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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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89
very good

182 Reviews
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Reviews: 182
Hads: 876
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 33
Gots: 154 | FT: 8
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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 minterro
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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 +1.5%
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 -14.6%
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 -11.1%
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 -1%
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%
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 +16.8%
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


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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)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (1,532 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,126 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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 (639 characters)

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. (686 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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 (582 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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! (775 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pitch black with a dark chocolate colored, rich foamy head. The head sticks around longer than their other stouts and leaves good lacing on the glass.

Smell – A solid scent of malt, chocolate, coffee, with a touch of brownie.

Taste – Roasted malts, Chocolate, coffee. Kind of similar to my all time favorite “Aún Más A Jesús”, but with less alcohol and flavor.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, lightly carbonated, and very smooth for 10%abv. Maybe even a bit on the light side; could use a little more alcohol or carbonation. No lingering aftertaste which is nice.

Drinkability – This one really took me by surprise based on the relatively low BA score of only 3.9. It’s FAR better than that in my opinion, although I really tend to like all Evil Twin stouts. (782 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle,
5/7/13 bottling date. into a snifter.

Pours a pitch black with a good inch thick beige head. smell was not much as the beer was cold, but as the beer warmed the chocolate and malts really came through in the aroma. The taste was very chocolately and malty with some burnt cocoa. very tasty for an imp stout. good drinkability, full bodied with medium carbonation.

overall just a real good and tasty imperial stout. very recommended. (449 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought the Yin and Yang to try together. I tried the Yang, and now the Yin. I prefer the Yin. Next I will mix them.

The Yin is a deep rich stout so it's black and not terribly aromatic (especially after the Yang). It has a ton of flavors going on. This is the kind of stout I usually like to age, but it is good now. Lots of roasty flavors In the malt. Not much hops showing through. The aftertaste is sublime. I prefer this to the Yang, but both are very good.

So now together - they seem to have lost quite a bit of edge but gained complexity. The aroma is great, but the taste is bewilderingly complex. I like it and would recommend this big time. I was skeptical, but it proved to be a first rate blend.

Keep in mind, drinking these is like doing shots. Very strong stuff. (781 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts with good beige head, but it settles to rim bubbles. Leaves a combination of ring and stringy lace. The brew is deep, dark brown where no light shines through.

Dried powered cocoa is the first impression from the smell. A bit chalky.

Starts off thin and non-descript. But holding the liquid in the mouth is like fireworks--one starts with the anticipation but must wait for the explosions. When the flavor kicks in, it's quite strong. I note chocolate milk with a peppery bitterness. Dark burnt malts are the strongest flavors. Rather a classical Imperial Stout without the strong alcohol under current. (614 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Thick black body, light mocha head. Great lace, nice retention.

S - Light roast, malted milk balls, toast. Touch of molasses.

T - Nice roast character. Molasses, burnt toast, touch of cream, leather, dry cocoa nibs, soft booze.

M - Medium-full frame. Nice creaminess, but a shade light.

O - Not bad. Drinks a little like a milk stout. Could use a little more body. (372 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick jet black with a tan head. The head reduces to a skim, and leaves sticky, splashy lace. The carbonation is evident, as you get these small clumps of foam rising to the top even when the head from the initial pour is gone.

Dark roasted malt, molasses, bruised dark stone fruit, some charred elements.

Rich deep malt, with charcoal and prune, some molasses. A touch of acid, and a little cream. Bitterness emerges but does not overpower or even offset the malt. Finishes with deep malt notes and moderate charcoal bitterness. Very very good, but a little out of balance.

Thick and rich, with a little acidic tingle.

Overall, this is very good brew. Not over hopped, and the malt is just right. Texture and flavor work well together. (746 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Nice lacing & good head retention

S: Coffee & smokeyness, fusel alcohol

T: Big time smokeyness, charcoal, woody dryness & a bit of chicory, faint booze heat & carob up front. Dryness & rough boozeyness, carob & a touch of pruneyness once warm, plus beechwood smokeyness. Finishes dry, smokey, with a bit of cocoa & coffee

MF: Oily, firm carbonation

A near respectable Imp Stout, not sure I'd buy it again. So far Evil Twin seems okay, but not flooring me (509 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is okay given the ABV and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: This really doesn't have a whole lot going on. It's surprising. Coffee, chocolate, and roastiness, but there just isn't a lot of power. That said, it doesn't smell bad. Indeed, it smells quite enticing, just needs some strength.

3.0 T: Taste is also a bit underwhelming. Coffee, roast, some caramel, and a touch of chocolate.

3.25 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess, but otherwise okay.

3.0 D: Underwhelming beer. Give it a try if you must. (643 characters)

Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.