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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

785 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 25
Gots: 112 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
Denmark

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

Availability: Rotating

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

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Evil Twin jumps the English Channel to try their lot at Brewdog. Sure.

This beer pours a solid black, with slight reddish basal highlights, and two fingers of dense, puffy mild chocolate brown head, which settles steadily, leaving a nice rocky shoreline of painted lace around the glass.

It smells of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, astringent wood fiber, some green banana peel, a touch of thin soy sauce, and a whiff of floral, perfumed alcohol. The taste is sugary, lightly toasted grainy malt, a hefty dose of bittersweet baker's chocolate, some softer warm vanilla extract, more pithy, yet sharp woodiness, a bit of sour black cherry fruitiness, salty black licorice, and a further underlying edgy alcohol twinge.

The bubbles are very sedate, to the point of being soporific, the body a decently sturdy medium weight, the smoothness quite up in the air with all those astringent wood and liquor notes swirling about. It finishes sweet, but ever so tempered, that besotted 2x4 character still a big-ass fly in the ointment.

There seems to be the requisite malt weight, attitude, and alcohol integration here to really have a go at things, but unfortunately that edgy, raw barrel character (was this offering even actually shown the wood?) detracts from all things good just a wee bit too much. Evil Danish twin meets crazily sly Scot, and worlds collide, providing balance, if I'm to believe the label marketing babble. There is certainly a collision here, but more one of the rubber-necking sort, as I'm not grokking any real balance, sublime or otherwise.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of adamdarcy
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter a deep deep dark chocolate brown with a thin deep beige head atop.Dark fruit dipped inalcohol,bitter chocolate,and faint wood smoke in the nose,the alcohol is big and sweet.The alcohol is a bit more restrained on the palate with dark fruit and chocolate being the main flavoring,again faint smokiness in the finish.After awhile it gets a little sticky but it's a solid imperial stout.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mltobin
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this over the border in New York.

Appearance is black in color with a short tan head. Its` nose hits with roasted malts, chocolate and wood. The taste has vanilla, more of the roasted malts, coffee. It is a fairly tasty beer, but not quite as good as I had hoped. Mouthfeel is medium, a sweetness lingers in the finish. A tasty, but pricey 12 oz bottle of beer. Worth trying, but likely would not buy again.

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3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA smoked for hooking me up with the yin and yang pair of bottles. Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip the brew appears black in color with more than a finger of mocha head sitting atop. The cap slowly fades leaving spots and stringy lacing pattern on the glass. When held to the light, a bit of ruby clarity is seen around the edges.

The aromatics are quite roasty on this bugger. It displays a very rich and inviting char to chocolate quality that hints towards super strong espresso, earth, leather, tobacco and some dark fruited elements. Once the sweeter dark fruit gets inside your nostrils, it is hard to shake. Initially it was all about the bitter roasted grain and chocolate elements, but once that fruity quality takes hold, good night to everything else. As it warms up and the glass is swirled, even more dark fruit and a kiss of fusel alcohol emerges.

The flavor of this brew is perplexing at first. The roasty espresso and bitter unsweetened cocoa you might expect are missing in action. In it's place you find a bit of mineral element and solvent alcohol. As the palate becomes accustomed, a rich earthy roast quality emerges. Digging deeper, you get a bit of leathery quality mixed with tobacco and more earth. It has almost an ashy aspect about it with a very minor hint of dark fruits or molasses with the alcohol coming out towards the backend.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is roasty, bold and aggressive with the alcohol not hiding at all. The nose and the taste of this brew are seemingly polar opposites at times. It has a lasting oily hop character to it that keeps me thinking american black ale. Regardless, it isn't a bad brew it just isn't something I would return to considering the price.

Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of DIPADude01
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is pitch black with no clrity and some signs of bubbles at the upper rim of the glass. Looks delicious.

Smell: roasted and bready malts, mocha, and somce smokiness too.

Taste: roasted coffee, bittersweet choocolate, bready and sweet malts, alcohol, and quite a tasty treat.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, a bit dry, full bodied, medium to high carbonation, and very easy to drink given the high ABV.

Overall: This is a pretty solid DIS that could of sat for 3 more years. I have completed the Evil Twin black and tan beers and next time I will venture into the expensive mix now that I have had both compnents separately.

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3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quite nice Imperial Stout, on the dryer side with an especially nice dose of licorice to it. Pours black with a relatively thin tan head that settles to a thin ring, and no lacing. Smells predominantly of licorice- the unsweetened Swedish kind, there is also a bit of ash, and a touch of soy. Smells very dry. The taste is somewhat similar, but a bit sweeter, with chocolate notes and a touch of vanilla being predominant and the licorice taking a back seat. A bit grainy in the mouth, but with a long finish with the cocoa notes particularly lingering on. A solid Imperial Stout.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Aml42000
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black core with a finger of light tan head.

S- Smoke, roasted nuts and mocha notes.

T- High intensity with dark coffee bean and black plummy fruit.

M- Complex and different. Creamy at first, but highly carbonated which adds some freshness and keeps this in excellent balance.

O- An excellent Imperial Stout. Big and full, but not a sign of flab or excess sweetness.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of DonDirkA
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose of heavy dark chocolate, medium-strong anise and just a hint of roasted coffee. Theres a tinge of booziness here too. Anise up front in the taste blended with dark chocolate flavors. It fades into anise/coffee with a backbone of the chocolate sticking around. The flavors all fade away and the black licorice sticks around on your tastebuds. Classy.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.