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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Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 1,035
Photo of q33jeff
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
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

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Photo of Mikee440
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...

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Photo of hardy008
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.

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Photo of Suds
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.

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Photo of nicktav4
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.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
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.

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Photo of Budinetz
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.


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Photo of bushbeer75
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.

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Photo of josanguapo
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.

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Photo of Act25
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.

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Photo of Marius
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.

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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 Marraybay
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.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. Beer pours with a black appearance with a very thin head around the glass. The aromas include chocolate, coffee, and light dark fruit. Taste includes a generally sweet flavor with flavors that include, but not limited too, mocha espresso and cherries. Good body for this drink; really creamy with a light carbonation. Overall, pretty good flavors to this drink.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/23/13

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is sweet roasted malts, cocoa, and molasses. The taste like the aroma has a high level of sweetness with a roasty bittersweet finish. Overall, a solid stout from Evil Twin.

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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 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 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 Franziskaner
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night with a fingernail of beige resting on top. The aroma is comprised of copious amounts of dark malt with some roasted barley. I taste plenty of dark malt, sweet chocolate, and dark roasted barley. This stout is a bit on the sweeter side overall. The mouth is silky and creamy.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well-balanced classic Imperial Stout: coffee, malts, bourbon-barreled, chocolate, and other slight undertones; none of which compete against each other. Nice balance; easy to drink. Personally, even a slight sweetness would kick this up a notch or two. 10% ABV

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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 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 pants678
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big beige head on black body.

Smoke and malt.

Sweetness is the undertone to licorice and smoke, not quite dark chocolate. Punch, or bite, is the smoke but balance is what makes the beer. Nice but not rich.

Carbonation feels right.


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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time trying this one at the Beer Market in Schaumburg. This beer gets so much better as it warms to room temp. Enjoyable roasted chocolate malt flavor and a solid pour.

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Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,035 ratings.
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