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Evil Twin Yin & Yang - Evil Twin Brewing

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289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 38
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Low B

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 DrBier
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/16/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, licorice, floral, grass, pine, light char/smoke, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and citrus/pine hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, licorice, floral, grass, pine, light char/smoke, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, licorice, pine, light char/smoke, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark/roasted malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; with a great roasted malt and hop bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, moderately sticky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Black and tan style. All around great balance and complexity of big dark/roasted malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. Definitely felt like an imperial black IPA with the big hoppiness. Would be interested in aging this one to see what happens. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of weeare138
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -0.2%

First off, for a black & tan this is boss, Pours like a stout (33% blend) and it smells hoppy like your IPA. Call this an imperial black IPA, because thats pretty much what it is. The aroma has plenty of hoppy notes with pine and citrus melding into a slightly smokey malt profile, In the taste, stout flavor with the base of charcoal and coffee. Gives way to a citrusy, grapefruit flavored hop note. Slight alcohol tingles the throat, but really pretty well hidden alcohol content. This is the granddaddy of Black&Tans. Don't be afraid, just be prepared.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Evil Twin Yin & Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.