DrSilverworm (4765) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle from Party Town, brewed in Scotland. Labeled "Yin & Yang: Imperial Taiji Black & Tan"; marked 11.1% ABV. Very dark brown, near black color. Thin khaki head, leaves nice sprays of lace. Huh.. Aroma retains a lot of stout - like qualities, and not in a good way. Does not drink like a Black IPA. Drinks like an adulterated imperial stout that hasn’t aged well. A lot of licorice, herbal flavors. Stonger bitter taste, kind of astringent, lightly medicinal.. Stronger boozy sweet taste in the finish, with a bit of a bite. Some spicy, herbal hop. Bitter dark chocolate. Bigger body, chewy like a stout. Lighter carbonation, sort of a silky, velvety texture, that’s nice. A decent but boozey sweet hoppy imperial stout. Not what I’d call a Black IPA, though.
dnstone (2094) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is where sweet chocolate maltiness meets piney hops. Deep brown in color with a bit of soft sudsy white head. Really well balanced flavor, starting stout-like with those chocolate notes and finishing with a lingering hoppy pine character. Quite soft on the tongue. Fantastic.
kappldav123 (4542) - Nordhausen, GERMANY - JUN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Hoppy-dry aroma. Starts dry-malty, flowery-hoppy. Finish a bit alcoholic. Mild-hoppy aftertaste. Not bad.
Miksu (4801) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.33 l bottle, thanks hanniku! Dark reddish brown color. Very roasty aroma with salty licorice, charred bread, orange and perfumed alcohol. Roasty and bitter flavor with boozy alchol, charcoal, salty licorice. Nice complex aroma, but flavor is too boozy.
Imperial_Scout (357) - Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with tan head. Mellow toffee mocha nose, but hops are still prevelant in taste and finish. Better than I thought. Pretty good.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Poured a dark dark chocolate shake brown. Nose is roasted malt, and coffee and chocolate. First sip, I’m blown away. As it warms I still like it plenty but maybe not blown away. Rich ,dark, intense flavors. Hugely bitter finish with a decent hint of burn from the abv. Pretty damn good
jeremyh70 (563) - Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with good head and lacing. Roasted malt and sweet brown sugar. Taste is sweet to begin with burnt brown sugar and some bitterness mid palate. Alcohol is apparent with coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sticky and full bodied with medium carbonation. Much better integration of an IPA and a stout than I expected. Melded well and both still can taste both styles.
jahshuwuh (292) - USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark brown pour, with a little bit of off white head. An earthy smell with a dirty hop, a little chocolate in there. A hot taste initially with some weird hop bitterness at the end with a little floral. Some coffee ground and chocolate at the end as well. The more you drink it the more the taste bounces back and forth between the stout and IPA characteristics. I also get a tea like quality. Unique and the flavors compliment each other more than I expected.
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rxeight (994) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very european malty. Like other brewdog stouts. Good bit of hops left in there as well.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A sweet and very bitter strong dark ale. Very harsh and aggressive. Just ok.
How: Bottle 330ml, consumed one month after purchase, however fresh a Danish beer is a Vermont store.
The look: Clear dark ruby body topped by a medium tan head.
In long: Nose is strangely fruity (breakfast dark grapejuice, baked berries), hops resin. Taste is generously malted, quite toasted, crusty bread, a surprising strong rye-like flavor (although no mention this beer is a rye-based), caramel, baked berries and other baked fruits, pine-tree, sharp bitter grapefruits, lots of hop resin. Very sharp bitterness of high intensity. For an 11% beer I must say it doesn’t feel too sweet nor is the alcohol too bothersome. Not a bad beer at all, but a bit too brutal for its own good. Yin & Yang is a philosophical concept and its invention is rightfully attributed to the chinese people, unlike Tai Chi which was in fact invented by a stoned dude who was slooowwwwly chasing mosquitos away.