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Evil Twin Yin & Yang - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 357
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 49
Gots: 57 | 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 SerialTicker
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
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

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mostly stout appearance with dark brown color and tan/cocoa colored head. Nice amount of lacing sticks to the glass. The nose features all of the roastiness of an impy stout with a heavy dose of piney hops. This is a nice balance between styles. The flavor starts with roastiness and quickly transitions into heavy bitterness. This drinks like a really hopped up imperial stout like Storm King or Old Rasputin. The body is medium to light for style and the carbonation is a touch high. Overall, a delicious beer. Definitely satisfies the cravings of a nice big stout and a bitter imperial IPA. More roast than a black ale and definitely more hops than your avverage stout.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%

Roast malt, booze, dark chocolate, floral hops, and dark fruit accompany muted citrus in a complex aroma. Flavor reveals dark fruit character of plums and sweet cherries, lots of alcohol, and floral esters, which is juxtaposed by a bitter roasty, hoppy, resiny finish. The booze and bitterness dominate, but the underlying fruit character is wonderful. May age well. Wish hop flavoring were more pronounced. Bitterness overwhelms, as it warms.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of ttroha
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Bottle from Maltitude. Pours dark black with frothy tan head. Aroma of dark malt, hops. Taste of strong bitter hops, roasted malts, and a hint of floral. Bitter hops on the back end. Very good black IPA

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Photo of clayrock81
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a black body with two finger tan head that sticks around a long time.
Aroma resembles roasted malts along with touches of sweetness and some oily hops as well.
Beer is smooth and sweet as the stout part sticks out more than I thought with some nice chocolate notes.
Balance is there from some roasted malts and the hops work well with the stout as I get dry, slightly bitter citric hop profile.
This beer could've gone haywire but they balanced/mixed it well and both styles of beer come through.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a finger and a half of slightly off white head which settled in slowly to the edges of the glass. Poured with a dark brown color but sits in the glass. Active carbonation is very low.

Smell: Booze, toffee, and black licorice on the front. Milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee grounds, and some bright hops make up the body. Caramel malts and saturated citrus really carry through on the back end. Interesting transitions from the imperial stout to the DIPA.

Taste: Wow all sorts of things going on here. Medium bodied roasted malts, toffee, licorice, and brown sugar sweetness blast the drinker. The malts take a slightly darker turn with heavier coffee and burnt notes on the body. But then the IPA comes in, delivering heavy caramel malts and saturated citrus notes. Lingering bitterness and licorice sweetness lingers on the finish.

Mouthfeel: I'll give this blended beer credit, you can certainly distinguish the separate beers here. Roasted stout front yields to a malt forward DIPA finish.

Overall: Well, I'm glad I gave this style a go. I would like to try a small version, maybe giving me a different experience. Interesting to say the least.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Avenue Pub. A mixture of Yin and Yang from 2 taps. My wife had a Yin on the side.

A: Black with a nice tan head that whittled away quickly. Not much lacing.

S: What a hybrid of smells. First the hops pop in with an intense grapefruit smell from the Yang, followed by a chocolate and coffee smoothness from the Yin side. Kinda boggled the olfactory.

T: Grapefruity hops override the smoothness of the coffee/chocolate/vanilla stoutness. The strength of this intense brew makes it a real sipper. I got to try a few sips of the Yin on its own and definitely enjoyed the smoothness of it better.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, dry carbonation.

O: More like a black IPA, but so much more intense. I think the blend is too confusing to the taste buds and even the olfactory. I prefer my Yin and Yang in separate glasses.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a fluffy looking two finger mocha shade. I'm damn impressed by the retention and the lacing it leaves behind. Really damn impressed by the latter especially.

S: Ohmigawd, it smells like someone blended a DIPA and an imperial stout in the same bottle! Both roasted malts and chocolate exist alongside citrusy hops and a toffee-like sweetness. For the uninitiated, anyone who's ever had Storm King will know what to expect here - that quality of roasted tobacco is hard to shake, and I like it.

T: Flavor wise, this first seems to err closer to the DIPA side (Yang) for me. The palate is awakened by leather, candy, and citrusy hops at first, with exhales that are pretty much pure candy-coated hops. It builds a touch of roasted malt and chocolate on the back end, and the more that's sipped, the more this seems to layer itself well: a charred, smoky quality comes out as this sits in the glass. One of my friends likened this to a "black barleywine" and I can see where he was coming from. And even better, the alcohol is well hidden.

M: The feel isn't the creamiest: definitely more like the DIPA portion than the stout one. Even still, it's mostly a sweet-finishing beer with just a welcome twinge of dryness right on the back of the palate. There's a slight prick on the tongue to suggest a hint of heat, picking up ever-so-slightly as it warms up even further. Still, for 11.1%, it drinks rather easily.

O: This isn't the most harmonious blend I've ever had. But it may as well be the most harmonious pre-made blend I'll likely have. As much as I enjoy this, I'd personally rather just buy Yin and Yang separately. Despite my mild reservations, this one is still quite good.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

wow - this is absolutely perfect looking in every way as far as dark beers go. deep brown with 2 fingers of tan head which dissipated at a normal pace, left behind tons of great lacing. nice layer of froth keeps strong for the whole pour. nutty, caramel, chocolate, piney hops, slight grapefruit/mango notes. yeesh - this flavor is not working out so well up front. lots of oxidation in the first few sips. your palate gets accustomed to it, you get a huge copper-like bitterness, lots of sweet caramel flavor, light cocoa, lots of brown sugar sweetness, molasses.. roasted bitterness. the flavor is getting better every sip - but that initial alcohol and oxidation don't really work on this style. medium to full body with a nice creamy yet light feel for the alcohol content, medium amount of carbonation, sweet on the finish sticky on the lips.

i can't say this is a bad beer, by any means.. but it is the least impressive beer i've had from evil twin. it's definitely interesting, but it feels like the hoppiness it was meant to have has gone past its prime. a gamble i lost on i suppose.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of champ103
2.67/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

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...

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with 2 fingers worth of tan head

S: Roasty, hoppy, on the sweet side. Almost like cake or brownie batter with fruity and piney hops thrown in the mix. Pretty complex and somewhat indescribable

T: Follows the nose. Very roasty with plenty of citrus and piney hops. Not as sweet as the nose suggested, but still decently sweet. Bitterness and char both linger into the finish

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: I'd really like to know the IBUs on this... it's definitely on the bitter side and I wouldn't be surprised if it's over 100. Still very nicely balanced and really showcases both beers. Not really like an American black ale or hoppy stout... definitely a style unto itself. For being 11.1%, this drinks dangerously easily. It's a good thing this is only 11.2 oz. Definitely worth a try if you like mixing your own B&Ts

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Black-dark brown, when held up to light there is a nice ruby-garnet hue, two fingers beige head, great lacing.

S - Confectioner's sugar, toffee, pine, grapfruit, hint of Tootsie Roll.

T - Sweet malt, residual sugars, mixture of juicy/bitter hops, touch of cocoa powder on the back end.

M - Quite smooth, medium body, moderate-low carbonation.

O - A lot sweeter than expected, doesn't reach the cloying point, but gets fairly close. Don't get much of the Yin imperial stout. I would prefer a 75% Yin, 25% Yang blend.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy tan-chocolate head. Fades medium.

S - Roasted chocolate and coffee, molasses, black licorice, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, bit of booze.

T - Chocolate and caramel malts, coffee, dark fruits grapefruit, citrus, grassy, pine hops, bitterness, molasses, black licorice, bit of booze.

M - Full bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth a bit thick with a sweet, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Amazing balance. Really nice complexity. Better than each of the base beers.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black, or perhaps very dark brown. Does not look quite jet black. Small to moderately sized tan head.

Smell is quite hoppy. Grapefruit, orange, pine. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. More IPA than stout, but both are there. Nice scent.

Taste is good. I have never had a black & tan before, whether self-made or packaged, but the mix is interesting. Like the smell, the hoppy, IPA aspect comes out first. Orange, pineapple and pine. The roasted malt and chocolate flavours are present, much more diluted than in a proper stout but not in an unpleasant way. Tastes a bit creamy. Balanced between sweet and bitter, with elements of each, including caramel malt. Strong, but alcohol is well hidden for the abv.

Medium to full bodied, low to moderate carbonation. Slick, somewhat oily.

Overall, tasty. An unusual beer but I like it.

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Photo of shigg85
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this from Harvest Wine & Spirits in West Hartford, CT. Poured into a Rochefort goblet. Very dark brown with a petri dish bubbling on top. Amaaazing memories of hops, banana, clove, garlic, ginger, and other scents coming off this right from the pour! The taste backs it up with tons to explore. The mouthfeel leaves you with something to remember. Overall, this was an amazing beer -- more of a barleywine than a traditional "black & tan" -- and I would definitely recommend trying it!

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