Yin & Yang
Evil Twin Brewing

Yin & YangYin & Yang
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Style:
American Imperial Porter
Ranked #189
ABV:
10%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,394
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 8.91%
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
452
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New York, United States
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Reviews by AndyEdgar:
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4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 14, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Deep thick brown, appears black in most areas, thick enough to be completely opaque. Poured medium-thin, easy. About a half-inch of light brown bubbly head with little retention.

S – Tropical fruit, mango and lychee, perhaps some caramelized banana. Some light pine or woody notes. Roasted but sweet malt, some chocolate and vanilla cream.

T – If I didn’t know this was blended, it would be very hard to discern what was going on. Fully distinct character of both the stout and the IPA. Tropical fruit, guava and mango, with pine, and pale malt, as well as roasted malts with light chocolate. Bitterness is high but seems subdued.

M – Medium-thin body, with medium-low carbonation. Fairly dry throughout, sweet up front but finishing with moderate-high bitterness.

O – Definitely a different take on the black and tan than the usual Guinness-Bass or other similar versions. I’ve had both of these beers separate and have to say that they should remain that way. Still something to be said for actually blending and bottling this.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Hops and Pie in Denver.

Alright, first, I'm confused. This was served just black and straight from a tap, so how is it a black and tan? Second, this beer was all over the place in flavor, part muted stout, part grassy, earthy blonde, with neither flavor being particularly appealing to me. Combined the tastes were like two oddballs making out in public complete with mussed hair, groping, and under-the-clothing feelsies.

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Photo of jaswilson2
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of snowmageddon
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AaronDz
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RyanK252
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep mahogany brown with a frothy light brown head that hangs around for a while before settling and lacing very well.

S: Roasted malt, a little chocolate, some coffee, pine, maybe even a bit floral too, and a little caramel malt sweetness.

T: Roasted malt up front, coffee and a little bittersweet chocolate that comes out as it warms, followed by a big hop hit, loads of pine that lingers, maybe a little light citrusy grapefruit and caramel malt sweetness from the IPA side, plus some earthy burnt toast bitterness.

M: Pretty full body, moderate carbonation.

O: To sum it up in 1 word; intense. The first few sips are strong to say the least, massive bitterness that is damn near overwhelming. As it warms it mellows out and blends fairly well. At 10% + the strength of the flavors going on it can be a real kick in the face, but a hell of an experience.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CTHomer
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; dark brown, but ruby accents visible through out; 1+ finger medium brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; sheets of lacing;

S: deeply roasted grains; a little hop resin; a little smoke; a little bittersweet chocolate;

T: deeply roasted grains from start to finish; moderate bitterness on the finish; the ABV is noticeable at the end; a little burn on the swallow, but it fits the beer well;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: definitely feels like much more stout than IPA in spite of the reality; didn't get the complexity of flavor that I expected; it's still a really nice beer;

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really? We're calling this a style now?

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Wally's Wine in West Hollywood, California, and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've had both the yin and the yang individually, and I loved the yin.

Served fairly warm. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and very good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a dark solid black. Nontransparent / opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: A crudely appealing mixture of heavy floral hops with stout derived roast. Buttery creme brulee and vanilla mixed with light citrus. A strange mix, but nevertheless appealing. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Cream up front, with a dark malt/floral hop foundation. Vanilla is definitely present, along with some creme brulee on the climax. A bit buttery. A solid mixture of malty sweetness with mild hops. Surprisingly balanced. Notably, no alcohol comes through - nor does any yeast. It's certainly multidimensional, but the complexity and subtlety are not as impressive as they should be.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness emerging intermittently. Good carbonation and thickness. Suits the flavour profile relatively well.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV, but I'd sooner have just the yin by itself. The ABV is well hidden. The beer isn't fantastic; perhaps the independent beers exceed their sum here. I'd have it on-draught, but it's hardly worth revisiting from the bottle. That said, it certainly stands out as a black n tan, but I consider the inclusion of this "style" repugnant. Can we have some fucking respect for Ireland? Please? Fuck's sake.

Low B

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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with 2 fingers worth of tan head

S: Roasty, hoppy, on the sweet side. Almost like cake or brownie batter with fruity and piney hops thrown in the mix. Pretty complex and somewhat indescribable

T: Follows the nose. Very roasty with plenty of citrus and piney hops. Not as sweet as the nose suggested, but still decently sweet. Bitterness and char both linger into the finish

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: I'd really like to know the IBUs on this... it's definitely on the bitter side and I wouldn't be surprised if it's over 100. Still very nicely balanced and really showcases both beers. Not really like an American black ale or hoppy stout... definitely a style unto itself. For being 11.1%, this drinks dangerously easily. It's a good thing this is only 11.2 oz. Definitely worth a try if you like mixing your own B&Ts

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

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More stout on the nose with a solid feel and a slightly hoppy, almost spicy finish. Real interesting. Well done ET.

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4.2/5  rDev +4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Yin & Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 452 ratings