Yin & Yang
Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #157
Ranked #9,868
4.02 | pDev: 8.96%
Feb 16, 2022
Jul 19, 2012
Yin & YangYin & Yang
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3.13 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 16, 2022
3.92 by craigbelly from Iowa on Jan 08, 2020
2.8 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 09, 2019
4.1 by mholdefer from Alabama on Jan 31, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by VoxRationis from New York

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.

Feb 11, 2018
3.96 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts on Jan 15, 2018
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 31, 2017
3.93 by IBUBrew from Vermont on Dec 25, 2017
3.79 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania on Dec 23, 2017
4.13 by travelguy from Ohio on Nov 30, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by TerryMills from Tennessee

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..

Oct 03, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LAp from Ohio

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.

Aug 01, 2017
4.07 by BeerAndFilm from Oregon on Jul 30, 2017
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 01, 2017
4.06 by IPA_Mark_inPA from Pennsylvania on May 29, 2017
3.88 by sjrider from California on May 22, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by qrazvan from Romania

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.

May 14, 2017
4 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania on Apr 26, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by q33jeff from New Jersey


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.

Apr 22, 2017
4.1 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina on Apr 04, 2017
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4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by weareallfalafel from Virginia

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!

Apr 01, 2017
4.04 by Mikexw from New York on Feb 25, 2017
4 by Narthax from Texas on Jan 28, 2017
4.47 by stephenlee from England on Nov 07, 2016
4.04 by GangOf1 from Pennsylvania on Nov 04, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Marius from Netherlands

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.

Oct 17, 2016
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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

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.

Oct 14, 2016
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3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BWood from California

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.

Aug 31, 2016
3.92 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Aug 19, 2016
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4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by josanguapo from Spain

From Saveur-Biere. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 1x08. DIPA in nose, soft IS in mouth at beginning and end of sip, hoppy in the middle. Much more drinkable than their separate parts, alcohol unnoticeable

Aug 13, 2016
3.59 by Gbeau3234 from North Carolina on Aug 10, 2016
4.04 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Jul 20, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bruno74200 from France

Great look. The smell Is better than the taste and the whole thing is definitely better than te taste. It's mainly a high abv stout with some grapefruit notes. The carbonation is okay. Overall the smell is much more complex and makes you wanting more

Jun 18, 2016
4.16 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands on Jun 12, 2016
4.04 by Martine from England on Jun 11, 2016
4.14 by GTengineer from Georgia on May 23, 2016
3.91 by BigAl18 from Minnesota on May 13, 2016
5 by Aspjohansson from Sweden on May 04, 2016
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4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours black with a hearty caramel colored head. Head retention is strong with lacing coating the entire glass. Roasted malts meet pine and resin hop aromas. Great interaction between the two. Taste opens up with roasted malts, chocolate and pine hop notes, before moving onto to more pine, and resin hops. Hops are bitter, but kept well in balance. The roasted malts at the opening really make you think you're sipping a stout at first. Feel is smooth, bold, with a medium consistency. The feel gets a bit grainy towards the end. Overall, it's a lovely brew that will make you ponder whether you love stouts or IPAs more.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

May 04, 2016
4.25 by ckollias from Maryland on Apr 16, 2016
Yin & Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
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