Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

Not Rated.
Evil Twin YinEvil Twin Yin

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

200 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

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

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rfgetz on 04-22-2011

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (98) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 200 | Hads: 956
Photo of auee92
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Slightly benign, don't pick up much of anything
Appearance: A beautiful black beer, with a rich thick tan foamy head
Taste: Medium bitterness up front, balanced with a lightly sour/salty backend
Palate: Full bodied with an oily, slick texture, flat carbonation with a slightly astringent finish
Overall: A decent stout, definitely middle of the road for me; however, I have had three 64 ounce fills of this from my local growler store over the last month so obviously I like it! I think, unfortunately, I am measuring everything stout from Evil Twin against "I Love You With All My Stout" which I absolutely loved. I love Evil Twin, I just didn't love this stout as much as I had hoped I would.

 701 characters

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: utterly black with a finger of creamy dark-tan foam atop. Not much more you can ask of a beer.

Smell: rich and roasty, but not acrid, with a good sweetness underneath. Coffee and chocolate come through, along with a nice dark-fruitiness. I'm a fan.

Taste: much like the aroma, in that it is super roasty without being astringent or acrid. Specific coffee and chocolate notes are a little toned down from the aroma, but there's still that subtle element of dark fruit complexity that I like. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: big body with a decent carbonation and a good creaminess. Appropriate for a stout of this nature; I quite like it.

Overall: this is a pretty satisfying Imperial stout. I could see myself drinking more of this.

 778 characters

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm reviewing the Black and Tan, Yin and Yang. It's awesome. You should get both and do it because it's incredible. You can smell more hops than you could possibly hope for in a stout and more barley than you could ever wish for in an IPA. It's amazing- I highly recommend you get both and do it.

 296 characters

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler. Pours a thick sumptuous opaque black with a tight brownish head that dissipates to an almost non existent layer with light clinging from the thickness of this dark offering. Nose of bitter chocolate, butterscotch, coffee, maple syrup, and dark roasted grains. Very thick and satisfying mouthfeel with chocolate and black licorice up front, medium hop bitterness, toffee, and coffee bitterness on the back. Alcohol is well hid in this gem. It is smoother on growler than in a bottle. A winner for imperial stout lovers. A GREAT summer beer----for stout lovers.

 575 characters

Photo of fgmiele
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black with a slowly receding caramel foamy head. Aroma is dark espresso, coconut, coffee. Taste is following the nose..full bodied dark chocolate, Colombian coffee and sweet cacao. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with heat. Overall a thick and creamy boozy stout with a lot of body..wouldn't normally drink this in summer but highly recommended for time to come

 374 characters

Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque black with a bubbly tan head that recedes rather quickly. Only a minimal amount of lacing remains once the head recedes.

S: Aromas of roasted grain, dried black cherry, espresso, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, rum raisins, prunes, spiced pears, and ripe apple fill the nose, while a bit of peppery alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

T: Notes of dark chocolate, roasted grain, espresso, vanilla bean, burnt toast, black cherry, prune, woodsmoke, spiced pear, apple, rum raisin, and earthy, mildly herbal, lemony hops fill the mouth. The finish is hoppy and fruity with pronounced notes of herbs, lemon, apple, pear, dark chocolate, coffee, espresso, and rum raisin giving way to a pronounced alcohol burn.

M: Full-bodied, oily, and slick. Carbonation is delicate. Alcohol presence is very noticeable. Far from being truly difficult to drink, this ale is still just a bit rough for a sipping beer.

O: An interesting imperial stout, though it is a bit hot and rough for me.

 1,008 characters

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pitch black with a ne-finger foamy tan head. The head dissapates quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Faint aroma of dark roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T - A nice mix of espresso, dark chocolate, and sweet dark fruits. Finish is bitter coffee and woody smokiness.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - This is an above average Imperial Stout. Lots of big bold flavors. Would definetly drink again.

 449 characters

Photo of Swongler
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

 831 characters

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.89/5  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.

 1,171 characters

Photo of Rbroccoli
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

 1,138 characters

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

 704 characters

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.

 493 characters

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.

 593 characters

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.

 970 characters

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.

 686 characters

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.

 323 characters

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.

(4/5)

 1,512 characters

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.

 577 characters

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.

 1,109 characters

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.

 904 characters

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.

 1,234 characters

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.

 259 characters

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

eyes...
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!

nose...
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

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

 1,485 characters

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.

 898 characters

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

 1,366 characters

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