Evil Twin Yin & Yang - Evil Twin Brewing
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4/5 rDev -0.5%
A: The beer is nearly jet black in color and has traces of red visible when the glass is held up to a bright light. It poured with a thin layer of large tan bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted chocolate malts are present in the nose along with some notes of citrusy hops and hints of alcohol.
T: The taste has an interesting mix of sweet chocolate flavors that are contrasted by bitter and citrusy hops.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation with some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is rather unique and seems to have interesting properties from both the IPA and stout used to create this blend. It's definitely a beer to sip and savor. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste.
04-06-2013 22:15:24 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
The sum is greater than the parts- that's what we're told. When it comes to beer, that translates to a black & tan that I can get on board with! Imperial IPA infused with imperial stout? What could possibly go wrong?
But much more like an imperial stout, the beer pours very, very dark brown; seemingly black until tilted so that the thinner edges show garnet highlights. Firmly headed with a dense slightly tanned head. Its creamy visual textures retain stubbornly and lace the glass with a plethora of random patters.
And then the hops begin to shine as the nose brings about the expected roasty espresso elements, but also with the sharp scent of grapefruit, grass, and pine. Complementary notes of cocoa powder, burnt toast, burnt toffee pasta starch, and gin-like alcohols decorate the peripheries of smell and grow wonderfully as the beer warms.
Powerful flavors of coffee grounds give the rich and earthen flavors that big stouts deserve. Caramel-sweet is in full support but likely goes undetected because of the battle that's going on above it. Espresso roast, cocoa powder, raw woods, campfire embers, sappy bitterness all reside on the dry side of the scale; but vie for attention against one another. The complexity that ensues chases the beer deep into the finish, getting drier and drier in taste until the malts completely dissolve.
Full bodied throughout, the beer's caramel-rich portions remain an underpinning to the dry textures that are more heavily celebrated. That starchy caramel malt texture steps down casually as the roasty dryness, resinous hop dryness, and bold alcohols dry the beer despite a moderate residual maltiness.
It's easy to want to pull the beer apart and form impressions on the stout portions as separate from the ipa portions. But together, we get the appreciation of both worlds, yet it can be argued that we get best of neither.
09-14-2012 05:14:58 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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.
10-02-2012 19:37:41 | More by MasterSki
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
10-24-2012 20:16:18 | More by mendvicdog
3.53/5 rDev -12.2%
Really? We're calling this a style now?
11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Wally's Wine in West Hollywood, California, and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've had both the yin and the yang individually, and I loved the yin.
Served fairly warm. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and very good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a dark solid black. Nontransparent / opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: A crudely appealing mixture of heavy floral hops with stout derived roast. Buttery creme brulee and vanilla mixed with light citrus. A strange mix, but nevertheless appealing. A moderate strength aroma.
T: Cream up front, with a dark malt/floral hop foundation. Vanilla is definitely present, along with some creme brulee on the climax. A bit buttery. A solid mixture of malty sweetness with mild hops. Surprisingly balanced. Notably, no alcohol comes through - nor does any yeast. It's certainly multidimensional, but the complexity and subtlety are not as impressive as they should be.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness emerging intermittently. Good carbonation and thickness. Suits the flavour profile relatively well.
Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV, but I'd sooner have just the yin by itself. The ABV is well hidden. The beer isn't fantastic; perhaps the independent beers exceed their sum here. I'd have it on-draught, but it's hardly worth revisiting from the bottle. That said, it certainly stands out as a black n tan, but I consider the inclusion of this "style" repugnant. Can we have some fucking respect for Ireland? Please? Fuck's sake.
11-19-2012 06:02:19 | More by kojevergas
3.98/5 rDev -1%
A: Pours a clear yet opaque dark cola brown with dark amber highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy light tan head that slowly reduces to a medium sized medium thick patch of larger bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark roasted malts, citrus/grapefruit hops, and pine/resin hops. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol.
T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark roasted and charred malts with some dark fruit (plum and fig) sweetness. There are slightly lighter notes of chocolate and espresso. All of the malty flavors are followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit and pine/resin hops. Moderate to strong amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for a short while.
M: Just shy of full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: I have had both of the base beers for this separately and have made my own version of this black & tan at home but this would be the first time I've had the black & tan from the brewery - though I do not remember the beer being this big in the past (I wish the alcohol was a little more well hidden). This is a big beer and needs to be sipped and enjoyed slowly.
04-06-2013 22:10:22 | More by dbrauneis
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
02-06-2013 04:45:41 | More by LiquidAmber
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku (semi-proper!). Poured a massively dark red brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, subtle coffee, dark fruit, subtle citrus, subtle citrus hop, alcohol, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, earth, earth hop, citrus, citrus hop, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I have had a few Black & Tan brews back before I was reviewing beers and I can honestly say that this is one of the better ones I’ve had. If I am honest the stout portion of this brew definitely dominated this one with all the roastiness and alcohol notes. The ‘tan’ portion did make itself known throughout though with a nice kiss of citrus to help balance it out. I could honestly see this one getting you in quite a bit of trouble if you are not careful. Definitely a better representation of the style and definitely better than the make-shift one a few of us in my tasting group made. Worth your time trying if you get the chance.
07-28-2012 15:16:15 | More by thagr81us
4.23/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
08-12-2013 00:11:30 | More by vfgccp
2.64/5 rDev -34.3%
On tap at the Blind Pig in Champaign, IL
A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color with a bit of red around the edges. A two finger white head forms, and recedes in a second.
S: Piny, resiny hops up front. Bitter grapefruit. The bitterness intermingles with the obvious roasted malt. Coffee and chocolate mixed with grapefruit aromas. Blah.
T: Similar to the nose. Piny, resiny hops up front. Bitter grapefruit. Then the hops mingles with roasted malt. Sticky, resinous pine and grapefruit. Assertive coffee and chocolate flavors with hops is not good. Also some soy sauce flavors. A mess.
M/D: A full, resinous, and sticky body. Moderate carbonation that is sticky, oily, and soapy. Not easy to drink at all. High alcohol and the hops and malt mix is not enjoyable at all.
This is a mess, and typical, not only of the dreaded and stupid Black IPA, but the "Imperial Black IPA." This was not enjoyable for me at all...
04-02-2013 04:23:27 | More by champ103
Evil Twin Yin & Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.