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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,127
Ranked #9,259
3.97 | pDev: 9.32%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Very Good
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 3/28/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice dark khaki head; strong lace.

Blackberry, vanilla & mild booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Blackberry & fresh earth flavors up front; dark red wine heat notes on the finish.

Robust RIS vibes here; harsh but nourishing. Not for pussies.

Jan 02, 2020
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jamesroses from Argentina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml can.

Black and oily. Big head that stays forever. Low and slow carbonation. Sticky lacing.

Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and earthy hops.

Taste follows the nose with low sweetness and more bitter than other Evil Twin offerings like Jesus and Biscotti. Coffee and roasted malts are the main flavours. Theres a hoppy presence I'd like to know which hop it is.

Medium bodied, not so thick, goes down as silk though. Long bitter coffee aftertaste.

Great beer.

May 06, 2018
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Cwrw from Canada (AB)

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently meant to be mixed with their "Yang" to create a black and tan. I'm not partial to black n' tans, so I'll be sipping this on its own. I suppose someday it might be interesting to try that, though.

Pours out an impenetrable viscous black, with a very nice fine-bubbled mocha-coloured head, which sticks around, thinly but consistently. Can't wait to dig in.

First whiff reveals a ton of chocolate and coffee. All the usual suspects really: brown sugar, molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, raisins, figs, maple syrup, licorice, etc. Very sweet, detecting very little of any hopping, which is fine by me. I'm an unapologetic malt-head. It's not the most complex imperial stout aroma, for me personally. But it still smells divine.

Taste is full on chocolate raisins and dark roast coffee. The first flavour I get though is a delicious vanilla creaminess, almost like craft cola. There's some soft spice like cinnamon, and also burnt toast with molasses. It's good. Again, not the most complex, but flavourful. Chocolate cake, with a mug of coffee.

Body is a solid middleweight, bordering on full but, imo, lacking that next level malty chewiness. Soft and warming though--no hard carbonation or aggressive hopping make this go down dangerously fast.

Very nice. I have better go-to imperial stouts available, but this is certainly no slouch.

Apr 12, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am rather inCANredulous at how many CANs of Evil Twin Brewing's beer I have acCANumulated for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm)! I had begun running through them at the end of New Beer Sunday (Week 677) & CANtinued my efforts yesterday during NBS (Week 678) so now I am simply finishing up. I have a couple/few days' worth left, but since my 53rd birthday is next Sunday (Week 679) & I have plans that may curtail my involvement that day, I am getting them in while I CAN.

From the CAN: "This is one half of a Black and Tan drink. Not just any Black and Tan but the one where a toasted smug and hoppy fella get together to make a sublime Taiji style balance. Mix the Yin & Yang together (or enjoy this profoundly evil Imperial Stout solo)."

I am sticking with each one solo, especially since it now seems that Yin & Yang exists as a separate beer. I would prefer to allow the brewery to mix the version that they envision.

The Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN with nowhere for the tongue of the vent to go. As a result, I got both a light spritz & some mild foaming on the Crack! I then CANmenced a slow, gentle Glug, followed by an in-glass swirl that raised just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing cola highlights only at the edges. Nose was rich, redolent with smoke, baker's chcolate and a general fudge smell. This smelled like liquefied dessert! Mouthfeel was big, thick, full & creamy, like a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue! I allowed it to simply roll around, warming as I did so. Man, loads of bittersweet baker's chocolate, a good bit of smoke & a sweet Lebanon bologna flavor were my reward(s) from this one. Fantastiche! Finish was dry, smoky, more bitter than sweet. Phew! Now, this begs the question - How why would you attempt a blend of this Yang on your own? I am all in favor of blended beers, but this would be a tough one to pull off. I am VERY curious to find a bottlle of Yin & Yang to see what their vision yeilds. In the meantime, tomorrow will see me going Yang as this episode winds down to its current CANclusion. Stay tuned!

Feb 21, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A curious beer - very dark, mild carb with a thin dark brown head. Nose and taste reflect significant hop presence. Sweetness balances the bitterness with a bit of vanilla, some coffee hanging on as well.

Not bad! Wish I'd been able to pick this up with Yang as well.

Feb 09, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.97/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a conical pint glass; production information not evident.
A: Pour a near black color with a nearly one inch head, low to medium retention and soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of cocoa/mocha/coffee and molasses are present. Sweetness also evident.
T: Sweet. Palate follows the nose. Bitterness really adds to the overall flavor pallet.
M: Full bodied with solid carbonation.
O: Really a superior imperial stout. Really at or near the level of Guinness Foreign Extra. Cannot wait to try Yang.

Jan 25, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours dark brown with a very small head. The aroma is of burnt grains and a very pleasant smokiness that is also featuring in the taste. Thck and chewable mouthfeel. This is a seriously fun stout.

Dec 30, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Completely black. Aroma is just roasted malt and alcohol. Taste is roasted malt,bitter coffee,and alcohol. Not a sweet stout at all and the alcohol is hidden but not completely. It starts bitter and has a bitter alcohol finish

Sep 13, 2017
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SHDoyle from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description: Dark black color with a deep brown head but not much of it. Looks pretty smooth as it pours. Smell is roasty, coffee and a definite hoppy note. Reminds me of a black IPA. Taste starts out similar to the smell with roasted coffee and hop bitterness but the most distinct aspect of the beer is its aftertaste. It's a little difficult to place, but the aftertaste is a little spicy and a little sour. It's complex and unique. Feel is, again, similar to a black IPA. It's not as thick or up to snuff with a normal stout but it's not terrible.

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) The aftertaste and hoppiness put a twist on a normal stout and place this beer in the "different" category. Not necessarily good different or bad different, just different. I wouldn't necessarily make it a point to try this beer but if you have the opportunity it's worth a look.

Aug 17, 2017
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bobv from Vermont

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch mocha head over a very dark brown body with very nice, sticky lacing. Nose of roasted malt, espresso, some smoke and slight vanilla with faint chocolate as well. Taste mirrors nose with just a bit of astringency to make things even more interesting. Nice feel and overall a fairly unique and very good offering from Dorchester Brewing Co. in Boston.

Jul 06, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. Batch 001. actual canned date would be better Evil Twin.

looks very good. black as black body. thick coffee with a dash of cream head. leaves excellent lacing, bordering on coating.

nothing on the nose except roasted malt.

taste is good, a little basic perhaps, but as it warms, some plums and a little smoke. a slight burn from the alcohol, but the 10.0 is well hidden.

a tad below full on the mouth, lightly roasted malt on the finish, along with a little sweetness.

overall, a quite good and solid imperial stout.

Jun 29, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


Cans to snifters, sampling Yin, Yang, and the combination black and tan simultaneously, while trying to achieve a higher state of consciousness.

(%) YIN
LOOK: dark black, pretty tan head that constantly reforms upon agitation.
AROMA: quite light, mineral, roasted malt, slightest touch of coffee.
TASTE: all malt, very simple but tasty.
FEEL: very light and airy, though not completely like a guinness. Was looking for the separation in the black-n-tan, but it just mixed right up with the IPA. Ok carbonation for a stout.

(%) YANG
LOOK: orange with light brown, above average off-white head, lacing lasts throughout a long sip session.
AROMA: light touches of fruit and pine...in a crazy fractal way of looking, the Yang itself has both the YIN (dank/resin/pine/wood) and YANG (fruit/citrus/grass) of the IPA dichotomy.
TASTE: pine, tea, unflavored syrup. Slight little hairspray.
FEEL: light to medium body. Subtle, but above average carbonation.


Like a black IPA.
Nice mix of hoppy and malty.
Hops win out in the aroma, but the malt dominates the flavor.

Cool concept.

Apr 22, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - pitch black with a small mocha head

S - good complexity with a big roasted presence, little burnt caramel, a bit of smoke, brown shuggar, grass. Gettin better as it warms up

T - Very roasted, maybe overly so with some acidity and astringency. Big herbal bitterness. A bit of booze. Some peat

M - nicely carbonated

O - A big stout. Maybe bigger than itself

Apr 20, 2017
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Mikee440 from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you are looking for an excellent stout that you can find readily available at a fair price YIN is one you have to consider. I have been spoiled by the most recent batches of Doubleshot from Tree House and you know what, Yin can hold its own. Those TH's though they are smooth as silk, they have a sweet finish. (with the exception of batch 500 , which was milked from God's right teat and is "beer"in its most perfect iteration). Mind you I lean more towards the bitter, than the sweet in my preference for a stout. Yin has a nice pronounced coffee, stouty taste...it is not syrupy on the finish..It kicks you with its reasonable 10% and you feel like you have just finished smoking a rewarding cigarette after chopping down a redwood tree. its a good smoke, like an old Winston when tobacco was not a chemical mine field and men were men...

Apr 11, 2017
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hardy008 from Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a two finger mocha head with good retention and lacing. the aroma has dark roasted malt, cocoa, and smoke. Tastes like it smells. There is quite a bit of bitterness, but it is not overwhelming. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Worth trying.

Mar 11, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was number two of your Yin & Yank experience. I wonder if we should have had it first. The beer is obsidian black with a tall chocolate-milk colored head. The aroma is quite good...smokey, with coffee and wood notes. The taste has a strong and boozy quality with bitterness and dark roast. Full in body, creamy, and warming. This would be good on a very cold night.

Mar 05, 2017
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nicktav4 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oily black pour with a saddlebrown head. Mild scent, caramel and chocolate. Medium-weight mouthfeel. Slightly sweet, notably bitter. Chocolate, coffee, malt, toffee. Expected flavors from a not-so-sweet stout, but very well balanced. The beverage's alcoholic potency is well hidden behind the flavor profile. Overall, quite enjoyable.

Feb 07, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a 10 oz snifter from draft at Half Day Brewing on December 1, 2016. Look is thick dark brown with a tan head and lingering lacing. Smell and taste is coffee, bitter chocolate and dark roasted malts.

Dec 01, 2016
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Budinetz from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle on 12/30/13.

Poured from the bottle into a Belgian tulip.

Pours a dark, black color with a dark tan head that dissipates slowly. Lacing sticks somewhat around the glass as I sip.

Smells of bitter chocolate, coffee, tobacco. Very sharp on the nose, almost pungent.

Tastes sweet on the front end with an immediate dry and bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel is baller status. Like heaven on the palate.

Overall, an awesome beer aged well. I would be curious to try this young as this is my first time.


Nov 09, 2016
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle - bottled 99:15 [4/9/2015]

Evil Twin Yin filled my snifter with an opaque black [that was as dark as motor oil] body. The relatively hard pour produced a 1 1/2 finger bubbly chocolate milkshake looking head. The smell was of roasted malt, chocolate and burnt toast. The taste was dominated by roasted malt, dark bread and chocolate. However, to my surprise there was more of a hop presence than expected. The bitterness seemed to build as consumed. The mouth feel was thick and full with moderate carbonation.

Overall, the drinkability is only limited by its full flavor and 'good sized' abv.

Oct 10, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From 32GP. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 1x07. Very balanced and with the alcohol well hidden. Just the adequate amount of roastyness and more chocolate as it warms up.

Aug 11, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely, well made. As good as most IRS.

A: A black beauty. Makes me sleepy thinking bout it, not much lacing.

S: Roasty aroama, black bread, chocolate, mint and pine forest.

T: The roast malt with moist, fruity, black raisin bread with chocolate provide the backbone. This is tempered by the minty, pine forest hops that combine to take this to a great sipping finish.

F: Full bodied with moderate carbonation, sporting a clean, minty, long finish.

O: A must try. Brooklyn gets crafty, a great place to live.

Jun 29, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a thin espresso head. Smells like dark chocolate, smoke, roasted malts, cherries. The taste notes include dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, cherries, smoke, subtle hints of peated whiskey.

Jun 01, 2016
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Kazahkstan from Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 Oz into a tulip glass.
Look: Poured a thick black with a small, thin copper head.
Smell: Overtones of sweet chocolate, dark malts, and a slightly fruity undertone.
Taste. Sweet, smooth, complex, and dark. Tastes of chocolate, roasted coffee, bitter malt, and alcohol.
Feel: Lightly carbonated. Not very dry, quite smooth and refreshing. Easy to drink, but very heavy on the alcohol. Makes you feel warm and fuzzy and loose inside.

May 25, 2016
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Marraybay from District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black; big tan head; intense lacing / glass glimmers
Smell: The smell is actually a bit subdued for such a big dark beer. Maybe
a bit of earthiness, along with the more forward vinous grape notes.

Taste: Sweet vinous fruit upfront that forwards into some booze and

Feel: Bit of a peppery booze burn in this one, but aside from the heat,
the mouthfeel is smooth and oily.

Overall: Like most Evil Twin dark brews, a big over the top beer. Slightly
different from ET's Soft Dookie, with perhaps more earthiness and booze
present. A fun / unique tasting beer.

May 03, 2016
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