Evil Twin Auld Yin - Evil Twin Brewing
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4.03/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
09-24-2013 13:38:04 | More by Damian
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Draft at Tørst in Brooklyn, NY.
Pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger beige head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. The glass is left coated with sheets of soapy lacing. Looks great.
Slightly smokey, peat-y whiskey barrel aroma with earthy oak, spicy spirit, vanilla and coconut. Strong barrel presence with a prominent spicy whiskey character but still has plenty of roasted and silky malt notes. Hints of milk and dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee and gourmet coffee bean balancing out the barrel.
Excellent spicy whiskey barrel presence that's perfectly integrated into the complex malt bill. Dry oak is prominent with great whiskey flavor. Subtle vanilla along with silky chocolate, caramel, toffee and oatmeal. Slightly smokey with deeply roasted coffee bean compliment the whiskey flavor perfectly. Really complex yet easy to drink. Plenty of alcohol flavor but not overly hot. Abv well masked with subtle warmth in the finish. Way to easy to drink considering how strong it is. Another impressive beer from this brewery.
09-13-2013 04:44:42 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
The beer is near black with a thin beige cap. Upon first whiff, I can already tell this will be another great stout from Evil Twin. Distinctly European in style. Vanilla, chocolate, roast. light warming alcohol. Really easy to drink. Such a graceful 12% abv. Full bodied with moderately low carbonation. Fantastic.
09-07-2013 03:41:40 | More by Huhzubendah
Evil Twin Auld Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.