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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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631 Ratings

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 17
Gots: 70 | FT: 6
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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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-09-2012 06:07:45 | More by andrewborstein


4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on dec´11. Dark brown in color. Crown is beige in color, creamy & leaves copious rings & collars on sides. Toasted & roasted malts, with chocolate touch to he nose. Intense cocoa upfront the gentle toasted malt sweetness. Dry nuts & kind bitterness in the middle. Full body, moderate carbonation. Notes of molasses & dark fruits into the finish with dry bitterness. Well balanced flavors. Great Beer !!

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 18:44:52 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

04-23-2012 10:55:14 | More by kaelingirl
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with good 2 fingered head. Lots of lacing.

Smell is heavy with dark roasted malt, chocolate and a little vanilla.

Taste follows the smell well for me. Lots of chocolate and toasted malts. Sweeter than I expected.

Mouthfeel was a little bit watery but not disappointing.

Overall this was better than I expected. Will definitely try this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 09:44:14 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

04-16-2012 08:21:48 | More by EfilsGod
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

04-16-2012 03:53:39 | More by AltimusPrime


3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle to oversized snifter. $10 for the single. Sampled 11/21/11.

A: Pours with a large head, 1 1/2 fingers tall of medium dark brown foam. Retention is excellent and leaves a crescent shaped collar behind. The body is black and completely opaque. No lacing.

S: Heavily roasted aromas mix with chocolate, fudge, earth and soil, plus a wet grassy hoppiness. Sweet alcohol adds even more intensity to the nose. Unfortunately, hard-to-forgive metallic notes steals most of the enjoyment from the olfactory experience.

T: Slightly one dimensional on the palate. The dark roast and strong bitterness leads to a very heavy acridness that suppresses the big, sweet malty base, throwing the long lasting flavor way out of balance. The ABV isn't shy on the palate but it isn't absolutely crushing either.

M: The body starts out medium full but thins out considerably on the back end. Moderately sweet with matching bitterness.

O: Good but not great - and won't be a repeat purchase given the price tag. I didn't bother with the black and tan as suggested by the label. And after having each beer separately, I'm glad I didn't. It would have been an expensive, untickable mistake.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 18:49:28 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

04-11-2012 04:06:36 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

04-03-2012 19:23:09 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

04-02-2012 00:52:11 | More by TonyTalon
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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Pours really dark, and a classic almost black but dark walnut black body and a solid cocoa brown head, leaving a whispy top while drinking. Small scattered leopard lacing, and even some legs. Manages to always leave a real nice collar too.

Nose is just ripping charred malted grains. Chocolate seems to hit on the nose at first, then a distinct ripping coffee bean action. Mixing with great char, just wonderful.

Palate hits with a little bit of a weak almost wet body, but the nose notes carry through. Comes across as a real charring porter, large carbon and char action, and a little dry. Body reminds me more of a roasty but light bodied porter strangely.

Overall quite solid, nothing outrageous or mindbending, but controlled and a nice take.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 21:33:27 | More by smakawhat
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-27-2012 23:59:06 | More by polishkaz
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-26-2012 17:40:10 | More by brooklynbrews
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Nearly black in color with a small light brown head that leaves dots and irregular lines of lacing down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.

The aroma is a big combination of roasted malt, espresso, mild chocolate, and a hint of booze.

The flavor follows the aroma similarly, with big notes of roasted malt and espresso leading the way along with a tiny bit of smoke and char.

Medium to full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A nice, roasty, flavorful imperial stout, though there are certainly better and less expensive options available from closer to home.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 23:59:58 | More by ehammond1
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

03-25-2012 19:15:23 | More by mfrogs
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, remains of a dark brown head.

Aroma: Roasted malt, pungent, some coffee.

Taste: Alcohol, barley wine characteristics, dry. Sweet aftertaste, nice chocolate flavours!

Mouthfeel: Soupy, thick, full bodied.

Overall: Good one, but I need to try it again from a bottle to form a full idea.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 23:31:39 | More by Arborescence
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I Love this beer. Got this with the Yang so that I could make a badass black and tan. Lots of dark chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits. It has a nice sweetness to it as well but the hops are pretty noticeable in this beer. Head retention was awesome and poured a light coffee color which notched all down the glass. Its a very impressive beer and its totally worth the 7.50 I paid for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 02:48:10 | More by Rhynes2
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-13-2012 01:30:40 | More by harrisjohnson
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-10-2012 21:29:24 | More by sludgegnome
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

03-02-2012 16:29:11 | More by yeep
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradomus flute glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black with a one finger fine medium tan head with good retention, but not much lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a hint of oak. Taste is very roasty with some pleasant burnt components, dark malt, lighter dark fruit and chocolate flavors. Finishes with a slight hop kick and more roasted and burnt flavors. The burnt components are novel and work well with this stout. Medium bodied, bodering on creamy. Somewhat less well integrated than other imperial stouts, but nicely made and a pleasant flavor progression ending in the unusual smoky finish. I like this.

Also had the great pleasure of trying a Yin-Yang with combination of a half bottle each of Yin and Yang for an Evil Twin black and tan. I liked each of the individual components. The dark stout of Yin overwhelms the lighter Yang, producing a dark brown, nearly black pour with a bit more light red-orange around the edges than the straight Yin. Half finger fine medium tan head, again like the Yin, a bit less full. Aroma started out dominated by the dark roasty elements of Yin, but eventually the hops and citrus elements of Yang became dominant. Interesting, like matter and anti-matter, the two beers seem to mute the dominant flavors of the other. A mild roasty flavor and moderate creaminess from the Yin, but a definite citrus and herbal hop component and finish from the Yang. The finish is somewhat abrupt, and does not have the nice smoky flavors from Yin. Surprisingly well balanced and integrated. A very interesting blend.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 04:44:41 | More by LiquidAmber
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-29-2012 06:14:41 | More by let8it8grow
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United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cask, Pimlico, Feb '12 served into a half pint tulip style glass.

Pours a rich black colour, dark chestnut brown on the edges when held to the light, with a frothy brown/cream head.

Roasted malts dominate the aroma along with a little coffee, treacle and leather.

Roasted malts also made for the large part of the flavour, nice as it was perhaps a little OTT on the roasted malt front? Also getting a little licqourice, tar and coffee and a smidgen of molasses.

Slick and oily in terms of mouthfeel and it went down very well, almost too well for a 10% ABV beer if you know what I mean !!!

Overall a very good imperial stout, and I felt that the flavour improved a little when the beer began to warm slightly.

Followed this up immediately with ET - Yang ! That's how is was supposed to be !

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 18:19:44 | More by Ruds
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3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in snifter at Papago.

As black as the dark side of the symbol it's named for. Not a hint of light getting through. One finger of creamy tan foam quickly becomes a thick ring.

Unusually light aroma. A hint of anise, semi-sweet cocoa. Only the whispers of burnt, roasty grain or booze.

The flavor is similarly light — it’s surprising a beer that looks this menacing can be such a mouse. The front doesn't amount to much; just the same subtle anise and cocoa notes. The swallow delivers more, with a smooth burnt note rolling in. Bitter dark chocolate, a bit of spicy hops, a smooth licorice twang. Things get better and better as it warms, with more flavors seeking to emerge every few minutes. Some molasses and peanut skins come out, eventually.

Carbonation pinches lightly inside a smooth body a shade behind medium-light that becomes fluffier as it moves. Some booze fumes come through the nose, but they're nothing to get distracted by.

Yin’s a little pricy for what it is, but once it's given a chance to tech room temp, it's not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 03:14:35 | More by Phelps
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

02-17-2012 14:00:06 | More by jwat
Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
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