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

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Ratings:
1,039
Reviews:
221
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.32%
 
 
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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 MisterKilderkin
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, coffee, and another aroma I can’t quite put my finger on; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a weird flavor, like mushrooms.

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Photo of LAND_MINE
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of apasternak
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Creamy and roasty. Would love to try mixed with Ying

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Photo of Eziel
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jimmypoag
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hbettenhausen
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of doom_deluise
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samEBC
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tylertut
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alarmclock314
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Zraly
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cylinsier
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz

Pours jet black light tan film for a head retains indefinitely.

Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee, and toast. Very rich.

Tastes of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, and licorice.

Medium to full body with velvety carbonation on the tongue.

An exceptionally good stout, so much flavor and aroma here. Definitely worth trying, among the best I've had.

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Photo of tvghost
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 3 month old 12 oz. bottle.
A: the 2” quickly dissipating head is deep tan, the body is pitch black.
S: roast, coffee
T: exceptionally creamy, a range of malt flavors from caramelly vanilla to roast coffee. The roast especially comes forward in the aftertaste. There is some dried fruit but the main thing here is the malt action.
F: the body is medium full, the carbonation is very fine and soft suggestive of Guinness style nitro carbonation.
O: The creamy texture of this beer is outstanding.

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Photo of sup3rdub
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a huge stout drinker, especially those of high alcohol content, this caught me off guard. It is intended to be one part of a Black and Tan, so to judge it on its own might be harsh but it is a great beer on its own.

As a standalone stout, it is strong and smokey. On the first pour I found a nice two finger head and a very dark caramel color. It pours smooth and light, and clearly isn't as dark in color as the smokey chocolate nose implies.

The mouth feel is also lighter than expected. Slightly more bitter, hoppy and smokey than expected. Less malt and more of the extravagant flavors. From the other reviews that stated a lot of chocolate, malt and sweet.... I am going to guess that my foray into Yin might be an odd batch, not in a bad way but maybe more specific in traits. Twice purchased in New Haven CT in March 2015 (probably the same brew) and tagged brewed in Stratford CT.. To be honest it was a little harsher and more unbalanced than I would have expected from Evil Twin. Not in any way a bad beer, but just one of the less impressive from their roster.

However, in the mix it starts to shine. As a Heavy to a light, I have mixed each of the 12 I had with different potential black and tan partners. This is where this beer truly shines. It might be the overbearing smokey/bitter flavor of the beers I had, but they really blend well with almost every classic black/tan combination. I have even been mixing it with random things I wouldn't normally ever drink like Long Trail Ale, and finding the results to be more than pleasing.

On its own, not the best offering I have had from Evil Twin. Not bad, but if you want a smokey stout go for Ashtray Heart. Its heavy on the gravity without showing it too much, but it hides its flaws best when mixed with something more forgiving.

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Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,039 ratings.
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