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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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190 Reviews
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Reviews: 190
Hads: 923
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 20.96%
Wants: 33
Gots: 170 | FT: 9
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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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Reviews: 190 | Hads: 923
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (best before 2015)

A: Pitch black with minimal mocha head. No lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malts.

T: It tastes like it would pair well with the Yin DIPA. It is just light enough to meld well with an IPA. However, the mouthfeel combined with the underwhelming flavors don't make for a great stout. The roasted malts are quite watery and thin and not very complex. Very one note.

M: Very smooth and just a tiny prickling of carbonation there. It starts to seem velvety and syrupy, but then it gets a bit watery. Very thin tasting.

O: Not a big fan of the taste but I got it on sale. I skipped on the Yang. Not a great stout and very underwhelming for the price.

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Photo of jpro
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle (Bottled 3.13.13) from CBX - poured into a Mikkeller tulip glass...

A: black, with a frothy, 2-finger head of mocha suds; no lace.

S: black malt; roasty char; sweet; a touch smoky.

T: deep, roasted malt flavor; some vinous notes; a hint of alcohol and licorice on the end.

M: medium-bodied; higher carbonation; quite bitter.

O: a pretty good imperial stout... not quite as complex as some... feel is a touch thin.... bitter. Tasty, though.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pitch black in the glass, dark head of dark sea foam (big-as-ya-want-it)

S: dark, roasty malts hint at espresso and cocoa nibs; subtle suggestions of anise and herbs

T: deep and roasty dark malts and bittersweet dark chocolate dominate the palate - layers of dry, chalky cocoa powder and cold, semi-sweet espresso coffee; very mellow and understated

M: smooth, full-bodied, coating, roasty aftertaste; dry finish

O: a very nice Imperial stout - lots of roasted dark malt flavors (if you couldn't tell) typical of the style - nice from start to finish

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Photo of utopiajane
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a bit of purple hue like an eggplant color. Thick, frothy, creamy head of mocha colored foam with good retention and some lacing. Alcohol legs and the head fell off slowly and to a tallish ring around the glass that reminded me of seafoam. Nose is bittersweet with chocolate and bold espresso. Roasted toffee and dark fruit that's a little ominous. Plum. A hint of cola that doesn't translate into the drink and a wet smell like damp earth. Taste is smooth. A touch of booze and a creamy milk chocolate with plenty of coffee and burned toast. Some smoke, char a little roasty and some bitter. There's a mild hint of vanilla and a dry malty finish. Medium body and medium carbonation.

This is an impressive stout that does not lean toward the overly sweet. As milky and creamy as the chocolate is, the drink is strong and clean. The char is not over powering and together with the small bitter makes this a spirited stout that dares to be amenable and vast. Spirited and well turned out.

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Photo of yamar68
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6 week old bottled poured into a dimple mug. Near black body capped with a persistent finger of medium brown head - great lace, some subtle booze legs.

Chocolate chip cookie, mild roast, creamy milk chocolate... nothing here indicates that this would clock in at 10%. Smooth, pretty mellow.

Some chalky bitterness stemming from the roast... fudge and licorice... not as smooth and easy-drinking as the nose would suggest.

I tossed in a handful of puppy chow halfway through the glass. Best decision I made today.

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Photo of Philousa
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours and abysmal black, no light escapes it. The dark tan head is whispy in places and foamy in others. More head than I thought possible in a 10% beer. Aroma is slightly lactic with lots of dark chocolate and dark coffee. There is also some mealy nuttiness, like walnut, with a slight sweet nut like pecan. Burnt toast wholly sums up this flavor profile. It is bitter and unyielding in its impression on the tongue. The roasted malts feel too roasted for this drinker. I suppose I get some green, chlorophyll flavors at the end, but is definitely masked by the aforementioned flavor. The feel is surprisingly light and the finish slightly dry.

Wouldn't try again, but it isn't bad.

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Photo of mxchap
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark brown. Dense dark brown head. Leaves a bit of lacing. [3.5]
Aroma: Esters, background of sweet chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, small amount of licorice, and a bit of smokiness [3.75]
Taste: coffee and peated malt upfront, only a bit of chocolate. Bit of fusel alcohols [4.25]
Feel: Thick and somewhat syrupy. Low carbonation. Well done [4.5]
Overall: A solid interpretation of the style. The smokiness is nice [4.0]

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A beautiful black beer with a large brown head,

S- Roasty and very smokey like BBQ. A lot of burnt wood.

T- A massively smokey beer. The bold and lasting smoke flavor. A BBQ like flavor profile. The malt is very roasty with traces of chocolate and coffee. A dry aftertaste with lingering smoke. Dry but a good bitter balance.

M- Bold flavor with bold feel. Well balanced and well rounded.

O- If you like a strong smokey flavor, this is the stout for you.

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Photo of Brenden
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black, with a pretty viscous-looking thickness to it, this beer certainly looks big. A light-medium brown head grows to right about one finger tall, showing some staying power and some good stick as well.
While roasty, the aroma isn't heavy on it. Instead, alongside the soft roasty note comes a touch of sweet cocoa and toast with a hint of something like a metallic note, but not an off-putting one. There's a gentle smokiness in with a toffee-like sweetness, and the toasty note is of darker breads. A light touch of citrus hops add more balance.
The taste is mostly the same, sweet but not too sweet and nutty with a touch of smoky char and woods.
The body is full, though not as huge as I would expect from the look of it or the depth. It's still hearty and thick.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with 3 fingers of loose, brown head that dissipates quickly. Tiny bit of light penetration along the edges.

Espresso, charcoal, dark chocolate, dark fruits and a little booze.

Deeply roasted barley and charcoal. Light notes of espresso and dark chocolate. Earthy and roasty with a bitter, piney finish. A little bit boozy.

Medium bodied, smooth, creamy and dry.

A good beer but it seems to be lacking depth. Perhaps a tad too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8oz pour from a bottle into a tulip
Bottled on: 3/13/13

A: Pours an opaque jet black with 1 fingers width of mocha colored head. Head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves only the faintest spots of lacing.

S: Huge leather notes, followed by tobacco. Char, roasted malts, stale burnt coffee, burnt toast. Not my favorite IS aroma profile, but well done and very strong nose.

T: Follows the nose with leather and tobacco coming out in full force. I also get roasted malt, char, subtle notes of dark fruit sweetness, burnt coffee, hints of piney hop bitterness, a touch of booze towards the end of glass.

M/D: Full bodied, but would benefit from being thicker. Carbonation on the higher end of the spectrum for the style. ABV is well restrained, and drinkability is moderate.

O: Overall, good not great, but well above average. Evil Twin really has an impressive lineup of Imperial Stouts. They make many others that I prefer to this one (IBB, Even More Jesus, Minigrowler), but I would definitely drink this again in the future.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- This pours up a boisterous chocolate milk head that looks like its going to take some time to recede. The body is a very dark and opaque chocolate brown such that it is pretty much brown. Much of the foam is composed of large bubbles and a good amount of lacing is being left behind.

Nose- This starts of with a sour smell of cherry and yeast which moves into chocolate, raisins, figs, and wood. This is a very tasty smelling brew. The aroma is quite powerful and really invites one into tasting the beer. There is also some coffee in their as well.

Taste- Bitterness with a slight sour taste are what appear. Lots of woodiness, coffee, and earwax. Very dark chocolate with very sour raisins and brown sugar. The alcohol makes itself known but not in a bad way. It's pretty typical of an imperial stout. It may be a little too bitter as some reviewers have complained but so far I haven't noted anything really offensive or absolutely amazing. It probably needs a little more time to open up.

Mouthfeel- It has a heavy body with some creaminess. Texturally, this a very good beer. The carbonation is at the right amount and the body is right where it should be for this type of beer.

Drinkability- It maybe a good thing that this one is a little bitter because at 10% it is very drinkable. The bitterness that other reviewers have complained about is pretty standard for this type of beer. Don't see it as a problem at all.

Overall- This is a good to very good beer. I've had far better imperial stouts but this is a solid beer. At a price of 8 bucks of 11.2 ounces, I probably won't buy this again. There are better stouts (which are just as alcoholic) that are better. I give it a B+.

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Photo of daledeee
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Still working on my Christmas presents.

Poured a dark brown/black with creamy tan head and good lacing.

Nose is quite strong with chocolate, fruit and hints of yeast.

Taste is much different. Taste is quite bitter with a smoky tinge. I mean this beer has malt bitterness to the max. It poured rather watery and the mouth feel comes across that way too. This is surprising due to the ABV. There is cocoa and espresso also.

I find this beer to be a slight disappointment, too bitter for me.

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Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.