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Evil Twin Yin & Yang - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 376
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 22.91%
Wants: 50
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Thehuntmaster on 07-19-2012

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Photo of shigg85
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this from Harvest Wine & Spirits in West Hartford, CT. Poured into a Rochefort goblet. Very dark brown with a petri dish bubbling on top. Amaaazing memories of hops, banana, clove, garlic, ginger, and other scents coming off this right from the pour! The taste backs it up with tons to explore. The mouthfeel leaves you with something to remember. Overall, this was an amazing beer -- more of a barleywine than a traditional "black & tan" -- and I would definitely recommend trying it!

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz

Pours a very dark opaque brown, no real light penetration, with an eighth of an inch of tan head which seems to last eternally.

Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee, bread, and a light piney hop.

Tastes of maple, brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla, cream, and pine hops.

Full body, stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

The whole is more than the sum of its parts. While Yin and Yang are each excellent beers on their own, this is a masterpiece and woefully underrated even with its outstanding rating here. Drink this now.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep brown with garnet hints when held to the light producing 2+ fingers of frothy, somewhat lasting, dark tan head that recedes to a solid cap leaving a ring & an inch of webby collar lace. Aroma is chocolate, dark roasted malts, toffee, caramel, smoke & burnt pine with only faint citrus & tropical fruit hints. Taste is a nice blend of Imperial stout & IPA, married so completely that it would be hard for me to discern exactly what this is had I not known. Taste is forward tropical fruit, especially pineapple and mango, with pine & a little grapefruit in concert with dark chocolate, smoke, roasted & caramel malts. Bitterness & alcohol are prominent. Bitterness declines slowly in the aftertaste which is rich with burnt/roast notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation, tongue coating milk-like creaminess, silky & smooth. I'm not necessarily a Black and Tan fan but my goodness, what a great brew! This would make a great Christmas beer. Hopefully I can find some more!

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Photo of CHickman
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with a massive 3 finger foamy to creamy tan head that did not budge, dissipating very slowly; it looked like a massive Guinness head with a ton of tiny bubbles in it. A minute later I was able to draw a shamrock in the head since it was still about 2 fingers thick. It left outstanding lacing coating the sides, and when it did start fading it left moon craters - a world class pour from a bottle.

Smells of citrus and piney hops up front, like a Sierra Nevada Torpedo to start, followed by charred wood, burnt grains, caramel, brown sugar, coffee and grapefruit. Hints of cocoa powder and charred sweetness come through for a nice mix of hops and very burnt grains that smells real good and like a traditional black and tan juiced up where the hops are more potent and the char and malts are more dynamic.

Taste is very similar to the nose with the fine balance of charred malts and strong hops that is a mix of charred wood, burnt grains, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, espresso bean grinds, citrus hops, piney hops, grapefruit and a brownie like sweetness that almost seems chewy, which is nice for a stout. The beer dances between charred malts and roasted flavors and a sharp hop or coffee bitterness that is so much more complicated and flavorful than other bottled black & tan's like the Yuengling or Saranac versions. Not knocking those other black & tans, but they are just not on the same level as this brew - this is superior in every way.

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy and chewy, with mild to average carbonation, a heavy body that drinks like a meal and a bitter, smoky aftertaste that is almost dry and chalky. The smoke aspects are a bit too much and seem almost like a smoke beer with the grains so burnt, but it does serve a purpose and completely hide the 10% ABV.

Overall I'd say this is by far the best bottled black & tan that I've ever had and a beer I will seek out and highly recommend. The overall score of 4.5 may seem high, but this is the best in class compared to other beers in the bottled black & tan category.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Bulldog Uptown.
L: The Yin & Yang does not look much different from the Yin – it pours dark brown with a 1” tan foam collar that produces lines of lace.
S: In the aroma the Yin roast character dominates but underneath lurks tropical fruit.
T: Although the palate also leans to the Yin more of the Yang character comes out mellowing the roast and roast bitter of the Yin and bringing forward more fruit flavors. The DIPA flavors also provide an additional layer of bitterness to the Yin roast flavors.
F: Very creamy big chewy body – the Yin character keeps it from becoming a Black DIPA while the Yang character tones down the Yin.
O: This is an interesting combination that turns out a little mellower that either constituent.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night with Jeppe at the Max's Baltimore Beer Week event.

I've had both the yin and yang before and liked both of them a lot. I really like the slightly vinous mouthfeel with such an overall pleasant taste. No bad flavors appear. Somehow this "combination" is even better than the individual beers. Smells got a little oak flavor to it which he said is from some special smoke malt he uses in a lot of his heavier beers.

Definitely would seek this out again on draft.

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Photo of ttroha
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Bottle from Maltitude. Pours dark black with frothy tan head. Aroma of dark malt, hops. Taste of strong bitter hops, roasted malts, and a hint of floral. Bitter hops on the back end. Very good black IPA

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time last night and really loved it. If I had been blindfolded I would have guessed it was an Imperial Stout. Very distinct, very flavorful beer. Will be added to my "favorites" list

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 11,1% ABV
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date

I am somewhat confused by this beer - one would guess that it is a blend of Yin and Yang, but the ABV is higher than that of both Yin and Yang! Oh well, as long as it is tasty!

Appearance: I think there must be at least 50% IPA in this blend - the body is dark, but quite a way from black. A back light shows it to be a beautiful deep red with golden edges. A rough pour yields a massive, creamy, light tan coloured head that displays great retention and leaves thick rings of lacing as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells delicious - there is a perfect balance between the imperial stout and the IIPA. Notes include: Milk chocolate, dark caramel, a touch of roasted malt, some dark fruits (plums stand out), toasted grain, strawberry, grapefruit, pine, a little leafy character and a hint of mango.

Taste: The hoppy notes from the IPA seem to be a little stronger than in the nose, with pine, grapefruit, sweeter citrus, grass and a herbal character all well noted. That said, the imperial stout flavours quite hard to miss, with distinct milk chocolate, toasted malt, dark caramel and dark berries all present.
The bitterness is actually quite mild considering this is a blend of IIPA and imperial stout. The Abv. cover is phenomenal, I could quite happily believe that this was a 7% beer.

Mouthfeel: Now this is what I call a great mouthfeel! I find my self constantly reaching for the glass to take another sip - this is incredibly (read dangerously) drinkable for such a big beer. The body is just shy of full and fairly oily, with a medium level of wonderfully smooth carbonation.

Overall: Yin & Yang is a fantastic Black & Tan (though it could just as well be a Black IPA). I will have to make an effort to get a bottle of both Yin and Yang and see what a home blend tastes like.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with 2 fingers worth of tan head

S: Roasty, hoppy, on the sweet side. Almost like cake or brownie batter with fruity and piney hops thrown in the mix. Pretty complex and somewhat indescribable

T: Follows the nose. Very roasty with plenty of citrus and piney hops. Not as sweet as the nose suggested, but still decently sweet. Bitterness and char both linger into the finish

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: I'd really like to know the IBUs on this... it's definitely on the bitter side and I wouldn't be surprised if it's over 100. Still very nicely balanced and really showcases both beers. Not really like an American black ale or hoppy stout... definitely a style unto itself. For being 11.1%, this drinks dangerously easily. It's a good thing this is only 11.2 oz. Definitely worth a try if you like mixing your own B&Ts

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a dark brown color with a light brown thick creamy head that sticks around for a good long time and medium lacing.

Smell – A solid scent of malt, hops, chocolate, and coffee.

Taste – Roasted malts, hops, chocolate, and coffee. I really like the Yin (stout), though I personally prefer it wihout the Yang (IPA) mixed in.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, very nicely carbonated, and easy drinking for 11.1%abv. Finishes with a light bitter hoppiness.

Drinkability – Evil Twin stouts are among my favorite, and while this is very nice, I prefer both the Yin and the Yang better on their own. Still, this about as good as it gets for a black and tan.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I mixed the yin and yang together after trying each by themselves. Black with a great frothey head. Really dumbs down the licorice but still had a great toasty malt and somewhat hop scent. Actually has a chocolate taste and its dumbed down hops but still incredible. Medium body and smooth with and good carbonation. Better together than separate.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing nearly black in the glass. Half finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark dried and fresh fruit, caramel malt, piney hops, light toasted malt. Flavor starts with pine hops, plums and dried fruit, a thint of toasted malt. Finish develops the toasted malt, chocolate, hints of vanilla and a nice hop bite. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Dangerously well covered alcohol. Delicious.

I was excited to see that Evil Twin had bottled a Yin and Yang; I had made and reviewed my own black and tan from 50/50 Yin and Yang a few years ago. Interestingly, my old review indicated that the toasted malt and stout character overwhelmed the barleywine elements in the two-bottle mix. This bottled version seems to have the opposite flavor progression and is much better balanced. I wish I had bought two of these now, although it was pricey.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy tan-chocolate head. Fades medium.

S - Roasted chocolate and coffee, molasses, black licorice, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, bit of booze.

T - Chocolate and caramel malts, coffee, dark fruits grapefruit, citrus, grassy, pine hops, bitterness, molasses, black licorice, bit of booze.

M - Full bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth a bit thick with a sweet, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Amazing balance. Really nice complexity. Better than each of the base beers.

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Photo of illpass78
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Libby stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty solid black with some brown around the edges. Huge tan head that recedes to a covering of film after a few minutes. Lots of spotty lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruits like raisins, some pine, some bitter dark chocolate, and some booze.

Taste: Follows the nose, with the raisins and bitter chocolate very pronounced and some roasted malt backbone. The pine and booze are right there, too.

Mouthfeel: Dangerously drinkable given the high ABV. Heavy, somewhat, but not a sludgefest.

Overall: A monster, this one. I dig it. Basically a black IPA, and a terrific one. Pretty cool that they chose to blend two fairly sophisicated styles for this B&T; you don't see a ton of pre-mixed B&Ts with IPA in the mix. Also nice to see it was brewed in Stratford; I'm guessing at Two Roads? Big ups to the dude at RSVP in Portland for recommending this beast.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a thick fluffy one inch tan head with great retention and lacing. Dark brown, opaque.
Smell: a bit of citrus and a lot of chocolate and roasty malt.
Taste: lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee, as well as some nice citrus notes.
Mouthfeel: thick and chewy, would have been a perfect accompaniment to a warm chocolate chip cookie.
Overall: quite tasty, nice combination of stout and IPA

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Photo of smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I kicked the keg--very nice head. Large spots for lace. Dark brown where no light passes.

Dark chocolate smell. A bit of chalk as well.

Very creamy--almost like drinking a dark chocolate milkshake. I can detect a touch of alcohol in the swallow. The aftertaste shows some bittering hop. Delicious.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a half finger beige colored head atop.Aromas of roast,caramel,alcohol dipped dark fruit,a hint of roasted nuts,alot of good stuff going on here.An oily slick feel with flavors that aren't as roasted as I thought,chocolate and caramel notes with dark fruit in the finish,there is some earthy roastedness but it's not in your face.I really like this beer,even better than what I was expecting.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours a finger and a half of tan head on a black body.
The aroma has a strong citrus front with a roasted malt/chocolate background. Really nice.
The taste is lemon bitterness to start, then chocolate sweet mixed with coffee bitter, finishes with a slight citrus bitterness.
The texture is crisp.
It has a great flavor profile.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber color, Aroma of smoke, cholocate and a touch of sweetness. Has a rich mouth feel. Flavor is nice. Definetly get the chocolate flovor with a bit of smokey sweet notes. Finish is a a lttle crisp as the hops come through

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Photo of kaufmaal
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The front of the label says "Product of Scotland" while on the reverse is says "Produced and bottled by Evil Twin Brewing at BrewDog, Aberdeenshire, Skotland." I guess that in many ways the influence of the Danelaw can still be seen in Scotland.

Anyway, the color looked like a stout and not like most bottled black and tan and tans that I've had, most of which look like thin porters. The very thin head was mostly white with some yellow tinges to it. Some dramatic laces here and there. The smell of pine, brown sugar, some dark rum and a bit of vanilla. The taste was a little off balance: more of a blackened imperial IPA than an imperial stout-imperial IPA 50/50 mix. Not that I'm complaining, because the flavors were bright, clean, and long-lasting: slightly burned dark chocolate, oily espresso, pine, orange zest, crispy pancakes, more darkened sugars. Let it get warm, and after some time the carbonation, which was too sharp at first, will no longer get in the way of these flavors.

That said, I paid $8.00 for a single bottle; I'm not too sure about that element of this Scots-Danish brew.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice blend. Well balanced, bitter with excellent aroma of IPA with ample notes of stout, strong, but still drinkable. Dark brown with moderate head retention.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pretty beer. Thick, light khaki head has great lace and retention. Cola-black body with cranberry highlights.

S - Malt forward. Cream, malted milk balls, touch of booze, woody hops, green plant stems, earthy bitterness.

T - Creamy roast malt, caramel, fresh toast, woody hops, bitter greens.

M -Smooth, creamy, full bodied.

O - Two of the three tasters on this review felt the combination was better than the sum of it's parts. A really nice beer.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This was bottled a little over 3 months ago, I estimate, if the bottle's Julian dated. I think a bottle was about $4, but I don't really remember. I've had Yin and Yang separately and thought they were very good, so I'm interested in seeing how they are together as a black and tan.

Appearance: Well, very black, as I'd expect -- the only tan is the creamy, half finger head. This beer is black, but can be seen through -- appears filtered, and has a ruby tinge to it. There's basically a wall of lacing all down the glass. Great looking beer overall.

Smell: Getting primarily the black/roasty notes... loads of roast/coffee, and some chocolate. I also get a little bit of alcohol on the nose too. There's an earthy and herbal hop character there, but it's off in the background. Yin & Yang pretty much smells like an Imperial Stout.

Taste/feel: And tastes like a hoppier Imperial Stout -- not quite hopped up to me considered an Imperial Black IPA in my book, but the hops are very obviously there, and the blend of roast bitterness and hop bitterness gives that same kind of Black IPA bitterness as well. While many Black IPAs I've had in the past have had more of a hop presence than malt (I realize this isn't a Black IPA), this one seems to showcase roasty malts more than anything. Super dark, charred/burnt tasting malt. It starts to eventually come off as a little "spicy", as if there's rye in there somewhere. As it warms up the hops start to shine through a little bit with a bit of herbal and citrus notes, but still, it's definitely roast-heavy. The hoppiest thing about this beer are the burps -- tastes like hop oil. The alcohol overall is hidden very well. While I can't really taste it on the front, you get a taste of it as it goes down. The feel is pretty damn full-bodied with a surprisingly high carbonation that makes this dangerously drinkable despite its quite intense hop *and* roast bitterness.

I think I like Yin & Yang a liiittle bit more than I like each on their own. This is a very interesting beer that changes a lot with the temperature. It has a lot of the characters of a rich, hearty stout, but it adds a pretty nice dash of hops to make it taste like an over-hopped imperial stout (again, not quite an Imperial Black IPA, in my opinion). The price is a little high, but so is the ABV, and more importantly, the quality of the beer. This is an excellent beer -- just make sure you get it relatively fresh so you can enjoy the hops that only a fresher bottle of this beer can offer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Pipeworks snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to wisps, thick collar, and spotty lacework. Dark brown body. Obviously doesn't look like a Black & Tan from a bar, but otherwise nice enough.

S - Piney hops, light grapefruits, roasted malts, dark chocolate, some char, and a jaggery/palm sugar-esque sweetness that intensifies as the beer warms up.

T - The taste has significantly lower sweetness, with more of the roast flavors and a fairly intense hop bitterness. Some tropical and citrus fruit flavors show up mid-palate, but I don't get much of the sugary flavors found in the aroma.

M - Medium-bodied, pleasant carbonation, dry texture, with lower stickiness. Some alcohol warmth, but nothing out of line for 11.1%.

D - As far as bottled Black & Tans go, this is a pretty good one. I could have used a bit more of the sugary sweetness on the palate, but this is pretty enjoyable stuff. I also liked this a ton better than the individual components.

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Evil Twin Yin & Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.