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Evil Twin Yin & Yang - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 347
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 48
Gots: 55 | 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 Junkforadam
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the better evil twin beers in my opinion. I enjoy imperial IPA and imperial stout, so this mix of the two is great for me! Not much on the nose, drank this from bottle. The mouthfeel is what I expect a stout to be, somewhat heavy. Aftertaste was semi sweet. Not too boozy and not really hoppy. I'd definitely drink this again. (333 characters)

Photo of Stevem68
4.21/5  rDev +4%
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 (236 characters)

Photo of kevdemers
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a single mixed into a 4-pack of what I thought was all Lil B by a (happy) accident. Glad I tried this, but it is not for the faint of heart or taste buds. I can take the burnt/charred tastes better than most but this beer was borderline even for me!

Not your typical black IPA flavor that I'm used to, that's for sure! (325 characters)

Photo of Mehinaman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 (205 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 14, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Deep thick brown, appears black in most areas, thick enough to be completely opaque. Poured medium-thin, easy. About a half-inch of light brown bubbly head with little retention.

S – Tropical fruit, mango and lychee, perhaps some caramelized banana. Some light pine or woody notes. Roasted but sweet malt, some chocolate and vanilla cream.

T – If I didn’t know this was blended, it would be very hard to discern what was going on. Fully distinct character of both the stout and the IPA. Tropical fruit, guava and mango, with pine, and pale malt, as well as roasted malts with light chocolate. Bitterness is high but seems subdued.

M – Medium-thin body, with medium-low carbonation. Fairly dry throughout, sweet up front but finishing with moderate-high bitterness.

O – Definitely a different take on the black and tan than the usual Guinness-Bass or other similar versions. I’ve had both of these beers separate and have to say that they should remain that way. Still something to be said for actually blending and bottling this. (1,096 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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 too 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. (914 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.78/5  rDev +18%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color. Tastes and smells like an above average, but boozy, black ale.

To some extent, I guess that this is the point of such a beer blend. (155 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; dark brown, but ruby accents visible through out; 1+ finger medium brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; sheets of lacing;

S: deeply roasted grains; a little hop resin; a little smoke; a little bittersweet chocolate;

T: deeply roasted grains from start to finish; moderate bitterness on the finish; the ABV is noticeable at the end; a little burn on the swallow, but it fits the beer well;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: definitely feels like much more stout than IPA in spite of the reality; didn't get the complexity of flavor that I expected; it's still a really nice beer; (626 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 9/16/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown, almost black with a two-finger head that lingers
S: Chocolate malt, coffee, hop resin, a bit of cream. Given the blend, the stout definitely comes out more here
T: Here the IPA comes out more. Hoppy particularly pine and citrus oil. Followed by chocolate malt on the midpalate and a very bitter finish, almost too much so
M: The head is very creamy. Fairly full-bodied with a bitter bite
O: I would love to try making a black & tan with yin & yang and comparing it to this. As is I'd call if more of a black IPA than a true mixed black & tan, but still a very solid beer (641 characters)

Photo of bigorange
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From my favorite brewer. Pours almost black. Smells of smoke, sweet, sour with hints of liquorish. Taste is smoky, sweet skunk with a bitter malty finish. Feel is somewhat heavy but lightens up with the hoppy finish. Overall, I'm disappointed and hope that I got an old batch. I will revisit and pay attention to it's age. (322 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep mahogany brown with a frothy light brown head that hangs around for a while before settling and lacing very well.

S: Roasted malt, a little chocolate, some coffee, pine, maybe even a bit floral too, and a little caramel malt sweetness.

T: Roasted malt up front, coffee and a little bittersweet chocolate that comes out as it warms, followed by a big hop hit, loads of pine that lingers, maybe a little light citrusy grapefruit and caramel malt sweetness from the IPA side, plus some earthy burnt toast bitterness.

M: Pretty full body, moderate carbonation.

O: To sum it up in 1 word; intense. The first few sips are strong to say the least, massive bitterness that is damn near overwhelming. As it warms it mellows out and blends fairly well. At 10% + the strength of the flavors going on it can be a real kick in the face, but a hell of an experience. (928 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i think as good or better than the sum of its constituent parts. the ipa is still a little intense for me, as this comes across as much as an imperial black ipa as anything else, interesting and unique, getting better all the time as it warms. chocolate notes, dry cocoa, raw dark, and a touch of bitter bakers are all here when it gets to room temperature, and the hops in the finish push bitterness double jeopardy, but they do also compliment each other pretty well. complex and huge, but the booze doesnt show through all that much, its the body that makes this one gigantic, viscous, teeth coating, and almost harsh. lots of big dark beers from evil twin, some better than others, but the intense hop complexion of this one makes it unlike any of his others. creamy in feel, frothy, and drying as it moves along. worth the three bucks and change i paid for a single, no doubt about that, but these beers, all three of them, seem overly aggressive and not as well refined as they probably could be. still, a cool blending project given the hoppy nature of the ipa component. (1,078 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out interesting, with a much darker body on the top and a a lighter (relatively speaking) amber on the bottom. A nice creamy tan head settles down and leaves some nice sticky/soapy lacing. The aroma is a little muddled, which isn't surprising for a bottle black and tan. The taste, though is a nice blend, with deep roasted malt notes of coffee and hops blending perfectly. The body has a nice thickness to it and there's just a little bite to it on the finish. (468 characters)

Photo of leroybrown10
4.01/5  rDev -1%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (2,067 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +4%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.17/5  rDev +3%
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. (2,522 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
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 (360 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Evil Twin's Yin & Yang last month for $3.59 at Holiday Market. I haven't had Yang yet since they only had Yin and this one at the store, but I'm interested to see how this black and tan turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a simple and clean design to it, but I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't really let any light come through and it had almost three fingers worth of fluffy and creamy brown head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a green hop, green onion and earthy aroma with just a little bit of citrus rind hops showing up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart some roasted, lightly charred, and somewhat lighter chocolate like aromas. This beer had a nice aroma, but it was a little unbalanced and I wish the green hop and green onion aromas weren't the hoppy aspects that stuck out the most.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's more balanced and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and this time the citrus rind hop aspects stick out a little more with no single hoppy aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a light alcohol flavor that isn't that warming and it goes right into the malts which show up more than they did in the aroma and they impart the same aspect with the roasted malts and chocolate sticking out the most. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness that lingers a little into the aftertaste along with some hoppy, roasted malts, and chocolate flavors. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, it had good balance, but I wish the hop profile was a little brighter.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly warming, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, you don't see too many pre mixed black and tans especially ones that are on the stronger side, but this one turned out to be a nice beer. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, slightly warming, a little crisp, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, but i think one is enough for me, the bitterness might start to wear on me if I have more than that. What I like the most about this beer was the balance in the taste and the appearance, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty unbalanced and I wish the stout aspects showed up more. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I would recommend it to anyone that wants a black and tan that showcases roasted and hoppy flavors. All in all I was happy with this beer and I ended up enjoying it a little more than just Yin by itself, the IPA brings some balance and complexity that Yin was lacking. This is one of the better Evil Twin beers I've had and so far it's my favorite Black and Tan. Nice job guys, this was a tasty black and tan, keep up the solid work. (3,513 characters)

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Evil Twin Yin & Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.