Evil Twin Yin & Yang | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Thehuntmaster on 07-19-2012

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Reviews:
80
Ratings:
436
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
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Reviews by LiquidAmber:
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing nearly black in the glass. Half finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark dried and fresh fruit, caramel malt, piney hops, light toasted malt. Flavor starts with pine hops, plums and dried fruit, a thint of toasted malt. Finish develops the toasted malt, chocolate, hints of vanilla and a nice hop bite. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Dangerously well covered alcohol. Delicious.

I was excited to see that Evil Twin had bottled a Yin and Yang; I had made and reviewed my own black and tan from 50/50 Yin and Yang a few years ago. Interestingly, my old review indicated that the toasted malt and stout character overwhelmed the barleywine elements in the two-bottle mix. This bottled version seems to have the opposite flavor progression and is much better balanced. I wish I had bought two of these now, although it was pricey.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
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 infinitebruner
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
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 oberon
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a half finger beige colored head atop.Aromas of roast,caramel,alcohol dipped dark fruit,a hint of roasted nuts,alot of good stuff going on here.An oily slick feel with flavors that aren't as roasted as I thought,chocolate and caramel notes with dark fruit in the finish,there is some earthy roastedness but it's not in your face.I really like this beer,even better than what I was expecting.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joemetric
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sabitu
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Guden
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Funky-Brewster
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Bulldog Uptown.
L: The Yin & Yang does not look much different from the Yin – it pours dark brown with a 1” tan foam collar that produces lines of lace.
S: In the aroma the Yin roast character dominates but underneath lurks tropical fruit.
T: Although the palate also leans to the Yin more of the Yang character comes out mellowing the roast and roast bitter of the Yin and bringing forward more fruit flavors. The DIPA flavors also provide an additional layer of bitterness to the Yin roast flavors.
F: Very creamy big chewy body – the Yin character keeps it from becoming a Black DIPA while the Yang character tones down the Yin.
O: This is an interesting combination that turns out a little mellower that either constituent.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timontheroad
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a thick fluffy one inch tan head with great retention and lacing. Dark brown, opaque.
Smell: a bit of citrus and a lot of chocolate and roasty malt.
Taste: lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee, as well as some nice citrus notes.
Mouthfeel: thick and chewy, would have been a perfect accompaniment to a warm chocolate chip cookie.
Overall: quite tasty, nice combination of stout and IPA

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.94/5  rDev +21.1%
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 Zonian1
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Schlafly33
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of rdilauro
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its a real shame. This was my first taste of anything from Evil Twin. I had not heard of the brewery, had not heard of the beer, so this was new adventure for me.
Honestly, I did not care that much for this beer. Now, its been almost 18 months since I've tasted this and my beer appeptite has changed so much

I will need to re-taste this to do it its honors

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was a pleasant surprise. A velvet head, hit of hoops, had a front of an IPA but went down very smooth.... it was a very different experience

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Evil Twin Yin & Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
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