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Evil Twin Auld Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 35
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rickythejeweler on 06-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged for 9 months in Scotch Whisky barrels.
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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color. The head is slightly less than a finger high, and khaki in shade. It doesn't retain very well, but it has a soft texture and leaves behind a bit of lacing. (3)

Smell: Give its relative age, I'm picking up huge amounts of dark fruit, and a bit less in the way of sherry-like oxidation. What this does is enhance the fudgy chocolate notes coming through (and that is VERY welcome). Like most European stouts, it's loaded with plenty of dry, roasted notes. The whiskey cask does come through, but in a restrained fashion. Still, the peaty and smoky notes it adds to this already excellent-smelling stout take it to the next level. Really, this has a fantastic aroma. (4.5)

Taste: Oh man. The whiskey aging transforms this already solid imperial stout into something spectacular. Smoky peat flavors appear initially, and they help to accentuate the surge of dark chocolate in the midtaste. Its finish is loaded with varying flavors: brown sugar, caramel, more dark chocolate, plums, raisins, and roasted malt. As far as I'm concerned, it's every bit as complex as the best barrel-aged imperial stouts on the market. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: If I had to nitpick, it could stand to have some more density feel-wise. It's rather slick and a bit thin on the palate, but the lingering sweetness perfectly covers up the alcohol (okay, not perfectly - a warmth appears in the throat, but hey it's 12%). Carbonation is very low. The general feel is far from bad, but I get the sense that it doesn't quite keep up with the flavor profile. (3.5)

Overall: Here's what I look for in a barrel-aged imperial stout: I want complexity, I want big flavor, a rich mouthfeel, but I also want impeccable balance, a cohesive flavor profile, and a combination of prevalent barrel notes and well-hidden alcohol. This hits all of those criteria bang-on, except for the palate feel. Despite that, it's an exceptional imperial stout that's complex, well balanced, and superbly tasty all at the same time. (4.25)

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westborough, MA
Best before 2015
Served in a snifter

The beer poured dark brown and somewhat thin for the style. A film of large, tan colored bubbles topped the liquid and faded to a lasting ring.

The aroma was impressive but a bit more subtle than I imagined it would be. Sweet, rich and malt-centric. Quite roasty with strong notes of black coffee. Slightly smoky. Dark fruits were apparent. Plums and raisins were most noticeable. Lots of brown sugar sweetness. Slightly boozy.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose, but perhaps sweeter and fruitier. Roasted and caramel malts came through strong on the front end. Moderately smoky. Hefty dose of brown sugar like sweetness. Lots of sweet plummy and raisin notes. The lingering finish was smoky and contained hints of char. A touch boozy. For a 12% ABV beer, however, the alcohol was very well hidden.

The mouthfeel was thinner bodied for the style and contained a crisp, lively effervescence. Not very stout like and quite disappointing.

Evil Twin's Auld Yin is a tasty and surprisingly easy-drinking imperial stout. At its price point, however, I was hoping for something a bit more interesting. I sat on this bottle for a little over a year. Perhaps the Scotch whiskey barrel element was more produced when it was fresher.

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Evil Twin Auld Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.