Evil Twin Yin | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rfgetz on 04-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,039
Reviews:
221
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.32%
 
 
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46
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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at State Line, enjoyed chilled in a snifter.

The color is beautiful ebony with opaque look like an 8ball with thick fluffy medium tan cap which settles to a compact ring of beads with snake-like lace rings. The smell is great-very cocoa-like with a dark cacao bitter scent with mild alcohol and light sweet woody aroma and mild hint of pepper. The feel is very good with malt body yet a bit bitter both from malt and hops with moderate carbonation and semi strong alcohol in the feel with some spiciness and mild drying in the finish.

The taste is very hoppy at first with more of a malt flavor emerging toward the middle -lots fo bittersweet dark chocolate and mild spice with a woody accent and some subtle sweet dried fruit and light pepper in the middle with a warming of alcohol leading to a dry woodiness with the warmth lingering after the beer is swallowed. a full on intense stout that is both corpulent in the malt and dry enough to be drinkable with the alcohol a little high but this could be a good candidate for cellaring - I recommend this to those who like a strong stout that isn't shy.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/03/11 notes. Had on tap at Rustico in Ballston. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and bitter dark chocolate. Pretty basic with those three, but it works very well. Heaviest on the coffee tones and very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of bitter dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and roasted malts. Pretty bitter, moreso than I was expecting. A step down from the nose.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Pretty thick body.

o - Overall a good stout. The nose is basic but I really enjoyed it, thought I found the taste a little bit too bitter. Would give it another shot.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this tick, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a finger or so of tan head.

S: The defining characteristic of this beer is probably the roast. Lots of roasted malts and coffee notes, particularly espresso. Some booze and dark chocolate are also noticeable, as is some char.

T: More heavy roast character on the flavor. Lots of roasted malt, char, and intense coffee. There is a bit of chocolate, but it's sort of overshadowed. The same could be said about the bit of toffee sweetness that exists.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Pretty run of the mill, overly roasty imperial stout. A tick and little more.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Figured that since I was headed to a cookout, I needed some beer, and this guy fit the bill. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dusty tan foam. The nose comprises molasses, roasted malts, chocolate syrup, light char, and a pile of black peppercorns. The taste brings in more of the same, focusing on the molasses and forcing the pepper into something akin to obscurity. Yeah, the variety drops off a bit, but it doesn't hurt things too much. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice impy stout, one that shows that Evil Twin may be able to bring some more Scandinavian darkness to our shores (always a good thing, folks!)...

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Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA smoked for hooking me up with the yin and yang pair of bottles. Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip the brew appears black in color with more than a finger of mocha head sitting atop. The cap slowly fades leaving spots and stringy lacing pattern on the glass. When held to the light, a bit of ruby clarity is seen around the edges.

The aromatics are quite roasty on this bugger. It displays a very rich and inviting char to chocolate quality that hints towards super strong espresso, earth, leather, tobacco and some dark fruited elements. Once the sweeter dark fruit gets inside your nostrils, it is hard to shake. Initially it was all about the bitter roasted grain and chocolate elements, but once that fruity quality takes hold, good night to everything else. As it warms up and the glass is swirled, even more dark fruit and a kiss of fusel alcohol emerges.

The flavor of this brew is perplexing at first. The roasty espresso and bitter unsweetened cocoa you might expect are missing in action. In it's place you find a bit of mineral element and solvent alcohol. As the palate becomes accustomed, a rich earthy roast quality emerges. Digging deeper, you get a bit of leathery quality mixed with tobacco and more earth. It has almost an ashy aspect about it with a very minor hint of dark fruits or molasses with the alcohol coming out towards the backend.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is roasty, bold and aggressive with the alcohol not hiding at all. The nose and the taste of this brew are seemingly polar opposites at times. It has a lasting oily hop character to it that keeps me thinking american black ale. Regardless, it isn't a bad brew it just isn't something I would return to considering the price.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of chippo33
2/5  rDev -49.6%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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 jgunther71
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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