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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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Reviews: 211 | Ratings: 1,013
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 wordemupg
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 14/9/12

A black with some dark cola at the edge, two fingers of brown foam fizzes out quickly and leaves zero lace

S lots of molasses and some chocolate fudge, some licorice and cold coffee and a slight booze sting on deep whiffs,

T booze is better concealed and the flavors a little richer, some mild smoke and charred wood and the hops are still noticeable, some chocolate covered raisins but not overly sweet

M silky and just enough carbonation too give it some life but it could use a little more but its not flat, has some weight too it but not that thick considering the color

O its good but not great, quite easy too drink for the strength but although a solid beer its missing something to put it into the upper class of big ass stouts

I liked it but I didn't love it, perhaps I had high expectations for this brewer but I still have a few to get blown away by. Perhaps some age would help its cause but a few more bubbles would help its cause too

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Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, roasted malts. Taste is rich coffee, hints of chocolate, a touch of alcohol, some bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of david18
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at Cannibal, a new beer bar and charcuiterie in manhattan. It first caught my eye because of Heretic Brewing's Evil Twin, which is apparently no relation. A great double stout but not my favorite.

Poured a very dark brown/mahogany with a dark brown/cream colored head. A lot of carbonation and some good lacing.

Aroma was toasty/roasty. Sight amount of aroma hops but this was really about the coffee/chocolate aromas.

The taste was also roasty and a bit tannin. Tasted good but a little thinner than I expected it to be.

Overall definitely worth trying. Will age well as well.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Motor oil black with a thick, creamy, tan head. Alcohol notes are not well hidden, but nice chocolately notes peek through an ashy, roasty, robust drink. Strong, but tasty. Roasted, nutty, dark fruit notes, and hints of vanilla. Lots of roasted coffee and hints of chocolate. Full bodied, but a bit on the ashy side. Much better as a blend with the yang.

The yin yang blend is awesome!

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful black color. Brown head.

Smells consistent with the best parts of the flavor.

Tastes... well... inconsistent. On the attack it's fairly light. On the midpalate its much more like a classic stout: malty. Quite bitter.

Lighter mouthfeel than I want in a big stout. Very creamy though - that aspect is nice.

Overall a good beer, but not a great one.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a snifter. No best before date on the bottle.

A - deep black in color, no light penetration whatsoever. Creamy one finger tan head resolves to a thin rim of head a lacing at the edge of the glass.

S - lots of the usual imperial stout elements: espresso, licorice and a hit of smoke after warming. One unexpected element is a slightly vegetal quality (green pepper).

T - rich and deep flavours starting with a slight bitterness that is quickly overtaken by a rich, creamy black coffee and licorice malt. It never gets sweet and the bitterness returns in an enduring finish. A very slight hint of smoke at the end of the flavour. Maybe even a slight acidity as well. Very dry finish.

M - full bodied with light carbonation to tickle the tongue. It doesn't get cloying or syrupy. Definitely some alcohol warming, but not boozy.

Overall a powerful and interesting Imperial Stout. Lots of muscle and power. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of drmeto
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small,foamy,khaki head
-chocolate,molasses,slight coffee,phenolic,medicinal,anice,figs,oats,licorice
-Follows the nose with a toasty component and a slight cognac note
-medium carbonation (overcarbonated)
-alcohol warmth
-medium to full body
An imperial stout for people who arent into big, roasted beers

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Photo of lighthabit
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours like thin, dark molasses - viscosity is apparent from the get-go, and dark as all get out. smell is a bit weak, but shows coffee/chocolate - not the sweet chocolate so many have - a dark chocolate. taste has dark coffee, more dark choc but not the cocoa i see in some, just really dark chocolate, hint of smoke. very nice taste, i like this a lot. nose is lacking compared to taste. mouth feel is thick, super smooth, except carbonation is a bit more prickly than i want in this style, which kinda brings the smoothness down a bit (hint - be patient, give it 10-15 minutes, it gets better). not terribly complicated, but very enjoyable. if it had some currants hiding in there it'd be about perfect

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Photo of majorbase2
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown color with a big brown thick chocolatey head. Decent retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is pretty heavily roasted coffee and chocolate. A bit of smokiness. Sweet molasses. Taste is surprisingly....subtle. Some noticeable bitterness up front. The roasted malts aren't as present as in your typical stout. The flavor leans more toward coffee than chocolate. Pretty heavily roasted. Licorice comes through a bit as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy. A tiny bit of alcohol bite. The more subtle taste results in a Stout that is shockingly easy to down. Although the taste is pleasant, its subdued nature is a bit off-putting for a stout, and definitely unexpected for a 10%er. If you're looking for a Stout that has a high percentage, decent taste, and easy to drink, look no further than this. Nevertheless, I'm still a little bit disappointed with my first Evil Twin brew.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling right now on 3/3/14. Date of brewing :10/23/13. From the Eviltwin Brewing Company, Stratford, Connecticut and in a 12 ounce bottle. Single bottle for $6.99 chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a jet black in color with a very thin beige head that lasts the whole time. A good amount of lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with a light hint of smoke. The taste is the about same with the 'black coffee' taste right up front followed by the roasted malts with a very light hint of smoke for the finish. Just a slight bitterness aftertaste. This ones a 'sipper' and not a 'clugger' type of brew.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Nearly black in color with a small light brown head that leaves dots and irregular lines of lacing down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.

The aroma is a big combination of roasted malt, espresso, mild chocolate, and a hint of booze.

The flavor follows the aroma similarly, with big notes of roasted malt and espresso leading the way along with a tiny bit of smoke and char.

Medium to full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A nice, roasty, flavorful imperial stout, though there are certainly better and less expensive options available from closer to home.

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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 kojevergas
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught at Ma Che Siete Venuti in Rome, Italy.

A: Pours a two finger head of lovely beautiful tan cream lacing, amazing thickness, and perfect retention. Solid black colour. Very appealing.

Sm: Coffee, roast, chocolate, toffee, and cream. Delightfully complex. A moderately strong aroma all in all.

T: All of the notes on the nose combine magnificently in the body. The finish is strong chocolate, and the aftertaste is one of the most pronounced, longest aftertastes I've ever had the delight of experiencing. The coffee and roast are restrained so as to not affect the mouthfeel too much. It's built to be a smooth complex beer. Very high quality. The climax is almost overshadowed by the finish, which slightly upsets the balance. Overall, it's divine.

Mf: Smooth and wet, and quite thick and filling as well. Perhaps a bit too thick.

Dr: It's a late evening conversational sipper, not a summer afternoon beer. I love it and would definitely seek it out. The price was fair in Rome (6 euro per pint) for how high quality this brew is.


01/10/14: Truncated notes for a 2 year old bottle.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of creamy khaki-tan colour. Sinful thickness. Good retention.

Body colour is an opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible.

Good appearance for an imperial stout overall.

Sm: Luscious dark malts, creamy notes, milky notes, and chocolate malt. Cocoa. Marshmallow. A decadent, appealing aroma of mild strength.

No alcohol or other off-notes are detectable. There's not much in terms of hops or yeast. Certainly on the sweeter side.

T: Has a lovely dark and chocolate malt body. Yeast and hops are nowhere to be found here; it's all the malts. It's nicely chocolatey. The creaminess is a highlight. Unfortunately, there is some harsher burnt character and even some hints of peat that aren't very pleasant. It's a balanced albeit simple flavour profile. Build is cohesive but not gestalt. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and creamy. Full-bodied and thick. Well-carbonated. Not quite as soft or comforting as would be ideal.

Texture does not feel ideal or custom-tailored to the taste.

Dr: Highly drinkable for the high ABV. I'm glad I aged some bottles, but I think this is best fresh. It isn't a world-class imperial stout, but it's mighty tasty. Evil Twin has superior work.

Low B-

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque black with a bubbly tan head that recedes rather quickly. Only a minimal amount of lacing remains once the head recedes.

S: Aromas of roasted grain, dried black cherry, espresso, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, rum raisins, prunes, spiced pears, and ripe apple fill the nose, while a bit of peppery alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

T: Notes of dark chocolate, roasted grain, espresso, vanilla bean, burnt toast, black cherry, prune, woodsmoke, spiced pear, apple, rum raisin, and earthy, mildly herbal, lemony hops fill the mouth. The finish is hoppy and fruity with pronounced notes of herbs, lemon, apple, pear, dark chocolate, coffee, espresso, and rum raisin giving way to a pronounced alcohol burn.

M: Full-bodied, oily, and slick. Carbonation is delicate. Alcohol presence is very noticeable. Far from being truly difficult to drink, this ale is still just a bit rough for a sipping beer.

O: An interesting imperial stout, though it is a bit hot and rough for me.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

And now for the dark half ... Or side. Whatever. After the boozy bitterness of Yang, this is a welcome foray into the world of roasted smoky malts, well-rounded sweetness, and an ABV that is near-perfectly concealed. Perhaps this very contrast is why this tandem is supposed to form the ultimate black and tan. I shall have to try this melding. For now, Yin alone features what might be the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer to date, a cacao brown rich froth that starts large and looming but quickly tones down. We get an opaque brownish black brew releasing a potent aroma of dark chocolate, espresso roast coffee, and a subtle dark fruit (raisin) top note. Well-attenuated semi-thin and ultra smooth mouthfeel like Yang, the palate features the same elements as the nose but with an added smokiness that becomes more pronounced in the dryish roasted finish. Fairly tame carbonation. Emergent grape juice, licorice drop, and caramel flavors build along with the smoke, and its only near the end of a tulip glass that the booze starts to twinkle through. I appreciate more of a syrupy mouthfeel in these high caliber stouts but by and large this hits the sweet spot.

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Photo of youradhere
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, thick brown head, thick cap of lacing left behind, nice legs. Smell is smokey soy, licorice, and oats. Taste is smokey soy, coffee, saltiness, slight chocolate, burnt roast character. Mouthfeel oscillates between thick and silky, and dry and prickly. Very interesting indeed. Alcohol is there but well hidden, smokiness has almost a bit of chilli character to it. Overall a decent imperial, would like to see how this one changes over time.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Stunning! Almost completely opaque deep, deep chocolate with 2" of coffee-colored head that dissipates moderately fast. Retention is OK, lacing isn't bad.

S: Chocolate milk & booze mostly make up the nose. There's a bit of caramel & a notable hop aspect underneath it all.

T: Boozy. Chocolate milk again, bitter coffee, bitter dark chocolate, resinous hops, chalk. Some smoke & cedar toward the finish. Hop-bitterness lingers on the palate.

M: Moderate carb against a big, creamy malt body. Feels good, makes some of the more intense flavors on the palate more drinkable.

O: I don't go crazy over double stouts & this brew is no exception. No attempt to curb the booziness. I like some of the flavors here & the impressive use of hops to bitter this bad boy up, so definitely worth drinking, just not my thing.

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Photo of Josh012012
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

This beer pours a black body with a brownish kaki head.

Smell predominately of DARK roasted coffee with a bit of sweetness and alcohol.

Taste like a coffee stout.. does not get really into the deep fruit flavors that have a lot of depth. This one is more of a sharp coffee/burnt flavor with a finish that is too bitter to complement the beer.

Overall just an alright kinda bitter stout with a lot of coffee/burnt flavor

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Photo of yamar68
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6 week old bottled poured into a dimple mug. Near black body capped with a persistent finger of medium brown head - great lace, some subtle booze legs.

Chocolate chip cookie, mild roast, creamy milk chocolate... nothing here indicates that this would clock in at 10%. Smooth, pretty mellow.

Some chalky bitterness stemming from the roast... fudge and licorice... not as smooth and easy-drinking as the nose would suggest.

I tossed in a handful of puppy chow halfway through the glass. Best decision I made today.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Best before 2015.

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a tan, climbing head that settles but never quite dissipates.

Smell: Roasty malts, heavy in the nose, hinting even at creosote with fairly faint background hints of chocolate and caramel and black licorice. Small trace of dark fruitiness and a soupçon of reduced sodium soy.

Taste: Well-roasted malts with a fair portion of dark chocolate liqueur and chilled espresso and a sliver of char-like tar. Light sweetness at best. Stirred up with a vanilla bean that is immediately discarded. Earthy, strongly roasty bitterness throughout. Hint of blood sausage. Drying, malty, richly roasty finish with some small amount of peppery alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good. A full-on roasty, malt-packed stout that just barely falls shy of being too boozy or harshly roasty with a displeasing astringency.

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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 Aml42000
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black core with a finger of light tan head.

S- Smoke, roasted nuts and mocha notes.

T- High intensity with dark coffee bean and black plummy fruit.

M- Complex and different. Creamy at first, but highly carbonated which adds some freshness and keeps this in excellent balance.

O- An excellent Imperial Stout. Big and full, but not a sign of flab or excess sweetness.

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Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy one inch caramel head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving spotty lacing. A half inch cap lingers indefinitely.

Notes of coffee and roast malt are evident at arm's length. Citrus hops become noticeable upon further investigation. Grapefruit and tangerine, along with dank cannabis complement the roast, slightly charred notes. Chocolate becomes more prevalent as it warms.

Flavor reveals a huge citrus underpinning, with a roast malt backbone, finishing with coffee ground and hop bitterness. Grapefruit, lemon, and sour orange hit the tongue initially, eventually giving way to burnt breadcrust, coffee, and nutty notes. Pine surfaces in the aftertaste, along with dark chocolate.

Body is fairly thick and smooth, with low carbonation, a touch of astringency, and moderate alcohol warmth.

One of the hoppier stouts I've tried. The interaction between roast malt and citrus is intriguing. But I think malt flavor is a bit lacking in complexity and substance.

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Photo of daledeee
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Still working on my Christmas presents.

Poured a dark brown/black with creamy tan head and good lacing.

Nose is quite strong with chocolate, fruit and hints of yeast.

Taste is much different. Taste is quite bitter with a smoky tinge. I mean this beer has malt bitterness to the max. It poured rather watery and the mouth feel comes across that way too. This is surprising due to the ABV. There is cocoa and espresso also.

I find this beer to be a slight disappointment, too bitter for me.

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