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Evil Twin Yin & Yang - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 404
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 21.92%
Wants: 54
Gots: 74 | FT: 2
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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 facundoCNB
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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 +3.2%
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 -1.7%
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 -1.7%
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 -34.2%
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 +6.4%
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 +8.9%
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 -3.9%
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 +6.4%
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 -13.1%
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 +10.8%
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 +1%
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 +18.7%
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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Photo of kaufmaal
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The front of the label says "Product of Scotland" while on the reverse is says "Produced and bottled by Evil Twin Brewing at BrewDog, Aberdeenshire, Skotland." I guess that in many ways the influence of the Danelaw can still be seen in Scotland.

Anyway, the color looked like a stout and not like most bottled black and tan and tans that I've had, most of which look like thin porters. The very thin head was mostly white with some yellow tinges to it. Some dramatic laces here and there. The smell of pine, brown sugar, some dark rum and a bit of vanilla. The taste was a little off balance: more of a blackened imperial IPA than an imperial stout-imperial IPA 50/50 mix. Not that I'm complaining, because the flavors were bright, clean, and long-lasting: slightly burned dark chocolate, oily espresso, pine, orange zest, crispy pancakes, more darkened sugars. Let it get warm, and after some time the carbonation, which was too sharp at first, will no longer get in the way of these flavors.

That said, I paid $8.00 for a single bottle; I'm not too sure about that element of this Scots-Danish brew.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cola pour, small off white head, but surprisingly clear.

Nose is fruity and dark. Some chocolate. Toasty. Some booze. Almost some... plant I can't quite identify. It's good though?

Taste follows suit. 12%. Good citrus hop on the back, but generally sweet.

Tasty. Definitely worth checking out, but you certainly pay for it.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 11,1% ABV
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date

I am somewhat confused by this beer - one would guess that it is a blend of Yin and Yang, but the ABV is higher than that of both Yin and Yang! Oh well, as long as it is tasty!

Appearance: I think there must be at least 50% IPA in this blend - the body is dark, but quite a way from black. A back light shows it to be a beautiful deep red with golden edges. A rough pour yields a massive, creamy, light tan coloured head that displays great retention and leaves thick rings of lacing as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells delicious - there is a perfect balance between the imperial stout and the IIPA. Notes include: Milk chocolate, dark caramel, a touch of roasted malt, some dark fruits (plums stand out), toasted grain, strawberry, grapefruit, pine, a little leafy character and a hint of mango.

Taste: The hoppy notes from the IPA seem to be a little stronger than in the nose, with pine, grapefruit, sweeter citrus, grass and a herbal character all well noted. That said, the imperial stout flavours quite hard to miss, with distinct milk chocolate, toasted malt, dark caramel and dark berries all present.
The bitterness is actually quite mild considering this is a blend of IIPA and imperial stout. The Abv. cover is phenomenal, I could quite happily believe that this was a 7% beer.

Mouthfeel: Now this is what I call a great mouthfeel! I find my self constantly reaching for the glass to take another sip - this is incredibly (read dangerously) drinkable for such a big beer. The body is just shy of full and fairly oily, with a medium level of wonderfully smooth carbonation.

Overall: Yin & Yang is a fantastic Black & Tan (though it could just as well be a Black IPA). I will have to make an effort to get a bottle of both Yin and Yang and see what a home blend tastes like.

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Evil Twin Yin & Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.