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Evil Twin Yin & Yang - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 356
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 49
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
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Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
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 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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Photo of infinitebruner
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Cylinsier
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
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 57md
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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;

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Photo of ONUMello
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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Photo of bigorange
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
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 delta490
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
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 smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +3.4%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Evil Twin Yin & Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.