Evil Twin Yin & Yang - Evil Twin Brewing
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3.83/5 rDev -5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2013 03:14:30 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.89/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2013 02:40:13 | More by facundoCNB
Evil Twin Yin & Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.