Yin & Yang | Evil Twin Brewing

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Yin & YangYin & Yang

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Thehuntmaster on 07-19-2012

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had reviewed the two brews separately previously and was really waiting for a rainy day to make Black & Tans from the components. The PyeongChang Olympics seemed somehow appropriate.

Made with a 50/50 mixture of the two in two separate glasses. I could not achieve more than a short term separation even when using a pouring spoon. The yin seemed more or less as heavy as the yang, so while I did achieve a temporary layering of yin over yang in one glass, I had yang over yin in the other. Just a thought, refrigerating Yang, but not Yin might help by enhancing the density differential.

Decanted from the two 12 oz (355 ml) cans into a conical pint glass; I couldn't make out the bottom in Yin, but Yang was Batch 2.
A: Pours to a mahogany brown with a one half inch light tan head, good retention, and rings of webbed lacing all the way down the glass.
S: Struck by the floral aroma, particularly of honeysuckle, with a strong presence of grass, toast, and mocha, but moving more toward molasses and cocoa as it warms.
T: Tastes remarkably like a chocolate soda initially, although no more than semisweet with nice amount of bitterness offsetting that. As it warms a caramel and molasses flavor also becomes more evident.
M: Medium to full bodied with strong persistent carbonation and a rich, smooth, creamy mouth feel, as like a chocolate malt.
O: I am glad I review the Black & Tan version separately from the two components. Definitely a surprisingly distinct drinking experience from either component and certainly a winner. Kudos to the novel packaging strategy.

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Photo of snowmageddon
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IBUBrew
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzedup
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TerryMills
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very nice blend of ipa, not too bitter and not too sweet either .. Its a very fresh smelling stout basically with a clean dry finish ..

Hardly any head and quickly dissipated , dark copper color..

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Photo of LAp
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made as a 66.6% DIPA, 33.3% Imp Stout mix with a can of each (per the bottle description from the old bomber) - measured out with a kitchen scale. Couldn't keep the separation despite pouring over a spoon. The darkness of the stout is cut only somewhat despite being a full 2/3 DIPA. The nose is dominated by the DIPAs malty notes, and the caramel sweetness of the DIPA takes the fore on the palate as well, though the stout rounds out the mouthfeel substantially.

I used the remainder of the beer that didn't fit in the teku to make a 50/50 mix, and despite the relatively small change in ratio, the Imp Stout really started to dominate. This was more to my palate (given the I prefer the base Imp Stout to the DIPA), but less of a true black and tan flavor profile.

Overall, the core concept here is awesome. Building a mixed 4 pack with the intent of providing black and tan mixing options is brilliant. Unfortunately, the base DIPA really *has* to be malty for the melange to work, and that makes for a relatively uninteresting standalone beer.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz cans of Yin and yang poured into a pint glass. 50/50 split. cans batch 001 instead of more helpful canned on date.

Great look. Jet black body, head is a nice tan and white swirl. good lacing from the tan.

nothing on the nose except some faint aromas of roasted malt.

the stout component is dominant here. roasted malt, slight booziness. DIPA shows up more in the finish and mouth.

mouth is right around medium. medium roasted malt, some alcohol, slightly bitter on the finish.

overall, I prefer Yin to this, and this to Yang. The more Yang I added to the pint, the more the roastiness evened out. So perhaps a 70/30 mix would be more appealing to this palate.

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Photo of IPA_Mark_inPA
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of qrazvan
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown colour, with no sediments and a medium head. Nice carbonation.
Chocolate, coffee, vanilla and bourbon on the nose.
Tastes at first a bit sweet-sour, very pleasant though. Then you can feel the coffee and some vanilla, and afterwards, the roasted malt. It finishes with a woody, bitter taste.
The IPA hops is in the background, dominated by the stout, which gives the general impression.
An interesting combination very well done by Evil Twin, as always.

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Photo of NonicPanic
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Cans to snifters, sampling Yin, Yang, and the combination black and tan simultaneously, while trying to achieve a higher state of consciousness.

(%) YIN
LOOK: dark black, pretty tan head that constantly reforms upon agitation.
AROMA: quite light, mineral, roasted malt, slightest touch of coffee.
TASTE: all malt, very simple but tasty.
FEEL: very light and airy, though not completely like a guinness. Was looking for the separation in the black-n-tan, but it just mixed right up with the IPA. Ok carbonation for a stout.

(%) YANG
LOOK: orange with light brown, above average off-white head, lacing lasts throughout a long sip session.
AROMA: light touches of fruit and pine...in a crazy fractal way of looking, the Yang itself has both the YIN (dank/resin/pine/wood) and YANG (fruit/citrus/grass) of the IPA dichotomy.
TASTE: pine, tea, unflavored syrup. Slight little hairspray.
FEEL: light to medium body. Subtle, but above average carbonation.


Like a black IPA.
Nice mix of hoppy and malty.
Hops win out in the aroma, but the malt dominates the flavor.

Cool concept.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Disclaimers first: I bought the two cans of yin and yang and blended them myself so proportions might be a bit off or different from how Jeppe himself would have wanted it. And also, this is my first ever Black and Tan so I'm inexperienced in this beautiful drink.
So, pours deep gold and then deep black combining to form a pretty dark black with some brown at the edge when held up to a light. Thick and stable head that lasts forever and leaves tons of lacing throughout! Beautiful, beautiful pint, if I do say so myself. Smell is all over the board, with the stout at the forefront, but with an unmistakable hop character that isn't shy at all. Taste follows but is all way more in your face. Tons coffee, chocolate and caramel at first, slowly and beautifully transitioning to dank and slightly citrusy hops that lingers long after you swallow. The feel is extremely full and luxurious in the palate with a beautiful and lingering finish to die for! Overall, an amazing way of being simultaneously over the top and balanced. The flavors are all huge, yet contrasting, but instead of one style cancelling out the other they build off and amplify each other. The balance between the two is so amazingly coordinated that they create something absolutely sublime. For me, this is a home run, for sure!

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Photo of Mikexw
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GangOf1
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

On tap at Beertemple. Pitch black with a nice tan head. Brewed coffee, pine resin, soft chocolate, roasted coffee beans, cocoa, sone grapefruit. Smooth mouthfeel. A bit alcoholic toward the end.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I got it on draft at my local incredible House4Beer in Port Orange, Fl yesterday and it's freekin AOK!! Nice lacing, dark as the ace of spades. I'd made my own from wedding the two together not expecting to actually get it already "wedded". Nice beer and Evil Twin continues to overwhelm me with outstanding beers.

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Photo of BWood
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark with light headed. So so lace.

Smells of roast malt, some coffee and faint hop.

Taste follows nose. Stout malt with hop at the end. Nice roast character.

It has a smooth feel. A little bitterness lingers.

Overall a nice beer. I would recommend it.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Yin & Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 449 ratings