Auld Yin | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged for 9 months in Scotch Whisky barrels.

Added by Rickythejeweler on 06-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color. The head is slightly less than a finger high, and khaki in shade. It doesn't retain very well, but it has a soft texture and leaves behind a bit of lacing. (3)

Smell: Give its relative age, I'm picking up huge amounts of dark fruit, and a bit less in the way of sherry-like oxidation. What this does is enhance the fudgy chocolate notes coming through (and that is VERY welcome). Like most European stouts, it's loaded with plenty of dry, roasted notes. The whiskey cask does come through, but in a restrained fashion. Still, the peaty and smoky notes it adds to this already excellent-smelling stout take it to the next level. Really, this has a fantastic aroma. (4.5)

Taste: Oh man. The whiskey aging transforms this already solid imperial stout into something spectacular. Smoky peat flavors appear initially, and they help to accentuate the surge of dark chocolate in the midtaste. Its finish is loaded with varying flavors: brown sugar, caramel, more dark chocolate, plums, raisins, and roasted malt. As far as I'm concerned, it's every bit as complex as the best barrel-aged imperial stouts on the market. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: If I had to nitpick, it could stand to have some more density feel-wise. It's rather slick and a bit thin on the palate, but the lingering sweetness perfectly covers up the alcohol (okay, not perfectly - a warmth appears in the throat, but hey it's 12%). Carbonation is very low. The general feel is far from bad, but I get the sense that it doesn't quite keep up with the flavor profile. (3.5)

Overall: Here's what I look for in a barrel-aged imperial stout: I want complexity, I want big flavor, a rich mouthfeel, but I also want impeccable balance, a cohesive flavor profile, and a combination of prevalent barrel notes and well-hidden alcohol. This hits all of those criteria bang-on, except for the palate feel. Despite that, it's an exceptional imperial stout that's complex, well balanced, and superbly tasty all at the same time. (4.25)

4.28/5: Want some more proof that barrel-aged imperial stouts are kings of the beer world? Here you go.

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Auld Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 99 ratings