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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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680 Ratings

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Ratings: 680
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 23
Gots: 81 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rfgetz on 04-22-2011)
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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque texture. There was an inch of tan-colored, fairly long-lasting, creamy head. Very good lacing.

S: A big smell of chocolate and coffee with a bit of malt thrown in.

T: Tasted predominantly of chocolate and coffee, with hints of malt and (I thought) a little licorice thrown in. A solid and well done flavor.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is a surprisingly easy to drink stout with a lot of character and a good, forward flavor.

avalon07, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of BigB415
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One half of the black and tan and the yin-yang. I decided to enjoy the Yin by itself since I'm not into IPA's that much.

A: Pours pitch black with medium tan head.

S: roasted chocolate malt, coffee. I can imagine having this in the morning with my newspaper and breakfast burrito.

T: More chocolate and coffee.

MF: I rated 3.5 on this part because the mouthfeel is a little thin for me, especially for an imperial stout. I was expecting a thicker mouthfeel. Something that sticks around after you take a sip and doesn't go away right away.

O: Other than the mouthfeel this is still a good beer and I didn't know it was from Denmark. I probably wouldn't buy it again though since it was $10 for a single 12oz bottle.

BigB415, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out Jet black in color with a nice dark borwn thick head. the lacing was very nice on this brew. The smell of the beer was heavily roasted and had some nice charcoal and chocolate aromas in there. The taste is rich and very roasted, had some good complexity to it with a boozy aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and thick. Quite enjoyable stout overall. Tried it with the IPA also mixed as the black and Tan it was pretty good also.

Knapp85, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very similar to the soft dookie, except I get more dark fruit, dark chocolate and less vanilla in this beer. On tap at Max's today.

Otherwise, the beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and considerable lacing all around. The nose is impressive, with considerable licorice, coffee and dark chocolate. The licorice dominates on the nose. On the palate, the coffee and licorice dominate dominate again, although there's some noticeable bitterness in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied, with a long, coffee and licorice filled finish. Aloohol is definitely noticeable, but this beer is not at all heavy or hot on the palate.

Another very nice RIS from the guys at evil twin....

John_M, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours black with three fingers of rocky light mocha colored head. Real nice retention on this one with sticky lace.

Roasty malts right up front on this one. Earthy leather aromas with a little bit of dark fruit and a little bit of alcohol to round this out. Dark fruits are present but it also seems to have a little bit of a fresh mango. A little bit of milk chocolate to start this one off and it has earthy leather characters and plumbs.

The body is very robust on this but the carbonation is a little sharper than I would like. Pretty good beer here. Has a lot of run of the mill stout qualities. A little hot right now, maybe hanging on to this for a little bit and letting it settle down would be a good idea.

Bendurgin, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap @ the Bav Lodge

A: Served in a snifter. Appears black with no light showing through. Served with a minimal 1/16" of tannish colored head. Leaves just a little bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Dark roasted malts, char, and the faint hint of smoke. Maybe a touch of cocoa.

T: Rather intense flavor of deeply roasted malts, roasted almost until the point of being burnt. Burnt coffee bitterness. Char, baking chocolate. Ends with a slight acidity before turning to a long residual cigarette ash finish.

M: While this one probably still has a heaviness to it, the mouthfeel is much thinner than expected, and certainly not enough to round out the bold char and bitterness. Lower carbonation levels are appropriate.

O: A decent Imperial stout with a bold and imposing set of flavors. However, I found this beer lacked balance, with a heavy burnt quality to it and a lighter than expected mouthfeel. Cigarette ash finish was unappealing.

Florida9, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of shand
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours pitch black with a huge deep mocha head that retains and laces very well. The aroma is full of roasted (borderline burnt) malts, coffee, nuts, dark fruits, and a touch of vanilla. The taste isn't quite as complex as the nose would suggest, but is still nice. There's a decent amount of roastiness paired with some dark fruits, some coffee and just a touch of vanilla sweetness make themselves known on the finish. The finish becomes a bit aggressive, and also quite drying for an imperial stout. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the average imperial stout, but is otherwise nice. The drinkability is actually very good. Overall, this is a solid imperial stout.

Review for Taiji Black and Tan:


This one pours a perfect Black & Tan separation, with the stout perfectly floating on top of the DIPA base. The aroma primarily features the DIPA aspects, with the huge grapefruit and hops sitting on top of a solid roasted malt base. The taste here is easily the best Black & Tan I've ever had. This is seriously good, with the very strong roastiness and hoppiness blending together into a singular amount of deliciousness. The aftertaste is a delicious piney hoppiness over some burnt malts and coffee.Almost makes me wish I just drank both bottles as a Black & Tan, because the sum of the parts here is definitely greater than the whole. The mouthfeel almost feels thicker than either of the parts were by themselves. The drinkability? Superb. Overall, this was really a delicious treat. Any fan of Black & Tans and extreme beer really owes themselves to try this blend.

shand, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle.

Pour is pitch black with a bigger head than I would expect with a frothy tan head that shows great lacing.

Aroma is heavy on roasted espresso with maybe a hint of smoke as well. It's got some cocoa powder and licorice sweetness though there is also some bitter green hops in the nose. Not a lot of hops but they're noticeable to me.

The taste has an initial hop kick but that's swept away by the burnt malt and spent espresso beans, which are the dominant aspects of the taste. The finish is smoky and bitter with some bakers chocolate sweetness.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth with strong carbonation.

This is a seriously roasted coffee-heavy stout that I enjoyed but it's still a tad abrasive to be a great stout. That said, both the Yin and Yang are solid brews.

gford217, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 2015 on the label.
In a snifter the beer was a black color with a brownish tan head. There was a little bit of lacing.
Strong roasted malt aroma, almost burned. Sweet chocolate.
What I thought was sweet chocolate in the aroma turned out to be more of a bittersweet chocolate taste. Lots of espresso coffee, again almost burned (but not in a bad way).
Medium-bodied, alcohol not noticeable.
I liked both the Yin and the Yang. Will have to try the Black and Tan.

lordofthewiens, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bavarian Lodge.

A- black appearance, slight lacing and head retention.

S- coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts almost smoke

T- bitter chocolate, smoky roasted malts almost a burnt taste. nice balance of bitter hops at the finish

M- fairly smooth for 10%. medium bodied with a creamy semi-dry finish.

O- good imperial stout. had a little too much of the burnt/ash taste for me. But would have it again.

kawilliams81, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, best before 2015 (as stated on the label). Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch light brown head that didn't stick around for too long. There is a good amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some dark fruit and licorice. There's also a nice roasted/ashy bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good enough stout. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes roasty/charred tasting beers. I do have a bit of this and the Yang IPA mixed together that I plan on drinking next. Hopefully they will be good together!

bluejacket74, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Motor oil black with a thick, creamy, tan head. Alcohol notes are not well hidden, but nice chocolately notes peek through an ashy, roasty, robust drink. Strong, but tasty. Roasted, nutty, dark fruit notes, and hints of vanilla. Lots of roasted coffee and hints of chocolate. Full bodied, but a bit on the ashy side. Much better as a blend with the yang.

The yin yang blend is awesome!

JayS2629, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass.

Just about average looking for an imperial stout. Plenty of red on the edges with a deep blackened core. A nice, mocha head rises up and leaves crawling lace scrawled on the sides.

This being my second Evil Twin beer to date (Yang being the first), I'm already starting to see a pattern. They are extremely aggressive, sharp and rough around the edges. This one has lots of intense roast. Hardcore ash and charcoal emanate smoke and spice. There is a vibrant dark fruit element that lives deep within, coaxed out of hiding by warmth and a hearty swirl. A creamy milk chocolate aroma is caught in a tug-of-war with a shot of alcohol. They heave and ho, trying to sway the aroma towards smoothness or booze.

Indeed very roasty. Lots of burnt, charred flavors that stab the tongue with bitterness. The dark fruits are quite strong and under-ripe. They cut through the bitter burnt malts with a piercing tartness. This is clearly not infected (at least at this young age), it's just a characteristic I find many imperial stouts that are intensely fruity to have. Its very complex, and quite good. There is just a lot of things going on, and the fierce flavors challenge even the most die-hard stout drinker.

Carbonation is leaning towards appropriate lowness, but it is not quite there without some due swirling. Otherwise, the beer has great potential for smoothness. It remains silky until the finish, which is very dried up by the extreme roasted character.

A big, in your face stout. The thing about Yin is that there is little focus. Everything is shouting at you, you can't hear above the roar of malt and alcohol. I'll be trying the blend, Yin and Yang, but I think it will be a boozy, bitter mess. The individual parts are certainly almost that.

MbpBugeye, May 30, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black, dark cocoa head, good retention, no light passage

S: huge dry bitter chocolate, some mellow sweetness shows up against the roast, very nice

T: sweet malts , chocolate, tons of bitter roast all the way through, notes of coffee as well. This imperial stout leans more to the roasted side than sweet which I like

Mf: nice big body, mellow carbonation, smooth texture

O: very nice imperial stout, lots of flavor, worth a try

homebrew311, May 30, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Snifter-shaped glass

A - Beer pured with a dark brown colored body; barely any head formed during the pour; some lacing formed on the side of the glass; the head of the beer dissipated rather quickly

S - Great chocolate and coffee/espresso scents; notes of roasted malts; subtle hints of licorice; complex blend of roasted malt notes

T - Fantastic punch of flavors; good amount of chocolate and espresso; roasted malts; some bitterness; some bitter

M - Hop bitterness; hits the back-end of the throat rather quickly and with a solid boats of bitterness; could use more body; more of a burning sensation

D - Half of ying and yang; I like at the stout level but should taste very well combined; good flavoring

ferrari29, May 30, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, oily aroma is smoky with nutty and roast coffee tones, very tempting. It pours black as midnight with a thick, fine-bubbled, dark tan head - most appetizing. Smoky flavor fills the mouth with roast coffee, licorice, unsweet chocolate, nuts and a hint of oak. Texture is silky smooth, on the thick side, and subtly fizzy, but the tingle that it leaves behind on the lips and tongue persists for a while. Recommended!

Cyberkedi, May 29, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a goblet at Liberty St. Tavern. I was looking forward to this beer, but disappointed. Now generally speaking, this was a fine beer, but the standards are high in this crowded style. This beer simply lacked the depth of flavor the great stouts hold.

The main notes I pull out are maple syrup and deep roasted grains, almost like burnt chocolate. It tastes good, but for a beer so big, it falls flat. I kept searching for flavor, and pulled some citrus hops out of the aftertaste, but I really couldn't find enough.

tempest, May 26, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Black with a full creamy head. Nice tan lacing that coats and recedes.
smell: Nice coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Like an Imperial but smaller.
taste: Very smooth and milk stoutish. Pleasant if not exceptional.
overall: Enjoyable and highly drinkable but not great.
I'll dry the black and tan combo with the next one.

cindyjeffsmith, May 22, 2011
Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit less then 1/2 the bottle poured into a shaker (I understand the brewer's intent the yin & yang black & tan, which I will do with the rest after having it solo), Yin is black with a garnet tinged dark tan head leaving clingy lace.

Smell is sweet, malted milk, lots of lactose maybe, but not to strong, served at cellar temp. Not a fan of milk stouts, which this reminds me of, although there's an obvious hop presence as well as sweet, clean alcohol.

Taste is pretty good, not to hot, some herbal hop snap tempers the sweet malt. Not a lot of depth, but it's pretty clean and approachable.

Mouthfeel is viscous, off-dry.

Drinkability is okay, it's not a bargin as an import, we'll see how it works in the B&T.

As part of the Yin & Yang B&T: Pretty good, more balanced, but really, just a hoppier, watered down version of the RIS. Note: I don't pour B&Ts ever, and my sloppy back-of-spoon technique was a fail, so it was a true blend, rather then layered, if that wasn't the intent...

ccrida, May 22, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Motor Oil black with a dark tan head.

Smell - Coffe only.

Taste - Strong coffee.

Drinkability - Oily in the mouth, decent carbontation.

Overall - saved some for a Yin/Yang Black and Tan whic was nice.

HuskyinPDX, May 22, 2011
Photo of brewski09
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a well balanced and aggressive IPA

A - clear, pale, good head that does not fade quickly, and a small amount of lacing down the glass.

S - hop forward, but not sharp or biting. subtle malty background.

T - Wow, what an IPA. This has so much hop flavor, but it isn't overly bitter at all. I was loving the hops so much that I had a hard time concentrating on the malts. However, the malts where there in undertones for sure and balanced the beer nicely. wish i had more than a tasting poor of this one.

M - smooth and refreshing. This was an IPA that could be swished around a few times and it would continue to develop. The carbonation was perfect. it was definitely present, but not overpowering.

D - I would drink several of these at once if they weren't so darned expensive. $6.99 for a single 12oz. bottle. If they come down in price, I will buy some. a fantastic IPA that i am happy i had the chance to try!

brewski09, May 21, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with funkydelic and I at an impromptu tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller sampler wine glass. Poured basically black with a minimal light brown head head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, smoke, and ham. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, smoke, and ham. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a really good beer. The smokiness on this one was the key to this ones success in my opinion. I went into this one not really expecting too much, but came out wowed after finishing my glass. The aroma on this one was quite good, but the flavor was what did it for me. Just an excellent example for a beer. Really glad I got the chance to try this one!

thagr81us, May 20, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

This was labeled as a "Russian imperial smoked stout IPA." A complex label, and surely a complex beer.

Poured an opaque brown-black with a modest tan head that retained well throughout the session. Aroma of dark malts, bitter coffee, semi-sweet chocolate. Mostly coffee up front in the taste, with some semi-sweet chocolate; roasted malts, smoked wood in the middle; boozy finish, with a distinct hoppy bitterness. Very diverse display in even a single sip. Full bodied, complex, and very drinkable for the more daring imbiber.

Rifugium, May 17, 2011
Photo of youradhere
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, thick brown head, thick cap of lacing left behind, nice legs. Smell is smokey soy, licorice, and oats. Taste is smokey soy, coffee, saltiness, slight chocolate, burnt roast character. Mouthfeel oscillates between thick and silky, and dry and prickly. Very interesting indeed. Alcohol is there but well hidden, smokiness has almost a bit of chilli character to it. Overall a decent imperial, would like to see how this one changes over time.

youradhere, May 13, 2011
Photo of sk8man121
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2 oz sample poured into tasting glass. The rest made it into the "black and tan" blend. Best by 2015

A: Pours a completely opaque dark-brown. 1-finger mocha head with nice retention.

S: Chocolate, dark fruit, coffee. Very sweet smelling, with a bit of alcohol.

T: There's a lot of chocolate up front, along with a roasted coffee character. Very fruity in the middle, with a bitter finish not unlike espresso. Alcohol is strong at the end.

M: Medium-light carbonation. Thick and sticky.

O: A nice stout on its own, although it does indeed feel almost like half of a beer. Lends itself beautifully to the black and tan mix, however.

Blend em!

sk8man121, May 10, 2011
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