tfredvik (630) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The concept of a black ale with lots of aroma hops is very appealing to me, but unfortunately I often find that BIPAs tend to be too dominated by the roasted, stoutish notes, or the hops are drowning all other elements. Neither is the case with the Yin & Yang, this is finally a perfectly balanced BIPA (at least aromawise)! The very strong aroma contains truckloads of elements from both camps, both roasted notes, thick chocolate and dark caramel, but also a perfect amount of hoppy fruity notes. As always I find it a bit hard to pinpoint the exact fruits in such a beer, but the aroma is definitely tropical. This is close to perfection! In the glass it is very dark brown with a large, frothy, very light-brown head that reduces to islands and a partially covering film in short time. The head still leaves a good amount of lacing on my snifter. The taste is moderate sweet with a lovely heavy bitter long-lasting finish. The strong flavours are roasted, with lots of chocolate, some coffee, resin and tropical fruits like peach. There are also some quite strong alcohol notes, in a perfect beer the alcohol should be a bit better integrated. Despite the obvious alcohol the mouthfeel is very pleasant, the body is close to full, the texture is oily and the carbonation is moderate. Probably the best BIPA I’ve ever had!
[33 cl bottle, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a brown head. Grapefruit and light chocolate aroma with rich malt. Chocolate and rich malt flavor with light grapefruit. medium bodied. Chooclate malt and rich malt linger with backing grapefruit and light alcohol.
conway (570) - - MAR 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Uploading old ratings that were missing comments. Not great at pouring black and tans so feel free to factor that into the rating. But the sum is not as good as the parts in my opinion. Still tasty.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
czar (2232) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(clearly a tick - home-blending it although it is suggested onto label - will re-rate eventually and compare both) unclear dark brown with a small light beige head, some retention. burnt caramel and nuts - minus ashes and mineral from yin component, still very roasted, spicy and lightly piney hops. soft carbonation, medium body, medium long piney-citrusy slightly harsh finish. more like a hoppy bw than a black ipa - whatever. it is good but not better than the sum of its parts.
Beer3000 (3723) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. A dark amber body with a big, creamy beige head. Aroma has citric fruit, light roasted malt, liquorices, pine and dark chocolate. Flavour is sweet malt, moderate roasted, quite bitter, citric fruity, pine and liquorices. Both aroma and flavour is basically a combination of the two basic beers. Fine body and good aftertaste. Fine balance, pleasant to drink and dangerously well hidden alcohol.
BlackIPA (716) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very think and clear ruby red cola color with a huge head that fades quickly. Looks like Pepsi. Aromas of dark fruit bread, some light roast. Taste is slightly sweet, rum like, low bitterness. Low carbonation. Meh. Not worth the money.
Geokkjer (4260) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with an off-white head. Aroma of cheesy hops, peach, chocolate and malt. Flavor is sweet and malty with some bitterness, peach, chocolate and roasted malt. Medium body, average carbonation.
Reynolds314 (1480) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is a bit intense and really piney and really bitter with huge oily mouthfeel. Just doesnt seem right to me. Heavy handed and harsh.
Ernesto987 (2372) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very big and roasty and ashy beer, decent but no real tasty flavors. Its lane and forgettable
hopbomber (97) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Apparently a homage to Black and Tan ? I dunno. Anyway, this is a meaty brew massive hops with a malty barley wine taste this is complex shit. Quite creamy and cheesy very alesmith esque a lovely brew at a good abv