Evil Twin Yin & Yang | Evil Twin Brewing

Evil Twin Yin & YangEvil Twin Yin & Yang
BA SCORE
4.03/5
443 Ratings
Evil Twin Yin & YangEvil Twin Yin & Yang
BEER INFO

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

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Thehuntmaster on 07-19-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,403
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
443
pDev:
8.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
78
Trade:
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Photo of Nage37
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of ALLISON01
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

incredible! I love this beer! My new favorite!

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Photo of Aspjohansson
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ChipCeasefire
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 shigg85
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this from Harvest Wine & Spirits in West Hartford, CT. Poured into a Rochefort goblet. Very dark brown with a petri dish bubbling on top. Amaaazing memories of hops, banana, clove, garlic, ginger, and other scents coming off this right from the pour! The taste backs it up with tons to explore. The mouthfeel leaves you with something to remember. Overall, this was an amazing beer -- more of a barleywine than a traditional "black & tan" -- and I would definitely recommend trying it!

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz

Pours a very dark opaque brown, no real light penetration, with an eighth of an inch of tan head which seems to last eternally.

Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee, bread, and a light piney hop.

Tastes of maple, brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla, cream, and pine hops.

Full body, stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

The whole is more than the sum of its parts. While Yin and Yang are each excellent beers on their own, this is a masterpiece and woefully underrated even with its outstanding rating here. Drink this now.

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Photo of ZiegMeister
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a wonderful beer, especially when mixed with its' IPA brother.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
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

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Photo of tbryan5
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MrRockstar
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of tcanaday
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of TaylorBrake
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Rachel_McCulley
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bonko_the_sane
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of mothmanscott
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep brown with garnet hints when held to the light producing 2+ fingers of frothy, somewhat lasting, dark tan head that recedes to a solid cap leaving a ring & an inch of webby collar lace. Aroma is chocolate, dark roasted malts, toffee, caramel, smoke & burnt pine with only faint citrus & tropical fruit hints. Taste is a nice blend of Imperial stout & IPA, married so completely that it would be hard for me to discern exactly what this is had I not known. Taste is forward tropical fruit, especially pineapple and mango, with pine & a little grapefruit in concert with dark chocolate, smoke, roasted & caramel malts. Bitterness & alcohol are prominent. Bitterness declines slowly in the aftertaste which is rich with burnt/roast notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation, tongue coating milk-like creaminess, silky & smooth. I'm not necessarily a Black and Tan fan but my goodness, what a great brew! This would make a great Christmas beer. Hopefully I can find some more!

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Photo of lchu000
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CHickman
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with a massive 3 finger foamy to creamy tan head that did not budge, dissipating very slowly; it looked like a massive Guinness head with a ton of tiny bubbles in it. A minute later I was able to draw a shamrock in the head since it was still about 2 fingers thick. It left outstanding lacing coating the sides, and when it did start fading it left moon craters - a world class pour from a bottle.

Smells of citrus and piney hops up front, like a Sierra Nevada Torpedo to start, followed by charred wood, burnt grains, caramel, brown sugar, coffee and grapefruit. Hints of cocoa powder and charred sweetness come through for a nice mix of hops and very burnt grains that smells real good and like a traditional black and tan juiced up where the hops are more potent and the char and malts are more dynamic.

Taste is very similar to the nose with the fine balance of charred malts and strong hops that is a mix of charred wood, burnt grains, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, espresso bean grinds, citrus hops, piney hops, grapefruit and a brownie like sweetness that almost seems chewy, which is nice for a stout. The beer dances between charred malts and roasted flavors and a sharp hop or coffee bitterness that is so much more complicated and flavorful than other bottled black & tan's like the Yuengling or Saranac versions. Not knocking those other black & tans, but they are just not on the same level as this brew - this is superior in every way.

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy and chewy, with mild to average carbonation, a heavy body that drinks like a meal and a bitter, smoky aftertaste that is almost dry and chalky. The smoke aspects are a bit too much and seem almost like a smoke beer with the grains so burnt, but it does serve a purpose and completely hide the 10% ABV.

Overall I'd say this is by far the best bottled black & tan that I've ever had and a beer I will seek out and highly recommend. The overall score of 4.5 may seem high, but this is the best in class compared to other beers in the bottled black & tan category.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Dawkins
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night with Jeppe at the Max's Baltimore Beer Week event.

I've had both the yin and yang before and liked both of them a lot. I really like the slightly vinous mouthfeel with such an overall pleasant taste. No bad flavors appear. Somehow this "combination" is even better than the individual beers. Smells got a little oak flavor to it which he said is from some special smoke malt he uses in a lot of his heavier beers.

Definitely would seek this out again on draft.

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Photo of shagens
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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