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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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

lic217, Apr 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Mersh, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/13/13.

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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

CaptDavyJones, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

barczar, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Dank26, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

jfcaa193, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

oldedog, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

IpeeA, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

YieldToNothing, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

FTowne, Apr 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Nutwood, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

esdeebrew, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Jason, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

buckyp, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

BEERchitect, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Hanglow, Apr 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

vonnegut21, Apr 01, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

babaracas, Mar 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

danipp, Mar 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

bonkers, Mar 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

pbass78, Mar 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Nage37, Mar 26, 2013
Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.