Auld Yin | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 27
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this scotch barrel aged RIS at Beer Revolution in Oakland 2 months ago, brought it home with a ton of Russian River bottles, now drinking it on NFL week 5 Sunday.

This pours a dark brown color, opaque with a ring of mocha-colored foam. It has a really nice aroma of roasted malts and peat. I might initially attribute the peat to smoked malt but knowing it was aged in scotch barrels helps.

Really tasty scotch flavors take the lead, peat/smoke and a touch of alcohol, with some sweet malts flavors coming in with less force (cocoa, roast, etc). Only a little burn in the aftertaste. Very well integrated barrel character, I have a feeling this beer is improved dramatically by the scotch whiskey.

The flavor makes me expect a thicker body but actually this is medium-bodied. Low carbonation doesn't hurt the mouthfeel at all, very enjoyable throughout. Glad I was talked into buying it.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Damian
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westborough, MA
Best before 2015
Served in a snifter

The beer poured dark brown and somewhat thin for the style. A film of large, tan colored bubbles topped the liquid and faded to a lasting ring.

The aroma was impressive but a bit more subtle than I imagined it would be. Sweet, rich and malt-centric. Quite roasty with strong notes of black coffee. Slightly smoky. Dark fruits were apparent. Plums and raisins were most noticeable. Lots of brown sugar sweetness. Slightly boozy.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose, but perhaps sweeter and fruitier. Roasted and caramel malts came through strong on the front end. Moderately smoky. Hefty dose of brown sugar like sweetness. Lots of sweet plummy and raisin notes. The lingering finish was smoky and contained hints of char. A touch boozy. For a 12% ABV beer, however, the alcohol was very well hidden.

The mouthfeel was thinner bodied for the style and contained a crisp, lively effervescence. Not very stout like and quite disappointing.

Evil Twin's Auld Yin is a tasty and surprisingly easy-drinking imperial stout. At its price point, however, I was hoping for something a bit more interesting. I sat on this bottle for a little over a year. Perhaps the Scotch whiskey barrel element was more produced when it was fresher.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass along with some wispy lacing covering the surface.
S: Aromas of sweet and dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has bits of sweetness along with hints of scotch.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There are bits of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is very drinkable considering its strength because there are no traces of alcohol in the taste, although the taste is complex enough that it can be slowly sipped and savored. It's also not too heavy on the mouthfeel.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Northdown. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Ample mocha foam with good retention that leaves behind sticky lacing. Black with a glint of brown at the edges.

S - A nice mixture of chocolate-heavy stout flavors like caramel, vanilla, and anise, with some moderate smokey, peaty, and meaty Scotch flavors. Surprisingly good balance that's rare in Scotch barrel-aged beers.

T - The taste is a bit heavier in char, peat and smoke, with less in the way of caramel and chocolate sweetness. Still, there's sufficient balance that keeps this on the enjoyable end of the spectrum, with some notes of cocoa powder, anise, and roasted malt.

M - While there is some definite alcohol warmth after 6oz or so, this is otherwise quite enjoyable with a smooth, full body that is chewy, viscous, and sticky, and relatively low in carbonation. Plenty of heft for the 12% and a fairly low oak presence.

D - Considering how indifferent I am to the base beer and how skeptical I am about Scotch barrel-aged beers, I'm shocked that this was as it was. The 12oz serving size was a good choice, as tackling an large-format bottle would be a challenge. Finally, someone understands how to balance stout and Scotch flavors - and to think this was made a Brewdog!

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Photo of dar482
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours in a deep black color with a slight head.

The aroma is of chocolate, caramel, and deep roasted notes.

The flavor has this char deep richness. It reminds me of BCBS, but less complex. There isn't quite the bite that some Russian Imperials have. I actually compare it most to those. It doesn't have a big coffee or chocolate flavor like some barrel aged beers. It has this wonderful motor oil, rich body. It has a great malt, oak, smokiness to it.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle purchased at Avenue Pub NOLA - poured into Piraat tulip. This pours an oily liquid black with ever so slight brown foam. Smells of roasted coffee, some dark fruit, and boozey oakey scotch/whiskey. Taste is so smooth dark fruity coffee bitters, with nice vanilla bourbon-like woody notes. Its heat is really well masked, and full of developing flavors as it warms. You must have this brew!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is near black with a thin beige cap. Upon first whiff, I can already tell this will be another great stout from Evil Twin. Distinctly European in style. Vanilla, chocolate, roast. light warming alcohol. Really easy to drink. Such a graceful 12% abv. Full bodied with moderately low carbonation. Fantastic.

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4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a very thin sudsy dark tan head that reduces to a small patch of thin large bubbles and a thing ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of milk chocolate along with caramel, vanilla, anise, and oak. There are moderate aromas of smoked peat and scotch.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts and charred malts. There are lighter flavors of milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, anise, and oak. There are slightly stronger flavors of smoked peat and scotch. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of alcohol warming.

O: Overall this beer is very well balanced and I was impressed that the scotch barrel aging was very complementary and did not dominate the flavor. This is a very enjoyable sipping beer and one that I really enjoyed and would consider picking up another time.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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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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4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Super Junior Market
San Diego, CA

Dark black throughout with a moderately sized dark brown head that eventually leaves messy, irregular lines of spiderweb lacing down the glass. Gorgeous. If this was just a little bit thicker in apparent body, it'd score perfect.

Fantastic aroma. There are layers of chocolates mixed with complex notes of bourbon and oak, chocolate brownies, roast and coffee, creamy sweetness, and mild vanilla. This is stupendous.

The flavor is simply astounding. The layers, depth, and complexity of the chocolate flavors are like nothing I've sampled before, alongside vanilla, whipped cream, black bread crusts, and brownie. Very, very mild alcohol presence. The incredible dark chocolate finish lasts forever (more like a minute), and gets better and better as the flavors sit in the back of your throat and develop. I can't say enough!

Medium to full bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

Stupid good. This is one of those beers you don't want to finish because an empty glass of this is such a sad, sad thing.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Auld Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
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