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Evil Twin Yin | Evil Twin Brewing

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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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Added by rfgetz on 04-22-2011

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass.

Just about average looking for an imperial stout. Plenty of red on the edges with a deep blackened core. A nice, mocha head rises up and leaves crawling lace scrawled on the sides.

This being my second Evil Twin beer to date (Yang being the first), I'm already starting to see a pattern. They are extremely aggressive, sharp and rough around the edges. This one has lots of intense roast. Hardcore ash and charcoal emanate smoke and spice. There is a vibrant dark fruit element that lives deep within, coaxed out of hiding by warmth and a hearty swirl. A creamy milk chocolate aroma is caught in a tug-of-war with a shot of alcohol. They heave and ho, trying to sway the aroma towards smoothness or booze.

Indeed very roasty. Lots of burnt, charred flavors that stab the tongue with bitterness. The dark fruits are quite strong and under-ripe. They cut through the bitter burnt malts with a piercing tartness. This is clearly not infected (at least at this young age), it's just a characteristic I find many imperial stouts that are intensely fruity to have. Its very complex, and quite good. There is just a lot of things going on, and the fierce flavors challenge even the most die-hard stout drinker.

Carbonation is leaning towards appropriate lowness, but it is not quite there without some due swirling. Otherwise, the beer has great potential for smoothness. It remains silky until the finish, which is very dried up by the extreme roasted character.

A big, in your face stout. The thing about Yin is that there is little focus. Everything is shouting at you, you can't hear above the roar of malt and alcohol. I'll be trying the blend, Yin and Yang, but I think it will be a boozy, bitter mess. The individual parts are certainly almost that.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle to oversized snifter. $10 for the single. Sampled 11/21/11.

A: Pours with a large head, 1 1/2 fingers tall of medium dark brown foam. Retention is excellent and leaves a crescent shaped collar behind. The body is black and completely opaque. No lacing.

S: Heavily roasted aromas mix with chocolate, fudge, earth and soil, plus a wet grassy hoppiness. Sweet alcohol adds even more intensity to the nose. Unfortunately, hard-to-forgive metallic notes steals most of the enjoyment from the olfactory experience.

T: Slightly one dimensional on the palate. The dark roast and strong bitterness leads to a very heavy acridness that suppresses the big, sweet malty base, throwing the long lasting flavor way out of balance. The ABV isn't shy on the palate but it isn't absolutely crushing either.

M: The body starts out medium full but thins out considerably on the back end. Moderately sweet with matching bitterness.

O: Good but not great - and won't be a repeat purchase given the price tag. I didn't bother with the black and tan as suggested by the label. And after having each beer separately, I'm glad I didn't. It would have been an expensive, untickable mistake.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yin pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It’s almost opaque. A few burgundy highlights are noticeable at the outer edges with backlighting. The head is tan in color, and rises to about a finger in height. It’s slow to dissipate completely. Lacing was sticky and moderate.

The nose is pretty good. It starts out with a pretty nice mix of roasted and chocolate malts. The chocolate variety smells like dark chocolate. Not sweet at all. There’s a fairly strong smoky scent that’s just okay. It’s a little too strong, frankly. Secondary scents include roasted coffee/espresso and molasses. Alcohol is a little noticeable. Doesn’t smell overly strong, but it’s there.

The flavor is actually rather average. Roasted malts are the primary flavor. Dark chocolate isn’t far behind. There’s more of a sweet flavor than I anticipated, but it tastes like burnt sugar. Roasted coffee/espresso flavors are quite strong. At the secondary level, there are some molasses and light dark fruit flavors. Dark fruit adds a tangy twist that’s just okay. Not a big fan of that. Alcohol is much stronger in the mix than anticipated. It’s definitely boozy and warm. Finishes roasty, burnt, chocolaty, and…boozy.

Yin has a medium body. Carbonation is light, but it’s not smooth. It’s average for the style and needs more body. I’ll probably finish off the 12 ounce, but the flavor is bold. I’m not sure I could handle more than one.

It’s my understanding that the guy who started Evil Twin is the brother of Mikkel Borg Bjergsø (of Mikkeller). Interesting. Yin is an alright first experience, but it could easily be better. The flavor features a strong burnt, smoky flavor that is a little much. I’m also not a fan of the tangy dark fruit or the strong alcohol flavor. The alcohol is just too much. At the end of the day, it’s just alright. I’ll probably try some other releases with the hope that they’re a little more refined.

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3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is okay given the ABV and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: This really doesn't have a whole lot going on. It's surprising. Coffee, chocolate, and roastiness, but there just isn't a lot of power. That said, it doesn't smell bad. Indeed, it smells quite enticing, just needs some strength.

3.0 T: Taste is also a bit underwhelming. Coffee, roast, some caramel, and a touch of chocolate.

3.25 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess, but otherwise okay.

3.0 D: Underwhelming beer. Give it a try if you must.

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12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with 3 fingers of loose, brown head that dissipates quickly. Tiny bit of light penetration along the edges.

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Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,045 ratings
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