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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: 33
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

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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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 27
Reviews by dbrauneis:
Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a very thin sudsy dark tan head that reduces to a small patch of thin large bubbles and a thing ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of milk chocolate along with caramel, vanilla, anise, and oak. There are moderate aromas of smoked peat and scotch.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts and charred malts. There are lighter flavors of milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, anise, and oak. There are slightly stronger flavors of smoked peat and scotch. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of alcohol warming.

O: Overall this beer is very well balanced and I was impressed that the scotch barrel aging was very complementary and did not dominate the flavor. This is a very enjoyable sipping beer and one that I really enjoyed and would consider picking up another time.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Super Junior Market
San Diego, CA

Dark black throughout with a moderately sized dark brown head that eventually leaves messy, irregular lines of spiderweb lacing down the glass. Gorgeous. If this was just a little bit thicker in apparent body, it'd score perfect.

Fantastic aroma. There are layers of chocolates mixed with complex notes of bourbon and oak, chocolate brownies, roast and coffee, creamy sweetness, and mild vanilla. This is stupendous.

The flavor is simply astounding. The layers, depth, and complexity of the chocolate flavors are like nothing I've sampled before, alongside vanilla, whipped cream, black bread crusts, and brownie. Very, very mild alcohol presence. The incredible dark chocolate finish lasts forever (more like a minute), and gets better and better as the flavors sit in the back of your throat and develop. I can't say enough!

Medium to full bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

Stupid good. This is one of those beers you don't want to finish because an empty glass of this is such a sad, sad thing.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while attending Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Avenue Pub! Shared this one as a pre-game to the event. Served from bottle into a chalice. Poured a massively dark brown with a minimal light tan head that subsided to none quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, peat, wood, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, and raisin. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, peat, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, plum, and raisin. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. When I saw this one on the beer list I had to give it a shot as I’ve been trying as many Evil Twin brews as I possibly can. This one was definitely worth my time trying. It was really complex and rather enjoyable. I usually hate peat being present in a beer, but this one has so many other aspects going on that it actually blended in quite nicely. Definitely a must try brew if you get the chance.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Pitch black with a minimal mocha head.

S: You get a lot more booze notes due to the whiskey BA. Some barleywine notes and lots of sweet malts.

T: Much better than the regular Yin. The flavors are much more complex and flavorful. Sweet and a bit roasty. There is also a fair amount of espresso and dark chocolate as well.

M: Similar to the Yin, but much more thick and full. Velvety.

O: I'm surprised what 9 months in some whiskey barrels can do to a subpar stout. This is much better than Yin by far. It just skyrockets the profile of this stout.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 2015. Poured in to snifter.

A - Black with a thin layer of medium brown head.

S - Sweet vanilla, whiskey and a touch of oak up front. Some chocolate, molasses and roast aromas are also present.

T - Fairly sweet overall with chocolate, vanilla and molasses flavours accompanied by a sweet whiskey presence. There is a big roast profile with a slight bitterness and some warming alcohol.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head that dissipates into a thick ring around the glass with lacing. Aroma of sweet and toasted malts, chocolate, dark dried fruit, a hint of whiskey and oak. Flavor is dense, complex dark fruit, toasted and caramelt malt, chocolate, hints of coffee and whiskey, faint smoke. Finish is also rich and lingering, toasted malt and chocolate. Very well integrated and hides its high ABV admirably. Body is medium with carbonation high enough to provide a nice mouth feel despite this not being as heavy bodied as other intense stouts. This was delicious and very well made. A pleasure.

Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass along with some wispy lacing covering the surface.
S: Aromas of sweet and dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has bits of sweetness along with hints of scotch.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There are bits of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is very drinkable considering its strength because there are no traces of alcohol in the taste, although the taste is complex enough that it can be slowly sipped and savored. It's also not too heavy on the mouthfeel.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle purchased at Avenue Pub NOLA - poured into Piraat tulip. This pours an oily liquid black with ever so slight brown foam. Smells of roasted coffee, some dark fruit, and boozey oakey scotch/whiskey. Taste is so smooth dark fruity coffee bitters, with nice vanilla bourbon-like woody notes. Its heat is really well masked, and full of developing flavors as it warms. You must have this brew!

Photo of oline73
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap during Baltimore beer week. Served in a sampling glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a half finger of thick, tan head. The head fades as the beer sits and leaves a thick ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet with some slightly peppery bourbon. I'm also getting some dark fruit, roasted malt, and some dark chocolate.

Taste: Sweet bourbon and roasted malt up front. There is a really nice coconut note here along with some mild vanilla, oak, and dark fruit. The finish is warm from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit thick with some tingles of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very well done beer. The bourbon is prominent, but still manages to be quite smooth. I'd have more given the chance.

Photo of cnbrown313
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at my favorite Chicago liquor store for $11.49 for a 11.2 oz. bottle. I split this with a friend into 2 snifter glassed.

A - Pours pitch black with a very tiny mocha colored head.

S - The smell was amazing. It smelled like a combination of fine scotch whiskey, dark chocolate, and vanilla beans.

T - The taste was very much like the smell. The boozy taste of whiskey hits you right away, but the smooth dark chocolate and sweet vanilla flavor washes it all down nicely. Delicious taste.

M - The mouth feel is pretty heavy and viscous. Like motor oil / melted chocolate. There is a little bit of a boozy burn from the whiskey.

O - If there is more left of this when I go back, I will be picking up a few more. This was an awesome imperial stout!

Photo of Jsenay
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a tulip

A - Pours tar black with medium carbonation and a light lacing.

S - Smells like a sweet slightly smoked chocolate bar. Some rummy raisin hints to it as well

T - Smooth caramelized malt and chocolate up front, bitter smoke in the middle and a smooth smokey medium sweet finish.

M - Very sweet. Subtle smoky bitterness in the middle with mild carbonation. With a sweet roasted coffee/chocolate finish.

O - Very nice offering from Evil Twin. The flavor balance is impeccable and really just wanted the bottle to last longer than it did. Fantastic beer.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of meeting Jeppe at Farmers' Cabinet a few weeks ago and although I have a love hate relationship with his beers, this one did not disappoint!

A - Pitch black, thin mocha head, light lacing.

S - Scotch whisky, oak, burnt sugars. Relatively light aroma.

T - Charred oak, Scotch whisky, roasted malts, dark chocolate, pinch of seasalt, smoke & vanilla bean. Bitter aftertaste.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation.

O - Great Scotch aged beer, probably the best one I have tried!

Best before 2015, aged 9 months in Scotch barrels, I got lucky and purchased it for $8 when the ticket clearly said $14, but the lady couldn't find it in the system! Technology!

Seek this out!

Photo of Damian
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours in a deep black color with a slight head.

The aroma is of chocolate, caramel, and deep roasted notes.

The flavor has this char deep richness. It reminds me of BCBS, but less complex. There isn't quite the bite that some Russian Imperials have. I actually compare it most to those. It doesn't have a big coffee or chocolate flavor like some barrel aged beers. It has this wonderful motor oil, rich body. It has a great malt, oak, smokiness to it.

Photo of brystmar
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Denise!

Opaque, dark brown with maroon hues. Foamy head abound. Booze and dark fruit (plums?) at the forefront in the nose while the other stouty staples ride shotgun. Slightly oxidized aroma, but really good.

Strong booze character start to finish. Dark fruits refuse to retreat from the nose and stubbornly make their way through the flavor profile. Some roastyness is expected, but it's an afterthought here. Barrel character complements the base well. Body is a bit thin, though.

One of the better Evil Twin (or Mikkeller) brews I've come across. Beef up the mouthfeel and we'll talk.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed on 7/5, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from my mikkeller wine glass.

a - brew poured a pewter black with a creamy soft white tan bubbly head. the head quickly dissolved leaving soft milky bubbles along the sides of the glass and spotty greasy lacing stains on the glass.

s - deep rich and roasted chocolate. the roast is so powerful that it gives the beer an almost milkstout smokiness. burnt chocolate. hints of coffee. subtle glaze of whiskey.

t - HUGE taste. knock you out of your seat bold. HUMONGOUS roasted sweet chocolate. almost like a dessert coffee. the whiskey cask is noticed a bit on the tip of the sweetness where you can make out a hint of the whiskey smoothness, but comes up big in the finish and aftervibe.

m - rich, creamy, and filling. at 12%, this bad boy packs a punch, but the booze seems to hide in the almost cloying (if not saved by the coffee and roastiness) sweetness. very milk stout...whiskey seems to have thinned out what i would expect to be a huge beer.

o - was shopping in nyc and noticed that they were stocked to the 9's on evil twin, so i turned to BA, sorted on ratings and this bad boy bubbled to the top with less than a handful of reviews so far so i picked up the $12 single ($ an ABV point, not quite per ounce since the bottle is only 11.2). all in all, pretty good for a whiskey barrel stout. it is very rare when the whiskey works with the beer and makes it better. the blend is subtle so it is a good balance with the stout and actually works pretty well.

bottle

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance – Pitch black with a relatively small head that dissipates rather quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass that leaves decent lacing.

Smell – The whisky smell is very noticeable, but really nice. Oak, roasted malt, smokiness, brownie, and vanilla.

Taste – A robust somewhat sweet malty taste with a really nice hint of whiskey. I’m impressed by this, as I’m not always a fan a liquor aged beer.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, lightly syrupy, medium-light carbonation, and very smooth. The 12%abv is well hidden.

Drinkability – This is another exceptional stout from Evil Twin. They make some of the best stouts in the world, in my opinion.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 12,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a snifter.
Best before 2015.

Appearance: My god, this is an anomaly – a Danish imperial stout that is not going to get full marks on appearance. That said, it is not far off! Auld Yin appears pitch black in the glass, but a back light reveals a little too much ultra deep red along the edges of the glass. A rough pour yields a large dark tan coloured head that lasts fairly well for the Abv. and leaves a few patches of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Ah man, this smells fantastic and actually reminds me of De Molen’s MacAllan BA Hel & Verdoemenis.
The initial nose offers big chocolate notes (cocoa dusted chocolate truffles and dark chocolate cake batter to be precise), creamy vanilla, dark caramel, butterscotch, roasted malt and scotch whiskey. Initially I thought it was highland whiskey, but after a little warming a smokey peated character begins to emerge. Warming also yields liquorice, more roasted malt, rich chocolate liqueur, a little alcohol, dark fruity notes and some coffee.

Taste: As with most European imperial stouts, the flavor leans more on the roasted side of things than the nose did, but it still maintains a fantastic balance between sweetness, roast and barrel character. Notes include: Roasted malt, some char, bittersweet dark chocolate, dark caramel, cocoa, burned raisins, liquorice, a little vanilla, some smokey peat, a little oak, a touch of coffee and some rich dark fruit. There is a touch of alcohol noted, but nothing that would make me think this was 12%.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied and fairly sticky, with a medium level of smooth carbonation. I usually prefer a fuller body on my imperial stouts, but the combination of the body and fantastic carbonation makes this ridiculously drinkable.

Overall: Auld Yin is a phenomenal barrel-aged imperial stout and one of the best whiskey barrel-aged beers I have had. I really wish I had bought a few more bottles to stick in the cellar.

Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice oily black hue with a good one finger mocha head that fades slowly to leave a thin, thin blanket.

S - Aromas of sweet milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, peat, scotch whiskey barrels.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, translated very well. Great chocolate, roasted malts, caramel and vanilla, oak barrels, all with strong peat intermingling between the flavours. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, though there is some booze on the pallet.

O - Overall, a solid offering from Evil Twin. Had this one marked down to check out, glad I did.

Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.  

Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up 3 days ago at Stateline in MD based on the reviews. It was pretty expensive, about $12 for a 12 oz. bottle. Poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing on the glass; looks great.

s - Smells of whiskey, caramel malts, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, toasted malts, vanilla, cream, peat, smoke, and light dark fruits. Very nice mix of the whiskey, caramel, and chocolate; I like the nose a lot.

t - Tastes of scotch, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, alcohol, peat, caramel malts, smoke, anise,
light dark fruits, and burnt malts. No vanilla or cream like the nose and less caramel, with more alcohol and peat. Still pretty good, but a step down from the nose.
m - Full bodied stout and low carbonation. Thick and chewy with some alcohol to it. Bit of heat.

o - Overall a very good stout from Evin Twin; one of the better beers I've had from Evil Twin so far, only behind Imperial Biscotti Break. Unfortunately unlike the IBB, I don't think this is worth the price. It looks great and the nose is fantastic, and very balanced, but some of the nice notes in the nose like the caramel and vanilla are lost in the taste, and the alcohol comes through a lot in the taste. You can definitely taste all 12% in the mouthfeel too. A good stout with a fantastic nose, but not worth the price IMO. Worth getting to try, but wouldn't repeat often because of the cost.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades medium-quick.

S - Oak, vanilla, whiskey, chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruits, black licorice, molasses, earthy hops, some booze.

T - Chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, whiskey, black licorice, earthy and pine hops, molasses, and some booze.

M - Full bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth and syrupy with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Nicely balanced. Barrel aging adds some nice depth and complexity to the base beer.

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Northdown. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Ample mocha foam with good retention that leaves behind sticky lacing. Black with a glint of brown at the edges.

S - A nice mixture of chocolate-heavy stout flavors like caramel, vanilla, and anise, with some moderate smokey, peaty, and meaty Scotch flavors. Surprisingly good balance that's rare in Scotch barrel-aged beers.

T - The taste is a bit heavier in char, peat and smoke, with less in the way of caramel and chocolate sweetness. Still, there's sufficient balance that keeps this on the enjoyable end of the spectrum, with some notes of cocoa powder, anise, and roasted malt.

M - While there is some definite alcohol warmth after 6oz or so, this is otherwise quite enjoyable with a smooth, full body that is chewy, viscous, and sticky, and relatively low in carbonation. Plenty of heft for the 12% and a fairly low oak presence.

D - Considering how indifferent I am to the base beer and how skeptical I am about Scotch barrel-aged beers, I'm shocked that this was as it was. The 12oz serving size was a good choice, as tackling an large-format bottle would be a challenge. Finally, someone understands how to balance stout and Scotch flavors - and to think this was made a Brewdog!

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this scotch barrel aged RIS at Beer Revolution in Oakland 2 months ago, brought it home with a ton of Russian River bottles, now drinking it on NFL week 5 Sunday.

This pours a dark brown color, opaque with a ring of mocha-colored foam. It has a really nice aroma of roasted malts and peat. I might initially attribute the peat to smoked malt but knowing it was aged in scotch barrels helps.

Really tasty scotch flavors take the lead, peat/smoke and a touch of alcohol, with some sweet malts flavors coming in with less force (cocoa, roast, etc). Only a little burn in the aftertaste. Very well integrated barrel character, I have a feeling this beer is improved dramatically by the scotch whiskey.

The flavor makes me expect a thicker body but actually this is medium-bodied. Low carbonation doesn't hurt the mouthfeel at all, very enjoyable throughout. Glad I was talked into buying it.

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