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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rfgetz on 04-22-2011

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3.97
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20.4%
 
 
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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black! Black as night! With a two-finger, brown head! Danger, stranger, better carry a flashlight!

The 3 Cs: Coffee, Cream and Cocoa in the nose. Robust. Alcohol is there but in this case, it's welcome.

Taste is muddled with more alcohol than cocoa, coffee or cream. More like a mudslide minus the kahlua.

Mouthfeel is acceptable with just enough cream and cocoa to make it worthwhile.

I prefer the Yin to the Yang. Both are very tasty together though!

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle,
5/7/13 bottling date. into a snifter.

Pours a pitch black with a good inch thick beige head. smell was not much as the beer was cold, but as the beer warmed the chocolate and malts really came through in the aroma. The taste was very chocolately and malty with some burnt cocoa. very tasty for an imp stout. good drinkability, full bodied with medium carbonation.

overall just a real good and tasty imperial stout. very recommended.

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Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a light brown head leaving solid lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malts with hints of char and semi-sweet chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malts up front are mellowed out by semi-sweet midway through. Deep leafy hops and hints of dark char round things out. The ending is moderately bitter. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this beer was much like Yang, not very balanced but still enjoyable. The aromas seemed more fleshed out in this beer but it’s still a little rough around the edges. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Ruds
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cask, Pimlico, Feb '12 served into a half pint tulip style glass.

Pours a rich black colour, dark chestnut brown on the edges when held to the light, with a frothy brown/cream head.

Roasted malts dominate the aroma along with a little coffee, treacle and leather.

Roasted malts also made for the large part of the flavour, nice as it was perhaps a little OTT on the roasted malt front? Also getting a little licqourice, tar and coffee and a smidgen of molasses.

Slick and oily in terms of mouthfeel and it went down very well, almost too well for a 10% ABV beer if you know what I mean !!!

Overall a very good imperial stout, and I felt that the flavour improved a little when the beer began to warm slightly.

Followed this up immediately with ET - Yang ! That's how is was supposed to be !

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely dark amber, close to black. There is very little head on this beer, just the slightest trace of light tan bubble on the surface.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, spices, and anise.

T: Flavors are very similar to the aromas - dark roasted malts, burnt malts, and chocolate. There is a pleasant bitterness on the finish and the beer hides the taste of alcohol well.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice creaminess.

O: Creamy and easy to drink, this beer hides the alcohol smell and taste very well. The flavors are a little robust to be a sessionable beer but not uncommon for this style.

Note: I did mix a black and tan with about the last third of the bottle, combining it with the Evil Twin Yang as recommended by the brewers. Once combined, the black and tan is very well balanced and better than either beer on it's own.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into stout glass. It pours a deep, dark opaque mahogany with a a one-finger khaki-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and raisin. The taste is rather smoky with bitter chocolate, burnt coffee grounds, raisin, and a subtle caramel. As it warms in the glass, I taste more chocolate, as well as the raisin that I smelled. It finishes with some bitterness. This stout is medium-bodied but less viscous and oily than many other fine Imperial Stouts. Overall, it is very good-not at the level of KBS, FBS, BCBS, BOMB, Speedway, and some others but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of RickS95
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spectacular looking beer that starts with a slow, thick pour. Dark black beer with a head that lags behind and cascades at it's own pace. Thick brown head with long legs. Amazingly thick lace, it just clings to the glass.

The scents are subtle, unlike the appearance. As you would guess, a malt bomb with dark roasty parts coffee expresso, and bittersweet chocolate.

It tastes exactly like it smells. While there seems to be a bit of hop presence, it could just be the combination of dark smoky grains. Coffee and expresso join bittersweet chocolate to combine for more of a breakfast drink than a shake.

Extremely creamy and smooth, especially early on where a bit of sweetness lives. From midsip on, the bitterness builds. It's never overly bitter and that bitterness doesn't linger. Very full bodied and that high ABV is way too well-hidden. Should be sipped but it's too smooth and goes down a bit easy.

Yin is a superb beer. All characteristics are subtle and well put together.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours pitch black with a small tan head that slowly disapates to a small ring. Aroma chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. Taste dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Do get a slight warming after each sip. Very nice.

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Photo of NWer
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown from bottle into tulip glass.
Nice aroma with coffee and chocolate notes. Mildly smooth taste firm but not overpowering. Taste lingers nicely on the palate making for a very good sipping beer.
A good Imperial Stout worth seeking out.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with good 2 fingered head. Lots of lacing.

Smell is heavy with dark roasted malt, chocolate and a little vanilla.

Taste follows the smell well for me. Lots of chocolate and toasted malts. Sweeter than I expected.

Mouthfeel was a little bit watery but not disappointing.

Overall this was better than I expected. Will definitely try this again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark and black with a light colored toffee colored lacing ring. Swirl the snifter and it turns into a heavy, creamy foam layer.

S - Heavy on the bittersweet chocolate, coffee, expresso, mild pine, light oak, and cocoa.

T - Everything detected in the nose plus boozy, pine hopping, and lingering medicinal pine/grapefruit lingering bitterness. There's a big alcohol warming in the back of the throat.

Worth checking out.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 3/13/13 (in CT, not imported) poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black, and even a slow pour results in a 2+ finger latte-colored head that is very slow to settle
S: Smoke, beef jerky, espresso & roasted malt. Complex, aromatically I really enjoy this
T: Smoky, a bit bitter, mostly roasted malt with coffee beans & black licorice towards the finish
M: Full-bodied with some bitterness, smooth but with a bit of bite
O: Nice beer though I think it could be better if the alcohol were a bit lower. Paired quite well with smoked cheddar. I tried the Black & Tan with the Yang but I think the beers are better on their own

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Photo of ferrari29
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Snifter-shaped glass

A - Beer pured with a dark brown colored body; barely any head formed during the pour; some lacing formed on the side of the glass; the head of the beer dissipated rather quickly

S - Great chocolate and coffee/espresso scents; notes of roasted malts; subtle hints of licorice; complex blend of roasted malt notes

T - Fantastic punch of flavors; good amount of chocolate and espresso; roasted malts; some bitterness; some bitter

M - Hop bitterness; hits the back-end of the throat rather quickly and with a solid boats of bitterness; could use more body; more of a burning sensation

D - Half of ying and yang; I like at the stout level but should taste very well combined; good flavoring

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served alongside the Yang, and with the two combined.

Pours a gorgeously thick and very heavy deep brown, not quite black in hue. Head is voluptuously frothy and dark mocha in colour initially, although this settles to a hazy mesh on the top of the glass and a rout of large bubbles. Minimal lacing. Body is thick and heavy. Looks pretty great.

Nose is huge with roasted characters, and an almost peppery spiciness. Booze is noticeable, as is the hint of wood, which I love in a good imperial stout. It's darker, crispier and more robust and sharp than some imperial stouts. To be honest, I'm a sucker for the sweet, languid richness of the other kind, but this is also great, and it certainly has its place.

Again, the taste really gives it a sharp and very pronounced roasted bitterness, where often you find vanilla sweetness and a caress of oak and coconut in an American Impy stout. Here, there's a smokiness, a devilish darkness, and a biting and lingering, almost ashy finish. It's a profound and confronting stout, but it's hard not to respect it.

It's a really good imperial stout, if not one in the vein I particularly enjoy. But even so, if it were better, I would be crying in joy. This is still an excellent beer as it stands.

In totally different ways, and for totally different reasons, I actually ended up giving the Yin and the Yang exactly the same scores. I guess they do exist in perfect balance.

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Photo of Brenden
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black, with a pretty viscous-looking thickness to it, this beer certainly looks big. A light-medium brown head grows to right about one finger tall, showing some staying power and some good stick as well.
While roasty, the aroma isn't heavy on it. Instead, alongside the soft roasty note comes a touch of sweet cocoa and toast with a hint of something like a metallic note, but not an off-putting one. There's a gentle smokiness in with a toffee-like sweetness, and the toasty note is of darker breads. A light touch of citrus hops add more balance.
The taste is mostly the same, sweet but not too sweet and nutty with a touch of smoky char and woods.
The body is full, though not as huge as I would expect from the look of it or the depth. It's still hearty and thick.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque texture. There was an inch of tan-colored, fairly long-lasting, creamy head. Very good lacing.

S: A big smell of chocolate and coffee with a bit of malt thrown in.

T: Tasted predominantly of chocolate and coffee, with hints of malt and (I thought) a little licorice thrown in. A solid and well done flavor.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is a surprisingly easy to drink stout with a lot of character and a good, forward flavor.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance has a thick brown brown head that lasts for days over a cola base.

Nose is mostly malt, with fresh rain and dark chocolate and yeast and oats.

Taste is initially bitter, with sweet cola. Not a lot of other flavors; muted from the alcohol, but this doesn't feel like a bad thing.

Mouthfeel is full, acerbic from the high alcohol, with a good amount of carbonation, and a slight oil slickness.

Overall, this is a stout with a ton of character.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As the counterpart for "Yang" Mikkeller sets aside this massive Imperial Stout to possibly form the worlds strongest "Black & Tan".

Yin pours with an ominous black viscosity. Light 30-weight motor oil, the beer slowly allows a mocha-stained head to build upon its back. It culminates into a dense medium-statured head that makes penetrating its meringue a bit of a chore. Persistent retention and blanketed lace are hallmarks of its testament to quality.

Strong aromatics of roast abound: espresso, cocoa and burnt embers all set the stage for masculine session. Overcooked toffee, maple, and malt begins to round out the beer- giving the roast support. A tinge of grass and citrus are a prelude into hop bitterness to come.

Again, strength is the name of the game when it comes to taste as well. Embedded toffee and maple sweetness is quickly dwarfed by the roast character of bold espresso, bitter chocolate, light campfire smoke and charred toast. The beer slowly fades into a malty-dry finish of both coffee-derived and hop bitterness. Warming a bit, the taste of black licorice and cherry seem a bit like spiced rum.

Absolute fullness exudes in the beer's mouthfeel. Very full, thick, and nearly chewy- the beer slowly fades to a malty-dry finish of alcohol warmth, roast dryness and hop dryness.

Yin is far more hoppy than I expected, but balancing so. It seems to make sense as a stand-alone sipping session. The beer is effortless in its taste, but intimidating in its power. Though its nearly a perfect stout in many ways, I keep looking for some attributes to stand out and make it a world class example, but there are none- its just a really good stout.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single for $3.59 which was quite a deal since these beers usually run 5-6 bucks. Into a goblet.

A - Quite possibly the darkest stout I have had for a while! Even the head is such a deep shade of brown and I am even more impressed with the carbonation giving me well over an inch of foam that never quits.
S - Musty roasts, leather, and black strap molasses highlight which is usually bad but it smells so... balanced. Hopefully it has sweeter malts or this may have been a bad purchase.
T - Well I am hit with the smells which are mild but bite the palate in the finish. Leather and molasses with touches of star anise are everything I hate in big stouts but this is truly done so well I am baffled. Very aggressive bitter finish though makes this a sipper and maybe some dark chocolates. It's very complex.
M - Very syrup like its is a deep complex stout so it is heavy in body.

Overall this is a great example of a stout with heavy flavors. Worth trying.

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Photo of FLima
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deepest black color with a thin caramel head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of vanilla, smoke, dark chocolate, licorice, spices, molasses and roasted coffee beans.
Flavor with notes of espresso coffee, charred wood, cola, cocoa, maple syrup, salt, pine, some earth, figs, plums, nuts, licorice, mild grapefruit citrusy, spices, vanilla and a bit of acid lactic. Dry aftertaste with lingering roasted and piney-earthy hop notes, but not overly so.
Full rich body with appropriate carbonation of tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 10% is superbly well disguised.
This is rather balanced and easy to drink Imperial Stout. Not narcissistic, just about right roasted, hoppy, spices and fruity sweet notes. Balanced without the additional Yang.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Pours really dark, and a classic almost black but dark walnut black body and a solid cocoa brown head, leaving a whispy top while drinking. Small scattered leopard lacing, and even some legs. Manages to always leave a real nice collar too.

Nose is just ripping charred malted grains. Chocolate seems to hit on the nose at first, then a distinct ripping coffee bean action. Mixing with great char, just wonderful.

Palate hits with a little bit of a weak almost wet body, but the nose notes carry through. Comes across as a real charring porter, large carbon and char action, and a little dry. Body reminds me more of a roasty but light bodied porter strangely.

Overall quite solid, nothing outrageous or mindbending, but controlled and a nice take.

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Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark black/brown color. Some deep tan head that dissipates quickly and some lace. Very strong, nice oak scent and alcohol. Good character.

Nice smokey taste with a bit of a dark fruit aftertaste. Kind of grape there with a mild watermelon undertone. Carbonated and rich. Bubbly on the tongue. Very flavorful and appealing.

The price point sucked...$7 for 12 ounces at Spyten Dyvel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/23/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, toast, dark bread, light char/smoke, herbal, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate earthy/piney hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, light char/smoke, pine, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, light char, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate earthy/piney hop flavors; with a great roasted malt/hop bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate earthy/piney hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, Julian date 327:15 (Nov 23, 2015).

Black color, opaque, with a dark tan head that shows good retention. Roasted malt with dark chocolate and coffee overtones. As it warms, the opens up some light raisin and prune-like fruity aromas. Roasted malt flavor is deep without becoming too rich. A bitter finish hides the alcohol content well, but does provide a faint warming sensation at the end. Medium-full bodied, not as heavy as other Imperial Stouts I've had lately, which keeps it light enough to finish in one sitting with no problem.

Evil Twin has just started to get distribution in NJ so I was finally able to give them a try for the first time. While their beers come off to me as gimmicky at times (Taiji Stout?), it's what's inside the bottle that matters. Inside this bottle, was a no bullshit Imperial Stout, brewed remarkably true to style.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark as expected with a great lasting head. Smells malty and black licorice. Strong malty and slightly sweet with a bite to it. Medium light body but good carbonation. Pretty good beer.

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