Evil Twin Yin | Evil Twin Brewing

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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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219
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1,035
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.32%
 
 
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Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 1,035
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 MbpBugeye
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass.

Appearance
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.

Aroma
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.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
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.

Overall
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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Photo of homebrew311
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black, dark cocoa head, good retention, no light passage

S: huge dry bitter chocolate, some mellow sweetness shows up against the roast, very nice

T: sweet malts , chocolate, tons of bitter roast all the way through, notes of coffee as well. This imperial stout leans more to the roasted side than sweet which I like

Mf: nice big body, mellow carbonation, smooth texture

O: very nice imperial stout, lots of flavor, worth a try

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Photo of ferrari29
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Snifter-shaped glass

A - Beer pured with a dark brown colored body; barely any head formed during the pour; some lacing formed on the side of the glass; the head of the beer dissipated rather quickly

S - Great chocolate and coffee/espresso scents; notes of roasted malts; subtle hints of licorice; complex blend of roasted malt notes

T - Fantastic punch of flavors; good amount of chocolate and espresso; roasted malts; some bitterness; some bitter

M - Hop bitterness; hits the back-end of the throat rather quickly and with a solid boats of bitterness; could use more body; more of a burning sensation

D - Half of ying and yang; I like at the stout level but should taste very well combined; good flavoring

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, oily aroma is smoky with nutty and roast coffee tones, very tempting. It pours black as midnight with a thick, fine-bubbled, dark tan head - most appetizing. Smoky flavor fills the mouth with roast coffee, licorice, unsweet chocolate, nuts and a hint of oak. Texture is silky smooth, on the thick side, and subtly fizzy, but the tingle that it leaves behind on the lips and tongue persists for a while. Recommended!

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

Had a goblet at Liberty St. Tavern. I was looking forward to this beer, but disappointed. Now generally speaking, this was a fine beer, but the standards are high in this crowded style. This beer simply lacked the depth of flavor the great stouts hold.

The main notes I pull out are maple syrup and deep roasted grains, almost like burnt chocolate. It tastes good, but for a beer so big, it falls flat. I kept searching for flavor, and pulled some citrus hops out of the aftertaste, but I really couldn't find enough.

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

appearance: Black with a full creamy head. Nice tan lacing that coats and recedes.
smell: Nice coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Like an Imperial but smaller.
taste: Very smooth and milk stoutish. Pleasant if not exceptional.
overall: Enjoyable and highly drinkable but not great.
I'll dry the black and tan combo with the next one.

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

A bit less then 1/2 the bottle poured into a shaker (I understand the brewer's intent the yin & yang black & tan, which I will do with the rest after having it solo), Yin is black with a garnet tinged dark tan head leaving clingy lace.

Smell is sweet, malted milk, lots of lactose maybe, but not to strong, served at cellar temp. Not a fan of milk stouts, which this reminds me of, although there's an obvious hop presence as well as sweet, clean alcohol.

Taste is pretty good, not to hot, some herbal hop snap tempers the sweet malt. Not a lot of depth, but it's pretty clean and approachable.

Mouthfeel is viscous, off-dry.

Drinkability is okay, it's not a bargin as an import, we'll see how it works in the B&T.

As part of the Yin & Yang B&T: Pretty good, more balanced, but really, just a hoppier, watered down version of the RIS. Note: I don't pour B&Ts ever, and my sloppy back-of-spoon technique was a fail, so it was a true blend, rather then layered, if that wasn't the intent...

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Motor Oil black with a dark tan head.

Smell - Coffe only.

Taste - Strong coffee.

Drinkability - Oily in the mouth, decent carbontation.

Overall - saved some for a Yin/Yang Black and Tan whic was nice.

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Photo of brewski09
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a well balanced and aggressive IPA

A - clear, pale, good head that does not fade quickly, and a small amount of lacing down the glass.

S - hop forward, but not sharp or biting. subtle malty background.

T - Wow, what an IPA. This has so much hop flavor, but it isn't overly bitter at all. I was loving the hops so much that I had a hard time concentrating on the malts. However, the malts where there in undertones for sure and balanced the beer nicely. wish i had more than a tasting poor of this one.

M - smooth and refreshing. This was an IPA that could be swished around a few times and it would continue to develop. The carbonation was perfect. it was definitely present, but not overpowering.

D - I would drink several of these at once if they weren't so darned expensive. $6.99 for a single 12oz. bottle. If they come down in price, I will buy some. a fantastic IPA that i am happy i had the chance to try!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with funkydelic and I at an impromptu tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller sampler wine glass. Poured basically black with a minimal light brown head head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, smoke, and ham. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, smoke, and ham. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a really good beer. The smokiness on this one was the key to this ones success in my opinion. I went into this one not really expecting too much, but came out wowed after finishing my glass. The aroma on this one was quite good, but the flavor was what did it for me. Just an excellent example for a beer. Really glad I got the chance to try this one!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

This was labeled as a "Russian imperial smoked stout IPA." A complex label, and surely a complex beer.

Poured an opaque brown-black with a modest tan head that retained well throughout the session. Aroma of dark malts, bitter coffee, semi-sweet chocolate. Mostly coffee up front in the taste, with some semi-sweet chocolate; roasted malts, smoked wood in the middle; boozy finish, with a distinct hoppy bitterness. Very diverse display in even a single sip. Full bodied, complex, and very drinkable for the more daring imbiber.

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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 sk8man121
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2 oz sample poured into tasting glass. The rest made it into the "black and tan" blend. Best by 2015

A: Pours a completely opaque dark-brown. 1-finger mocha head with nice retention.

S: Chocolate, dark fruit, coffee. Very sweet smelling, with a bit of alcohol.

T: There's a lot of chocolate up front, along with a roasted coffee character. Very fruity in the middle, with a bitter finish not unlike espresso. Alcohol is strong at the end.

M: Medium-light carbonation. Thick and sticky.

O: A nice stout on its own, although it does indeed feel almost like half of a beer. Lends itself beautifully to the black and tan mix, however.

Blend em!

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Photo of liamt07
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods Bowery, NYC. 12oz into a snifter, best before 2015.

Pours almost pitch black, with a brown head. Big bubbles and a thing collar remains. Nose holds some sharp alcohol initially, some brown sugar sweetness with a significant ash/charcoal character to it. Taste has more of the brown sugar balanced well with the charcoal/burnt notes, all under a veil of the alcohol, which prevails in the finish. Good mouthfeel but was just too alcoholic fresh. Wish I had another to sit on and let settle.

Aside: Put aside an oz of each the Yin and the Yang for the 'black and tan' suggested on the bottle. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good though not great RIS. Powerful roast aromas. Black with substantive head and lace. Coffee and alcohol, some burnt pieces.A tad of smoke, a lot of good characteristics just not as perfetly balanced as it can be. Sweet finish.Liam's bottle from NYC.

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Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that has good retention properties, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted and burnt malts in the nose along with notes of chocolate, licorice and spices.
T: The beer is extremely bitter, which almost overshadows the flavors of roasted malts in the taste. The bitterness loses some of its strength as the beer begins to warm up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with lots of dryness, particularly in the finish.
O: Considering the strength of this beer, it’s relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It also becomes easier to drink as the beer warms up and the bitterness isn’t quite as intense.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Evil Twin Yin, "Imperial Taiji Stout", 11.2-oz bottle bought at Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room for $6.99. The Evil Twin Brewing line is just now getting distribution in the US, this was the first time I had seen the bottles (imported by Twelve Percent LLC)

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter Yin pours thick and black like a toxic spill in a Superfund site, gargling all the way down to the bottom of the glass and producing a beautiful mocha-colored head of a classic one-finger size. Doesn't last long, though.

Smell: Smoke, burnt wood- Oskar Blues Ten Fidy comes to mind. Sort of a forest after a fire. Some graininess and horse urine at the end. Nice opaque woodiness all around, sort of a barrel reminiscence.

Taste: Roasty bitterness. Hints of chocolate fill the mouth and leave a lingering sensation. A tad of booze at the end. Sugars. Comes across almost as a regular stout...

Mouthfeel: Medium body, flavor and carbonation. A little lacking, particularly for a 10% Imperial Stout, but correct anyways. Smooth throughout, with a pleasant dry and bitter end.

Overall: Very drinkable! Absolutely not boozy, well balanced and approachable. Needs more body and else, though.

Obviously I would love to try this together as the black & tan the brewers intended, along with the "Yan" Imperial IPA. As it is, on its own, "Yin" is an enjoyable stout, but nothing you would want to pay $6.99 for.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yin is one half of the Yin & Yang combination designed to be blended into a black & tan style beer.

Pours a dark, near black with minimal cap of tan head. Scent is full on roast and charred grain with a noticeable hop profile, light hints of chocolate and coffee with some noticeable alcohol. Taste is quite bitter and charred grain, minimal notes of bitter chocolate and coffee. Fuller side of medium bodied, quite dry, lacks the umph of some other stouts.

By itself, the beer comes across as very roasty without much else going on. However, together with the Yang, it works well and since that was the original purpose, maybe im being generous with a slight tick up in my rating. Each beer is bold and aggessive, and when they are blended, the harsh qualities become quite muted.

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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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