasty flavours, more milk chocolate, cocoa, booze and spicy hops. Quite brash.
Needs more carbonation.
Pretty full on stuff, mixes well with yang.

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Photo of Ego
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

super dark cocoa head (one of the darkest I have seen in some time), some audible sizzle while standing at 2 fingers of attention, soapy/craggy flotilla of goodness on top of jet black, uber black, utter black, pitch black.. did I mention the hue ? light doesn't even bother to
wander into the zip code of this thing, I think I even lost whatever tan I had as it was sucked in by this massive vortex of black gravitational pull, grappling lacing tears down the sidewalls, so yeah.. it's ok looking. er, monstrous looking!

dry sweet cocoa with sugary molasses, some light roast notes, faint prunes, a real sense of dryness and sweetness are the strongest notes here, nice

taste etc...
smooth in a weird way, it almost 'floats' on your tongue, and then some of the big flavors hit, there is that strangely dry almost chalky flavor on the middle of your tongue, on the forward sides there is some sweetness akin to chocolate and then in the back there is some bitterness mixed with roasted tones, this thing really coats the mouth, the ABV is barely noticeable (if at all), the flavor is pretty damn deep on this puppy, full mouth feel with deceptively bright carbonation, as you linger on the chocolate bitterness seems to assert itself a touch more and the alcohol peeks out as well giving it a bigger overall flavor almost as if it is building upon itself

woah. f the yang, get the yin. deep flavor, big ass ABV and bold. a must try for impy stout fans imo

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a very dark, blackish-brown coloring with a thin ring of brown film around the surface. Poured like oil. Aromas of bittersweet baker's chocolate, earthy notes, molasses, roast coffee, and a subtle herbal highlight. Very interesting nose, and very rich and heavy. Flavors are roast coffee forward, with an extremely heavy bitterness rising to the surface shortly after the beer passes over the tongue. Roast notes persist throughout, and there are highlights of cocoa nib and rich molasses here and there, but the bitterness is dominant. Slight charred wood notes in there to add depth to the bitterness, also. The body is smooth and robust, with a very direct transport of the heavy palate. A burnt, bitter aftertaste leads into a lingering, slow, drawn out finish that slightly coats the mouth and taste buds. Very strong brew, but very damn tasty.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Re-reviewed on 8/25/14.

Bottled on 5/19/14. Poured into a chalice.

A wonderful no adjuncts (i.e. chocolate, coffee, etc.) imperial stout with a sharp/sweet finish. Hides its 10% ABV well. Very pleased with this beer. Definitely opens up as it warms for better aromas and tastes. Not enough stouts like this and the beer gets bonus points for it. Becoming a big Evil Twin fan. Need to side-by-side this with the Fultons. 4.75

A - Pours slightly viscous, black, opaque, with a three-finger light brown/red tinged mousey head. Head dies down to a sustaining layer in a few minutes. 4.5

S – Some coffee, but not too strong, roasted malts, vanilla and a tinch of raisins. 4.25

T – Roasted malts, licorice, some minor sweetness, a tiny bit of smoke (but not off-putting to those who don’t like smoky beers), with accompanying dark chocolate bitterness. 5

MF – Medium bodied with a medium dry finish. Smooth with a nippy bitter finish. 4.75

A – Pours an opaque black/reddish brown with a half-finger brown head that dissipates quickly, but retains a thin film. Average lacing. 4.25

S – Roasted malts, faint chocolate, some flora sweetness and a bit of alcohol. 4.5

T – Burnt/charred is up front, but not in a bad way. Roasted malts, coffee, licorice, bitterness but not overwhelming. 4.5

MF – Smooth start with a dry finish. Medium bodied. 4

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Evil Twin Brewing - Evil Twin Yin, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a medium thick oily viscosity with an inch sized foamy mocha head that dissipates at a medium pace and leaves some sparse lacing.

Smell - Aroma is roasted malts, some semisweet chocolate, and some fennel.

Taste - Some chocolate and definite roasted/charred malts here.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly thinner body than I would have expected based on the pour. Throat and tummy warm boozy. Light-heavy body with low carbonation.

Overall - Solid imperial stout, most of the focus is on the thinner roastiness. I personally go for a touch less roast, a bit more creaminess, and a TON more chocolate, whether it's sweet milk chocolate or the dark chocolate variety. Either way, this is a worth imperial stout.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nearly pitch black color. The head stands tall at three fingers high, khaki shaded. Texture-wise, it seems more soapy than creamy, but still, this has good retention for a 10% beer. Some spotty patches of lacing are left behind.

S: This has a lot of licorice for my tastes. Seriously, a lot. Apart from that, this beer still brings the roast, still brings the chocolate, and even brings something resembling peat. There's even some slight citrusy hops floating around. Even with all the aniseed, this has a very appealing aroma.

T: I said the aroma brings the roast. Well, that's not the case here - because it REALLY brings the roast, like a charred sledgehammer. The roasted notes are mainly clustered near the finish; before that, it starts with a combination of fruitiness and licorice. It also finishes with slight wisps of chocolate and booze (just enough to add to the experience, mind). I'm really enjoying how charred the roasted malts are in particular.

M: It starts off really dry finishing in spite of the creamy body, and combined with its slightly thin body, gives it great drinkability. The finish becomes becomes a lot wetter as more is consumed - it's almost like said feature is an omen for me to stop slamming this. Too bad, because I absolutely adore a slammable imperial stout (Black Albert, anyone?) Carbonation is medium.

O: Make no mistake, this is really damn good. A bit pricey for me to purchase this frequently, though. Highly recommended for roast lovers.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a little subdued - roasted chocolate malts and some black licorice and a little smoke.

The flavor is some sweetness up front with heavily roasted chocolate malts and some dark fruit and black licorice. There's lots of charred bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, but a bit watery.

Overall, it's got too much charred bitter roast.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/13/13. Pours deep black with big creamy brown head. Roasted grains on the nose and a bit of earthy coffee. Flavor is huge roasted malt with some coffee and very bittersweet chocolate. A nice balance of bitterness. Thick and creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. This should be talked about more. Excellent impy.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at State Line, enjoyed chilled in a snifter.

The color is beautiful ebony with opaque look like an 8ball with thick fluffy medium tan cap which settles to a compact ring of beads with snake-like lace rings. The smell is great-very cocoa-like with a dark cacao bitter scent with mild alcohol and light sweet woody aroma and mild hint of pepper. The feel is very good with malt body yet a bit bitter both from malt and hops with moderate carbonation and semi strong alcohol in the feel with some spiciness and mild drying in the finish.

The taste is very hoppy at first with more of a malt flavor emerging toward the middle -lots fo bittersweet dark chocolate and mild spice with a woody accent and some subtle sweet dried fruit and light pepper in the middle with a warming of alcohol leading to a dry woodiness with the warmth lingering after the beer is swallowed. a full on intense stout that is both corpulent in the malt and dry enough to be drinkable with the alcohol a little high but this could be a good candidate for cellaring - I recommend this to those who like a strong stout that isn't shy.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 3/13/13 (in CT, not imported) poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black, and even a slow pour results in a 2+ finger latte-colored head that is very slow to settle
S: Smoke, beef jerky, espresso & roasted malt. Complex, aromatically I really enjoy this
T: Smoky, a bit bitter, mostly roasted malt with coffee beans & black licorice towards the finish
M: Full-bodied with some bitterness, smooth but with a bit of bite
O: Nice beer though I think it could be better if the alcohol were a bit lower. Paired quite well with smoked cheddar. I tried the Black & Tan with the Yang but I think the beers are better on their own

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter; jet black with a moderate brown head that fades quickly into an appreciable ring of foam that leaves lovely lacing.
Smell is metallic roasted malt, coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and some sweeter softer scents of caramelized sugar, toffee and milk chocolate. No booze in the nose at all.
Taste is dark roasted malt with lots of coffee and baking chocolate flavor, followed by some passing hints of milk chocolate and dark fruit before it disappears with a slight puff of alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel does seem a bit thin for an imperial stout, especially one that is 10%.
Overall though, it's a great imperial stout. Not super-complex but very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - dark brown, almost black colour with dark tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, espresso, black licorice, chocolate brownie

Taste - dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, roasted coffee bean

Mouthfeel - medium level of carbonation, medium bodied but comes in a tad thin for the style, but the flavors and the balance make up for the lack of body, flavors linger for quite a while in the finish, booze is imperceptible

Overall - this is a very nice Imperial stout, the only drawback is the body is a tad thin, but otherwise worth a shot

Price Point - $3.75/12oz single

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Thick jet black with its natural brown tint, medium bubbles on the body. Head is an average tab color maybe 1/3" off the body settling rather quick after one sip.

Smell: Coffee almost espresso like with a hit of burnt sugar.

Taste: Like it smells...it tastes, just much more robust. Bitter black coffee with a touch of molasses. Raw bitter and heavy malts, very easy to like.

Mouth: Medium carbonationcoming off a slight dry bitter finish that I can see many different outcomes depending on the drinker.

Overall: Well above average, I was expecting less considering my experience with "Yang". This beer I would and will buy again. It is a slight pricey consider how much a four pack goes for but try one just for kicks. Salud!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark oily blackish brown with a khaki colored head. Aroma of chocolate malt and black coffee. In the flavor, very dark and toasty, nice coffee, molasses and charcoal notes. Mild earthy hops with a solid bitterness. Full bodied, smooth and creamy. Overall, a very nice stout.

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Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.