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Evil Twin Yin & Yang | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Thehuntmaster on 07-19-2012

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a hearty caramel colored head. Head retention is strong with lacing coating the entire glass. Roasted malts meet pine and resin hop aromas. Great interaction between the two. Taste opens up with roasted malts, chocolate and pine hop notes, before moving onto to more pine, and resin hops. Hops are bitter, but kept well in balance. The roasted malts at the opening really make you think you're sipping a stout at first. Feel is smooth, bold, with a medium consistency. The feel gets a bit grainy towards the end. Overall, it's a lovely brew that will make you ponder whether you love stouts or IPAs more.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle - a black and tan - as we get closer to St. Patrick's Day, the name here evokes thoughts of Irish history.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan (yeah) head, which leaves some random chunky cloud lace around the glass as it slowly settles.

It smells of roasted and slightly gamey caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, orange vodka, a bit of free-range char, reduced brown sugar, and further herbal, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel/toffee malt, a slightly nutty roasted character, some mixed citrus fleshiness, a more exotic tropical fruitiness, faint cafe-au-lait notes, chalky cocoa powder, and more earthy, leafy, and piney hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite nice in its airy and palate lifting frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a wee bit of roast and alcohol astringency toying with the metric here. It finishes off-dry, as the caramel and cocoa continue to tango with the juicy citrus, all under the gentle yoke of the hovering booze.

Overall, a well-blended, um, blend, as the input brews act like their proportions were actually inverted - there's twice as much IPA here as stout, but you wouldn't know it. Doesn't matter, really, as in the end, this is very tasty, the IPA bringing a lightness of being to the otherwise heavy stout character.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pitch black beer with a one finger high, beige head.

This is awesome! Soft, tasty beer. Pine, grapefruit, roasted malt, chocolate, grass and licorice.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I admit, I cheated my mixing my own. The Yin supplies the color - a pretty, opaque mahogany with a khaki-colored head and lacing. It looks like Yin. The smell becomes more interesting because the coffee and chocolate is more subdued and there is an aroma of tangerine which seems weird in what looks like a stout. The taste is both unique and really good: The tangerine comes through more than I expected but there is still a nice malt base with chocolate and coffee. There is a distinct bitterness from both underlying beers. Not being purely a stout, the body doesn't seem as thin. The ABV of each constituent is 10% so the blend is no different. Overall, I think is is an example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. I'd like to try the bottled Yin and Yang to see whether the blend tastes like mine.

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Photo of Saviour
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - black, almost opaque, with nice creamy head;
S - notes of citruses and chocolate, very nice blended;
T - the same goes for taste, balance between ipa and imperial stout is close to perfection;
F - nice smooth aftertaste with pleasant bitterness;
O - very interesting and uncommon beer. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of jw4free
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: near opaque dark brown. 1 finger head fades slowly. Last the full drinking. Decent lacing. S: sharp alcohol. Malt- toasted nuts and smoked meat. Peppery spice. Raisins and molasses near the end. T: smoke and char roasted grains. Molasses. Woody hops. F: full, chewy and round. Good alcohol burn. O: Excellent balance. Sweetness comes on to tie it all together. Man this is good!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice black color, very nice carbonatin, with a pretty nice small, creamy off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, nice touch of chocolate/toffee, slight citrus. The taste if very nice, malty, slight hop note, chocolate/toffee notes, slight citrus. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, this is a very nice brew. I never thought what would happen with these to styles combining. Job Very Well Done!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pitch black color with no vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Char, roasted, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, molasses, toffee, toasted, and a little old ale.

Taste: More stout than IPA flavor. Blended well together and tastes great. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, some booze, medium carbonation, and ashy bitterness.

Overall: Pretty nice blend of stout and IPA. Wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a flavorful beer and I'm enjoying it so I'm scoring it this way. Being classified as a black and tan, this is also probably good for the "style". For a critique I'm thinking this has strengths and weaknesses of ipas and stouts. By comparison, a brewed black ipa would probably be more enjoyable to me. The body is a little thin for any style of something that is 10percent alcohol. I like the level of bitterness; it's a mix of stout bitterness and ipa bitterness.
The flavors that come through are mostly toasted stout flavors. I would like to try this in the bottle. Tonight, in this bar, there better options (Jersey City Barcade).

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Photo of K-Dog
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was aged about a year in my basement. This aged nicely had a chocolate and fruit taste to it. The ipa part mellowed out nicely and the stout Part really came through. If I was to get again would definitely age it for at least a year.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Utterly black body, DENSE- as in cement-like solid- cappuccino-colored head. Aroma reveals charred malt and floral, citric, evergreen hops, nearly equally between the two. The hops and a good deal of their bitterness take over the flavor, good and citric/minty and piercing, but the roast notes, akin to burnt campfire wood, are strong on the finish, as well as more pine bitterness. Medium body, fluffy while the head lasts and easily drinkable when it's gone.
The IPA wins out overall, and did seem like a good brew in its own right. The stout seemed basic, like charred malt and nothing else. Together, it was surprisingly tasty for two flavor profiles that I don't think blend well.

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Photo of BB1313
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown with a light khaki head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. Some sediment if you really look hard. The aromas are subtle with lots of roasted malts. Some hints of pine and citrus as well. The flavors are bold. Lots of roasted malts blended with some solid hop flavor. Chocolate is there. Vanilla is there too. Nice amount of grapefruit. Nice amount of pine as well. The hops are balanced and not overwhelming. Subtle hints of soap. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and fluffy. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable.

Very solid brew. It's basically an Imperial Black Ale in my book. Fun to drink. Not bad at all.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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 timontheroad
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Fatehunter
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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 ONovoMexicano
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Hops and Pie in Denver.

Alright, first, I'm confused. This was served just black and straight from a tap, so how is it a black and tan? Second, this beer was all over the place in flavor, part muted stout, part grassy, earthy blonde, with neither flavor being particularly appealing to me. Combined the tastes were like two oddballs making out in public complete with mussed hair, groping, and under-the-clothing feelsies.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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 DrDemento456
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a cool take on a Black and tan. $3.59 for the single. Poured into my mason jar glass.

A - As expected its dark but has some ruby hues at the base. Rocking full inch of mocha tinted head.
S - Smokey and roasty from the stout side but it seems the DIPA side is muted delivering a malty hop cone sweetness and chocolate notes all about.
T - Well its much more bitter than the smell has you to believe with stingy assertive bitterness clinging to the palate long after each sip. Good roast and smokey aspects really remind you of how good the Yin stout is and why they just didn't use a 50/50 blend for more chocolate and roast flavors.
M - Drinks quite good for the ABV medium to heavy in body but in no way syrup like.

Overall I am glad I tired this but will stick to just buying the Yin stout or try and seek out that Yang DIPA to see how deep the hop hole goes.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong and powerful. Much more hop forward than I would have expected. The Stout portion of the blend is really only to add some color, body and roast and chocolate notes. Overall I did enjoy this beer. My first Black and Tan so I have nothing to compare it too however I do not believe it is to style because the IPA would have not been used. Let's just call it an American interpretation.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
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 Junkforadam
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of kevdemers
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Evil Twin Yin & Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.