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Evil Twin Yin | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin YinEvil Twin Yin

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Kazahkstan
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of tan head which slowly settle into a thin creamy layer. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell: A roasty and sweet dark malt driven aroma with big hints of chocolate, coffee, and toast. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee beans, burnt toast, biscuit, nuts, milk, smoke, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses and syrup. Hints of anise spice and leather. Dark fruit hints of raisin, dark cherry, prune, and fig. A very solid roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely dark and roasty malt forward taste with good notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, and toast. Big presence of dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roast coffee, toast, biscuit, milk, vanilla, smoke, nuts, and yeast. Sweet notes of molasses and some syrup. Also some notes of leather, tobacco, and anise licorice. Dark fruit undertones with notes of cherry, raisin, prune, and fig. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and pretty drying on the finish. Some alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: A pretty good Imperial Stout. Good dark malt notes with a nice presence of smoke.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose of heavy dark chocolate, medium-strong anise and just a hint of roasted coffee. Theres a tinge of booziness here too. Anise up front in the taste blended with dark chocolate flavors. It fades into anise/coffee with a backbone of the chocolate sticking around. The flavors all fade away and the black licorice sticks around on your tastebuds. Classy.

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Photo of Sathanas
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Driftwood Brewery snifter glass.
L: Black body, +2 fingers mocha head. Looks awesome.
S: Coffee, milk and dark chocolate, olive skin, Leather, dirty hops. Smells awesome.
T: Stronger on the coffee and hop bitterness than the nose suggest (almost to the point of a black ipa), but still really nice. Dark fruits, chocolate, leatherey umami. Really nice, just a let down after the amazing smell.
F: Sticky, but not thick. No alcohol whatsoever. Bit of carbonation.
O: Really nice imp stout I could drink on a regular basis. Recommended for stout lovers who want a little more hoppiness or black ipa lovers who want to chill on the hops a bit.

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Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A nice bubble show and then the beer settles in to present a three finger mocha-colored head perched atop the engine oil colored liquid; strands of lacing linger

Smell: Roasty tones, black bread, chocolate, mint and pine

Taste: The roast, black bread and chocolate lay down the backbone but there is a surprising bitterness from the hops that arrives in the mid-palate; fudge flavors mingle with the piney bitter tones, after the swallow, and there is a touch of mint in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice example of the style and a great finish to the Evil Twin trifecta I sampled this evening

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says best before 2015.

A- Pours a 100% opaque black with a 3/4 inch head that does its best to retain before eventually residing at an 1/8 inch ring around the glass's edge. A thin sheet of surface foam and sporadic lacing are present.

S- Dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Also plenty of hop aroma.

T- Smoky, roasty, sweet and barbeque flavors without any one taste overshadowing the other. That, along with a substantial hop bitterness, provide a harmony that's expected from a beer that's intended to represent Yin/Yang duality.

M- Thick yet delicate. Medium carbonation.

O- Much like its counterpart, Yin creates a balanced yet impressionable experience for the drinker. One is just as good as the other.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - dark brown, almost black colour with dark tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, espresso, black licorice, chocolate brownie

Taste - dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, roasted coffee bean

Mouthfeel - medium level of carbonation, medium bodied but comes in a tad thin for the style, but the flavors and the balance make up for the lack of body, flavors linger for quite a while in the finish, booze is imperceptible

Overall - this is a very nice Imperial stout, the only drawback is the body is a tad thin, but otherwise worth a shot

Price Point - $3.75/12oz single

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Photo of taigor
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into small glass.

A - Poured jet black non-transparent color with medium head that dissipated slowly leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and some burnt wood.

T - Very bitter coffee and dark chocolate to start with roasted malts coming through towards the middle and a very dry finish.

M - Full bodied with very high carbonation.

O - Very good stout with ABV well hidden and overall very balanced. I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of sup3rdub
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a huge stout drinker, especially those of high alcohol content, this caught me off guard. It is intended to be one part of a Black and Tan, so to judge it on its own might be harsh but it is a great beer on its own.

As a standalone stout, it is strong and smokey. On the first pour I found a nice two finger head and a very dark caramel color. It pours smooth and light, and clearly isn't as dark in color as the smokey chocolate nose implies.

The mouth feel is also lighter than expected. Slightly more bitter, hoppy and smokey than expected. Less malt and more of the extravagant flavors. From the other reviews that stated a lot of chocolate, malt and sweet.... I am going to guess that my foray into Yin might be an odd batch, not in a bad way but maybe more specific in traits. Twice purchased in New Haven CT in March 2015 (probably the same brew) and tagged brewed in Stratford CT.. To be honest it was a little harsher and more unbalanced than I would have expected from Evil Twin. Not in any way a bad beer, but just one of the less impressive from their roster.

However, in the mix it starts to shine. As a Heavy to a light, I have mixed each of the 12 I had with different potential black and tan partners. This is where this beer truly shines. It might be the overbearing smokey/bitter flavor of the beers I had, but they really blend well with almost every classic black/tan combination. I have even been mixing it with random things I wouldn't normally ever drink like Long Trail Ale, and finding the results to be more than pleasing.

On its own, not the best offering I have had from Evil Twin. Not bad, but if you want a smokey stout go for Ashtray Heart. Its heavy on the gravity without showing it too much, but it hides its flaws best when mixed with something more forgiving.

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Photo of shand
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours pitch black with a huge deep mocha head that retains and laces very well. The aroma is full of roasted (borderline burnt) malts, coffee, nuts, dark fruits, and a touch of vanilla. The taste isn't quite as complex as the nose would suggest, but is still nice. There's a decent amount of roastiness paired with some dark fruits, some coffee and just a touch of vanilla sweetness make themselves known on the finish. The finish becomes a bit aggressive, and also quite drying for an imperial stout. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the average imperial stout, but is otherwise nice. The drinkability is actually very good. Overall, this is a solid imperial stout.

Review for Taiji Black and Tan:


This one pours a perfect Black & Tan separation, with the stout perfectly floating on top of the DIPA base. The aroma primarily features the DIPA aspects, with the huge grapefruit and hops sitting on top of a solid roasted malt base. The taste here is easily the best Black & Tan I've ever had. This is seriously good, with the very strong roastiness and hoppiness blending together into a singular amount of deliciousness. The aftertaste is a delicious piney hoppiness over some burnt malts and coffee.Almost makes me wish I just drank both bottles as a Black & Tan, because the sum of the parts here is definitely greater than the whole. The mouthfeel almost feels thicker than either of the parts were by themselves. The drinkability? Superb. Overall, this was really a delicious treat. Any fan of Black & Tans and extreme beer really owes themselves to try this blend.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A beautiful black beer with a large brown head,

S- Roasty and very smokey like BBQ. A lot of burnt wood.

T- A massively smokey beer. The bold and lasting smoke flavor. A BBQ like flavor profile. The malt is very roasty with traces of chocolate and coffee. A dry aftertaste with lingering smoke. Dry but a good bitter balance.

M- Bold flavor with bold feel. Well balanced and well rounded.

O- If you like a strong smokey flavor, this is the stout for you.

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Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Low level stout compared to their other offerings, but still somewhat solid. The hoppy finish doesn't really belong when the rest of the beer is meh, almost nothing going on except for some light smokiness and a hint of a hint of dried fruit.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a pitch black color with a tiny light brown colored head. The head fades very fast to leave a bit of thick and syrupy lace on the sides of the glass. You can tell just by swirling the beer in the snifter that this is going to be a thick and syrupy brew.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell with tons of sweeter more sugary aromas mixed within. There is a good showing of brown sugar, caramel, and molasses which is accompanied by some sweet vanilla and milk chocolate tastes. Some dark fruit aromas of fig and prune are there as well enhancing the sweetness even more and are joined by a hint of an almost coffee liquor aroma. A bit of wood and a decent showing of a burnt coffee smell are there as well, overall producing a nice dark, roasty, and sweet smell with just a hint of a warming booze.

Taste – The taste begins with a thick roasted malt flavor with a good showing of a sweet brown sugar and caramel taste. A vanilla flavor is present soon after the initial taste which grows in intensity as the taste advances. Along with, and complementing well, the increase in vanilla, comes a milk chocolate flavor. Only a light level of darker fruits come to the tongue, being almost entirely of a prune and cherry taste. A little bit of an espresso also joins the profile more toward the middle of the taste, adding just a hint of bitterness to the brew. Some light herbal and grassy tastes come to the tongue more toward the end as well, but these are quite light in comparison to the sweeter and roasted flavors of the brew only adding a touch more of bitterness. While some booze is present in the nose, there is very little detected on the tongue, and with a surge of milk chocolate coming at the very end of the taste, one is left a smoother roasted and sweet imperial stout flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super thicker and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thick and syrupy feel is great for the big sweet and dark flavors of the brew and allows all the big flavors to coat the tongue and bath it in all the big flavors.

Overall – Being quite big on sweetness and with only a little alcohol taste, this brew is a dangerously and easy drinking 10 % abv stout. A rather tasty brew and one to try.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler. Pours a thick sumptuous opaque black with a tight brownish head that dissipates to an almost non existent layer with light clinging from the thickness of this dark offering. Nose of bitter chocolate, butterscotch, coffee, maple syrup, and dark roasted grains. Very thick and satisfying mouthfeel with chocolate and black licorice up front, medium hop bitterness, toffee, and coffee bitterness on the back. Alcohol is well hid in this gem. It is smoother on growler than in a bottle. A winner for imperial stout lovers. A GREAT summer beer----for stout lovers.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Preliminary: Fresh. Bottle pour.

Look: Pours a deep, tar-like structure that yields barely any head. The minimal amount of foam dissipates very quickly and has a lingering ring that retains on the glass. Looks sexual, like most Evil Twin stouts.

Smell: Picking up strong hints of plum, pipe tobacco, chocolate, roasted coffee, leather and malt.

Taste: Let this one warm up a bit. This is best at around 50-55 F where the sweetness and maltiness really unfold. Up front at a colder temperature, you are going to get a bold coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and aggressive pallet overkill. When the stout reaches it's maximum flavor potential (Mitch Hedberg), plums, raisins, light apricots (heavy emphasis on the dried fruit), bittersweet chocolate, blonde (light) coffee, mild lactose, and earthy notes come out. Really digging this stout. Although it is meant to be balanced with its yang IPA, I am not sure if I'd want to do so as there is a light hoppiness that balances out this imperial stout. The light bitterness is a balancing point for the tasting profile.

Feel: Although this is not a sticky stout, it is certainly coats to ensure you enjoy the flavor. Really enjoying the lingering presence. Another reason I don't want to mix it with the yang.

Overall: 4.5 is definite. Might not be ET's finest hour, but this is certainly a balanced and flavorful occasion. Then again, ET rarely disappoints with their dark beers. Cheers.

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Photo of Rbroccoli
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very opaque. Seems to be a dark black color, but tasting in a dimmer room, so it's hard to tell the exact color. Dark tan head, about 1/2 finger. dissipates somewhat quickly. Almost no lacing.

S: Somewhat boozy, but not overwhelming. Woody, smokey.

T: Cold: Smokey/Sweet. Light malts with some smoked wood flavors coming through. Warm: Fresh espresso bean and subtle fruitiness accompany a high percentage dark chocolate (Think ~92%) flavor lingering on the palate. The dark chocolate flavor builds up while the espresso flavor remains as I drink, a pleasing booziness breaks through, reminiscent of a well crafted bourbon. It warms extremely well. Actually, I would almost rather drink the entire drink at room temperature.

M: In between, leaning more toward the viscous end. Ideal carbonation. Lingers on palate to modify the pleasant aftertaste.

O: While the smell is not extremely complex, that is the least important factor in my opinion. This is a fantastic Imperial Stout-- my first experience with Evil Twin, and it definitely lives up to my expectations. You need to try this if you haven't. It's one of the best I've had.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/13/13. Pours deep black with big creamy brown head. Roasted grains on the nose and a bit of earthy coffee. Flavor is huge roasted malt with some coffee and very bittersweet chocolate. A nice balance of bitterness. Thick and creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. This should be talked about more. Excellent impy.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with funkydelic and I at an impromptu tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller sampler wine glass. Poured basically black with a minimal light brown head head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, smoke, and ham. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, smoke, and ham. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a really good beer. The smokiness on this one was the key to this ones success in my opinion. I went into this one not really expecting too much, but came out wowed after finishing my glass. The aroma on this one was quite good, but the flavor was what did it for me. Just an excellent example for a beer. Really glad I got the chance to try this one!

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

11.2 oz bottle into a Goblet glass.

A- Pours solid black with a thin khaki 1 finger head that doesn't last to long and leaves splotches on the side of the glass along with sexy legs.

S- Dark deep roasted malts with hints of burnt espresso and chocolate. Definitely some alcohol in the background that gets amplified as it warms.

T- Just like the smell but better. The burnt coffee really takes the lead on this one and is really palate friendly. As it goes past the tongue and down the the dark roasted malts come and as well as the bitter unsweetened chocolate.

M- Medium to fuller body with moderate carbonation and a nice wet finish.

Overall this is a really damn good stout. The flavors blend really nicely even for being so simple.

Blending the Yin and the Yang

A- Looks like the Yin

S- Dark roasted malts and coffee with a strong sweet sugary note from the yang. Yin dominates overall.

T- Really nice and smooth. On the tip of the tongue you get all that is the yin but behind it the hops and fruity flavors come out in the finish. So damn good!

Overall I'm giving the Yin Yang Black and tan a A-. Really great combo and if you love hoppy Imperial stouts this is definitely for you!!!


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Photo of BB1313
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This bottle is a little over a year old. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a tan head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are bold and full of milk chocolate. The flavors are bold as well. Lots of chocolate syrup. Roasted malts are there. Hints of vanilla. Very rich and smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation; very creamy and fluffy. Very smooth stuff. Enjoyable and fun to drink.

I've never had this fresh, but I can say it's awesome with a year on it. It's not flashy, but just a classic example of the style. Evil Twin knows their stouts, and this one is no exception. Well done. I could drink this every day. Great stuff. Recommended.

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

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy tan head that dies down moderately fast and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee and sweet dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a loads of chocolate upfront, roasted coffee, molasses, light toffee, some earthiness and dark fruit (figs mainly).

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Lovely beer.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black, finger chocolate colored frothy head. Fades medium.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, coffee, molasses, dark fruits, black licorice, earthy and pine hops, and a bit of booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, roasted coffee, dark fruits, black licorice, molasses, earthy and pine hops, and some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced bold imperial stout. Good malt character.

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Photo of brureview
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/26/14

A bit of age may have helped this beer.
Poured in a MOA snifter, the color was pitch black-brown with very little head.

Aroma: heavy roast, smoke, leather.

Mouth feel: pleasantly carbonated, not over-the-top- which works well
for this beer.

Taste: highly complex. heavy roast-but not overdone. Smoky with warming.

Finish- crisp, no bitterness- maltiness and roasts.

Overall, an excellent beer. I enjoyed the heavy, smoky, roasted malts, which were not overdone.
The finish adds to the taste- it's relatively smooth and counterbalances the heaviness of the roasted taste.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid comes out almost completely black while pouring it. Once the liquid settles it's still black for the most part, dark to cola brown on the bottom and top edge areas. Coffee with a little milk colored head that comes up pretty strong. Sticks around awhile and has better than average lacing.

Smell is good, really good. Very robust and super roasty. Mild (earthy pine) hop presence with hints of dark fruit as well. Slight charred more sweet than bitter chocolate.

Taste is on par with the smell. Big on the roast again, plenty of roasted grains. The chocolate is present but there's a coffee flavor that presents itself stronger here. Sort of a not exactly a mocha/java type thing but sort of. Slight vanilla and some dark fruits present at the end. Sweet without being too overwhelming in any way. This is a really great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is great. It's full bodied, smooth and a great carbonation level. More sweet than bitter but it's a good balance. Smooth for most of it with a nice bitter finish. No bite from the alcohol. Great drinkability, it's a nice sipper, but if your not careful it can be drank like any stout.

I'm digging this brewery even though I've only had a few beers from them, looking forward to more.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark oily blackish brown with a khaki colored head. Aroma of chocolate malt and black coffee. In the flavor, very dark and toasty, nice coffee, molasses and charcoal notes. Mild earthy hops with a solid bitterness. Full bodied, smooth and creamy. Overall, a very nice stout.

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Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,015 ratings.
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