Auld Yin | Evil Twin Brewing

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Auld YinAuld Yin

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

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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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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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while attending Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Avenue Pub! Shared this one as a pre-game to the event. Served from bottle into a chalice. Poured a massively dark brown with a minimal light tan head that subsided to none quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, peat, wood, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, and raisin. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, peat, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, plum, and raisin. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. When I saw this one on the beer list I had to give it a shot as I’ve been trying as many Evil Twin brews as I possibly can. This one was definitely worth my time trying. It was really complex and rather enjoyable. I usually hate peat being present in a beer, but this one has so many other aspects going on that it actually blended in quite nicely. Definitely a must try brew if you get the chance.

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4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Pitch black with a minimal mocha head.

S: You get a lot more booze notes due to the whiskey BA. Some barleywine notes and lots of sweet malts.

T: Much better than the regular Yin. The flavors are much more complex and flavorful. Sweet and a bit roasty. There is also a fair amount of espresso and dark chocolate as well.

M: Similar to the Yin, but much more thick and full. Velvety.

O: I'm surprised what 9 months in some whiskey barrels can do to a subpar stout. This is much better than Yin by far. It just skyrockets the profile of this stout.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 2015. Poured in to snifter.

A - Black with a thin layer of medium brown head.

S - Sweet vanilla, whiskey and a touch of oak up front. Some chocolate, molasses and roast aromas are also present.

T - Fairly sweet overall with chocolate, vanilla and molasses flavours accompanied by a sweet whiskey presence. There is a big roast profile with a slight bitterness and some warming alcohol.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head that dissipates into a thick ring around the glass with lacing. Aroma of sweet and toasted malts, chocolate, dark dried fruit, a hint of whiskey and oak. Flavor is dense, complex dark fruit, toasted and caramelt malt, chocolate, hints of coffee and whiskey, faint smoke. Finish is also rich and lingering, toasted malt and chocolate. Very well integrated and hides its high ABV admirably. Body is medium with carbonation high enough to provide a nice mouth feel despite this not being as heavy bodied as other intense stouts. This was delicious and very well made. A pleasure.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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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4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap during Baltimore beer week. Served in a sampling glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a half finger of thick, tan head. The head fades as the beer sits and leaves a thick ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet with some slightly peppery bourbon. I'm also getting some dark fruit, roasted malt, and some dark chocolate.

Taste: Sweet bourbon and roasted malt up front. There is a really nice coconut note here along with some mild vanilla, oak, and dark fruit. The finish is warm from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit thick with some tingles of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very well done beer. The bourbon is prominent, but still manages to be quite smooth. I'd have more given the chance.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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

Photo of cnbrown313
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at my favorite Chicago liquor store for $11.49 for a 11.2 oz. bottle. I split this with a friend into 2 snifter glassed.

A - Pours pitch black with a very tiny mocha colored head.

S - The smell was amazing. It smelled like a combination of fine scotch whiskey, dark chocolate, and vanilla beans.

T - The taste was very much like the smell. The boozy taste of whiskey hits you right away, but the smooth dark chocolate and sweet vanilla flavor washes it all down nicely. Delicious taste.

M - The mouth feel is pretty heavy and viscous. Like motor oil / melted chocolate. There is a little bit of a boozy burn from the whiskey.

O - If there is more left of this when I go back, I will be picking up a few more. This was an awesome imperial stout!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.24/5  rDev -1.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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