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Evil Twin Yin & Yang - Evil Twin Brewing

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268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 35
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
Denmark

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 Eastside151
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leroybrown10
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown color, almost but not quite black. Fluffy tan colored head which recedes grudgingly. Thick sticky lacing left behind that lingers forever. Looks like a stout.

Fairly intense aroma. After the classic stout appearance, this smells very much like an IPA. Earth and pine hop aromas. A bit floral after that. Some of the stout qualitities come through at the end. Some roasted malt, very mild espresso, and black licorice.

Taste is a full on mish mash of stout and IPA. Earthy bitter hops, roast malt, espresso, pine, resin, over-ripe cherry & plum. Some licorice, burnt toast and flowers. Mild citrus at the end.

Medium/thick mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Bitterness of both stout and IPA linger.

This is beer tan has intense aromas and tastes. A pure mix of DIPA and Imperial Stout. Prominent characteristics of both styles. I was a little skeptical, but was rather impressed this beer.

Photo of CraigTravor
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tuka
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lukass
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Adel
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seriously awesome black and tan that is kind of a black ipa

Photo of Greels
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TequilaTom
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mabermud
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body. Light brown head that quickly dissipated into a thin collar. Nice heavy, malty and coffee aroma. The taste is like a dumbed down sparkling stout. Clean finish. This has a kick, but no alcohol detected. The feel is full and substantial. Hey, it's Evil Twin. High carb.

Overall - I'm not a black and tan guy, but ETs version of an Imp Black and Tan is nice. This is worth your time if you see it around.

Photo of AaronDz
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of CHickman
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of mattsdenney
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 259/14. Pours a slightly transparent near black. Normal head volume, above average retention and excellent lacing. Nose is as advertised - ale characteristics (pine and citrus hops) over stout characteristics (dark chocolate with notes of roast). Underneath are notes of caramel - quite nice. As it warms, alcohol becomes evident as do very subtle notes of dark fruit. Light medium bodied with a nice smooth texture that has a bit of creaminess to it. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and more in the finish. The flavor profile is intense, quite complex and reasonably balanced. It begins with a burst of sweetness that rapidly fades into a blended bitterness of hops and roast. As the bitterness fades, grapefruit rind and pine hop flavors become dominant. These, in turn, yield to a mild coffee flavor over a sweet chocolate note. The finish is a lingering rind bitterness over heavy notes of alcohol and hints of prune.

Photo of Alextricity
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of tmcarter23
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lchu000
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dagubna
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rdilauro
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its a real shame. This was my first taste of anything from Evil Twin. I had not heard of the brewery, had not heard of the beer, so this was new adventure for me.
Honestly, I did not care that much for this beer. Now, its been almost 18 months since I've tasted this and my beer appeptite has changed so much

I will need to re-taste this to do it its honors

Photo of Mattyb79
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Evil Twin Yin & Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.