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Yin | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of nodder
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jamesroses
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of Vidblain
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

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Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of buzzedup
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of travelguy
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of uncleotis
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrettBrews
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
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

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Photo of Shortbox81
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHDoyle
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of bobv
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of DVMin98
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of tubeyes
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,058 ratings