Yin & Yang
Evil Twin Brewing

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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #187
Ranked #5,688
4.04 | pDev: 8.91%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
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VoxRationis from New York

4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Feb 11, 2018
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TerryMills from Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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..

Oct 03, 2017
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LAp from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Aug 01, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Jul 01, 2017
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qrazvan from Romania

4.24/5  rDev +5%
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.

May 14, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Apr 22, 2017
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weareallfalafel from Virginia

4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
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!

Apr 01, 2017
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Marius from Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Oct 17, 2016
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Oct 14, 2016
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BWood from California

3.84/5  rDev -5%
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.

Aug 31, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

4.76/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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
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Bruno74200 from France

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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biboergosum from Canada

3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle - a black and tan - as we get closer to St. Patrick's Day, the name here evokes thoughts of Irish history.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan (yeah) head, which leaves some random chunky cloud lace around the glass as it slowly settles.

It smells of roasted and slightly gamey caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, orange vodka, a bit of free-range char, reduced brown sugar, and further herbal, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel/toffee malt, a slightly nutty roasted character, some mixed citrus fleshiness, a more exotic tropical fruitiness, faint cafe-au-lait notes, chalky cocoa powder, and more earthy, leafy, and piney hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite nice in its airy and palate lifting frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a wee bit of roast and alcohol astringency toying with the metric here. It finishes off-dry, as the caramel and cocoa continue to tango with the juicy citrus, all under the gentle yoke of the hovering booze.

Overall, a well-blended, um, blend, as the input brews act like their proportions were actually inverted - there's twice as much IPA here as stout, but you wouldn't know it. Doesn't matter, really, as in the end, this is very tasty, the IPA bringing a lightness of being to the otherwise heavy stout character.

Mar 16, 2016
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pitch black beer with a one finger high, beige head.

This is awesome! Soft, tasty beer. Pine, grapefruit, roasted malt, chocolate, grass and licorice.

Feb 23, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I admit, I cheated my mixing my own. The Yin supplies the color - a pretty, opaque mahogany with a khaki-colored head and lacing. It looks like Yin. The smell becomes more interesting because the coffee and chocolate is more subdued and there is an aroma of tangerine which seems weird in what looks like a stout. The taste is both unique and really good: The tangerine comes through more than I expected but there is still a nice malt base with chocolate and coffee. There is a distinct bitterness from both underlying beers. Not being purely a stout, the body doesn't seem as thin. The ABV of each constituent is 10% so the blend is no different. Overall, I think is is an example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. I'd like to try the bottled Yin and Yang to see whether the blend tastes like mine.

Feb 21, 2016
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Saviour from Russian Federation

4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - black, almost opaque, with nice creamy head;
S - notes of citruses and chocolate, very nice blended;
T - the same goes for taste, balance between ipa and imperial stout is close to perfection;
F - nice smooth aftertaste with pleasant bitterness;
O - very interesting and uncommon beer. Strongly recommended.

Feb 09, 2016
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jw4free from Kansas

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: near opaque dark brown. 1 finger head fades slowly. Last the full drinking. Decent lacing. S: sharp alcohol. Malt- toasted nuts and smoked meat. Peppery spice. Raisins and molasses near the end. T: smoke and char roasted grains. Molasses. Woody hops. F: full, chewy and round. Good alcohol burn. O: Excellent balance. Sweetness comes on to tie it all together. Man this is good!

Jan 29, 2016
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice black color, very nice carbonatin, with a pretty nice small, creamy off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, nice touch of chocolate/toffee, slight citrus. The taste if very nice, malty, slight hop note, chocolate/toffee notes, slight citrus. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, this is a very nice brew. I never thought what would happen with these to styles combining. Job Very Well Done!

Jan 02, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pitch black color with no vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Char, roasted, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, molasses, toffee, toasted, and a little old ale.

Taste: More stout than IPA flavor. Blended well together and tastes great. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, some booze, medium carbonation, and ashy bitterness.

Overall: Pretty nice blend of stout and IPA. Wish I had another bottle.

Jan 02, 2016
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ommegangpbr from New York

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a flavorful beer and I'm enjoying it so I'm scoring it this way. Being classified as a black and tan, this is also probably good for the "style". For a critique I'm thinking this has strengths and weaknesses of ipas and stouts. By comparison, a brewed black ipa would probably be more enjoyable to me. The body is a little thin for any style of something that is 10percent alcohol. I like the level of bitterness; it's a mix of stout bitterness and ipa bitterness.
The flavors that come through are mostly toasted stout flavors. I would like to try this in the bottle. Tonight, in this bar, there better options (Jersey City Barcade).

Jan 01, 2016
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K-Dog from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was aged about a year in my basement. This aged nicely had a chocolate and fruit taste to it. The ipa part mellowed out nicely and the stout Part really came through. If I was to get again would definitely age it for at least a year.

Dec 17, 2015
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Utterly black body, DENSE- as in cement-like solid- cappuccino-colored head. Aroma reveals charred malt and floral, citric, evergreen hops, nearly equally between the two. The hops and a good deal of their bitterness take over the flavor, good and citric/minty and piercing, but the roast notes, akin to burnt campfire wood, are strong on the finish, as well as more pine bitterness. Medium body, fluffy while the head lasts and easily drinkable when it's gone.
The IPA wins out overall, and did seem like a good brew in its own right. The stout seemed basic, like charred malt and nothing else. Together, it was surprisingly tasty for two flavor profiles that I don't think blend well.

Dec 04, 2015
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown with a light khaki head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. Some sediment if you really look hard. The aromas are subtle with lots of roasted malts. Some hints of pine and citrus as well. The flavors are bold. Lots of roasted malts blended with some solid hop flavor. Chocolate is there. Vanilla is there too. Nice amount of grapefruit. Nice amount of pine as well. The hops are balanced and not overwhelming. Subtle hints of soap. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and fluffy. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable.

Very solid brew. It's basically an Imperial Black Ale in my book. Fun to drink. Not bad at all.

Dec 03, 2015
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I mixed the yin and yang together after trying each by themselves. Black with a great frothey head. Really dumbs down the licorice but still had a great toasty malt and somewhat hop scent. Actually has a chocolate taste and its dumbed down hops but still incredible. Medium body and smooth with and good carbonation. Better together than separate.

Nov 29, 2015
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